Photographer: Filippova Photography
Planner: Maria Pezzente, mother of the bride
Bride's Dress: Harrod's
Maid of Honour Dress: Adrianna Papell, Nordstrom
Florals & décor: Mena Parente, family friend
Cake: Zia Antonina, bride's aunt
Andria and Gary met in Croatia. While they now call London, England home, Andria grew up near Grouse Mountain and it’s also one of Gary’s favourite spots. When they were visiting family in North Vancouver, they decided a winter wedding at Grouse Mountain would be perfect for them.
Setting out on the bridal blog world, Andria was drawn to the rustic glamour of ski lodge venues. Her mother helped her to plan the wedding, pulling together details from the cake (made by a friend) and the florals (arranged by a family friend).
Gary found a quote from Winnie the Pooh to include on their stationery, complementing their forest theme. And that theme carried through the reception, with florals and design by Mena Parente. She created the centerpieces, ceremony space, and pulled together the table décor.
Guests were treated to two favours: almonds from Sulmona, Italy (brought by Andria’s mother and stepfather); and jars of local honey with Winnie the Pooh tags.
Finding a wedding gown was easy for Andria. When her cousin Sofia visited her in London, they went to Harrod’s dress department and bought the first dress she tried on. To keep warm on the mountaintop, Andria wanted to find some elegant outerwear. She wore her mother’s fur coat, a gift to her mother from her Nonno Giovanni 34 years earlier. The other elements including jewellery and shoes were pulled together with the help of Andria’s sister-in-law, her best friend Sylvia and her stylist.
The late-afternoon ceremony in the lodge offered the 60 guests a beautiful view of the mountains and city through floor-to-ceiling windows. While they enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, as well as a performance by a magician, the bride and groom captured stunning photos outside with photographer Eugenia Filippova.
A homemade cake baked by family friend Zia Antonina followed dinner by Grouse Mountain’s catering team. The bride’s cousins Sofia and Guila emceed the evening, keeping the room full of tears and laughter. Sofia shared a 10-minute animation she created that beautifully and comically shared how Gary and Andria met.
The evening concluded with dancing, of course. Gary created a playlist of favourite hip-hop and Motown tunes. The couple wowed their guests with a first dance, choreographed by the bride’s cousin Olivia, to Fleetwood Mac’s “Need Your Love So Bad.”
As the evening came to a close, guests rode the gondola back down the mountain, while the bride and groom settled into a cozy cabin surrounded by snow.