Photography: Christie Graham
Production & Creative Direction: DreamGroup Productions
Fashion Stylist: Luisa Rino, Lizbell Agency
Model: Sarah Cooper, Lizbell Agency
Hair & Makeup: Anya Ellis and Melanie Neufeld, Lizbell Agency
Custom marble table and aisle, bistro chairs, candle holders, brass hanger: BOLD Event Creative
Florals: Botany & Co.
Stationery: Love by Phoebe
Cake: The Uncommon Cake
Rentals (plateware, flatware): Pedersens Rentals and Taffete Designs
Vivienne gown: Alexandra Grecco, available at Union Bridal
Elle gown: Elika in Love
Bloom gown: Bisou Bridal
Gardenia sash, belt, pendant necklace, earrings and bracelet: Bekah Anne
Melody headpiece: Paris by Debra Moreland, available at Bisou Bridal
Catering: No Fixed Address Catering
Spring is a time for lush greenery and natural materials. With a clean and contemporary décor backdrop, let your dress be the floral focal point at your wedding. Event planners extraordinaire DreamGroup Productions were inspired by marble, brass and concrete paired with fresh greenery and a modern tablescape
Stylist Luisa Rino selected the Vivienne gown by Alexandra Grecco from Union Bridal for the bride’s first look. With a plunging V-shaped neckline and delicate floral appliqués, it’s a subtle and elegant nod to the floral gown trend. Anya Ellis and Melanie Neufeld from Lizbell Agency transformed the bride with soft waves and a nude palette to complete the look.
Next model Sarah Cooper from Lizbell Agency wore the Elle gown with a nude slip by Elika in Love. Rino paired it with a belt, pendant necklace and bracelet from Bekah Anne. The Elle gown is perfect for the bride seeking a flowy romantic lace gown with a modern edge.
Finally, for a third look Rino paired the Bloom gown by Ines di Santo from Bisou Bridal with the Gardenia sash by Bekah Anne and the Melody headpiece by Paris also from Bisou Bridal. This full-skirt ball gown has a beautiful asymmetrical illusion neckline. In a subtle floral print, it will turn heads throughout the entire wedding day.
For décor, DreamGroup Productions teamed up with BOLD Event Creative to create an aisle and reception table that mixed materials like marble, brass and concrete. The table, in a hand-painted faux marble finish, is lightweight enough for transport, but still boasts the elegant finish of a real marble countertop. BOLD Event Creative also made a custom marble-finish aisle runner, a unique accent for any room. The industrial bistro chairs, originally silver, were spray-painted brass to match the gold detailing in the table and aisle. BOLD Event Creative says custom jobs like these are all possible, so bring your inspiration to your appointment with them to create something unique for your wedding day.
DreamGroup Productions set the table with tapered grey and white candles in brass and concrete holders from BOLD Event Creative. Genève and Sarah (of DreamGroup) kept the look modern with smoked glassware, gold-accented clear chargers and dark plates, paired with gold flatware from Pedersens Rentals and Taffete Designs. Genève added the brass birds for a personal touch and grey linen napkins for yet another texture. Above the table, a geometric brass and opaque glass hanger from Urban Outfitters, sourced by and available at BOLD Event Creative, added height to the table without interrupting sightlines.
On the aisle, DreamGroup Productions warmed the industrial space with candles at varying heights and more brass and marble accents.
Botany and Co. provided the florals for both the ceremony arch and the table. Lauren Sabo, owner and creative director at Botany and Co., let greenery take centre stage with an asymmetrical archway dripping with lush greenery and dotted with white buds and florals. The two-tone aesthetic works perfectly with the modern, mixed-material décor by DreamGroup Productions. The bride’s bouquet was in full bloom to accent her floral-inspired gowns. Sabo used anemone, garden and Vendela roses, along with euphorbia, olive branches, eucalyptus and white Veronica.
Love by Phoebe created the stationery suite and menu. In place of paper, Phoebe designed clear menus containing pressed flowers and modern gold lettering. For the invitations, she chose a textured white paper and paired a simple serif typeface with elegant hand-painted Pacific Dogwood. With soft grey ink and gold detailing, marble again played the role of inspiration.
In keeping with the neutral white, brass and greenery palette, Jill Shumka, owner of The Uncommon Cake, made a simple white fondant-covered cake. To add a bit of texture, pastry chef Shumka pressed simple lines into the top and bottom layers of the five-tier cake. Botany and Co. added a touch of greenery and white florals to tie everything together.
Served on concrete slabs, tapas by No Fixed Address Catering included Dungeness crab cakes with white gazpacho, chive oil and chili oil, chorizo croquettes with saffron emulsion and crispy prosciutto and seared Ahi tuna with a coconut yam mash, crispy asparagus, siracha aioli and a soy ginger dressing. Owner and chef Steve Duke is from South Africa and says Vancouver is a foodie paradise, with the opportunity to blend tastes and cultures from around the world into every bite.
Torafuku bar manager Kris Girard created four custom cocktails (see our post 4 Cocktail Recipes from Torafuku) with details inspired by florals and mixed materials. He combined rich flavours with inventive garnish like a parsnip cracker topped with edible flowers and ice cubes frozen with florals inside.