Burnaby's Cynthia Kwon and Gary Ching describe their own love story as "one of those cheesy Disney-movie kind of stories." Born two days apart in the same hospital, the two didn't actually meet until their first day in a Grade 2 classroom — but became close from then on. They remained friends throughout their school and university days, and even dated for a while in their teens. Yet Cynthia and Gary didn't consider their romance officially kindled until 2006. Five years later, Gary popped the question with a romantic surprise proposal, complete with candles and rose petals, and their wedding followed within the year. First, the couple observed their respective Chinese and Korean heritage by holding a pre-wedding celebration at home as a prelude to the big day. Then, for their rooftop ceremony, they chose North Vancouver's Pinnacle at the Pier Hotel for its waterfront location and views of downtown Vancouver and the North Shore mountains. To create an elegant, romantic vibe and fresh, vintage feel for their reception inside the hotel, they mixed DIY items (like invitations, the welcome board, seating chart and hand-printed wedding favour tags) with more traditional décor pieces (including draping on the door and backdrop, and white pintucked linen for the head table). Everything was kept simple and clean by using white and accents of green apples and green and cream hydrangeas for the centrepieces, frosted-blue chair sashes, pink floral arrangements and a pink cupcake tower — while pink rose petals and tea lights played homage to Gary’s romantic proposal. "It was a whirlwind of a wedding weekend," reflects Cynthia, "but one full of love and laughter."
Photographer Christine Williams | Videographer Life Studios Inc. | Venue & Catering Pinnacle at the Pier Hotel | Day-of Coordinator Bailey's Brides | Bride’s Dress Allure, from Lisa’s Bridal | Bridesmaid Dresses Bryan's Bride | Makeup Jessica Noujeim of MUAHjwn | Hair Jessica Jo of Jessica Jo Hair | Groom’s & Groomsmen Attire Vera Wang, from Moore’s | Stationery DIY, by the groom's sister | Flowers Sky Florist | Decorator Rose Chair Décor | Cake Confections by Christine | Rings: Tacori, from Lucinda | Photobooth O2 Photobooths | DJ Infinitive Media