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Kelsey + James: Squamish Lil’Wat Cultural Centre

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Starting the walk down memory lane <version 2014> by thinking back to our very first wedding of the year. Kelsey + James, who are one of the sweetest couples we will ever have the pleasure of working with, were married at the Squamish Lil’Wat Cultural Center in Whistler Village in January. Their wedding day was magical and I will never forget it.

Kelsey was the first bride to tell me she did not want any flowers included in the decor. Yes to bouquets but no flowers anywhere else. So be it! An abundance of candlelight filled the ceremony as well as reception amongst wintery + rustic elements such as wood logs, harvest tables + rosemary sprigs. Romantic, classic + cozy.

An incredible family style dinner was prepared + served by the talented Whistler Cooks team. We are huge fans of family style – this style of dinner service starts the conversation amongst guests who may not already know each other and really creates the feeling of a big dinner at home with loved ones; exactly the feeling Kelsey + James wanted their wedding to have.

Neither Kelsey + James nor any one of their 120 guests were from Canada which goes to show just how amazing these two are. Their friends and family came from around the world to celebrate with them and we are absolutely honored that they chose us to bring their dream winter wedding to life. Anastasia Photography captured the day beautifully + Tomasz Wagner put together an incredible Super 8 wedding highlight film that makes me beyond happy every time I watch it (see it here!).

It’s really hard to believe this wedding was not even a year ago. 2014 was filled with so many incredible couples, weddings, events, milestones + adventures that it feels like 10 years combined into 1. But it is safe to say that this year could not have started off any better + we owe a huge thanks to Kelsey, James as well as all of the vendors involved in their wedding for that. So happy to call these two friends for life + I hope to visit them on a future trip to the US!

Cheers to 2015 xo

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See the full gallery + list of vendors here.

Kelsey + James’s wedding was featured on Tutu & Fru, Rocky Mountain Bride, Wedding Wire + The Wedding Lady.

Kind words:

“When my husband and I look back on the planning of our wedding we BOTH are in agreement that the best planning decision we made was hiring Jessica Minnie of Petite Pearl Events to help us with the general planning, decor and execution of our special day.

Jessica is incredibly professional with an infectious energy and fresh approach to bringing your dreams to life. It is important to note that Jessica and her team pulled everything together all while staying within a tight budget and covering every single detail with an eye for perfection.

The commitment and hard work Jessica puts toward her business and client relationships is so inspiring that it actually led me to re-evaluate my own job…everyone should be so lucky to be as in love with their career and it truly shows in everything she does. I could not be more thankful to have worked with Petite Pearl and recommend using Jessica and team with my highest praise.”

– Kelsey (+ James)

January 22, 2015 - 3:05 am

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Ania + Brandon: Brock House Restaurant

Ania + Brandon’s wedding was an unforgettable one. Their wedding took place in September 2012 but was only featured on Style Me Pretty a couple of months ago so we hadn’t shared all of the photos until recently. It’s always fun to take a trip down memory lane even though it feels like their wedding was just yesterday!

I became involved with the planning almost a year and a half in advance of Ania + Brandon’s wedding – beginning with the venue hunt which definitely allowed me to become very familiar with a plentiful of venues early on since we looked and looked and looked! We landed on the gorgeous Brock House at Jericho Beach as their venue and the rest of the planning and details fell right into place. Ania + I spent a lot of time together over the next year planning all of the many details which allowed us to develop a great friendship especially through the loss of her beautiful mom before the wedding day arrived.

As you will read in the Style Me Pretty feature, Ania + Brandon were able to have a very intimate ceremony with Ania’s mom present months earlier but we kept this a secret all the way until the actual wedding day. It was announced during the ceremony that Ania + Brandon would not need to sign official documents since they were married in a beautiful Catholic ceremony with Ania’s mom present several months prior. The couples’ strength, specifically Ania’s, throughout the entire ordeal was incredible and I definitely wanted to ensure their wedding day was nothing short of magical.

We had Delovely Creative on board to assist with bringing Ania’s decor + floral vision to life. Everything that day (as you can see in the photos) including the couple, the wedding party, guests + the beautiful decor glowed in the perfect light. The flower arrangements are still one of my favorites to date. I had my trusty sidekick, Vasia Weddings, on hand that day to capture all of the magical moments + stunning details. It was such an incredible day beginning to end + I wish we could go back and do it all over again!

See the full gallery + list of vendors here.

Kind words:

“Simply the best wedding planner we could have hired in Vancouver! I would not hesitate to recommend Petite Pearl Events to anyone needing help organizing and planning any type of event or celebration!

Jessica was always organized and on top of the many aspects to cover. Most importantly keeping our budget under check and helped us source everything we had envisioned. I would have not known where to start in terms of hiring vendors that and she made it a breeze. In general she made what could have easily been a very stressful day and process – into a relaxed and extremely enjoyable experience for myself, my husband and all our guests!

I will no doubt miss working with Jessica and our many meetings over coffee. I highly suggest that you contact her and have her help you in creating the wedding day of your dreams!”

– Ania (+ Brandon)

Justine + Lee: Kicking Horse Mountain Resort

Justine + Lee’s Kicking Horse Mountain Resort wedding was nothing short of AMAZING and certainly a major highlight of last Summer. This was our first wedding at this stunning mountain resort in Golden, BC and we are so thankful we were invited to be a part of Justine + Lee’s wedding weekend. Not only did we enjoy all of the planning + design/decor involvement but Justine, Lee and all of their friends and family made us feel so welcome within a very private gathering. Since it was off season at the time of the wedding, they pretty much had the entire resort all to themselves with nothing but incredible views in all directions.

The ceremony was held at the top of Kicking Horse Mountain at Eagle’s Eye Restaurant where the views are breathtaking. Weather atop Kicking Horse can change within 15 minutes from sunshine to downpour but we got very lucky for the ceremony. The perfect amount of overcast + wind was present for what was probably the most magical ceremony I’ve ever witnessed. Simple decor touches is all we needed for such an incredible backdrop. A string quartet played for the ceremony and throughout the cocktail hour that followed on the Eagle’s Eye terrace. The amazingly fearless duo behind Two Mann Studios, Lanny + Erika, were scaling rocks and hanging off rafters to capture all of the awesome photos. Not to mention, they stayed for 3 extra hours at the end of the night so as not to miss the hilarity on the dancefloor.

Our team headed back down the mountain to add the finishing touches to Whitetooth Grill where the fruits of our labour transformed a ski lodge into a rustic dinner reception. A delicious family style dinner was served in record time by the Catering team. We worked with almost all new vendors on this wedding due to it’s location but we are so grateful Brianna Errelat + her team joined in on the road trip to beautify the entire bridal party. Knowing the bridal party was in such good hands for the entire morning allowed us to focus on all of the other many details + logistics.

One of the new and unforgettable vendors was BPM Krew, flown in all the way from Toronto. Justine + Lee had seen them perform live while on a trip in the previous year and knew they had to have them perform at their wedding – and we knew why the second they did their sound checks the night before while we were setting up. Once dinner + speeches were complete we did a quick flip of the room to create the dancefloor that would not be clear until 3AM after a choreographed dance by the entire wedding party kicked off the party. BPM Krew rocked it until the lights came on and the weekend carried on with a big brunch gathering the next day in one of the gorgeous chalets.

See the full gallery + list of vendors here.

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.

See the full gallery + list of vendors here.