Julia and Will were a joy to work with and I don’t think I have ever had a client know me so well by the end of the planning process; as a thank you gift, Julia gave me a box full of treats that she knew I would love (and I did!!). Included were two cooking classes that she intended I do with my boyfriend on Date Night and as I eagerly looked at the class schedule and picked out two of the classes I wanted to take, she gently reminded me of that. I still laugh when I think about it.
As I said before, Julia shares my passion for beautiful weddings and Julia’s wedding was all about understated details and creating a fun atmosphere for her guests. The ceremony was intimate and personal. It was held at the private St. Frances in the Wood, hidden in the trees in West Vancouver. Hilary Miles created a floral monogram of their initials out of white flowers and we hung it above the gate outside the church. The ceremony flowers were reminiscent of the reception flowers but more understated and elegant. I loved the chiming bells after the ceremony as guests poured out into the lawn.
The reception was held at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia and was filled with personal details that reflected Will and Julia.
Here are a few of my favorite details: as guests arrived they were offered a signature cocktail, one inspired by the bride and the other by the groom, and decadent canapés. Hilary Miles created a floral statement piece for the escort card table that included glass globes filled with orchids. The escort cards and all stationary was designed by Zing (Julia’s invitations are still some of my most favorite ever) and were reminiscent of the purple flowers in the ballroom. We carefully picked a linen from Upright that reflected the subtle pattern on the floor in the ballroom. We also wanted the linen to not take away from the vibrancy of the flowers, but also add a subtle texture. We worked with Hilary Miles to create center pieces that were fun, vibrant and not traditional, but would also work with the classic architecture of the hotel. Because Will’s last name is Pickles, we had custom cookies design with a ‘groom pickle’ and a ‘bride’ which we alternated on each table. The Rosewood worked with us to create a customized menu and dessert bar, mini donuts anyone? My food truck cocktail hour idea has become a staple on the Rosewood Hotel Georgia menu. Lastly, the guests danced the night away with glow sticks and ‘guitars’. It was truly a great party, just ask me how many safety pins I had left in my kit by the end of the night as proof!