An Elegant Garden Wedding at Vancouver's Cecil Green Park House

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Bride and groom at a garden wedding in Vancouver, Canada.

Photo: Lucy Farkasova of Blush & Whimsy

Anne-Marie and Michael's relationship began with a single red rose. After meeting while studying for exams in dental school, the couple attended a Halloween party together, where they shared their first kiss. The next day, Michael convinced Anne-Marie, who had dressed as a rose garden, that she had left part of her costume at the party, and that he would happily return it to her. Though she was convinced that she hadn't lost anything the night before, Anne-Marie invited Mike to stop by her apartment and drop it off. To her surprise, she opened her door to find Mike holding a single red rose. The flowers have become a theme of their relationship.

When it came time to propose, Mike knew he couldn't do so without roses. He set up ten dozen roses and 50 candles in his apartment with hopes of surprising Anne-Marie when she came by later that day. But she threw him a curve ball, asking him to come pick her up instead of meeting him at his apartment. So Mike improvised, leaving his apartment with the candles lit! He met Anne-Marie at a store nearby, where she continued to browse slowly while Mike did his best to stay calm. He finally convinced Anne-Marie to return to his apartment, which thankfully had not caught on fire, and she said yes! And so a single rose became the inspiration for Anne-Marie and Mike's elegant garden wedding with a hint of 1920's glam.

Ring pillow with gold ribbon.

Lace Vera Wang wedding dress and silver Kate Spade shoes.

Photo: Lucy Farkasova of Blush & Whimsy

Though Anne-Marie has a background in fashion design and wanted to make her own dress, Mike convinced her to choose between planning the wedding and designing her dress, and the wedding won. She'd originally purchased two vintage dresses to re-work, should her dream dress prove to be elusive, but finally found exactly what she was looking for: a v-neck lace Vera Wang gown that allowed her to add some personal touches without building a dress from scratch. Anne-Marie paired her dress with metallic Kate Spade pumps, tying into the glam aspect of the wedding's theme.

Bride in a vintage-style lace Vera Wang wedding gown.

Photo: Lucy Farkasova of Blush & Whimsy

Anne-Marie purchased two belts to wear with her dress so she could change her look slightly as the evening progressed. The layered tulle skirt and lace overlay were perfect for a wedding in the garden.

Bride in a low-back Vera Wang wedding dress and an updo.

Photo: Lucy Farkasova of Blush & Whimsy

One of the updates Anne-Marie made to her gown was a lower back, which created a slinky 1920's feel. Pearl and crystal hair combs shimmered in the bride's retro-inspired updo.

Bridal bouquet of pink roses, ranunculuses, anemones, scabiosa pods and brunia berries. Boutonniere of pink ranunculus with gold ribbon.

Photo: Lucy Farkasova of Blush & Whimsy

Of course, Anne-Marie carried roses in her bouquet. Garden roses, ranunculuses, anemones, scabiosa pods and brunia berries in cream, light pink, fuchsia and silvery-green appeared to have been casually gathered from a rose garden. Michael's boutonniere was a fuchsia ranunculus and white anemone, wrapped with gold ribbon.

Groom with a moustache tiepin.

Photo: Lucy Farkasova of Blush & Whimsy

On the night Michael and Anne-Marie started dating, he'd been dressed as a beer keg with a moustache. His moustache tiepin was a subtle nod to that very important evening. It was a playful addition to his classic navy blue suit.

Bride and groom outdoors at the Cecil Green Park House in Vancouver.

Bride and groom outdoors.

Photo: Lucy Farkasova of Blush & Whimsy

The bride and groom chose the Cecil Green Park House for many reasons. It's situated on the university campus where they first met and has gorgeous grounds and gardens. It also is the same venue where Anne-Marie's sister was married 13 years earlier.

Bride in silver Kate Spade shoes.

Photo: Lucy Farkasova of Blush & Whimsy

In addition to sharing a wedding venue, Anne-Marie and her sister both wore the same silver pumps to Anne-Marie and Michael's wedding.

Outdoor wedding ceremony in Vancouver.

Photo: Lucy Farkasova of Blush & Whimsy

With such a beautiful setting, the couple chose to keep the ceremony simple. Classic white chairs flanked the aisle, while scattered rose petals and flower arrangements on white pillars marked the altar. Anne-Marie's cousin officiated the traditional ceremony.

Chalkboard wedding welcome sign.

Ring bearer with a navy blue bow tie.

Photo: Lucy Farkasova of Blush & Whimsy

DIY projects included the invitations, programs, and signs. A silver rose motif tied it all together.

Two of Anne-Marie's nephews served as ring bearers, wearing navy blue pants and vests with Chuck Taylors and striped bow ties.

Outdoor wedding reception with pink and white flowers and mercury glass.

Outdoor wedding reception in Vancouver with pink and white flowers and mercury glass.

Photo: Lucy Farkasova of Blush & Whimsy

Guests gathered for dinner at two long tables on the Cecil Green Park House's terrace. Pink and white flowers in mercury vases dressed up the simple white linens.

Bride and groom at an outdoor wedding reception in Vancouver.

Photo: Lucy Farkasova of Blush & Whimsy

Anne-Marie, who'd added some extra beading around the neckline of her gown for a truly custom look, paired her dress with vintage-inspired jewelry.

Hand-made wedding photo booth props.

Outdoor wedding photo booth.

Photo: Lucy Farkasova of Blush & Whimsy

Another one of Anne-Marie's DIY projects was the photo booth. She used card stock to create props like glasses, lips, crowns and moustaches, and built the structure out of PVC piping. A sheet of sequined fabric completed the backdrop. The photo booth was a hit with guests as they wandered the lawn during cocktail hour.

Green cake on a wedding dessert buffet.

Pink wedding cake on a dessert buffet.

Photo: Lucy Farkasova of Blush & Whimsy

The bride and groom opted for a dessert buffet in order to offer guests a variety of sweet treats. Three small cakes were accompanied by cream puffs, macarons, and marshmallows.

Bride and groom at an outdoor wedding reception.

Photo: Lucy Farkasova of Blush & Whimsy

The couple had their first dance to John Legend's "Stay With You." They shared their father-daughter and mother-son dance, choosing Louie Armstrong's "What A Wonderful World" for their spin around the dance floor with their parents.

Wedding at the Cecil Green Park House in Vancouver, Canada.

Photo: Lucy Farkasova of Blush & Whimsy

The venue's gardens, terrace and indoor space provided plenty of room for the couple's 105 guests.

After the wedding, the couple took a mini-moon to Rockwater Resort on Halfmoon Bay in British Columbia. Two weeks later, the headed to Indonesia for a close friend's wedding, then extended their stay into a romantic honeymoon in Bali.

Mike and Anne-Marie have great advice for couples whose weddings are fast approaching: "Don't stress over the small stuff. Know that not everything will go exactly as planned... and that's ok," says Anne-Marie. "Make sure you take a few moments throughout the wedding day together (try and sneak off by yourselves and have a moment)."

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Cecil Green Park House || Bride's Wedding Dress: Vera Wang || Shoes: Kate Spade || Jewelry: Catherine Popesco, Blue Ruby || Hair: Laine Majadillas || Makeup: Kylene Konkin || Groom's Suit: Hugo Boss || Wedding Bands: Hers - Maison Birks, His - Laura K. Jewitt || Florist: Celsia Florist || Invitations & Paper Goods: Hand-made || Music: Paolo of Audio Edge || Catering: Wescadia || Cake: Cakes By Meg || Photography: Lucy Farkasova of Blush & Whimsy

—Jaimie Schoen

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