Jason Barnard was a confirmed bachelor until he met Christina Armstrong at a Vancouver lounge in early February 2011. Romance quickly blossomed and when the two planned a dream tour of Italy later that year, Jason knew it would be the perfect time to propose. He had a ring specially designed and planned to propose on Christmas Eve in Italy. That night, they dined with Christina’s relatives at a restaurant on a farm in Northern Italy, and when Jason got down on one knee, an overwhelmed Christina answered si — and the whole restaurant erupted in applause.
Upon their return home, the couple got to work planning their 2013 outdoor summer wedding, with Christina taking the reins and tackling the job of wedding consultant on her own. Choosing the location was easy, as the Hart House on Deer Lake in Burnaby is one of their favourite restaurants and Jason wanted an outdoor wedding by the water.
Christina envisioned a “nightclub chic with bling” theme, featuring crisp clean lines with splashes of purples and romance, including lots of crystals and mirrors. She worked closely with Wedding Design Studio to bring her vision to life. The ceremony site she chose featured a custom-designed river-rock aisle way met with a large chuppah draped in ivory linen. Custom clear acrylic posts were created to provide an unobstructed view of the water and to house large floral pieces composed of hydrangeas and roses. Christina was walked down the aisle by her 12-year-old son, and as soon as the ceremony was over, guests were handed Christina and Jason’s specially created signature cocktail, “The Eternitini.”
Guests were then directed to their seats in the tented reception space on the Hart House lawn, using the homemade seating chart Christina had made. Christina designed two different centrepieces for the guest tables, including large purple floral topiaries with crystals surrounding by floral purple bases and candles, and large candle holders in different sizes surrounded by crystal ribbon and immersed in a base of flowers. Adding to the glamour, the tent had four crystal chandeliers, with two hanging over the head tabledraped in cascading orchids.
The Tuscan-style head table was laid with white roses, hydrangeas and orchids down the entire length, mixed with candles and crystals. At the foot of the table was a white leather bench where guests could sit and talk with the bridal party. A side lounge/sitting area was created outside the tent with white leather sofas and chairs and coffee tables.
For Jason and Christina, it was important that their guests have fun and enjoy themselves, so Christina came up with several different ways to keep them entertained. She designed a custom photo area with a large photo of a wave as a backdrop so guests could pose for photos with props like surf boards, beach balls and toys. She had an alcoholic slushy machine in the bar area for a fun drink option. The couple also created their own music video that was played for the guests during the reception: click here to view.
And because Christina works at a Vancouver radio station, one of the DJs voiced Jason and Christina’s email and text correspondence to an audio clip of when they were dating as part of her toast to the groom.
Along with a purple-and-white themed candy buffet, guests were surprised by a late-night snack of grilled cheese sandwiches. At midnight, a limo bus at midnight shuttled guests to the Grand Villa Casino in Burnaby to continue the fun surrounding Christina and Jason’s spirited wedding.
Photographer & Videographer: Wayne Lam | Venue & Catering: Hart House Restaurant | Décor & Flowers: Wedding Design Studio | Bride’s Dress: Custom designed Maggie Sottero, from the Bridal Gallery | Bride’s Shoes: Vera Wang | Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal | Makeup: Ashley Ferguson | Hair: Crystal Morgan | Groom’s Outfit: Hugo Boss, from Harry Rosen | Groomsmen Outfits: Copley, from Freeman Formal Wear | Stationery: ECR Designs | Cake: Confections by Christine | Jewellery: Spence | Officiant: Jordan Bateman