In honour of our 4 year wedding anniversary today, I wanted to share a piece of our wedding day with all of you and hopefully help those planning an upcoming wedding gain some inspiration and solace from the madness.
For me, the hardest part of the whole process was actually picking out the wedding dress. After a long and very hard deliberation, I went with a pretty light pink gown by Monique Lhullier called Peony. Pink gowns were very popular in 2012 (i.e Jessica Biel) but I was so weary of the colour at first that I almost returned it. However, the dress actually became the focal of my wedding and the entire wedding revolved around the light pink theme of my dress. I think my advice for choosing the dress is to keep an open mind and listen to your heart. Like finding the right guy you will know when you found the perfect dress. Another feature that I love about this dress is the cotton-candy like veil that extended all the way to the ground. I love a long veil because it gives an ethereal and traditional quality to an otherwise modern silhouette. Since my theme revolved around the blush pink of my gown, I picked a palette of pink, purple, gold, white and green and I wanted my bouquet to reflect a girl that was turning into a woman. My florist was able to capture that beautifully with a contrast of roses, foliage and garden roses. I recommend everyone to incorporate garden roses into their bouquet because they smell so fragrant and photographs so well. It really elevated my bouquet into something special and unique that highlighted my gown and the rest of my wedding.
When my husband finally proposed, I was blown away by what planning a wedding entails. I was uncertain about a lot of things at first but we both knew we wanted an intimate wedding that exuded an understated elegance, timelessness and reflective of our quirks and personality. That is why I chose a hotel that embodied all those characteristics with a chandelier ball room and European charm to boost. We don’t like a lot of fuss so we decided to hold both the ceremony and reception at the same place which made it easier and more comfortable for us and others guests. My initial vision for my dream wedding was actually in a garden surrounded by peonies. But since I was a fall bride that was not possible and due to the chance of rain in Vancouver (which was very likely) it was safer to be held indoors. So instead of compromising, I wanted my decorations to have a feel of a garden wedding with antique bowls of flowers, gold chiavari chairs, pink sashes and splashed with prints of peonies on my letterpress invitations, the cake, menus and other stationeries.
Even though I got married four years ago, I remembered it like it was yesterday. The moment that stood out the most was going down the elevator with my dad and my bridesmaids and then entering the ceremony seeing faces that I knew my whole life. I can only describe it as a out of the body experience that you can't quite grasp until it was all over. Writing this post , I can't help but feel nostalgic and sentimental realizing how special of day it was and celebrating our love story that started 14 years ago. I can't thank my parents, my in laws and friends enough, it was because of their love and dedication that our wedding day was faultless as a wedding can get. Forever grateful and truly blessed I hope that your wedding day will be as seamless and filled with love like ours.
Wedding Dress: Monique Lhullier Peony (Bisou Bridal)
Shoes: Oscar De La Renta (Bisou Bridal)
Earrings: Bisou Bridal & Kenneth Jay Lane
Reception Dress: Adrianna Papall (nordstrom)
After Party Dress: Tadashi Shoji (nordstrom)
Rings: Tiffany & Co
Flowers: Balconi Floral
Rentals: Upright Decor & Rentals
Stationary: Paper & Poste
Cake: Sweet Thea
Macaroons: Ganache Patisserie
Photography: Leanne Pederson
Makeup: Sara Leal Serafim (They Bookings)
Photobooth: Vancouver photobooth
Hotel: Sutton Place Hotel
Video: Life studios
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