Photographer: Love Frankly

Venue: Private residence, Point Grey

Bride's Dress: Tarik Ediz, available at The Bridal Gallery

Bridesmaid Dresses: ASOS

Groom's Outfit: J.Crew

Groomsmen Outfits: ASOS, with accessories from The Tie Bar

Hair & Makeup: Vanessa, Nadia Albano Style Inc.

Stationery: designed by bridesmaid

Florals: The Flower Factory

Catering: Thyme to Indulge

Cake: The Cake and the Giraffe

Jewellery: Etsy

Music: Man About Town Entertainment

Rentals: Pedersens Rentals

In the midst of completing her PhD in Chemistry at UBC, Erika spends her days tucked away in a research lab. “In a lab environment, style is a word attributed to citations for scientific journals, not colour coordination,” she says. Geoffrey faces something similar as he completes his residency in ophthalmology; “he wears scrubs more than he wears street clothes,” says Erika.

The result of their busy lives is an appreciation for a simple and laid-back style. “We both value comfort and a clean, subdued look,” says Erika. So when it came to wedding planning, they wanted to keep their aesthetic in mind. Weddings can quickly become over-stylized events, so keeping all that to a minimum was actually a challenge say the couple.

Erika credits her family (her aunts and sister-in-law especially) for helping her to create a simple but beautiful wedding that reflected the couple’s taste. “Our wedding featured simple décor that emphasized the backdrop of our beautiful wedding venue,” says Erika. “Choosing a single focal point (the venue’s garden and ocean view) really focused our vision and significantly decreased our to-do list,” says the bride. She emphasizes that the easiest way to cut down on wedding planning is to start with a great canvas.

The outdoor wedding and family-style dinner encouraged guests to mingle on the property and get to know one another.

A Toronto native, Erika wanted to show her visiting family and friends the beauty of British Columbia. She incorporated locally sourced ferns and foraged rocks in to the centrepieces; Geoffrey made B.C. cedar plank wood runners for the tables. The elevated planks increased usable space on the tables and made sharing dishes a little easier.

For florals, the couple opted for big white peonies and sandstone roses; a clean palette that allowed the backdrop to shine. For a pop of colour, Erika’s bridesmaids wore a flattering shade of wine red in a simple cut.

As dusk approached, guests continued the festivities with plenty of space to lounge and watch the sunset. Erika and Geoffrey treated everyone to Rain or Shine Ice Cream, a sweet end to a sweet day under the sun and stars.