PHOTOGRAPHY BY BLUSH WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY
Elsie and Sunny rely on the magic of mariachi as the sun shines bright on their big day
Many people use the word “magical” to describe their proposal. Very few of those proposals, however, involve an actual magician.
Following a two-year anniversary dinner on Galiano Island, Sunny Wu took girlfriend Elsie Liu on a walk. She knew this was no ordinary stroll when he pulled out a blindfold. Sunny carried Elsie into a small camping tent, and when the blindfold was removed, the plan that Sunny and his magician pal had devised unfolded. The tent vanished to reveal grass lit up like a starry sky and a big inflatable moon suspended above. Then came the mariachi band—and loved ones holding up letters that spelled out: “Marry Me.”
What else could Elsie say?
Everything about that evening made it into their wedding—from the mariachi band to the magician entertaining guests to the “organic vibe.”
“We wanted our guests to feel like they were close to nature,” Sunny explains.
Taking full advantage of the gorgeous view, they built a ceremony stage right on the water.
While the moon had shone over their proposal, Elsie and Sunny were hoping for sun on the big day. Alas, the day of the ceremony it was shining so brightly the photographer couldn’t capture a thing. But then, as if by magic, a cloud rolled in.
“Before that, our guests could not even open their eyes,” Elsie laughs. “But when the ceremony started and the cloud came to block the sun, it was perfect.”
To say their vows, Sunny was struck by this be-stapled Dior, while Elsie—first thinking lace—opted for this “simple but elegant” silk Pronovias. For the reception, she slipped into a BHLDN Jacinda, while he wore Dolce & Gabbana, and for the traditional tea ceremony, Elsie wore a red Dior while Sunny chose a suit from Yans in Shanghai.
The couple also wanted the decor to be personally “meaningful,” which meant lots of peonies (Elsie’s favourites) and green plants (Sunny’s faves) from Balconi Floral and a colour tone of “rose quartz and serenity with a hint of gold” that combined Sunny’s love of structure and Elsie’s “soft and romantic style.”
Originally hoping to turn the driftwood along Black Rock’s beaches into guest chairs, Elsie and Sunny had to settle for table centrepieces at the reception.
The couple enlisted Momo Chen Cake for a confection that embodied a “different, contemporary style. That’s why our cake is an unusual shape,” says Sunny.
Again channelling B.C., Elsie and Sunny asked their pastry chef to make seashell cupcakes. After a “family-style” reception dinner, each guest took home a monogrammed bottle of maple syrup, allowing the full half of the wedding guests who travelled from overseas a taste of B.C. to take home.
The couple held a trivia game for arriving guests, followed by the tried-and-true shoe game at the reception. And there were plenty of shoes to go around, as the bride wore Manolo Blahniks at the tea ceremony, Rene Caovilla for vows and Dior for the first dance; the groom wore Giorgio Armani for the ceremony and Brioni for the dinner. Tiffany Pro Makeup & Hair ensured Elsie was an absolute vision on the big day—a vision adorned with a Dolce & Gabbana tiara, Tasaki pearl necklace and eventually a Harry Winston wedding band. The bridesmaids wore H&M dresses with shoes from Zara.