Echo and Joel first met when they were in their final year of school in China. After a year of dating, Echo moved to Los Angeles to study English and Joel moved to Vancouver to go to business school. “Living apart was too much for Joel so he finally called me and convinced me to move from the sun of Southern California to rainy Vancouver,” says Echo.
The Chairman’s suite at Vancouver’s FAIRMONT PACIFIC RIM HOTEL was the scene of the proposal. He hired Cristina Samper Pearl from FOREVER TRUE WEDDING PLANNING AND DESIGN to plan the event and Camille and Chadwick Bensler from JONETSU STUDIOS to capture the engagement. “I thought I was going for a photoshoot, but little did I know that Joel had planned a catered lunch with champagne and dessert” Echo says. Just before lunch, Joel got down on one knee with a gorgeous diamond from TIFFANY & CO. The photoshoot turned into an engagement shoot complete with a dinner reservation at ORU, where Joel had invited friends to join them to celebrate. “He also surprised me with an overnight bag, to be pampered at the Pacific Rim for the night,” remembers Echo.
Also on hand to film the wedding day was the videography team from
After organizing the perfect proposal, Christina Samper Pearl was enlisted by Echo and Joel to plan their June 18, 2011 wedding (in only three months)! “When we hired her we didn’t even have a venue booked. She helped us with every single aspect of our wedding including finding me three beautiful wedding dresses and booking accommodations for our families for the two weeks that they were in Vancouver,” says Echo.
THE BRENTWOOD BAY RESORT in Victoria, BC was the location for the ceremony and reception. In fact, the entire resort was rented out by the couple for the entirety of their wedding weekend.
Echo wore three fabulous gowns for the wedding day. The first, which she wore for the ceremony and first part of the reception, was a full-length Monique Lhuillier gown which was flown in from the boutique in Beverly Hills. The second was a beautiful black and white cocktail reception dress from Oscar de la Renta. The third–a fuchsia Marchesa cocktail dress in which to dance the night away.
Joel wore a bespoke Dior suit.
The ceremony was held on the deck of the Brentwood Bay Resort. Evan Orion from Vancouver-based FLOWERZ helped transform the natural woodland feel of the resort into the glamourous seaside setting that Echo and Joel requested. “With different vases and crystals, he really achieved the glamourous feel that we were going for. The flowers were also a huge part of our decor and they played a large role in creating a beautiful and luxurious atmosphere for our guests,” says Echo.
A few months after their intimate wedding, the pair honeymooned in the Maldives.
Echo and Joel plan on having a second (albeit slightly less intimate celebration) in China for 1000 guests later this year.