Sarah and John were married on one of the most gorgeous July days of 2016. They chose to host both their ceremony and reception at the UBC Boathouse due to the location being convenient for their local and out of town guests. Getting married right on the Fraser River was also special to Sarah due to its familiarity as she grew up playing on the nearby beaches. “We loved that we could have our wedding and cocktail hour outside. It was also convenient that we could rent the venue late in to the night. Our dream was to have a fun wedding that would go as late as people wanted it to, and that’s what we got.”
They hired amazing vendors to help make their day everything that it was, but they also had a lot of help from those they love most as their family made their wedding cake and made and setup much of their decor. “We decided to save on decor by hanging our own lanterns and from the ceiling and putting fresh flowers on all the tables. Because UBC boathouse has a lot of natural light this was enough to make our wedding look very pretty. We also bought white lights for the balcony which was very romantic when it got dark. One of my favourite moments was dancing with John on the balcony on our wedding day.” Their friends and family also surprised them with performances during their cocktail hour which made their wedding day even more special. Two of their friends and John’s brother performed an acoustic version of Riptide while Sarah’s best friend performed a flamenco dance to the song.
“Many of our guests complimented us on the experience they had during cocktail hour. They loved the hors d-oeuvres and the cocktails outside. They loved being on the dock at UBC boathouse in the sunshine, someone said they saw a fish. It was really sophisticated but easygoing atmosphere. For John and I it felt very romantic right after getting married. One really special moment that John and I shared was during dessert. While everyone was eating John, the photographer and I went for a walk and took pictures as the sun was setting. This was really special because it gave us a chance to be alone and to take in our wedding. I feel like we will always remember that momen” – Sarah.
Beautiful Life Studios, a photography and cinematography company that services both Vancouver and Toronto captured Sarah and John’s day. They managed to capture the love between Sarah and John from start to finish on their wedding day and just how beautiful their July wedding day really was.
Photography: Beautiful Life Studios // http://beautifullifestudios.com/
“We found the preferred vendors associated with UBC boathouse were also great. We hired the Butler Did it Catering and we loved how flexible they were with making our menu. We had nut allergies, gluten free guest, vegan guests and meat lovers. They ensured everyone was fed. I was really happy with how our food turned out. We did a BBQ style dinner and it was really tasty and fun. They helped us stay on budget which was very kind, because was easy to go over. Our DJ was Hot Wax. The DJ’s name was Mike and he kept everyone dancing until 3am. He was really intuitive with the crowd and kept everyone going. We also hired a wedding planner, Caroline from Love and Confetti, she was literally worth her weight in gold. She helped the day go very smoothly. I recommend her! We also hired Rob Eller to sing as I came down the aisle. He also preformed on the dock at cocktail hour and during dinner. He provided a really personal touch to our wedding. He created a really good acoustic cover of ‘all my life’ by KC and JoJo when I walked down the aisle which showed how versatile he could be.” – Sarah.
Photography: Beautiful Life Studios // *Catering: The Butler Did It Catering // *DJ: Hot Wax Mobile Music // Planner: Caroline from Love and Confetti // Cake: Family Member // Florist: Budget Blooms // Live Singer: Rob Eller // Balloons: Antics // Beer Delivery Service: Red Truck