a custom proposal
Lindsay and Jean-Paul met nine years ago working as student Customs Inspectors at Vancouver International Airport. Coincidentally, Lindsay’s parents met the exact same way over 35 years ago! Lindsay and Jean-Paul were engaged while on vacation in Cinque Terre, Italy. “We took a day trip to the gorgeous UNESCO heritage village of Portofino. Jean-Paul splurged on a wonderful seafood meal at an intimate and authentic restaurant on the water. He proposed amongst live Italian music and the multilingual cheers and congratulations of our fellow patrons.”
The couple were married on July 4, 2009 at Semiahmoo Resort, in Washington.
“We wanted grand, elegant and fun; not stuffy and formal,” remembers Lindsay. The couple achieved their goal in spades working with full-service wedding planning team Rachel Louws and Event Designer Steven Moore of Steven Moore Designs. Lindsay wore a custom gown by Clara Couture. “I absolutely adore buttons and therefore I had Clara add buttons all the way down the dress from the top to the bottom of the train (over 200)! The look was completed with a cage veil by Toni Federici. Lindsay’s ‘something borrowed’ and ‘something old’ items were family treasures that each held special meaning. She borrowed her Mom’s diamond necklace and her Grandmother’s 25th wedding anniversary ruby ring. She also borrowed something special from her Grandfather who was too ill to attend the wedding—a wedding ring (circa 1926) that had belonged to his mother.
The ceremony was held oceanside. Rows of white chairs with yellow button mum pomander balls hanging from turquoise ribbon flanked the aisle which was completely covered in bright yellow rose petals. “My favourite moment of the day was when our pastor presented us as Mr. and Mrs. Jean-Paul and Lindsay Grenier; I held my flowers in the air in triumph and joy and you couldn’t wipe the smiles off our faces for anything in the world.”
Lindsay and Jean-Paul’s wedding reception was chic and modern using various shades of blue offset with vibrant yellow.
Floral and decor was created by Steve Moore of Steven Moore Designs.
The centerpieces were comprised of oversized yellow carnation arrangements set upon tall vases and blue silk. There were small clusters of stacked square vases filled with aqua-tinted water and yellow blooms. The letterpress placemats and embossed menus echoed the theme of the wedding invitations and were produced by Julia Billingsley of Out of the Blue Creative Studio.
Jean-Paul wore a custom tailored Baglioli silk cotton summer suit in a light cream from Mario’s in Seattle.
The chandelier was a Steven Moore original—a whimsical take on a traditional chandelier. It helped place emphasis on a glorious candy bar that Moore created in the centre of the tent to showcase the Amy Atlas inspired cake created by Karen Haggen’s Market Street Catering.
The most impromptu moment of the day came when the couple decided to borrow a tandem bicycle to make their grand entrance! “Our photographers spotted the bike earlier and we asked the vendor if we could borrow it for a moment. It just goes to show that some of the best moments in life can’t be planned, they just happen!”
Before and after dinner, guests could lounge under the sky in the white, blue and yellow comfy outdoor seating space.
“The massive fireworks display toward the end of the night was the icing on the cake for me; as I sat watching this amazing lightshow I couldn’t imagine a more wonderful way to start this new chapter in my life.”
honeymoon haute spot
Lindsay and Jean-Paul left for their Mexican honeymoon the day after their spectacular wedding where they spent five nights in Punta de Mita at Rancho Banderas, followed by five days at the Buena Ventura Hotel. The couple now reside in White Rock.
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Semiahmoo Resort
Jennifer and Stephen Bebb (Bebb Studios)
Rachel Louws and Steven Moore Designs
Bird Cage Veil by Toni Federicci (Bijou Bridal)
& Bride's family heirlooms
Giuseppe Zanotti (yoox.com)
Groom Formal Wear:
Out of the Blue Creative Studio
Karen Haggen's Market Street Catering
Flowers & Decor:
Steven Moore Designs
Kaarin Boyd (Kaarin Boyd Designs)
Nathan Marion (Blue Tree)