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Darrien + Shawn: An Engagement By The Sea


Exactly one month today these two high school sweethearts will be saying their ‘I dos’ in Thailand. If you haven’t already pieced it together from the resemblance, the lad you see here, is my little brother. Oh shit, I can’t even write this without starting to get emotional so I’m going to keep it short + sweet. I’ll save my sobbing for my speech at their wedding and then again for the post about their actual wedding.

My brother Shawn is the coolest guy I know and definitely a best friend to me. I am so excited for him + Darrien to begin the next adventure in life together as husband and wife and I am so thankful Darrien asked me to be a bridesmaid as well as entrusted me with the planning of the big day.

This styled shoot with Gucio Photography was just a little teaser into the magic that will be their wedding day. We spent the day out at Iona Beach and surrounded Darrien + Shawn with minimalist, cozy details to keep the focus on the two of them as well as the natural landscape. The weather was absolutely perfect until the moment we began to pack up when a rain storm blew in out of nowhere…I’m talking down pour with little visibility type rain storm!

I’ll have to share the hilarious outtake moments that Gucio (Anna + Kasia) miraculously captured of all of us scrambling to pack everything up in the rain and run all of the boxes/decor/blankets/cameras to the vehicles while tripping over each other + logs on the beach. Actually. Kasia had a solid wipe out but “saved the camera!!!!”. LOL. We were all laughing so hard we were keeled over in pain ready to leave everything behind on the beach. An awesome day we won’t soon forget.

We were so thrilled when we found out that Darrien + Shawn’s “Engagement By The Sea” was featured in Belle Lumiere Magazine Volume VI. A stunning film only magazine that everyone should check out. Styling by Petite Pearl Events, flower crown by Celsia Florist, decor details from Petite Pearl + Delovely.

Let the one month countdown begin! xoxo


Angie + Adam: Vancouver Art Gallery


Angie and Adam are one of those couples where you just know they were meant to be from the beginning. Not only partners in love and life, but the best of friends. Their families could see that and although Angie and Adam were from two different cultural backgrounds, their families became very close and supported their relationship. They were together for 9 years establishing their careers, purchasing a home and raising their daughter (French Bulldog Sophie!) before getting married. They had no reason to rush because they just knew they would be together no matter what.

Engaged for a year a half, the entire first three quarters of that planning and design process with us was geared towards a venue on the Sunshine Coast – all vendors booked, design complete, rentals and florals sourced, menu and wine selections made – you name it, we were done planning! But two months before the wedding, they had a change of heart due to less guests attending than anticipated since the wedding was out of town as well as realizing they were city people and the Sunshine Coast no longer felt right. So two months before their big day they changed their venue to the heart of Vancouver, the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Somehow through the power of “meant to be”, the Vancouver Art Gallery just so happened to have the same August Long Weekend date available and the major planning/design transition began. With Angie and Adam being so incredible (and absolutely calm/happy with the change), most of the vendors were able to be very flexible and manage the change. Due to logistics/timing we did lose a couple of vendors but the amazing wedding industry in Vancouver came together to make the change as easy as possible. Luckily we were able to bend the rules at the Art Gallery to allow their beloved “daughter” Sophie to walk down the aisle as well. We “re-planned” the entire wedding in a month and it truly felt right that this is the place where these two were getting married.

The overall design concept for the wedding from start to finish (which we were able to transfer from the first venue to the second) was modern, bold colours + geometrics with an uncommon combination of floral varietals. A nontraditional couple deserved something standout and different, and for a decorator/planner, this uncommon vision was a breath of fresh air in a world of pinks, golds, fluffy + pretty. We had so much fun creating all of the details for this wedding and we are ecstatic with how it turned out. Huge thank you to the incredibly talented Tomasz Wagner for capturing the entire day perfectly, to Drew Cooks! Catering for going above + beyond as usual, Celsia Florist for knocking our flower vision out of the park + everyone else I had to pull a quick one on with the change.

Towards the end of the night I went outside to get some air and watched from the street as the wedding guests danced away on the Rooftop Pavilion – the tent walls were rolled up so the dancefloor was open to the outside air and to the livelihood of Robson Square. Even after the sleepless nights making all of the changes, I remember thinking “F*ck am I glad they decided to switch their venue!” It felt like these two and their guests owned the city that night.

Read more about their “Art of Romance” in the new issue of Real Weddings Planning Guide!


See the full gallery + list of vendors here.


Carla + Brian: Cecil Green Park House


Carla + Brian really wanted their wedding to show off Vancouver’s Summer. Cecil Green Park House was the perfect choice for this since their guest count would allow us to plan for the reception to take place on the back terrace and have an alternate ‘Plan B’ inside if Vancouver did what it does best, rain! But when the day arrived, the weather turned out perfect. Although a damp morning, we were hopeful the clouds would clear and they did – the temperature of the day actually could not have been better for their outdoor ceremony + intimate, romantic, open air reception.

Soft pinks, coral + gold with an elegant yet vintage-y feel was Carla’s vision – with cafe stringed lights! Flowers were of very high importance for Carla so we of course called on Celsia Florist to bring her floral vision to life. And they did not disappoint! Carla’s bouquet is definitely one of the most beautiful we have seen and is the most “loved” Instagram post to date for Celsia. The flower centerpieces added the perfect amount of colour + romance to the tables, all captured beautifully by Gucio Photography.

Carla, Brian + their closest friends + family enjoyed a beautiful outdoor dinner, with many heartfelt speeches, on a terrace with views of Vancouver. I’m certain their guests felt like they got to see the best of Vancouver in the Summer that evening while celebrating the newlyweds! The temperature cooled down at the perfect time for everyone to move inside where they rocked the night away with The Last Scene. Shirts off, ties around head type of rocking out! Guests were able to take breathers from the dancefloor with Photobooth Vancouver and enjoyed the cutest little individual cakes you’ve ever seen created by Sugarplum Desserts.

Read more about their special day in their Style Me Pretty Canada feature!


See the full gallery + list of vendors here.