Earlier this year, Lucas reached out to us to help him plan and execute the perfect proposal for his girlfriend (spoiler alert: now fiancé!!!), Amanda. These two people are beyond beautiful and perfect for each other. We are so honored to have been apart of this special proposal for them! Check it out!
How Their Love Story Began as Told by Lucas
“We started dating about a year and a half ago, and I think we both knew quickly into our relationship that we had something special. I am a neurosurgery resident (Amanda likes to practically call me Dr. McDreamy) and she is a practicing dentist, and we met on Tinder, although it almost wasn’t to be. I hadn’t used the application very much after being signed up by some friends, but my one rule was I never “swiped right” on people that only had photos. I liked at least something clever or intriguing in the statement to really peak my interest. However, she is a dentist and had a photo with a surgical mask on. I am also in the medical/surgical realm and forever reason I deemed that enough to investigate further. I’m glad I swiped right.”
How He Asked The Girl of His Dreams
Lucas hired Stephanie on to execute a full proposal in 9 days. He was planning a ski trip to Whistler with his girlfriend Amanda and he wanted to propose but needed the assistance to fully execute it. Lucas had mentioned that one of his favourite dates involved going for dinner and exploring an art exhibit. It was their first time in Whistler so a trip to Lil Wat Cultural Center in Squamish was a must.
It was January 24th, 2017 and after a morning of exploring the city, they arrive at the cultural center. Lucas suggests going in but he desperately needs a coffee before they start. While walking downstairs to the cafe, they hear music coming from the Istken Hall and peek behind the black curtain. Lucas leads Amanda to a rose petal circle with a vinyl sticker quote: OUR FOREVER STARTS NOW with their proposal date. He whispers those four little words and Amanda, in complete shock, says yes! Following the proposal, Christine Pienaar takes the couple out for a mini engagement session while Stephanie flips the room to an elegant table for two with Future Hubby/Future Wifey champagne flutes and bottle of Veuve Cliquot champagne. On her place setting is a calligraphy love letter of everything Lucas shared when on one knee. That forever keepsake!
Take a look at some of our favorite moments of the day!
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!
A love story that began with $2 Jager shots at the bar over twelve years ago. On the wedding day, the speeches were coming to a close and Aaron got up to speak. He told this story of how the couple met, like it was yesterday. Jasmine and Aaron were in their 3rd year of university and that night (at the bar) Aaron really wanted to start up the conversation, but how? The DJ helped him out by announcing $2 Jagers at the bar. Aaron looked at Jasmine and offered to buy her a drink. The rest is history.
How he asked:
Aaron’s office is connected to a large patio with an incredible view overlooking all of Vancouver (that perfect proposal backdrop). He had asked Jasmine to meet him at work one night and there he popped the question. She said YES! Waiting for the couple back at their apartment, were all their close family and friends to celebrate their recent engagement! He did good!
How they wed:
Jasmine and I first met over coffee at Beaucoup Bakery and I could not wait to begin coordinating this beautiful day. Her vision of exchanging vows in the same spot she said yes with long tables, globe lights above, a gorgeous west coast view on fireworks night was a wedding I could not wait to assist with! The couple not only had a cute love story but wanted to incorporate what they could from it into their big day. The ceremony was set with a lushious greenery arch with white folding chairs for all friends and family. Jasmine’s brother married the couple with a personalized ceremony filled with intimate vows and readings.
Following the ceremony, guests were invited downstairs to another patio where canapes, cocktails and The Collective You was waiting. While guests enjoyed cocktail hour, my team along with vendors, flipped the ceremony space into a u-shaped long table reception. The tables were draped with white linens, rose gold votives, bud vases with delicate florals and single Italian Ruscus stems on the individual napkins. Guests enjoyed a family style meal and love filled speeches. Just as the fireworks began, the couple shared their first dance with everyone circled around them. It was one of those magical moments and the love they have for each other was more evident than ever.
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!”
Her name is Megan. His is David. Today is their anniversary!
Now let’s back it up and celebrate how this love story all began. It was a christmas party, their eyes locked and the rest is history they say. Dating for seven and a half years, life was exciting! They had a home together and an adorable pug named Monty. David knew it was time. While they live close to Stanley Park, on a walk to Lost Lagoon, David got down on one knee and asked forever with Megan. She said YES!
Megan and David, hired me as their wedding coordinator to execute their beautiful but simple and casual wedding. Before we even met we had exchanged emails discussing venues and I’m thrilled that my suggestion was the winning venue! The Loft at Earls in Yaletown was the perfect setting for the couple’s ceremony and reception. Megan and David took a moment to do a first look before they welcomed their guests into the loft before exchanging their vows. During cocktail hour, we flipped the room from ceremony to reception while adding in some details to surprise the couple (read their kind words below). Following dinner, the guests enjoyed desserts, card games and cocktails. It was the perfect reflection of our couple!
What an honour to witness the love between these two. Wishing them a lifetime of happiness and laughter!
Words from our couple:
“I….don’t know how I can put into a review how AMAZING Stephanie was. We met with other wedding planners who were very professional to the point where it was hard to feel a connection with them-right off the bat, Stephanie was SO excited to be part of our big day and so engaged with us and finding out what she could do to make our day absolutely perfect. We hired her for day of coordination, but she was SO SO SO much more than that. She was there by email every step of the way to help me navigate through any issue or question that came up-she even connected with my mom to help her with planning the rehearsal dinner. I was incredibly anxious about taking on the burden of wedding planning, but having Stephanie on my side made me feel so at ease and assured that everything was going to get done, nothing was going to be missed, and the day was going to go off without a hitch. And boy, did it ever. If anything went wrong on the day, I had no idea.
Stephanie and her team executed our vision perfectly, and even thought of little touches that I hadn’t thought about. I had really wanted to incorporate garlands on the tables or the aisle, but it was out of our budget. As a surprise, Stephanie and her team tore apart the aisle runners after the ceremony (which would have been discarded anyways) and MADE a garland just for the head table-they even used some of the extra to drape around the seating chart that I had mentioned I was disappointed with how plain it turned out. These are the little touches that makes Stephanie so great at what she does-I didn’t ask for any of those things, I hadn’t even MENTIONED them in months, and she remembered and surprised me with them on the day.
My husband and I felt like we could truly enjoy our wedding day, and our wedding party/family got to enjoy themselves as well and not be worried about taking care of a single thing. On top of it all, Stephanie was just so much fun to work with that being around her instantly put me at ease even if we had a daunting to do list. We also booked the majority of our vendors using Stephanie’s preferred list, and all of them were wonderful and a total fit for us as a couple and our vision for the day. I absolutely recommend everyone hire a day of coordinator-and if you’re in Vancouver, that person should 100% be Stephanie. I’ve been recommending her to anyone I know who has gotten engaged since!”