aberthau mansion wedding in Vancouver

Aberthau Mansion wedding: Breanne + Jim

Breanne and Jim chose for an Aberthau Mansion wedding! The Aberthau Mansion is one of those venues that’s a total hidden gem. It’s a gorgeous heritage building in Vancouver that not a lot of people know about.

Since their engagement shoot and chatting with them about the day, we knew their wedding was going to be unique and fun. Basically they were going to do whatever they felt like. 🙂 Breanne owns a wedding planning business for DIY brides, so we predicted some DIY. But she definitely did pretty much EVERYTHING. Check out her blog post about it here.

It started out in the morning with fun little details such as Breanne’s lego earrings and her shoes. Yes, she made her own lego shoes! Jelger had fun with the details on the Jim’s side, lego cufflinks and such. Later all the centre pieces were DIY and all signs etc. 

It was the first wedding I attended where even the catering was DIY! Jim and Breanne opted to do their own taco bar. After the wedding I pleaded for her spicy salsa recipe, but it’s a secret. (sad!) It was absolutely amazing. I can’t even grasp how many hours of work must have gone into everything. To be honest I’m more of a “I’ll hire someone to do that” kinda person. 😉

Because they don’t only enjoy DIY, but also love nature, they decided to go ahead and have the ceremony outside, despite the pouring rain. Being the foreseeing planner, Breanne had umbrellas with her and Jim’s initials for the guests. They ignored the weather, walked down the aisle together to the Jurassic Park theme song (cello version) and spoke beautiful, heartfelt personal vows to each other. 

Another thing I’ll definitely never forget is the hidden hammer in Breanne’s garter. She and Jim play a game where they hide hammers at random places. They remind me of me hiding a stuffed squirrel for Jelger in all kinds of places. 😉 Just before the garter toss, she tucked the hammer in her garter. I loved the reaction  on Jim’s face when he found it. Absolutely priceless. 

Finally, the wedding piñata that refused to break!! After accidentally breaking the stick, Breanne and her hammer came to the rescue. 🙂 

Thanks for having us guys!


PS: Check out Breanne and Jim’s recent wedding feature on Modern Weddings Magazine here.

Aberthau Mansion wedding vendors:

  • Cake designer: a friend
  • Catering: DIY taco bar
  • Decor: mostly DIY, other rentals Salmons Rentals and Apex Tents
  • DJ: Mr & Mrs DJ
  • Florist: Erin Evans
  • Hair stylist: Glam Girls
  • Tear down: Pop Down Weddings & Events BC
  • Videographer: Fluffy Clouds (Jeffery Au)
  • Venue: Aberthau Mansion wedding venue
  • Wedding planner: the bride! ThistleBEA your wedding