When Tina and Nolan first reached out to me in 2019, they had this amazing vision for a large wedding at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, filled with friends and family and of course lots of dancing! However, when the pandemic hit in early 2020, and their wedding was only a few months away, they had to drastically change their plans in order to get married. We spoke at length about the different options and try to predict how long the pandemic would last and how to move forward. In the end, they decided that life is too short and to have a beautiful, intimate sunset celebration with just immediate family—and it was magical. I will truly never forget this wedding and it will remain a highlight of my career. There was so much laughter, love and inside jokes, it was hard not to spend the whole day wiping away tears of happiness. Love is truly resilient.
The setting for this intimate wedding had personal meaning to Nolan as it was filled with summer memories from his childhood and was the ideal setting for the couple to say “I do” with the expansive ocean behind them.
Before the ceremony, Tina got ready in a cabin that’s been on the family’s property for generations. Complementing the beautiful setting, she was dressed in an understated and elegant strapless gown with a geometric back and a full, lace-trimmed veil.
As Tina stood with Nolan at the end of the aisle, framed by a sunset-hued floral arch crafted by The Flower Factory, there was no way you could keep your eyes off them.
One of my favourite stories from this wedding revolves around the fact that Tina had always envisioned a vintage car at her wedding. One day, leading up to the big day, she happened to walk by a vintage white Porsche and she asked the owner (a total stranger!) whether he’d be comfortable with them using the car at the wedding. The first surprise was that he said yes. The second was that he actually showed up! It was just more evidence that this celebration was meant to be.
For the reception, Tina and Nolan’s family gathered under a lovely, small tent from Shady Spaces. Under this unique canopy, which left plenty of space for people to look out on the ocean and mountains, the team at Bespoke Decor created a cozy, rustic area with three long wooden tables, set with coloured glass features, pink and orange florals, and a small gift for each guest. With live music from Musical Occasions playing in the background, it was the perfect setting for an evening of food, laughter, and love.
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