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Meet the Sweetheart Girls, Shawna

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Photo credit: Christine Pienaar Photography

Hello! I’m Shawna, an Associate Planner at Sweetheart Events! In addition to being a wedding planner, I’m a lover of coffee dates, candles and flowers. I’m known for making checklists, over packing for all situations and always having my nails done. Most days you can find me drinking coffee, working on my couch with my pug battling my computer to get on my lap.

My journey to wedding planning:

Growing up I was always a planner and involved with the organizing of school events, fundraisers and birthday parties.  I went to College in Calgary to study Public Relations and one of my courses was Event Planning and I thought: “wow, this is what I’m supposed to be doing!” and decided to make a career of it.

I moved back to Vancouver and attended BCIT for Event Marketing and although I originally thought I would stay on the PR side and do corporate events, I fell in love with the idea of getting to celebrate one of the most important days in someone’s life every day.  I continued my education through the Wedding Planner’s Institute of Canada and became a Certified Wedding Planner and officially joined the wedding world!

Your favourite part of the wedding day: 

I can’t pick just one… but I love seeing the ceremony and reception space all come together! We spend months planning every single detail, so it’s pretty amazing to see that vision come to life. Sending my brides (and grooms) down the aisle will always be the most important and special part of the day. A fun and energetic grand entrance with their bridal party is also a highlight for me.  The music is pumping and you can tell the nerves are gone and everyone is just ready to celebrate! I love it and I get goosebumps every time.

We’d be a great fit if:

I gravitate towards the asethetics of your wedding day but I love the story behind the detail. That’s what gives me the good goosebumps! I’m all about creating romantic, intimate settings filled with beautiful blooms. I love working in the outdoors as well as four walls that I can truly build from the ground up with the couple. If we are outdoors, I will always have that gorgeous rain plan in my back pocket! Also if you’re a lover of Pinterest and have a pug baby yourself, we’ve just become bffs!

My typical Sunday:

When I’m not working hard to make your day the best it can be I enjoy exploring my neighbourhood with our dog/daughter Ella.  My favourite weekend getaway destination is going home to visit my family on the Sunshine Coast. I love spending time on the deck with my family and watching the stars at night – you can’t see the stars like that in the city!

My Love Story:

When I moved to Vancouver I started my first job in the big city and that’s where I met Fred.  We became friends after his Uncle (also a co-worker) insisted that Fred drives me home one night after work.  Not long after that night, we started dating and this June we celebrate our twelve-year anniversary!

Favourite beverage:

Coffee! I have it every single morning. I’m a much better person with coffee.

Some of my work:

Cheryl & Ryan’s Westwood Plateau Wedding

Intimate Art Studio Wedding

Katie and Carl’s Granville Island Wedding

Where you can find more:

Looking for more inspiration or up to date work? Let’s be friends on Instagram.