The Proposal Echo and Joel first met when they were in their final year of school in China. After a year of dating, Echo moved to
Los Angeles to study English and Joel moved to Vancouver to go to business school. “Living apart was too much for Joel so he finally called me and convinced me to move from the sun of Southern California to rainy Vancouver,”
The Chairman’s suite at Vancouver’s Fairmont Pacific Rim HOTEL was the scene of the proposal. He hired Cristina Samper Pearl from Forever True Wedding planning and Design to plan the event and Camille and Chadwick Bensler from Jonetsu Studios to capture the engagement. “I thought I was going for a photoshoot, but little did I know that Joel had planned a catered lunch with champagne and dessert” Echo says. Just before lunch, Joel got down on one knee with a gorgeous diamond from Tiffany & Co. The photoshoot turned into an engagement shoot complete with a dinner reservation at Oru, where Joel had invited friends to join them to celebrate. “He also surprised me with an overnight bag, to be pampered at the Pacific Rim for the night,” remembers Echo.
Jet Set Before the wedding ceremony, photographers Camille and Chadwick Bensler of Jonetsu Studios took the couple to an airplane hangar for a dramatic photoshoot. The Benslers–recently listed among the “Top 10 wedding photographers in the World” by American Photo Magazine had pre-scouted the location to achieve some dramatic portraits.
Also on hand to film the wedding day was the videography team from Cloud Nine Creative
who created a highlights trailer of the ‘first look’ for Joel and Echo to watch online immediately after the wedding.
Echo wore three fabulous gowns for the wedding day. The first, which she wore for the ceremony and first part of the reception, was a full-length Monique Lhuillier gown which was flown in from the boutique in Beverly Hills. The second was a beautiful black and white cocktail reception dress from Oscar de la Renta. The third–a fuchsia Marchesa cocktail dress in which to dance the night away.
Joel wore a bespoke Dior suit.
The ceremony was held on the deck of the Brentwood Bay Resort. Evan Orion from Vancouver-based Flowerz helped transform the natural woodland feel of the resort into the glamourous seaside setting that Echo and Joel requested. “With different vases and crystals, he really achieved the glamourous feel that we were going for. The flowers were also a huge part of our decor and they played a large role in creating a beautiful and luxurious atmosphere for our guests,” says Echo.
The Details After organizing the perfect proposal, Christina Samper Pearl was enlisted by Echo and Joel to plan their June 18, 2011 wedding (in only three months)! “When we hired her we didn’t even have a venue booked. She helped us with every single aspect of our wedding including finding me three beautiful wedding dresses and booking accommodations for our families for the two weeks that they were in Vancouver,” says Echo.
The Brentwood Bay Resort in Victoria, BC was the location for the ceremony and reception. In fact, the entire resort was rented out by the couple for the entirety of their wedding weekend.
Evan also designed the reception which took place in the main restaurant of the resort. Since their guests had been staying at the resort for a day prior to the wedding (and enjoying meals in the restaurant) it was important to Joel and Echo that the space be ‘transformed’ from it’s usual appearance in order to make the guests feel like they were in a totally different place.
Design Details Large square tables and white Chiavari chairs were brought in to replace the standard furniture. Each table featured
a lavish all-white centerpiece comprised of hydrangea, peonies and orchids, placed in varying heights of cylindrical vases. The vases were adorned with glittery crystal bands. Candles glowed all around the centerpieces. All linens
and chargers were brought over from the mainland from Pedersen’s. Tie The Knot provided the draping and lighting.
Cakes Galore created a four-tier confection with a pink and white design. M&M’s personalized with the couple’s initials were given to each guest along with macarons from Paris.
A few months after their intimate wedding, the pair honeymooned in the Maldives. Echo and Joel plan on having a second (albeit slightly less intimate celebration) in China for 1000 guests later this year.