B.C. Park wedding

Kylah, 26 & Clint, 36

Delta, BC

Wedding Date: July 8th, 2011

Number of Guests: 60

Wedding Cost: $10,000

Wedding Ceremony Location: Outdoors at Cammidge House, Boundary Bay Regional Park lawn

Wedding Reception Location: Tents on Cammidge House lawn (one larger for tables, one smaller for the dance floor)

bride on birdcage veil

pink peony and white rose wedding bouquets

pink and white peony centerpiece

pink and white wedding cake with sugar peonies

peony wedding bouquet

pink lily wedding centerpiece

wedding reception tent with twinkle lights and pink paper lanterns

Why did you have an intimate wedding?

Partly due to cost, partly because we wanted it … well … intimate!

bride texting her groom

bride in pink 'bride' shirt

bridesmaids lacing up bride's dress

What are some of the challenges that you faced planning an intimate wedding?

Finding an appropriate location was the most challenging (especially remotely, as we had to book the wedding venue and the majority of the vendors from Prince George via phone and e-mail.)

bride in antique gold mirror

bride putting on her birdcage veil

bride in birdcage veil and crystal chandelier earrings

Was it difficult to pare down the guest list?

Yes! There were several drafts.

beaded wedding sandals

 

bridal accessories on pink peony

Did you have any ‘issues’ with the small guest list from friends and family? If so, how did you address them?

Somewhat, yes. At first we weren’t sure if we should say no children to accommodate the limit of guests placed by the parks district (there was an option to have the ceremony on the beach if you had under 75 guests). Once we got most of the RSVPs and it was looking like we wouldn’t have too many people, we told most people it was fine to bring their children, but forgot to mention it to some. It was kind of awkward, but I’m pretty sure everyone forgave us. We ended up having the ceremony on the lawn anyway.

bride portrait with her bridesmaids

groom with groomsmen in black tuxedos with purple vests and ties

bridal party on the beach

bridesmaids in black dresses

mixed pink wedding bouquet

bride getting ready

What were the highlights of the ceremony?

Our wedding commissioner, Marilyn Knipp, passed a handmade glass heart through the rows of guests for them to hold and bless with good wishes for us. It sits on our table now.

groom with his mother

emotional bride with her father

bride hugging her father at the altar

smiling bride at the altar

bride waving to guests

outdoor park wedding ceremony

guests at outdoor wedding ceremony

bride and groom at the altar

wedding guests at outdoor ceremony

wedding guest holding glass heart

bride and groom first kiss

What were the highlights of the reception?

I would say the highlights were the speeches and dancing under our dance floor tent illuminated with little white lights in the open air. Also, running across the lawn and leaping into the air while my sister snapped some interesting action shots of me in my dress.

guests in wedding reception tent

bride mingling with guests

laughing wedding guest

happy wedding guests

groomsmen at wedding reception

wedding guests mingling at outdoor B.C. wedding

bride and groom cutting the cake

bride and groom eating wedding cake

wedding guests watching bride and groom

best man speech

maid of honor speech

bride listening to speeches

groom speech

bride and groom first dance outdoors

emotional bride during first dance

bride and groom kissing during first dance

bride at wedding reception

What was the best thing about having an intimate wedding?

It was far less nerve wracking having only people who we were really close to. I’m not big on being the center of attention, so that helped a lot. Also, being able to spend more time with each guest was nice.

laughing wedding guests

outdoor British Columbia park wedding reception

bride walking in B.C. park

bridal party portrait on the beach in B.C.

What advice do you have for couples who are considering an intimate wedding?

Do what you want to do! Don’t let anyone tell you what is “supposed” to happen if it’s really something you’re not into. Like everyone says, it is your day.

groom in black tuxedo with white vest and tie

content bride and groom portrait

bride and groom portrait in the park

bride and groom on rock beach

bride and groom portrait at night

Vendors:

Wedding Photographer: Lucinda Photography (bride’s sister)

Cake: Anna Elizabeth Cakes

Tent/Dance Floor/Dishes/Linens: My Party Rentals

Makeup: Jessica at MAC in The Bay (Richmond)

Hair: Spencer Jensen – Coup Salon

Flowers: Kits Market

Wedding Sandals: Feesk on Etsy

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