Wedding profile: Siobhan & Garrett

Copyright 2014, D'Soleil Studios

Copyright 2014, D’Soleil Studios

There is no better way to learn about wedding planning  than to take a peek at a wedding planned by a friend.  My lovely friend Siobhan gave me the inside scoop on planning her August 16, 2014 wedding.

Location: Private residence
Decor: The bride and groom
Stationary: The bride and groom
Photographer: D’Soleil Studios
Caterer: Coast & Country
Wedding Coordinator: Tina Si from Modern Affair Events & Entertainment
Dress Designer: Alfred Angelo Bride
Dress Boutique: Champagne & Lace
Bridesmaid Dress Designer: An Etsy Shop that no longer exists
Groom/Groomsmen Suits: Le Château
Flowers: Costco Floral, arranged by the bride
Performers: Topaz
Wedding Website: Siobhan & Garrett

The outdoor ceremony took place at private residence in Langley. The couple invited sixty of their closest friends and family to take part on this special day. The couple chose a local vendor, Coast & Country from Cloverdale, to cater the occasion. While the weather called for some rain, the couple was lucky to have an overcast day that shielded them from the blazing August sun.

The ceremony was personalized by a piano duet from the brides mother and sister. Following the ceremony was an exciting reception that featured a band that performed all the greatest hits, while guests drank from personalized wine bottles.

If you weren’t dancing to the music, you were taking photos behind the breath taking photo wall built by the groom and his father. The photo wall featured a hand controlled camera and dozens of fun costumes.

The personal highlight for me was all of the details the bride and groom put into their home-made decorations. You could feel the rustic theme and see the colours they choose in every piece. The bride even arranged the flowers herself, commenting, “It was cheaper and super fun…it gave me something to focus on the night before [the wedding] and not worry and stress about random details.”

Garrett and Siobhan worked hard on planning their wedding and it really shows. Check out their hard work in the gallery below:

 Special thanks to Siobhan for letting me profile her special day! Leave a comment and let me know what your favourite part of her wedding was!

Wedding planning resources for the Vancouver bride-to-be

Are you a Vancouver bride feeling overwhelmed by planning your wedding day? Don’t fret! Here are some local websites to help you out:


Vancity Bride is known as a haven for budget-friendly wedding planning, this site is amazing for advice, deals, and everything you need to know about planning your budget-savvy wedding in Vancouver.

The bridal Swap is your go-to for eco-savvy, budget-friendly, like-minded former brides who want to sell you their lightly used wedding décor and gowns.


Ready to plan a glamorous wedding day? Vancouver Bride is for you! While relatively new, this site helps brides choose quality vendors such as photographers, cake artisans, wedding planners, and wedding registries.

Vendor Lists

Weddings West is a great resource for planning your wedding. With business lists including: accommodation, beauty services, and more. You can find all the vendors you need to plan your wedding.

Weddingful provides you with average pricing and contacts to the vendors that you want for your wedding! With helpful reviews this site is great for browsing.

Wedding Wire is another vendor website that connects couples to vendors who will help make your wedding spectacular. Despite being an American website, this site will use your postal code to connect you to near by vendors.

Never to be forgotten…

The (although American) is an all encompassing website for everything wedding planning. Even though the information is not Vancouver oriented, inspiring images, modern advice, and personalized tools, make this one of the best websites for planning your wedding.

 Pinterest has quickly become my favourite pre-wedding planning website. The ideas, the photos, and the advice are endless. This is my go-to for wedding ideas.

5 Pieces of advice from former brides

I have watched many friends get married. Every wedding was different and charming in their own way. I figured that even though all of these weddings were very different, there would be some common advice that I could gather from the brides. I asked. They answered. Here is 5 pieces of advice from former brides:

Don’t sweat the little things!

This is a regret that many brides have. It’s easy to get caught up in insignificant details when trying to make your day perfect. Instead of agonizing over minute details, focus on the big picture. Your wedding is just one of many days in your life.

Don’t skimp on the photography!

Wedding photography is very expensive. With prices reaching as high as $10,000 for a single day, it’s enough to make you cringe. Some of my friends decided to go with cheaper options for wedding photography and greatly regretted it.

One friend chose a non-professional photographer. Going with non-professional photographers means non-professional behaviour and photos. One bride commented that her photographer tried to leave early and missed important moments. The bride was disappointed and found that of the hundreds of photos taken, only a few were sharable with friends and family.

Photography is pricey but worth every penny! Research your photographer and be willing to pay the price, this is your special day you shouldn’t have to worry about the photographer on top of everything else.

Start researching now! Here is a link to a list of Vancouver photographers.

Outsource labor as much as possible.

As a planner you have a lot on your plate. Don’t be afraid to outsource, this is why you have bridesmaids! Your maid of honour could be responsible for contacting vendors, while your bridesmaids can be in charge of decorating. Outsourcing will save you stress and many headaches.

Pay a professional to do your flowers.

A couple of my friends were economical and purchased their own flowers. They created beautiful handmade centre pieces and bouquets. While this seemed to be a good idea they found that it was a lot more work than anticipated. In the end they wished they had gotten a professional to do the job.

editors note: One bride contradicts this advice saying: “I did my own flowers and I would again. It was cheaper and super fun and I think they were beautiful.”

Remember that this is YOUR day!

This is advice you hear everywhere. But when you are finally planning your wedding it will truly sink in. Brides get pulled in many different opinionated directions. Every bride has pointed out that, this is your day: Do things that make you happy– or get frustrated by making others happy.

Have you planned your own wedding? What advice would you add to this list? Answer in the comments below!