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Brandon & Giselle’s Summerhill Pyramid Winery Wedding

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They say, first comes love, then comes marriage then comes the baby in the baby carriage. Today is Giselle and Brandon’s anniversary and I’m reflecting on their incredible wedding day at Summerhill Pyramid Winery in Kelowna.

How they met:

(from the bride)

Brandon and I both grew up on farms just outside of a small town in Sylvan Lake, AB. We first met on a school bus on our first day of grade 4. We ended up being in the same elementary class. When Brandon took off to school in Red Deer, we remained friends but didn’t really reconnect until we were 21. It all seemed very surreal to be be dating my elementary school bus buddy. Before I knew it I was leaving friends and family behind to be with him in the states. Once we made that big decision it wasn’t long after that we were sitting on our dock at home when he asked me to marry him.

How they wed:

From the moment I first met Giselle and Brandon, I fell in love with them and their wedding vision. Although they wanted a beautiful wedding full of details, what mattered most was the marriage that followed the wedding day. Dream couple goals!

Originally from Alberta,they chose a destination wedding in beautiful Kelowna at Summerhill Pyramid Winery.

“When we started planning the wedding I didn’t have a vision for what I wanted the venue to look like. Our wedding planner communicated so well with all of our vendors and created a beautiful design for our venue. When I saw the decor for the first time I was completely shocked-in the best way possible! “

Vintage Origami and Crocus Florals curated a beautiful room full of luscious peach, cream and blush tone florals and linens, calligraphy quotes and eucalytus garlands cascading to the ground. The favour cookies were baked by the bride and placed inside white boxes next to a blush tone place card on each place setting. We used engagement photos of the couple, favourite song lyrics and poems to line the aisle and created an intimate and cozy atmosphere for our guests.

Favourite details included the first look with her father, the ice cream station and the school bus! It was only fitting that with a love story that began on the school bus that we incorporate that into the day.

“My most memorable moment is walking down the aisle with my dad towards Brandon and feeling as if I was dreaming. I will never forget the smile on his face, the world around us just seemed to completely disappear. A close second would be the speeches because no matter how hard you try not to cry, it’s just going to happen.”

Watch their wedding highlight film here.

Vendor team:

Wedding Planning: Sweetheart Events | Photography: Christine Pienaar Photography | Videography: Kismet Creative | Venue: Summerhill Pyramid Winery | Hair and Makeup: BeYOUtiful | Decor: Vintage Origami | Florist: Crocus Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Bisou Bridal | Custom Suit: The Tux Store | School Bus Transport: A1 Bus Ltd. | Day of Stationery: Meg White Designs | Dessert Bar: Ice Cream Artisan |  Ceiling Drapery: TTM Events | Music: Dj Super Dave | Officiant: Maureen Taylor

 

You + Me: Date Night Giveaway// Couple’s Session// Vancouver, BC

Photo credit: Kim James Photography

Close your eyes and think of your best date with your sweetie. Now imagine this, you’re at work and an invitation arrives on your desk sharing a secret location. That address leads you to the studio of Jasmine Hoffman to get all glammed up. There is a knock on the door and your man is there to whisk you away…

Today’s announcement has my excitement level at 11! As the owner of Sweetheart Events, I am a HUGE believer in celebrating love, making date night a priority and building strong relationships before my couples say I Do. Today, I am partnering with a team of FABULOUS Vancouver based wedding creatives to create a unique shoot for one fabulous couple. Do you know a deserving couple that is dating and madly in love, recently engaged or perhaps celebrating an anniversary milestone? Perhaps you want to surprise your sweetie and show how much you love them? Then this giveaway is for you! Your love story is just the beginning and we cannot wait to celebrate it with you! Details of the giveaway are below:

Date Night Details:

This Couple’s Date Night Giveaway will include the following:

*One hour photo session with Kim James Photography

*Hair and Makeup session with Jasmine Hoffman

*30 minute consultation with Sweetheart Events to determine some decor ideas, a location that will match who you are as a couple and on-site styling during the session

*Romantic outdoor picnic for two (Rain plan will be discussed) filled with calligraphy pieces and decor provided by Sweetheart Events

*Charcuterie board provided by Railtown Catering and local BC Bottle of Wine

*Calligraphy invitation to #bestdatenightever

(Package valued at over $1250)

How to Enter:

This sounds too good to be true, correct? We’re going to make it super easy for you!

When: The contest will open, Wednesday, June 7th and close on Sunday, June 18th.

How: This is the best part! Nominate a friend OR your sweetheart that you hope to surprise with this incredible date night. Email me at stephanie (at) sweetheartevents.ca. I want to hear about YOU (or the couple you’re nominating) and all the mushy details of the love story along with a photo. Please also share your availability for June 26th, 27th and 28th. Please note this will happen after 4 PM. *We welcome surprise proposals. We just ask that you inform us so we can help with the execution!

Winner: The winner will be announced at 12pm on Wednesday, June 21st on Instagram.

Conditions:

*The winning couple must sign a model release allowing all creatives to use the photos/video on social media and for marketing purposes. Videographer, Mehdi Nowroozi will be on site capturing the behind the scenes.

*The images will be released within four weeks via an online gallery with secure password

*One entry per couple OR friend

*Session must take place in Vancouver during the following dates: June 26-28

 

Kalia & Ben’s Poplar Grove Winery Wedding

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How they met:

It all began seven years ago, in the hallways of their high school. They met in Grade 10 and two years later graduated as highschool sweethearts. When it came down to popping the question, Ben knew their 7 year anniversary was the right time. That night he asked those 4 little words in Coal Harbour and Kalia said YES!

The Wedding:

Kalia and Ben’s Poplar Grove Wedding was years in the making you could say. The couple share many memories in Penticton and chose Poplar Grove Winery for their gorgeous wedding backdrop. I mean those wood elements, the floor to ceiling windows, the jaw dropping backdrop and acres of vineyards are every wedding planner’s dream!

The day began, filled with celebration, as Kalia and her bridal party got glammed up. Ben enjoyed a morning of golf with his groomsmen. Guests began to arrive and shelter themselves from the sun. It was a hot one for sure! The musicians began and Ben escorted his parents down the aisle followed by Kalia on her father’s arm. Poplar Grove’s finest wine was poured as the couple snapped photos and were then welcomed into the tasting room for a long table dinner reception drapped with white linen and luscious floral arrangements. To end the night off, the guests danced outside under a tent and globe lights.

Wishing these two lots of love and many hugs of gratitute for choosing me as their planner.

Wedding Planning: Sweetheart Events | Photography: Kim James Photography | Hair: Stephanie Geary (MOH)| Makeup: Jasmine Hoffman | Florist: Society Floral | Officiant: Evelyn Blaine | Venue: Poplar Grove Winery | Caterer: Vanilla Pod Restaurant | Wedding Cake: Sugar Sweet Co. | DJ: John Bryne Music | Transportation: RJKS Limousine | Decor Rentals: Bespoke Decor Rentals | Sweetheart Table Chairs: Okanagan Event Rentals

 

Meet Sweetheart Events Owner, Stephanie

Sweetheart Events, Owner, Girlboss, Vancouver Wedding Planner

Photo credit: Christine Pienaar Photography

Hey friends! I’m Stephanie (the girlboss behind SHE). I’m thrilled you’re considering me for this amazing time in your life. You have an incredible story to share. I’m doing happy dances with excitement for you!

Most days you can find me double fisting mugs of cold coffee (because who ever gets to it when it’s hot), hanging out in my home office answering emails or hanging with my fur baby, Miss Molly. Read on for the rest!

My journey to being Girl Boss and wedding planning:

Funny enough, I never wanted to be a wedding planner (stay with me and keep reading). At the time, The Wedding Planner, starring J.Lo was released a good friend of mine suggested that as my career. I remember laughing at that comment and moving on. Here I am how many years later loving all the mush and gush moments that come my way. I love love but I don’t want to be all cliché and get way off topic. I believe in strong marriages and support my couples to not only create a beautiful wedding but a beautiful marriage.

Now back to my story, after high school, I was unsure of where I wanted to end up. A friend of mine invited me to  attend a networking event where I was introduced to a woman in the industry looking for an intern. I was hired on and from there I have never looked back. There are an incredible amount of creative entrepreneurs that inspire me everyday. Four years ago, I decided to move on and create Sweetheart Events to build my own dream and chase those couples that love nature backdrops, love stories and personalized details. I have worked incredible hard and feel so blessed to have a talented team working alongside me.

Your favourite part of the wedding day:

The First Look (that intimate moment where it is just you and your sweetheart), sharing the AHA moment with my client as they are just about to walk down the aisle and that moment when you are pronounced husband and wife. Just know I will be doing happy dances in the background and wiping tears. It is that moment where all those planning hours were worth it. After all, the ceremony is why we are all here anyway so let’s make it the focus of the day!

We’d be a great fit if:

I love you all but ideal couple would be one that focuses on the marriage that waits for them after I Do. I love creating intimate ceremonies with personal vows, readings from families and creative songs played to reflect their love story. Each décor detail would share a piece of their personality of how they met or where they got engaged. The venue would be nature inspired with jaw dropping backdrops and dinner beneath the stars. There would be great food, delicious cocktails and live music to keep everyone on the dance floor all night and each guest walking away saying that was the perfect reflection of the couple. It should feel as if you are inviting your BFF to plan your wedding day. Planning a surprise wedding is definetly on the bucket list!

Describe your typical Sunday:

Suffering from a wedding hangover. They are real!  You’ll find me catching up on Netflix in yoga pants snuggled with my cat. Brunch is a must and if it’s a nice day I’ll grab a book and head to the beach.

Favourite beverage:

Coffee, coffee, coffee! I’m in competition with the Gilmore Girls 😉

My advice to you:

Stay true to you and find your BFF in your wedding planner. This industry is a saturated one and we all offer similar packages. Go with your gut, not the price tag.

Links to my work:

Daralan and Brandy’s Proposal

Jasmine and Aaron’s Rooftop Vancouver Wedding

Chrissie and Ryan get Maui’d in Vancouver

Kalia and Ben’s Poplar Grove Winery 

Where can you find more?

Let’s be friends on Instagram. Check me out here.

 

Meet the Sweetheart Girls, Caitlyn

Caitlyn Domijan, Wedding Planner, Vancouver Wedding Planner, Sweetheart Events

Photo credit: Christine Pienaar Photography

Hey friends! I’m Caitlyn and one of the SHE girls that has the huge honour of planning your happily ever after. Read more below to check out more about me to ensure I am the right fit for you. Thank you so much for considering me!

Your journey to wedding planning: 

At the age of 10, I witnessed my first wedding – you could say it was love at first sight. My dream turned into a reality upon graduation of Capilano University and BCIT. With my diploma’s in hand, I set out and began my journey by volunteering and interning for local companies. Not long after, I took a position at a local Golf Club as Day of Wedding Coordinator. In 2012, I had the pleasure of meeting Stephanie through a mutual friend. Since then, I have been a proud member of the SHE team!

Your favourite part of the wedding day:

My favorite part of the wedding day is when the party starts! I love seeing my clients relaxed, happy and celebrating their love with their closest family and friends!

We’d be a great fit if: 

My ideal clients are easy going, creative, sentimental and have a sense of humor. They want their wedding to truly represent them. 

Describe your typical Sunday:

A typical Sunday in the Domijan household starts off with a big homemade breakfast followed by a family stroll down along the Shoreline Trail in Port Moody with our daughter, Charlie, and two pugs, Bubba and Memphis. We love to end our weekends over a glass of wine with our friends.

When you meet for a coffee date with a client you’ll be drinking: 

Tea. All things tea!

Your favourite fur baby:  

Our little family consists of our daughter, Charlie, and our pug babies Bubba and Memphis.

When can I find you doing a happy dance?:

When I’m listening to someone’s love story, enjoying a glass of wine or getting more than 2 hours of sleep in a row #newmomprobs.

Your current love story:

My husband and I met when we were 17. Since then, we have created a beautiful life together. Just this past year, SHE helped us get engaged and married! If that wasn’t enough, we recently welcomed our daughter into the world. Check out the details of the amazing proposal and wedding that the SHE team helped put together for our own fairytale. 

Where can you find more:

Let’s be friends on Instagram! Follow me here.