Photographer: SoWedding

Venue & Catering: Fairmont Pacific Rim

Day-of Coordinator: The Stand Weddings & Events

Bride's Dress (white): Brides for a Cause

Bride's Dress (magenta): David's Bridal

Bride's Dress (silver): Kathryn Bass Bridal

Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew

Groom's Outfit: Black and Lee

Groomsmen Outfits: Black and Lee

Hair & Makeup: Anita Lee

Rings: MJ Jewellers

Stationery: designed by the bride and her cousin, printed at Vistaprint

Florals: Along Came Amy Floral Design

Cake: The Juliet Rose

Officiant: Doug Cameron

Music: Tanye Aganaba

Rentals: Divine Decor & Vancouver Chiavari Chairs

“Byron and I are huge foodies and both love to cook at home,” says Tiffany. So when it came to planning their wedding, great food was a must-have.

Originally, the couple booked The Perch, UBC’s upscale West Coast restaurant, for the wedding. Set on the rooftop of the beautiful new AMS Student Nest, the space is contemporary and filled with light, an ideal venue. But the restaurant closed just six months after opening, so Tiffany and Byron, with just five months to go before the wedding, had to find a new venue.

Fairmont Pacific Rim had always been on their list, so they inquired about their July long-weekend wedding date. As fate would have it, their date was available, so they went ahead and booked it. “It truly was meant to be,” says Tiffany.

The couple, who planned the wedding themselves, had no problem staying on task and on budget. “Our vision for the wedding was elegant and polished, accentuated with gold, pink and blush,” says Tiffany. They sourced décor and other details (like candles and the arbor) by scouring wedding swap listings. To make everything match, they went through nine cans of gold spraypaint. Tiffany also tackled some DIY projects, like the hand-lettered seating chart.

Tiffany had three dresses for the wedding day. Her first, a white gown, she bought for just $500 from Brides for a Cause in Portland, a not-for-profit bridal shop that raises funds for Wish Upon A Wedding. She found the magenta gown at David’s Bridal and the silver at Kathryn Bass Bridal.

With the help of day-of coordinator Merina from The Stand, Tiffany and Byron say their day went smoothly. “Merina was nimble and responsive, and took care of all our needs,” says Tiffany. Fairmont Pacific Rim put out a fabulous spread, including an oyster station, prime rib carving station, B.C. salmon, charcuterie and seafood.

To encourage guests to mingle, Tiffany and Byron hired local musician Tanye Aganaba to play throughout the evening. After their first dance, the couple invited guests to the dance floor to dance to “Endless Love,” the Glee version. “It was a beautiful sight to see our parents, friends and family dance,” says Tiffany.

Advice from Tiffany and Byron

"Wedding planning requires a lot of communication. It’s important to express your expectations in advance so that you can incorporate each other’s must haves."

"When planning your own wedding, I found it extremely helpful to use a project management tool. I used Smartsheet, which allowed me track activities, manage our budget and share documents with our vendors and wedding party. A few of our vendors are now hooked on it!"

"Try to keep your wedding schedule simple and not pack in too many activities. Too many brides and grooms are exhausted by 8:oo p.m. because they woke up at 6:oo a.m. Byron and I decided it was important for us to stay relaxed throughout the day. We woke up at nine, got ready by noon, took our wedding group photos in the afternoon and had enough time to take breaks before our 5:00 p.m. ceremony and reception."