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Legally Wed
Laura and Kinji were married on June 18, 2011 in Vancouver, BC. The first time Kinji laid eyes on Laura
was at the Vancouver Law Courts Great Hall. Laura was there for her call ceremony (to become a lawyer).
“She looked beautiful, intelligent and poised,” Kinji fondly recalls. Over a year later, the two were briefly introduced
at a fundraiser. After several attempts by Kinji to make a date with Laura, she finally said yes.
Kinji made a great impression and the rest is history.

Event Planner Soha Lavin of Countdown Events was a guiding force for the couple in the planning of their wedding. “We were able to completely trust her with all aspects of our wedding. Both of us have very busy legal practices
and we simply could not execute the wedding we wanted without her help,” says Laura. Soha set about to create a wedding day that would meet their wishes: they wanted an elegant day, with an old-world European feel.

Laura wore a Kenneth Pool bridal gown from Blush Bridal which she accessorized with crystal earrings by Elsa Corsi and a crystal comb by Jenny Packham. Her rose-gold shoes by Kate Spade (purchased at Nordstroms) featured a fabric rosette on the toe. Her hair and makeup were done by Brenda Bakker from TheyRep.

The bridesmaids wore pink dresses from BCBG. The skirts matched Laura’s gown so well that several guests commented and assumed the same designer had created all of the dresses.

Kinji wore a Dolce and Gabanna suit, shirt and tie, with shoes and belt by Prada,
all purchased from Holt Renfrew, Vancouver.

The stationery was designed by Wintons Social Stationery. “They used soft, double-thick blush-coloured paper
with a flourished font and soft bird and floral graphics for a vintage feel,” says Laura.

 Memories of Italy
Flowers were a key element in the planning of the entire wedding. The couple even chose their June wedding date
to ensure they could incorporate peonies into Laura’s bouquet and the reception decor. The summer before,
while travelling together in Italy, Laura and Kinji came across a chapel covered in wreaths of baby’s breath.
The image made a huge impact on Laura. When it came time to plan their own wedding, she asked florist Suzane Lee of Granville Island Florist to create something special for the ceremony using baby’s breath. Suzane used the
delicate bloom to create large spheres that were placed on tall silver candelabras. The ceremony
took place in the British Ballroom at The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver.

 

Romantic Reception
The reception was held in the Pacific Ballroom of The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. The decor was a
joint collaboration between Upright Decor and Granville Island Florist, under the design direction of planner Soha Lavin. As soon as the doors opened for dinner, the hallway filled with the scent of the incredible flowers inside
(which included hundreds of fragrant peonies).

The baby’s breath from the ceremony was reused at the reception to line the dance floor, and the sides of two lounge areas on either side of the dance floor. Garlands of baby’s breath surrounded the head table, including a decadent swag on all the chairs. Guest tables were draped with gold brocade tablecloths. Crystal Chiavari chairs, candelabras and vases filled with oversized bouquets of peonies gave the room an old-world European feel.

The lace appliqué was a design theme used throughout the day on everything from stationery to the cake.

 

 

The Night Unfolds
The hotel’s Executive Sous Chef Joseph Schefer created a meal that was met with rave reviews. “We have many foodie friends and all of them commented on how good the food was, particularly given the size of the wedding. For the late night buffet, we asked for ‘junk food’ mini-burgers, yam fries and grilled cheese sandwiches,” recalls Laura. Chef Joseph even made mini-cannoli with pink-tinted filling as a special surprise. (Laura’s family is Italian).

The cake was created by Peter Fong of Ganache Patisserie. “Some elements of the cake were taken from my dress—the soft fans at the bottom of the cake and the silver beading around each layer. We used a lot of lace in our
decor and some of the cake had a lace appliqué on it. Given our love of flowers, Peter created a large,
off-centre blooming rose that opened down the side of the cake.

There was also a large whimsical candy bar at the back of the room (which housed the “sweet” portion of a
sweet and savoury late night buffet), with bags and customized stickers for the guests to select from.

Another fun touch was coasters, created by Photographer Jana Vackova and Planner Soha Lavin,
that featured photos from the engagement shoot. The wedding day was filmed in high-definition video
by Bruce Patterson and his team from Cloud Nine Creative.

Laura and Kinji had a wonderfully relaxing wedding day. On the day of the wedding neither they, or their families,
had to worry about a single detail. “Our wedding was wonderful for a lot of reasons, but everything was executed
so well because of the professionals that we had assisting us throughout the planning process, and on
our special day,” recalls Laura.The pair honeymooned in French Polynesia at the Four Seasons Bora Bora
and Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa. They now reside in Vancouver where they both practice law.

Photography: Jana Vackova Photography
Ceremony/Reception Venue: The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
Wedding Gown: Kenneth Pool from Blush Bridal
Bridesmaid Dresses: BCBG
Grooms Attire: Suit, Dolce and Gabanna and Shoes, Prada
Event Planner: Soha Lavin from Countdown Events
Florals: Suzanne Lee from Granville Island Florist
Decorating Company: Colin Upright from Upright Decor
Cake: Peter Fong from Ganache Patisserie
Stationery: Wintons Social Stationery
Hair/Makeup Stylist: Brenda Bakker

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