If part one of Sonia + Andy’s Okanagan Beach Wedding didn’t have you swooning, part two will surely have you in a whimsical decor coma!
Over the course of 12 months, these two love birds spent every countless hour and weekend personalizing even the smallest of design details.
Together, they created pastel hued versions of their favourite lawn games, including jumbo jenga.
But more than the details themselves, everything told a story. It was a piece of their journey, connected to memories of friends and family. Never once, did I have to ask them why they were choosing something. Everything had heart and meaning.
When it came to their reception, Sonia wanted to embody cozy elegance with an understated touch of vintage whimsy. She wanted guests to feel welcomed by an intimate setting similar to that of a dinner party thrown in their backyard, while being serenaded by childhood memories conjured up by the use of heirloom china dish ware and grandma’s mason jars.
While vintage, with “Martha crafted” accents, the dinner tent was sophisticated and polished in appearance.
Big on making people feel special, Sonia + Andy included a wedding photo of every married couple in attendance. Even myself and the Nickersons, their photographers! It was such a delight while unpacking and setting up to see that even her vendors mattered and were thought about.
Not big on traditional wedding cake, they chose to feature a smorgis board of sweet treats and fancies. But my personal favourite touch, was the late night cookies and milk which were passed around on trays.
And then there was the Piñata Smash! Yes, you read me right. In our conversations, Sonia + Andy shared their love for this childhood tradition. Knowing their less than favoured feelings toward a wedding cake, I took a risk and suggested this outrageously fun wedding cake alternative. They jumped on it like little kids to candy!
While the photos are hilarious, you have to watch the magic unfold. These two are engineers and if we learnt anything that night, it’s that you don’t let two A-type builders create anything that needs to be broken. It took nearly 30 minutes to crack the piñata open, not without a gaggle of laughs and a sweat worthy workout on Andy’s part!
The night finished with the wildest of dance parties thanks to Side One Band. Their guests, young and old partied well into the dawn.
“We are in awe of how meaningful and moving our day was. You gave that to us!”
It’s hard to express into words how you truly made all our dreams for our wedding come true … and more!!! We are continually in awe reflecting back on how wonderful the day was and most importantly, how meaningful and moving it was. We cannot thank you enough for that and for everything you did to make that happen. I understand (after the fact) that there was quite a bit of drama on the day trying to figure out the weather and what would be best but (in another testament to how wonderful you are) I was oblivious to it!! All I saw and experienced was the love, emotion, and beauty of the day and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for giving that to me and to us. Everything came together even better than we could of dreamed, so thank you, thank you, thank you!
-Sonia Hennum | Bride [September 22, 2013]
Many thanks again to the incredible professionals who came together to make this celebration happen:
Wedding Planner & Stylist: Kailey Michelle Events Photographer: The Nickersons Ceremony Venue: Naramata Wharf Park Reception Venue: Sandy Beach Resort Catering: A Culinary Adventure Floral & Decor: Stage Right Etc. | Vancouver Vintage Live Entertainment: SideOne Pastries & Sweet Treats: The White Apron Pastry Co. Hairstylist: Aimee at Best Little Hair House Makeup: Bri Stein Artistry Transportation: Nixdorf Classic Cars