Month-of Coordination // Shawna and Howard Ma

The first time we met Shawna and Howard, they had met us at Timbertrain Coffee Roasters for our first consultation. They currently live out in Victoria, BC and came out to Vancouver to visit their family. Our first impression of them was how sweet of a couple they were! Shawna was organized and had a good idea of what she wanted for her wedding. They came to us knowing what they wanted, and were happy to complete the planning stages themselves. Shawna and Howard wanted to hire a wedding coordinator so that they could have a coordinator on-site on the day-of to execute what they had planned as well as to create a timeline for their day and communicate with vendors for the month before hand so that they could relax, spend time with family and enjoy their special day together!

Shawna and Howard had a unique day planned as they had an intimate ceremony with 25 guests followed by a traditional Chinese Tea Ceremony and concluded their day with a traditional Chinese dinner and a lot of dancing!

Shawna's bridesmaids and MOH helping her change into her traditional dress for the tea ceremony.

Shawna and Howard participating in the tea ceremony. What a beautiful tradition!

One of our favourite moments was when Shawna's Dad's band played during the reception. What a sweet memory to have!

All photos were taken by D'Soleil Photography

Here is a little note from the bride...

I am so glad I hired Joryli and Raelene to be my Day-of-Wedding Coordinators. They made sure my wedding day was stress-free so my husband and I could enjoy our big day and not worry about all the little things. 

Weeks before the wedding, Joryli and Raelene helped me with the wedding timeline. They also visited the ceremony and reception sites with me, they contacted all the vendors, and they helped coordinate the wedding rehearsal. If I had any questions or concerns, I could contact them any time and they would respond quickly. On the day of the wedding, they made sure my flowers and table settings were perfectly displayed and they helped coordinate the timing of the music and speeches and slideshows.

I was so pleased with how my wedding day turned out. It was comforting to know that I had Joryli and Raelene making sure that everything is going as planned and if something didn't work, they would come up with a solution. They are so nice and well-organzied and great to work with. I would recommend The Bright Lights Events to all my friends who are looking for wedding planners or day-of-coordinators.

Thanks for trusting us with your Big Day!