Vanessa & Scott true love. true luxury.
Vanessa and Scott were set up by a mutual friend in the Summer of 2007 and have been inseparable ever since. On Christmas morning 2011, Scott proposed. He had hid Vanessa’s engagement ring in her stocking.
TWO WEDDINGS, TWO WAYS
The couple enlisted Genève McNally of DREAMGROUP PRODUCTIONS to provide full-service planning for not one, but two weddings that were held a week apart.
Vanessa and Scott chose to have one event for their family and a separate event for their friends. The couple believes this approach to celebrating their wedding was the best decision they made.
“It really allowed us to be our authentic selves with each group,” says Vanessa.
WEDDING DAY NUMBER ONE
The first event—an intimate ceremony followed by a “Harvest Garden Party” dinner was held on July 13, 2013 in the Owner’s Suite of the FAIRMONT PACIFIC RIM.
Twenty-two of Vanessa and Scott’s closest family members were in attendance including Bowman and Grisselda (the couple’s two lovely pit bulls who each donned colour-coordinated bowties and matching leashes for the occasion).
Judy Phan of PAPIER BY JUDY created the stationery for both wedding events. For the ceremony invitation, Judy created a hard- cover silk invitation in pink and green to represent the garden party feel. The ceremony stationery mirrored the preppy pink and green colour scheme of the decor.
Vanessa wore two dresses, a white Vera Wang floor-length gown from BLUSH BRIDAL & SPECIAL OCCASIONS and a rose Valentino party dress (a gift from her mother) for both celebrations. She also wore a diamond tennis bracelet that was a wedding gift from her mother. Her makeup and hair was styled by Jayna Marie from JAYNA MARIE MAKEUP AND HAIR.
The bridesmaids wore coral and lace ‘cupcake-style’ cocktail dresses from TOPSHOP at THE BAY, along with Michael Kors and Gucci pumps.
Scott wore a tuxedo by Tom Ford from HOLT RENFREW.
FLORAL AND DECOR
Evan Orion of FLOWERZ designed the floral and decor for both wedding celebrations.
He embellished the Owner Suite’s existing teak gazebo with copper-wire twinkle lights that almost disappeared into the wood. Gorgeous glass balls filled with luscious dahlias hung from above. He also placed floating glass balls filled with candles and flowers in the suite’s meditation pond.
The decor also included floor-length crisp white linens, beautiful custom made green toile-inspired napkins and an incredible flower chandelier cascading with pink astilbe.
Two long dining tables featured harvest-style floral arrangements running down the centre.
“There were also candles galore!” notes Vanessa. “I loved enjoying our drinks at night in the gazebo. The little copper lights that Evan’s team installed were magical!”
A multi-course Italian harvest-themed gourmet dinner was prepared table-side by Chef Atticus Garant of the FAIRMONT PACIFIC RIM. The cake was created by the Pastry Chef at the FAIRMONT PACIFIC RIM. The chef designed a garden-themed chocolate ganache cake with fondant sugar art.
Each guest received a beautiful picnic basket filled with champagne glasses, a bottle of the couple’s favourite sparkling wine from BLUE MOUNTAIN VINEYARD AND CELLARS, crackers, BONNE MAMAN jam, French mustard, and shortbread.
THE SECOND WEDDING EVENT
A week later, on July 20, 2013, Vanessa and Scott hosted part two of their wedding celebration with a “friends only” dinner reception in the The York Room at Hawksworth Restaurant in the ROSEWOOD HOTEL GEORGIA. The only family in attendance were siblings and a couple of cousins.
Hand-delivered dinner reception invitations (presented in silk gold boxes) were created by PAPIER BY JUDY and were filled with coral and aqua-coloured French macarons with gold leaf accents, created by Paulin Calot of GOURMAND MACARON & PASTRIES. The invite itself was gold foil accented and sat atop the macarons.
Upon arrival to Hawksworth Restaurant, guests were served two custom cocktails—“The Airmail” and “The Princess Grace.”
MARIE ANTOINETTE INSPIRATION
The dinner reception was French-themed—loosely based on a Marie Antoinette editorial the couple had referenced from a past issue of WEDLUXE. Floral and event designer Evan Orion of FLOWERZ used a mix of peach and cream roses, hydrangeas, lisianthus, stock, and dahlias to bring the vision to life. Round tables were topped with custom-made gold, aqua, and peach tapestry-style overlays set atop floor length faux silk turquoise shimmer linens. The tables were also adorned with a collection of gold candelabras and candleholders, and bright aquamarine coloured napkins from PEDERSEN’S RENTALS in Seattle.
UPRIGHT DECOR provided gold rimmed glassware. The gold Chiavari chairs with custom made gold chair pads were from A&B PARTYTIME RENTALS LTD.
ANNA ELIZABETH CAKES designed a four-tiered, decadent gold-encrusted French-themed cake. Each couple received a bag with a bottle of Moët & Chandon champagne and two crystal French-theme inspired champagne flutes. All of the favors were sourced and assembled by event planner Genève McNally.
The dinner was followed by a late night after-party held on THE WEDDING YACHT with unobstructed 360-views of the Vancouver shoreline and cityscape. “We decided to hire the yacht because we knew we had to party past Vancouver’s boring liquor curfew of 1:00 a.m. If you are on Federal waters the laws do not apply, so we could party all night long!” says Vanessa of their late-night soirée!
Once on the yacht, guests enjoyed “throwback cocktails of yesteryear” including “Ginger of the Indies Gin Fizz,” “Lost at Sea Lemonade,” “Dark & Stormy,” and “Patron Lime Rocks Margarita.”
The yacht itself was transformed into what Vanessa describes as a tropical party oasis, “French Riviera-style!” Here, Evan (from FLOWERZ) used palm trees, hot pink and purple uplighting, gold draperies, gold cushions and a gold lamé dance floor to create the look along with hot pink carpet (placed outside the yacht) from LONSDALE EVENT RENTALS. “The overall look and luxe transformation of THE WEDDING YACHT was spectacular. It was super impressive and dramatic! When we pulled up we were blown away and thought is this our yacht?” remembers Vanessa.
At 11:00 p.m. guests were treated to a private fireworks display from CELEBRATION FIREWORKS. The fireworks were launched off of Stanley Park’s seawall as guests enjoyed cocktails on the yacht.
Flip flops and pashminas were also provided for the guests who danced and partied into the wee hours of the night. There was also a photo booth with a gold backdrop on hand to document the fun.
MINI-MOON AND PLANS FOR HONEYMOON
The newlyweds enjoyed a mini-moon in the South of France and Monaco where they indulged in wine tours, beaches and nightclubs. They will be traveling to Tanzania on a three-week Safari in December 2013.