Bride | Kaitlyn
Groom | James
Wedding Date June 15, 2019
Our wedding exceeded every hope, dream and expectation. It was a day we will cherish for our entire lives and one we often still reminisce and think of with happiness and love. It solidified our bond and gave us the foundation to build a life we are proud of, together.
We hosted a formal rehearsal dinner in the Chairman’s suite at the Fairmont Pacific Rim, for 20 of our closest friends and family, the evening before the wedding. It was absolutely breathtaking and truly felt like a wedding in and of itself. It allowed us time to personally thank and celebrate with those who have impacted our lives and prepare for the monumental day ahead.
We chose a small, intimate wedding party with Stephanie Martin (sister of the bride) as maid of honor, Greyson Ezra Martin (our nephew’s and godson) as our ring bearers, Brent Poirier (best friend and business partner to the groom) and Christopher Martin (brother in law and long time friend) as our emcee. Having a small wedding party allowed our day to intimate, peaceful and reflective, surrounded by family.
The rehearsal dinner gave us the opportunity to invite a larger party of loved ones we wanted to acknowledge in a more private setting. The Collective You took portraits of our guests as we enjoyed champagne under the sun, prior to dinner. Our three dogs joined us in all of the celebrations and truly made us feel at home!
Our ceremony began at 11:30am at The Rosewood Hotel Georgia. The Spanish Ballroom we chose, was opulent, romantic and the perfect setting for our ceremony, which meant everything to us. We had a string quartet with classic wedding music and wrote our own vows as an expression of our love and commitment to the life we are building together. The old
world elegance of the hotel set the perfect tone for the day. It was intimate, soft, romantic and classic.
Our reception started out with a saxophone and piano duet during cocktails at The Fairmont Pacific Rim. The modern marble, gorgeous lobby and breathtaking views of the water were exactly what we were looking for our reception. We envisioned a black-tie wedding that felt decadent, royal and romantic. Most importantly, we wanted our guests to feel loved, special and treated as a symbol of thanks and to acknowledge how honoured we were, to have them
celebrate with us, on our special day.
Our décor was based on rich colors, opulent florals, soft pastels, French blue and lots of gold. We had cloud florals on every table and a room filled with candles and fresh blooms. Our cake featured gold butterflies which have always been special to us as a couple and something we incorporate into our home and décor. We worked with the chef to create an extremely special menu and dined with our loved ones over some of the most special words we will ever share. The speeches our family shared with us as well as the beautiful slide show my sister created, were highlights of our evening. The evening opened with our first dance to Ellie Gouldings “How long will I love you”, and ended surrounded by all of our
friends and family in our suite.
The Collective You took portraits of all of our guests as a gift from us, to each of them, and created a wall of all of the people we love, where each guest signed their portrait with their wishes for our marriage.
Our wedding, was the most magical evening we have ever experienced, one we will look back on with love, for all of our life.
Photographer: Blush Wedding Photography – Kristy & Ken / Videographer: Memento Films / Wedding Planner: Alicia Keats (Day of Planner) / Wedding Ceremony Venue: Rosewood Hotel Georgia, Vancouver / Wedding Reception Venue: Fairmont Pacific Rim, Vancouver / Bridal Shop: The white Gallery / Gown Designer: Christoper Paunil / Bridal Party Fashion: Cameo & Cufflinks / Groom’s Attire: Derks Formals & Menswear / Groomsmen Attire: Derks Formals & Menswear / Hair: Katerina Tsakalakis / Makeup: Mylynn Lam / Wedding Bands: Tiffany & Co. / Officiant: Jeremy Postal / Decor: Eclat Decor / Florals: The Flower Factory / Stationary: Bride & Maid of Honor, Stephanie Martin / Caterer: Fairmont Pacific Rim / Wedding Cake: Elizabeth Cakes / Guest Favours – Portrait Photographs: The Collective You / Ceremony String Quartet – Armadillo Quartet / Cocktail Reception – Brent Mah, Saxophone / Reception Music – DJ Al V, Papercrown