If we learned anything this summer, it’s that a bigger guest count doesn’t mean a better wedding, and it definitely doesn’t mean a better party! Chelsey + Pete’s wedding was the perfect example of just how perfect a wedding with 50 guests can be (hand sanitizer as favours and all!). Chelsey + Pete just hit the one month of married life mark and we are thrilled that Chelsey agreed to be a part of our Love Isn’t Cancelled series!
Chelsey + Pete came to us during the Christmas season last year, recently engaged, and ready to jump all in to planning their dream, West Coast inspired wedding at one of their favourite places, Shawnigan Lake. 2020 was looking to be their most exciting year yet and we couldn’t wait to get started! They had over 150 guests on their invite list so, when the gathering restrictions came in, they reluctantly postponed to May 2021. After a few weeks of thinking, they quickly realized that they just wanted to be married, no matter what the guest count was! Cue the confetti – we knew this was going to be an incredible celebration, regardless of how many guests came to the party!
Chelsey + Pete were married on their original wedding date of August 29, 2020 up in Shawnigan Lake surrounded by 50 guests. It was a modern, elegant, West Coast wedding, filled with great food, delicious drinks, and amazing speeches and toasts – exactly what Chelsey + Pete wanted. Check out what Chelsey had to say about the process of postponing, un-postponing, and why they wouldn’t have had it any other way! Photos by our super talented and totally awesome friends, Shari + Mike.
It was definitely a rollercoaster! In April there was so much unknown and we actually postponed our big day until May 21, 2021. As soon as we sent out our new save-the-dates we asked ourselves “why are we waiting!?”… It was never about the big guest list, we just really wanted to be married to each other! So, we quickly decided to go back to our original date with a much smaller guest list.
When we originally started planning our wedding, we knew we wanted the day to feel intimate and full of love, along with lots of good food, wine, and music – and that all definitely stayed the same!
We were so lucky to have our own venue and that we were able to use all the same incredible vendors. It had all the special moments that I dreamed about my whole life when picturing my wedding day.
Emma and her team at the Good Party executed every single detail so perfectly. I kept pinching myself throughout the day that this gorgeous wedding was ours!
Everything! Everyone got to know each other so well over the weekend and it was so special to get to spend so much time with our closest friends and family. It felt incredibly intimate and full of emotion, that wouldn’t have been the same if we had had a larger guest list.
The day after the wedding, we both agreed that we were never supposed to have a big wedding – our day was exactly how it was meant to be.
Nope! Our wedding was everything we wanted it to be and more 🙂
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There are no words to express how grateful we are for Emma and her team at the Good Party. They navigated all the months of craziness and uncertainty as true professionals and were always so calm, organized and FUN! We can’t thank you enough for creating the most stunning and perfect day that felt so “us”.
Thank you so much to Chelsey + Pete for taking the time to answer our questions, thank you for letting us be a part of your wedding day, thank you for always being so thoughtful and always bringing Emma peppermint tea, and thank you both for being so kind and lovely in every way possible! xo.
Photography: Shari and Mike
Portrait Station: The Collective You
Videography: Hello Tomorrow
Dress: Anais Anette
Dress boutique: Union Bridal
Florals: Bespoke Blossoms
Officiant: Vancouver Officiant
Catering: Truffles Catering
Decor + Styling: Trend Decor Event Design
Beauty: Artistry by Alexa
Desserts: Cake by Taryn || Baked by Blair || Yonni’s Doughnuts
Decor Rentals: Black and White Party Rentals || Tabletop Curated Rentals || Party Mood || Designer Weddings || Festilight
Lounge: Bash Specialty
Live Music: Cascadia Quartet
DJ: Beauty and The Beat
Transportation: LA Limousines