Two brides, string lights ga­lore and a sur­prise fire­works show at a stun­ning sum­mer wed­ding.

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À§ É ’§ Õ §ª© or a colour scheme that mat­tered to Jes­sica Re­gan and Shel­ley Moore when they be­gan plan­ning their wed­ding—it was about cre­at­ing a space where ev­ery­one felt com­fort­able. Ev­ery­thing from the long ta­bles at din­ner to the seat­ing chart was de­signed to help peo­ple min­gle and have a great time. “It kind of felt like you were com­ing for Sun­day night din­ner,” says Re­gan, a teacher and fa­cil­i­ta­tor of an ap­pren­tice­ship pro­gram in schools. Moore put her pro­fes­sional skills as a

con­sul­tant on in­clu­sive ed­u­ca­tion to work by cre­at­ing an elab­o­rate, colour-coded seat­ing chart for 280 guests. “We re­ar­ranged the whole wed­ding seat­ing plan so that ev­ery ta­ble had a com­bi­na­tion of Jes­sica and Shel­ley peo­ple and a con­nec­tor,” says Moore. Guests said they loved it and got to meet new peo­ple com­fort­ably. “Mis­sion achieved,” says Moore with a smile.

Both brides made a list of their top three pri­or­i­ties for their wed­ding, but be­yond that they didn’t have a big-pic­ture vi­sion for the day. Moore and Re­gan valiantly at­tempted to plan on their own for four days, but it didn’t quite work out. “The re­al­ity hit of the school year and there was no way we were go­ing to do it with­out help,” says Re­gan. They en­listed the team at Smit­ten Events—who were “worth their weight in gold,” ac­cord­ing to Moore— to cre­ate their dream wed­ding at North Van­cou­ver’s Pipe Shop. With the direc­tions to keep things sim­ple and in­cor­po­rate green­ery, plan­ners Jor­dan Maxey and Devon Dunn ex­ceeded the brides’ ex­pec­ta­tions, bring­ing in string lights and lots of green­ery from Our Lit­tle Flower Com­pany to en­hance the nat­u­ral beauty of the space.

DANCE IT OUT Queer as Funk was a no-brainer for their wed­ding band. “We wanted Queer as Funk be­cause they are very much a con­nec­tor. They make peo­ple com­fort­able,” says Moore, who also hap­pens to be friends with the band (in­set, mid­dle right). Af­ter tear­ing up the dance floor un­til about 11 p. m., ev­ery­one went out­side to watch the Canada Day fire­works over the wa­ter.

FAM­ILY STYLE “I wanted peo­ple to feel like they were com­ing over for din­ner with us,” says Re­gan. But the cost of fam­ily- style serv­ing was “as­tro­nom­i­cal” so they made do by serv­ing din­ner bu  et-style with a long-ta­ble seat­ing ar­range­ment (right).

DRESS TO IM­PRESS Re­gan es­chewed a white wed­ding dress in favour of a cus­tom­made gold skirt and white top by Pure Mag­no­lia. Moore flew all the way to Brook­lyn to have her suit cus­tom made by Bin­dle and Keep (op­po­site, left). Re­gan also got a cus­tom-made suit that she changed into for the re­cep­tion (op­po­site, bot­tom right)

COAST TO COAST The Pipe Shop was the per­fect venue that ap­pealed to both their back­grounds (cen­tre)— Re­gan is from B.C. and Moore grew up in Al­berta and lived in New York City. “It had a B.C., West Coast-feel, but it had Al­berta heart, and it had New York City class,” says Moore. “It kind of brought ev­ery­thing to­gether.”

MAGIC MENU “I am the cook of the house,” says Re­gan, so food was a top pri­or­ity. Tru  les Fine Foods put on an im­pres­sive bu et that in­cluded mush­room risotto and but­ter­nut squash dishes. For dessert? Fresh, hand­made pies from Savary Is­land Pie Com­pany.

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