How did you meet your (now) husband? I worked with his cousin but we had never met. A co-worker was playing a show at a bar and Rob came with his cousin. We hit it off immediately and were together ever since.
How long have you been together? 5 years
Do you have a proposal story? We were travelling for 6 months in South East Asia and he proposed on a remote island in Cambodia on the morning of Christmas Eve. We were collecting shells along the beach and Rob hid the ring in a shell and handed it to me and then got on one knee.
What was your wedding date? Sept 26 2015
Location (Ceremony and Reception) Ceremony was in the courtyard of a woodworking shop and the reception was in the same venue inside the workshop.
Where? Bon Accord is the name of the venue. Located in East Vancouver, BC, Canada.
What made you choose there? Our friend owns the workshop and I absolutely loved the courtyard. The ivy on the walls and the rusted corrugated metal, I loved all the colours. I liked the idea of it being industrial and transforming the space. He had never hosted a wedding ceremony at this venue before.
How did you find it? My friend owns the workshop and sometimes throws parties, so I thought it would be beautiful for a wedding.
How was the weather on the day? It was perfect. It was raining the entire week leading up to the wedding and on our day the sun came out with blue skies.
What made you decide to get married on this particular date? We wanted to get married in Fall and we knew that September was usually great weather in Vancouver with less chance of rain.
The Wedding Details
Theme ? Industrial Boheme. Colours were soft pastal hues contrasted with rich deep reds in the flowers and Persian rugs. Rose gold and brass finishings for the vases and candle holders. I had a rose gold sequin runner on the beautiful wood table with the food. I used amber bottles and rose gold mercury vases for the flowers.
Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? I really wanted a modern bohemian wedding. I knew I wanted my aisle to be layered Persian rugs. I knew I wanted rich fall colours but also a soft feel. I wanted my flowers and bouquets to look very wild and natural. I used pinterest a lot for gathering ideas.
Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? I made lace tambourines, which I found the DIY on pinterest. These we had for the bridesmaid and had a couple on the benches for the guests to shake after the ceremony. I also made fresh dried flower confetti which I put into little cones that were made from pages of an old dictionary. I strung together 100 feet of large black tassel on rope that we strung up above the dance floor in the workshop.
Bridesmaids – who/relationship? My three sisters and sister in law.
Groomsmen – who/relationship? Rob’s two best friends, cousin and brother.
Wedding Gown (the most important part!)
What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I had seen the Wild Love editorial for White Magazine by 35mm Photography with the model wearing the Genevieve lace overlay and nothing else underneath. I instantly fell in love and knew it was my dress.
Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? This was my first time.
How many gowns did you try? I didn’t try any other gowns.
Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? My brother in law was in Sydney and so I arranged for him to pick it up from the head office!
What did you especially like about your gown? I loved the scalloped lace in the front and the idea of having my legs showing. I also loved the sleeves, the back and that it was a wrap.
Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? The skirts were from Anthropologie and the tops were all mix and match from two Canadian retailers called Aritzia and Scoop.
Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? The Groom’s suit was from Strellson and he finished it off with a tie and pocket square from an Australian brand OTAA. The best man wore Kenneth Cole, and the rest wore Top Shop.
What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? I wore a short Tashi necklace with a tiny star because my last name was going to become Starr. I also wore a chunky rhinestone bracelet and vintage looking ear jackets from Stella and Dot. My bridesmaids all wore a small bracelet that I made.
Where did you get your shoes from? My shoes are from Shellys London.
Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? I was supposed to wear the flower headpiece but decided not to wear it and instead put it on our dog Charlie for some photos. I wore it later in the evening.
What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? If you plan your own wedding, I recommend hiring someone for the day of preparation. I was completely calm and relaxed on the big day because I had full confidence in my day of planner. Also don’t sweat the small stuff!!
What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Go with something that flatters your shape and plays up your best features. Don’t be afraid to show some leg!
Anything extra that is special or you would like to share about your big day.
Something Old? My wedding bands were actually my Mom’s rings which my Dad gave to her on her 30th bday.
Something New? The tiny star necklace that I wore was given to me by my best friend at the wedding rehearsal dinner.
Something Blue? A vintage embroidered hanky that had been indigo dyed. When I saw that it was monogrammed with the letter “R” (Robynne + Rob) I knew it was perfect to use to wrap the wedding bands in for the ceremony and be my something blue.
Florist – My friend Alexandra Schulze @alexandra.schulze
Music – Walked down the aisle to The Yeah Yeah Yeahs Wedding Song. It is haunting and beautiful and my favourite band. We also had a friend and guitarist play an acoustic version of Oasis “Wonderwall” when we signed our marriage license.
First Dance – Plants and Animals “Before”
MC – My brother in law and one of my best friends.
Celebrant – Rob’s Uncle
Menu – We had a taco food truck cater, they are the best tacos in Vancouver, Tacofino. Also had a catering company Boy with a Knife for appetizers and cheese and charcuterie. For dessert we had another food cart set up and make mini donuts - Dees Donuts.
Make up - My sister did my makeup.
Extra features – We had a photo wall area set up with a polaroid camera so that people could stick them into our guest book.