It was a rainy weekend afternoon, I was sitting in Starbucks with my vanilla latte waiting for my bride, Chrissie. She walked in and it was an instant connection. She was that bride that you wanted to work with! Not only for her vision but because of her love story and her sweetheart personality. We chatted for over an hour but it felt like seconds.
How they met:
Chrissie and Ryan met on EHarmony. Although it wasn’t necassarily love at first sight, he was everything that she was looking for.
How he asked:
Maui holds a special place in Chrissie and Ryan’s heart. Soon after dating they traveled there and it quickly became a tradition. In the summer of 2015, Ryan popped the question on the beach and Chrissie said YES!
How they got Maui’d:
Chrissie and Ryan had always planned on eloping back where they first fell in love, on the beaches of Maui. Instead they decided to plan an intimate wedding in Vancouver to ensure all loved ones could attend. Their vision was small, intimate, warm, casual but still traditional. They wanted to incorporate as much from their love story and Maui as we could here in Vancouver.
I was so excited to share with them, my top venue choice, the Beachhouse Restaurant located on Dundarave Beach in West Vancouver. Their covered patio area was the ideal location for their family style dinner reception to create the intimate atmosphere they had hoped for. We added a colour palette of cream and turquoise with floral accents of orchids, roses and greenery and many candles.
The Wedding Day:
On the wedding day, we changed our ceremony plans from our original front lawn ceremony plan overlooking the ocean. Instead, we decided to break the rules a little bit and make Chrissie’s dreams come true and have the ceremony beachside. The result, stunning! Chrissie and Ryan shared their first look on the pier near Lonsdale Quay followed by photos at Whytecliff Park. Chrissie walked down the aisle to a ceremony musician playing Over the Rainbow on his ukulele on her father’s arm. She wanted to share that special moment with both parents and therefore asked her mother to walk her the remainder of the aisle to Ryan.
Following the ceremony, the guests were invited into the restaurant with canapes and cocktails while the couple finished their last photos on the beach. Dinner was served, speeches were shared and the couple danced their first dance while the sun set.
Words from the couple:
“I cannot say enough about Stephanie and the other girls from Sweetheart Events! It was worth every penny and was the easily the best money we spent in planning our big day! I interviewed several wedding planners from different companies, but when I met Stephanie it was immediately clear that she was exactly the person we wanted!
Stephanie is knowledgeable, energetic, reliable and detail oriented. We hired her for the comprehensive planning package in mid October for our wedding in July. Once we had our budget set, she asked us about our priorities for the big day. With this in mind, she organized our budget and sent us vendors and recommendations for everything from venues, to s’mores dessert caterers. Each month she sent an practical list of tasks to help us stay organized and we met to discuss details. We were guided through what needed to be accomplished each month which made for a fun and manageable process.
Stephanie provided guidance when preparations felt stressful, energy when tasks felt tedious, and expertise when we were just plain lost. She unflinchingly navigated trick family dynamics so that our day remained just that – our day.
Stephanie created an extensive timeline for the day, then gave this information to the people who needed it. She coordinated timing for everything from hair and makeup, to set-up of the ceremony and reception, photographers, cake pick-up, rentals pick up, bar details, and reception clean up. Talking to our officiant the day before the wedding, she remarked that I sounded remarkably calm and collected. I was able to relax because I was confident that Stephanie had taken care of everything.
On the big day, she and her girls we indispensable. The detailed timeline that had been created was now given to the key people. As the bride and groom we knew our main times, but did not have to look at the timeline for anything else. It was so liberating to be able to let Stephanie and her staff take care of everything and just focus on enjoying the day!
When I first met Stephanie, I had told her I was envious of the groom in planning a wedding. I wanted to buy a dress, get my hair and makeup done, and show up for photos and the ceremony, then enjoy the reception with our close family and friends. She helped make this wish a reality.
Stephanie, thank you from the bottom of my heart for giving my husband and I the most beautiful day we could imagine, and for helping me be the bride I wanted to be!”
Wedding Planning, Design & Calligraphy: Sweetheart Events | Photography: Christine Williams Photography | Videography: Handsome Films | Hair and Makeup: All Dolled Up Studio | Florist: La Belle Fleur | Ceremony Arch & Decor Rentals: Bespoke Decor Rentals | Lanterns: Niche Event Stylists |Stationery: Meg White Designs | Venue: Beachhouse Restaurant | Musician: Thomas Powell | Officiant: Joan Miller | Transportation: Time Limo | Wedding Dress: Lisas Bridal | Late night snack: Archimallows | Wedding Cake: Cake by Nicole