Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to celebrate anything that says "gratitude" - and what better way to say "I'm grateful for you" than to marry that person, supported by your family and friends? Lauren and Ryan's Thanksgiving weekend wedding was at Brock House Restaurant - a spectacular location for its outlook over the ocean and Vancouver's cityscape. This has always been a special place for us, as it was where we also were married - 13 years ago!
Lauren and Ryan chose to see each other for the first time at the ceremony, which was beautifully orchestrated by their officiant, and longtime family friend, Dr Verna Magee Shepard. The rain held off just long enough for the ceremony to take place outside. As Lauren and Ryan said their vows, guests were warm and dry with thoughtfully-laid out blankets on chairs. Following the ceremony, champagne was offered and canapés were available to nibble on inside the solarium.
The heritage house and grounds has so much variety for areas to photograph, which we love, so the beach was the obvious choice for the creative session! Lauren was completely willing to take off her shoes and go barefoot, despite the chilly sand. She wore a beautiful shrug which no doubt kept her toasty, and of course, Ryan's arms were pretty warm too. :-)
The reception tent was beautifully decorated with simple greenery and candlelight, and each table was accompanied by a story about the couple and that location they visited. As always, the food and service by Brock House staff was impeccable, and throughout the evening, guests were treated to funny and meaningful speeches by family - a few tears were definitely shed by some. We love that!
The couple kicked off the party with a romantic first dance and the evening continued with great sounds from Man About Town. The floor was soon crowded with guests dancing and celebrating with the couple - we're certain that the DJ had everyone dancing all night.
Lauren and Ryan - we have so enjoyed getting to know you over the past year. Thank you for your ease in the planning process, and for allowing us to be a part of your day - it was just lovely!
Ceremony & Reception // Brock House
Planner // Kylie Marshall, Fete Events
Officiant // Dr. Verna Magee Shepherd
Musicians // Man About Town
Wedding Gown // Isabelle's Bridal
Wedding Shoes // Ana Roman
Jewellery // Family Heirlooms
Makeup and Hair // Denise Elliott
Floral Design // Celsia Florist
Cake // Ganache
Decor // Kylie Marshall & friends/family
DJ // Man About Town
Photography by Randal Kurt. Assisted by Meralon Shandler.