A winter wedding can be beautiful, when you pick the right venue. And that was certainly the case for Kaitlyn Borgstrom and Andrew Laurie, when they tied the knot last February.

The couple held their traditional Anglican ceremony at the elegantly grand Christ Church Cathedral, where Andrew’s parents married 40 years ago. This was followed by an equally grand Fairmont Hotel Vancouver wedding, a city landmark that truly delivers a taste of “classic Vancouver.”

“Elegant, decadent, romantic and sophisticated best describes our décor theme,” says Kaitlyn. With the help of Wedding Design Studio, the hotel’s Pacific Ballroom was transformed with candlelight and romantic florals in a soft palette of gold, cream and blush, with plenty of pearls and glass for added sparkle. The head table was Tuscan style, located in the middle of the ballroom, and dressed up with eye-catching four-foot-tall wine glasses filled with baby’s breath, water, floating pearls and candles.

In addition, Kaitlyn and Andrew added a number of their own special touches to ensure guests felt welcome, including picture tables, a photo booth that doubled as their guest book, and a personal thank-you note left at each place setting. A memory table was also created to honour the bride’s stepfather who had passed away three years earlier.

When it came to dinnertime, guests had no shortage of options! The couple opted for a full dinner and dessert buffet, as well as a chocolate fountain later in the evening. “So many of our guests commented on how beautiful and delicious the food service was,” says Kaitlyn. “My one regret is that I didn’t have time to go back for more.”

For their first dance, the couple chose “Marry Me” by Train. “It has been ‘our’ song for as long as I can remember,” says Kaitlyn. When the night was finally over, the newlyweds headed off for their honeymoon to the small Mexican fishing town of Zihuatanejo. “All we did was eat, drink, swim, fish and relax by the pool. It was perfect!”

Photographer & Videographer: SoWedding Productions | Ceremony Venue: Christ Church Cathedral | Reception Venue & Catering: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver | Décor & Flowers:Wedding Design Studio | Bride’s Dress: Maggie Sottero, from Isabelle’s Bridal | Bridesmaid Dresses: Lisa’s Bridal | Hair & Makeup: Jayna Marie Makeup + Hair | Groom’s Outfit: Debonair Formal Wear | Groomsmen Outfit: Holt Renfrew | Groomsmen Shoes: John Fluevog | Stationery: E-Three Designs | Cake: Marked Edible Designs | Officiant: Dean & Rector Peter Elliott