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Susie + Scott: Bridges Granville Island

Susie + Scott’s wedding was extra special because not only was I their Wedding Planner, but I was also one of Susie’s bridesmaids! Susie + I go way back to Grade 9 – yep, high school dance pre-parties, study buddies, soccer teammates, weekend pit parties and all. Even while living in separate cities attending different Universities, we always made it a point to see each other a couple of times a year no matter what. The only word I can use to describe Susie is: gem – rare, beautiful + definitely one of a kind. I love her to bits.

Susie + Scott are a match made in heaven. These two are so down to earth, hard working, beautiful inside + out and also two of the most hilarious, sarcastic people you’ll ever meet. Before Susie met Scott, I had never been witness to “you complete her” being something that didn’t just happen in the movies. I’m sure I’ve worked with other couples where this is the case but I typically only meet these couples once they are already together so I don’t have the opportunity to see the change from before + after their meeting. But something in Susie was simply complete and she was the best version of Susie all the time. I’m so happy Scott came into her life.

The wedding took place at Bridges on Granville Island in October so the theme + feel of the wedding was fall inspired. Susie + Scott wanted a cute, rustic feel with hand made details so we used single stem blooms in a combination of sweet little vases + brown bottles on wood rounds with tonnes of candlelight on the tables and we made circle garland for the altar backdrop that also became the backdrop for the head table. Stationery by Design Spectacle added the perfect amount of extra detail to the tables + Celsia Floral blew us away with how they brought our vibrant fall floral vision to life. Like look at that bouquet! A popcorn bar with every seasoning you could imagine was definitely a hit and of course so was Photobooth Vancouver!

I was so honored to stand next to one of my best friends in the entire world on her special day and be able to party into the wee hours with everyone. I definitely have Lele of Le Soirees to thank for that since she immediately said yes to taking on the role of day-of coordinator when I told her the two roles I had been asked to fill. Lele’s immediate support allowed me to say yes to both bridesmaid + wedding planner and by the time the wedding came around, I was also lucky enough to have our very own Margot take a lead role in helping Lele manage the day.

A bonus treat was having Brianna Errelat + her team there all morning doing our hair + makeup and having Vasia Photography with us all day.

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Jessica + Mike: Squamish Lil’Wat Cultural Center

I’ve been dying to share this wedding since the day it took place last July because it includes many of my all-time favorites. From the amazing couple, stunning bouquet designs + one of our favorite venues to the delicious family-style dinner + outgoing band that rocked the night away, this Whistler wedding was unforgettable. The cherry on top is that Tomasz Wagner was there to capture it morning to night – and when he has the couple climbing up rock faces in heels, you know it’s going to be sooooooo good.

The natural beauty of Whistler, wood-filled venue as well as the bride’s love for herbs + request for lots of greenery with a pop of yellow inspired all of the decor + floral. Marcie from Bliss Events outdid herself designing one of the most beautiful + unique set of bouquets that we have ever seen. Their luscious overgrown look is stunning and the colours managed to make the bride’s beautiful blue eyes stand out even more.

To keep the feeling of “having a big dinner party” with their closest family + friends, we opted for family-style dinner service which worked perfectly for the menu which is one of the best meals I have ever had. Jessica + Mike are major foodies and their love for a big plate of various hearty salads and a lesser amount of meat was ideal for the hot mid-July wedding day. Whistler Cooks customized the menu with the most delicious pasta salad, quinoa salad, chopped salad + mediterranean tomato salad alongside sage dusted chicken + herb dijon potatoes. I still crave this dinner every day.

As always, the day goes by in a flash but when you have a ridiculously awesome band to rock the reception into the wee hours, the day seems to go on forever – in a good way. Guests were having to hang their shirts out the windows to dry the sweat/cool off and the rest of the guests had ties around their heads or were singing at the top of their lungs to classic tunes such as Journey brought to life by The Last Scene. One heck of a party.

Other highlights included refreshing custom strawberry cocktails served to guests post ceremony, talking the venue into letting us use an old fish drying rack as the ceremony altar which subtly tied in the artifacts showcased within the Squamish Lil’Wat Cultural Center as well as Tomasz’s extremely popular polaroid photobooth which captured some pretty hilarious moments.

Be sure to check out Jessica + Mike’s wedding featured on Style Me Pretty Canada as the bride provides a beautifully detailed story of the wedding day and great tips for every couple on their wedding day. Thank you Jes + Mike for allowing us to be a part of your magical day.

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Jessica + Mike’s wedding was featured on Style Me Pretty Canada – be sure to check it out!

Kind words:

“Jessica was always incredibly responsive to all our questions and made our whole wedding something we could enjoy rather than worry about. From finding us our wonderful photographer that perfectly fit our style, to coordinating our venue and our caterers, she did it all. She and her team made the day so easy and memorable, and Jessica had all the little things covered before we ever had to think of them. It was so smooth and stress-free, our parents even thanked her in their wedding toast for making sure we could all enjoy such a special day. We highly recommend that anyone who is considering a planner for their wedding should hire someone, and we can’t recommend Jessica Minnie and Petite Pearl highly enough.”

- Jessica + Mike

Kirbi + Tim: Dusty’s Whistler

Kirbi + Tim’s wedding was such an honour to be a part of. In addition to them being an incredible couple, they are also good friends of mine so the entire planning process was extra fun.

Tim grew up in Whistler so it’s “a place close to home” for him, his family + Kirbi as they spend a lot of their time there. The venue, Dusty’s Bar + BBQ, was the perfect fit for what Kirbi + Tim wanted their wedding day to be: a formal celebration while still relaxed + a party that no one would forget.

Mission accomplished! Even I was feeling a little rough around the edges the following day after joining in the celebrations later in the evening! Additionally, even though they had a large guest count, Kirbi + Tim wanted the entire day to feel intimate which we achieved by having half of the guests stand during the ceremony to crowd in shoulder to shoulder with best friends + family and for the reception, long tables created the feeling of a large family dinner which was perfect. And we successfully managed to seat all 170 guests on the main floor!

The weather gods were on our side on this day as the drizzle rain stopped only 15 minutes before the beautiful + emotional outdoor ceremony and then every guest proceeded to wear out their dancing shoes in between ski shots + dancing on the bar until the wee hours. Pretty.freaking.awesome.

Kirbi + Tim’s “First Look” will forever be one of the best wedding stories: as Tim waited with his back turned and Kirbi approached, she said “turnaround” (in a flirtatious Bonnie Tyler “Total Eclipse of the Heart” tone) and all of the groomsmen randomly busted into song as the groom turned around + ran to his bride. All of incredible moments captured by Rebecca Amber Photography say it all.

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Kind words:

“We loved working with Jessica and would recommend her to anyone. She is extremely organized and was on top of every detail to keep our budget in check. She is amazingly creative, provided great vendor suggestions and on top is so fun to work with.

Jessica’s planning helped exceed all of our expectations for our wedding day, we couldn’t have done it without her.”