One thing that I learned from my couples as we navigated uncertainty and unpredictable regulations in the early 2020s is how powerful it is to be resilient. Time and time again, our couples showed us how to make the best of a less than perfect situation, transforming seemingly small wedding days into events that were filled with love and joy.
This couple’s intimate winter wedding was the perfect example of this. Leading up to the wedding, we knew we were planning in a period of evolving circumstances, and that we would have to be adaptable. In fact, as we were heading to the sample meeting, we were informed that small receptions had been cancelled for the foreseeable future, and we would only be able to host a ceremony.
My graceful bride took it entirely in stride, all that mattered to her was getting married to the love of her life. We agreed that we would make it the most fabulous and beautiful ceremony anyone had ever seen — and I think we pulled it off.
One way that this couple made the most of their small, intimate wedding day was by taking advantage of many of the beautiful, historic spaces in downtown Vancouver.
Both the bride and groom got ready at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia, which provided a beautiful backdrop for photographs of the details and stationary. This is also where the couple, and their gorgeous Golden Retriever, Charlie, had their first look.
It was very important for my bride to include Charlie in the wedding, as he is extremely special to her. He filled in the role of best man beautifully.
The couple then moved to the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, where the wonderful team from Hong Photography captured stunning portraits in the ballroom, on the iconic staircase, and under statement chandeliers.
The ceremony itself was held at the Vancouver Club, where we had filled the Georgian Room with cherry blossom trees and pink blooms of every kind. The flowers from Dushan Flowers were stunning against the room’s cream and gold accents, and they gave the space an ethereal feeling.
In a nod to Robb’s Jewish heritage, we also used the blooms to create a fresh flower chuppah that framed the couple and Charlie beautifully during the ceremony.
The couple also celebrated Clara’s Chinese heritage by inviting Lion Dancers to perform at the end of the ceremony. This was a lovely touch that made Charlie a little nervous, and he sought refuge in Robb’s arms as a result!
Following portraits with friends and family, Clara and Robb had a private cake cutting of their gorgeous cake from Rain Bake Shop. They then had a small dinner with family at a nearby favourite restaurant, truly celebrating what downtown Vancouver has to offer.
Whether you’re planning a small and intimate wedding, or looking for a bigger winter event, we’d love to help! Get in touch today.