I think I’ve said this before, but there is nothing I love more than a really intimate wedding. Obviously small weddings aren’t always an option or even desired, and it could just be because the thought of a large wedding makes me break out in hives, but I believe that the fewer the guests you have, the more freedom there is to make your wedding day reflect you and your significant other. I think today’s couple would agree with me (minus the hives part of course); Tess and Mike wanted their wedding day to be about, as Tess puts it, the “story of us” and with less than 50 guests, all close friends and family, an intimate restaurant venue, and lots of special details, they were able to achieve a perfect and truly personal wedding day.
The ceremony was held at the Celebration Pavilion in Queen Elizabeth Park; a beautiful venue in the heart of Vancouver.
So many great portraits of these two; Love, love, love the work of Ameris.
Tess and Mike wanted to pay tribute to their different cultural backgrounds; they opted for marzipan guest favours for Mike’s German background, and a skeleton cake topper for Tess’ Mexican heritage.
Tess and Mike made sure they incorporated little elements to make their wedding even more intimate and special; For example, the person responsible for Tess and Mike meeting was a guest so they made a point to introduce him and told the story of their first meeting. They also had the MC ask their guests trivia questions about them and a right answer got them to kiss.
Tess’ Advice To Brides-to-be:
Plan, plan and plan! Once you figure out our timeline multiply it by two lol. Well actually, it really depends on the type of wedding you want and what your interests are. I really wanted to make as much as I could myself (invitations, favors, guestbook, seating chart, table numbers…) and which worked out really well since I love crafting, but while working two jobs my free time was limited so I worked slowly through my to do list. Had I sourced out ready made options everything could have been done a lot faster, but it wouldn’t have been as much fun.
Photographer: Ameris / Ceremony Venue: Celebration Pavilion in Queen Elizabeth Park / Reception Venue: Seasons In The Park / Bridal gown: Allure Bridal from Lisa’s Bridal / Bridal party attire: Alfred Angelo from Lisa’s Bridal / Groomʼs tux: Alfred Sung from Moores / Cake: Joyful Confections / Caterer: Seasons In The Park / Hair: Sarah Sakurai / Makeup: Chantelle Stewart / Flowers: Jane Geszler / Stationery Supplies: Envelopments