Arty meets chic as Marz and Bron walk down the aisle and hit the dance floor
PHOTOGRAPHY BY TOMASZ WAGNER PHOTOGRAPHY
When telling the story of how they got engaged, some people use words like “magical” or “romantic.” For Marz Liu, that life-altering moment was “pretty straightforward.”
In Hong Kong for a Christmas vacation, Marz’s boyfriend, Bron Wu, casually asked if she wanted to “check out some rings.” They saw one they liked and decided, why not? “You get to save on taxes when you buy it in Hong Kong,” Marz explains, “so it just seemed like a pretty good deal.”
She hadn’t walked into the store expecting matrimony, but there were signs it was going to happen eventually. “Even when we were dating, he’d call me his wife. It was his way of brainwashing me, I guess,” she chuckles. “There was no actual proposal.”
She sees it as an unconventional engagement, and it led to an unconventional wedding. “My theme really was just to throw a party for my friends and family; the wedding was just a side element to it.”
Marz worked with Jessica Minnie of Petite Pearl Events to mount what Minnie describes as a “moody, edgy, badass and artistic” affair on the historic grounds of UBC’s Cecil Green Park House, with a striking all-roses floral theme, decor that combined natural outdoor beauty with dark colours and bold geometrical patterns, a cookies-and-cocktail hour, a “hidden” reception tent, and even a post-wedding rave.
But for all her emphasis on party over nuptials, the “I Dos” were their own kind of breathtaking.
“For me, I didn’t realize it was real until the ‘I Do’ moment. It had been too much of a fantasy because it was fun planning it, and everything was fun leading up to it. And, in that moment, I felt like, ‘Oh, this is real. We’re actually getting married.’”
Celsia Floral provided roses, roses and more roses, with various shades adorning everything from the ceremony’s oversized arbour to the reception tent to the bride’s left arm, in tattoo form. (“We spent so much money on flowers. I didn’t know flowers could cost so much!” says Marz.)
Marz made for a striking sight, treading the lush grounds of Cecil Green Park House in Jimmy Choos, a Dior necklace and a gown, as well as a tuxedo jumpsuit, both from the inaugural wedding collection of Viktor & Rolf, one of her favourite designers. The groom was similarly sharp in head-to-toe Tom Ford and Dior Homme cufflinks.
Marz entered the ceremony escorted not by her father, but by her grandma. “She had to go through a really rough year because my grandpa passed away,” Marz explains. “I wanted her to feel that happiness; I wanted people to know how strong she was, and how much she meant to me.”
After the ceremony, the surprise portion of the night began as guests were guided by signs to a large hidden tent (provided by Apex Tents & Salmon's Rentals) for the reception dinner. The interior reflected the couple’s artistic sensibilities with lots of darker colours and a “geometric aesthetic,” anchored by a tent-spanning black chandelier. With such elaborate decor, planners Petite Pearl Events used a variety of vendors to create the final look, including rentals from Elizabeth Stanley Event Design, Bold Event Creative, Pacific Design Lab, Loungeworks and A&B Partytime Rentals.
The bride and groom sought to make an impact down to the smallest detail, with black, white and grey candles as well as menus featuring their custom silver-foil monogram and handwritten marble place cards with Instagram handles instead of names, with stationery provided by Jrnl Studio.
The reception’s head table contained a black and marble cake with a “balancing diamond” by A. Elizabeth Cakes, backdropped by a geometric black panel drenched in roses. Outside the tent: a custom-made, light-up Plexiglas seating chart. The evening’s eats were supplied by Scholar’s Catering.
When the 250 guests left the reception, they were surprised to be ushered into a pop-up nightclub inside the Park House, complete with DJ Richy Rich. Though Marz envisioned this surprise after-party for her electronica-loving friends, “I think our parents had more fun at the party than we did; because I don’t think they’d been allowed to be in a setting like this for ages.”
PHOTOGRAPHY: Tomasz Wagner Photography | VIDEOGRAPHY: Wagner and Co. Film | CREATIVE DIRECTION + PLANNING: Petite Pearl Events | FLORALS: Celsia Floral | VENUE: Cecil Green Park House | STATIONERY: Jrnl Studio | CATERING: Scholar's Catering | CAKE + CUSTOM DESSERT: A. Elizabeth Cakes | RENTALS: Apex Tents & Salmon's Rentals, Pedersen's Event Rentals | DECOR RENTALS: Elizabeth Stanley Event Design, Bold Event Creative, Pacific Design Lab, Loungeworks, A&B Partytime Rentals | HAIR: SO'O Hair Salon | MAKEUP: Artistry by Pearl M | LIGHTING + EFFECTS: Promosa | CUSTOM AISLE RUNNER: Reznick Event Carpets | OFFICIANT: Young, Hip & Married | PORTRAIT STUDIO: The Collective You | DJS: GirlOnWax, DJ Richy Rich