Vancouver Wedding Photographer | Celebration Pavillion | Vanessa + Qwan

Vanessa and Qwan were married on the hottest day of 2012 – thus far anyway!

Sunny, bright, and happy was their day, as they said their vows at Queen Elizabeth Park’s Celebration Pavilion and then later joined their friends and family for their tea ceremony and a traditional Chinese reception at Bing Sheng Chinese Restaurant in Burnaby, B.C.

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official photographer| Alexandra Hunt Photography

associate photographer | Dale Stevenson

Videography | I Do Productions

Invitations | Pretty With Ink Invites

Hair + Makeup | Mary Phan

Flowers | Proline Trading International INC

Baker |  Sweet Thea

ceremony venue | Celebration Pavillion at Queen Elizabeth Park

reception venue | Bing Sheng Chinese Restaurant

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Qwan calls Vanessa his “honeybee” and accordingly, little bee trinkets decorate their home!

Qwan and his groomsmen got ready at the Metrotown Hilton. Whenever possible, I recommend getting ready in a hotel – they generally have nice window light and decor, they’re neat and clean (which makes for better photos!), and away from the crazy bustle of many family homes on a wedding morning – which is much more relaxing for the bride and groom, as well!

Vanessa and Qwan’s wedding ceremony was held in Queen Elizabeth Park – the highest elevation in the Lower Mainland of B.C.!

Vanessa and Qwan, like the majority of my (brilliantly smart) couples, decided to see each other before the ceremony in a special, private and emotional moment called a “First Look.”  This allowed them to spend time with the guests after their ceremony, and helped them relax and reconnect before their ceremony.Qwan is a very stoic-faced guy – I loved capturing his emotions as he saw his bride for the first time!

This is the Bloedel Conservatory aboretum – I’m so glad they didn’t tear it down! 🙂 Favourite!

Their ceremony was held at the Celebration Pavillion in Queen Elizabeth Park. It’s a deceptively small space – they easily fit their 100-ish guests into the small glass building!

Vanessa planned a bubble exit for her ceremony. (Looking for more great exit ideas? Check our post HERE!)

Love this one…

…love THIS one even more! 🙂

“Aughhh! My eye!”  Vanessa and Qwan’s traditional Chinese reception was held at Bing Sheng Restaurant.I loved the family thumb print tree – guests wrote their names and left a thumb print “leaf” on this commemorative painting!In a Chinese tea ceremony, the bride and groom take turns serving each of the four parents tea. In return, they get hugs – and gifts!I posed Vanessa, Qwan and their parents for some traditional shots after the tea ceremony.

said Vanessa: “I feel so Chinese.”  🙂congratulations to Vanessa and Qwan! All the best for a happy and long life together!

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