Emily and Patrick’s intimate wedding at L’Abattoir was the perfect way to begin the fall season in 2021. They got married on a beautifully sunny day at the end of September, and Dallas and our team loved supporting them with our Wedding Day Management Services.

As a couple, Emily and Patrick radiate joy, kindness, and love, and those were themes that showed up consistently throughout their day. They started by getting ready at different locations — with Emily and her sister getting dressed and made up at their parents’ house, and Patrick donning his suit at home. 

One of the beautiful moments during that morning, which was captured by the wonderful Nadia Hung, was an impromptu first look moment with Emily and her dad. In the photos, you can even see him giving her a twirl, which was the perfect way to prepare them for walking down the aisle together later on. 

The ceremony was held at St. Mark’s Parish at UBC, with live music from Kevin Eng, the church’s music director. The first person to come down the aisle was Emily’s nephew, the ring bearer, who rode in style in a small Audi car pushed along by his dad. The icing on the cake was that the car’s license plate read Emily ♥️ Patrick. He really stole the show.

Emily then walked down the aisle with both her parents, and she was clearly very emotional. She spent the whole ceremony staring lovingly at Patrick with tears in her eyes, and it was a beautiful testament to their love for each other.

After the ceremony, the couple spent time with their 50 guests in the church’s courtyard. Friends and family were treated to ice cream and asked to join Emily and Patrick in group photos before they left for their own private photo shoot. 

For their portrait shots, Nadia took the couple to a couple of landmark Vancouver locations. They started with the Vancouver Art Gallery, and were able to take beautiful photos in the dome’s gallery, as well as on the roof. With downtown Vancouver in the backdrop, you can’t help but focus in on Emily and Patrick. Then, before heading into L’Abattoir, the couple took some photos together in the Gastown alleyways, where they were resplendent against the brick background.

In L’Abattoir’s private dining room, guests were seated at two long family-style tables that were tastefully decorated with greenery against white linens. Even though the space isn’t very big, Emily and Patrick still had a lovely first dance to Nat King Cole’s L-O-V-E on one side of the room, and Emily asked her father to join her half way through the song. Guests then enjoyed wonderful food from the restaurant, as they listened to speeches from Emily’s sister, the best man, the couple’s fathers, and Emily and Patrick themselves.

Emily and Patrick completed the evening with a moment to cut the wonderful macaron-adorned cake made by a friend, as well as a bouquet toss and shoe game. At the end of the night, they also invited their guests to do a sparkler exit, where friends and family created an archway of sparklers as Emily and Patrick walked through it together. It made for absolutely stunning photos that they will be able to look back on forever.

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