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The Best Sea to Sky Wedding Venues

This summer we are looking forward to spending a lot of our time along the Sea to Sky Corridor with some amazing West Coast Weddings. The ‘corridor’ has everything from rustic farm venues to luxurious ballrooms and with plenty of activities for your guests to enjoy from spas to helibiking, there is something for everyone. This is an incredible spot to share with guests from out of town if you are considering a bit of a destination wedding. Here is a list of 7 of the best wedding venues in the Sea to Sky Corridor from Squamish, Whistler, all the way to Pemberton!

 

1. Audain Art Museum

Photography by Darby Magill

The Audain Art Museum is one of the newest venues in Whistler, opening in 2016. Designed by Patkau Architects, the museum is a piece of art in itself and boasts a collection of the province’s most celebrated artists. As the museum is non-for-profit, hosting an event plays an important role in providing access to and supporting the development of the visual arts.

The museum is able to accommodate events in their Cressey Hall and the exterior. The museums permanent collection will be extending into the Upper Gallery soon, but it may still be available for ceremonies upon request! For more information on this stunning venue, check out their website, here.

 

2. Fairmont Chateau Whistler

The Fairmont Chateau is located in Whistler and has multiple locations that can be used for hosting an event. For those looking for an outdoor venue, they have the stunning Mountainview Lawn and the Woodland’s Terrace and for those looking for a ballroom, they have the Macdonald Ballroom. With onsite accommodation, activities, and and an amazing team to help you in the planning process, we cannot recommend the Fairmont Chateau more!

 

3. Nita Lake Lodge

Photography by Mitch Winton

Nita Lake Lodge is another amazing venue located in Whistler. The hotel features wood and stone elements that perfectly compliment the natural beauty that could be your backdrop to your ‘I do’s.’ With options to host your ceremony outside under their porte-cochere that can be seen here and either indoor or outdoor dining, there is flexibility to create your dream wedding. In addition to this, the Lodge boasts a spa and amazing dining at Aura Restaurant, Cure Lounge & Patio, and Fix Café.

 

4. North Arm Farm

North Arm Farm is a working farm that is located in Pemberton with unbeatable views of Mount Currie. The venue is known as a top location for ‘long table’ dinners in the field behind the barn but the space is so flexible that the possibilities are almost limitless. When guests arrive, they make their way into a green space that is often used as a ceremony location and, if you see the above photo, you can probably understand why! Apart from the amazing outdoor spaces, there is a rustic barn that opens up onto the grass that can be utilized for the ceremony, cocktail hour, dinner,  dancing, or simply as a rain plan! We West Coast planners love a venue with a built-in back up weather plan!

5. Riverlands Equestrian Centre

Photography by Blush Photography

 

Riverlands Equestrian Center is located north of Pemberton along Pemberton Valley Road. The Derby Field, near its main building is one of our favourite locations for an outdoor wedding. With ample room for a reception tent, activity tents, washroom trailers, and catering tents, we have so much fun customizing the space to fit our clients needs. The above photo shows a wedding that featured a tasting tent for Pemberton Distillery and a kids tent to keep the kiddos having just as much fun as the adults!

The Center also has its Red Barn just a bit further north along the road that is another amazing wedding location. This would be a stunning local for couples that want a bit more rustic country in their wedding aesthetic!

 

6. Sea to Sky Gondola

Photography by Tara O’Grady

Sea to Sky Gondola is located between Shannon Falls and The Chief – one of the largest granite monoliths in the world – along the Sea to Sky Highway in Squamish. This venue has matchless views of Howe Sound and it’s surrounding mountains and is a great option for couples wanting their guests to have a unique West Coast experience.

Unfortunately, the Sea to Sky Gondola was recently a victim of vandalism and is currently closed until the gondola is repaired. We cannot wait to begin hosting celebrations again at this stunning location!

 

 

7. Squamish Lil’Wat Cultural Centre

Located in the traditional territories of the Sk̲wx̲wú7mesh Lil̓wat7úl, the Squamish Lil’Wat Cultural Center is built as a celebration and a way to share the Squamish and Lil’Wat cultural knowledge ‘to inspire understanding and respect amongst all people.’ The building is designed to represent the longhouses of the Squamish people and Istken (traditional earthen pit house) of the Lil’wat people. The centre is a unique venue that pays homage to the importance of place and togetherness and has multiple halls to suit your event needs. In addition to the stunning space, the centre offers rentals and catering and, their team is so amazing to work with!

 

There is so much variety in venues along the Sea to Sky Corridor, we can’t get enough and always love working there and showcasing BC’s natural beauty. If you are looking for an outdoor wedding venue in Whistler or Vancouver, you can find our suggestions here.

Olivia and Liam’s Beachside Wedding

Photography by Hayley Ray  |  Planning by Aurora Krenus

Last July, I had the pleasure of working with Olivia and Liam on their wedding. The couple wanted their guests to fall in love with Vancouver over their wedding weekend and decided that scenery and west coast cuisine were key!

The day before they walked down the aisle, Olivia and Liam held a welcome party so that their guests could get to know one another before the reception and extend the time they had with each of their guests. Guests boarding a yacht from Coal Harbour and sailed around Stanley Park, under the Lions Gate Bridge, and into False Creek where they departed for a cocktail reception hosted at Liam’s parents house. With unbeatable views of the Vancouver skyline and the North Shore Mountains, this was an unforgettable start to the wedding weekend!

The following day, guests arrived at Saint Augustine’s Parish for Olivia and Liam’s Catholic ceremony. Olivia and her wedding party arrived shortly after Denise Elliott and her team finished with their hair and makeup and met Liam in the courtyard of the Parish for a private first look. When guests were seated, a string quartet from Musical Occasions began playing Pachebel’s Canon in D, marking the beginning of the processional. After the ceremony that featured many readers and the lighting of a unity candle, the quartet played Home by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zero’s as the couple left the altar as newlyweds.

After the ceremony finished, guests made their way through Kitsilano to Brock House Restaurant where the reception would begin. Overlooking Jericho Beach, Brock House was another amazing venue to highlight the city Olivia and Liam love. When guests arrived they were greeted with Signature Cocktails and seafood treats including a prawn cocktail display and roaming oyster shuckers! Through this time, guests enjoyed the summer sun while on the lawn set with scattered cocktail tables and a lounge designed by Bespoke Décor.

Welcomed into the reception tent for dinner, guests were served wine from BC’s Okanagan region while the service staff from Brock House took dinner orders. Floralista decorated the tables with stunning centrepieces and Olivia and Liam used various cities that they had fallen in love with throughout their travels together as table numbers. With each city, they included a little note about what they enjoyed the most during their time there which added personable touch to the tables.

Between each course featuring fresh BC ingredients, Olivia and Liam had a few speeches scheduled to keep people engaged throughout dinner. Following dinner, guests were escorted inside Brock House to enjoy dessert and coffee while Olivia and Liam danced their first dance as a married couple to Coming Home by Leon Bridges eluding to that no matter where they are, they are home when they are together.

Aurora

 

Let’s Spread Some Joy!

We are s0 excited to announce that we have partnered with some incredible friends to spread some joy during the holiday season!

Each week, you will be given a change to win one of the amazing prizes below and in turn, each week we will also be giving a ‘virtual shoebox’ to The Shoebox Project. The Shoebox Project is a charity that distributes gift-filled shoeboxes to local women impacted by homelessness. ‘Reducing the feelings of isolation and loneliness faced by women impacted by homelessness is one of the most important outcomes of The Shoebox Project. Women who are experiencing homelessness or living in unstable or unsafe conditions often report feeling disconnected from their community, invisible and alone. A Shoebox gift not only contains essentials and gifts that are much appreciated by the women we serve, but it’s also a rare gesture of kindness from one community member to another, and serves as a powerful reminder for a woman that she is seen, valued and cared for.’

 

 

Make sure you are following our Instagram account starting Friday November 27th to find out all the details and how to enter!

Thank you to our partners in Joy Spreading:

Rain Bakeshop

The Flower Factory

Cocktails & Canapes

Celsia Florist

Faye Smith Agency

Christine Pienaar Photography

Fairmont Hotel Vancouver 

Peonies Fine Flowers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo Credit: Jenn Best Photography 

Outdoor Wedding Venues Vancouver and Whistler

Outdoor weddings are becoming more popular as we find ways to celebrate during a time of our lives that require extra precaution towards keeping ourselves and our loved ones safe. I thought it would be helpful for those in the starting stages of planning their wedding to provide a list of our favourite outdoor venues, most of which allow tenting to protect us from the West Coast elements!

 

UBC Botanical Gardens Contemporary Lawn + Arbour

Photographs by Shari + Mike

UBC Botanical Garden’s Contemporary Lawn and Arbour has been one of our top choices for an outdoor wedding in Vancouver since Mari Toni and Tal’s wedding in the Summer of 2014.

The space boasts an amazing 110’ Arbour covered in climbing greens that is often used as the stunning location for a long table dinner or a ceremony. Right next door to the Arbour is the Contemporary Lawn. This can be used for cocktail hour, games, dinner, or dancing and can be tented. Be sure to ask the team at UBC Botanical Gardens about their preferred tenting company!

In addition to these two spaces, the Amphitheatre is an amazing space for a ceremony and can be integrated with the other spaces to create a seamless flow between the ceremony, cocktail hour, dinner, and dancing!

 Stanley Park Pavilion

Photographs by Melia Lucida Photography

Stanley Park Pavilion is a stunning venue located just inside Stanley Park in Vancouver. Generally recognized for its classic tearoom and ballroom, you can also rent out the Bar + Grill in conjunction with the large lawn just off the patio!

Nestled amongst the coniferous trees of the park, an intimate reception will transport your guests to a magical forest just a few steps away from Vancouver’s downtown core. With catering by Stanley Park Pavilion, the team will also help you with shuttles to downtown at the end of the night and, with permission from the City of Vancouver, this space can be tented!

Here are a few more photos from a wedding we planned in August 2019 for Penny and Will!

Riverland’s Equestrian Centre (Pemberton)

Photographs by Blush Photography

As seen in Wedluxe

I was introduced to this venue by a couple I worked with for their 2019 wedding and fell in love. Nina and Martin, the couple, wanted to host their wedding reception at a place that they had a personal connection with, and, as they boarded their beloved horse here, Riverlands was it hands down!

For Nina and Martin’s wedding, we set up a large reception tent for dinner and dancing that also housed two bars, a portrait station, and a lounge. We also had two tents from Wild Havens Popup Tents – one for a kids tent and the other a tasting tent for Pemberton Distillery – and a few tents for catering and storage. Needless to say, the space is very flexible so that you can see your dream wedding become a reality! In addition to this, the team at Riverland’s is so accommodating and we cannot recommend them more.

 

Fairmont Chateau Whistler 

Mountainview Lawn and Woodland’s Terrace 

Another amazing venue along the Sea to Sky Corridor is the Fairmont Chateau Whistler. Outside the hotels stunning ballrooms, the Woodland’s Rooftop Terrace is a flexible space that can host an outdoor ceremony and cocktail hour and a tented reception while boosting incredible views of the mountains surrounding Whistler Village. The best part (other than the views)? The tent is included with the venue!

Another hidden gem that the Fairmont Chateau has to offer is their Mountainview Lawn. This location, just minutes away from the hotel, has a three-tiered space that is an amazing space to utilize for an event and feels like an oasis from Whistler Village surrounded by dense evergreens. Many couples decide to tie the knot here on the upper-most lawn that has unbeatable mountain views – so West Coast!

 

Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel | The Chairman’s Terrace

Photographs by Blush Photography

Just around the corner on the terrace of the Chairman’s Suite at the Pacific Rim Hotel, there is a secret location for an intimate ceremony for those in love with a city backdrop for their ‘I Do’s.’

With an amazing events team, the Pac Rim can make your dreams come true with amazing venues to host your wedding to delicious food and beverage. The best part? Hard to put your finger on one thing, but spending the night in this stunning suite must be up there!

Hart House Restaurant

Photographs by Hera Studios

Hart House is a great selection for an outdoor tented wedding. They are located in a park with lots of greenery, and the lake just nearby. It’s a perfect place for photos, and a beautiful backdrop. Not only do they have a wonderful location, but their food and service are sure to please your guests. With Hart House, you have the perfect combination of natural beauty and sophistication.

 

Brock House Restaurant

Photographs by Walker Studios

If you want an oceanfront venue, you cannot beat Brock House on Jericho Beach in Vancouver! Most couples host their ceremonies on the grass facing the water and views of the North Shore Mountains and then move to the tent (included in the rental) for dinner. With the tent, tables, chairs, tableware, and catering organized by the team at Brock House, it is a great option for those looking for a stunning ‘one stop’ venue to make the planning process a bit simpler!

 

Hycroft Manor

Photographs by Lucida Photography

Hycroft is a classic venue located just in Kerrisdale off of Granville and 16th Avenue. Overlooking the mountains, this venue is so close to the bustling of the city but you’d never know it as you are transported to Europe when you enter the property.

Hycroft does not allow tenting on their property, but most couples use the terrace on the north side of the building for their ceremony and to host a dinner amongst the grand Corinthian pillars and classical garden. For those looking for a timeless elegance, Hycroft is perfect.

Cecil Green

Photographs by Lucida Photography

There are so many options for wedding ceremony locations at Cecil Green, rain or shine which is one of our favourite features. If you want to be married in a garden setting or with a view of the ocean, Cecil Green offers both options. My favourite part of Cecil Green is the terrace where an intimate wedding can dine under the stars without any worries about rain as it is covered with glass.

To recap for you:

The Best Outdoor Wedding Venues in or near Whistler are:

  1. Riverlands Equestrian Center.
  2. Fairmont Chateau Whistler, Mountain View Lawn and Woodland Terrace.
  3. North Arm Farm

The Best Outdoor Wedding Venues in Vancouver are:

  1. UBC Botanical Gardens
  2. Stanley Park Pavillion
  3. Fairmont Pacific Rim Chairman’s Terrace.
  4. Hart House
  5. Brock House
  6. Hycroft
  7. Cecil Green

There are so many amazing outdoor venues that all have a different aesthetic, from rustic to classic, we hope that this list helps you to find your perfect wedding venue!

Alicia xo

Lauren + Chris’ Fairmont Pacific Rim wedding

Wedding Planning by Alicia Keats | Wedding Photography by Jonetsu

Lauren and Chris really wanted the “WOW!” factor with their wedding; they wanted all their guests to have an amazing time and be talking about their wedding for years to come. I loved working with Lauren and it was so much fun planning her wedding weekend. Lauren is the ultimate host and throws the best parties with the most thoughtful details and her own wedding was no exception. Dreaming up her wedding invitations was one of the many highlights for me.  She is so detailed and thoughtful and was open to creative ways of bringing her vision to life.

There are so many details that I loved from Lauren’s wedding, starting with her wedding invitations. Lauren shared with me in our first meeting that she loves giving gift baskets, she also shared with me her and Chris’ love of champagne. We talked about the invite maybe being in a box and that got my imagination going! We worked with Love by Phoebe to create Lauren’s custom wedding invitations which included a black velvet, gold embossed box, a plexi glass invitation and a mini bottle of rose Moet. I can’t tell you how hard it was to find the Moet!

The couple held a welcome party the day before their wedding, as another opportunity to be able to visit with their guests. I love welcome events, the wedding day flies by so fast and this way, our couples have more chances to spend more time with their guests. Held on the roof top terrace of the Chairman’s Suite at Pacific Rim, everyone enjoyed martinis from the bar, accompanied by mezze, risotto, and maki and nigiri sushi stations.

The wedding ceremony took place at the in the Emerald Ballroom of the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel in downtown Vancouver. After the ceremony, guests moved to the cocktail hour where they were offered canapés and Rosé Moet topped with cotton candy. Evan from Koncept did an amazing job of the ceremony flowers, and Loungeworks created a fantastic area for guests to chat and enjoy the Grey Goose vodka on offer.

It was really important to Lauren and Chris that they had a great party atmosphere at their wedding, as the couple love to have a good time. The couple also included lots of lovely touches showing their love for their family and friends, including he first dance which was sung by the groom’s brother, and the father-daughter dance was sung by another of the groomsmen.

After a sumptuous dinner and dancing,  the guests were surprised by a sparkler champagne parade and escorted to the after party to dance until the early morning. Guests enjoyed bottle service, a photobooth, candy table, and cupcakes by Fringe and Flourish, doughnuts and late night snacks. One of my favorite details was our washroom make-up attendants. I was watching an awards show a few months before the wedding and mentioned to Lauren how great it would be to be at a wedding and get touched up, kinda like a bathroom amenities basket (which we love) but even better. Lauren was totally on board. It was a huge hit.

Another fun detail was their wedding favors. Lauren and Chris’ favorite champagne is Ace of Spades and we knew we wanted to incorporate this somehow. Working with Madeira Candles, custom candles were created for the guests using recycled Ace of Spade bottles.

The following morning, Lauren and Chris held a “Rosé all day” party at their home, including personalized cookies by Letterpress Bakery. It was the perfect way to end the weekend.

I had so much fun writing this post and remembering how much fun I had working with Lauren. I wish we could do it again!

Love Alicia xo