My dear friends Karen and Steve hosted their wedding at the Sutton Place Hotel in downtown Vancouver. Dean and I decided to make mini “staycation” out of it and spend the night at the hotel. We checked in around 2:30 p.m. and were warmly greeted by the staff who detailed all the hotel amenities and sent us up to our room. The room was clean, bright and had a nice view overlooking Burrard Street. I could see Karen and Steve down below having their wedding photos taken!
Navid Sariolghalam, the Sutton’s general manager was kind enough to send up some treats to my room. The treat second from the left was my favourite, some sort of nut butter square – so good. Thanks Navid!
The wedding ceremony started at 4:30 p.m., and was beautiful.
My friend Sandra from Niki Trading did Karen’s flowers, she did an amazing job!!!
After the ceremony the hotel switched the Versailles Ballroom over to reception setting, and we had cocktail hour in the elegant Chateau Lafite room. An assortment of appetizers were passed around, my favourite of which was a truffled mushroom risotto ball; I wish I’d gotten a photo of it!
Once the room was ready for the reception we all went back in as Karen and Steve made their big entrance together as a married couple.
Immediately following their entrance the horah started, so much fun!!
After the horah festivities we were seated at our table which was prepared beautifully.
The ballroom was a gorgeous choice for both the ceremony and the reception.
Dinner was catered by the Sutton’s in house culinary team and started off with a raspberry and pickled beet salad with boursin cheese mousse, caramelized pecans and mixed greens. The dressing was really good and complemented the beets perfectly.
The second course was a lightly marinated sablefish with ginger rice, orange anise, shitake mushrooms and daikon carrot salad. My sablefish was done perfectly, and the rice was extremely flavourful! This was my favourite dish from the evening.
A grapefruit sorbet pallet cleanser was served before the third course, very tart and delicious.
The third course was pepper crusted beef tenderloin filet with merlot jus, roasted garlic basil mashed potatoes and caper tomato zucchini. The beef was seasoned perfectly and the sides were also quite nice, I really loved the vegetables with this dish.
For dessert the Sutton provided their signature dessert buffet which included every dessert imaginable!
… plus a chocolate fountain!!!
Caitlin made Karen’s wedding cake, she did an incredible job!!!
Throughout the reception dinner many amazing speeches, songs and poems were delivered. There was also a Japanese taiko drumming presentation, after which Karen surprised Steve by joining in on!!
At around 11:30 p.m. a “midnight snackbar” was set up with grilled cheese sandwiches, mini hot dogs, tomato soup shots, fries and mini gherkins of course!
The dancing went late into the evening, when I finally made it up to my room I discovered the Sutton had done a turn down service and left chocolates for me. Thank you Sutton!!
The next morning Dean and I spent some time relaxing at the pool.
After the pool we packed up, checked out and made the long 30-minute journey home! Thank Sutton for making my stay so comfortable and memorable.
Thank you so much Karen and Steve for having us be a part of your celebrations! It was a truly beautiful wedding and it was so incredible to witness such amazing love between you two, and between your two families.