Sydnie and Farzad danced through their wedding day. Their joy was contagious, their love undeniable. We knew it would be magic from the day I first met Sydnie and Farzad. The decor and design was some of our favourite work to date, but it was only a backdrop to the beautiful story that unfolded on their wedding day. Watch their video by Tomasz Wagner to see how he captured their day and you’ll get a sense of why we love what we do so much.
Sydnie and Farzad wanted to create a natural and intimate wedding, incorporating an aesthetic of an old Persian style theme, with tile work, fruits, poetry, lighting and flowers. Held at the Stanley Park Pavilion, with a garden ceremony, cocktail reception on the patio, dinner and dancing into the early morning hours. It was a spectacular wedding for two extraordinary people we loved getting to know!
Following the ceremony, Sydnie and Farzad hosted a cocktail reception on the Stanley Park Pavilion outdoor patio and guests had their portrait taken by The Collective You.
We do not recommend DJing your own wedding… but stepping in to throw it down at the end of the night, well that’s just fun!
Sydnie and Farzad, you made us feel so appreciated. We absolutely loved walking along side you both in planning this special day. Thank you for trusting us to bring your vision to life and for allowing us to witness your marriage and be among your incredible community of family and friends. It was a spectacular day for two extraordinary people.
Thank you to the talented team that worked together to make this beautiful day extra special.
We know choosing a wedding venue can be overwhelming. Next to deciding to get married, it’s the biggest decision you will make in the wedding planning process. The venue you choose will drive your budget, impact the vendors you select, the visual style of your wedding and the guest experience.
The good news? British Columbia is a beautiful place to get married! It was hard to select just five, but we like a challenge and so we’ve selected our favourite five wedding venues we’d happily plan weddings at over and over.
Below, in no particular order, our five favourite wedding venues in B.C.
Host a winter mountainside wedding set in a modern art museum.
We first fell for the Audain Art Museum because of it’s stunning architecture, elevated within a forested enclave steps from Whistler Village. Ideal for a winter wedding, guests can spend the day on the mountain, and join you for a romantic early evening wedding ceremony in the Upper Gallery, and reception in Cressy Hall. The museum holds capacity for 250 guests, with a 135 person capacity for a seated reception in Cressy Hall.
Invite guests to arrive early and enjoy a tour of the permanent boutique collection of historical and contemporary Northwest Coast art, and one of the world-class temporary exhibitions. Host your ceremony in the upper gallery, with windows facing the snow covered trees, and dance the night away in Cressy Hall. Enlist your favourite caterer and customize a menu your guests will remember!
While the Upper Gallery can be booked earlier in the day, access to Cressy Hall (the main reception space) is not available until the gallery closes at 5PM. We suggest hosting your ceremony and cocktail reception in the upper gallery, while your planning team oversee’s set-up of the reception space in time for a smooth transition to dinner. In the warmer months, the galleries outdoor space can also be booked.
An early fall wedding set in the orchard and modern barn.
We planned our first wedding at Bilston Creek Farm this past summer and we are looking forward to many more. Both well appointed and equally authentic, we love this venue for a late summer or early fall wedding celebration where guests can explore the farm and enjoy lavender distillation demonstrations and honey tastings. If you’d like to get married at this beautiful lavender farm you’ll need to act fast, as they book a limited number of weddings each year.
Located just 20 minutes from downtown Victoria, in rural Metchosin, you and your guests can gather early and make it a weekend celebration. Guests can stay in the historic farmhouse, or sleep amongst the trees in beautifully appointed glamping tents. The historic property offers a truly unique backdrop for weddings, inspired by the natural beauty, and entwined with the activity of life on the farm.
Set in iconic Stanley Park, we are quick to suggest the Pavilion for couples planning a wedding with guests traveling to Vancouver. In the early spring you’ll find cherry blossoms and dogwood trees decorating the outside of the venue, and in the summer, carefully planted gardens and an abundance of natural beauty. This heritage building with a recently renovated interior, and outdoor garden space, offers a classic, bright and elegant setting for a wedding.
With indoor and outdoor space, if budget allows, we recommend buying out the complete venue (including the restaurant) for privacy and so that guests can enjoy a cocktail reception on the outdoor patio. Wedding ceremonies typically take place in the garden, while the tearoom is available as a back-up location in case of rain. The stunning ballroom can seat up to 190 guests (though we prefer up to 160). We’ve also planned a long table dinner on the patio for 100 guests, with dancing inside. There are many beautiful ways to host a wedding in this space and you can take a look back at weddings we’ve planned here, here and here.
If you are looking for a coastal destination venue in BC, you must consider Bodega Ridge. Next to the setting, food is at the top of the venues list of attributes. In addition, with two accommodation properties (Bodega Cove and Bodega Ridge), the venue offers excellent onside accommodation. Ideal for a couple who would like to make a weekend out of their wedding celebration and gather friends and family for a few days. Host a movie night under the stars, a welcome BBQ and a beautiful ceremony with the best views on the island. A favourite detail we included as a past wedding at Bodega was to stock each guest cabin with a few provisions for a yummy breakfast.
When booked, exclusive use of the 22-acre property, cabins and lodge facilities are yours to enjoy. With a minimum capacity for 60 guests and maximum 150 (Feb to April being great for more intimate groups of 40-60 guests). The venue can sleep up to 56 guests onsite, with additional accommodation close by.
Though Bodega is almost fully booked for 2020 they currently have early spring and mid-week summer dates available. You can also book for 2021! Learn more about planning a wedding at Bodega Ridge here.
A fresh and inspiring spring wedding at the gallery.
If you are searching for a city venue with a clean and contemporary design, The Polygon Gallery is our choice. Located in revitalized Lower Lonsdale of Vancouver’s North Shore, The Polygon Gallery is a spectacular event venue with waterfront views of the city skyline, and minutes from downtown Vancouver. The venue can accommodate up to 180 for seated dinners, and is able to welcome up to 540 guests throughout the building for stand-up receptions.
The design of the building offers a clean backdrop for your weddings personal design, however you won’t need to do much to make the space beautiful. Timing of your event is limited to the hours the gallery is closed, so you’ll want a planning team who can execute your set-up (and possibly a flip from ceremony to reception) with grace and hustle.
Learn more about hosting a wedding at the gallery here.
Modern, sophisticated and fun, these were just some of the words Talya shared with me the day we first met and began to envision her and David’s wedding together. Over the course of a year we worked closely together to refine her vision (gorgeous) and create a day that reflected their love story and how they wanted to celebrate.
Talya and David were married on a Sunday in August and celebrated at the architecturally stunning Robert Lee Alumni Centre, a venue of great significance to the grooms family. Their thoughtfully planned day was full of celebration and significance, and the Hora which kicked off the dinner reception, was quite possibly the longest and most vibrant we’ve witnessed! See how Christie Graham captured this very special day below.
The day began with Talya and her friends gathering to get ready, as Talya’s brother, Jacob, styled her hair. Talya wore her mothers silk dressing gown, and read a special note from her groom to be.
After a first look in the garden, Talya, David and their bridal party spent time taking photos and then began the days ceremony and celebrations.
The bride, Talya, envisioned an outdoor ceremony and discovered they could hold their ceremony at the nearby Buchanan Courtyard at UBC, which provided the ideal structure to frame their ceremony. We have a feeling this may be the first of many ceremonies in this unique location!
The joy in these photos above is everything. Talya and David, you guys know how to celebrate! Thank you for trusting us to play a role in your very special wedding! Special thank you as well to the incredible team of vendors who help us make the day seamless.