Josephine & Steffen met in Africa. They had an intimate wedding with 60 of their closest family and friends in attendance. With guests traveling from as far as Europe and Africa it was important to the couple that they showcase the best of Vancouver. They chose two very special and iconic venues. DreamGroup Planner Kelsey Mackay-Smith worked with Josephine and Steffen for one year in planning this super romantic and intimate celebration of love. “When Josephine thanked me during the speeches we both started to cry! I am really going to miss her.”
The ceremony took place next to the serene and lovely Heron Lake at Van Dusen Gardens and the weather fully cooperated! “It was actually one of the first nice weather days of the season.” The ceremony took place under a cute white tent which provided much needed shade from the sun’s rays! A gorgeous natural arbor was rented from Reel Silks and covered in fresh floral by the flower masters themselves at The Flower Factory. Keeping with the romantic theme, guests were given little bags of lavender to toss on the couple upon pronouncement as husband and wife.
Bridges Restaurant on Granville Island was brought to life with beautiful and bright centerpieces featuring Josephine’s favorite flower, Peonies, which luckily became available just days before their wedding. Peonies are often a bride’s first choice when choosing her flowers as they are so fluffy and romantic, however, they are also temperamental and seasonally affected. Mother Nature obviously approved of this union! And thankfully the amazingly talented Kim of Maru Fine Art Photography was there to capture it all.
The head table was decorated with the garland re-purposed from the ceremony arbor. Guest Tables were authentically named after cities that Josephine and Steffen had visited and they wrote personal descriptions for each one that the guests loved reading! The Band Groove & Tonic was a fabulous addition to the night’s line up and they kept the guests dancing all night long! A popular guest highlight was the oh so fun candy bar that featured the couple’s favorite candies from Germany.
The Wonderful people that helped make this wedding come to life…
Photographer: Maru Fine Art Photography
Ceremony Venue: Van Dusen Gardens
Reception Venue: Bridges Restaurant
Officiant: Karen Ell
Flowers: The Flower Factory
Decor: Reel Silks
Makeup: Save the Date Beauty
Band: Groove & Tonic
Ceremony Music: Musical Occasions
Transportation: Pacific Harmony Limousine
Ceremony Tent: Apex Tents
Wedding Cake: Cake and the Giraffe