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Carita + Vincent’s Fairmont Pacific Rim Wedding

WEDDING PLANNING BY ALICIA KEATS | WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY BY JONETSU

Featured by WedLuxe Magazine, Carita and Vincent’s wedding at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel was a stunning affair that truly reflected their personalities. Using our couples love for the lush blue-greens of the Pacific Northwest as the base for their fun colour palette (and a pair of Valentino Rockstuds), we got to work to make their vision a reality.

To keep guests engaged and excited, Carita and Vincent wanted each part of the wedding to be unique and to have its own ‘feel.’ Evan and the Koncept team and Suzane at Granville Island quickly embraced this idea and created three distinctive spaces while simultaneously making them feel cohesive.

When guests arrived for the wedding, they were ushered into the foyer through a flower tunnel created by Granville Island Florists and Koncept. With bright pink, purple, and white blooms cascading from the ceiling, guests were transported to the wisteria tunnel at Kawachi Fuji Gardens in Japan, the location that Vincent initially wanted to propose (he ended up proposing at the beautiful Multnomah Falls in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area).

The ceremony, held in the Star Sapphire Ballroom at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel, set the stage for the evening. Set with rose gold infinity chairs from Mohani, the room welcomed guests into a luxurious and warm atmosphere. The altar backdrop was constructed with custom gold three-dimensional triangles interspersed with hanging bunches of soft flowers and Edison lightbulbs, making an incredible aesthetic impact. To complete the look, lush flower arrangements of soft pink roses, white peonies, and pink ranunculus were tied neatly to the backs of the chairs next to the aisle.

The cocktail hour was characterized by bright pinks and fuchsias. We created lounge areas with purple modern sofas, bright blue chairs, gold geometric-inspired glass-top coffee tables, gold triangular candle holders, and lavish cheerful floral arrangements with purple hydrangeas, vivid pink roses and peonies, and ‘indigo spires.’ While taking in the change of scenery and music from SideOne, guests enjoyed ‘His and Hers’ Signature Cocktails while canapes such as Wild Mushroom Arancini with Truffle Aioli were passed.

During the cocktail hour, Carita changed into a traditional qungua embroidered with a dragon and phoenix pattern for the family tea ceremony. While the tea ceremony commenced and guests enjoyed cocktail hour, the ballroom was being reset for the main reception.

For the reception, the ballroom walls were lined with deep blue-green velvet drapes that not only enveloped the room with warmth but also allowed for the bright colours of the floral centrepieces, the cream-coloured satin tablecloths, and gold accents to pop. Each place setting was set with turquoise satin napkins, silverware, glassware, and custom cookies from A.Elizabeth Cakes – one with a picture of Fuji, their puppy, and the other with their names and wedding date. The geometric back drop used for the ceremony was moved to behind the head table made it the ‘piece de resistance.’ Juxtaposed against the dramatic colours used for the guest tables, we opted to use the soft colour pallet used for the ceremony for the flowers on the head table to create continuity throughout the event. Next to the head table was an incredible five-tier cake, also by Anna, that incorporated the geometric design elements of the wedding.

After an elaborate five-course meal ending with a Matcha Cake, Carita and Vincent enjoyed their first dance to the Beatles, ‘I Will,’ opening up the dance floor for the rest of the evening festivities.

You can also see their wedding video, by one of our favorites, Vincent + Theo, here.

On a personal note, it was a huge honor and privilege to work with Carita and Vincent and a huge hole was left in my heart after the planning was finished. It was not just the amount of time that we spent working together, it was also the friendship that was created. Carita is someone who pays attention to details, who really listens and stores little comments away for future reference. I had mentioned briefly that I am always cold and typically always have a blanket on me (even in the summer!) when I work from home, and suddenly the most thoughtful gift arrived at my office, a blanket, camouflaged as a scarf. This is just one example of how special and thoughtful Carita is. I feel so lucky to have met her and Vincnet and to have been a part of this special day.

xoxo

Alicia

Melanie + Andrew’s Springtime Wedding

 

 

 

 

 

Planning By Aurora Krenus | Photography by Life Studios

Reflecting the feeling of springtime, Melanie + Andrew’s wedding was full of elegant romance and soft pastels. Taking place at the Capilano Golf and Country Club, the wedding truly emulated the feeling of Spring on the coast, with pink and white blooms, grey Bridesmaid’s dresses, and even a quick afternoon rain shower that made for some dramatic yet cozy ‘under-the-umbrella’ photos!

Before the ceremony, Melanie, Andrew, and the Wedding Party, got ready at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel in Vancouver. During the time everyone got ready for the wedding, the couple gave each member of their wedding party a small gift, such as delicate silver bracelets with an infinity symbol for the Bridesmaids. In addition to the gifts to their wedding party, the couple also exchanged gifts with handwritten notes that brought happy tears to their eyes (and to mine!).

The ceremony was held inside at the Capilano Golf and Country Club in the Guinness Room. A white aisle runner led to the altar that was set at a large bay window and decorated with two full floral arrangements of pink and cream roses set upon clear vases and white plinths by Niche Event Stylists. Instead of a more traditional aisle marker, the couple chose to have floral garlands set on each of the white wooden chairs that lined the aisle. As guests entered, a string quartet from Musical Occasions played.

After the cocktail hour, guests were welcomed into the Stanley Thompson Room where they would take their seats for the dinner. Tables were dressed in gorgeous soft grey satin linen and each had a dramatic centrepiece of roses and hydrangea set on clear glass vase. Each place setting was complete with a clear glass charger plate with gold beading around the edge, a white napkin with a menu and a single pale pink garden rose tucked into it, silverware, and glassware. To add a little more elegance and sparkle, we chose gold chivari chairs, gold tealight candle holders, and added decadent filigree touches to the table numbers and menu cards. The head table was rectangular and faced the guest tables. It had a backdrop of pink and white chiffon drapery, gorgeous ‘loaf’ flower arrangements, and clear glass vases with floating candles. Set next to the head table was a small table with an incredible three-tier cake by A. Elizabeth Cakes complete with white peonies, pink roses, pearl-like detailing, and an embellished gold cake stand.

After enjoying a three-course meal that was interspersed with speeches from the family and wedding party, Andrew was surprised with a custom Lambeau Stadium Cake made by A. Elizabeth Cakes as he was a huge Green Bay Packers fan. After this, the couple cut the tiered wedding cake to Jack Johnson’s song, ‘Better Together,’ and the dessert station was opened. DJ Aimee Hawker brought guests onto the dance floor and guests enjoyed themselves late into the evening leaving with custom cookies from Short and Sweet Bakery.

Enjoy,

Aurora

Sam + Steve’s Garden-Inspired Wedding at Cecil Green

Photography by Lucida Photography | Wedding Planning by Alicia Keats

Hosted at Cecil Green House in Vancouver Canada, Sam and Steve’s wedding seamlessly integrated modern aesthetics with vintage elegance. Through touches such as the intricate beading and lace on Sam’s gown to the lounge furniture, we created an air of sophistication that would have been anticipated in the earlier days of the mansion.

The ceremony, held in the garden of the property, exuded an atmosphere of lightness and cheer. With rows of white wooden chairs, market umbrellas, and white cocktail tables with centerpieces of soft pink and peach Ranunculus by Celsia Florist, we created a classy afternoon affair that the couple desired. After the ceremony, a jazz quartet from Musical Occasions played in the garden while Prosecco and appetizers circulated and guests enjoyed playing lawn games.

Tying in the couples love of travel, we got creative with a few details for their wedding. Guests were asked to sign vintage-style postcards from various places that Sam and Steve had traveled to, and then place them in a beautiful gold and glass photography box. Another way that they tied in the theme of travel was in their seating plan, created by Love By Phoebe. Sam and Steve named each table after one of their favorite cities – from Barcelona to Paris – and had a seating plan made up for guests to look at before they entered the reception hall. This seating plan had an illustration of an iconic building from each city to represent each table and along with the less traditional guestbook, helped to add some of their adventurous spirit into their special day!

The main reception was held inside at Cecil Green in the Yorkeen Room. With the head table set at the fireplace, the tables were set with crisp white linen, gold-rimmed chargers, garden-style floral arrangements, gold Chivari chairs, and an abundance of candles. Guests were served a three-course dinner while listening to speeches, and then were brought to the Terrance for the First Dance to Neil Young’s ‘Harvest Moon.’

Our Wedding

Wedding Planning: Alicia Keats | Wedding Photography Jonetsu Studios

Today is our five year wedding anniversary and I thought it was about time I shared my own wedding day with you!

I have really struggled to find the words to describe the experience of planning our wedding. Having had the honor and privilege of being a part of so many weddings over the last thirteen years, I had thought I would have been well prepared for the experience of being a bride myself, but I was wrong.

During the planning process, I really struggled with the idea that the wedding was suppose to be all about us (I am someone who can’t stand to be in the spot light even on her birthday and in my work-life I am happily behind the scenes). During a heart to heart with our stationery designer and my close friend, (Love by) Phoebe, I shared how important it was for me to ensure our guests understood how important their presence on our wedding day was for us and with that thought the intention for our wedding took shape. We would focus on the guest experience and carefully include details that would ensure our guests would feel our love for them. Our design was fairly understated and classic. We used our wedding flowers as inspiration for a lot of the design. I had carefully chosen our wedding date with our florist, another dear friend of mine, Gloria of Flower Factory, to ensure that all of my favorite flowers would be in season (peonies, lilacs, lilies of the valley, sweet-peas, and ranunculus) and Phoebe brought the flowers to life in our stationery. With these beautiful floral inspiration and our desire to spoil our guests, all the pieces began to fall into place and I was able to embrace the planning of our wedding with a new intention and spirit.

Our wedding was about sharing our love: for each other and for our loved ones. When our guests arrived at our wedding, they were each given a boutonniere. We wanted every single guest to know that they were important to us and that their presence and their support on our wedding day mattered to us. We had a small wedding, sixty-three guests, and so the way I saw it, everyone of them was in our ‘wedding party’.

Our ceremony was going to be outside in Pacific Spirit Park (more about that later!), so another way we wanted to take care of our guests was by ensuring they would be warm in the cool early May air. My husband’s mother hand stitched our wedding date on cozy blankets for our guests. Anyone who knows me well, knows that I am never more than 2 feet away from a blanket at all times because I am always freezing (even have one on as I write this!) so there were some laughs about the need for blankets in May.

Great food was a must. I wanted our guests to feel like they were at fantastic, intimate, dinner party with lots of food and wine. I think we all know how much I love the Vancouver Club, and their took my ideas for our menu and created an outstanding feast which included a family style first course, a palate cleanser, a plated entree and a plated duo dessert.

Our guestbook that was made up entirely of photos of us with each one of our guests from some point in our past. This was a huge project and I suggest only attempting with smaller weddings, but it was worth it. In the hardcover guestbook, each guest was able to find a photo of themselves, with one (or both!) of us and sign the book next to their photo. I think it is important to create a guestbook that you will want to revisit after the wedding, and I still love looking through it. It is so love filled.

As our guests made their way to the table for dinner, everyone was seated at one large table, they discovered a hand painted floral envelope on each of their place settings. In each envelope was a hand written note from my husband and myself and a photo of us with them from some point in past. The photos that Camille and Chadwick were able to capture of our guests opening these cards are my most precious. There was so much laughter and tears in the room as our loved ones opened up the envelopes and those images capture this moment so perfectly, I can almost hear the noise in the room again. At each of our parents and grandparent’s place setting, I had arranged for their favorite flower to be waiting for them. My dad had a cactus, Duncan’s grandma a rose… It was a lot of fun figuring out what their favorite flowers were and another way we could show them that they mattered to us. There were many more little details we included in our wedding to make our guests feel as loved as we possibly could, but the last one I will share was that my husband and his brother made home brew as favours for all our guests (and I of course provided pink bubbly!). It was so much fun thinking of ways to spoil our guests and how we could show them how much we loved them.

As I reflect on our wedding day, what stands out to me is how much love there was surrounding us. Having taken our time to get married, I think our friends and family were so happy and excited for our day to finally (!!!) arrive that the amount of love and support in the room was staggering. We purposely created an intimate celebration and made sure that we were surrounded by our biggest supporters and champions.

A few quick lessons that I learned while planning my wedding to leave you with:

Lesson One: Let the love in. Allow those around you to have the opportunity to celebrate you and show how you how much they love.  This was the biggest and most challenging thing I learned about being a bride myself. I am very good at loving, but being on the other side of this kind of love was overwhelming but so incredible; something that we both will carry with us in our marriage for the rest of our lives. It was magical.

Lesson Two: Wedding party size does not matter (Duncan had 12 groomsmen, and keep in mind our wedding was small, so it seemed that nearly half the wedding guests were up there with us!) and I think everyone got a good laugh out of it.

Lessons Three: Sometimes things can light on fire, but with quick action, no one will get hurt. That story is for another day.

Lesson Four: If you plan a wedding ceremony in the middle of the forest in Pacific Spirit Park on the first weekend in May, no matter how tightly you cross your fingers or how much obsessing you do over ten different weather apps when you should be sleeping, no matter how many times you have told your couples that rain on their wedding day is magical: there is a high chance it will rain and there is nothing you can do about it.

Lesson Five: Which brings me to the final wedding lesson, hire a wedding coordinator so you can be present and in the moment on your wedding day. It is the best gift you can give yourself and your guests. I can say this not only as a planner myself, but as a bride who had the best one by her side on her wedding day. Aurora, you are the best!

On that note, I will wrap up this super long post but not before thanking my dear friends who were responsible for bringing our wedding day to life. Firstly Jenny for encouraging me to hold a date at the Vancouver Club (honestly without her, we would still be working on finding the perfect wedding venue in Tofino), Aurora and Phoebe for sitting me down numerous times and making me focus on planning my own wedding, Gloria of Flower Factory for telling me when to get married so I could have all my favorite flowers (and who I know lost sleep over the Lilacs and Lilies of the Valley), Karen Ell for marrying us and for being a grounding presence, Camille and Chadwick of Jonetsu who captured the day perfectly, Sweet Thea for the beautiful peony cake, Martin for providing the most beautiful music for our ceremony, Emily (and Katie!) for hair and make up magic, Elsa Corsi for the stunning custom jewelry and hairpiece, sweet Aimee for filling the dance floor and playing all our favorite music, Angela with Photobooth Vancouver for providing us with hysterical memories that we will enjoy for many years to come, Daniel with Pacific Harmony who put up with the 12 loud groomsmen, A Stylish Arrival for being a wonderful chauffeur, The Tux Store for suiting up my husband’s football team, Debut for insisting that I needed candles and lighting, and of course Upright Decor and Pedersen‘s for the rentals.

Now if you have hung in there with me through this epic blog post, here are a few of our favorite memories from our wedding day.

Love Alicia

Happy New Year from Alicia Keats Weddings + Events

Photo Credit: Kevin Trowbridge 

Happy New Year’s Eve dear readers! We thought it would be fun to share a few sneak-peeks from some of our weddings and events from the 2017 season. These are just a few of the beautiful celebrations we will be sharing with you in the coming months as we look back at the past year in more detail. 2017 has been a very special year with so much love and joy celebrated! When I think about this past season, my heart wants to burst with joy. We are so humbled to be a part of these personal celebrations and to be let into the lives of our dear couples and clients. We could not create the magic for our couples without the help of our creative partners, and I will be sharing all of their details in future posts, we are so grateful for their dedication and passion.  At our last wedding of the year I choked up reflecting on the past year and how grateful I am to be able to do work that I love and care about so much. I am so lucky.

We are well on our way into planning our 2018 weddings and events and have lots of wonderful things in store for the New Year. Today I hope that you have sometime to reflect on everything that brought you joy in 2017 and what you are looking forward to in the new year. I know New Year’s resolutions are conversational these days, but I am a goal setter so I will be writing out my goals today for the new year ahead, something I love doing every year.  No pressure for you to do the same!

To all the couples who got engaged over the Holiday season, I hope you take the time to enjoy this special time in your relationship, it is truly a magical time.

Wishing you the the best for the year ahead! Happy New Year!

xo Alicia

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