You may want to grab a tissue before reading this one!
As many of you may already know, the 2nd annual Boys of Fall Charity Golf Tournament took place at Redwoods last August. All proceeds went to JRFM Basics for Babies; a partnership with the Lower Mainland food banks to assist them in providing for the tiniest in need!
We were blown away with everyones generosity and support which resulted in raising an incredible $75,000 for Basics for Babies!
During the live auction, there were 3 private performances with Chad Brownlee and Dallas Smith to be won... Steve donated a generous amount and won one of these private performances.
Steve planned to host his private performance with Chad and Dallas right here at Redwoods. He arranged to have his dearest friends, family and coworkers join and planned to propose to his girlfriend this night! Steve had planned this 3 months in advance, however, due to scheduling he had to wait until December.
The evening started with a special appearance by Santa who delivered Christmas gifts to all the children. Their expressions were just the cutest! Soon after, the private performance with Chad and Dallas began.
Chad sang his romantic song " Love Me Or Leave Me", followed by Dallas singing a verse from his song " And Then Some". For those of you that haven't heard the lyrics, here is the verse that he sang:
"This love can last forever
I can only say what I'm gunna say with one knee on the ground
Make me a better man, take a hold of my hand
Honey I promise you
I will be the one to save you
when you got nowhere to run
and whenever this world breaks you
I'll be there to pick you up
If you're feeling desperation
And your faith is all but gone
I will give you my last breath so you can carry on
I love you that much, and then some"
During this verse, Steve had his own mic, and got down on one knee to ask Kerry the four words that she will never forget: " Will you marry me?".. And .. She said YES!
Congratulations to both Steve and Kerry on their engagement! From all of us at Redwoods, we wish you both a lifetime of love and happiness!
Is it fair to ask your guests to turn off their cameras during the ceremony?
While some couples are encouraging their guests to take as many images as they’d like at their wedding… others are asking that guests turn off their cameras and smartphones for the day. An unplugged wedding is a wedding that restricts the use of any devices that record video and take photos. It can be during the wedding ceremony itself or for the entire wedding ceremony and reception. Many couples will place a sign at the entrance to kindly remind their guests of their unplugged wedding. There are definitely strong thoughts from both perspectives.
Why choose an unplugged wedding?
Guests are fully present throughout the ceremony:
The bride and groom wish to have their guests fully present with them throughout one of the most memorable days of their life. An important aspect of a wedding is having your special friends and families witness you exchange your vows. It can be difficult to ensure this if many people are distracted by their electronic device. When you discourage these devices at a wedding, it encourages your guests to look up and be actively listening throughout the ceremony.
The photographer captures the moment:
The bride and groom spend a lot of money on their photographer for their special day. It may be disappointing to view your wedding photos and notice many smartphones being held up in the background. An unplugged wedding allows for the photographer to capture their images without the distraction of others also capturing the moment.
Image Source: Google Images
It eliminates the chance of an unintentional “first look”.
Having an unplugged wedding eliminates the chance of having your images shared before the ceremony. The bride wants to keep her wedding gown a secret from her significant other until the ceremony. However, with Social Media being so popular, a picture can be uploaded so quickly. It would be disappointing to have your dress revealed before the ceremony takes place. An unplugged wedding allows for the couple to decide when to reveal their wedding images.
Why not to choose an unplugged wedding?
Although there are some strong thoughts for an unplugged wedding, there can be just as many for a wedding that allows guests to take images.
Many couples will encourage their guests to take images throughout their wedding day and even share them on social media. Often couples will create a hashtag which guests can use on Instagram, or Facebook.
Image Source: Google Images
The bride and groom are able to view their wedding from a different perspective
Your photographer is usually only one or two cameras. Therefore, having your guests take images allows them to capture special moments that your photographer may miss. You are able to see your wedding day from multiple perspectives and your guests might be able to capture different angles then the photographer.
Out of town guests might appreciate a sneak peek.
For guests that are unable to attend the wedding, they will appreciate seeing photos the day of, rather than waiting to view the professional photos.
One way to meet in the middle is to compromise between the two options. You could politely ask your guests to refrain from taking images at the ceremony and allow them to bring their cameras out for the reception.
What are your thoughts on an unplugged wedding?
A trend that’s sweet; The Candy Buffet.
Back due to popular demand this year was the Candy Buffet. Who could say no to a sweet, delicious and sugary treat that guests of all ages can enjoy! It’s interactive, enjoyable, and adds a distinct wow factor to the décor of any wedding.
Many brides choose the Candy Buffet in lieu of a wedding favor. Guests are given a bag to fill with their favourite sweets as a take away gift from the wedding. The Candy Buffet is always a big hit with guests. They seem to show a lot of excitement when they see a candy buffet at a wedding… And we don’t blame them. If they’re anything like us Redwoods employees... we all have a bit of a sweet tooth as well! After all, there can never be too much sweetness at a wedding!
A First Look: More popular then you’d think!
Another common trend this year surrounds the popular question of: Should you see each other before the ceremony?
Sure, years ago the answer would have been absolutely not, due to the superstition that bad luck would soon follow! For some, it’s the notion of simply not wanting to break a tradition and for others it’s the belief that the first glance during the walk down the aisle creates a suspenseful, unique, and mysterious feeling.
The idea behind seeing each other before the ceremony may not be for everyone. However, the trend of 2014 was to include that first look before the ceremony. And we definitely see this becoming even more popular for 2015. There are two great benefits we have observed from a first look before the ceremony.
We receive a lot of compliments from guests (especially out of town guests) who really appreciate not having the long period between the ceremony and the reception. The bride and groom are able to spend this extra quality time with their dearest friends and family.
Taking images before the ceremony, the bride and groom don’t feel as rushed, as they are not hurrying to get back to the reception. Couples love sharing this special, relaxed, and personal moment just the two of them before the eyes of all their guests. This past wedding season, one of our brides mentioned she preferred taking her images before the ceremony as she felt her hair and make-up were most fresh at this time.
Erica Miller Photography
Vintage Weddings never go out of style:
The vintage wedding theme is still one of the most popular which we see here at Redwoods. And this isn’t too surprising considering the romantic feeling that comes along with the 1920’s era. There’s something about that old fashion, Great Gatsby theme that creates such an elegant, passionate, and sentimental aura.
Dramatic veils, shades of champagne and gold, lace, burlap, antique frames, beads, and mason jars are just a few of the popular décor pieces we see at some of these Vintage themed weddings.
However, this isn’t the only popular theme we have seen this year. The Rustic wedding theme still seems to be just as popular. These nature country inspired weddings tend to incorporate wooden, centerpieces, tea lights, twine, terrariums and rustic bark vases.
There are so many unique décor pieces to add to your wedding. Many of our brides have used Pinterest as an inspiration for finding their perfect wedding décor pieces.
We are very excited to see what styles our 2015 weddings will have!
What trends will you have at your wedding?
Adore Imagery Photography / Vanessa Voth Photography
4 Months of Legos, Then a Ring
The engagement story of Angela Richards & Matthew Hama
On December 28th, Matt handed me a small red lego piece and said "Don't lose anything I give you from now on." This led to four months of bagged lego arrivals (every lego numbered individually in sharpie), accompanied by photos to guide me in construction. On April 21st, I received the final pieces, and lego #209 of the house I had just built fell into place. Matt made up some excuse to leave my house, and handed me a letter explaining that this house was not really what I had been building the past several months.
I was given detailed instructions on how to dissemble and reassemble all the pieces, so that the finished product spelled out 'chk car glv-8x' (which you can check out in our photo gallery). After looking for a car with a license plate of 'glv-8x,' I finally realized this meant my glove box... There I found a beautiful map which I followed to a private floating house marina on the Fraser river. Upon arrival, I was escorted in turn down to the water by two of Matt's friends, and then told to walk the rest alone.
I travelled the long stretch of dock hemmed in by houses, and turned the corner to find vases of flowers leading me to Matt, who was standing on the water's edge. After one of the most beautiful speeches these young ears have heard, Matt got down on his knee, and, with a bit of nervousness due to his guessing my ring size, asked me to be his wife.
Thankfully it fit, and I will!
Meet Redwoods Team Member Laura, she first joined the Redwoods Restaurant team in 2009 where she worked in our concession shack at the 10th tee. After a few golf seasons in various other serving positions in the restaurant, she now works as a supervisor and can also be seen buzzing around the golf course on our beverage cart during the summer.
She has a very exciting couple of months ahead as she is currently training to run her first half marathon and, because she loves the setting at Redwoods so much, she will be kicking off our wedding season this May by marrying the love of her life Matt, right here in our ceremony gardens! With her super upbeat personality and contagious smile, we are thrilled to have Laura as part of our team.
As May is approaching us very quickly Laura has everything planned and is feeling stressfree!
“Working at Redwoods for the past four years, I have seen my fair share of weddings. Although I do not like to admit it, I had started to plan my wedding the first season I worked here – about six months before my soon to be husband, Matt came into the picture. The Redwoods staff team is a very close knit group; it doesn’t take long at all before you start feeling like one of the family. After seeing how dedicated everyone on staff – from the Course Assistants to the General Manager - is and treats each wedding that gets put on, Matthew and I didn’t even have to think twice about who we wanted to be taking care of us on our wedding day!”
Thank You Laura!
Phone: (604) 882-5130