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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

Rena and Paul’s Rosewood Hotel Georgia Wedding

Wedding Planning and Design by: Alicia Keats | Photography by Blush Wedding Photography

Featured in Wedluxe Magazine, Rena and Paul’s wedding was a grand romantic affair set in the stunning Rosewood Hotel Georgia’s Spanish Ballroom. A soft colour palette of whites, pinks and touches of gold set the stage, while lush floral arrangements, luxurious linen, and a signature scent by Jo Malone set the stage for a wedding that appealed to all the senses.

The ceremony was set with neat rows of white and gold Louis Chairs on either side of a white aisle. At the end of the aisle, tall lavish floral arrangements of white hydrangea and blush roses by Granville Island Florist were set on varying sized clear pillars adding height to the room. The aisle was lined with elegant floating candles and led to an extravagant draped four-post arch full of fresh blooms from the top plinth to the tie backs and even down the inside of the posts.

For the ceremony, Rena wore an exquisite fishtail Berta gown with delicate beading and embroidered detailing and wore sparkly Christian Louboutin pink ombre heels. Rena’s bridesmaids were dressed in soft pink floor-length gowns. Paul was dressed in a black Tom Ford tuxedo with a bow tie and pocket square from Holt Renfrew. Even their teacup poodle was dressed to impress in his tuxedo!

After the ceremony, guests were welcomed onto the promenade for the cocktail reception as the Ballroom was reset for dinner and dancing. The promenade was dressed with tall cocktail tables with light pink satin tablecloths. Bud style arrangements with peonies and roses in white vases decorated the tabletops and an oversized floral arrangement topped a round white seatee. Guests enjoyed passed canapes such as Hazelnut Crusted Scallops with Basil and Red Curry while finding their name on the impressive seating chart designed by Love by Phoebe or waiting for their picture from The Collective You.

The ballroom was set with round guest tables dressed with blush linen embroidered with white flowers and set with gold charger plates with neatly folded white napkins. Lush floral arrangements were placed on each table in extra tall clear glass vases adding height and drama to the room. One of my favourite details of the room was the head table which was set in front of the altar structure that now housed the tiered wedding cake by Ganache on a pink sequin table. The head table was set with the same elegant embroidered tablecloth as the guest tables but was lined with an abundant floral arrangement of white roses, orchids, and light pink roses. At the centre of the head table, where Rena and Paul sat, there was an incredible floral ‘waterfall’ that was the perfect piece de resistance for the reception.

During the reception, guests enjoyed a five-course dinner that concluded with a slice of the wedding cake from Ganache. After dinner, Rena and Paul danced to ‘You are the Reason’ by Calum Scott and Leona Lewis and then guests were welcomed to the dance floor for the bouquet and garter tosses. DJ Colette from Girl on Wax kept the party going as the Rosewood served the late-night snack of poutine and Japanese hotdogs. When guests departed, they were welcome to take a delicate mini orchid in a gold planter home as a keepsake.

Enjoy!

xo Alicia

A Team Retreat in Whistler

Note from Alicia Keats: It is hard to believe how much has changed since myself and my team were in Whistler celebrating our 2019 wedding season and looking forward to our 2020 wedding season and what would be our 10th wedding season together. A lot has changed  for us due to COVID-19. Angie wrote this post about our retreat in early March and it was scheduled to be posted just as the pandemic hit. Despite all that has transpired since March, I still want to share it with you. We had such an incredible time. I loved being able to spoil my team, reflect on what we had accomplished and learned and talk about goals for the future. While our 2020 retreat may have to wait until 2021, I am looking forward to nevertheless. I am so grateful to my team and to have been able to spend this time with them together. -Alicia Keats

 

Post by Angie Lamb | Photography by: Tara O’Grady Photography

Over the month of September 2019, Alicia was busy preparing a retreat for our team in secret. The only hint that we had was the date and the knowledge that we would need a car to get to the location.  Then – a couple of weeks before the event – an invite with a line of evergreen trees at the bottom greeted us in our mailboxes. We were headed to the Fairmont Chateau Whistler for a weekend team retreat!

When we arrived at the hotel, we were greeted by Tracy McIvor, the Regional Sales Manager, and our bags were delivered to our rooms. As we entered our rooms, we were met with a welcome package from Alicia and a gift from the staff at the Fairmont Chateau. It was clear to us that we were about to get spoiled!

After settling in, we made our way to our ‘head quarters’ that would be the Mountain View Suite overlooking Blackcomb Mountain. This space is one that many of our bride’s use to get ready in before walking down the aisle to say ‘I do’ and it was such an amazing space for us to reflect on our past wedding season, to create goals for next year, and to discuss our bigger picture projects. Between these sessions we had fun attending site visits at local venues, visiting the spa, and most of all enjoyed an abundance of tasty treats.

After a busy year, it was so nice to have the time to connect and reflect as a team. This ‘workation’ reminded us of how grateful we are to be to work in this industry and be connected to so many amazing and inspiring people.

Thank-you to Alicia and the Fairmont Chateau for your generosity!

Angie :)

Rekha and Aaron’s Spirit Ridge Wedding in Osoyoos

Wedding Planing by: Alicia Keats | Wedding Photography by: Kevin Trowbridge

A couple of summers ago, I had the honour of planning Rekha and Aaron’s wedding that took place at the Spirit Ridge Resort overlooking Osoyoos Lake and the Okanagan Range. The couple celebrated their cross-cultural wedding over two days during the weekend with a Hindu wedding ceremony on Friday and a civil wedding ceremony on Saturday.

The Hindu wedding ceremony was held on the resorts roof-top terrace and took place under a Mandap of white and pink fabric. Rekha wore a traditional red sari embellished with gold detailing symbolizing the rising sun and prosperity.  The colour red was used throughout the ceremonial space along with vibrant pinks and oranges traditionally used during Hindu weddings.

During the ceremony, a fire burned under the Mandap as a witness to the sacrament of marriage. Offerings of rice were given to the fire and floral garlands were exchanged symbolizing the couple’s desire to marry one another. Proceeding the ceremony, a reception followed with traditional East Indian Cuisine and a Mehendi Station by The Henna Hut.

The following day, Rekha enjoyed a relaxing morning with her bridal party with a private yoga class in the courtyard while Aaron worked out with his groomsmen. One of my favourite things about this wedding day morning was that the wedding party and guests alike were given time to enjoy the resort amenities and were able to explore Osoyoos before the next celebrations began. Letting everyone unwind in the sun in the morning set the stage for the peaceful ceremony and reception that was to come.

Saturday’s ceremony also took place on the terrace. Two floral arrangements sat on top of wine barrels at the end of the aisle while white chairs were set looking towards the arch and Osoyoos Lake. Celsia Florist designed a stunning arch arrangement that covered a dark stained arbour with a plethora of dusty pink roses, white hydrangea, and burgundy smokebush.

Following the ceremony and cocktail hour, guest were invited to the Vineyard Patio for dinner. Dark-stained harvest tables were lined with wooden grace chairs with linen cushions. By incorporating the traditional place cards onto the menus, the place settings were kept simple with just a napkin and glassware calling attention to the garden-inspired flowers, the space itself, and the stunning views of Osoyoos. The centerpieces with dusty pink roses, white ranunculus and greenery felt organic in the space that had a ceiling covered in trailing vines. Crystal chandeliers were hung on the ceiling amongst the vines creating a romantic and peaceful atmosphere. Each guest had a personalized luggage tag at their place setting as a keepsake from the wedding.

The head table was lined with a stunning garland of greenery and flowers and was shaded with market umbrellas. A tiered wedding cake by Sweet on You was set on a wine barrel next to the head table celebrating the space the wedding was taking place in – wine country.

During dinner, guests enjoyed a seasonal plated meal and the venues own Nkmip Wine. After the couple cut the cake, they stepped away for some sunset photos in the vineyard while the servers at Spirit Ridge plated and served dessert to their guests. Speeches then continued after Rehka and Aaron returned and then they enjoyed their first dance to ‘It’s Your Love’ by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.

Love Alicia xo

Tammy + Chris’ Pacific Rim Wedding Celebration

Wedding Planning by Alicia Keats | Wedding Photography by Melia of Lucida Photography

Tammy and Chris wanted their wedding to have a whimsical feel, with natural West Coast elements and be a celebration of the union of not only themselves through marriage, but of their families (including their pet lizard) too. Embracing these elements as inspiration, we used light décor elements and plenty of activities to create an evening that was authentically Tammy + Chris.

After getting ready at their family homes (thanks to Denise Elliott and her team), they arrived at St. Andrews Wesley Church in Downtown Vancouver. Other than the simple floral arrangements tied onto the pews with pink ribbons by Celsia Florist, the architecture of the church was left to evoke a certain transcendental air for the ceremonial portion of the day. Balancing this formal atmosphere was Tammy + Chris’s light energy as they smiled, laughed, and gave out high fives to celebrate the occasion in their own special way.  Concluding this portion of the day was a Unity Candle ritual that ceremonially tied the two families together, a truly special way to express the joining of Tammy + Chris through marriage and the devotion that they have towards their loved ones.

Following the ceremony, guests made their way to the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel where they were greeted by sparkling wine and passed canapes as the Cocktail Hour commenced. Before guests entered the main ballroom for the dinner portion of the evening, they found their seats on a mirror seating plan that was inscribed in gold ink. The décor in the ballroom was kept light and airy with crisp white linen, gold chivari chairs, clear cylindrical vases with white floating candles, and an abundance of greenery dotted with blush and white roses. Behind the head table was a magnificent backdrop made of hanging greenery garlands set against a lush white drapery. This backdrop helped to make the head table more of a focal point for guests as their eyes were drawn to the couple and those in the wedding party – it also made for amazing photographs!

After a three-course dinner was served that included an amazing three-tier cake from A.Elizabeth Cakes, the dance floor opened up after the first dance. DJ Aimee kept the party going late into the evening and everyone of all ages celebrated the union of Tammy + Chris.

Enjoy!

Alicia xo