Our Wedding

Vancouver beauty, life, and style blogger Solo Lisa gets married in Vancouver, BC, Canada, with a ceremony in Stanley Park and an intimate dinner reception at Chambar.
Photos by Stephen K. Lee

Happy Wednesday, dear readers! I couldn't let January pass without a look back at what was the highlight of my 2016. Our wedding on Saturday September 10, 2016, is a memory I'll always cherish and writing this post brought it all back. Admittedly there are a lot of photos and I practically wrote an essay about my experience of the day at the very end (how self-indulgent of me), but if you scroll waaaaay down you can find a full list of our vendors—just in case you're planning your nuptials and want a little help. Enjoy!

Flatlay featuring Stuart Weitzman gold bridal sandals, Kate Spade earrings, Charlotte Tilbury and Dior makeup, Tiffany men's gold wedding band, De Beers half pave infinity wedding band, Esqido false eyelashes
Stuart Weitzman NEARLYNUDE gold block heel sandals
Bride and bridesmaids bouquets by Flower Factory in Vancouver, BC, Canada
David's Bridal Galina Signature wedding gown with draping, sequin bodice, and deep V neckline and back
Vancouver beauty, life and style blogger Solo Lisa gets her wedding hair and makeup done by bridal artist Breanne Teranishi of Creme Bridal.
Vancouver beauty, life and style blogger Solo Lisa and her bridesmaids take a selfie with a selfie stick while getting ready, wearing Smash + Tess kimonette robes in a blue pattern.
Vancouver beauty, life and style blogger Solo Lisa gets dressed for her wedding day with help from her bridesmaids.
Vancouver beauty, life and style blogger Solo Lisa gets dressed for her wedding day with help from her bridesmaids.
Vancouver beauty, life and style blogger Solo Lisa puts on her Stuart Weitzman wedding shoes.
Bridal details: Braided updo, natural and pretty makeup, deep V neckline, pearl and champagne rhinestone drop earrings, sequin bodice
Groom attire details: navy suit, white shirt, yellow and blue bow tie
Vancouver beauty, life, and style blogger Solo Lisa gets married in her hometown with a ceremony in Stanley Park and a dinner reception at Chambar.
Groom in a navy suit, groomsmen in blue suit jackets and khakis
BHLDN navy blue lace bridesmaid dresses
Bridal bouquet featuring roses, cafe au lait dahlias, greenery, and lots of texture by Flower Factory in Vancouver, Canada
Groom and groomsmen in navy blue
Vancouver beauty, life and style blogger Solo Lisa gets married in her hometown with a ceremony in Stanley Park and a dinner reception at Chambar.
Vancouver beauty, life and style blogger Solo Lisa gets married in her hometown with a ceremony in Stanley Park and a dinner reception at Chambar.
Vancouver beauty, life and style blogger Solo Lisa gets married in her hometown with a ceremony in Stanley Park and a dinner reception at Chambar.
Vancouver beauty, life and style blogger Solo Lisa gets married in her hometown with a ceremony in Stanley Park and a dinner reception at Chambar.
Signing the BC marriage license with the officiant
Fist bump at the altar
Fist bump at the altar
Vancouver beauty, life and style blogger Solo Lisa gets married in her hometown with a ceremony in Stanley Park and a dinner reception at Chambar. Here she poses with her husband next to two round balloons with DIY garland tassels in gold, blue, and a white-and-gold star print.
Vancouver beauty, life and style blogger Solo Lisa gets married in her hometown with a ceremony in Stanley Park and a dinner reception at Chambar. Wedding party with a theme of blue and gold.
Groomsmen and bridesmaids in a blue and gold wedding
BHLDN bridesmaids navy blue lace cocktail dresses
Groom and groomsmen goofing off
Vancouver beauty, life and style blogger Solo Lisa gets married in her hometown with a ceremony in Stanley Park and a dinner reception at Chambar.
Vancouver beauty, life and style blogger Solo Lisa gets married in her hometown with a ceremony in Stanley Park and a dinner reception at Chambar.
Vancouver beauty, life and style blogger Solo Lisa gets married in her hometown with a ceremony in Stanley Park and a dinner reception at Chambar.
Vancouver beauty, life and style blogger Solo Lisa gets married in her hometown with a ceremony in Stanley Park and a dinner reception at Chambar.
Milk glass bud vases from Bespoke Decor rentals, bud vase floral arrangements by Flower Factory
Walking into Chambar restaurant dinner wedding reception
Vancouver beauty, life and style blogger Solo Lisa gets married in her hometown with a ceremony in Stanley Park and a dinner reception at Chambar.
Chambar dinner reception with a private open bar
Salad appetizer as part of four course set menu at Chambar for a sit-down dinner wedding reception
Bride's parents
Groom's parents
Maid of honour practicing her speech
Bride and groom ordering a drink at Chambar wedding reception
Chambar wedding reception cocktail
Sitting down to dinner at a wedding reception at Chambar
DIY photo collage featuring Bespoke Decor rented gold glass frame, decorated with a floral garland by Flower Factory
Thierry macarons on a tiered vintage shabby chic style cake stand from Bespoke Decor
Vancouver beauty, life and style blogger Solo Lisa gets married in her hometown with a ceremony in Stanley Park and a dinner reception at Chambar.
Marquee light rentals from Bespoke Decor spell out AMOUR with a heart at the end
Details: scattered greenery and cafe au lait dahlias and other florals decorate marquee lights that spell out AMOUR rented from Bespoke Decor
Thierry macarons on a vintage tiered china cake stand from Bespoke Decor, with a small floral arrangement by Flower Factory in a milk glass bud vase from Bespoke in the background

The night before the wedding, I was just feeling so over wedding planning in general. As I typed the last few words of our thank-you speech and Lawrence dropped me off at the Loden Hotel—where my bridesmaids and I would spend the night and get ready the next morning—all that ran through my head was "I'm free! I'm free! I'm free!" It was all downhill from here and I could sit back and enjoy every meticulously planned detail. The staff at the Loden helped me get settled in, and their friendliness and excited congratulations only heightened my excitement.

My bridesmaid Anya arrived as I was applying concealer to my undereye circles in preparation for a quiet dinner at Market St. Georges. We scouted for possible first look photo locations on the walk to the restaurant and I fired a few quick emails to our photographer, but after that we were fully focused on the moment, enjoying a lovely meal and catch-up. Anya kept me from ordering anything too salty or bloating at my request. Dinner ended and we slowly meandered back to the hotel where my maid of honour Yinda would meet us later that night.

Some brides can't sleep a wink the night before out of nerves, but I wasn't one of them. In fact, I had an intense dream about watching a zombie apocalypse TV show in which the protagonist, a technical writer who lived in San Francisco, had to make her way home just as the zombie outbreak was starting. It was a full-on television pilot playing in my head! Walking Dead meets Silicon Valley. What a bizarre thing to dream about the night before getting married.

The three hours spent in hair and makeup went by so quickly I couldn't believe it; I remember thinking the rest of the day would pass just as quickly and kept reminding myself to savour each moment. We chatted about what a perfect day it was (not too hot or cold, not raining, sunny but partly cloudy so the photos would be perfectly lit) and Anya's new article in the Globe & Mail. Our flower delivery arrived, as did our day-of coordinator Mandy, and then before we knew it, the groomsmen were downstairs in the lobby. Lawrence and I did first look photos in front of a heritage building with blue columns, just around the corner from the Loden, and we had a quick sushi takeout lunch in the hotel room before heading to the Stanley Park rose garden.

There were at least three other wedding parties in Stanley Park that day taking photos, although I don't know how many of them actually got married there. Every time smiling strangers congratulated us, my grin grew wider. Then it was an hour of shooting wedding party photos around the park while friends and family volunteers set up the ceremony site. (Major kudos to the ones who picked up goose poop from the lawn.)

Throughout the entire day my feelings had ranged from chill happiness to bubbly excitement, but as we lined up in order and waited for the procession to begin, I started to feel happy tears bubbling up as I kept thinking it's really happening and we were getting married. It took a few steadying breaths and Lawrence's reassuring presence to rein it in and not let the emotions get the better of my eye makeup.

Our civil ceremony started a little late because we were waiting for my grandmother to arrive before we began. I remember walking carefully with my dad by my side, willing myself not to trip; the irrepressible feeling of happiness that bubbled up as we drew closer to the ceremony site and I saw everyone we love gathered in one spot, happy and smiling; the look of utter love and joy on Lawrence's face. It's a good thing the officiant repeats the vows in phrases slowly and carefully so it's impossible to mess up because my brain was just a happy little pile of mush that couldn't process more than a few syllables at a time. Then it was time to sign the marriage licence, march down the aisle, take photos with friends and family, and do more wedding party photos in Stanley Park.

The part of the day we were most looking forward to was the dinner reception at Chambar—hard part's over, time to kick up our heels! Walking into the downstairs dining room and seeing everyone there, the vases of flowers at every table, the marquee lights spelling out "AMOUR<3" behind the head table was another feeling I'll never forget.

The rest of the night comes to mind in bits and fragments. Sipping a glass of sparkling cava when we first arrived. Going around to each table and chatting with guests. Getting compliments on Lawrence's eclectic playlist, which featured everything from Motown and James Brown to 90s R&B and the Dirty Dancing soundtrack. Being pleasantly shocked my mom ordered halibut and ate every bite as she's a notoriously picky eater and never eats fish, claiming it's too fishy. The laughs the best man and maid of honour's speeches elicited. Our adorable nephew in his stroller parked directly across from us at the dining table. Guests snapping photos in front of the AMOUR<3 lights. The heaping cake trays of macarons. Our first dance to Frankie Valli singing "You're just too good to be true." Our next dance with the woman who introduced Lawrence to salsa and the mutual salsa friend who introduced Lawrence to me. Heading back to the Loden with Lawrence, the both of us tired but so, so happy. Discovering rosé and chocolate-covered strawberries waiting for us in the room, a surprise from Lawrence's twin brother and his wife.

Vendors

Ceremony | Stanley Park rose garden (booked through Parks Vancouver)

Reception | Chambar

Photography | Stephen K. Lee

Day of coordinator | Mandy Wong, The Sweetest Day

Hair/makeup | Creme Bridal

Macarons | Thierry

Flowers | Flower Factory

Wedding dress | David's Bridal

Bridal accessories | Earrings by Kate Spade, shoes by Stuart Weitzman, sash by Kathryn Bass Bridal (not shown)

Reception dress | BHLDN (not shown)

Alterations | Kathryn Bass Bridal

Bridesmaid's dresses | BHLDN

Groom's attire | Tiger of Sweden suit from Simons; tie, pocket square, and shirt from Nordstrom

Groomsmen's attire | Jack Jones, Nordstrom

Wedding bands | De Beers and Tiffany

Getting ready suite | Loden Hotel

Decor rentals | Bespoke (marquee lights, milk glass bud vases, cake stands, ceremony chairs)

Balloons | Balloonatics

Tassel garlands | DIY

Products used in wedding day look | Charlotte Tilbury, Dior, Esqido lashes

Blue getting ready robes | Smash + Tess

Invitations | Minted (not shown here, but you can see what they look like here)

Full disclosure: Some of the products used in my wedding day beauty look were PR samples and I received a discount on my wedding shoes, but overall we paid for everything ourselves. All of our vendors were exceedingly wonderful to work with; if you have any questions about any of them, please don't hesitate to comment below or email me!

6 comments

  1. Congrats! I can't remember if I've already wished you well via twitter or elsewhere but these photos are truly heartwarming - everything is so gorgeous and it looks like such a wonderful day! Kudos on all the planning coming to such wonderful fruition.

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    1. Aw thanks, Ambika! I hope you're doing well.

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  2. Congratulations! Looks like you had an amazing and stunning day!

    Kate | http://www.petiteadventures.org/

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  3. Congratulations! You were a gorgeous bride & your wedding looked so beautiful!

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    1. That's so sweet of you to say, Joanne!

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