Emerald is such a stunning color and I absolutely love it in today’s Vancouver wedding from Jamie Delaine. Firstly, the bride’s gown is amazing! All those layers of tulle make such a classic and elegant look. And that location? So breath-taking with all the glass walls and ivy.
We really wanted our wedding to be a reflection of our personalities and our relationship. It is easy to overthink every detail, but as we started to just go with our gut and trust our decisions the day slowly came together exactly the way we wanted. We knew we wanted to get married in downtown Vancouver and absolutely fell in the love with the Great Hall of the Vancouver Law Courts when we saw it. The cascading ivy backdrop and glass walls were beautiful and the view of downtown Vancouver from the restaurant upstairs sold us on the location.
Seeing Jordan for the first time was so special. As I waited with my Dad before the ceremony I felt quite calm, but the moment I took a step into the Hall I started to cry. There had been so much emotion leading up to this day and to realize that this moment had finally come was overwhelming. I walked up the aisle while a string trio played a version of “Home” by Phillip Phillips and I did not take my eyes off Jordan the entire time. He looked so handsome and I couldn’t believe he was about to be my husband. One of my favourite moments of the day was exchanging our vows. We had opted to write our own vows instead of saying traditional ones and it was a beautiful, vulnerable moment for the two of us.
We had a lot of fun preparing the music at our wedding. For our ceremony we had a string trio that played “Home” by Phillip Philliips during the processional and a jazzy rendition of “(This Will Be) An Everlasting Love” by Natalie Cole during the recessional. Our first dance was to “Forever Like That” by Ben Rector, a song that has meant a lot to us throughout our relationship. Our reception was a blast. The food was amazing and our DJ did an incredible job at keeping everyone dancing all night long. It was so special to be able to celebrate with friends and family from all the different phases of our lives. There were many happy tears and laughs throughout the night- it was a beautiful night!
Photography | Jamie Delaine Photography | Venue | Law Courts Inn Restaurant Vancouver, BC | Decor | Debut Decor | Florist | Fragrant Memories | Gown | Allure from Lisa’s Bridal | Bridesmaids | Dessy | Hair | Jessica Stotts from Workshop Salon | Groomsmen | Western Tux
Mother nature always makes the best backdrops. That’s why I’m so in love with this Lake Tahoe engagement session from Ryan Greenleaf Photography. This couple did long distance for a while when the groom was in France finishing up school so they did a cute travel picnic theme for their shoot. How gorgeous are the big rocks at the lake? That last shot is just amazing!
Sharing this pretty and pink Santa Fe wedding from Liz Anne Photography. I’m dying over all the lush peonies (my floral weakness)! And that naked chocolate cake is almost too pretty to eat!
Chris and I were engaged for a year, we wanted it that way so that we could take our time planning and really making the wedding everything we dreamed of. One of the most important things for us was for our family and friends to get to enjoy this day just as much as Chris and I and not have to stress over anything. That’s one of the main reasons why we decided to go with La Fonda on the Plaza as our wedding venue; they decorated the venue and took care of coordinating that day for us.
Another important aspect of planning our wedding was keeping within budget. It was definitely harder than what we thought, since we had no clue how much things would cost. But we managed to pull it off; we had to decide what things were a priority and what weren’t. For instance, I originally wanted all of our desserts to be freshly baked by a local baker, but we soon found out that it was either freshly made desserts or a beautiful wedding cake. So we ended up baking our own desserts. I have a wonderful sister who is very creative; she made all of the macaroons and meringue. The rest of the desserts we ended up getting at Costco. Another thing we compromised on was the wedding date. For the most part, everyone wants their wedding on a Saturday afternoon, but we found out you will definitely pay for that. We decided to do our wedding on a Sunday, and we literally paid half of what we would’ve had we done it on a Saturday.
My favorite thing about our wedding was that we truly got to enjoy that day with all of our family and friends; there was no running around trying to get things done. Our wedding was a dream come true and we are so thankful for everyone who came and celebrated with us, the people there truly were the most important and memorable “thing” for us. We are also so blessed that we got to work with such talented people that knew exactly what they were doing. I will say this though, things did go wrong and we weren’t always running on time, but from the get-go we had to make a conscious decision to not let the little mess-ups ruin that beautiful day.
Photography | Liz Anne Photography | Venue | La Fonda on the Plaza | Florist | Margaret Bost Floral Designs | Cake | Chocolate Maven | Cake Topper | BetterOffWed | Gown | David’s Bridal | Makeup | Jessica Style | DJ | Complete Music