“When we began to plan our wedding, we had no idea what we wanted,” says Jacqueline. While the laid-back couple didn’t know much about planning a wedding, they knew that keeping it simple and finding a beautiful outdoor space were a must.
They started with the venue search and saw about 12 reception halls before choosing SFU. “We loved it because it had a view of the water and a West Coast vibe,” the couple says. They used that venue as a jumping off point for the wedding theme: West Coast modern.
For the ceremony, Jacqueline and Ryan wanted to find somewhere outside. Having grown up in North Vancouver, the bride knew that Cleveland Dam had the views and scenery they were searching for, so they booked it quickly.
The couple sourced everything for the wedding themselves. For décor, they bought a couple of wooden signs and marquis letters, which they later used at their home. While they originally wanted submerged yellow orchids for centerpieces, they ended up choosing calla lilies instead. Their three-flavour cake also added to the overall décor in the reception hall.
Jacqueline went to 10 bridal stores and tried on “nearly 100 dresses” before she found the one. Her beaded and jeweled Kenneth Winston gown is from Agape Bridal.
While it poured rain just before the outdoor ceremony, the clouds cleared shortly afterwards. Day-of coordinator Allie from Perfectly Pretty Weddings kept everyone calm, and, following a slight 10-minute delay while everyone chipped in to dry the chairs, the ceremony went on as planned. “The clouds made for stunning photos and a super memorable day,” says Jacqueline. “We enjoyed a great meal, heartfelt speeches and of course dancing.”