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
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,
The stationery was designed by Wintons Social Stationery. “They used soft, double-thick blush-coloured paper
| 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.
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 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
There was also a large whimsical candy bar at the back of the room (which housed the “sweet” portion of a
Another fun touch was coasters, created by Photographer Jana Vackova and Planner Soha Lavin,
Laura and Kinji had a wonderfully relaxing wedding day. On the day of the wedding neither they, or their families,
|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