15 Mar Love In The Square Vancouver
Recently I (Tanja) volunteered my time for the 2018 edition of Love In The Square, a pop-up wedding event in Robson Square. The concept is the brainchild of Young, Hip & Married, who wanted to give back to the community and celebrate love by offering the most affordable weddings. When Love In The Square outgrew its humble beginnings, the fabulous wedding planners from Pop Up Weddings joined the team. And they certainly did have a ton of work organizing the event!
When I signed up, I had absolutely no idea what to expect, but I knew the ladies of Pop Up Weddings and they’re fabulous, so it had to be good! 🙂 That said, man, was I in for a roller coaster experience, haha. At the 2018 edition of Love In The Square, 151 people tied the knot! I ended up photographing 28 weddings! Craaaazy, right?
During the event, several officiants performed wedding ceremonies simultaneously. Couples could bring guests if they wanted. Some of them brought a whole entourage of family and friends, others preferred a more intimate experience with just the two of them. No matter the preference, they were guaranteed to get a cheer from the crowd during their first kiss.
Even though it was a mass event, so 10-15 minutes max per wedding, couples still managed to personalize their wedding ceremony by giving it their own touch! Whether it was by bringing some cute props, or getting creative with their outfit (wedding dresses, suits, jeans, big coats), anything went.
But what I loved most, was seeing the variety of people getting married: young, old, LGBTQ+, couples with different background and ethnicities,… Everyone was welcome and this was by far the most diverse group of people I’ve experienced yet.
Are you interested in next year’s edition? Getting married at Love In The Square is the easiest thing. All you need to do is show up with a marriage license (which you can buy here) and bring a $20 cash donation for the Vancouver Food Bank (but be sure to check the website next year, in case something changes).
Still in doubt if Love In The Square is something for you? It is if:
- You want to get married in the most affordable way available in Vancouver
- No big wedding for you, but you love an enthusiastic group atmosphere
- You don’t want to plan a wedding, but still love to celebrate/have a beautiful backdrop, get photos etc.
Love in The Square is not for you when:
- You don’t like to be photographed/filmed: there is a lot of media coverage as well as professional photographers
- You’re a private person and want an intimate experience: while your ceremony will certainly be intimate, the environment isn’t and there will be people looking, walking by etc.
I’m excited to see how this event will continue to grow in the next years! And of course, a big thank you to all the participating vendors (see list at the bottom of this blog post). In my photos, you can see decor by Bridal beginnings and officiants Shawn and Lani from Young, Hip and Married.
Favourite photos from Love In The Square
Highlight video of Love In The Square
Done by Capture Productions and Aerial Vibe. (see more info below)
Love In The Square 2018 – FULL VIDEO RECAP! So much love in the air! Check out this amazing event put on by Pop UP Weddings BC. It was an incredible turn out this year with over 140 couples tying the knot! Special shout out to AerialVibe for collaborating on the video this year! Planners: Pop UP Weddings BCUmbrella EventsOfficiants Young Hip & MarriedLisa Hartley CelebrantCircle Ceremonies Paula Marie SkalnekDecor TeamBridal Beginnings – Floral & Event DesignEver Red Fresh DesignsKaye Fleur Past Pieces Wedding Shoppe Red Timber Creative Photographers Erica Miller PhotographyJelger and Tanja, PhotographersArt + The AerialistAmber Leigh PhotographyTyshawnna Reann PhotographyEmily Nicole PhotosWild Hearts CollectiveVideo TeamCapture ProductionsAerialVibe
Posted by Capture Productions on Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Volunteering vendors at Love In The Square
Photographers that also volunteered their time: