Event Blog

Meant to Be – Miho & Christopher – Oct 28, 2012

Miho & Christopher have known each other since elementary school and began their marriage with a ceremony here at the UBC Boathouse. It rained the entire week leading up to their special day but the clouds parted and the sun came through just in time. “We chose the UBC Boathouse because of the modern look and the large windows the building has. We’re big fans of modern, contemporary architecture so it was an easy choice for us. Also, there was lots of parking so this was another main reason we chose to get married here” – Miho.

“Our wedding theme was to keep the space simple and clean. We wanted to showcase the interior space and the exterior views the building had to offer, so we kept decorations to a minimum” – Miho. Miho & Christopher accomplished this vision with soft greys and pinks as their wedding colours and DIY decor.

[Photography by: StonePhoto]

Miho and Christopher chose one of our favourite photographers, StonePhoto (Kat&Dan). “We had experience taking photos with them when we were bridesmaids/groosmen for Christopher’s cousin’s wedding the previous year. We’re not too comfortable taking romantic or passionate photos, so it was great that Kat & Dan kept this in mind when they made suggestions. We would recommend them to anyone looking for a great photographer!” – Miho.

*Photographer: StonePhoto
Florist: Baxter Kobe Florist
Makeup/Hair Stylist: Anita Lee

**Preferred Vendor of UBC Boathouse

A Fairy Tale Wedding – Chesea & Jeremy – Oct 7, 2012

Chelsea & Jeremy knew they wanted nothing more than to be married and decided to wed in October, only 5 months after their Disneyland engagement in May. Regardless of the short engagement they managed to hit all of the stops, having their ceremony at the Minoru Chapel and celebrate their wedding celebration here at the UBC Boathouse. “If I had known we were going to get such nice weather in October, I would have had our ceremony outdoors at the UBC Boathouse as well. We were lucky that we were all able to marvel at the orange, pink, and gold sunset over the river” – Chelsea. They wanted a fun, bright wedding that reflected their personalities had their vendors ensured this dream came true.

[Photography by: JPG Photography]

Due to Chelsea & Jeremy’s very short engagement, Chelsea knew a wedding planner was essential and chose one of our preferred planners & decorators, Fairy Godmother Weddings. “We clicked with Jordan from Fairy Godmother Weddings from our very first meeting; she was professional, approachable, and very calm about the task ahead!” – Chelsea. Fairy Godmother Weddings has expert knowledge and several contacts in the industry which resulted in a smooth wedding day for the couple. “It went just as smoothly as she promised it would” – Chelsea.

“We chose Savoury Chef to caterer our wedding reception as we wanted to represent the best of BC and they have great dedication to working with local suppliers” – Chelsea. Savoury Chef made Chelsea & Jeremy’s wedding planning process a breeze with quick responses, tastings, and a family-style service to allow for all of their guests to eat at the same time. “The first bites during our tasting sealed the deal and the portion sizes were perfect” – Chelsea.

*Caterer: Savoury Chef
*Decorator: Fairy Godmother Weddings
Photographer: JPG Photography
Doughnuts: Lucky’s Doughnuts
Flowers: Garden Party Flowers

**Preferred Vendor of UBC Boathouse

West Coast Tradition – Vince & Jasmine – Sept 2, 2012

Vince & Jasmine wanted a modern, west coast feel for their wedding day and felt the UBC Boathouse was perfect. The couple infused contemporary Chinese traditions into their special day, such as a simple version of the traditional Chinese tea ceremony . The couple chose natural decor to allow the nature around them to be featured through our 180 degree windows. “The view was great, we didn’t want the day to end” – Vince.

[Photography by: Jamie Delaine]

“It was our tasting experience with Emelle’s Catering that helped us choose them, it was fantastic” – Vince. The couple found their food service to be impeccable on the day of their wedding.

*Catering: Emelle’s Catering
Photographer: Jamie Delaine
Cake: Saint Germain Bakery
Florist: The Flowerbox
DJ: DJ Sage

**Preferred Vendor of UBC Boathouse

Summer Dream – Denise & Noel – Aug.19.2012

Denise & Noel had an absolutely stunning summer wedding, captured by The Apartment Photography. Their special day resembled what one can only dream of for their wedding! Denise & Noel chose to celebrate their marriage at the John M.S. Lecky UBC Boathouse because we can accommodate both ceremony and receptions due to our large outdoor dock situated right on the water. “We were looking for an outdoor setting that incorporated both our personalities, Noel being more outdoorsy and myself being more urbanized. When we stepped into the event space it felt like it combined both of our visions perfectly. It was love at first sight!” – Denise.

Denise & Noel had their wedding ceremony on our lower docks beneath August sun rays and the stunning backdrop of the Fraser River. Their guests moved up to our event hall for their evening reception hosted by The Butler Did It Catering, to celebrate the occasion! Their wedding day was spectacular and the couple looked beautiful… definitely a day to reminisce about for years to come.

[Photography by: The Apartment Photography]

Denise & Noel chose one of our favourite preferred caterers The Butler Did It Catering. “The food was excellent and the coordination of the evening was flawless. They are true professionals!” – Denise.

*Catering: The Butler Did It Catering
The Apartment Photography
Ganache Patisserie
Flowers:Flowers by Louisa Lam
Favours: Friends of B&G, Sarena and Jamie Siu
Hair & Make Up:
Mika Does Make Up
Wedding Dress:
Isabelles Bridal
Groom’s Suit:

**Preferred Vendor of UBC Boathouse

August Elegance – Nathalie & Shaady – Aug.18.2012

FEATURED in RealWeddingsMagazine

Nathalie and Shaady are a fun-spirited bride and groom that hit all of the stops with their reception at the UBC Boathouse. The couple truly personalized their wedding by marrying both of their traditional cultures (Nathalie’s Filipino culture and Shaady’s Indian culture) into their wedding celebrations, as well as their personal style. In a venue Nathalie and Shaady wanted a “blank slate with gorgeous views, ideally something elegant, modern, and chic” – Nathalie. The couple chose the UBC Boathouse partly because Nathalie describes herself as a planner, “I wanted to be able to customize everything from vendors to decorations and be able to make everything exactly how I wanted it” – Nathalie. The couple loved that they could take our intimate hall space and create a space where their dreams could become a reality.

[Photography by: Amber Hughes Photography]

“From the moment we met Savoury Chef and had our tasting with them, there was no doubt in our minds they were the caterer for us; they didn’t even need to convince us. On the day of, their customer service was impeccable!” – Nathalie. Nathalie and Shaady are foodies and the food their guests were served during their reception was important to them. Savoury Chef customized their menu and let them choose anything they wanted to incorporate. “Savoury Chef even catered to specific dietary requests and specific taste palates” – Nathalie. Savoury Chef helped them with their signature drinks for their cocktail hour that both fit their personality and paired well with their menu. Also, the Head Chef was on site for their big day which was a welcomed surprise to both Nathalie and Shaady.

Nathalie and Shaady chose Fairy Godmother Weddings to execute their day-of wedding plans. “I knew from the start I wanted to do majority of the wedding planning myself as I enjoy it. I really only wanted someone to execute my plan on the day of” – Natalie. The couple was ecstatic that Kate was able to suggest several great details Nathalie hadn’t thought of. She double checked everything and was one step ahead of Nathalie throughout the day keeping everything organized.

Flowerz provided all of the bouquet’s and arrangements for Nathalie and Shaady’s wedding day. “I was worried about what kind of flowers to choose but Evan from Flowerz reassured me to go wtih what I love. I gave him the colours of my wedding and left that with him. He made an absolutely gorgeous arrangement for my bouquet and flower pieces dressing the headtable” – Nathalie.

Nathalie & Shaady had Capture the Moment Media create a fantastic Same-Day-Edit of their Wedding!
View it here: Nathalie & Shaady – Same-Day-Edit – by Capture the Moment Media

*Caterer: Savoury Chef
*Planner: Fairy Godmother Wedding
*Flowers: Flowerz
*Rentals: Lonsdale Event Rentals
Photographer: Amber Hughes Photography
Videographer: Capture the Moment Media
Decorator: Wedding Design Studio
Desert/Cake: Anna Elizabeth Cakes
Alcohol Delivery: Firefly Fine Wine and Ales
Accomodations: River Rock Casino Resort
Chair Rentals: Big Red Chair
Transportation: Pacific Harmony Limo
Performers: Kababayang Pilipino Cultural Performing Arts Group & VanCity Bhangra
FEATURED in RealWeddingsMagazine

**Preferred Vendor of UBC Boathouse