Photo by Charles Zuckerman

There’s no denying Vancouver’s annual Diner en Blanc is a visually spectacular affair. Last night was no exception, with 4,500 guests converging on Canada Place trundling chairs and tables while dressed in their finest white attire for the city’s fanciest picnic. It was truly a gorgeous sight, with many attendees bringing along lovely centrepieces, linens and china to dress up their outdoor tables, which were tucked into every nook and cranny of the scenic Canada Place complex.

We spotted a number of local wedding industry members in attendance, including the Flower Factory, LeLe Chan Designs, Alicia Keats Weddings & Events, Petite Pearl Events, Vasia Weddings and Vancouver Photobooth. Like us, we’re sure, they couldn’t resist a chance to dress up and enjoy a fine meal in the company of friends.

But that wasn’t Diner en Blanc’s only wedding connection. For one local couple, their fine white outfits proved to be their actual wedding attire. In a first for the annual outdoor party, the event hosted a pop-up wedding at dusk. Vancouver officiant Darian Kovacs performed the formalities as counsellor Rachel Steinebach and model Sam Merrell tied the knot in front of 4,500 guests – and it was no doubt the biggest wedding in B.C. history.


The occasion was sponsored by Vancouver-based Indochino, so naturally the groom, his three groomsmen and the bride’s father were all outfitted in one-of-a-kind custom suits, shirts and accessories from Indochino’s very dapper Diner en Blanc collection.

While the wedding, which took place halfway through the evening, was a pleasant surprise for guests, it was a thrill for the now-newlyweds, who became engaged last year after three years of dating.

“Last year, Rachel saw pictures of Diner en Blanc and said she would give anything to be there,” says Sam the groom. “We never thought we would get the opportunity to go to Diner en Blanc, let alone get married at it!”