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From the moment Mia started telling me about what she had planned for her luxury wedding at Hycroft Manor in Vancouver I knew it was going to be incredible. As far as grand wedding venues goes in the city, Hycroft is unparalleled. Before I get into Mia + Nick’s wedding, let me tell you a little bit more about this stunning venue. Set in a quiet leafy neighbourhood just south of downtown Vancouver, Hycroft is perfectly suited for both sunny and rainy wedding days. Wedding ceremonies are normally held in three locations on the property: the heritage rose garden, juliet balcony or the view terrace. From a wedding photography standpoint, the heritage rose garden works best for ceremonies held later in the day as the sun sets directly behind the couple making for really romantic wedding photos. The entrance to the ceremony is stunning as the manor is behind the bride as she makes her way down the aisle. If you’d like to see what a ceremony in the Heritage rose garden looks like take a look at Chantal and David’s wedding. The second wedding ceremony location (and probably the most popular) is on the terrace above the Juliet balcony. With massive pillars on either side and the north shore mountains as a backdrop there are few places more grand to say “I do”. If you prefer a shorter walk to the altar this is the best location for it. The terrace also has the best “reveal” as the guests are not able to see the bride until she exits the manor. Lastly, the Juliet balcony might be the most beautiful spot at Hycroft manor for wedding photos. This is where Mia and Nick chose to exchange their vows and it was breathtaking. Situated just down from the terrace, the balcony seats a limited number of guests but there is more than ample room for everyone to stand or sit on the stairs. Mia and Nick chose not to do a first look and in my opinion it was a great choice. The first time he saw his bride was when she was standing at the top of the stairs surrounding by the grandeur of the manor. For those of you wanting to have your wedding on the Juliet balcony I highly recommending having an arch as it frames you beautifully. While those are the three most popular wedding ceremony locations at Hycroft there are also indoor options for more intimate elopements or winter weddings. The green solarium is without a doubt my favorite room of any wedding venue in Vancouver and suitable for very small ceremonies. Fill this room with candles and the ambience would be incredible. The Drawing room is also available for indoor ceremonies and a very elegant choice.
For wedding receptions at Hycroft Manor you have two options: indoors in the ballroom or the terrace. While a clear second option in my opinion, the ballroom is perfect for colder day weddings. Located in the basement of the manor, the ballroom has a very classic feel to it. The terrace is my favorite place in Vancouver for outdoor wedding receptions. I highly recommend taking advantage of the entire space and have your guests eat family style at one long table. The rooms on the second floor offer a great birds eye perspective of the proceedings below as well and make for great wedding photos! Mia and Nick chose for a mixture of long tables and rounds and I loved their setup as it allowed everyone a great view of the speeches.
One of the best things about having your luxury wedding at Hycroft is there being no need to leave the property for wedding photos. You truly are spoilt for choice and its one of my favorite spots anywhere to take portraits. I’ve already said how much I love the green room for ceremonies but its outstanding for portraits as well. The colours, lines and mood makes for very dramatic wedding photos. The drawing room is my go to location for family photos as its large enough and somewhat removed from the terrace where guest usually mingle during cocktail hour. The rooms upstairs are reserved for the bridal party to get ready in and provide beautiful and interesting light in every corner. I don’t always take photos of the dress by itself but the solarium on the second floor makes it a must have. The expansive lawn and gardens surrounding the manor make for great backdrops at anytime of day but particularly at sunset when the light comes streaming through the foliage. To finish this small review of sorts of weddings at Hycroft Manor its important to note a few other things:
- Because of its location in a residential neighbourhood Hycroft Manor has a strict curfew of 11pm. This shouldn’t be an issue for you as you can always take the afterparty to a local lounge or bar.
- The manor has various time slots for weddings. I recommend taking a look at their website for more info.
- Parking is limited on the grounds but there is ample space outside on the roads.
Vendors who helped make this Hycroft Manor wedding happen:
Planner + Florist // Myrtle et Olive
Venue // Hycroft Manor
Hair // Coco Manzano
Makeup // Allison Giroday
Primary Photographer // Mathias Fast Photography
Second Photographer // Sachin Khona