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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

Rosa + Andrew’s Hotel Georgia wedding

Wedding Planning by Alicia Keats | Wedding Photography by Lucida Photography

What stood out for me more than anything about Rosa and Andrew was how sweet they were together, and how very much in love they were. I could tell that Rosa was just smitten with Andrew, and it was so beautiful to see. Even though they had been together for a number of years, they were still very much crazy in love. Andrew was such a lovely guy, Rosa had such a big heart and I loved planning their wedding with them.

Rosa had three stunning dresses: one beautiful white dress, one chic red dress, and one breathtaking Korean dress, which all complemented her make-up expertly done by Jayna Marie.

The wedding was held at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia. Rosa wanted lots of candles and for their wedding to feel warm and romantic, but she also wanted infuse her wedding with unique decor elements and pops of her favorite color-blue.  The decor (by Evan at Flowerz and Koncept) did just that.  The string quartet from Musical Occasions, set the romantic tone for the ceremony.

Anna from  A. Elizabeth Cakes  used the graphic design elements of the invitations and incorporated them into the design of the wedding cake. You might also notice their seating chart also carried through the graphic design as well.

Rosa and Andrew had a lot of out of town guests and they danced late into the night with music provided by DJ Pri from Girl on Wax, and Photobooth Vancouver was on hand to provide endless entertainment.

I hope you are doing well Rosa + Andrew and wish you the very best in your married lives!

With love,

Alicia xoxo

A Blast from the Past: Caitlin & Anton

Last week I took a stroll down memory lane as I was flipping through the galleries of previous weddings. It’s been so humbling to see the couples I have worked with in the past and I’m very grateful for the opportunities I have had to connect with so many amazing people and be a part of their wedding day.

The wedding I am sharing today is one from a few summers ago that I have never had the opportunity to share. Caitlin and Anton’s wedding took place at Rowena’s Inn on the river in Harrison Mills. The scenery surrounding them was stunning and was beautifully captured by Nordica Photography in the images below.

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