With 67 of our closest friends and family in attendance, we loved the idea of a destination wedding… we wanted the wedding to be simple, yet elegant, while keeping to the beach wedding vibe. We love dark blues so we chose to have mostly white with pops of dark blue and gold. The Bridesmaids dresses were long chiffon, mix and match from Ivory, Champagne, Gold and Navy Blue. The groomsmen had mix and match shorts with white collared shirts – sleeves rolled up. We had a non-religious symbolic ceremony and wanted it to be as laid back as possible. Our reverend Marco was amazing!! A highlight for sure.
We had glass vase centerpieces with sand, pearls and twinkly lights inside with a bouquet of baby’s breath on top. Linens were white, with a burlap runner. We had mix and match burlap and navy-blue napkins with the gold chiavari chairs. We wanted to have a romantic feel so we had quit a few little lights and candles scattered throughout. Our seating chart was a little DIY. We rented a large white backdrop and hung photos of each guest with a string of lights horizontally. On the back of each photo was the guests table number. Each guest had to find their photo to find their seat. We had a glass dance floor with Chinese lanterns that were strung in between the palm trees, it was stunning. We added cupcakes for our guests and instead of a wedding favor we created welcome bags for each room that included a little note, a antique Key bottle opener and some Prosecco flavored gummy bears! Our signature cocktail was a Bourbon Old Fashioned, as that is Graeme’s favorite cocktail.
Groom: I have always like the look of a nice tailored suit and when I stumbled upon the Steel Blue suit I ended up going with, Amanda and I knew it was going to be a great choice. Pairing the suit with a tan leather slip-on shoe and matching belt really pulled it all together for me. Purchased – RW & CO
Bride – I knew I wanted a flowy beach style wedding dress, but I have a bit of princess in me so I knew I also wanted a dramatic train. So I found the flowy beach dress and had the seamstress make a custom detachable 6 foot train and had her also add a slit in the front on the right side. I felt my dress was everything I wanted – Beachy, Chic, Sexy with a bit of drama. I knew I wanted to be barefoot as well. So I wore gorgeous silver sparkly footless sandals to add a touch of glam. My earrings and bracelet were both gifts and were a matching Swarovski set. Dress Store – House of Vienna in Langley, B.C
We met at the concert of a local Vancouver artist on New Year’s Eve after each being reluctantly dragged out by our friends to the same venue. We met early in the evening when I was approached by Amanda who introduced herself… safe to say we have been inseparable ever since. The proposal happened moments before being picked up on our way to the airport headed to Thailand. I knew I wanted to propose before we left but time got away from us and I was left with minutes to surprise her with my question. With time running out I yelled “Mouse” and kneeled down to pick up the ring where I hid it earlier, Amanda freaked out and ran for the door so I could throw it outside, I told her to grab me a container to put it in, she ran into the kitchen and Tupperware spilled from the drawers, when she turned the corner she saw me on a knee and says “I hate you” to which I replied, ” Well I love you…Will you Marry Me?”
I think while it is good to be as planned and prepared as possible, just know that not everything is going to go according to plan. Some things are out of your control, so on the big day just try to sit back and let it all happen. Make the best of it, roll with the punches and remember every moment.