On their first date, Andrea and Vince remember talking about how neither one of them was looking to get married. Little did they suspect that just over a year later they would be walking down the aisle at Our Lady of Sorrows Parish in Vancouver, before celebrating with a reception at All Saints Parish & Banquet Hall.

Despite the rain, “there was nothing that could have made our day more incredible,” says Andrea. The couple had planned their elegant black-and-white themed wedding together from the start, picking everything together from the lettering on the invitations to the flower girls’ fluffy socks.

Not only did all their closest friends and family attend, but Andrea and Vince were also fortunate to have visitors travel from all over the world to share in their special day. “I tear up as I recall seeing all these people so happy for us, smiling at us from every direction, tears of joy from all areas of the church and room, including our own.”

Their day could not have been more perfect, says Andrea. “We had a special quote, that we always said to each other: ‘From this day forward, I shall not walk alone, my arms will be your shelter, my heart will be your home, as two best friends join together in a life together, one love, one dream, one soul….’ ”

In listing everyone who contributed to their wedding day, Andrea made special note of her parents, as well as their bridal party: “A huge thank-you to our bridal party (who we forgot to thank in our speech at the wedding — oops!).”

Photographer: Dawn Stenzel Photography | Ceremony Venue: Our Lady of Sorrows Parish| Reception Venue: All Saints Parish & Banquet Hall |  Decor: Rose Chair Décor | Bride’s Dress: Lisa’s Bridal | Bridesmaid Dresses: TB Dress | Makeup: Jennifer Paradilis, Swoon Beauty | Hair: Andrea, Mint Hair Lounge | Groom’s & Groomsmen Outfits: Leading Man Tuxedos | Stationery: Michaels | Flowers: Provided by family friend | Catering: Presto Catering | Cake: Amazing Cakes Vancouver | Jewellery: Bride’s grandmother & mother-in-law