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Inspiration Shoot:
The Elegant Canuck

November 14th, 2012 by Jeannine

Inspiration Shoot: The Elegant Canuck

I love the Canucks… do you? This year’s styled shoot allows the sophisticated bride to wear her favourite team’s colours with pride and at the same time be elegant and stylish for a special occasion like a wedding. I’ve assembled a team of vendors you may have seen on the blog before… Most of them have been featured vendors or a contributor and I must say that they were all amazing to work with. It really takes a team to execute a project like this and they didn’t disappoint. So let me tell you all about them and most importantly, see all the eye candy captured by Vancity Vendor Denise Lin Photography!


Update: Since publishing this article, the Renaissance has gone under new ownership.

The Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel recently renovated the lower A level with new ballrooms, meeting rooms, and a grand foyer with gorgeous chandeliers, modern dark wood panels, and glass wall sconces. We decided to photograph our models here in the foyer and the tablescape in one of the salons.

We also checked out the hotel’s restaurant, P2B Bistro & Bar, to get some great photos of the couple at the lounge. Their bartender even created some Canuck inspired signature drinks just for our shoot! I’ve decided to name them The Blue Line and the Green Mantini. I heard they were quite good!

Chef Kevin Greehy gave us a peek at a couple of appetizers they can serve at your event (but are also found on the regular P2B menu, in case you want a preview). This one is the Roasted Beets and Goat Cheese Salad (blood orange, mint, sweet onion, arugula).

And this is called Local & Close (bibb lettuce, Qualicum Bay scallops, poplar grove blue cheese, Summerland loganberry vinaigrette).

The Renaissance has also recently been announced as the next venue for the My Dream Wedding Show in April 2013, but you can always set up an appointment with Catering Manager Koreena Singh (koreena.singh@marriott.com) if you want to have a firsthand look at this space sooner rather than later. For more information on the Renaissance, have a look at their feature.


Let’s start with our groom! Dave is wearing a grey suit (style 460) with navy vest and tie from Black and Lee. This particular suit rents for $129 and includes the coat, pants, shirt, vest, tie and jewelry. Renting a suit instead of a tuxedo is a more economic solution as tuxedos can reach up to $154 rental fee. Suits only go as high as $129. The accessory package which includes shoes, socks and pocket square can be added for $35 to your suit or tuxedo rental, but if you already have your own shoes and socks, you can easily pass on this package.

As for our lovely bride, Thea, it was a combined effort that resulted in 3 different, but equally stunning looks. Vancity Vendors Anca Tantos, owner of Anca’s Bridal (no longer in business), provided all the gorgeous dresses and cute blue shoes, Pamela Chang of Mirror Mirror Bijoux designed and made all the jewelry, and Carol Chan of Beauty By Carol worked her magic and transformed Thea 3 times in such a short time span!

The First Look

Dress: Sophia Tolli Y11307 ($1572.00)
Jewelry: Single large pearl and crystal stacked earrings ($40), “Pompon” crackle quartz necklace with customized coloured strand in blue pearl and green crystal ($160 – price includes matching pair of single drop crystal earrings), Black Tie Optional bracelet (with 1950′s vintage circle pin accent) ($75)
Hair: An elegant updo with swept-up wavy locks
Makeup: Bold eyeshadows in Canucks colours and a nude lip (remained consistent through each look)

The Second Look

Dress: Sophia Tolli Y11313 ($1572.00)
Jewelry: Vintage blue clip on earrings with long pearl drop ($75), Pearl bracelet with magnetic crystal ball clasp ($30)
Hair: French fishtail side braid with loose curls

The Third Look

Dress: Da Vinci 50050 ($945.00)
Jewelry: “Pearlescent” Earrings (pearl, crystal and antique silver finish chain) ($75), Bracelet Trio with magnetic crystal ball clasp – 2 white pearl ($30/each) + 1 blue pearl, green & silver crystal strand ($40/each) – when purchased 3 together ($90).
Side chignon incorporating a French fishtail braid

If you wanna go the extra mile with your Canuck related wedding attire, you should go for a Canuck themed garter like this one as your something blue!

Decor & Flowers

I approached Vancity Vendors Maria Schollen of Niche Event Stylists and May Tahmasebi of Sunflower Florist with my concept and they executed it beautifully. We decided to do 2 table concepts, one more frugal than the other, but equally impressive.

Table #1 – High End Version

To keep the Canucks colours consistent we used a colour scheme that included indigo blue, white, black, and touches of green and silver. We laid an indigo blue accordion taffeta tablecloth on the venue’s 6ft round table and used sleek black Chiavari chairs for our shoot.

I know what you’re thinking, aren’t those chairs expensive? Well apparently, if you are a client of Maria’s already, she can get you a special price of $10/Chiavari chair which includes cushion, delivery and setup. So I made an exception and besides, this is the more elaborate table anyway :) Maria then tied a matching chair sash with a rhinestone buckle to accent each chair. This is definitely optional because Chiavaris already look great on its own, so you can make do without the sash if you want to keep the costs down.

Set atop the round centerpiece mirror is a beautiful flower arrangement made with hydrangea, disbud mums, spray roses, freesia, green carnations and dusty miller in a a silver vase that resembles a trophy. A centerpiece like this costs around $100 (includes vase rental, but flower pricing may vary depending on the season) but May says budget brides can replace the hydrangea and roses with disbud mums and gerbera daisies to greatly decrease the cost. We also added a set of 4 varying sizes of mint julep vases with a stem of hydrangea in each, it costs around $7.50 per vase and flower. To finish off the table, we added black chargers underneath each plate, 4 votives and some bling in the form of a round crystal table number frame and crystals scattered around the centerpiece. The whole approximate cost of the decor, chairs, and floral centerpiece on this elaborate tablescape is just over $300.

Table #2 – Frugal yet Fabulous Version

The Frugal yet Fabulous Canucks inspired table makes use of the venue’s own linens and chairs, which dramatically decreases the cost.

To dress up the white linen, Maria criss-crossed two indigo blue accordion taffeta runners. The chairs were covered in black ruched chair covers, accentuated with a rhinestone brooch. I love the look of form-fitting chair covers, I think it looks more sophisticated than the regular ones. The black chargers were also removed, but being creative with napkin folding can really enhance the look of your table, as you can see from the two different tablescapes. Both folds are relatively easy to pull off as well.

We took away the 4 mint julep vases and replaced them with 3 cylinder vases with floating candles. By doing the above changes, we cut the cost of the decor, chairs and floral centerpiece down to around $187 per table. A huge difference but still a gorgeous table. To cut it down even more, you can use the 4 mint julep vases along with the floating candles instead of the tall centerpiece. Replacing the tall centerpiece with the 4 vases will decrease the decor, chairs and flower cost to around $117 per table.

The same flowers were used in Thea’s bridal bouquet ($170) and Dave’s boutonniere ($12). May added beautiful blue pins in the center of some of the flowers and wrapped the bouquet in royal blue and white ribbon, finished off with pearl pins. Again, to keep the costs lower, the hydrangea can be replaced with another white flower that’s in season or the size of the bouquet can be decreased. I should say too that May gave me the bouquet after the shoot so I kept it in water, and seriously, it lasted over a week.


The invitation, table number, menu and place cards were created by the talented team at Essential Packaging Store in Surrey. They created a modern invitation that resembles a hockey rink!

You can see the blue lines and the red center line with the faceoff circle containing the bride & groom’s initial. To remain consistent with the theme, they found a free Canucks font, which they used on all stationery pieces.

This layout is quite simple to recreate yourself, all you need is the supplies, which, if bought at their store will cost you $2.18 per invitation (this includes all mats and envelope). All you have to do is print and assemble!

Everything else is simplistic in its design and very cheap to make. The shimmery paper and layout really added value to the set. The supplies for the folded place cards cost $0.20 each, while the round menus and table number cost $0.28 each.

I love this idea they came up with. Instead of a plain table number, use names and numbers of your favourite Canucks and make them look like the back of their jerseys… like Linden’s right here! Put it in a sparkly frame (provided by Maria) and you’ve got a classy looking table number!


I called on another of my Vancity Vendors to make us a beautiful wedding cake. Jennifer of Jennifer Stafford Events gladly stepped up and created this 16″ tall 3-tiered faux cake. The 10″ base and 6″ top tier are covered in white fondant carved with a scalloped design along the top that is handpainted with edible silver paint. The middle 7″ tier is covered in blue pleated fondant and adorned with white ruffled flowers with silver non-pareils centers and green fondant leaves, which Jennifer sculpted herself. The cost of this particular faux cake is only $100, but as all orders are custom to what the client needs, Jennifer will have to adjust the cost accordingly. Ordering a real version of this cake would yield 60 cocktail servings and cost $5/slice. Choosing a faux cake over a real one has its advantages. Aside from being more economical, a faux cake is also easier to transport and can be picked up at an earlier time to avoid delivery charges. I did transport this cake around and I recommend storing it on the floor of your car and drive carefully.


Do you remember the Canucks macarons that Vancity Vendor French Made Baking had at one of the Tri-Cities Bakers’ Markets? Naturally, I had to have them for this shoot so David & Catherine were so kind and agreed to make these blue and green pistachio flavoured macarons for this very occasion. They cost $19 per dozen. French Made Baking does provide packaging as well so it’s not necessary to outsource them.

Essential Packaging Store provided the favor box, tag, ribbon, cord tie and shredded paper stuffing for our shoot. Each packaged macaron favor costs just under $3. These are definitely very easy to assemble yourself or if you’ve got some friends willing to lend a helping hand, you can have a little assembly line going… much like we did before the shoot started!

Thank you!!

I would like to take the time to thank each and every person who helped out with this shoot. You have all gone above and beyond and I am so proud to have you all on my blog. To my readers, thank you for checking this out. I hope you enjoyed this little project and came out with ideas for your own special day.

I encourage you to find out more about each vendor who worked on this shoot. Visit their websites, be a fan on Facebook and follow them on Twitter. They exceeded my expectations and I highly recommend their services.

Visit my Facebook page to see more of this beautiful shoot in the full gallery.

Full Credit List

Concept/Producer: Vancity Bride
 Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel | view feature | Facebook
Decor Stylist:
 Niche Event Stylists | view feature | Facebook | Twitter
Photography: Denise Lin Photography | view feature | Facebook | Twitter
Florist: Sunflower Florist | view feature | Facebook | Twitter
Wedding Dress: Anca’s Bridal (Unfortunately, Anca’s Bridal is no longer in business.)
Suit: Black & Lee | Facebook | Twitter
Hair & Make-up: Beauty by Carol | view feature | Facebook | Twitter
 Mirror Mirror Bijoux | view feature | Facebook | Twitter
Stationery and favor boxes:
 Essential Packaging Store | view article | Facebook | Twitter
 Jennifer Stafford Events | view feature | Facebook | Twitter
Macarons: French Made Baking | view feature | Facebook | Twitter
Models: Thea Reynolds and Dave McNaught

(Most of) The team (from left to right): Maria Schollen, Pamela Chang, Carol Chan, Dave McNaught, Thea Reynolds, Anca Tantos, Jeannine Fehr, Koreena Singh, & Denise Lin

Here’s hoping we get to cheer for the Canucks like this again soon!

All photos courtesy Denise Lin Photography

Visit my Facebook page to see more of this beautiful shoot in the full gallery.

All prices are accurate to the date posted and are subject to change at each vendor’s discretion. Please contact the specific vendor to inquire about rates.

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  • November 15th, 2012 at 1:48 pm
    christa says:

    That came together really well – looks like so much fun! Nice work, Thea!


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