If you’re looking for an afternoon pick me up, you’ve found it with this ethereal, lush wedding courtesy of Clint Bargen Photography. Get ready for a whole lot of pretty, and a super sweet bride and groom!
High school friends Richel (Shay) and Michael struck up a decade-long romance after coincidentally bumping into one another while visiting family for the holidays. On the foundation of years of friendship, they built a love that carried them into a joyous – and stunning – wedding day in the company of family and friends.
After tying the knot at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Vancouver, BC, the newlyweds and their guests promptly moved over to Riverway Golf Course for the reception.
Shay wowed in a beautiful lace-covered white dress with full-length lace sleeves, while the bridesmaids sparkled in sequin-top blush pink dresses. Mike looked sharp in a crisp blue suit, and his groomsmen sported gray suits with matching navy ties.
The feel of the day was soft and ethereal, with lush greenery and golden accents balanced by wooden decorations and the existing beams throughout the reception space. Classic florals in white and green featured small leaf eucalyptus and spray roses in mercury glass vases were featured on each round table, and long strands of greenery lined the center of the large family style table in the center of the room.
Fun, playful touches were scattered throughout the reception to capture the couple’s love of video games. Spray painted army men and video game controllers acted as compliments to succulent favors and table numbers. A few army men even made it onto the cake.
WORDS FROM THE BRIDE AND GROOM
For all the subdued grace of the wedding day, the couple themselves were charged with energy and clearly enjoyed every minute of their wedding day.
“It was Richel’s outgoing personality that drew me to her,” Mike said. “She was so energetic, friendly and humorous. From the first day we talked until now, we always find ways to make each other laugh.”
Shay added, “Michael is and always will be my partner in crime. We scheme together, make goals together, laugh together, cry together- we do everything together. I couldn’t be more blessed to have someone who also pushes me to be my own person and supports my independence. Mike inspires me in every way and he’s one of the main reasons why I always aim to be the best version of me.”
Mary has been with My Wedding Reception Ideas since 2011, and has enjoyed helping many brides find wedding inspiration throughout her time with the company. As a product photographer and lover of all things wedding, sharing the beauty of real weddings and tips and ideas with soon-to-be brides is a true joy.
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