Sunday, April 26, 2009

Elegant Travel Themed Wedding

Posted by Kelly Simants

Linnea and Paul are one of the most well traveled and cultured couples I have worked with…they have been to India, Belgium, Monaco, Prague, Australia, Japan, Switzerland, and the list goes on and on! Not only have they traveled to many, many countries together, but they have also lived in China. In fact, much of their wedding planning was done long-distance while they were in Hong Kong, so we worked together remotely to plan their big day. So, it was only natural that they wanted to incorporate their love for travel into their wedding elements! The Arctic Club was the perfect venue for them since it is a historical site which was established by adventurers who found their fortune in the Gold Rush…so the hotel’s décor even incorporates design elements like maps, frescos, and the stunning stained glass ceiling in the Dome Room which is reminiscent of the Northern Lights.

You’ll notice in these fabulous images from Azzura Photography how we incorporated travel elements into the reception décor. Escort cards were “passports” and table names were countries the couple had traveled to together – all designed by the super talented Whitney and Jonathan from Brown Sugar Design. Linnea really wanted her guests to feel like they could mingle and not be stuck at their tables all evening, so she also wanted guests to use the passports and go table to table and get their passport stamped. This was such a fun idea and fostered an environment of great conversation between guests and gave them a fun activity to do at the reception! Also, instead of the traditional guest book, Brown Sugar Design also created postcards for guests to write their well wishes to Linnea and Paul!

The stunning flowers were designed by Anne Bradfield of Floressence and delicious cake by Jen Nurse of Jen’s Desserts. The cake was chocolate chiffon with white, milk, & dark chocolate mousse fillings. Jen also made vanilla custard profiteroles drizzled with chocolate sauce…so beautiful, and just melted in your mouth. To die for! Ken from Azzura Photography was also incredible to work with - super upbeat personality, yet laid-back at the same time...perfect combination for a wedding professional. Not to mention, he and his wife Tania provide top-notch customer service and beautiful images - thanks Ken and Tania, for sharing these images with us!

The awesome Paperboys band!

Congratulations Linnea and Paul! It was a joy to work with you both, and we wish you all the best!

Fabulous Vendors Linnea and Paul Selected:

Ceremony Venue: Holy Names Academy
Reception Venue:
The Arctic Club Hotel
Catering: The Arctic Club Hotel
Band: The Paperboys
Bamboo Beats
Gown: Luly Yang
Invitations: Brown Sugar Design
Florist: Floressence
Hair & Makeup:
Salon Maison
Nails: Julep
Photographer: Azzura Photography
British Motorcoach
Cake & Profiteroles: Jen’s Desserts
Specialty Linens: Choice Linens
Child Care: On Call Nanny


  1. Hi Holly and Kelly
    This is stunning. We're heading into Autumn here in Australia and the colours of this wedding are beautiful to inspire our brides. I will absolutely add you to my links! Kudos...
    Kathryn @ Australia Entertains.

  2. They only do manicures at Julep's or are they also doing extensions and art?
    Btw great pictures, great wedding.