The Vancouver skyline set against the towering North Shore Mountains gives perspective to the city’s unique geography. Photo: Tourism Vancouver / Andy Mons
Vancouver Your Intimate Wedding in
by Darryl Persello contributing writer
onsistently rated as one of the best cities in the world to visit, and in which to live –as well as the recent host of the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games- we welcome you to visit Vancouver, Canada. … And why not get married while you’re at it?! -Not simply a domestic partnership, not a civil union, an actual marriage like every other couple in Canada regardless of their sexual orientation. Same sex legislation was passed in the province of British Columbia in July 2003. Since that time, thousands of same-sex couples have recited their marriage vows to one another in this fair city. And many are not residents of Vancouver. Many gay and straight couples see Vancouver as a place for their ‘destination’ wedding. Couples come from all over North America, Mexico, Europe, Australia and Asia to get married here.
So what does Vancouver have to offer? -A unique and innovative approach to nuptials which will surprise and delight you and ensure that when you leave this dynamic city, it will be with the intention of returning to repeat the pleasure of the experience. Do you want to marry on a snowy mountaintop or alongside the surf? Do you want to indulge your guests with a reception at the Aquarium, the Art Gallery, an elegant Mansion or a country Bed & Breakfast? It’s all possible in Vancouver. Where do you & your partner want to stay? High above the city in a penthouse overlooking the water, or tucked away in a mountain retreat where only the bears are witness to your celebration? You can do either… or both! Vancouver and the surrounding areas boast some of the most exquisitely beautiful scenery in the world. Add to that the abundance of gay-friendly hotels and B&Bs, with welcoming staff eager to cater to your every need…
and your Dream-Come-True is much more accessible than you may think! Need specific ideas for your wedding ceremony? Some couples prefer “traditional” and others lean toward the innovative. You can calmly walk down the aisle as a harp serenades or you can pledge your vows to one another as you jump out of a plane or plunge off a cliff with only a bungee cord attached to your ankles. Wedding cakes offer the same variety. Your cake can be a two tiered square with an elegant smooth fondant icing or instead you may delight in the idea of a three tiered oval cake set in the shape of a cascading fountain. The top of your delectable creation might be adorned with traditional soft rose petals or you & your partner may opt to send off your photos and have custom made resin figurines designed to resemble your sweetest moment. For those couples who have guests in attendance, you will want to make the
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