Event Blog

New Preferred Vendor || Bespoke Decor

 

We would like to welcome one of our favourite partners
Bespoke Decor to our preferred vendors list!

We have been working with Bespoke Decor for a couple of wedding seasons and their decor styling and execution has been unique, breathtaking and exceeding our imagination each and every time their team visits the venue. From simplistic string cafe lighting in the event hall to full wedding design & decor takeover, they do it all. Their team thrives on being creative and creating “seriously unique and awesome events” – Ashton (Bespoke’s happy owner, curator and stylist). Ashton works with an amazing team made up of event stylists, coordinators, calligraphers, graphic designers and more to make the magic happen.

 

 

 

Keeping within their philosophy of creating seriously awesome and unique events, they cater to each and every clients vision and need, whether it’s needing only a few rentals, to full event design or customizing their services and will help you navigate your vision if  you haven’t yet realized it!

 

 


Rental Inventory | view online here
Contact | (604) 809 0660 | hello@bespokedecor.ca
Visit | #119 408 East Kent Ave S. Vancouver V5X 2X7

 

Photo Locations

One of the #1 questions we receive from couples is where to take bridal photos and family photos nearby. My favourite advice to give couples is to work with your photographer as the photographer you hire will often scout locations that they feel will have good lighting at the time you are taking these photos and will have either architecture or scenery that inspires them. If your photographer is inspired, that means brilliant photos! Therefore, I always recommend entrusting within them and letting their magic happen! Below we have compiled stunning nearby “photo locations” that previous couples and photographers have chosen.

#1.  The UBC Boathouse

There are many locations right at the UBC Boathouse that offer either architectural or scenic backdrops. Here are some of the most unique photos we have seen. There are so many beautiful spots in and around the property that we have broken down the locations for you:

The Dock

Whitney Krutzedfeldt Photography
wckphotography.com

Taya Photography
tayaphotography.com
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Beautiful Life Studios
beautifullifestudios.com
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Noyo Creative Photography
noyocreative.com
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IAMJOHNYOO Photography
iamjohnyoo.com/weddings
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IAMJOHNYOO Photography
iamjohnyoo.com/weddings
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Bishop & Lind Photography
bishopandlind.com
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James Moes Photography
jamesmoes.com
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James Moes Photography
jamesmoes.com
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The Apartment Photography
theapartmentphotography.com
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Stone Photo
stonephoto.ca
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Matt Kennedy Photography
mattkennedy.ca
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Focus Imaging Photo
focusimagingphoto.com

Stone Photo
stonephoto.ca
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Jamie Delaine Photography
jamiedelaine.com
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Jamie Delaine Photography
jamiedelaine.com

 

The Ramps

Stone Photo
stonephoto.ca
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Amber Hughes Photography
amberhughes.ca
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Stone Photo
stonephoto.ca
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M&Him Photography
mandhim.com

Amber Hughes Photography
amberhughes.ca
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Jesse Holland Photography
jessehollandphoto.com
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Mathias Fast Photography
mathiasfastphotography.com
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d’Soleil Photography
dsoleil.com
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d’Soleil Photography
dsoleil.com
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Focus Imaging Studio

Rachel Patterson Photography
rachelpattersonphoto.com

 

The Stairs

Isaac Wray Photography
isaacwrayphotography.pass.us
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Beautiful Life Studios
beautifullifestudios.com
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IAMJOHNYOO Photography
iamjohnyoo.com/weddings
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IAMJOHNYOO Photography
iamjohnyoo.com/weddings
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James Moes Photography
jamesmoes.com
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Stone Photo
stonephoto.ca
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Matt Kennedy Photography
mattkennedy.ca

Matt Kennedy Photography
mattkennedy.ca

Bishop & Lind Photography
bishopandlind.com
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The Patios

Cake Walk Media
cakewalkmedia.ca
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MJ Photography
mjphotography.ca
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Noyo Creative Photography
noyocreative.com
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IAMJOHNYOO Photography
iamjohnyoo.com/weddings
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Will Pursell Photography
willpursell.com
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Matt Kennedy Photography
mattkennedy.ca
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#2. The Richmond Dike Way

The UBC Boathouse connects to the Richmond Dike Way that spans from just out front our building, all the way to Steveston. Many of these photos were taken just outside the UBC Boathouse so, these couples didn’t travel far.

 

Iliya Photography
iliabykov.com
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d’Soleil Photography
dsoleil.com
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Hyperfocus Photography
hyperfocus.ca
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Jesse Holland Photography
jessehollandphoto.com
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Matt Kennedy Photography
mattkennedy.ca

Matt Kennedy Photography
mattkennedy.ca

Matt Kennedy Photography
mattkennedy.ca

Matt Kennedy Photography
mattkennedy.ca

Matt Kennedy Photography
mattkennedy.ca

Matt Kennedy Photography
mattkennedy.ca
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Matt Kennedy Photography
mattkennedy.ca
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Matt Kennedy Photography
mattkennedy.ca

Matt Kennedy Photography
mattkennedy.ca

Matt Kennedy Photography
mattkennedy.ca

Isaac Wray Photography
isaacwray.com
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#3. No. 2 Road Bridge

Photos beneath a bridge are stunning and offer cover in less than ideal weather!

 

Noyo Creative Photography
noyocreative.com
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Will Pursell Photography
willpursell.com
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Will Pursell Photography
willpursell.com
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#4. The Richmond Oval

The Richmond Oval offers architecture with its large overhang (providing cover from the elements) and within its parking lot below. There is also a lot of nature around the Oval providing scenic backdrops.

 

Hyerpfocus Photography
hyperfocus.ca
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RF Weddings
rfweddings.ca


RF Weddings
rfweddings.ca

Will Pursell Photography
willpursell.com
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Will Pursell Photography
willpursell.com
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Will Pursell Photography
willpursell.com
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#5. Terra Nova Rural Park

A woodsy vibe can be achieved here! Terra Nova Park has tall, mature trees and offers a cabin in the woods feel.

 

Taya Photography
tayaphotography.com
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Taya Photography
tayaphotography.com
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Taya Photography
tayaphotography.com
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Noyo Creative Photography
noyocreative.com
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Noyo Creative Photography
noyocreative.com

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#6. Iona Beach

The UBC Boathouse is fully floating, so there is no shortage of waterfront views. To continue this theme head to nearby Iona Beach, this location is gorgeous year-round.

 

Taya Photography
tayaphotography.com

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Taya Photography
tayaphotography.com
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Stephanie K Lee Photography
stephenklee.com
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#7. Downtown – Jack Poole Plaza

If you are doing a first-look before your ceremony at the UBC Boathouse, you may have time to take some photos downtown. Jack Poole Plaza offers waterfront views, covered architectural areas with the Convention Centre and city landscapes.

Taya Photography
tayaphotography.com
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Taya Photography
tayaphotography.com
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Taya Photography
tayaphotography.com
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 #8. Private Residence

If you live in Richmond or are getting ready at someone’s place in Richmond, check out the scenery! Beautiful backyards or nearby parks shouldn’t be overlooked.

Bishop & Lind Photography
bishopandlind.com
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Bishop & Lind Photography
bishopandlind.com
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#9. Steveston

Steveston is one of the most charming spots in Richmond. This location is not too far so it’s the perfect spot for a first-look and wedding party photos, or to sneak away during cocktail hour.

Matt Kennedy Photography
mattkennedy.ca
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Matt Kennedy Photography
mattkennedy.ca
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#10. Minoru Park

The secret garden. This park is well known but feels like a hidden gem. This location offers many scenic backdrops including the picturesque Minoru Chapel, small ponds and open fields with umbrella trees.

 

Amanda Coldicutt Photography
amandacoldicuttphotography.com
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Amanda Coldicutt Photography
amandacoldicuttphotography.com
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That’s a wrap!

 

 

 

Winter Bloom || Katie & Nick || 01.21.2017

 

Katie & Nick’s wedding day turned out to be one of the most beautiful days in January. Their soft decor theme that consisted of ivory and blush floral tones accented the cool colours outdoors and created a stunning winter wedding setting. They began with an afternoon indoor ceremony and we transitioned the space during photos for their evening reception that was full of dancing and beautiful sunsets.

Photography: Clint Bargen Photography // www.clintbargen.com

 

Vendors

Photography: Clint Bargen Photography // Planner: Erin Hashimoto // Caterer: Coast Country Catering // DJ: Diablo Services // Florist: Botany & Co. // Decorator: Lauren Skinner (friend) // Bar: Scott Wilson // Accommodations: Pacific Gateway Hotel

 

 

A Spring Fairy Tale || Jessica & Sean || 04.16.2016

 

“We wanted a mixture of big wedding and intimate wedding so we had a forest ceremony for 150 people in North Vancouver, then just immediate family and the bridal party went for a family dinner at Edible Canada on Granville Island. We still wanted to have a big reception with all our important people there so UBC Boathouse was the perfect venue for our reception. The venue spoke for itself so we were able to keep décor to a minimum. All décor and florals were done by me (but I kept it simple!). UBC Boathouse was a beautiful, open and airy space that we were able to configure to perfectly fit our “non-traditional” reception-only use of the space. We did social tables and had everyone mixing and mingling. We loved that we were able to bring in our own alcohol to keep costs down. The scenery was stunning and our guests loved taking pictures out on the deck with the sun setting. The UBC Boathouse was a breeze to work with and made our life easy. It was wonderful being able to take photos in the outdoor space. The most memorable part at the Boathouse was dancing the night away with our favourite people in a beautiful setting! The less traditional forest ceremony and intimate dinner were also favourite parts of our day, but we were so happy to find an affordable and aesthetically pleasing space for the reception.” – Jessica & Sean

 

Photography: Isaac Wray Photography // http://www.isaacwray.com/

 

 

“We choose Isaac Wray Photography as he was recommended by one of UBC Boathouse’s preferred photographers, and he had shot a few weddings at UBC boathouse before, he loved nature photography so he was a good fit for us as we wanted a forest ceremony.

We choose Emelle’s Catering because they were a preferred caterer that was within our budget and we were sold after going for a tasting. We weren’t doing a formal sit down dinner – our goal was to have enough appetizers and variety to please all of guests – they did a great job of working with us to make that vision a reality.” – Jessica & Sean

Vendors

*Preferred Vendors

Photography: Isaac Wray Photography // *Catering: Emelle’s Catering // *DJ: Hot Wax Entertainment // Planning: Sparkle + White Event Planning – Holly // Accommodations: Fairmont Pacific Rim

Sun in September || Cecily & Ryan || 09.10.2016

 

Cecily & Ryan were married on one of the most gorgeous days of September. The sun came out just for their wedding day and they had a dream team of vendors to make their day everything they both had envisioned…

 

“One of the reasons we chose the UBC Boathouse was the fact that we would be able to have our ceremony right on the water. That was definitely #1 for us. We were looking at several other outdoor venues, but we both really liked the inside layout and also having the bar outdoor on the upstairs patio was a plus. Also, the venue was the perfect space for the amount of guests we had. UBC Boathouse was the first venue we looked at and we pretty much knew that first day, it would be the place for us.

 

For look and feel of our wedding, we really wanted to highlight the outdoor views around us. We tried to keep everything clean, simple and minimal and it turned out great. With the water and mountain views it provided great backdrops for some awesome photos.

 

The whole night was memorable. The outdoor bar and dancing throughout the night was definitely a hit. We were worried that it might’ve rained since it was wet then entire week leading up to our wedding day, but it turned out to be perfect that day. Also, the fact that UBC Boathouse was able to accommodate an indoor ceremony in case for rain was also a factor in choosing this venue….being able to make the decision up until a few hours before the ceremony gave us that peace of mind.” – Cecily & Ryan

 

Photography: Cakewalk Media Inc. // http://www.cakewalkmedia.ca/

 

“As far as vendors went, we looked at the Preferred Vendor List provided by the UBC Boathouse and after a few tastings, we chose Savoury City Catering. Not only was the food was really good, Joey, our coordinator, was also very awesome to deal with. He was able to provide a custom menu based on our preferences but also work within our budget as well. His service throughout the entire process was above our expectations. From our first meeting until the end of the night, his service was top notch and he definitely made the entire process very easy for us.

 

Cakewalk Media Inc., was recommended by a few friends and the we loved their vision and creativity. They were very fun to deal with. Young, Hip and Married, was recommended by our sister-in-law who used them for her wedding. They personalized the ceremony based on our preferences and they were very open to all our ideas. Lonsdale Event Rentals, our coordinator was very professional and was able to provide.

 

The entire UBC Boathouse Day-of Venue Coordinator was also very helpful throughout the entire night. We were both very happy with the courtesy and professionalism they showed that night. Their team was extremely helpful towards the end of the night as well. We will definitely be recommending this venue to all our friends for their weddings as well. It was overall a great and memorable experience. Thank you UBC Boathouse Team!” – Cecily & Ryan.

 

Vendors

*Preferred Vendors

Photography: Cakewalk Media Inc. // *Officiant: Young Hip and Married // *Caterer: Savoury City Catering // Planner: Tiffany (bride’s sister) // Harpist: Musical Occasions // DJ: Beyond Sound // Florist: Budget Blooms // *Rentals: Lonsdale Event Rentals // Accommodations: River Rock Casino Resort // Photobooth: Cakewalk Media Inc. // *Chandelier: Imagine That Events