Ryan and I were married on top of Grouse Mountain on August 10, 2013, in North Vancouver, BC. We got engaged on Whistler Mountain while we were snowboarding in January 2012 so it only made sense to get married on top of a mountain!
There were a number of guests coming to our wedding from Ontario, since that is where we are both from, so we decided to send out a save-the-date before our wedding so people had lots of time to plan their trip out to Vancouver the following summer! We choose a save-the-date magnet which I ordered from VistaPrint. I liked the idea that people could just stick the magnet on their fridge so it would be easy to locate! No excuses for a lost save-the-date! I wanted to add a special touch to the magnet so I bought folding name cards from Michaels and stuck the magnet inside, added a Save-the-Date stamp on the front and our initials on the back, and tied it up with a bow!Over the course of planning our wedding, I knew it was going to be hot. The ceremony was going to take place outside on the deck at 3:30 pm with the sun shining high in everyone’s faces! Besides having buckets of bottled water available for our guests, I was determined to find other ways to keep guests cool! After browsing Esty’s wedding section, I came across wedding program fans! I thought that was a perfect idea! I decided to make them myself as they seemed simple enough! Here are a couple of pictures of the final product!
People often asked if we were going to make a slide show of photos of Ryan and I to play at the reception but it just wasn’t something I was interested in doing! However, I decided to make a wedding photo collage using wedding photos from guests who were going to be at our wedding! I got the idea from Miss Tweedle as she made a wedding photo display at her own wedding! I had a lot of fun making it! I really enjoyed receiving each wedding photo and getting a small glimpse into their special day. Here is the final wedding photo collage that was on display at our reception!
I wanted to think of a unique way for the table numbers at the reception and came up with table themes! The themes were popular landmarks around Vancouver! Here are the table themes we used: Grouse Mountain (of course!), Stanley Park, Gastown, Sunset Beach, Kitsilano Beach, Cypress Mountain, The Waterfront Station, Deep Cove, Whistler/Blackcomb and China Town. Each card had a picture of the landmark and a small fact about the location.
I’ve known for a while who my bridemaids would be. My sister Megan was my matron of honour and Ryan’s sister Andrea was my bridesmaid. For Ryan, his best man was his brother Daniel and his groomsman was his long time friend Gordon. Our flower girls were my brother’s daughter Peyton (age 5) and my sister’s daughter Olivia (age 2), and our ring bearer was Ryan’s cousin’s son Charlie (age 4).The ceremony was short and sweet! It was approximately 15-20 minutes so guests wouldn’t melt away in the heat!
It was really important to me that we try to get a group shot after the ceremony with all of our guests. I had seen others do it and thought it was such a special photo to have for years to come! Here is our group shot on the deck after the ceremony!
All in all, our wedding day was perfect! It was so special to be surrounded by our families and close friends, we couldn’t have asked for a better day! Here is a final picture of our ride home in a 1939 Cadillac stretch limo!
Photos taken by Aaron Von Hagen (http://aaronvonhagen.com/)