Featured Wedding: Laura & Carl’s Surprise Winter Wedding

We first met this sweet couple last Fall and they had a unique request for their wedding, a surprise wedding! Needless to say, Laura & Carl’s special day involved a few secrets here and there, but in the end, the guests were thrilled with the memorable events of their surprise wedding.

From the bride:

At the time of our engagement, we had been together for 13.5 years. Many people had been expecting us to get engaged and married for quite a while so we both wanted to do something that was different, fun and exciting. We wanted to create an unforgettable evening for our guests where they would be just as excited as we are! A surprise wedding had this magical exciting appeal and we instantly knew that this was the ideal plan for our wedding.

It was so much fun coming up with the elaborate plans of how to surprise our guests. After countless ideas were discussed, we decided that it would be most fun to have our guests invited to what they would think is a “surprise” engagement party for us. This way guests would not ask us any questions because they thought that they would be surprising us! But in reality, we would be surprising them with a wedding! Guests were invited to a Surprise Engagement Party for Laura and Carl that was supposedly to be hosted by Laura’s Sister and Brother-in-law. In reality, this Surprise Engagement Party quickly turned into a Surprise Wedding!

We chose white, silver and champagne as our colours and had little twinkling lights to create a magical wintery atmosphere. Our flowers were primarily baby’s breath to symbolize beautiful clusters of snow flakes.


Top 3 moments during the wedding: 

  1. Our guests’ reactions when they found out about the surprise wedding!

Telling the guests – All of the guests arrived to the Fairmont Pacific Rim to surprise Laura and Carl for their engagement party. Guests were asked to arrive before 5:30pm as Laura and Carl would be arriving then. At 5:30pm, Laura’s cousin Marc and his fiancé, Ainslie, who were also the MC’s for the evening (we told them the week before the wedding and asked them to be our MC’s) got ready to make the announcement. Marc loudly asked guests for their attention and said “I have just talked to Laura and Carl and their engagement is off” – then he paused and guests gasped. Marc then said “Because they have decided to get married. Welcome to their wedding”. At this moment, the doors into the ceremony space opened and guests could now see the beautiful magical space where the wedding would take place. Carl and his groomsmen were inside the ceremony space and were standing at the end of the aisle. The guests erupted into yelling and cheering. They were shocked and were overwhelmed with happiness and excitement. A truly priceless moment…

  1. Walking down the aisle

This moment was so special for so many reasons. Laura’s mom, Lise, walked Laura down the aisle. Lise and Laura are the closest that mothers and daughters can be and Laura was truly honored to have her mom walk her down the aisle. This was one of Lise’s favorite moments of the wedding. She describes that she could hear actually hear the guests gasp when the doors opened and they could see Laura in her dress.

The moment when Carl and Laura saw each other was priceless. The photographer and videographer were able to capture the moment perfectly. Carl gasped and his mouth widened and his eyes raised and he had to take a deep breath. Carl and Laura immediately made eye contact and Laura had the biggest smile on her face. It was an amazing moment.

  1. First dance

The first dance was a really special moment for us. It was a moment where it was just us, together, and we were able to dance and really take in what was going on. The dance floor was beautiful, it was a custom all white dance floor that had windows all around it with views of the globe at the Convention Center, the water and the sails at Canada Place. Half way through the first dance, we noticed that Annabelle, our 4-year-old niece and our flower girl, was smiling and shaking with anticipation, wanting to join us in our first dance. She had been dancing on her own on the dance floor since the reception started. We looked at each other then looked at Annabelle and invited her to come share the rest of our first dance. She stood up and ran into our arms and we carried her and finished our first dance with the three of us.

Venue: Fairmont Pacific Rim Vancouver

Photographer: Hong Photography

Videographer: Premier Love

Florist: Flower Factory

Cake & Macarons: Soirette 

Stationary: Wedding Paper Divas

Calligraphy: Fleur de Lis Events

DJ: Beyond Sound 

Dress: Bridal Gallery


Featured Wedding: Golnar & Hamid

When it comes to picking the theme we draw our inspiration from the couples we work with, and Hamid & Golnar were no exception. 

This sweet couple knew each other for over ten years before they re-connected, and their passion of life and fun energy was contagious to say the least. They expressed how the food and music were key to ensuring their guests had a memorable evening and we worked with them to create just that.


Venue: Sutton Place Hotel 

Photos by: Lifetime Captures Photography

Videography: Ritz Cinema

Florist: Sunflower florist

Cake: Love Sugar

DJ: Dj Armin

Hair & Makeup: Beauty by Azadeh




Featured Wedding: Carolina & Jonathan’s Castle Wedding

If you enjoyed our previous post Parisian engagement shoot, you’re going to love their fairytale wedding which took place at Hatley Castle, as seen in Perfect Wedding Magazine.

Carolina & Jon chose a dreamy backdrop for their intimate wedding and hosted 80 of their closets friends and family for a weekend long celebration on Vancouver island. We worked with the couple for over a year planning each detail of their destination wedding and its definitely one for the books!


Planning: Fleur de Lis Events

Photography: Hong Photography

Videography: LifeStudios Inc.

Florist: Flower Factory

Decor: Eclat Decor

Cake: ooh la la cupcakes

Vintage rentals: Bespoke Decor

Stationary & Calligraphy: Love by Phoebe

Dress: Kleinfelds

Bride’s shoes: Manolo Blahnik

Sugar cookies: Love Sugar

Sweet Table: Fleur de Lis Events

Hair styling: Salon 88

Musicians: Alison Vardy

Photo Booth: Swany Booth




Style Me Pretty: Erin and Ryan

We are so excited to have Erin and Ryan’s pink summer wedding featured on Style Me Pretty this week!

The couple chose the modern and sleek Vancouver Convention Centre for this summer wedding. Erin’s colours were pink and mauve, for the bridesmaids and junior bridesmaids. The bridesmaids wore floor length mauve chiffon dresses by Amsale, and the junior bridesmaids also wore one-shoulder floor length chiffon dresses in soft pink. The cake, chair ties, lighting and drapes all complimented the different shades of pink in the florals that filled the ballroom. The florals included hydrangeas, garden roses, and mini roses and were perfect touch of romantic yet modern arrangements. The ballroom ceiling was covered with over a hundred white lanterns that reflected the light ever so perfectly.

Guests feasted on an exquisite four course plated dinner which featured local dishes, such as salmon, and locally grown greens. The bride who’s energy and laughter are both contagious and very well-received. Guests were gifted white flip flops to ensure they could dance away with our fun loving bride though the wee hours of the night. It was the perfect way to ensure the party went on.

Read more from the bride at Style Me Pretty Canada blog.

SMP Weddings

After a relaxing vacation on the sunny island of Maui, its great to be home! And just in time for Christmas, this morning I received an early present, Abby Larson’s first publication, “Weddings“, from a very dear friend (hearts). You can imagine my excitement, as I too, am a die-hard fan of the insanely chic magazine-style wedding blog, Style Me Pretty. I have literally been counting the days ’till the release of this fabulous book, by founder Abby Larson. I absolutely adore the lovely weddings they feature, as well as the amazing ideas & inspirations, and let’s not forget all the crafty DIY projects. SMP first founded in 2007, shortly became one of the industry’s most loved wedding sites. With collaboration from over 1700 vendors, SMP is THE blog for wedding inspirations, fashions, décor, & must-haves alike. The book features Real, Classic, Modern, Rustic, Whimsical & Al Fresco weddings, as well as DIY projects that will leave you inspired & overjoyed. It is available for pre-order on-line, and is a must-have for anyone with a love of weddings, fashion & design.

Here’s my favourite quote so far. “Bespoke. Its the word used to define something that is custom designed for you”. This pretty much sums up the pure essence of utterly unique design of each & every wedding featured in this book. Happy reading and hope you enjoy Abby’s book, full of love stories & gorgeous details as much as I do!!

On that note, wish you & your loved one a Merry Christmas full of love and laughter.



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