James Sy proposed to Sherri Bariso in Miami before taking his new fiancée on a helicopter ride over the city. You'd think it would be hard to beat that for romance, but their wedding day more than a year later was all the Burnaby couple could ever have asked for. The two lucked out by waking to a beautiful sunny summer day. The weather held for their church ceremony at Burnaby's St. Helen's Church, and ensured them a gorgeous view of the downtown skyline from North Vancouver's Pinnacle at the Pier Hotel during their reception. Wanting to share their special day with family and friends, Sherri and James were loathe to leave anybody out and organized an unusually large wedding party of 15, including two best men and two matrons of honour. To ensure their wedding day reflected their unique personalities and passions, both Sherri and James involved themselves in different ways. James, who plays rhythm guitar in a local band, stepped out of his comfort zone by singing lead for the first time — inspiring everyone to get up and dance. Sherri, a true DIY type and talented baker, spent hours whipping up treats for the dessert table, including preparing jars of cookie mix for her guests to take home. In fact, she discovered such a flair for sweets that she, along with her sister and her cousin, are now starting up their own dessert table business. Sherri also has an eye for décor and added her personal touch by taking different elements from different vendors to put together a classic look of vintage elegance, including creating the church decorations herself. But when all was said and done, what was their most memorable moment of the day? "Meeting each other at the altar," say Sherri and James. "It's indescribable joy to marry your best friend!"

Photographer & Videographer RF Weddings | Ceremony Venue St. Helen’s Catholic Church | Reception Venue Pinnacle Hotel at the Pier | Wedding Planner: Tracy Chu | Bride’s Dress Lisa’s Bridal | Hair & Makeup Mink Makeup & Hair | Groom’s Attire Hugo Boss from Harry Rosen | Stationery Making Memories With Scrapbooking | Bouquets & Boutonnieres Proline Trading | Floral Centrepieces Precious Pear Floral Design | Cake Shaya’s Sweet Creations | Linens and Chair Covers Chair Decor | Décor Ina Designs | Dessert Table & Wedding Favours Vancouver’s Sweet Design