Vancouver Wedding Planner get’s Married | Part 5

March 2

And we’re back, with the much anticipated continuation of “Our Wedding from my Perspective: a Vancouver Wedding Planner get’s Married | Part 5.”

These last few months have been an whirlwind of growth, opportunity and countless blessings for KME! I can’t possibly begin to tell you how fortunate I feel, to be doing what I love and meeting such incredible people along the way.

So, after weeks of embracing the beauty of the storm, I took a much needed break to rekindle the heart of what I do: love! And what better way to do so, than recounting the magic of my ceremony?!

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Situated beneath my favorite willow tree, outside the gate of my parents riverside home, we wed. And paying homage to our love of classic romance, I could not have imagined it any other way!

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I wanted our grandparents to feel uniquely special on the day, with symbols that affirmed their importance: the grandfathers wore custom pinwheel boutonnieres, while the grandmothers wore floral adorned pearl bracelets.

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{left} In keeping with our vintage feel, Dave and I selected a 1940’s marriage certificate, which we later framed for keepsake. {Right} The willow truly weeped with hand strung pearl garlands, curated by my girlfriend Amy, who commenced HOURS before the ceremony.

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Could a girl ask for more beautiful bridesmaids?!

As an alternative to the traditional ring pillow, we stacked we books together and secured them with lace and an antique buckle. The three books: The bible, The notebook (novel)  and a journal- which we wrote together after a few months of dating, listing the reasons why we choose each other, each and every day. 

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For years it was just my mom and I, before my stepdad ignited our lives. In honor of our bond, my mom walked me down the first half of the aisle, where my dad met us half-way, to walk the remainder. This moment will forever be cherished, as my mom shook with nerves, telling me how proud she was to give me away.

We were blessed to have Dave’s father, an ordained minister marry us: together, with him, we hand-crafted the entire ceremony- a genuine and passionate reflection of our two hearts and our journey together.

Neighbors were perched on their balconies and walkers were stopped in their tracks, as we committed our lives to each other and our God. We later were approached by many, who told us it was the most personal and beautiful ceremony they had ever witnessed.

Dave and I shared personal vows, which we wrote on custom stationary, now archived in lovely, wax sealed envelopes. Truth be told, I’ve opened them on multiple occasions to re-read his beautiful words. This was the most powerful moment above all.

In the haste of his excitement and emotions of marrying his last and youngest son, Dave’s father forgot to exchange the rings! With grace, he told the story of how, in all his years as a pastor (over 30) he had only done this twice prior- at the marriage of his two other sons. With giddy anticipation, we re-routed back to the rings…

Missing the rings could not have been more appropriate for Dave and I’s relationship. Our parents have always joked that we tend to put the caboose before the train and in this moment below, Dave and I were laughing at JUST THAT!  Like us, our ceremony was beautifully “flawed.” 

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After kissing my incredibly husband for the first time, I looked up into the tree to take it all in; the sound of birds above, the slight swish of the river and the graceful sway of hanging pearls above-magic in purest form. 

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Joy. Simple and all encompassing.

Note the neighbors overjoyed to have watched from afar.

Guests were greeted in the yard with scrumptious pink champagne, before heading back to the tree for a toast and opening remarks.

My beautiful parents- mom sporting knock out couture!

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My brother- never before had he hugged me so hard.

I was delighted to have my Brother welcome guests- charming no doubt and he never ceases to make me laugh….

{left} Reeaaaallll hard! {right} me, mocking my brother. It never ends! 

 

And were were off…. to a beautiful heritage school house for high tea and vintage games. Stayed tuned for the final part of our journey, the reception!

About Kailey-Michelle

Grace clinger. Marriage lover. Moment savourer. Passionate Creator. Seeking to inspire this generation as a Professional Wedding Planner, Speaker, Writer and Business Coach, to focus on what matters most in life and leave a legacy of love and service.
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