This fresh summer wedding at Queen Elizabeth Park and the Grand Villa Casino Hotel was as original and fun as the couple themselves
Every couple wants to honour the culture and traditions of their families, but it’s also important for a wedding to feel true to the couple’s own style and personalities. Natasha and Mike, who wed last summer, managed to create a day that met their own expectations as well as those of their family and guests.
Natasha credits wedding planner Jenna Smith of Revel Events with helping them turn a “giant undertaking” into a manageable and stress-free occasion.
For their ceremony, Natasha and Mike chose the Celebration Pavilion in Queen Elizabeth Park as a safe bet in case of rain. But their wedding day proved to be bright and beautiful, making for lovely photos before and after the ceremony, captured by their photographers at Hyperfocus Photography.
Afterwards, guests headed to the Grand Villa Casino Hotel & Conference Centre for their tea ceremony and dinner reception. Natasha and Mike had chosen the venue for its central location in Burnaby and its ability to accommodate their out-of-town guests. With only one ballroom in the hotel and thus only one possible event that night, the couple could also be assured of attentive service from the hotel staff.
The catering manager helped the couple put together the perfect reception menu, one that could accommodate a variety of dietary restrictions and diverse palates. “We both love food,” says Natasha, “so it was hard for us to have a menu where we could only have a single type of food.”
Following dinner, Natasha and Mike strayed a little from tradition. Instead of a wedding cake, they ordered a variety of cupcakes from The Clever Cupcakes, served along with a sweet dessert buffet. And knowing that not everyone would care to dance, the couple also booked a photobooth – two photobooths, in fact. Both provided by imageCube, one was tailored to kid sizes and allowed the youngest guests to take fun photos without keeping the adults waiting. For the dancing crowd, DJ BFad played songs reflecting Natasha and Mike’s love of the ’80s and ’90s, as well as their favourite top 40 hits.
“At the end of all of it, we were so happy with how everything turned out on our special day,” says Natasha, “and we owe a huge amount of gratitude to our family, friends and all the great vendors who ensured that our day will be one we will always treasure and one that reflected us as a couple – personal, original and fun.”