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Carrie and Blake were married in November of 2017 at Brix and Mortar; a beautiful Yaletown restaurant and intimate event venue.

Moment captured by Union Photographers

Because it’s a big part of who they are as a couple (a common refrain was that they lived in London for a few years in an apartment that was barely over two hundred square feet) Carrie and Blake kept things pretty simple, and the minimalism came through in the wedding plans. Picking a venue which is already so beautiful it doesn’t need a lot of additions not only provides an uncluttered atmosphere, but keeps the wedding affordable – especially if you can tie catering in with the venue, as Carrie and Blake did.

The bride’s brother flew from Berlin in late the night before the wedding to surprise her, with only their parents and Breanne knowing he was coming. Fortunately, they were able to make this surprise an awesome one captured by camera.

The couple was married in the courtyard by Shawn of Young Hip and Married, who more than lived up to his phenomenal reputation. Existing greenery at the venue already created a beautiful scene so Carrie and Blake added hurricane vases and both floating and pillar candles to provide romantic lighting for their vows, which were already beautifully illuminated by the chandelier hanging from the venue’s skylight ceiling.

After the intimate ceremony, the reception began with a cocktail hour featuring canapés, followed by a plated meal with the options of salmon, tenderloin, or risotto. In lieu of hiring a florist for the wedding itself, the couple bought eucalyptus in bulk from a local florist, facilitated by ThistleBEA – an economical choice, as finding a garland can be costly. The tables were adorned with eucalyptus and fairy lights, punctuated by hurricane vases and pillar candles.

Following the meal, Carrie and Blake enjoyed mingling with their guests, spending time together and often taking the opportunity to sit down and chat. Instead of a DJ, they made a Spotify playlist, inviting friends to add their favourite songs. A late night snack of pizza and fries was served at the bar, where guests could easily access it while dancing.

The day was captured by Holly and Roger of Union Photographers, who were a joy to work with and produced phenomenal pictures. Other vendors included Jacqueline Parker from Beauty Reawakened, who was responsible for hair and makeup, and of course ThistleBEA, who provided our Day in the Life package.

From the couple

It was so wonderful having Breanne as our day-of-coordinator! She took care of everything and we didn’t have to worry about a single logistical thing all day. It was such a relief on a special day when we just wanted to have fun! Thank you Breanne for all of your efforts and for making our day perfect!

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