N and J picked The UBC Botanical Gardens for their mid-summer wedding venue because of it’s openness and natural charms. Located at 16th Ave. and Marine Dr. in UBC, it’s really the closest wedding venue to Vancouver that still feels like you’re in the country – a well manicured country that is with beautiful ornamental gardens.
The UBC Botanical Gardens as a wedding venue is extremely popular simply for the variety of set ups that are possible, both indoors and out. The venue has an amphitheater, the Nitobe Memorial Japanese Gardens, two indoor spaces – The reception centre and the cute garden pavilion, as well as the contemporary gardens with arbour, and the expansive main lawn.
Following N and J’s wedding ceremony at 5:00pm, guests were presented with “His and Hers” cocktails of either White Sangria or a refreshing “Dark and Stormy” with rum and ginger beer. Four hors d’oeuvres were served while guests mingled among the grounds.
A large clear tent was pitched near the “Contemporary Gardens” and served N and J’s entertainment needs with a black and white checked dance floor, vintage furniture, a wine barrel bar and stringed lights throughout.
Dinner, under the arbour of course, was announced at 7:00pm. It was the perfect setting for a long table, family-style meal that N and J imagined for 100 of their closest friends and family. Harvest tables, vineyard x back chairs, with string-lighting & chandeliers, transformed the arbour from quaint to down right magical.
The 3 course menu featured two salads: an “Heirloom Tomato” with fresh mozzarella and a “Garden Green” salad of kale and summer vegetables to start. This was followed by heaping platters of grilled vegetables and roasted baby potatoes. The final course showcased whole sides of marinated Wild BC Salmon with fresh herbs and roasted lemons, as well as, house-smoked “Two Rivers” Beef Brisket presented presented with a duo of mason jar barbecue sauces.
Dessert was a retro candy bar with freshly baked sweets of whipped ganache cups, tiny cupcakes and jumbo cookies.
Guests then repaired to the dance floor to work off dinner, but the food wasn’t finished – we had a late night slider bar set up of beef and veggie burgers to keep the crowd energized!
Savoury City Coordinator: Joey Greene
Event/Wedding Planners: Smitten Events – Jordan Maxey & Devon Dunn
Musician: Mark Woodyard
DJ: Amy Rozier
Photographer: Christie Graham Photography
Photo booth: Swanybooth
Hair & Make-Up: Denise Elliott Makeup Artistry
Décor: Past Piece Event Rentals
Rentals: Pedersens Rentals