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.
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