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“Fall” in Love with Date Night | Date Night Ideas

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Ahhh. Autumn has FINALLY fallen upon us in Vancouver. With leaves changing color to hues of red and orange, temperatures cooling down, and fall-inspired lattes rolling out at all the local cafés – how can you not be excited?! Fall is an absolutely beautiful and romantic time in our city for date nights so we are definitely excited about what fun activities Vancouver has to offer this season for you and your sweetheart.

Check out some of our recommendations below!

For the Foodies

There is no better way to celebrate date night by nourishing your love and relationship with none other than – food! Check out these great foodie festivals!

Harvest Haus (Oktoberfest)
Location: Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza
Date: October 5, 2017 to October 14, 2017
Price Point: $$
What you can find: Fun activities, live music, classic German food, artisan bake shops, & mostly importantly – biers.

Taste of Yaletown 
Location: Yaletown
Date: October 11, 2017 to October 27, 2017
Price Point: $$
What can you find: 26 participating restaurants in Yaletown with featured menus, special tastings, and innovating pairings. Bonus: a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank.

For the Kids at Heart

Relive your childhood at a local corn maze and pumpkin patch! It’s a great way to have fun and let loose. Our favorite part? Carving pumpkins and using the rest to make pumpkin pie that you can share (…or not) with your loved ones. Yum!

Bose Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch
Location: Surrey, BC
Date: All throughout October
Price Point: $
What you can find: Corn maze, pumpkin patch, local produce & market. Bring cute rubber boots & a flashlight to help navigate you through the maze!

For a list of more corn mazes & pumpkin patches in Vancouver, click here.

For the Budget Friendly

Date night doesn’t need to be expensive! Challenging your relationship with creativity and trying new things at home or outdoors is totally healthy and most importantly – fun!

Date-Night At Home

Location: Your humble abode
Date: Anytime
Price Point: PRICELESS
What you can find: A cozy date-night-in, with matching PJs, pizza, a bottle of wine & a movie of your choice – all in the comfort of your home. The ideas are endless!

Stroll in Stanley Park 
Location: Vancouver, BC
Date: Anytime
Price Point: PRICELESS
What you can find: A historic site of Canada with a jaw-dropping background of greenery and beautiful autumn colors. Take a romantic walk on the sea-wall or bring cozy blankets for a picnic by the Rose Garden or Brockton Point.

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Stephanie & Dave | Brew Creek Centre Wedding

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It was September and the SHE team was headed off to Whistler for Stephanie and Dave’s Brew Creek Centre Wedding. Not only was this wedding a highlight of 2016 for us but these two beautiful humans were an absolute delight to work with annnnd TODAY is their anniversary!!!!

Love Story told by the bride:

“We met at summer camp in Ontario and after a 20 year hiatus, reconnected on the Big Island of Hawaii before the Ironman World Championships. Dave was doing business in the middle east and travelled for 36 hours to get to Hawaii where Steph was racing, yet they were also celebrating a mutual best friends birthday.

It was love at the finish line! Fast forward four years and on a vacation to Maui after an epic bike ride up the volcano and back down to the beach, Dave proposed with a gorgeous yellow diamond that Steph likes to refer to it as her Forever Pineapple.

We chose to get married in Whistler at Brew Creek Centre because it reminded us of summer camp as kids. Naturally, our wedding planner was like the Councellor who kept us in line. Thanks heavens for Steph!”

Working with Stephanie to coordinate the last details of the big day was so much fun! She always came prepared with enthusiasm but full trust in me and what I could provide to the day and overall experience. To Stephanie and Dave, they were most excited about the marriage that waited for them that day than any detail or decor element which made me love them even more BUT it was still fun to decorate their venue!

The night of the wedding, my team and I borrowed the loose greenery that was needed for the reception tables and created a euculyptus vine wall for the ceremony, added stumps and candles to add an intimate and romantic backdrop to their ceremony. It was a perfect surprise!

The morning of the wedding, Stephanie and her tribe went for a morning run while Dave and his tribe enjoyed a morning basketball game at the cabin. The couple didn’t want a traditional first look so they opted for a casual run in at their cabin (#campfrey) and new home in Whistler instead. After a few moments alone, the couple and their wedding party celebrated with champagne and canapés before heading over to the ceremony.

The ceremony was performed by one of their closest friends and the Man of Honour’s (now fiance) sang as the Bride and her brother (MOH) walked down the aisle. It was one of my all time favourite ceremonies to date! Every element of this wedding screamed Stephanie and Dave and I cannot thank them enough for choosing me as their planner. To be invited into a couple’s life on that special day is an extreme honour. I wish Stephanie and Dave a lifetime of happiness, filled with love, laughter and many warm nights in Maui together!

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The Vendor Team:

Wedding Coordination: Sweetheart Events | Photography: Whistler Wedding Collective | Wedding Dress: Joanna Delaney | Venue & Catering: Brew Creek Centre | Florist: Billies Flower House | Smores Station: Archimallows  …and many more amazing talented friends of the couple.

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

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

 

Dance The Night Away Like a Pro: featuring Alex Bleim, Vancouver Wedding Choreographer

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A couple’s first dance is always a fun moment. Better yet when the first dance is choreographed! It’s also a great excuse for a date night.

I personally spent my childhood as a jazz dancer (don’t ask me to prove it because I was terrible) but recently took part in a professional class for couples. So much fun! It was a pleasure chatting with Alex to learn more about her passion.

Meet Alex:

Hi! I’m Alex and I grew up in North Vancouver, BC. My Mom put me in my first ballet class when I was four years old and I’ve been hooked ever since. I danced all throughout elementary and high school, participating in dance competitions and completing my RAD ballet exams. After high school, I moved to Toronto and completed four years at Ryerson University. I received my BFA in Performance Dance and was awarded the Nadia Potts Heart and Soul award and scholarship upon graduation. In 2016, I moved to London, UK where I worked as a professional dancer, teacher, and choreographer. It was an amazing year abroad filled with life-long memories!  

Throughout it all, teaching has been a constant in my life. I’ve been teaching dance for about eight years and have loved every moment. I’ve taught everything from ballet to hip-hop, two-year-olds to adults and beginners to professionals. Teaching dance is my passion and I love sharing everything I have learned to all my students.

What inspired me to start wedding choreography?

The first wedding dance I ever choreographed was for my cousin Nathan and his wife Marie. They are a fun loving couple, full of life and humor, who wanted to surprise their friends and family with an over the top dance on their big day. I had so much fun with them and the experience was so different from teaching young kids or dance fitness to adults. I was instantly hooked!

When I moved to London, I was hired by a company called Start the Dance, run by Jessica Brichto. Jess is an amazing woman who I love and admire. Her company specializes in first dances and in the high season, I would have FIVE couples in one day! It was an incredible experience to work with so many different couples and it gave me the confidence I have now. When I recently moved back to Vancouver, Jess suggested I continue my wedding choreography and with her blessing, I started Alex Bleim Dance.

My favourite part about working with couples:

Dancing is a very vulnerable and intimate experience, especially if you’re uncomfortable in any way. I love in the first lesson when couples start to relax… and dare I say, have a little fun! After a few lessons, I usually feel bonded with a couple and it’s always tough to say goodbye. It’s so rewarding to receive pictures, videos and texts weeks (sometimes months!) after our lessons and hear “we nailed it!” It makes my job so fulfilling.

The process & what to expect:

Everyone’s process will be a little different depending on what type of dance they are after – and that’s okay! Someone who wants a very simple and elegant routine will only need 1 – 2 lessons. If you want something a little more stylized, 4 lessons are my normal recommendation. There are exceptions to every rule though! It totally depends on how fast couples learn and how often they practice. 

  • I generally teach in the comfort of your own home, however, we can always book a studio near your home or work if you want more space.
  • What makes me unique to some other choreographers is that I don’t pre-plan my choreography. It is super important to me that a couple feels connected to the dance and to each other, so I like to create the dance while in the space with my couples after really listening to what they want. I will suggest moves but if a couple doesn’t seem sold, I can quickly change it. I think fast so even though I’m improvising on the spot, there’s not a lot of waiting around. It’s one of the skills that I get the most comments on and seems to create the best results!
  • Another service I offer is music editing. If your song is too long, or if you want to do a medley, I can edit your music for you… and it’s part of my rate! This opens the door to a huge range of songs that couples otherwise wouldn’t use.
  • At the end of every lesson, I always film what we have created. This way, you can practice between lessons and not feel overwhelmed about the choreography. I also talk and give notes in the video so when you practice, it’s like I’m still in the room with you! All my couples have noted that this was the most valuable tool during the whole process.

Rates:

For last minute emergencies, or pay as you go lessons, my rate is $75/60mins and $100/90mins. I also offer 3 packages:

  • 2 lessons x 90 mins ($175)
  • 4 lessons x 90 mins ($350)
  • 6 lessons x 90 mins  ($500)

What other services do I offer?

I am mostly known for choreographing first dances for weddings, however, I also offer a wide range of choreography services! I have choreographed Father-Daughter dances, Mother-Son dances, surprise wedding party performances, flash mobs and corporate events! 

Where to find more:

For testimonials and example videos of my work, please check out my:

Website
Facebook Page
Youtube Channel 

If you want to wow your weddings guests and pull off a total show-stopping routine or even just to explore your inner dancer and add some new moves to your repertoire (yes, we know how hard it is to ditch the beloved “shopping cart” and “sprinkler” moves) – make sure to follow Alex on Instagram or send a friendly message to her inbox and tell her this Sweetheart sent you 🙂 

And if you’re looking for a planner to guide you through all your wedding steps and join in on all your happy dances, we’d love to celebrate your love and get in touch!

Insert happy dance here!