Real Wedding: Julia and Jonathan


 

Words really can’t do this wedding justice, but thankfully Shari and Mike captured the story!

I first met with Julia and Jonathan 10 months before their wedding day and knew from that first meeting we were planning something special! Together we explored possible venues throughout Vancouver and decided on a combination of The Polygon and The Pipe Shop Venue in North Vancouver to accommodate their guest list (240) and vision for the day. With refined taste in food, wine and fashion, we knew guests were in for a treat! We kept the aesthetic light and modern, with sculptural feature florals from Celsia Floral, sleek glassware and chairs from Pedersen’s Rentals, and rust hued velvet settee’s and accent pieces from The Collection Rentals.

Julia and Jonathan began the day greeting their guests with welcome cocktails at The Polygon, followed by a ceremony with the city and sparkling ocean in the backdrop. Guests then followed Julia and Jonathan across the plaza to The Pipe Shop Venue where we were set for a feast! Savoury City Catering served a family style menu which included the best latkes our groom had ever tasted. Not the most traditional wedding menu, and we loved them for it! After heartfelt and hilarious speeches, it was time for the Hora! Side One kicked off the dancing and Julia our bride slipped into something a little more sparkly. When it was time for the party to end at The Pipe Shop, but no one wanted it to, we lured guests back to The Polygon for city views, Jukes fried chicken sandwiches and a DJ spinning into the early morning. 

 

Thank you to the incredible vendor team that made Julia and Jonathan’s wedding day possible!

Ceremony Venue The Polygon

Reception Venue The Pipe Shop

Catering by Savoury City Catering

Photography by Shari and Mike

Hair & Make-up by Denise Elliot Beauty Co

Linen by Faire la Fete Fine Linen Rentals

Flatware by Winston’s

Rentals by Pedersen’s Rentals

Bar & Table Rental from Wise Co

Lounge Rental by The Collection Rentals

Florals by Celsia Floral

Music by Side One

Event Planning and Design by Spread Love Events

Thank you Julia and Jonathan for trusting us to plan and design this day with you!

Real Wedding: Carmen and Gregg


An elegant oceanside garden party, with a focus on great food, personal details and fun! This was the vision shared with us by Carmen and Gregg. They wanted to get married at Carmen’s family home in West Vancouver, cliffside, with guests feasting on freshly shucked oysters by the sea, taco’s poolside and dancing under the moonlight till the early morning hours.

Held at the brides family home in West Vancouver, looking out at Bowen Island with sailboats passing by, the views were spectacular. This cliffside home was a challenge to set-up for  a wedding, but the guest experience and memories made were worth it. We did our sun dance (and had a back-up plan of course) and the risk was worth the reward. Thank you for trusting us with you vision Carmen and Gregg!

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Carmen and Gregg choose a palate of nude, peach and bright sherbet, with soft green and yellows. Florals by Celsia Floral complimented the garden and coastal grasses planted throughout the property. Linen toss cushions were set out on The Collection Rentals lounge furniture inviting guests to relax, and fans and boozy popsicles by Railtown Catering were passed to help guests stay cool in the warm sun.

Carmen and Gregg were married on the grass, then enjoyed a cocktail reception by the sea and poolside as we re-set the grass area for dinner under the stars. With guests traveling from all over the world to attend, there was plenty of time to connect and enjoy the spectacular views!

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Custom painted maps above and signs below by our designer Elizabeth showed guests where to go for oysters, tacos and an evening whisky bar!

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One of the first things Carmen shared was the song she’d walk down the aisle to, “There will be time” by Mumford and Sons. With her future husband’s South African roots in mind it was deeply personal. Carmen and her Dad walked up from the ocean to the beat of the drums and it was an incredible moment. Music can sometimes be overlooked when it comes to a wedding, but it’s these details that come together to create the moments you’ll remember forever.

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We had custom made aprons for the catering team, switching out their black uniforms for a lighter, coastal look!CarmenandGreg-370West Vancouver Waterfront Wedding by Spread Love EventsWest Vancouver Waterfront Wedding by Spread Love EventsWest Vancouver Waterfront Wedding by Spread Love EventsCarmenandGreg-457CarmenandGreg-426West Vancouver Waterfront Wedding by Spread Love EventsCarmenandGreg-31West Vancouver Waterfront Wedding by Spread Love EventsWest Vancouver Waterfront Wedding by Spread Love EventsCarmenandGreg-483CarmenandGreg-487CarmenandGreg-69CarmenandGreg-496CarmenandGreg-67CarmenandGreg-500CarmenandGreg-543CarmenandGreg-497

Thank you Carmen and Gregg for inviting us to be a part of planning and designing such a memorable day with you and your families. Thank you to the team that made this day possible!

Photography: Christie Graham Photography

Catering: Railtown Catering

Florals: Celsia Floral 

Linens: Faire la Fete Linen

Furniture Rentals: The Collection Rentals

Hair & Make-up: Denise Elliott Beauty Co

Stationery and Signs: Spread Love Events

Music: Musos Entertainment

Transportation: Landsea Tours

Wedding Planning and Design: Spread Love Events

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Holiday Hosting Tips


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Whether you live in an apartment or grand home, hosting is a gift we can all give. A little thought and planning can go a long way in making your guests feel as ease, and your gathering even more special!

Since before my husband and I married, we’ve been hosting at least one holiday gathering each year. From long table dinners, to cocktail parties, and more recently Gingerbread House making parties that our almost 3 year old enjoys. It gives us a reason to deck the halls and spend time with friends and family building traditions. Sometimes the fact that I’m a Wedding Planner can create an expectation that I’ve gone ALL OUT. The truth is, we keep our own holiday events fairly simple. As a host, I truly believe that the best way to allow your guests to relax and enjoy, is to be relaxed yourself! Below are a few tips I follow to keep the celebrations enjoyable for all, and easy to pull off during a very busy time of year!

How to host with ease: 

1. Be Present

When I host, I often choose to serve food that is unfussy and allows me to relax and enjoy with my guests, rather than be wrapped up in the kitchen. Anything I can prepare ahead of time, and simply do the last step or two before serving, is a win!

2. Plan ahead 

You knew I was going to say that right? Don’t leave all the set-up to the day of your party. Get your home in order a few days prior, do the shopping and then assemble what you can the night before or morning of. This will leave you time to get ready yourself, and enjoy the gathering, rather than leaving everything down to the minute before your guests arrive.

3. The Dishes Can wait

My fool proof trick for enjoying the party? The dishes can wait. Before the party have your dishwasher empty so you can quickly load items in. Any serving platters that need to be cleaned get stashed in my oven until after the guest have left. If you are like me, put a sticky note in your room to remind yourself you’ve done this!

4. Less is more

Rather than setting up a buffet of appetizers, choose 3-4 things to serve and do them well. A beautiful charcuterie display with meats, cheeses and fruits (I love mixing in seasonal fruits and nuts) and one-two warm appetizers is a great offering for a causal gathering. The same goes for holiday decor! We typically clear out the clutter and simply add fresh festive greens to the fireplace or stairs, decorate a tree and hang a great wreath on the door.

 

Enjoy the season!

 

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