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Caitlyn and Mike | Sky Hangar Wedding

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“I came to life when I first kissed you
The best me has his arms around you
You make me better than I was before
Thank God I’m yours”

Exactly a year ago, I was sending a very special bride down the aisle. Not only have a witnessed (and planned) the proposal but I had the priviledge to execute the special day. Thankfully I had the amazing SHE team on hand to allow me to attend as a guest once the ceremony was complete. Today is Caitlyn and Mike’s wedding anniversary and I finally blogged some of my favourite images!!! I am only sharing some and if you’re eager to see more, go check out Christine’s blog post here.

You can view more of the proposal here and here to learn more about their love story!

Wishing these two an amazing anniversary and a lifetime of happiness together!

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Vendor Team:

Planning: Sweetheart Events | Photography: Christine Pienaar Photography | Videography: Handsome Films | Hair and Makeup: Jayna Marie Makeup & Hair | Wedding Dress: Lisa’s Bridal | Bridal Party Attire: Rent the Runway | Decor: Bold Event Design | Harvest Tables: Juniper Event Rentals | Florist: Flowerella | Catering: Fiesta Creative Catering | Bar: Lavish Liquid Bar | Entertainment: Side One | Venue: Sky Hangar | Wedding cake: Cake by Nicole

What’s Your Bride Personality & Why It Matters?

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Photo credit: Whitney Krutzfeldt Photography

Before the run-up to your wedding day actually starts, it might be hardly possible to tell which type of bride personality you refer to. But as soon as you hear that special question and say ‘yes’, your daily routine turns into a pre-wedding routine. And that’s when your bride personality begins to appear.

There is no consensus regarding what exactly affects women’s bride personality and makes different women behave in different ways. Some experts claim that our bride personality type is always linked to our moon phase personality type. Others say it’s all about our psychological portrait. Some others state it’s our zodiac sign what makes us refer to one bride personality type or the other. Whoever is closer to the truth, one thing remains exceptionally clear: bride personality types do exist and learning about them can help you better understand yourself – and your wedding-related wants and needs in particular.

The Princess

Here’s the truth. At a certain point in our life, almost each and every girl goes through this princess-like stage. Pink and nude colors, fancy dress, sweet perfumes, you name it. However, most of the girls outgrow this stage at the age of 16 or some years earlier. Those who don’t, however, turn into the princess type of bride one day. What does this bride type most famous for? A castle-like venue, lots of flowers and glitter, and sweet pop song for the first dance of the bride and the groom.

The DIY Bride

This type of bride has become increasingly common in the last few years. Brides of this type tend to start their wedding preparations well in advance and spend hours searing DIY wedding ideas on Pinterest and wedding magazines. What’s important is that DIY brides do not choose such an approach for the sake of saving money. They actually enjoy creating handmade wedding invitations, craft decor, and even paper pom-poms. Wonder what does this bride type is most known for? The DIY bride tends to gather a wedding army of girlfriends around and ask them to help out.

The Anti-Bride

This type of bride is not really common, but it surely deserves to be put on the list. The anti-bride refuses to have anything a normal bride would like to have. And this means no white dress (and sometimes no dress at all), no flower decor, no traditional ceremony and popular wedding traditions. The principle of the anti-bride is to go against all the classic wedding conventions and make sure everyone knows she is not into all these bride things.

The Last-Minute Bride 

Yet another bride type that is worth being mentioned is the last-minute bride. Unlike the princess bride who has her wedding concept and all the details planned well in advance, this one is just the opposite. She doesn’t feel like reading wedding magazines, attending wedding workshops, or even dress hunting. She saves a lot of time skipping all these early preparation stages but spends all the saved minutes on explaining to people that she’ll sort things later. What’s most surprising is that the last-minute brides tend to have amazing weddings anyway. Last-minute decisions are not necessarily the bad decisions.

The Funny Bride 

This bride personality is one of my personal favorites. The Funny Bride considers her wedding day as yet another party with friends drinking champagne and girls dancing themselves to exhaustion. What makes the funny bride so cool is that her wedding tends to contain an emotional ceremony, lots of entertainment and activities for guests, as well as the relaxing atmosphere where everyone feels comfortable and happy. The funny bride might sometimes go too far by paying too much attention (and spending too much money) on entertainment, but it is always worth it.

For the Finals

It doesn’t matter whether or not you believe in all this bride personality theory, you’ll surely agree that the above-mention bride types do exist. Which one do you think is yours?

Guest post written by Shannon Lochwood

 

Ways to Keep the Romance Alive During Wedding Planning

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By Shannon Lochwood

Engagements are blissful and filled with days of showing off the ring, telling the story about the proposal and buying every bridal magazine in sight. Those first few weeks are the Honeymoon phase of engagement…and it’s all about the giddy newness of the moment. Then the ring settles on the left hand–still catching your eye, but not in the same “I can’t believe I’m engaged’ way as before—and the wedding planning begins.

Some couples designate who plans what for the ceremony and reception, while other couples dually plan everything. In some relationships, one person just clocks out. It happens. But no matter who plans which details, you need to make sure that the planning doesn’t overshadow the love and romance of the relationship.

Planning a wedding is work, and the planning can become extremely overwhelming and stressful. Sure, it’s fun to pick out a dress, taste test the menu and nibble on cake slices. However, there is a reason why many engagements last a year—it takes that long to get the details just perfect. And that hunt for wedding perfection can quickly sour a relationship.

Don’t fall prey to planning stress, and don’t let the details eclipse what’s really important: your love. While ironing out the details might seem important, take time to reconnect with your partner and nurture the relationship. Keep the love alive—and the chemistry explosive—with a few healthy relationship habits:

Hang Up to Hang Out

When the planning gets tough and the wedding vendors are hitting up your cell nonstop, hit pause. Call your partner and plan an evening out—or in. Binge watch Netflix or go to dinner. Spend time together and don’t talk about the wedding. Don’t mention the vendors. And just enjoy each other.

Go Zen

The constant need to go, go, go is the story of our lives. And it’s so tempting to just keep going with the planning to map out all those little details…those loose ends that just need to be tied up for the wedding. When you’re constantly in go mode, it’s time to stop and enjoy the present. Yoga and meditation help center the body and mind. By focusing on mindful breathing, the body learns to focus on the here and now. Turn down the lights, pull out the yoga mat and let the postures flow. You’ll feel refreshed, rejuvenated and ready to curl up next to your beloved.

Don’t Forget to Say ‘I Love You’

 Planning turns into business. And somehow this big life changing event has morphed into a debate on whether to choose red roses or pink tulips. Your relationship begins to be defined by the wedding, but the wedding should be defined by the relationship. Pull back the reins and remember one simple phrase: I Love You. Say it daily and mean it. Because that’s what the wedding—the vows—are about.

Take a Holiday

Grab your partner and head out for a weekend getaway. Go on a glamping trip, escape to a nearby bed and breakfast or travel a bit farther. Take a vacation together to get a break from the wedding business. Even if the budget is strapped because of the big day, you can still pitch a tent in the woods, curl up together in the sleeping bag and cuddle under the stars.

Stay Intimate

You’re not an old married couple…yet. Your love life should not have to be planned out and scheduled. Keep the fire on by staying spontaneous. Don’t take wedding planning into the bedroom, and definitely don’t pull out bridal magazines in bed. The bedroom is for fire…not tulle and flowers. Swap out the planners and glossy magazines for the Kama Sutra.

Wedding planning can be fun, but those details also may take a toll on your mood…and maybe even your relationship. Take back the love and dial down the stress. A wedding is about the love between two people…not the color of the flowers or the lace on the dress. Stay connected, stay sane and make love not wedding planning war!

Check out more articles written by Shannon Lochwood for more wedding planning tips: His and Hers Vintage Style, Wedding Workout to Look Flawless on your Big Day and Potential Problems for the Allergic Bride.

(Photo credit: Blush Sky Photography)

Katie & Carl | Bridges Restaurant Wedding

How has a year gone by since Katie & Carl’s wedding? I LOVED working with this couple and their vendor team!  When I first met with Katie I knew their wedding was going to be beautiful, classic and ton of fun! You’ll get to see from the photos that it was just that.

Usually, these blog posts are written by us; sharing the details of our couple’s special day. But, this time I’m going to share with you what my bride had to say!

Happy Anniversary Katie & Carl!

From Katie – The Bride:

We wanted our wedding to be romantic and intimate, and we knew Bridges Restaurant in Granville Island, with its classic West Coast views and elegant dining room, would be the perfect backdrop for our wedding celebration. From there, all the other little details just fell into place and reflected who we were as a couple.

It was important for us to incorporate traditional Chinese wedding elements to our wedding. We did this firstly with our locally designed wedding invitations, which we individually wax-sealed by hand with a Chinese “double happiness” symbol. On the wedding day, Carl arrived at my parent’s house to find a series of tasks he and his groomsmen had to pass (including eating hot chilli peppers!) in order to meet his bride. I got to watch the entire process through a window looking onto the front porch. This was followed by a tea ceremony, where I had the opportunity to wear my mother’s very own red and gold wedding Cheongsam.

I then changed into my wedding dress, Hayley Paige’s “Lourdes” dress, which I loved for being both timeless and unique with its daring straps and champagne underlay. I wanted my bridesmaids to wear what they wanted, so they each designed their own dresses in varying shades of grey. Carl and I met in a nearby park for our first look, surrounded by lush greenery, and headed to our Bridges Restaurant for our wedding ceremony in our friend’s Lincoln ’64 as our getaway car.

We said our vows on the terrace of Bridges, followed by cheers and bubbles from our family and friends while a string quartet played classical and contemporary music. From then on, it was all about celebrating. Our planners, Sweetheart Events, made sure everything ran smoothly. Our photographer, Mathias Fast, captured our important moments flawlessly, from the big moments (our first dance) to the small (our flower girl peeping over someone’s shoulder). Our florist, Garden Party Flowers, designed the most magical lush pieces that adorned our seating chart and tables. We also incorporated DIY elements, including the handmade gold table numbers and the flower girls’ fairy wands.

From our first dance beneath an incredible navy sky, to cutting of the delicious wedding cake made with love from my new sister-in-law, everything was perfect. For the second half of our wedding reception, I changed into a red dress by the designer Sachin & Babi, to toast our guests, toss the bouquet and dance the night away. As for the food… we couldn’t forget the incredible dessert buffet of mini cupcakes, macaroons and fudge cookies catered by my talented second-cousin’s summer catering business (she’s in high school!) and Bridge’s midnight snack of blue cheese sliders and poutine.

When the night was done, we said our goodbyes and strolled through a quiet Granville Island to our hotel where we happily awoke the next morning, grinning ear to ear as husband and wife. We were so lucky to have a wonderful wedding celebration that was easily the best day of our lives. Then it was off to our first adventure as a married couple: our honeymoon in Morocco!

Vendor Team:

Wedding Coordinator: Shawna – Sweetheart Events // Ceremony & Reception Venue: Bridges Restaurant //  Photographer: Mathias Fast // Florals: Garden Party Flowers // DJ: Beyond Sound // String Quartet: Musical Occasions // Hair & Makeup: Margaret Lai

 

Caroline & Clark’s Pemberton Wedding

 

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Happy Anniversary to Caroline and Clark!!!

Ready to revist this special day? Caroline and Clark’s Pemberton Wedding was a true highlight of the summer. The jaw dropping backdrop, the personalized details and their love story was every planner’s dream! Coordinated by our fabulous planner, Caitlyn.

How they met:

Having just moved to Vancouver from England, Caroline found a local bar in her new neighbourhood (Kitsilano)- little did she know that the cute bartender serving her would become her husband! From the moment they met, their relationship felt right. A few years later, Clark asked Caroline to be his wife and without hesitation she said yes!

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The Wedding:

With most of their families coming all the way from England, Caroline and Clark wanted to make sure their guests experienced British Columbia in all of its glory. Nothing spoke to them more than the stunning backdrop of Big Sky Golf Course in Pemberton, BC. Not only was the view fairy-tale-like, the rustic beams and patio terrace were so romantic!

I love nothing more than when a wedding day truly reflects the couple. From start to finish, I could see a part of Caroline and Clark in every moment; the numerous handmade items showed Caroline’s delicate and creative side while the fun photo booth and busy dance floor reflected Clark’s upbeat personality.

Want to see more from the big day? Click here for photos from Melissa Skoda.

This day left me feeling complete. It made me so happy to watch Caroline, Clark and their wonderful families celebrate true love.

Wishing these two many, many years of love and happiness!

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Wedding Planning: Sweetheart Events (Caitlyn Domijan) | Photography: Melissa Skoda Photography | Hair and Make Up: Glossed Studio | Florist: Bathtub Gardens | Officiant: Tracy Kerr | Venue & Catering: Big Sky Golf Course | DJ: DJ Pemberton | Transportation: VIP Whistler | Photobooth: Cheesebox Photobooth