Ashling & John tied the knot at the beautiful historic Hart House Restaurant in Burnaby this past July.
Ashling is a high school teacher so I knew she would be organized especially with two weeks prior to the wedding off to complete the finishing touches.
John grew up in Burnaby with a big Italian family and Ashling’s family is from Ireland in fact most of her family traveled over from Ireland for the wedding. (Including these two adorable nieces who were very excited to help her get ready) I absolutely loved Ashling’s stunning gown and all the lace detail! She looked amazing in it.
Ashling & John decided on a first look before the ceremony to ease their nerves. I think John was a bit surprised when he was expecting Ashling but saw this pack of geese waddling down. I love the dock for a first look location with the water, lilypads and trees as a back drop.
The ceremony took place on the lawn of the Hart House in Burnaby overlooking Deer Lake. For their ceremony, they chose a non-traditional processional which was so touching! Ashling walked down from the house all the way to the top of the aisle where the chairs started and then the officiant announced, “John, go get your girl” and he walked up the aisle to meet Ashling and escort her the rest of the way down.
These chose to do two readings as part of their ceremony. One was about dinosaurs and made me think about all those couples who surprise eachother in a T-Rex costumes so that was pretty hilarious and awesome but I really loved this one.
Extract from Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres
Love is a temporary madness, it erupts like volcanoes and then subsides. And
when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether
your root was so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should
ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not
excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion. That is
just being in love, which any fool can do. Love itself is what is left over when
being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate
accident. Those that truly love have roots that grow towards each other
underground, and when all the pretty blossoms have fallen from their
branches, they find that they are one tree and not two.
The Hart House has to be one of my favourite wedding venues in the Lower Mainland. It doesn’t take much to make this gorgeous tent with draping and chandeliers look elegant. I loved all the details Ashling added and the gorgeous garland for the tables that Mina Baxter did.
The reception was full of laughter, lawn games and these two dances the night way thanks to the talented Steve Music Maestro!
I loved worked with these two and especially loved when Ashling told me during the reception, “You know, John said leading up the wedding we didn’t need a wedding planner, but all day has been saying how he amazing you have been and that we couldn’t have done this without you!” (It may have helped that I kept making sure he always had a drink LOL) But in all seriousness, that is really why I LOVE my job!
From the bride:
Working with Stephanie and her team at Glass Slipper Event Planning was simply the best experience! After our first meeting together, I felt confident in trusting Stephanie with our vision. In fact, her execution of everything was far better than I could ever have imagined. Her professionalism and organization were just what was needed on what would have been an otherwise hectic day. I felt absolutely no stress and would highly recommend her and her team! Thanks again
Thanks to an amazing team of venues who made this wedding one to remember for these two!
Venue: Hart House Restaurant
Photographer: Julian Fok
Officiant: Jamey McDonald of Vancouver Wedding Ceremonies
Florist: Mina Baxter – Kobe Market
DJ: Music Maestro
Make Up Artist: Rose Quartz
Hair Stylist: Sabrina Fettkind
Cake: Pure Bread
Photobooth: InstaPix Photo Booth