I loved helping Emily and Stephen bring their backyard wedding in Vancouver to life. Each part of it was a perfect reflection of this kind and sweet couple, and it gave everyone who attended a lovely moment in the midst of a rather hectic year.
Emily and Stephen first got in touch with me six weeks before the wedding, as looser restrictions in the summer of 2020 indicated that they might be able to celebrate their big day with the people that meant the most to them. And while they took on a lot of the planning and execution themselves, I supported them as a wedding day coordinator so that they could truly experience and make the most of the celebration.
Emily and Stephen chose to have a church wedding. Due to the restrictions at the time, they were only able to have 30 people spread out in the pews, but that didn’t stop the ceremony from being truly special. They said their vows to one another under a floral arch that was made by Emily’s father, and that made the moment that much more meaningful for both of them.
After the ceremony, the wedding party took advantage of downtown Vancouver and took photos along the sea wall and in Stanley Park. I’m so glad they took advantage of Vancouver’s natural scenery. Against the water and forest backdrops, Emily’s delicate dress and bouquet stood out in a lovely contrast.
For the reception, guests were invited to join the couple for an intimate dinner in Emily’s father’s backyard. The garden was set up with a number of small tables, infused with a subtle and calm colour palette of light mauve and beige. To match the table settings, Celsia Florist created centerpieces filled with delicate pink and white blossoms that were paired with eucalyptus branches.
These blossoms were also used around the pergola that sat over the couple’s table, which also had a light mauve curtain as a backdrop for Emily and Stephen. With fairy lights draped across the outdoor space, the overall effect was absolutely picture perfect—and Beige Weddings did a fantastic job capturing it.
For dinner, guests were treated to canapes and a meal from Savoury City Catering. The cake, which was a delicate work of art, was from Ganache Patisserie. As they enjoyed the food, guests also enjoyed live music from Musical Occasions in between speeches from friends and family.
I’ve mentioned before that I have a special place in my heart for small weddings, and this one is no exception. It was such a lovely way to capture Emily and Stephen’s love for each other in an intimate way—and you could tell it meant so much to their guests to be a part of it. I’m certain they will all remember it for years to come.
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