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Natasha & David | Fraser River Lodge Wedding, Featured on Wedding Chicks

Hi friends! As you may already know, the SHE team is absolutely obsessed with the beauty the Pacific Northwest. Natasha & David celebrated their love at the Fraser River Lodge and all we can say is that it’s truly one of our favorites.

How Their Love Story Began

It wasn’t necessarily “love at first sight” but this one has a great story that proves timing is everything. Natasha and David went to high school together and would bump into each other on occasion in class or through mutual friend outings. They gradutated, went their seperate ways and years later, at a UBC party, Natasha noticed David from across the room. The lightbulb went off and he recoginized her too. They became friends again and soon after began dating long distance as David lived in Alberta.

Natasha soon moved out to Alberta and on a trip out to Ireland, David bought her a Clatter Irish ring while waiting to customize the engagement ring together. After five years of dating, David proposed to Natasha on a beautiful snowy day in January, during a walk along their favourite path with their dogs Maya and Peter.

How They Wed

While living in Alberta, the couple quickly realized they needed someone supporting their vision and executing it perfectly in BC. They hired Stephanie for True to You custom package and full decor and design. Natasha’s vision was blush and ivory, west coast backdrops and romance but still casual, inviting and lots of fun.

Stephanie scoured the warehouses of Niche Event Stylists, Past Pieces, Sitka Studios and Flowerella Event Florals to bring this beautiful vision to life. The reception tables were dressed in white floorlength linens, dove grey chiffon runners and many blush blooms.

To create an intimate but inviting atmosphere, we added additional seating to the tables to allow guests to mix and mingle and create new friendships during the dinner reception. Plus, it was a great spot for the couple to sneak in and say hello.

Above, was a cluster of globe lighting that created the ultimate romantic environment and the perfect lighting for all night dancing. Creating and executing this wedding with a couple from afar was an exciting and creative inspiring challenge. 

Check out Natasha & David’s wedding feature on Wedding Chicks!

Vendor Team

Wedding Dress: Truvelle | Accessories & Lingerie: Valentino | Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal | Wedding Planning & Styling: Sweetheart Events | Flowers: Flowerella | Groom & Groomsmen Apparel: Hugo Boss, RW & CO | Hair: Beauty By Magdalena | Makeup: Jasmine Hoffman | Jewelry: BHLDN, Tacori | Lightning: Sitka Studios | Entertainment: Audio Edge | Officiants: Vancouver Officiant | Paper Goods: Rifle Paper Co. | Photobooth: Swanybooth | Photographer: Mikaela Ruth Photography | Venue: Fraser River Lodge

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

Photo Credit: Christine Pienaar Photography

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