Kat and Amani, from Seattle, knew that Vancouver was the destination for their wedding. They fell in love with the beauty of the mountains and the water. They wanted a venue that would showcase their favourite city. With floor to ceiling views of the north shore, water and mountains they knew that the Vancouver Convention Center was the venue for them. The pair agreed that although there were aspects of a traditional wedding that they enjoyed, the décor was not one of these things. They wanted something bold that created the allure of black tie elegance and intrigue. Inspired by the season, they wanted deep romantic colours (burgundy and grey and gold with accents of dusty pinks and creams), geometric dimensions and natural crystals to create a warm and intimate feeling.
In lieu of a traditional bridal party, Kat assembled her “sparkle squad” composed of her closest friends and family. The ladies got ready in the architect suite at the Fairmont Pacific Rim where they sipped champagne and donned matching sequinned robes and fluffy slippers. All the while, Amani hosted a “Gentlemen’s hour” in the lobby bar, where he and his friends played chess and sipped scotch.
Then it was time, the two made their separate ways to the seafront for their intimate first look. Surrounded by everything they first fell in love with, the mountains, the water and their favourite city. They danced around as the sun peeked through the city skyline and marvelled in how good the other looked. It was a beautiful moment, a moment where time stood still and together they were ready for the rest of their lives.
Music began to play, and Amani waited anxiously at the front as Kat began walking down the aisle alongside her father. Once their eyes met, you could instantly tell that they were so ready for this moment. Their handwritten vows had the whole room laughing and crying at the same time and their beautiful ceremony was so perfectly tailored to them that their guests were talking about it for weeks.
Kat and Amani had their first dance to John Legend’s “all of me” sung live by their DJ. As they danced the whole room lit up as indoor sparklers went off behind them. After their first dance the couple surprised their guests with a dance performance from JC Dance Studio, two couples alternated dancing, getting livelier and livelier with each song, by the end of the performance guests were raring to dance! The night drew to a closer after a late night snack and a sparkler send off on the patio under a moonlit sky.
A few words from the couple:
Wedding Planning – Olivia Woolwich – DreamGroup Productions
Venue – Vancouver Convention Center
Hair – Alise Buckner
Makeup – Andrea – Denise Elliot Beauty
Floral & Décor – Koncept Event Design
Music – Girl on Wax – Dj Jai
Officiant – Erika Enns – Young Hip and Married
Stationary – Minted
Crystal / Gem rental – Agate Design
Ice Sculpture – Cool Creations
Cake – Whole Foods
Indoor Sparklers – Jordon Zwicker Entertainment
Dance Performance – JC Dance Studio
Dress – ‘Haruki’ by Hayley Paige (with custom silver arm chains) – A&Be Bridal Seattle
Ostrich Feather Wrap – Nordstrom
Brides Shoes – Jimmy Choo & Christian Louboutin
Groom Shoes – Magnanni
Tux – Custom from Beckett & Robb
Wedding Bands – Ben Bridge (Bellevue)