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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.

 

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

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