Hollywood Glam

S&R’s Hollywood Glam inspired wedding was fresh and unique with a gorgeous palette of navy blue, green and gold.

The Burnaby Village Museum was the perfect location for the photo shoot to create the old world look to compliment the wedding theme.

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Red & Gold Hindu Wedding Ceremony

So excited to have Anish & Heta’s wedding be featured in South Asian Bride Magazine !

Hetal had always dreamed of an outdoor wedding ceremony with the gardens as a backdrop for the Mandap. Unfortunately the weather was not co-operating with us as we woke up to a down pour the morning of the wedding ceremony. This was only the 2nd time in 30 years that it rained on July 26th in Vancouver!

There was no doubt that we had to go with our backup plan and moved the ceremony indoors. The rain did not dampen this magical day as the Lord Stanley Ballroom is an absolutely gorgeous venue. They were still able to have the beautiful wedding ceremony they had both been dreaming of. Luckily the skies opened up by the end of the ceremony and they were able take some fabulous photos outdoors as they enjoyed their horse & carriage ride through the park!

Venue:                    Stanley Park Pavillion
Photographer:           Flashing Lights
Videography:          Glimmer Films
Decor:                      Royal Party Decorations
Make-up:                 Faye Smith
Florals:                    Shelly Lien
Stationary:               Making Memories

Black & White Chic

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The Scottish Cultural Center was transformed from its usual down-to-earth venue into something truly spectacular for Teresa & Steven’s wedding, demonstrating just how versatile this wonderful venue really is. The contemporary nature of the building was blended with luxurious style and wonderful attention to detail, with a black & white damask theme running through the decor, the invitations, the money box and even the dinner menus.  We had worked together to ensure everything fitted in with this classic, elegant, and traditional theme.

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The bride and groom both wanted to take this traditional theme and mix it up a bit by incorporating some modern fun into their wedding day, so we had a great time collaborating and coming up with unique and entertaining ideas. White balloons were released outside the church following the wedding ceremony, and a self-serve candy bar was set up at the reception so guests could help themselves to all manner of yummy goodies and sweet treats. This combination of traditional sophistication and contemporary amusements are what really made this wedding special. Where else could you lounge on chic leather sofas sipping cocktails whilst having a caricaturist create a cheesy picture of you?

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Teresa was absolutely radiant, breaking with tradition to wear her ‘something blue’ on her feet! Her beautiful, vibrant shoes added a touch of colour to the otherwise monochrome theme, which was the perfect touch. She maintained the Damask theme with her gorgeous bridal bouquet however, placing jet black feathers and sparkling crystals amongst the flowers to add a touch of classic glamour and fabulosity to her one-of-a-kind bridal style. Teresa & Steven’s wedding was certainly an event to remember!

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A Tented Affair

IMG_1161With a truly global combined heritage, this bride & groom had their hearts set on an exotic destination wedding, but sadly this meant that many of their friends and family back home were unable to attend. We had discussed the idea of holding a huge party upon their return to celebrate their nuptials, but while the groom really loves a good party (who doesn’t?) he’s not one for a formal shindig. The couple wanted something more down-to-earth and a chance to celebrate with their loved ones in a relaxed, laid back, and fun environment. The solution – a lively and entertaining party at their home before they set off for their destination wedding.

IMG_2952When planning, we took into account the bride’s Indian origins and the groom’s Jamaican background right from the start, so each and every aspect paid tribute to both families. A Smilebox invitation was sent via email to the guests, containing pictures of the happy couple along with the unusual combination of the Indian version of Jai Ho by A.R. Rahman and Bob Marley’s Jammin’ blaring out in the background – a combination that actually worked really well!

IMG_2955With warm weather on the horizon, two tents were set up in the garden so guests could enjoy the outdoors. One tent was erected for dining, and another as a lounge area, creating two distinct spaces for eating and socialising. The garden was even large enough to allow for a stage and dancefloor, where guests showed off their moves and the DJ spun into the wee hours of the morning.

IMG_2950In keeping with the idea of blending the bride & groom’s culture together as one, we decided on a menu with a vibrant international feel, blending the Caribbean flavors of classic Jamaican cuisine with the spice and heat of mouthwatering Indian fare. Jerk chicken, rice & peas, Indian-spiced lamb koftas and samosas were just some of the delectable offerings, but it didn’t stop there! As a tribute to the couple’s upcoming international travels and sense of adventure, there were also plates full of Japanese sushi, Spanish tapas, and unbelievable Italian offerings which really rounded out the menu. It was exactly what the bride & groom wanted – a small, humble event that spoke volumes.

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Hindu Ceremony

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Indian weddings are usually always bigger and better than what you can possibly imagine, and this event was no different. With the bride being of Sikh descent and the groom being Hindu, there was not one but two wedding ceremonies held on this day – an all day affair that was lively, energetic, and a true pleasure to be a part of.

The day began with a Sikh wedding ceremony held at the Akali Singh Temple in Vancouver, followed in the evening by a Hindu ceremony at the Laxmi Narayan Mandir in Surrey. Planning two separate ceremonies on the same day should have been a logistical nightmare, but the entire day came together effortlessly, and each ceremony was truly magical.

What I love about Indian weddings is that they don’t just last for a single day – they involve week-long festivities which bring together the two families, including Mehndi Night and, of course, all the traditional games and tricks that are played, especially on the groom. Hiding the groom’s shoes in exchange for a monetary ‘donation’ is one of my favourites!

In keeping with the high energy and vibrancy of the day, the bride wore a stunning hot pink lengha (bridal dress) which really made her stand out, while the groom was dressed in a soft gold colour – a sacred colour in Hindu culture. The groom looked extremely handsome, and his bride was absolutely gorgeous –  they really did look spectacular!

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The mandap (ceremony site) for the Hindu ceremony was created with sheer white fabric and hot pink lighting which complemented the bridal lengha perfectly. For brides and grooms who want a splash of colour to brighten up their weddings, lighting is a wonderful option. It’s so simple to set up, and yet creates an amazing ambiance and atmosphere, setting the tone for the entire day.

#2This hot pink colour theme was also incorporated into the design of the mandap, the flowers, the dining area, and the wedding programs, with just a hint of gold which matched the groom’s outfit. The wedding programs actually came all the way from India, written in English to help the bride & groom’s friends and family follow along.

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Following the two wedding ceremonies, there were more festivities to be enjoyed at both the bride and groom’s respective homes, but it didn’t end there! The following night, the bride and groom were back to host their wedding reception and a chance to really let loose after the formalities of the day before.

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Gorgeous Green

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Following their beautiful destination wedding in Mexico, Manisha & Phil returned to Vancouver to celebrate their nuptials with friends and family back home. The theme of the reception was inspired by Manisha’s favorite color – a soft green – and was incorporated into every aspect of the party, including the bride’s lengha (bridal dress) which was created from soft green materials mixed with subtle gold accents. The lengha was designed especially for the bride, and she looked phenomenal! Her hair and make up were exquisite, and complemented the lengha perfectly.

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When I say that the green theme was everywhere, I mean it.  We added as much green as we possibly could, including party favors of mini bamboo plants, green & white lilies adorning the cake, and even green wine bottles placed on the dining tables, complete with custom-made labels created from the couple’s engagement photos. And the centerpieces? They were, of course, green hydrangeas!

The bride & groom really wanted to do something special for their guests, so had been taking secret ballroom dancing lessons in the lead up to the big day. When the time came for them to show off their skills during their first dance, you could hear the sounds of jaws hitting the floor! No one expected Manisha and Phil to perform such an impressive and challenging dance routine so effortlessly, and it became one of the most memorable parts of the evening.

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I say ‘one’ of the most memorable parts – there were lots! There wasn’t a dry eye in the house when Phil serenaded Manisha with Jason Mraz’s ‘You Belong to Me’. Singing and playing the guitar at the same time, he almost stole the show from the bride – but not quite!

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Manisha had her very own treasured, touching, and sweet moment with her mother. As the bride’s father had sadly passed, the traditional father/daughter dance was replaced with a mother/daughter dance, and the tears just wouldn’t stop flowing.

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This was a wedding that was filled with tons of love, laughter and dancing. It was a chance for the bride & groom to celebrate with their loving friends and family, but also remember those who couldn’t be there with them.

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Mayan Romance

wedding-mexico-bride-groom [1]The Gran Bahia Principe in the Riviera Maya was the location for this sunny destination wedding. This historic region is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and intriguing in the world, and it offered the bride & groom’s friends & family a chance to get to know more about each other during their stay, while also enjoying the great weather and celebrating the couple’s happiness and exciting future together.

The beauty of a destination wedding such as this, is that the bride & groom didn’t need much in the way of decoration to create a breathtaking and romantic atmosphere – they just let the natural surroundings do the hard work for them! The style of the ceremony was very simple, utilizing just the backdrop of the crystal clear ocean and white sands to give a touch of glamour  to the big day. Classic white calla lilies complemented the natural scenery, and were included in both the bridal bouquet and the floral arrangements.

Following the ceremony, a celebratory reception was held in one of the resort’s amazing restaurants – a chance for the bride, groom, and the rest of the wedding party to relax, unwind, and loosen up a little. While the ceremony was very romantic, peaceful, and serene, the reception was much more lively, energetic, and, dare we say it, risque! The restaurant and resort staff had a good few humorous antics up their sleeves, and the drinking games made it easy for both families to break the ice. 1, 2, 3, Tequila!

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Hints of Bamboo – The After Party

Leni & Giacco wanted to share their magical day with all of their friends and family, but unfortunately their chosen wedding reception venue just wasn’t big enough to fit everyone in! With this in mind, we put our heads together and decided that the obvious solution was to hold a second party immediately following dinner. Why have one wedding celebration when you can have two?

The Shangri-La Hotel in Vancouver offers a number of beautiful events rooms with spectacular views of the North Shore mountains. Leni & Giacco really wanted to make the most of the great midsummer weather and so chose the chic and modern terrace located directly outside the ballroom. The terrace is ideal for entertaining, with a lounge area and full bar accommodating both the guests who who had stayed and new guests just arriving to join in the evening fun.

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Leni & Giacco really loved that this second party allowed them to show off more of their personality. While they opted for dark, rich tones for their classic indoor wedding reception, they lightened things up a bit for the after party, enhancing the outdoor environment with white hues and soft greens which gave a very relaxing, very natural feel. Each look was different and distinctly beautiful and yet the two halves of the wedding complemented each other perfectly. It was as if they just flowed together as one.  The amazing duo of Andy & Kim from the Wedding Design Studio did a fabulous job of bringing Leni & Giacco’s vision to life.

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Following the formalities of the ceremony and reception, this evening event was all about letting your hair down and having fun. Speciality drinks were served from the alfresco bar all night long, and tasty appetizers were offered to stave off their hunger pangs – all that dancing is hard work! The second wave of guests certainly had a great time and this ‘after party’ was definitely a big hit!

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Hints of Bamboo – The After Party

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Hints of Bamboo, The Shangri-La Hotel

0340LGW-944158774-OThe Shangri La Hotel was the setting for this gorgeous, designer wedding. Leni from the onset had a clear idea for her dream wedding but needed help fine tuning her ideas. She envisioned a mix of earth tones with many candles and lots of glamour!  After our site visit to the venue with the team from the Wedding Design Studio we discussed some ideas and decided on a rich dark brown color with accents of green, gold and cream which complimented the color palette of the ballroom.

As Leni has a love of Bamboo, this became the theme for the day and was incorporated into many accents for the entire wedding. We were able to source a vendor who was able to create invitations, custom table numbers, the guest book, and coasters ( for the party favors) made from wood with bamboo motif engravings. Paper dinner menus were also created by the same vendor with the bamboo design. Chivari chairs were used as they give the appearance of bamboo, and we purchased the cake and knife server with handles designed to mimic bamboo as well!

The money box was made from a beautiful antique wood box that we found in China Town, which blended in seamlessly with the look of the room.

Instead of serving the wedding cake, each guest was presented their own individual mini-wedding cake from Ganache Patisserie. “Such a great idea” and “what a nice touch” were the comments from many of the guests!

Everything was just perfect to a tee and I must say Leni’s wedding dress was simply spectacular!

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