Sydney and Holly Perrier Wedding Starred Eco-Conscious Details – The Kit

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When Holly met Sydney, the connection was intense and instantaneous. The couple’s romance started with a swipe right two years ago and they moved in together just one month after meeting.

“Shortly after we met, Sydney actually had an unexpected emergency and had to leave her home in less than a day,” says Holly Perrier. “We made a huge step in our relationship very quickly had to trust each other wholeheartedly on this big move. It felt incredibly right.”

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“Sparkles were a main inspiration for the mood of our celebration and our fashion as we celebrated on New Year’s Eve,” says Holly (above right). Photo: Christine Pienaar Photography

Holly is an event planner who has made eco-luxury weddings a focus of her business, Perrier Planning Inc. As her relationship with Syd evolved, they became partners in business as well as life. “Sydney quickly fell in love with my wedding world, and we began working together. Owning a business together has its challenges at times, but we are both so passionate about love that it works perfectly. We travel around Canada, working primarily in Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver with amazing couples. For us, every business trip is like a mini vacay with our favourite person.”

Syd proposed to Holly on a frigid minus-30 December night in 2022 in Lethbridge, Alta., while they were taking a stroll through the twinkling Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden Winter Light Festival. “Sydney was so nervous she made us walk through it twice and it was freezing,” laughs Holly. “She proposed to me in front of a beautiful willow tree lit up with bright white icicle lights. From there we headed back to our car to drive to a local Browns Socialhouse to celebrate, but before we drove away, I opened the centre console of the car where I had hidden an engagement ring for Syd. I proposed back to her immediately!”

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Holly and Syd said their “I dos” in an intimate studio space with just 12 family and friends joining them. Photo: Christine Pienaar Photography

For their wedding day, the women chose New Year’s Eve for the date and a carbon-footprint-reducing intimate gathering in Vancouver as their party style, hosting just 12 guests. Their celebration was true to their brand and the events they plan, which put environmental mindfulness and sustainability front and centre.

“We believe earth-conscious is not a trend or a buzzword, but an essential consideration in every modern event,” explains Holly. “We plan weddings with a commitment to authenticity and innovation and we strive to make a positive impact in both our community and beyond. Our eco-luxe style was ever present in our own day as we highlighted local bespoke designers, soy handmade candles, and foam-free floral installations created with locally grown flowers. We also supported LGBTQ+ vendors, which is also something that’s very important to Sydney and I.”

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“We are best friends in every sense of the word,” says Holly of her new wife. Photo: Christine Pienaar Photography

Holly and Syd’s celebration started with the two brides getting ready together, enjoying their favourite things: sparkling rosé, sushi, music and lots of laughter. They had an early evening ceremony, exchanging vows in a chic private studio space near Gastown. They had their first looks captured here too with Holly’s whimsical pink veil being a main character of the photo session.

“This was a bespoke piece and the part of my wedding outfit I was most excited about,” says Holly, smiling. “I wanted it to be VERY pink and I worked with designer Kady McCappin, founder of the Vancouver-based brand Jane Rhyan, to create this. The two-toned veil with blusher was a dream and suited my vision perfectly.”

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Holly’s pink veil was a charming detail that influenced the colour palette of the day. Photo: Christine Pienaar Photography

The colour of Holly’s veil also inspired the décor palette for their reception at the landmark Water Street Café, which was just a short walk from their ceremony location. “We wanted a modern, minimalist feel, and still wanted it to feel romantic and intimate,” says Holly. “We chose black and champagne tones to complement the shimmer in both our outfits, and we incorporated a lot of bows into various elements, tying them around our candlestick holders and wine glasses and adorning everyone’s place cards.”

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Locally sourced ribbons tied around wineglasses and candle holders were a whimsical detail of the day. Photo: Christine Pienaar Photography

Bows were also incorporated into the environmentally friendly and multipurpose floral designs created by Lizi + Fern, which were crafted using a combination of locally grown dried lunaria and white roses. Another elegant and eco-savvy reception detail: the dinner menus were flat printed on a 100 per cent cotton mould created in Tuscany at a 600-year-old paper mill.

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Fresh and dried local florals were moved and repurposed from the ceremony to the reception space. Photo: Christine Pienaar Photography

In a day filled with highly personal moments, both Holly and Syd say it was the simple act of sitting down to dinner with their closest friends and family for dinner that will be a core memory of their wedding. “Sitting in the restaurant’s cozy fireplace room, enjoying our locally inspired menu of surf and turf, mushroom truffle gnocchi and wine from our most loved British Columbia winery, Little Engine, was simply the best,” says Holly, smiling.

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A smooch before cutting the cake. Photo: Christine Pienaar Photography

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The Fashion

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Photo: Christine Pienaar Photography

For their romantic and moody New Year’s Eve wedding, both Holly and Syd chose to wear classic black. Holly’s diaphanous wrap dress featured a dramatic skirt slit and black and gold sequin detailing, which made it shimmer and shine. She added a touch of vintage whimsy to her look with the custom pink veil and platform Mary Janes. Sydney matched Holly by incorporating some dazzle into her wedding look, pairing her tailored black velvet suit with a black and gold sequin polo neck top.

The Bow Place Cards

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Photo: Christine Pienaar Photography

“We are friends with Axell from Papier June, an excellent handmade paper producer in Toronto, and I wanted her to create my vision of using bows in our place cards,” says Holly. “She had the brilliant idea to stamp on names with recycled rubber ink and we loved the intricacy and the eco-consciousness of this process.”

The First Look

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Photo: Christine Pienaar Photography

“When Sydney and I did our reveals and saw each other in our complete looks for the first time, it was such a special and intimate moment for us,” shares Holly. Right when we went to hug, our song “Honeybee” by The Head and The Heart started playing in the background and we shared our first dance privately.”

Holly And Sydney’s Wedding Directory

Wedding dress: Baltic Born
Veil: Jane Rhyan
Suit: Simons
Beauty: Lindsay Maclean Makeup
Florals: Liz And Fern
Cake: Cadeau Bakery
Stationary: Papier June
Décor: Bespoke Decor
Candles: This Candle Is Lit
Photography: Christine Pienaar Photography
Venue: Water Street Cafe
Wedding Planning: Perrier Planning Inc.

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