Swoon-wor­thy spots for the pic­ture-per­fect West Coast wed­ding.

Vancouver Magazine - - Gala Going - BY Do­minika Lirette

©Á © © Ø© ¿ Щ§§À Ð Ø À© sur­rounded by world-class art ? Or how about with views of the Paci‘c Ocean and North Shore Moun­tains as your back­drop? From panoramic vis­tas to el­e­gant ball­rooms, th­ese are some of the most glam­orous wed­ding venues in the city.


Get hitched in the heart of down­town sur­rounded by the city's most stun­ning art­works. The ‘rst- and third-’oor ro­tun­das are both op­tions for cou­ples, but the real gem is the gallery’s rooftop pavil­ion, which can host up to 220 seated guests: the fourth-’oor space oŒers 360-de­gree views of the city’s sky­line for your spe­cial day. The his­toric build­ing’s stone fa­cade and hard­wood ’oors add an el­e­gant touch, but cou­ples also have the op­tion of per­son­al­iz­ing the space with dec­o­ra­tions—move over, Emily Carr. va­nart­gallery.bc.ca


Say­ing “I do” with the beach and North Shore Moun­tains in the back­ground? Not too shabby. The Brock House Restau­rant, a her­itage man­sion tucked away on Jeri­cho Beach, is a stun­ning venue for those look­ing to host no more than 150 guests. Dur­ing the oŒ-sea­son, cou­ples can choose to have their cer­e­mony on the north lawn, fol­lowed by a re­cep­tion in­side the glass con­ser­va­tory; for the sum­mer sea­son (May to Septem­ber), take the re­cep­tion out­side in the gar­den tent, which ac­com­mo­dates up to 180. brock­house restau­rant.com

A pri­vate club­house lo­cated in Van­cou­ver’s busi­ness dis­trict, Van­cou­ver Club oozes old-world so­phis­ti­ca­tion and charm—think crown mould­ing, wood pan­els, ‘re­places and post-modern chan­de­liers. You can choose from a num­ber of diŒer­ent pri­vate rooms to walk down the aisle, or have your cer­e­mony take place in the lobby be­fore tran­si­tion­ing to the grand ball­room (which ac­com­mo­dates 200 to 300 guests) for your re­cep­tion. van­cou­ver­club.ca


This el­e­gant, Tu­dor-style man­sion is lo­cated on the north­west­ern cliŒs at the Uni­ver­sity of Bri­tish Columbia. (Don’t worry, it’s far away from the frat houses.) Known for its beau­ti­ful grounds (lots of trees and green­ery) and well-kept in­te­rior, you may rec­og­nize this lo­ca­tion from its ap­pear­ances on TV shows like The Flash, Ar­row and Riverdale. Cou­ples can have their cer­e­mony in the home’s pri­vate gar­dens, fol­lowed by drinks or din­ner on the ter­race, or a re­cep­tion in­side the house for up to 140 guests. ce­cil­green­park.ubc.ca


The re­cently ren­o­vated pavil­ion is the oldest stand­ing build­ing in Stan­ley Park and even played host to Queen El­iz­a­beth in 1959. (It’s a wed­ding venue ‘t for roy­alty!) With sev­eral op­tions avail­able— wed­dings can take place in Stan­ley’s Bar and Grill, the Tea Room, park gar­den and lawn (suit­able for wed­dings with up to 220 guests) and the Lord Stan­ley ball­room (200 guests seated, 300 stand­ing), this el­e­gant venue is ideal for large-scale wed­dings and is just a short walk away from the pretty Rose Gar­dens. stan­ley­park­pavil­ion.com VM

Owner Anna El­iz­a­beth Waw­zonek hand­crafts and paints her cakes to cre­ate re­al­is­tic im­ages and shapes; it may be hard to be­lieve, but ev­ery­thing—in­clud­ing the life­like hum­ming­birds, or­chids and but­ter­flies— is edi­ble. From $9 per slice, aeliz­a­beth­cakes.com

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