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ISSUE NO.9 fEbrUary 2018

DEfINING WEST COaST LIfE aND LUXUry

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place by the Rlongtou River. For the sake of country and fighting against fascism, Jason sacrificed his life on the battlefield. After the war, field engineers were cleaning the battlefield when they discovered a watch and returned it to its original owner. Alina saw the following engraved on the back of the watch: “Time and love coexists, I have never left”. In order to commemorate the love between herself and Jason, Alina buried this watch at Jason’s tombstone and engraved the same line onto the stone: “Time and love coexists, I have never left”. Eventually, Alina’s son Luca established a watch making workshop in 1945, and named it Rlongtou Studio, after the river where his parents met.


PHILOSOPHY: Upholding the spirit of controlling one’s destiny and the philosophy of quality pursuit, Rlongtou endeavours to create an ethnic light luxury brand, and infuse into the luxury world a breath of stylish air. Wristwatches that are extremely aesthetically pleasing, designs that are incredibly inspired, new technologies and the choosing of materials, Rlongtou fuses beauty and functionality, and displays its uniqueness everywhere.

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CONTENTS boulevard February 2018

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A World in which to Dwell

Crafting a vision to create a better way of living and building

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Preparing for a Wedding

A Regal Look Complete With Tiara

BOULEVARD

COVER PHOTO

Internationally renown photographer Karolina Turek took this sensual shot perfectly portraying the post wedding mood of a couple deeply in love, coming out of the restaurant doors of the Sutton Place Hotel’s Boulevard Room Restaurant (Yes Boulevard of same name). Tuxedo worn by groom Seth Allen is a Navy Hugo Boss with a contrasting black satin lapel all purchased from Harry Rosen, Vancouver. Seth is complimented by his stunning bride, Ana Viseroiu, (of Ana V Beauty) in a spectacularly showy wedding dress by Lily Rose by Galia Lahav available at Bisou Wedding Gowns. Entire Decor: Upright decor & Event design Ballroom centerpieces: Granville Island Florist 10

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Wedding Bells

A Winter Wonderland Wedding Exuding Beauty and Sophistication

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A Reception to Remember

Tables Laden With Antique Silver Place-Settings


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Matching Jewellery and Dress

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Flower Girl, Sonia Beeksma combines Flowers and Passion Importing Flowers from Europe with Inspiration from Couture Fashion

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Celebrated Style- and Beauty Oriented Destinations

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Lifestyle in Hawaii's Newest Neighbourhood

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E aND LUXUry DEfINING WEST COaST LIf

wedding A WINtER

AREZOO

planning for the calm

SONIA’S

FLOWERING WORLD

VancoUVer clUB rich in character & hiStory

SuttON

honeymoon Sweet

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FE AT U R E CON T R IBU TO R S

2 1 1 CATHERINE BARR

“Cat” is known as one of Vancouver’s most popular celebrity/events columnists and writes about society life in Vancouver and all the best charity parties in town. She is also editor/ owner of WestVancouver.com and NorthVancouver.com which represent Canada’s wealthiest communities online with over 3 million hits per month. www.CatherineBarr.com.

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2 BOB DE WIT is the Chief Executive Officer of the GVHBA. A mentor, director and consultant to growthstage technology companies, As a frequent speaker on entrepreneurship, Bob draws upon his executive experience in corporate development corporate finance and competitive market intelligence holding degrees in marketing and economics from Simon Fraser University.

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Owner/ Founder ANAV Beauty School. ‘’My mission is to help you feel more confident and beautiful. Ever since I fell in love with the transformational power of beauty products, I’ve been obsessed with finding the perfect textures and shades to express every facet of a woman’s personality. There’s a product for every mood, every occasion and every outfit and I am devoted to helping you find them.” Trained at VFS, Ana worked as a professional makeup artist for TV shows, movies, photo shoots and more. After working with Chanel and Dior Ana founded AnaV Beauty in 2013.

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7 LISA MANFIELD

is a writer, editor and content strategist. Formerly the founding editor of BCLiving.ca, she has also been a contributing editor at Backbone Magazine and marketing manager at TheTyee. ca. She also teaches writing and editing for the web at Simon Fraser University.

8 SHAWN CONNER

is a Vancouver-based freelance writer whose work appears regularly in the Vancouver Sun. Also: blogger at Inside Vancouver, hmv.com/ca and shawnconner.com, publisher/ editor of entertainment website thesnipenews.com. Follow him @ThatShawnConner.

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3 3 KELLY BAI is a media professional with over 20 years experience and has a Master’s degree in Public Communications. Kelly worked with first-tier media publications in China before immigrating to Canada. She was responsible for launching the Sino Times Canada West edition in 2007, and went on to launch BC Home Chinese edition in 2009, and BC Living Chinese edition in 2013 as co-publisher. Kelly is now the managing editor of Boulevard Chinese magazine.

4 HELEN SIWAK is the publisher of EcoLuxLuv.com Magazine, freelance editor/ writer specializing in retail and luxury lifestyle. She is a regular content contributor to RetailInsider, BLUSHVancouver, and has lifestyle blogged for StyleDemocracy, View the Vibe, Daily Hive, and Marble Financial. When not attending events in Vancouver’s ‘Luxury Zone’,w she is honing her plantbased cooking skills and caring for her rescues. helensiwak@yahoo.com.

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in the Vancouver film & TV industry, as well as national and international newsmakers like Amanda Tapping (Stargate SG1), Scott Thompson (The Kids in the Hall), Nichelle Nichols (Star Trek), and Rick Mercer. Writes for multiple wester publications www.sabrinafurminger.com/ westender.

10 JOE LEARY is a veteran broadcaster having plied his trade for a number of Vancouver radio stations over the years as well as a thirteen year run as an on air host & weather anchor on City-TV, through its various incarnations: UTV, Global and CKVU. Joe is also a widely-published freelance writer and radio host. 11

9 CATHERINE TSE

is a freelance writer and editor specialising in luxury travel, spas, food, soft adventures, style and beauty. She’s lived in England and Hong Kong, and currently resides in her hometown of Vancouver. As a regular contributor to publications such as AsiaSpa, Boulevard, BC Living, Real Weddings, Wine Enthusiast, Westworld, Darpan and others she’s keenly interested in and deeply experienced with all aspects of an inquisitive, engaged lifestyle. She is a member of the Travel Media Association of Canada and sits on the BC chapter board as the Social Chair. Follow her adventures on social media @TSEworlds.

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11 CHELSEA FORMAN

Born and raised in British Columbia, Chelsea has had the opportunity to build her career writing about the people and places that make this diverse province so special.

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10 12 LUCY LAU is a Vancouver-based design and lifestyle journalist who writes regularly for the Georgia Straight. Her work has also appeared in a number of local online and print publications, including Western Living and BCLiving.ca.

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A Vancouver based Event/Wedding management and design expert with over 20 years experience. She is also the producer of annual Dare To Dream Bridal Showcase and various charity galas in Vancouver. She owns Something Borrowed Event Management & Design company and her work has been featured in many publications. Instagram @somethingborrowed.events www.somethingborrowed.ca

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SAYING “I DO” TO A WEDDING PLANNER By Lisa Manfield

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ost couples aren’t looking for a new best friend when they set out to hire a wedding planner. But that’s what they’re likely to get when they hire Arezoo Aliperti, owner of Something Borrowed Event Management and Design. “Ninety percent of my clients are now my friends,” she says. “I try to have that kind of connection with the people I work with.” In true best friend fashion, Aliperti makes a full commitment to her clients, going the extra mile to ensure their big day not only goes off smoothly, but is truly memorable and unique. “I give my full attention and am present at every event,” she says. “I make sure that I don’t sent assistants, and I stay until the very end. Sometimes I’ll even pack up the venue and walk the bride and groom to their hotel room.” Aliperti specializes in weddings and corporate events, and has also produced events for a variety of charities. “Charity galas, in particular, give me the satisfaction that I’m doing something good for the community,” she says. “I do one or two a year, including a gala I don’t charge for. For my first 10 years in business it was Canuck Place. Nowadays I pick a charity or see who approaches me. It has to be something I believe in -- typically something that is related to children, the homeless, or mental health.” She also produces the Dare to Dream Bridal Show, “a boutique style, high-end bridal show,” she says, adding, “it’s my baby.” Aliperti gravitates toward events that allow her to exercise her creativity. “With weddings you don’t get to be as creative as you might like, unless you get that special couple that lets you go, which is very rare. I’ve had that with a few clients, and it’s been amazing.”

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A recent example she recalls fondly was a four-daylong Indian-American wedding. “They hired me over the phone based on a recommendation and totally gave their trust. They let me go full-on,” she says, “and we did something out of the box that wowed everyone.” For one component of the pre-wedding event, Aliperti transformed the Pan Pacific’s Crystal Pavilion into an Indian Bazaar. “We had different tents -- a henna tent, a scotch bar -- and flowers and drapes and colours. It didn’t look at all like the Crystal Pavilion. The owner even came to look at the room, as it had never been done before. The bride walked in and started crying.” For the wedding itself, Aliperti decided on a more classic approach. “We went all white and elegant, with crystals dangling from everywhere, white orchids, and glass. It was really beautiful. It was a highlight of my 2017.” If it all sounds very luxurious, Aliperti assures that hiring a wedding planner is actually very practical. “I have a whole team I work with for decor, flowers, etc., and because we all work together, we get a referral fee, but we don’t keep it, we give it back to the client,” she says. “If you do your wedding yourself, you don’t get that discount. With us, you get the discount and we give it back to you, and that covers our fee. There’s a lot of savings to be had.” Now there’s something you can feel good about saying “I do” to. n

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na wore an exclusive haute couture dress by Galia Lahav from Bisou Bridal called “Georgia”. A strapless princess ballgown with sheer corset top embroidered with 3D flowers, a voluminous pleated skirt with layers of blush and ivory tulle, a rose pattern made of pearl caviar sequins, and silver accents. The dress shimmered as Ana walked in and took everyone’s breath away. She wore a faux fur cape, perfect finale to an unforgettable winter wedding. She wore a tiara by Alan Anderson. He provides a customized Swarovski experience through his bridal tiaras, earrings, bracelets and necklaces. n

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e wanted to make our own rules with these Greta Constantine single shoulder caped dress in a luscious shade of Violet.

We worked with Wardrobe Apparel to create a customize winter wonderland bridesmaids dress. The Greta Constantine line is Wardrobe apparels goto for bridal and bridesmaids. They have gorgeous designs that suit most body types and they can be privately ordered with custom measurements to obtain that extra level of custom. Greta Constantine has two wonderful fabrics to choose from, both of which come in an array of colours suitable for winter or summer weddings. Through our private orders we can also work with our jewellery designers on day of accessories. Wardrobe Apparel enjoys working with our brands to create this private experience. It helps bring our customers elegant visions to life. n

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or a winter wedding we went with a Navy Hugo Boss Tuxedo with contrast black satin lapel. A navy tux is a modern and formal spin for black tie events, It has proven to be a strong look over the years and is not going anywhere. Paired up with a Eton tuxedo pleated studded shirt, Tom Ford bow tie and white silk Dion pocket square. Finished off with Ferragamo paten leather dress shoes. OTHER WEDDING WEAR Off white Armani dinner jacket paired with a Canali tuxedo pant, Eton tux shirt, Eton polka-dot bow tie and Ferragamo patent leather shoes. Rich burgundy polka-dot cigar smoking dinner jacket with a black contrast peak lapel, paired with a Canali tuxedo pant, Eton tux shirt, Lanvin bluff edge bow tie and Ferragamo patent leather shoes. n STYLIST / Nick Taylor CLOTHING / Harry Rosen Inc. PHOTOGRaPHY / Karolina Turek

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A WORLD OF WONDERFUL IN WHICH TO DWELL | By Helen Siwak | Photography / Alfonso Arnold | Makeup by Arezoo Saidjanzadah


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alk through the wrought iron doors at DWELL Living in Yaletown and chances are you will be met on the other side by Winston and Bentley. These two friendly and fluffy miniature collies are the beloved gatekeepers for business owners Gary and Shannon Nystrom. Originally hailing from the Okanagan, the duo behind DWELL Living founded their business over a decade ago with a belief that interior design was in desperate need of a redesign. Moving away from traditional solutions to common problems, they began crafting a vision to create a better way of living and building, using their signature style. Already working with a dedicated team of professionals and specialists in interior design, drafting and millwork design, they reached out and brought in additional members to create a team of specialists in project management and product procurement in furnishings, objects and fine art.

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The new DWELL showroom and retail space occupies the main floor of the historic red brick building, dating back to 1915, at the corner of Homer and Drake. Within the space are separate areas constructed to be a tableau of potential for every room of the house. Every inch of DWELL is inviting, well thought-out and layered with colour and texture.


Enter the “foyer” and instantly the eye is caught by the chic juxtaposition of a navy blue, wing-back chesterfield with a wallspanning abstract painted in cool tones and yellow by a local artist. In the “dining room,” a glass-top table with a repurposed, rusted, industrial barrel base is paired with a Chihuly-esque serpentine ceiling fixture of crisp white, blown glass.


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DW E L L The “bedroom� is awhirl with white feathers fluttering above a unique, acrylic, four-poster bed. Each room has its key pieces that set the tone but present beyond the obvious. The flooring, the wall finishes and the lighting provide the foundation for furnishings to shine. It is the soft with the hard, the rough against the smooth, which invites further investigation, and as you move through DWELL, your sense of touch becomes as important as your sight in enjoying the layering involved to create the final looks.

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An affordable, relatively quick way is to look to lighting because it truly is the jewellery of the home and can be exceptionally impactful.

A successful room is composed of many elements and the DWELL design team works with its clients, using 3-D rendering programs to create a workable space from the flooring to the fixtures. The duo has advice for those looking to modernize a room: “An affordable, relatively quick way is to look to lighting because it truly is the jewellery of the home and can be exceptionally impactful.” Building from the floor up, the DWELL design team offers a wide range of hardwood, tile and broadloom products, selected from the coasts of Italy to the historical grounds of Holland. “Selection of a suitable flooring based on durability, aesthetics, application and colour is one of the first items to be completed at the beginning of the design process...future colour palettes and material selections are based off of your flooring choices,” explains Shannon.

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Setting out to create a smart, accessible and personal service that works whether their clients are accessorizing their homes or completely renovating a new purchase, this holistic approach to the design process ignited their passion. And the fact that Gary and Shannon haven’t lost their edginess shows in a recent project entitled Man Cave. In this project, the client was looking to create an unforgettable space and DWELL utilized the remains of a 747 plane. The fuselage was cut down to create a humidor cigar case, the aileron was formatted for the bar, and all was accented with recycled seatbelt bar stools in lipstick red! n 38

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weddi n g prep

GETTING GLAMMED!

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By Ana Allen Photography / Tom Hawkins

have been a makeup artist for many brides for over 10 years. I’ve been a maid of honour and a bridesmaid but never a bride — until this day.

It’s safe to say that I love weddings, this is why I’m so happy to share the story of my weddings’ preparations, and how I turned all those bridal years into my dream winter wedding.

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Seth and I wanted our wedding to feel like an elegant winter wedding. We both love the warmth that candles and fireplaces can bring to a room, as well as the purity and elegance of white flowers. When I walked in and saw the flowers for the first time, I was truly blown away. They were gorgeous! My bouquet was a stunning overflow of beautiful white O’Hara Garden roses, Pandas Anemone, seeded eucalyptus and white roses. The flowers were imported by monterossoimportsexports.com.

As I walked into the Georgia room of the Vancouver Club, my bridesmaids surprised me with the BRIDE letter balloon, and my team of hair and makeup people were ready for us to get glammed! My look For my hair and makeup, we wanted to go with the regal look, complete with tiara. We use soft pink eye shadows, with a deeper rose for the contouring of the eyes. Dusty pink Ana V Beauty

powder blush was applied to the apples of the cheeks and then we enhanced it with a cream blush as well for better staying power. My hair was in a regal updo done by my friend and colleague Tyana Pitman. The bridal party embraced a look of classic elegance: nothing overdone, but still contained, clean and beautiful. The hair was created by Chris Funk, who said, “For the bridesmaids, I had them arrive with clean, un-styled, day old hair. Up styles always come together better on hair that isn’t freshly washed. Don’t worry if your hair is a touch greasy, dry shampoo can take care of that and adds some nice volume and texture to work with. B O U L E VA R D

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I flat-iron curled and then backcombed their hair, and then brought them into a low, loose, not too messy bun. We put them to one side to complement their dresses. “The flower girls came with clean, dry hair as well. With those beautiful tiaras we wanted to keep the hair super simple and classic. I brought all the hair up to a high pony tail, and then twisted into a knot. I sprayed down all flyaway with a strong hold hairspray.�

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I loved the personalized dress and making experience we used at our wedding. I met with dressmaker Semaya and she created the most angelic, flower girl dresses for our three flower girls. They were white silk satin, very simple and elegant dresses — just as you can imagine them — and we added a dreamy tulle as a detachable train at the back. The dresses were designed by Semaya Couture by Semiha Abdullah Inan.

After our hair and makeup was done, I changed into my dress and I stood by the window waiting for Seth to arrive, at which point we would do our first look. As Seth entered, we were on the opposite sides of the room; I turned around and we met in the middle. It was the most calming moment in the midst of the chaos of getting ready. n

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FOSTER MARTIN:

WHITE ROCK in a whole new view

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eauty is in the eyes of the beholder. Luxury is best defined through an experience. Two phrases that are true using two words that are often associated with design. Beauty drawing us in with excellence, while the luxuries are saved for the interaction. These two concepts have

been applied thoughtfully in White Rock within the design of Foster Martin. The beauty of Foster Martin starts with the architecture being inspired by the seaside location. The wind and waves of the ocean appear as subtle details in the graceful lines of the three towers oriented to face the sea and maximize the backdrop from each home. The elements of Foster Martin are designed to be a seamless fit with the culture of White Rock, the direction of where the community is headed and meet the desires of residents who are looking to experience White Rock in a whole new view. The seaside businesses that are driven heavily by seasonality will be complemented by White Rock commons, a place

the exteriors as On White Rock Commons be-

where the community can gather year-round, which will

comes the new centre of town.

have a restaurant, cafe and other businesses with a focus

Most people entering the display home with

on health & wellness. The whole community can appreciate

a keen eye for design will appreciate the details that come from a developer with a background in high end, custom homes. From oversized baseboards to ceiling finishes, the Foster Martin team has cared most about the details being just right. The luxuries go beyond the fit and finish of the homes and is truly in the lifestyle. Each home has outdoor space to take advantage of the stunning water views. Outside of your home,

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t he c eremony

down the aisle

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By Helen Siwak Photos Charles Zuckermann charles@zook-it.com

hen a bride and groom make the decision to share their day with their closest friends and family, the resulting intimacy plays a large part in the joy that everyone there feels. Ana and Seth’s wedding ceremony was certainly one of those of days. As cherished friends and far-travelling family arrived, they entered in their finery through heavy oak doors, adorned with antique hardware, into an elegant, long, white room with an inviting, crackling fireplace. The room was tastefully decorated with chrome and glass clustered candles, translucent bamboo seating with crisp white bows, and top-heavy bouquets of cool white hydrangea.

It was fantastic backdrop for this “Winter Wonderland” themed wedding: picturesque and perfectly set. As guests shared memories and warm anecdotes about the couple, who were soon be husband and wife, the softest notes of Ave Maria began and built powerfully. Musical duo Rosemary and Eli set the mood with their performance and as the notes of Can’t Help Falling in Love began, the room the quietened. Guests instinctually turned to witness the entrance of the bridal party.

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Three impeccably dressed groomsmen, sharp in classic black with silver accents, proudly led the procession. The bridesmaids followed, perfectly composed and holding the most delicate bouquets of white orchids and roses. Swathed in Greta Constantine single-shoulder, caped dresses in a luscious shade of eggplant, the bridesmaids effortlessly moved down the aisle. Close on their heels came a trio of flower girls in off-white, empirecut satin, floor-length dresses with delicate tulle trains. The three young sisters beaming as they continued through the room.

On the arm of her father — who chose pink accents with his grey suit — the resplendent bride, Ana, beamed radiantly. As the duo paused at the end of the aisle, father and daughter turned and shared a moment of closeness before embarking on her last walk as a single woman.

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The bride’s dress featured an intricately embroidered bodice with whispers of mesh and delicate straps. A silver-trimmed, embellished belt created a soft break, which led to a flowing tulle and sequin skirt. Ana was a vision, from her upswept chestnut locks, banded by an Alan Anderson custom-created tiara of hand-cut Swarovski crystals, to the blush pink, velvet, Manolo Blahnik shoes that peeked out as she stepped. Ana and Seth spoke from the heart as they shared vows reflecting the sweet serendipity of a second opportunity for love after a brief, chance encounter years ago. Ana recited an ancient Hawaiian Marriage Prayer to her beloved. She spoke softly, beginning with “Before we met, you and I were halves unjoined except in the wide rivers of our minds. We were each other’s distant shore, the opposite wings of a bird, the other half of a seashell. We did not know the other then, did not know our determination to keep alive the cry of one riverbank to the other. We were apart, yet connected in our ignorance of each other, like two apples sharing a common tree.”

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I was thrilled to create this beautiful tiara for Ana; every bride wants to be queen for a day — Ana wore this tiara and looked the part! – Alan Anderson

As Seth slipped the beautifully designed ring on her hand, Ana trembled and everyone in the room felt the emotion in their touch. Ana returned the gesture with his band and, with the pronouncement of marriage from the officiant, the two were husband and wife. This Winter Wonderland wedding exuded beauty and sophistication — from the simplicity of the floral arrangements to the choice of the historic venue and all the details in between. To all the guests, the love that Ana and Seth share was apparent, and it is the same love and excitement that all who shared the ceremony with them, felt in their hearts. n

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he main foyer of the Vancouver Club was aflutter with flowers, bubbles, and jubilation meer minutes after the bride and groom departed the ceremony room. Guests streamed down the stairwells to the pre-dinner cocktail party where white-gloved servers delivered flutes of Champagne and cranberry and orange peel adorned Negroni signature cocktails.

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The hot spot for the next hour was the impossibly lush flower photo wall, designed and created by television personality Sonia Beeksma for Fleurs J’adore, which was bursting with the densest hydrangea, fragrant freesia, delicate orchids, and blush pink roses – flown in directly from Italy - at the entrance of the historic venue. Cameras flashed as the bride’s Romanian auntie’s posed and toasted the new couple with their bubbles and society columnist Catherine Barr paired up celebrity guests for her signature candids.

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In a well-lit alcove off to the side, photographer Charles Zuckermann captured the festivity at his Old Hollywood themed photo set-up. Guests had their best sides with their loves and best friends captured for posterity in classic black and white. Upstairs in the grand ballroom, uniformed staffed bustled adding the final crystal strings to the triumphant centrepieces and laying the cellophane guest gifts of a weighty white and milk chocolate slabs adorned with an edible photo of Ana and Seth on each side-plate.

The tables sat six and were laden with antique silver place-settings. When all were seated at their respective tables, the bride and groom were ushered in with cheers and applause. Ana and Seth beamed confidently as they entered hand-in-hand. Swept to the head table amid cheers and clapping, the couple welcomed all and the feast began. The lobster bisque was creamy and poured individually by servers, the Caesar salad crisp and tangy. The main course selections included Lemon Roasted Free Range Chicken, Prime Rib with trimmings, or a Roasted Sablefish with Dungeness Crab. All dishes fragrant and finished to perfection.

A close friend and associate of the groom MC’ed the evening, passing the microphone to many who wished the couple well and spoke to Ana’s kindness and strength of heart and Seth’s youthful ingenuity and determination of character. Together the two sat, radiating warmness for each other, as the platitudes and humorous anecdotes were layered over a delicious meal. It was the grooms’ mother who captured the guests with her heartfelt story of the early days of her young family, with Seth and his brothers, living in a one-room cabin in the interior of British Columbia. There may have been the coldest of weather outside but there was the warmest of hearths on the inside.

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Groomsman Jeff added a touch of levity to the room with his retelling of a running joke between the couple. “Ana says they are marrying for better or for worse. Seth is getting better and I cannot do any worse!” whereas Seth says “We are pretty awesome. She is pretty and I am awesome!” Laughter turned to delight as the billowy drapes behind the couple parted and a magnificent five-tiered wedding cake was revealed accentuated by glittering sparklers. A luscious Pavlova slice with fresh raspberries was served to guests along with a generous top-up up of Champagne.

When the first dance song was announced, DJ Barron Sullivan put on ‘Perfect’ by Ed Sheeran and guests crowded the dance floor as the couple moved to centre, held each other close, smiled, and gazed at each other in that way only those truly in love can. It was Winston Churchill that said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” We wish Ana and Seth all the luxuries in the world, beginning with the joy and love that follow this day, and for every day afterwards. n

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Bridal Makeup By Ana Viseroiu

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our wedding day is a memorable occasion in your life and it is quite important that you look your very best on this big day. The perfect makeup can highlight your most attractive features and ensure that you shine. Here are a few iconic looks! Style: Classic If you are going with a classic white wedding dress, opt for light makeup, which will have you looking fresh and radiant without taking away the splendor of the dress itself. Style: Regal For a regal look, complete with tiara, you need to opt for the princess look. Use soft pink eye shadows, deeper rose for the contouring of the eyes. Dusty pink powder blush can be applied to the apples of your cheeks and then enhanced with a cream blush as well for better staying power. You can choose a cream blush with a hint of shimmer. These shades suit a number of skin tones, which makes this look ideal for nearly every bride. Style: Trendy A trendy look gives you a captivating look that is young and pretty. The objective is to look hip yet elegant, casual yet not careless. A bronzer is used after the application of moisturizer and foundation to add a bit of glam to the captivating, trendy bride. For the eyes, the base colour can be a honey shade while the darker colour

is more brown or coffee. The eyeliner plays an important role in creating the captivating. Deep rose blush adds a hint of colour to your cheeks and then it’s time for the lipstick. For the trendy look, the red lipstick is the right choice. Light skin tones look great with red lipsticks that have orange undertones while women with darker skin can opt for one with blue undertones. Hairstyle and color When choosing your wedding makeup colour palette it is also advisable to keep your hair colour in mind too. The colours should complement your look and make you look vibrant and fresh rather than pale and washed out. www.anavbeauty.com n

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hen I met Ana and Seth, they expressed a desire to have a winter wedding, so I suggested they opt for a winter wonderland wedding theme, creating a real winter fairytale atmosphere throughout. And of course clothing and accessories were all part of the magic. The dress quest started with Ana’s engagement dress… the couple wanted an engagement photo shoot by Ana’s friend and celebrity photographer Karolina Turek.

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We knew that Ana’s dress had to be very special and one of a kind, so that led us to Secret Location in Gastown. Omid, the store’s general manager, immediately showed us a dress by Katie Ermilio. The magnificent black couture gown fitted Ana so well, it seemed it was made for her. Katie Ermilio is the granddaughter of Grace Kelly’s personal clothier and her one-of-kind designs are exclusive to the Secret Location in Vancouver. When it came to choosing jewellery, we wanted unique and very exclusive pieces, so we choose Palladio, Vancouver’s premier jeweller. After describing Ana’s dress to Jason, he knew immediately what pieces to select, choosing a breathtaking Utopia Necklace set in 18k white gold with 17.99 carats of diamonds and two cultured South Sea Pearls — 15.00mm and 17.30mm — with matching Yvel earrings set in 8k white gold, and combining 14 x 22 mm white baroque South Sea Pearls set with 2.77 carats of diamonds.


A lady can never have too many diamonds, so we added a bracelet by Stephen Webster — a Thorn Cuff 18k white gold set with 1.84 carats of diamonds. And to finish the look, we chose a dinner ring by Henrich & Denzel — a Lily Ring in platinum set with 1.10 carats of diamonds.

For Seth, we chose a white tuxedo jacket by Armani with black tuxedo pants from Harry Rosen. Jason recommended a watch exclusive to Palladio, the H. Moser & Cie Venturer Small Seconds XL Purity Cosmic Green in an 18k white gold case and limited to 50 pieces worldwide.

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On their wedding day, Ana wore a haute couture Galia Lahav gown called Lily Rose. Exclusively available at Bisou Bridal, the gown was a princess silhouette in a multilayer sheer dress. Hand-appliqued and beaded in an antique rose shade, the dress combined a mermaid silhouette with a top ballgown-like layer. A very low neckline and a beautiful illusion back made the dress a perfect fit for our bride. The only thing missing was diamonds and, of course, Palladio took care of that. Ana wore a Stephen Webster Magnipheasant Feather Necklace in 18k white gold, set with 66 diamonds with a weight of 2.49 carats.


Seth Wore a black custom Harry Rosen tuxedo with a very trendy Tom Ford bow tie, and Jason selected H. Moser & Cie Swiss Alp Brrrr with a stunning Blue fumĂŠ dial in an 18k white gold case, which is limited to 20 pieces worldwide to go with his tuxedo.

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For Ana’s second dress, we selected another exclusive haute couture piece by Galia Lahav from Bisou Bridal called “Georgia.” A strapless princess ballgown, it had a sheer corset top embroidered with 3-D flowers, a voluminous pleated skirt with layers of blush and ivory tulle, a rose pattern made of pearl caviar sequins, and silver accents. The dress shimmered as Ana walked in and took everyone’s breath away. She also wore a faux fur cape, the perfect finale to an unforgettable winter wedding. n

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FLOWER GIRL SONIA BEEKSMA COMBINES FLOWERS, DESIGN & FASHION By Catherine Tse Photography / Rockie Lee

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onia Beeksma is a beloved fixture on Vancouver’s broadcasting scene. Viewers watch her on CTV Morning Live for traffic updates and entertainment segments — but also to see what she’s wearing. Elegant with a model’s litheness, Beeksma wears clothing with editorial fluidity that clearly conveys her passion for colour and design. Quietly, over the past couple of years, Beeksma has taken this passion to a new medium: flowers. “My inspiration [for flower arranging] comes from couture fashion,” says Beeksma. “I see dresses and colours and textures, and instantly I want to design myself. I’ve always been obsessed with

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flowers, design and fashion... and two years ago I decided to combine all that!” Beeksma is already an experienced floral designer in demand — she created the wedding floral arrangements for fellow Vancouver broadcaster, Sonia Sidhu. Next, she will be working on Ana Viseroiu’s winter wedding. Viseroiu is best known for her beauty school and makeup line, AnaV. “Ana is more than a client, she has become a friend,” says Beeksma. “She not only creates the most beautiful beauty products, but she truly has the most beautiful heart and wants all woman to feel beautiful, inside and out.”


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“My inspiration [for flower arranging] comes from couture fashion. I see dresses and colours and textures, and instantly I want to design myself.”

s Photography / Charles Zuckermann

With those gracious sentiments in mind, Beeksma has conceptualized a sumptuous Winter Wonderland theme for Viseroiu’s wedding. Beeksma will be importing the products from Europe, opening up the breadth of flowers and greenery at her disposal, especially during a traditionally non-producing season. Right now she’s envisioning fluffy ranunculus and hydrangeas for texture, and delicate anemones and garden roses for vintage charm. Viseroiu’s reception will be held at the Vancouver Club, where Beeksma’s fresh flower wall and arrangements will greet guests. “Ana asked me to design flowers for her wedding because she fell in love with my European flower designs.” No coincidence here that Beeksma’s love for European fashions in general have influenced her aesthetics in floral design. She’s been honing this craft for two years, something that developed organically first as a hobby, and then into the best possible side job. Her love of flowers is evident throughout Beeksma’s home. “While I don’t have a garden — yet! — I always have freshcut flowers by my bedside and in the kitchen. But flowers aren’t meant just for vases. I love creating art with flowers.” That sounds like the perfect visionary to have designing wedding flowers. n s Photography / Charles Zuckermann

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By Lucy Lau

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ancouver’s downtown core may be marked by a spectacular waterfront and one of the city’s busiest retail strips, but tucked among the towering glass structures and low-rise condos toward the Granville Street bridge are a number of celebrated style- and beautyoriented destinations — including the AnaV Beauty studio and Boutique Beauty School — that regularly help women (and men) look and feel their best.

Vancouver Medi Spa Conduct an online search of Vancouver Medi Spa (1060 Hornby Street) and you’ll find reviews and testimonials praising owner Kam Dhanda for knowledge and experience in the realm of aesthetics. In some cases, she’s even credited for changing the lives of her clients through her work in laser hair removal and skin tightening and rejuvenation. A researcher who has both studied and taught the physics of laser, Dhanda launched Vancouver Medi Spa in 2014 with the goal of empowering and making women feel more confident. Situated inconspicuously within a row of commercial residences on the ground floor of a downtown condo, the cosy facility offers a range of laser treatments, such as non-invasive facelifts, body contouring and lip remodelling. Additional medical procedures such as rosacea therapy, wart removal and snoring therapy are also available. Operating with the understanding that people’s holistic health is interconnected with the way they look and feel, Dhanda works closely with her clients to ensure effective treatments and outcomes. Some women even come from as far away as Los Angeles and New York to see the esthetician. “This is not an assembly line of treatments; it’s more customized,” she says. “I like to work from inside out to get lasting results.”


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Mine & Yours Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Fendi and Isabel Marant are just some of the designer labels you’ll find on the racks of local style destination Mine & Yours (1025 Howe Street) — all with heavily discounted tags. Largely considered one of Vancouver’s first luxury consignment shops, the eco-conscious boutique has been running since 2013 — initially, out of cofounder Jigme Nehring’s living room. The business, which offers shoppers cash upfront for preloved designer goods, and then sells it for a fraction of the retail price, did so well that it moved into a dedicated retail space in the downtown core last year. Here, visitors will find a curated assortment of women’s apparel, shoes, special-event wear and bags and accessories from brands that range from the classic (Gucci) to the contempo-

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rary (Acne) to the avant garde (United Nude) — some of them with the original tags still attached. The stock is a direct reflection of the women who consign with the shop, says Nehring, and the evolving taste of the city’s most discerning fashionistas. “I’m really impressed by the cool, kind of up-and-coming designer brands that come into our store and how our customers know about them,” Nehring adds.


W Lash Beautique As one of Vancouver’s premier lash lounges, W Lash Beautique (891 Helmcken Street) knows a thing or two about how to create — and maintain — a pair of fluttery, gorgeous peepers. Formerly known as Wink Beauty Lounge, the facility was the city’s first full-service lash lounge when it launched in Gastown in 2004. More than a decade later, it continues to offer services designed to enhance the “windows of the soul,” including eyelash extensions, lash lifts (essentially a “perm” that helps curl stubbornly straight eyelashes) and brow tinting. Owner Vivian Ko Gooch even has plans to introduce brow henna and microblading in the near future. And although W Lash’s downtown digs aren’t as expansive as they used to be — the space is about half the size of the original Gastown boutique with only three chairs — the intimate, appointment-only lounge still consistently brings in women of all ages and backgrounds looking for longer or more voluminous lashes for everyday wear or ahead of a big event. “Even though eyelash extensions are no longer new to the industry, there’s still so much to learn and experience,” says Gooch.

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Wardrobe Apparel Tired of shopping at the same boutiques around Vancouver, many of which offered a similar aesthetic, Alexandra Thompson founded Wardrobe Apparel (67 East Cordova Street) in 2014 with one goal in mind: to introduce Vancouverites to a selection of quality, one-a-kind womenswear, while helping them discover their personal styles. Rather than offering up-to-the-minute pieces that capitalize on fleeting trends, the operations director and buyer scours the globe for coats, jumpsuits and dresses that exude a certain timelessness and sophistication. Neon tulle skirts by Fyodor Golan and menswear-inspired blazers by E. Tautz line the racks of Wardrobe Apparel’s airy, studio-like space, for example. Shoes and accessories include watersnake-leather heels by Chelsea Paris and structural bronze-plated rings by celebrity jeweller Imogen Belfield. Some of the boutique’s most popular garments are its evening gowns, which boast eye-catching features such as metallic, paperbag-style skirts and sheer, polka-dot sleeves that prevent “same dress” incidences from occurring at cocktail parties and soirees. “There are always a lot of classic shapes and classic pieces,” Thompson says of Wardrobe Apparel’s expertly edited stock. “But there’s always a twist, like a really cool fabric or a cool colour that makes it pop in a unique way.” n 72

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Park Lane aLa Moana offers aLL The besT of hawaiian LivinG

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"The smells of exotic flowers... touch us because they’re part of our cultural heritage here in hawaii," reflects Emily Reber Porter

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t is Friday night on Oahu and as the sun lowers into the horizon the sky is painted glowing hues of glorious red, orange, pink and blue.

In the Park Lane Ala Moana community, families are relaxing for the evening; many are entertaining, barbecuing on their spacious lanais. The night air is fragrant with the perfumes of brightly coloured bougainvillaea and white hibiscus, and shorebirds are nestling in for the night. 76

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Those who make the move will experience an amazing combination of being nestled in nature, but mere steps away from cosmopolitan city life.

Suddenly, the sky explodes with vivid fireworks, lighting up the waters, exposing graceful surfers taking on one last wave. Park Lane’s residences are built on a generous 7.3 acres of land that has been sculpted into verdant green courtyards with over 600 trees, including the majestic towering banana and the dramatic indigenous hala. The central Great Lawn is the grounding feature of the property, lush and inviting for strolling. And for those who enjoy a robust sojourn, the Park Lane is a 1,220-footlong, private, art-lined walk-way inspired by New York City’s High Line, which circumnavigates the property as a private and safe path for all to use.

“Walking the Park Lane feels like you’re in a green cathedral with areca palms arching over your head and the sounds of the trade winds rustling through the leaves…. The smells of exotic flowers such as gardenia, plumeria and pua kenikeni — a cherished lei flower — touch us because they’re part of our cultural heritage here in Hawaii,” reflects Emily Reber Porter, COO of The MacNaughton Group. In the not so distant past, people buying real estate in Hawaii were seeking a relaxing vacation retreat or a second home to visit throughout the year; but today, those inspired by lifestyle and influenced by thoughts of comfort seek island homes to live in year-round, and in which to create memories with their families.

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This mecca of luxury brand shopping — think Chanel, Dior, Cartier, hermes and Louis Vuitton — is also home to celebrated restaurants T he Park Lane lifestyle is unlike any other available. The contemporary design of each residence is inspired by the Islands’ natural beauty and iconic Hawaiian architecture.

From the beginning, the co-developers sought to create a true community for families. Kobayashi Group and The MacNaughton Group took the concept of a high-rise and turned it on its side, creating seven six-storey towers surrounded by ample green spaces. All residences consist of design elements and architecture that embrace indoor-outdoor living — the hallmark of the Hawaiian lifestyle — and a private garage. Homes boast 10-foot ceilings, warm tones and textures, the highest grade appliances, Sub-Zero wine storage for 46 to over 800 bottles, and the finest quality in every detail. Sizes range from 900-square-foot, onebedroom units to 6,000-square-foot condominiums with four bedrooms. Amenities include a movie theatre with tiered seating, club lounge, gated dog park, electric cart access and parking, conference rooms and private wine bar with storage. Additionally, Park Lane has concierge and valet, as well as beach services, secure storage, on-site Expert Planner, 24hour security, and residence care when owners are away. Park Lane Ala Moana is currently 96 per cent sold, including two of the three penthouses, and while a Grand Penthouse may represent the pinnacle of cosmopolitan living, it is the Park Residences that are making the biggest waves.

Situated along the namesake Park Lane, Park Residence owners experience a visual paradise at their front door. Each home features a private, enclosed garage and magnificent chef’s kitchen, creating a true single family home in the sky. The quintessential U-shape design envelopes a deep, covered lanai, making the outdoor space a true extension of the home. The Park Residence embodies all that is so unforgettable about Hawaii and the way people live,” explains Patrick Kobayashi, President and CEO, Kobayashi Group. 78

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Those with school-age children will be thrilled to know that Oahu has more than 70 private schools, both denominational and secular, and that they provide the highest quality education. The include, top-rated Punahou School, with its most notable alumni Barack Obama; Mid-Pacific (Ron Yara, Silicon Valley visionary); and Iolani School (Dr. Sun Yat-Sen and Sherwin Goo, NASA pioneer). Park Lane is also the only community in Hawaii to enjoy the distinction of being connected by private, secure elevator to an open-air luxury shopping destination — Ala Moana Center. This mecca of luxury brand shopping — think Chanel, Dior,


Cartier, Hermes and Louis Vuitton — is also home to celebrated restaurants such as Morton’s The Steakhouse and Mariposa at Neiman Marcus. Diners looking to expand their culinary vocabulary soon learn the language of delicious at the authentic Vintage Cave Sushi Lounge.

Life at Park Lane Ala Moana may be tranquil but it is never boring. Those who make the move will experience an amazing combination of being nestled in nature, but mere steps away from cosmopolitan city life. n


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RosemaRy siemens & eli Bennett:

in love and in music By Chelsea Forman

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Sax and violin are rarely played together, it’s a very unique sound that a lot of people haven’t heard, but love when they do.

here are few things in life that capture the heart and intrigue of humans more than that of a fantastic love story. And Rosemary Siemens and Eli Bennett, both renowned musicians, are in the midst of a great unfolding love story. “We met through music,” Rosemary says, “he played on my first two albums,” she finishes. Listening to the newlyweds talk, I am struck by their friendship and the ease of their relationship, “We were best friends. Our friendship evolved into love, and now we are husband and wife, and it is incredible to be able to share music together,” Eli explains. Rosemary and Eli are looking forward to collaborating more with their music and will be releasing their first music video, a saxophone and violin rendition of Enya’s Only Time, in February 2018. “Sax and violin are rarely played together, it’s a very unique sound that a lot of people haven’t heard, but love when they do,” Rosemary notes. The couple’s joint music exudes soul and offers insight into the true depth of their relationship. Listening to Rosemary and Eli play hints that there may be a subtle advantage of making music fuelled by love. “There’s emotion behind it, there’s soul behind it, there’s love behind it. You feel the music even more so,” says Eli.

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The newlyweds opened the door to their relationship in order to share their music with the world, and inadvertently revealed their great love story. People are now sharing in Rosemary and Eli’s amazing journey, and falling in love themselves with the incredible music it’s played along to. Follow their journey – Rosemary: @rosemarysiemens, and Eli: @elibennettmusic – on social media. n


ROSEmARY SIEmEnS Award-winning world-class violinist and vocal sensation Rosemary Siemens has mesmerized audiences around the world since the age of three, and has performed four times at new York’s legendary Carnegie Hall and was the first solo instrumentalist to perform at the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican. Instagram-YouTube-Facebook @rosemarysiemens

ELI BEnnETT Thirty-five-time internationally award-winning jazz saxophonist and 4-time Leo-nominated film composer Eli Bennett has performed at the GRAmmY Awards and shared the stage with GRAmmY Winners Oscar Peterson and the neville Brothers. He’s currently touring internationally with the Juno-nominated party-funk band, Five Alarm Funk. Instagram-YouTube-Facebook @elibennettmusic


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Money can’t buy happiness — but it can buy you a yacht By Joe Leary

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ock and Roll Hall of Famer David Lee Roth once famously rhapsodized, “Money can’t buy happiness — but it can buy you a yacht, big enough to pull up right alongside it!”

Somehow that summarizes how success is often measured by excess. And in the world of high-rollers there simply is no better barometer for success than a yacht. In recent years the nautical world has experienced staggering growth in luxurious megacrafts: yachts that range anywhere from 50 feet and can quickly spiral upwards of 350 feet.

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At what point does the vessel morph from boat to yacht? “There really is no technical definition point,” says Bob Pappajohn, president of Vancouver-based M&P Yacht Centre, Western Canada’s premier yacht dealer since 1957. “When they hit around the 55-foot mark and larger; generally most people refer to it then as being a yacht. You will meet some who invite you to see their yacht and it may only be 20 feet long. But typically, when you get north of 50 feet it’s a yacht.” A search of watercraft that hit the extreme limits in size, scope and cost, finds England’s Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramavich’s Eclipse.


And in the woRld of high-RolleRs theRe simply is no betteR bARometeR foR success thAn A yAcht. A veritable ocean liner, it dwarfs nearby tankers in its path with masts higher than Big Ben, and boasts a sticker price of about half a billion dollars US. But it’s not necessarily smooth sailing, and these behemoths can create major headaches. “The Eclipse is roughly 441 feet and once you’re north of about 150 feet there aren’t many places where you can go tie up. Here in the Pacific Northwest we have deep water but these mega-sized boats are so deep, there are harbours you can’t even get into.”

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theAtRe Rooms tRAnsfoRm into nightclubs As you go biggeR And the pools get coveRed oveR And become tRAnslucent dAnce flooRs.

Typically yachts with theatre rooms and swimming pools are among the primary requests for M&P’s elite clientele, and Pappajohn noted that such options do serve multi-purposes. “Theatre rooms transform into nightclubs as you go bigger and the pools get covered over and become translucent dance floors.” But alas, the mega-yacht game is not something everyone can afford to play.

“There are so many variables when you get to the larger size range,” he replies, when asked to estimate the average cost of such luxury. “Boats in the 100- to 200foot range mega-yacht category might be anywhere from $10 to $30 million US. Once you go over 200 feet — the sky’s the limit. It really is a rarified world.” n

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MUSIC & THEATRE February 9 & 10

A ROMANTIC POPS VALENTINE Love is in the air as the Vancouver Symphony dials up some of the most sensual and romantic music ever written, including Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and sizzling selections from Bizet’s Carmen and Dvorak’s Romance. Featuring pianist Jon Nakamatsu, soprano Robyn DriedgerKlassen, and tenor Frédérik Robert. Orpheum Theatre 601 Smithe Street, Vancouver Tickets $19-$95 at www.vancouversymphony.ca February 17

ILLUMINATION A sublime evening of Persian and Turkish music with international-renowned Turkish Sufi musician Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Vashaan Persian Music Ensemble, whirling dervish Raqib Burke, and Israeli-Canadian guitarist Itamar Erez. Vancouver Playhouse 600 Hamilton Street, Vancouver Tickets $60 at www.caravanbc.com

Until February 17

RUINED In Lynn Nottage’s searing drama, Mama Nadi’s bar both protects and profits off of the women who have become casualties of a long and brutal civil war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She ensures survival by catering to both sides of the conflict, but how long can she keep the war outside her walls? Pacific Theatre 440 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver Tickets $20-$36.50 at www.pacifictheatre.org Until February 25

JITTERS Four actors, a director, a playwright, and one grand dream of Broadway-bound success. Anything from a forgotten line to a faulty wig may just make or break their new Canadian play. Can this motley crew set aside their egos and anxieties in order to make it to the big time? Find out in this raucous comedy that celebrates the ups and downs of life in the theatre. Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage 2750 Granville Street, Vancouver From $29 at www.artsclub.com B O U L E VA R D

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DANCE February 21-24

FROM WHERE WE STAND A compelling evening of extremes in performance styles featuring Vancouver artists Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg and Chick Snipper. Includes the funny and poignant stand-up comedy dance solo “I can’t remember the word for I can’t remember.” Firehall Arts Centre 280 East Cordova Street, Vancouver Tickets $23-$33 at www.firehallartscentre.ca February 22-24

February 23 and 24

HOUSE MIX Toronto Dance Theatre celebrates its 50th anniversary with a retrospective program showcasing five high-energy, high-flying contemporary works by internationally renowned choreographer Christopher House. Vancouver Playhouse 600 Hamilton Street, Vancouver Tickets $50 at www.dancehouse.ca

ROMEO & JULIET Choreographer Medhi Walerski re-imagines Shakespeare’s classic Romeo and Juliet for British Columbia’s foremost ballet company. Star-crossed lovers from rival families face a tragic fate in a story that resonates in today’s divided world. Queen Elizabeth Theatre 630 Hamilton Street, Vancouver Tickets $35-$100 at www.ticketmaster.ca

February 27-March 4

COASTAL FIRST NATIONS DANCE FESTIVAL A celebration of the stories, songs and dances of the Indigenous peoples of the Northwest Coast of North America. Featuring artists from British Columbia (including producing company Dancers of Damelahamid), the Yukon, Alaska and Washington State. Museum of Anthropology 6393 NW Marine Drive, Vancouver Tickets $16-$30 at www.damelahamid.ca/ coastal-dance-festival

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EVENTS February 15-March 15

CHUTZPAH! FESTIVAL Chutzpah! The Lisa Nemetz International Jewish Performing Arts presents local, national, and international artists in music, dance, comedy, and theatre performances. Highlights include an evening with comedienne Mary Walsh and a spoken word opera from Grammy Award-winning trumpeter Frank London and celebrated poet Adeena Karasick. Norman Rothstein Theatre 950 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver Tickets $23-$50 at www.chutzpahfestival.com February 21-25

BC HOME & GARDEN SHOW The annual celebration of home and garden design returns with exhibits, industry personalities, and the latest home and lifestyle trends. Celebrity presenters including Brian McCourt and Sarah Keenleyside of Backyard Builds, Carson Arthur and Danielle Bryk from Home to Win, and Kenny Gemmill of Love it or List it Vancouver.

February 24-March 4

VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL WINE FESTIVAL The 40th Vancouver International Wine Festival features 173 wineries in 51 events. This year, the spotlight shines on wines from Iberian Peninsula neighbours Spain and Portugal. Schedule includes educational wine seminars, tastings and parties to lunches, winery dinners and the spectacular Bacchanalia Gala Dinner and Auction. Vancouver Convention Centre West 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver Single tickets and passes at www.vanwinefest.ca

BC Place Stadium 777 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver Tickets $10-$13 at www.bchomeandgardenshow.com

Sabrina Furminger (www.yvrscreenscene.com) is a busy Vancouverbased columnist. She writes about cultural events and show business for numerous publications. Follow her on Twitter @sabrinarmf. B O U L E VA R D

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y journey with Ana and Seth began in 2016. I was organizing our annual bridal show and looking for a make up artist to join our team. A mutual friend introduced me to Ana. I had not met Seth at that point, but Ana told me then she wanted me to plan their wedding when the time came. A few months later Ana announced her engagement and the rest as they say, is history. After meeting and getting to know them better, we agreed the Vancouver Club would be the right choice for their ceremony and reception. Our selection was well founded; the BC Wedding Awards had recently been named the Vancouver Club among the top-three finalists for a 2017 Best Wedding Reception Venue (Hotel or Banquet Halls). s Photography / Karolina Turek

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Among its attributes the Vancouver Club’s warmth and character made the winter cold irrelevant. The club’s location in the heart of downtown Vancouver made a perfect back drop to Ana and Seth’s “Winter Wonderland themed wedding”. Inside, the Vancouver Club’s impressive architecture was a notable attribute. We imagined guests arriving in the grand foyer, leisurely making their way through the welcoming lobby, and ascending the elegant staircase to the second floor where Seth and Ana would host both their ceremony in a private venue.

s Photography / Karolina Turek

We chose the University room for the ceremony for it’s simple yet elegant ambience. The white fireplace provided a perfect frame for our bride and the groom. Candles and flowers positioned throughout the room contributed to a cozy and romantic mood. Following an inspiring and heart-warming wedding ceremony, guests moved up one level, the Ballroom – a graciously accommodating venue featuring a vintage look with a modern twist notable for its dark wood and sparkling chandeliers. The glow from candlelight against an all-white decor further reinforced Ana and Seth’s romantic “Winter Wonderland” look and feel. While I think it’s fair to say that Ana and Seth’s guests enjoyed the Vancouver Club from start to finish, the evening was far from over for our wedding couple. After leaving the club, Ana and Seth were whisked by a limousine to the nearby Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver to begin their honeymoon. Throughout their stay the Sutton Place’s professional staff treated Ana and Seth royally. Among others, the hotel concierge made every effort to ensure their stay would be flawless and memorable. Ana and Seth chose the presidential suite, a hideaway reserved for VIP guests, featuring exclusive luxury amenities, large living room, dining area and exquisite and spacious bedroom and dressing room. Suffice to say it was an idyllic setting for a newly weds to savour their wedding night. Adding to Sutton Place’s appeal, the renowned Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar is just an elevator ride away. Set just off the hotel’s lobby, Boulevard provided the perfect spot to dine the following day and toast their new beginning in the Craft-Cocktails and Champagne bar. To Ana and Seth, heartfelt congratulations. n s Photography / Tom Hawkins B O U L E VA R D

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You know him for his movie roles in Trainspotting, The Full Monty and James Bond’s The World is Not Enough. Actor Robert Carlyle on the red carpet at the Whistler Film Festival. by Whistler Wedding Guests at Seth and Ana Allen Wedding at the Vancouver Club: Top left; Bridesmaids Vicki Milette, Alexandra Photo Tanase,provided Laura Furtado.Top right; Film Festival. Allen & Alexandra. Mid right; Lisa von strummer and Angus Macfarlane Mid left; Niisha & Ver Grewal. Mid centre; Anna & Dale Bosa. Bottom right; Grooms men Justin Isaacs, Jed Allen, Jeff Sundar. Bottom left; Alina Adrian, Mother of the Bride, Iliana Viseroiu, Monica Monty, Anda Popescu. n

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