Katie + Carl // Bridges Restaurant Wedding

I started writing out a description of how Katie and Carl’s wedding at Bridges Restaurant went and then realized I was doing the same thing she had already done, just not nearly as well :) So I’ll let her tell you how the day unfolded:

We wanted our wedding to be romantic and intimate, and we knew Bridges Restaurant in Granville Island, with its classic Westcoast views and elegant dining room, would be the perfect backdrop for our wedding celebration. From there, all the other little details just fell into place and reflected who we were as a couple.
It was important for us to incorporate traditional Chinese wedding elements to our wedding. We did this firstly with our locally designed wedding invitations, which we individually wax sealed by hand with a Chinese “double happiness” symbol. On the wedding day, Carl arrived at my parent’s house to find a series of tasks he and his groomsmen had to pass (including eating hot chilli peppers!) in order to meet his bride. I got to watch the entire process through a window looking onto the front porch. This was followed by a tea ceremony, where I had the opportunity to wear my mother’s very own red and gold wedding Cheongsam.
I then changed into my wedding dress, Hayley Paige’s “Lourdes” dress, which I loved for being both timeless and unique with its daring straps and champagne underlay. I wanted my bridesmaids to wear what they wanted, so they each designed their own dresses in varying shades of grey. Carl and I met in a nearby park for our first look, surrounded by lush greenery, and headed to our Bridges Restaurant for our wedding ceremony in our friend’s Lincoln ’64 as our getaway car.
We said our vows on the terrace of Bridges, followed by cheers and bubbles from our family and friends while a string quartet played classical and contemporary music. From then on, it was all about celebrating.
From our first dance beneath an incredible navy sky, to cutting of the delicious wedding cake made with love from my new sister-in-law, everything was perfect. For the second half of our wedding reception, I changed into a red dress by the designer Sachin & Babi, to toast our guests, toss the bouquet and dance the night away. As for the food… we couldn’t forget the incredible dessert buffet of mini cupcakes, macarons and fudge cookies catered by my talented second-cousin’s summer catering business (she’s in high school!) and Bridge’s midnight snack of blue cheese sliders and poutine.
When the night was done, we said our goodbyes and strolled through a quiet Granville Island to our hotel where we happily awoke the next morning, grinning ear to ear as husband and wife. We were so lucky to have a wonderful wedding celebration that was easily the best day of our lives. Then it was off to our first adventure as a married couple: our honeymoon in Morocco!

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Vancouver wedding vendors who helped make this Bridges Restaurant wedding happen:

Planner // Shawna @ Sweetheart Events

Second Photographer // Justine B

Florals // Garden Party Flowers

DJ // Beyond Sound

String Quartet // Musical Occasions

Hair // Anita Lee

Makeup // Margaret Lai

Ceremony and Reception Venue // Bridges Restaurant

Dress // Hailey Paige from Blush Bridal

Shoes // Valentino


Thanks for stopping by!

If you are having your wedding at Bridges Restaurant on Granville Island or any other restaurant wedding venue in Vancouver I’d love to hear from you. Please use the contact form at the top of the page or email me directly at mf@mathiasfastphotography.com. I am currently booking Vancouver and Cape Town weddings for this year and next.


Bridges Restaurant shines as a summer wedding venue because of the massive outdoor deck and the ability to open many of its doors to the outside. On the flip side, this Vancouver restaurant venue is one of the best on those days when the weather is not so nice. To see what it looks like in bad weather, take a look at Ali and Brendan’s rainy fall wedding.