Leading busy lives as academics, Tye and Aleta are known for fighting for the issues they believe in. Aleta works to improve the lives of trans (LGBTQ) people, while Tye is dedicated to increasing peoples’ appreciation for literature and the arts. “We believe that progress does not have to happen at the expense of tradition, and that traditions still hold significance and meaning,” says Aleta.
For their wedding, the couple let that belief guide their decisions. In their research and work, Tye and Aleta are very connected to the communities they advocate for; they also have history with the West Coast where they both grew up — Aleta’s family has lived in Vancouver for generations. With these communities in mind, “our desire to blend a traditional aesthetics with an event that had progressive heart informed the majority of our aesthetic choices,” says Aleta.
Hycroft Manor, which is owned by The University Women’s Club of Vancouver, was a natural venue choice, as Aleta’s parents were also married there. “We wanted people to feel as though they had entered an intimate club in the 1920s, a place where artistic and intellectual conversations flourished and where romance blossomed,” says Aleta.
“Our ceremony blended religious and secular traditions and the reception design allowed guests to relax, move around and engage with the environment and conversation freely,” says Aleta.
With the help of Michelle Kaurs of Flawless Events, they couple designed a ceremony and reception full of gold and jewels, combined with blush and pastel tones to embrace the summer weather. “Our aesthetic was unique, classic and darkly romantic,” says Aleta, adding that it reflects their passion and interactions with the world. Dushan Flowers filled the space with greenery and deep-toned flowers to achieve the look.
“If you’re looking to pull off a meaningful and memorable wedding — even on a budget — hire a planner. The small investment pays off in dividends. Michelle has many connections in the Vancouver wedding community and were able to work with so many talented, creative people.”
“It’s important to have a photographer who works well with you and whose vision matches your own. It certainly describes our relationship with Jasalyn and Jason Thorne. Our wedding photos are some of our most important and treasured possessions we now have.”
“Invest in a planner. Invest in a photographer. The rest will come together. It may not feel like it during the planning process, but when the big day hits, it will feel like magic, so it's worth it!”