I kick off this week’s posts with video and photos from a special wedding.. my own! It’s always something special when it is a wedding planner’s wedding, so I thought I would share a few of my insights and thoughts behind the day, while sharing with you some of the photos and video highlights too.
Rebecca + Ken // WEDDING TRAILER from Heart Visuals on Vimeo.
As both a wedding planner and the bride, it was such a unique experience and I had a few thoughts to share as I look back. For those of my friends who were a part of the celebration, this is a “director’s cut” of sorts too.
As a bride-to-be, you get so many expectations piled on top of you. Parents expect to host a great party for their invited guests. Friends come with their own ideas and preconceived notions from every other wedding they have attended.
As a wedding planner and a bride-to-be, I set out to not only host a great wedding celebration but also to show my friends, family and onlookers that you don’t have to abide by all the traditions that are expected of you when creating your dream day (unless you like tradition, in which case it’s perfectly fine to stick to them).
We both weren’t big cake people, so we opted not to have a fancy cake and instead offered guests a really tasty dessert as part of their meal (and it was tasty!!).
We opted for a nontraditional seating layout to facilitate better conversation instead of being seated around a dance floor in circular tables. Arcadian Loft accommodated this beautifully with its long event space.
As you may know, I designed my own sapphire engagement ring because I didn’t feel like a diamond ring reflected my personality.
We chose each song of the song list with our band, so there was nothing that we wouldn’t dance to ourselves.
When we planned our day, we really stripped down traditions and expectations. If we didn’t care for it or if it didn’t mean anything special to us, we didn’t include it. We focused on what mattered most to us and that’s how wedding planning should be done. We chose venues that made for gorgeous backdrops to our photos and video, and we wanted to create an intimate dinner party feel for the evening. The night was definitely intimate, and we had such a blast.
The only rules in wedding planning are to have fun and make it about you! You only do it once so make the most of it.
Now, I’ll let the photos do the talking! 🙂
Thank you to our talented photographer Aron Goss Photography for the beautiful captures!
Rebecca Chan is a Toronto event designer and event planner. If you have a brand activation, media launch event, design project, trade show or a special event, connect with her today to see how we can collaborate on your next project.