Wedding Bouquet, designed by Teresa Juan. Photo by The Apartment Photography, 2011.

Thank you so much to all of you for your lovely and sweet comments on the wedding shawl and all your good wishes for the wedding. The little messages fluttered into my inbox in the last few days before the wedding and kept us positive, even as the weather looked threateningly ominous.

It’s true, it poured rain on the day of our outdoor wedding (which I’ve been told is good luck!) but the rain lifted at the exact time of our vows. The mist and fog in the mountains and trees at Capilano Lake, plus so many of our beloved family and friends there, complete with colorful umbrellas… it was truly magical. Nothing, not even the rain, could have dampened my mood that day.

Our photographers, Jeff and Cat, were undeniably essential in our planning process. I’ve known Jeff since high school (he’s the baby brother of one of my high school friends) and we were so happy that we could work with him for our wedding. Jeff and Cat helped us with everything from working out the minute-by-minute timeline of the day to honeymoon planning, and led us through all the photo sessions with clear direction. We had a chance to meet with them a couple weeks ago (in their very swank studio) to see our wedding photos and I finally got a moment to assemble a few here.

Wedding colours, Photo by The Apartment Photography.

Wedding colours, Photo by The Apartment Photography.

At Finch's Tea & Coffee, Photo by The Apartment Photography.

At Finch’s Tea & Coffee, Photo by The Apartment Photography.

At Finch's Tea & Coffee, Photo by The Apartment Photography.

At Finch’s Tea & Coffee, Photo by The Apartment Photography.

Jelly Beans, Photo by The Apartment Photography.

Jelly Beans, Photo by The Apartment Photography.

Finch’s at Homer and Pender is a sentimental spot for Dan and I and we were so excited to introduce the café to our friends. The staff at the café were so accommodating and even saved “our” spot in the window for our photos. We had their wonderful baguette sandwiches for lunch on the way to North Vancouver and the cafe served as a cozy shelter from the pouring rain.

For our table decorations, we typeset all our favourite song lyrics and set them in picture frames. This simple-looking idea ended up being how I spent 7 hours staining and sanding thirty-six $0.83 pine picture frames in the last week before the wedding.

Wedding Cake by "Cakes by Roma", Photo by The Apartment Photography.

Wedding Cake by “Cakes by Roma”, Photo by The Apartment Photography.

The wedding cake was lemon cake and raspberry filling, covered in fondant and decorated with ribbons and fresh petals. It was breathtaking and I’m so happy we asked Roma to help make this cake for us. Roma is also the baby sister of one of Dan’s groomsmen and we were blessed that she could lend her talents here.

Wedding Reception at Grouse Mountain, Photo by The Apartment Photography.

Wedding Reception at Grouse Mountain, Photo by The Apartment Photography.

It was such a blessing to be surrounded by our dearest friends and family on our wedding day. So much love and friendship that we are really grateful for. From the team who setting up the ceremony site to the group who hung paper lanterns and laid out the reception decorations at Grouse, we were unbelievably lucky to have help in putting together the wedding. The weather made for some challenges, but our friends really helped make the day come to life. At the end of the day, I just hope that our guests, friends and family were well-fed, danced-out, and slightly intoxicated on a feeling of love and happiness that we couldn’t help but share.

vendors:

photographers: Jeff Chang Photographers // getting ready location: Westin Wall Centre, Vancouver Aiport // ceremony venue: Capilano Lake, North Vancouver // reception venue: Lupins Café at the peak of Grouse Mountain // cake: Roma Sihota, Cakes by Roma // officiant: Pastor Kenneth Pierce, Tenth Church // flowers: Teresa Juan, Light Couture International // dress: Alfred Sung at Bryan’s Bride // DJ: Jeff Carlson, X-treme Custom Sound // hair: Melissa Taylor, Bangtown Saloon // makeup: Heather Yau