A JET SET PROPOSAL
Two years after they began dating, Mark and Donna were spending the weekend at a seaside bed & breakfast, relaxing in a hot tub and drinking a glass of wine when suddenly, a plane flew overhead with a romantic message for Donna! It wasn’t a surprise to Mark, who had arranged for the small plane to fly above at that exact time to reveal an aerial banner in the sky that read, “Donna, will you marry me?” With that, Mark presented Donna with an engagement ring. To make it even more sentimental, he had traded in his prized Triumph TR6 to put towards the beautiful shiny diamond.
Lori Fraser of Lori L. Fraser Signature Events was commissioned to plan their September 10, 2011 wedding from start to finish. “We left it in Lori’s hands—she’s a pro. The decor, the theme, the mood etc. was entirely up to her and she did an amazing job,” says Donna.
To start things off, luxe invitations were created using Envelopments stationery products sourced from Essential Packaging. Lori and stationery designer Colleen Winton collaborated on the design, which featured a graphite pocket-fold envelope. Inside, was an ornate invitation with a monogram motif. Dark silver satin ribbon finished off the set which was enhanced with a large crystal embellishment.
The quaint, intimate ceremony was held at the romantic and historic Christ Church in Surrey, BC. The ceremony was officiated by Roxanne Thorton. Flautist Justine Blicq of JB Music Performances performed along with a harpist from her company.
The church bells chimed as the couple made their recessional. As guests exited the church they were given cones filled with pink rose petals (Lori created the cones from gorgeous paper sourced from Essential Packaging). When the bride and groom appeared on the church steps, they were showered with petals. “It’s not very often that you find a church that will let you throw petals, so it was nice they allowed us to do so here,” Lori says.
Florist Rosalba-Fasan Buffat of Fiorire-CUSTOM FLORALS BY ROSALBA (previously known as Roses Flowers and Gifts) provided all of the floral for the wedding including Donna’s bouquet. The bouquet was a traditional tear-drop style but maintained a modern feel with the use of compact flowers in shades of white. A crystal brooch gave the bouquet a luxe finishing touch. Donna’s one attendant carried a statement piece bouquet featuring gorgeous Cattleya orchids finished with a crystal brooch and a band of crystals around the handle.
Decorator Sandy Godfree from Art of the Party created the theme design, room layout and decor to match that request. The theme was “high-end glam.” ‘Uptown’, ‘downtown’ and ‘midtown’ were fun sub-themes. Crystal, mirrors, florals and jewels brought the theme to life. Fiorire provided all of the florals and Lori was in charge of all of the personalized details.
The reception was held at The Northview Golf Course in Surrey, BC. Donna’s one request was that the reception have “...lush florals and sparkling crystals.”
The ballroom was divided into three areas with white fabric. One for cocktails, one for the dinner, and one for dancing. Two lounge areas with silver furniture provided lots of areas for guests to mingle, dance, socialize, watch the sunset or simply relax outside.
Guests started in the cocktail area. The area featured a white leather bar, tall glass tables with chameleon bar stools and a large floral centerpiece styled as a lamp! The signature drink, aptly named the “Diamond TR6” was a nod to Mark’s beloved car he sold just before the proposal. The recipe was printed on gunmetal silver napkins.
A master seating chart was etched into a beautiful mirror and then placed a silver easel. “I had an idea to give the couple something to use as a keepsake for their wedding,” says Lori. “I found a beautiful mirror and had Colleen Winton design the chart with all the names of the guests who attended the wedding. The seating chart could then be hung by Mark and Donna in their home after the wedding,” recalls Lori.
When it was time for dinner, the drapes were pulled back to reveal the reception room. Three sections of tables named ‘uptown,’ ‘midtown’ and ‘downtown‘ were dressed with custom linen, mirrored chargers and fun crystal accessories. The table name signs (created by Flourish by Colleen Winton) were laser-cut in a script font then covered in dark silver sparkle and mounted onto mirrors. Each guest's name was placed in a mirror frame, and sat in front of a mirror charger plate. Large pink crystal napkin rings added extra ‘bling.‘ Little mirrored boxes filled with grey, pink and white candies finished off the place setting as favors.
ACADEMY AWARD CONNECTION
Chameleon chairs (provided by Art of the Party) featured three different kinds of luxury chair covers but the chair covers that were paired with the head table were particularly notable. The covers had been made for the Academy Awards gala dinner and were brought in from an American rental company. Donna and Mark were the first wedding party to use the covers! They were dark grey suede with a band of crystals running down the back of the chair.
Lori devised a unique idea for the guestbook and with the help of designer Colleen Winton, the idea came together. Mini questionnaire books were available for guests to fill out. Afterwards, they were placed in a huge crystal tray and were arranged in a crystal and mirrored book after the wedding. Later in the evening, a sweets table with ‘designer munchies’ was brought out for guests to snack on. “The cones of popcorn, cotton candy, mini pies and sugar cookies
(in the shape of high heel shoes, designer purses and $$ signs) were a huge hit, and added to the theme of the wedding,” recalls Lori.
The ‘designer purse’ and ‘lingerie’ cookies were sourced by Lori from Elyse Wahle of Sullivan & Bleeker. Joyful Confections made the ‘$’ and pink shoe cookies.
Cakes by Meg designed a pink, silver and creamy white six-tier confectionery masterpiece in a delicious chocolate mudslide flavour. In keeping with the ‘downtown’ theme, she also created an assortment of mini cakes designed to look like martinis (with appropriately named flavours like limoncello, cosmopolitan,
and milky way). Each cake was individually presented in a crystal martini glass, on floating beds of sparkling sugar with a sugar-crystal embellishment. Each glass had a mirror charm with the name of the martini flavoured cake. Two keepsake forks engraved with ‘his’ and ‘hers’ were a cute addition to the cake-cutting ceremony.
Laura Lavender penned all of the calligraphic signs, pie flags, and a thumbprint tree for guests to sign.
At the end of the evening, guests were pampered with complimentary shuttle service from Country Lane Charters who provided door-to-door drop off service!
Donna and Mark now reside in Surrey, BC where Donna is a media relations director and Mark works
Vancouver, British Columbia
The Northview Golf Course
Jasalyn Thorne Photographers (Reception)
Carmen Schmid (Portraits and Ceremony)
Groom Formal Wear:
Lori L. Fraser Signature Events
The table name signs:
Colleen Winton, Florish
Fiorire Custom Florals by Rosalba
Sandy Godfree, Art of the Party
The Northview Golf Course
Cakes by Meg
Elyse Wahle, Sullivan & Bleeker
Pink Shoe Cookies:
Dollar-sign Cookies and Cupcakes:
Country Lane Charters
Hot Hit Productions
Melanie, MAC Cosmetics
Markus J. Hair
and Well Being