PHOTOGRAPHY BY BAKE PHOTOGRAPHY
Everything old is new again for Tareyn Warren and Garrett Lee's timeless wedding at a heritage home. Here, Tareyn shares their story...
"Our wedding took place at Hart House Restaurant in Burnaby. The outdoor venue is situated in a beautiful, natural environment overlooking Deer Lake. We had our ceremony lakeside, and our reception inside a marquee tent with draped ceilings and chandeliers.
"Hart House Restaurant was the perfect venue for us, and here's why: it exemplified our vintage-inspired style and also created the ideal backdrop to allow us to bring our vision to life.
"With the help of my ever-so-artistic maid of honour—my sister Katrina—we created an outdoor lounge for our guests, complete with an antique table and chairs. We displayed photographs on an old-fashioned wardrobe of our parents, grandparents and great-grandparents on their wedding days, dating back to 1909. We made a popcorn bar out of rustic galvanized bins and old wooden wine barrels. And we finished each table with beautiful gold urns of every shape and size.
"As you can tell, we (or perhaps I should say me, the bride), love vintage weddings, so I made sure that was represented when I said "yes" to my dress! It really was love at first sight. The moment I put my wedding dress on, I knew it was the “one”. It was both classic and bold. A timeless dress, that was also unique. That was something that was important to me.
"Also important to us was that our guests had fun. That sounds like a simple concept for a wedding, but we truly wanted it to be a night that would not soon be forgotten.
"This leads to one of the highlights of our wedding: the cocktail hour. This magnificent hour set the tone for our wedding. We set up lawn games for our guests to play: bocce, beanbag toss and life-sized Jenga. Guests that had flown in from all across the country—all ages and backgrounds—mingled over a glass of champagne and a few friendly games.
"The energy that flowed from the cocktail hour ran through the entire night and manifested itself into a jam-packed dance floor. Our guests continued to dance well into the night, even after the last song had ended. We had to make our own music at that point, but that did not seem to be a problem as we closed the evening with a brilliant rendition of the Backstreet Boys. I think we can safely say that fun was had.
"To all future brides and grooms, we have a little advice for you. First: there’s no better way to finalize your seating chart than over a boozy brunch. When you incorporate a social activity into your wedding planning, it becomes less like work and more like fun.
"Second: break the planning down into smaller, more manageable chunks. We prioritized one task a month to avoid feeling overwhelmed.
"Finally: be authentic. It’s your big day, make sure your wedding is a reflection of you!
"Oh. and one last thing, on your wedding day make sure to take a step back. Breathe. And among all of the chaos—enjoy those special moments between just you two."
Photographer: Bake Photography
Venue & Catering: Hart House Restaurant
Planner: Evoke Events
Rentals: Past Pieces Décor
Bride’s Dress: Pronovias from Sposa Wedding World
Bridesmaid Dresses: David's Bridal
Groom’s & Groomsmen's Suits: Moores
Makeup: Denise Elliott Beauty Co.
Hair: Ashley Budden from Kaboom Hair Salon
Florals: The Flower Box
Bride's Jewelry: Blue Ruby
Bridesmaids' Jewelry: Nordstrom
Officiant: Bonnie MacKenzie
DJ: Paolo Mesto from Audio Edge Entertainment