Stanley Park Wedding Photos

Ferguson Point in Stanley Park. What a venue for a wedding.

Just across the lawn from The Teahouse Restaurant lies the beautiful swath of lawn of Ferguson Point overlooking English Bay, Third Beach and the Stanley Park Seawall.

Can you think of a more perfect place to get married and take wedding photos than in Stanley Park?

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Photos by Carolyn Egerszegi Photography. All Rights Reserved.
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Budget Wedding Guide In Canadian Living Magazine

Back in the fall I was interviewed by Deena Waisberg for a Canadian Living article on how to plan a budget wedding.

Before I get to the tips, a little introduction to how I came to be interviewed by Deena. HARO stands for Help A Reporter Out, it’s a daily email newsletter where reporters and producers can put their source needs out. Many bloggers and authors looking for extra pub subscribe to the list, looking for an opportunity. I subscribe, but don’t always read it.

I had been cranking out my Vancouver Wedding on a Budget series of entries when Deena’s request came across HARO looking for people to be interviewed. Kate Trgovac of My Name Is Kate, saw the request and passed it along. I did the interview and 8 months later the article is out.

Here are the budget wedding tips that Deena quoted me on and the links to the full articles I’ve written on the topic:

20090515 canadian living“Buzz Bishop of Vancouver, who is getting married this July, expects to come in under his $7,000 budget by keeping the guest list under 50, shopping around for the best deals and choosing less expensive options, such as getting married in a park instead of a church.”
[wedding venue]

“Bishop created his wedding invitations on his computer and printed them off on paper for $1 each.” [wedding invitations]

Our wedding will be at The Teahouse at Ferguson Point in Stanley Park. Congratulations to the gang from the Sequoia Group who unveiled the name change of the restaurant last night.

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How To Do A Vancouver Wedding on a Budget: Choosing the Officiant

Be sure to check out the complete Wedding on a Budget series of posts.

Sure, you could have a friend get certified on the internet and do the ceremony for you, but Jen and I decided to turn to a professional to perform our service.

I’d love to offer many tips for searching and finding the perfect celebrant for your service, but we sort of had ours fall into our lap. Jennifer and her husband, Jordan, both perform weddings. After reading this series of blogs, Jennifer offered her services as officiant.

Here’s what we like about her: before she agreed to marry us, she wanted to meet us. A wedding is a very personal thing, so Jennifer wanted to make sure everyone was on the same page as far as goals, beliefs and ideas were concerned. We had a coffee and snack at a cafe and chatted for an hour and it was settled – Jennifer will do our ceremony.

Jennifer hands each couple a free Getting Married Kit to prepare for the wedding ceremony.

We will be writing our own service, so the kit has been handy to help us structure our own ceremony. On the list of things to do: search for some meaningful readings and write the vows.

That’s not difficult, simply google “wedding readings” and you can get hundreds of suggestions, the same goes for “wedding vows.” A mix and match of important and thoughtful passages will make up our ceremony, something along the lines of this Hindu Marriage Poem I’ve found:

You have become mine forever.
Yes, we have become partners.
I have become yours.
Hereafter, I cannot live without you.
Do not live without me.
Let us share the joys.
We are word and meaning, unite.
You are thought and I am sound.

May the nights be honey-sweet for us.
May the mornings be honey-sweet for us.
May the plants be honey-sweet for us.
May the earth be honey-sweet for us.

Looking for a celebrant? I’d recommend Jennifer and Jordan in a heartbeat.

Blogging about the wedding helped us find a celebrant, if you’re getting married you might want to try it as well to get some advice, or just look at the complete Vancouver Wedding on a Budget series to see what others have suggested.

My favourite comment list is the advice on finding a wedding photographer. (BTW, our photographer will be Carolyn from Spilled Milk Photography)

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