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From the Archives: Planning a Wedding Around Beautiful Dress

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June 23rd, 2017 proved the perfect day for S and K’s elegant, Victorian-inspired wedding. The ceremony, themed around the bride’s vintage lace dress in addition to the historical venue, took place outdoors in the quaint gazebo at the Roedde House Museum. The resulting stylish look was completed by a graceful lace aisle runner as well as decorations featuring roses and baby’s breath. Because of the small size of the venue, the ceremony was intimate, accommodating the couple’s desire to celebrate with their close family and friends; one of those friends officiated the ceremony, as S and K had been legally married for a number of months. All guests came prepared for the Victorian tea party theme, wearing stylish hats, and, in the case of one dapper gentleman, a top hat and tails, complete with an authentic Victorian walking stick.

The reception, held inside Roedde House, added to the vintage atmosphere of the occasion, featuring tasteful baby’s breath and rose centerpieces in Victorian tea cups, a themed Victorian tea party guestbook, and lace tablecloths. The décor and some of the centerpieces also included antique hardcover books, adding to the appropriately refined overall impression. After eating, the couple and their guests enjoyed homemade naked cake, a champagne toast, and delightful conversation in lieu of dancing.

S and K were able to include several of their loved one in the preparation for their big day: not just their officiant, as stated, but in addition the cake was also made by a close friend, while the mother of the bride created all the floral arrangements. The food was by Fiesta Creative Catering, rentals were provided by A&B Party Time Rentals, and of course the couple also made use of ThistleBEA’s I Want to Hold Your Hand wedding planning assistance package.

From the Bride:

I had my dream wedding at Roedde House Museum(West End, Vancouver) in June 2017. Around September last year, I found a perfect vintage wedding dress and my fiance and I decided to go for a Victorian themed wedding. I was very lucky to have found the Roedde House Museum, it was perfect for my small wedding party (45 people including guests, volunteers, photographers etc). I was introduced to my awesome wedding planner Breanne and we met for the first time shortly after I checked out the venue. I liked her personality right off the bat, she was punctual, organized and genuine. After we had a discussion about the budget, Breanne offered me realistic advice on what can be done. We worked out an outline and I decided to work with Breanne at the end of our first meeting; I am glad I made a good choice.

During the planning process, what I really liked about Breanne is 1) her response time was quick and her attitude was consistent. Whenever I email her with a million questions, she always take the time to answer my questions and keep me on the right track. 2) she always keep us in mind when there is any bridal events/sales in town; she also shares DIY ideas and wholesale information with us, so we can save wherever we can. 3) I had trouble finding a good catering company that fit my needs on my own and I was getting frustrated. Breanne was able to find Fiesta catering for me in 3 days after I turned to her for help and we worked out a menu and price that fit my needs and wants. She also took care of all the rentals for me, I didn’t have to do anything and even got a discount on the rentals because of her. Breanne had many years of experience in the catering and rental industries which definitely made her stand out. The food, rental and other services worked out so well on the wedding day. The list of Breanne’s strength goes on and our friendship grew.

On our big day, Breanne was onsite earlier than scheduled. She brought a lovely volunteer with her and both of them were able to do a lot of the outdoor setup even before our set up team arrived. She took the time to communicate with all the vendors, my bridal parties and help team before the wedding and also on the wedding day. Everyone was clear on expectations and timelines and everything was happening according to schedule. Thinking back, I was nervous but amazed by my surroundings, the beautiful decors indoor and outdoor, beautiful people, music and so much more. Without Breanne’s help and support, I wouldn’t have the opportunity to enjoy myself as much as I did. My husband and I received lots of good feedback from our parents, guests and volunteers from the museum. I couldn’t ask for a more perfect wedding. When in doubt, ask Breanne. Thank you so much ThistleBEA, you are amazing!

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