intimate wedding ceremony at Third Beach in Vancouver

Third Beach wedding: Allison and Brad

Allison and Brad held their wedding ceremony on Third Beach, surrounded by their closest loved ones. They chose for a very intimate ceremony and yet planned a very big reception at night on the same date: I love it! It’s the best when couples create their own unique layout of the day.

In the morning, Allison and Brad didn’t see each other when getting ready, but they chose a first look just minutes before the ceremony! This way they got to have a moment by themselves before walking to the ceremony together. The start of the ceremony was very informal: no big walking down the aisle, but everyone just gathered on the beach and the couple walked up there too.

Third Beach can be extremely bright for a Summer wedding at noon (think blazing sun!), but not this time! We were treated to a beautiful cloud cover. But my favourite moment of the day, took place after the ceremony, when Allison decided she’d like to get in the ocean and dip her feet in! Fearless!!

After a family lunch in the Teahouse in Stanley Park, which is conveniently close to third beach, everyone joined the couple for a chartered boat trip in False Creek. What a fun idea for your guests to get to know Vancouver in a different way! I might be biased, lol, because Jelger and I gave our closest guests a boat trip too on our wedding day! It was amazing!

The boat trip ended at Granville Island, where the rest of the festivities would take place. We loved the colourful walls on our way over to the reception. After arriving at the reception hall, Brad and Allison planned some alone time on their timeline! I love this! A wedding day can be so intense with numerous events and conversations. Even a 15 min break in silence can be fantastic to recharge your batteries.

You might notice some tartan in the photos before the reception… This is the proud Scottish tartan of Allison’s family. And I must say this is the only time I’ve ever seen a bride play bagpipes at her own wedding! And she’s VERY good at it too. She certainly surprised all her guests by joining the band!

Allison and Brad, thank you so much for having us! We feel blessed to have met you and often think of you when wearing those amazing socks, haha. 😉


PS: In case you didn’t see their engagement photos, check them out here! Their dog is the cutest. 😉

PPS: Watch for the ring bear! (that’s right, I said bear)

Third Beach and Granville Island wedding vendors

Ceremony venue: Third Beach in Stanley Park

Reception Venue: False Creek Community Centre (Lind Hall)

Event planner: Above and Beyond Event Planning

Makeup artist: Faye Smith Agency

Catering: Whiskey Six BBQ

DJ: Andy Soul Entertainment

Getting ready location: Carmana Plaza hotel downtown Vancouver

Marriage commisioner: Gayda Coblin

Boat trip: Aquabus

Decor rentals: A&B Party and Event Rentals