Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Gardens Wedding

Amy + Cody 

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Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Gardens Wedding Photography

All the feels for this one. When Amy + Cody inquired, I knew I had to be a part of this wedding. I have an affinity for the number 8 too, so the date was one I would not be letting go too easily.

I’ve lived in Vancouver for more than 6 years now and have always wanted to shoot a Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden wedding. Located in Vancouver’s historic Chinatown, the garden itself is an oasis of tranquility and solitude within a bustling city. I’m so grateful that this year I get to shoot here twice.

Thank you Amy + Cody for being absolute rock stars on this day, your emotion, your beautiful family and friends and your love for each other filled my soul with goodness.

The evening ended with an intimate reception at L’Abattoir, serving the finest in food and wine. My belly was full with even more goodness.

Congratulations to the both of you … Here’s a preview from the day…

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Thanks to these awesome vendors rocking the day:

Dress: Truvelle – Handmade in Vancouver, Canada
Ceremony: Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Gardens
Reception: L’Abattoir
Makeup Artist + Hair Stylist: Heidi Chan
Florist: Celsia Florist
Cake Artist: Cail Cakes
String player (Viola): Thomas Beckman

I caught up with Amy and Cody recently and they shared the following with me about their special day.

On their favourite memory from their wedding day ..

My favourite memory was definitely our walk from Sun Yat Sen to the restaurant through the more colourful part of Gastown/Chinatown/DTES. Having the community congratulate us, having photos taken in an area with such character – it was the opposite of what one might expect for a wedding with beautiful, pristine backdrops, but it made the moment that much more magical and natural. I felt that it really fit our personalities, which I like to think is pretty down to earth and not taking ourselves too seriously.

Advice advice for future couples on planning their wedding day ..

You aren’t writing a play, and you aren’t a prince/princess. If things go a bit awry, don’t worry about it too much. If you need to adjust something yourself, don’t pull out your hair – you’re still human. When our cake wasn’t put out at our reception before we arrived, we just asked the restaurant to bring it out, and they brought it out. No harm, even though that and a couple of other things didn’t go according to plan. Don’t plan the details to any better than a 15 minute granularity and be generous with your timing so you don’t feel rushed – you can always move things up, but it is hard to move things back.

On what they loved most about Dr Sun Yat Sen Gardens ..

Having our ceremony in a place that is a garden means that quite literally you don’t need to worry about flowers and greenery anywhere near as much. The space has been crafted to be beautiful over decades – you can’t beat that! The fact that it brought a little bit of Chinese culture into our wedding was also nice, as other than the venue we had an entirely Western wedding, despite Amy being Chinese.

And some great advice for future couples in preparation of their wedding day ..

Plan everything far in advance. We didn’t start planning until 8 months before, and that surprisingly made our timelines tight getting her dress, venues were already booked up for a lot of weekends, and so forth. It allows a lot of time to think through things clearly. We both definitely thought you could pull a dress off a rack and get it tailored in 2 weeks. Not at all the case.

Planning a Dr Sun Yat-Sen Gardens wedding?

I always love photographing weddings at Dr Sun Yat-Sen Gardens, it has the perfect city location, history and setting and is great for an outdoor wedding ceremony. If you’re looking for a wedding photographer I would jump at the chance to shoot here again! If you like what you see above, then please get in touch either via my contact form or by emailing me at hello@sachinkhona.com. I take on a limited number of bookings each year and am currently booking Vancouver and Destination weddings for this year and next. I’m excited to get to know you and hear more about your wedding photography and your big day at Dr Sun Yat-Sen Gardens.


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