Laura and Kinji were married on June 18, 2011 in Vancouver, BC. The ceremony took place in the British Ballroom at The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver.
Laura wore a Kenneth Pool bridal gown from Blush Bridal which she accessorized with crystal earrings by Elsa Corsi and a crystal comb by Jenny Packham. Her rose-gold shoes by Kate Spade (purchased at Nordstroms) featured a fabric rosette on the toe. The bridesmaids wore pink dresses from BCBG.
The stationery was designed by Wintons Social Stationery. “They used soft, double-thick blush-coloured paper with a flourished font and soft bird and floral graphics for a vintage feel,” says Laura.
The reception was held in the Pacific Ballroom of The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. The decor was a joint collaboration between Upright Decor and Granville Island Florist, under the design direction of planner Soha Lavin. As soon as the doors opened for dinner, the hallway filled with the scent of the incredible flowers inside (which included hundreds of fragrant peonies).
The baby’s breath from the ceremony was reused at the reception to line the dance floor, and the sides of two lounge areas on either side of the dance floor. Garlands of baby’s breath surrounded the head table, including a decadent swag on all the chairs. Guest tables were draped with gold brocade tablecloths. Crystal Chiavari chairs, candelabras and vases filled with oversized bouquets of peonies gave the room an old-world European feel.
The lace appliqué was a design theme used throughout the day on everything from stationery to the cake.
The cake was created by Peter Fong of Ganache Patisserie. “Some elements of the cake were taken from my dress—the soft fans at the bottom of the cake and the silver beading around each layer. We used a lot of lace in our decor and some of the cake had a lace appliqué on it. Given our love of flowers, Peter created a large, off-centre blooming rose that opened down the side of the cake.
There was also a large whimsical candy bar at the back of the room (which housed the “sweet” portion of a sweet and savoury late night buffet), with bags and customized stickers for the guests to select from.