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Thursday, May 30th, 2013

And finally our wedding photos come to an end! To wrap it all up, I’m going to post the selection of our favourite photos, plus our full vendor and resource list. I’m ready to go back to the regular programming of surfing, snowboarding, mountain biking, gadgets, video games, photography, food, and more :) I’ve got a lot to update you guys on! Here are some of our favourite photos, and some of my favourite memories of our special wedding day:

Our Favourite Wedding Photos: Surfboards

Surfboards on the beach in Tofino…

On the Black Rock Cliffs

Black rock cliffs on the west coast…

Wedding Day

The hustle and bustle…

Wedding Dress Preparations

… of getting ready….

The Handsome Groom

The handsome groom…

Wedding Shoes

… and the handsome shoes :)

My Little Brother

My little brother playing the piano…

And it's Sealed!

The kiss that sealed the deal…

Wedding Guests (Left)

Being surrounded by our amazing friends and family…

Wedding Guests (Right)

… who we love dearly!

Family Comes First

Our dear parents…

The Amazing Wedding Party

Our amazing wedding party…

Bride and Bridesmaids Bouquets

The flowers…

Wedding Party by the Ocean

The view…

The Reception Room

The room…

The Place Settings

The tables…

Custom Chocolates

Our wedding logo…

Our Wedding Guestbook: A Surfboard

Our guestbook…

Messy Wedding Cake

… and that darn messy cake!

The First Dance Dip

Our first dance…

Pouring Party Favours

… and pouring our party favours to end the night.

Running  into the Ocean

Running into the ocean…

Surfboard Love

… with our surfboards…

Heading to the Ocean

…. with our wedding getups on.

Surfing in our Wedding Getup

The waves were tiny…

Allan Catching a Wave

And while it wasn’t really a very good “surf session”…

Love on the Beach

… it was a good makeout session :)

Love in the Ocean

Our love always seems strongest in the ocean…

Ocean and Cliffs

… and when we’re outside…

In the Forest

… or in the trees.

It was an amazing wedding weekend and we treasure every moment of it. It wouldn’t have been possible without our family, friends, and our vendors… many who now are our friends. A big, BIG thank you especially to our amazing wedding photographers, JONETSU Studios. We couldn’t have done it without you. You really are the best photographers in the world (and you have the awards and titles to back it up!)… but even without all that, we truly had a world-class experience with you. Thank you. We love our photos.

Thank You to Our Vendors!

Full Vendor List:

Photography: Jonetsu Studios
Wedding Planner: Alicia Keats Weddings & Events
Florist: Crab Apple Floral
DJ: Austin Beaver Events
Bar Manager: David Wolowidnyk
Wedding Cake: Ganache Patisserie
Officiant: Reverend Daniel Fournier
Entertainment/Photo Booth: Vancouver Flipbook
Hair: Paul Wolowidnyk
Makeup: Hayley Miller
Chair and Sofa Rentals: Furnishings by Corey
Linens and Tablecloths: La Tavola
Other Rentals: Smashing Glasses, Pedersen’s, Upright Decor
Custom Wooden Invitations (designed by us): Night Owl Paper Goods
Wedding Dresses (Ceremony & Reception): Manuel Mendoza
Bride’s Shoes: Valentino, Jimmy Choo, Isabel Marant
Ceremony Bracelet, Ring: Vintage/Heirloom (from Grandmother, Mother)
Earrings, Reception Bracelet: Elsa Corsi Jewellery (custom)
Purse: Salvatore Ferragamo clutch
Ceremony Veil: Manuel Mendoza
Reception Veil: Laura Jayne Couture
Bridesmaid Dresses: Karen Millen London
Groom’s Tuxedo: Manuel Mendoza
Groom’s Shoes & Bowtie: Hugo Boss
Cufflinks: Paul Smith London
Ceremony Venue: Black Rock Resort
Reception Venue: Ucluelet Centre

Our Wedding Featured in Perfect Wedding Magazine

And finally… if you’re interested, our wedding can be found in Perfect Wedding Magazine as the featured wedding with a 6-page spread! They tell us our surf theme inspired their entire issue. It’s the 2013 Spring/Summer issue. And now… back to our regular programming! Thanks everyone for following our wedding here. If you’d like to catch-up on old wedding posts, just check out the entire wedding category on the blog.

All photos copyright by the best Vancouver wedding photographers JONETSU Studios … thank you guys!


Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

On a Black Rock

A long time coming…. finally, here are the photos of my wedding dress! Or I should say… wedding dresses!

Layers of Tulle

Yes, I decided to wear a different dress for my ceremony and reception like many other brides nowadays. I wanted something big and dramatic for my ceremony to overlook the wild west coast and the Pacific Ocean, and also wanted something fun and flirty to dance in for my reception.

Clambering over the Rocks

If you were someone who has followed my blog for a while, you know I had a wedding dress vote a while ago as I couldn’t choose between two dresses that I tried on at Kleinfeld’s in New York. It was between a very sparkly full pleated Pnina Tornai dress and a structurally unique and fashionable Monique Lhuillier dress. So what did I choose?….

My Wedding Dress by Manuel Mendoza

… well, I couldn’t choose. So I decided to get two custom wedding dresses made by the fabulous haute couture designer Manuel Mendoza that incorporated all the things I loved in my wedding dress search and would fit my wedding and my personality. Manuel and designer Alison Hartford helped me bring my dress vision to life and I can’t be thankful enough for everything they did for me. It is with great sadness and tears as I write this post that I remember the late Manuel Mendoza. Unfortunately he passed away a month ago due to sudden illness. Allan and I are humbled and honoured that our lives were touched by Manuel in such a positive and brilliant way. Manuel was also so cheerful and helpful in aiding both of us with our designs, and in some moments he was even more excited than us for our designs and our wedding. Thank you Manuel for everything — this one’s for you!

Swarovski Crystals and Flowers

For my ceremony and first half of my reception, I designed a large ballgown with a sweetheart neckline made from ivory Italian silk orchidea fabric that was rich and luxurious, and would be thick and stiff enough to hold up all of the structural elements. We also designed some beautiful Swarovski flowers that would be scattered over the entire dress.

Sweetheart Neckline and Italian Silk Orchidea Fabric

The sweetheart neckline was supported with a large band that wrapped around into a bow in the back. The structural peaks of the dress came up to the waist of the dress and started the draping that continued into the bottom of the dress.

Formal Bridal Portrait

Manuel and Alison also designed me a cathedral length veil with a blusher made of fine tulle.

Bridal Portrait with Veil and Ocean Breeze

The dress ran floor length and had a simple hemline.

Entering the Ceremony

Although it doesn’t look like it much in photos, the dress was very very full and had hundreds of layers of tulle underneath. Thanks Alison for bearing with me as we kept added more and more layers! It was actually quite difficult to move in at times and everyone had to give me a wide berth — hahaha.

Running into the Woods

Here I am running in the dress… harder than it looks!

Signing the Registry

The dress had a cathedral length train to match the veil…

Dress Train

… and was quite long!

In the Woods

I loved how the fabric looked in the natural light… the ivory seemed to catch the light nicely.

Will you follow me?

And held up to a lot of abuse no matter where we went :)

Back of the Dress

Here’s a shot of the back of the dress… I really wanted something full with pleats.

Dress Side Profile -- Lace, Bow, and Crystals

This is a better shot of the back detail… you can see how the pleats pull from the front into the back with the wide waistband turning into a large bow. The Swarovski flowers were scattered everywhere and there was some lace covering the back to bring some femininity to the back of the dress.

Back of the Dress: Cathedral Train, Bow, and Lace

The large bow and the lace were actually very structural and took some work to get them to hold up on their own. Sadly my hair ended up covering up the back of the dress quite a bit!

Playing with Cake

I was most happy with the fabric of the dress… it looked great all day and still looks beautiful now after cleaning. It was very luminous without being reflective and didn’t wash out in too many of the photos! Well, plus we had fabulous photographers :) In this photo you can see the Swarovski covered comb that held the veil.

Reception Tulle Wedding Dress with Black Bow

I wore the ballgown throughout the day into the night and most of the reception, including through the toasts and the father-daughter dance. I wanted to wear it as long as possible :) But as soon as the dancing started, I switched into my mini reception dress! With this dress I was inspired by some of the tulle dresses by Vera Wang with the black bows, and I wanted a short soft tulle number to dance around in.

First Dance -- Tulle Wedding Dress

Manuel Mendoza also created this custom dress for me, with fine tulle wrapped up over a sweetheart neckline with structural pulls in every direction to get a chaotic sort of tulle look in the bottom of the dress.

Reception Drinks

The large black bow was wrapped around the entire dress and also served as a sash and halter tie.

After the Bouquet Toss

It was able to withstand lots of hugging and dancing…

Trash the Dress in Tofino

… and ocean…

After Trashing the Dress

… and carrying…

Wedding Surfing in Tofino

…and well, lots of stuff.

Surfboard and Wedding Dress

But what about surfing?

After Trashing the Dress

Well, that’s a story for next time :)

All photos copyright by the best Vancouver wedding photographers JONETSU Studios… thank you guys!

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