A Rainbow Confetti Pride Celebration – Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada – Sabrina & Che
Sabrina and Che met on an online dating site. Sabrina found Che’s profile and not only was she cute and funny, but she could see that she also worked with children and it was a total draw. “Not a lot of people are that interested in hearing about your day when you work with children so I was excited to meet someone whose eyes wouldn’t glaze over when the topic came up. I think one of the really special things about our relationship is neither of us felt those instant sparks but there was an ember that glowed stronger and stronger every time we were together and one day there was just no denying the really strong and solid fire that we had built up together.”
It took a while before they had a chance to go out at first and when they did it was a quick coffee date between two jobs Che had. They sat outside in the freezing cold and were so bundled up, Che says that “the main thing I could see was her eyes. I got super nervous and pretty much talked non-stop stop for an hour before it was time to go. I walked away thinking I had totally blown it but apparently I didn’t!”
Che proposed to Sabrina at home in front of their Christmas tree, on December 20th. Sabrina had no idea it was coming, and had actually spent about ten minutes complaining that their tree had died, but Che nervously persevered and asked her to spend the rest of their lives together. Christmas is their favourite holiday and Sabrina says that she’ll never forget just how much more magic and happiness Che brought to it that year. “I don’t think I was able to wipe the silly smile off my face for weeks.”
How did you come up with the ideas for your decor / theme or the feeling you wanted your wedding to have, or how did you personalize your wedding?
This lovely couple loves working together on decorations for parties so we were super keen to start planning the theme and decor for their wedding. Rainbows are obviously pretty meaningful to them as a same-sex couple but there’s also no denying the feeling of happiness and magic that comes from spying one in the sky and that is really something that they wanted to bring to the day. Sabrina says that she definitely got more than a few skeptical glances when she said that she wanted to get married against a big rainbow back drop, even from Che, but they managed to pull off the perfect balance of colourful fun without being way over the top. She also says that she just couldn’t get married without making their own bunting! While they were dating they were always making bunting for friends’ birthdays, baby showers, and housewarmings. “Nothing adds an extra splash of colour and fun more than confetti and our Confetti Kids (a mix of our nanny littles and my heart-nephew) did a bang up job of adding just that extra bit of joy to the day.”
Che said, “when Sabrina said that she wanted rainbows at our wedding, my first thought was that it would look a little tacky. But if there is one thing my wife is good at…it is making tacky things look classy. The decor was entirely her vision and it turned out just perfect. It was colourful and unique and a little bit whimsical and absolutely beautiful which is exactly how I would describe Sabrina.”
When it came to picking a venue they really wanted to find somewhere that had a coziness to it and it was important to them to find someplace that showcased some East Van personality. They actually had to change venues a couple months before the wedding and they’re really so glad we did. The Anza Club had just the right blend of grit and charm that they didn’t know they needed until they found it! It was a bit of a scramble to find the venue at short notice but it had everything that they were looking for and ended up being so much better than what they had originally planned.
Now, this is something that certainly isn’t common practice, but these ladies decided to change their name to a unique name together after the wedding! Sabrina says “it was really important for us to share a family name once we were married but when it came down to deciding between hers or mine neither of the options felt right, so we decided to just pick a whole new one! It was really hard to come up with something that represented our connection and history, and that seemed intergral in picking a whole new name. We went round and round for ages until a friend jokingly suggested Poppins. The minute we heard it though it just clicked into place and we knew we had it!”