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Sage Bistro Wedding | About the Venue

The Sage Bistro, nestled on the University of British Columbia campus, is the perfect place to host your wedding. The Sage exudes an architectural charm that seamlessly merges mid-century aesthetics with a contemporary twist. Its reception space offers expansive floor to ceiling windows which create a connection between the interior and lush exterior. Although this wedding took place on a beautiful summer day, this venue proves to be an adaptable space in the wetter fall and winter months of Vancouver.

If you’re interested in more information about The Sage Bistro for your own wedding, feel free to head on over to their website to learn more.

The Wedding Day

Sarah got ready at her parents’ home where she spent the night the day before the wedding. Sarah was still in the middle of getting her hair and makeup done so I took a bit of time to walk around the house to look for a spot to photograph some details. I stumbled across a small room in the front of the house that was beaming with natural light. “This is it”, I thought. This is where the morning prep will happen.

It was a quiet morning and you could tell there was something on Sarah’s mind. There was a slight nervousness in the air and you could tell that Sarah couldn’t wait to see Nik for their first look.

Groom Prep

Nik and his groomsmen got ready at Sarah and Nik’s home. Their home had light and airy vibe filled with natural elements like wood, linen and just the right amount of plants. Nik’s father arrived shortly after the guys smashed a few beers to help put on some finishing touches before sending him off to Pacific Spirit Park for the first look.

Is that… the Star Lord?

Before we continue on with the post, we know you’ve got a burning urge to say something about this lovely couple – mainly the groom. And yes, we thought the same thing the moment we met. Nik looks like Chris Pratt. There, it’s been said. Let’s get on with the post.

Pacific Spirit Park | First Look

Pacific Spirit Park, is a haven of natural beauty, offering lush forests, and sunlit meadows, perfect for an intimate first look. Its serene ambiance and accessibility, paired with its convenient proximity to The Sage Bistro, create an enchanting setting which was perfect for Sarah and Nik’s day. Sarah tip-toed her way through the forest to find her groom patiently waiting and with that, the first look was complete. We didn’t spend too much time in the forest due to a swarm of mosquitos so we quickly snapped a few photos of the wedding party before retreating to the safety of the concrete campus of UBC.

After a few more wedding party photos on campus, we made our way to Sage Bistro for the wedding ceremony.

The Sage Bistro | Wedding Ceremony

Sarah and Nik’s wedding ceremony took place in the Sage Courtyard where the venue’s Mid-Century flare really shines. In the courtyard, you’re surrounded by crispy clean straight lines of the grey concrete, which are softened by natural elements like flowing water and swaying evergreen trees. It was a beautiful ceremony performed by the Justice of Peace, a close family friend of the couple, and finished off with an acoustic performance by Sarah’s uncle while they made things official by signing their marriage papers.

Family photos followed the ceremony at the UBC Rose Garden, just steps away from the venue. Before sending the couple back to enjoy their cocktail hour, we took a moment to celebrate the fact that THEY JUST GOT MARRIED!!!

Cocktails on the Patio

Cocktail hour is one of the only times during your wedding where you can chat and mingle with your guests in a more casual setting. We always advocate for our couples to be intentional with this time and avoid doing wedding portraits during their cocktail hour – just look at those smiles on those faces!

We loved how Sarah and Nik decided to end their cocktail hour with a heartfelt speech from one of the bridesmaids. It was the perfect transition into an evening of great food and drink and even better company.

Long Tables and White Linens

The Sage’s interior, with its carefully curated decor and lighting, transforms into an intimate space for receptions. The dining room can accommodate up to 250 guests with the whole restaurant booked. Sarah and Nik opted for a long table set up and kept decor simple and modest with just white linens and bud vase flower arrangements. I love how the couple made an effort to walk around during the reception to chat with their guests in between the speeches throughout the night. Doing this makes for great candid moments, but also is a great way to show your appreciation to each and every guest.

Hey, Big Guy. The Sun’s Getting Real Low.

After a few speeches, we looked outside and the light was perfect for some golden hour photos. UBC is about as far west as you can get in Vancouver, which means you get a spectacular sunset. We took a short walk back to the rose garden, which is perched high up on campus, offering sweeping views of the Burrard Inlet and mountains in the distance. Golden hour sessions are a chance for couples to step away from guests to soak in some gorgeous views. It’s often the first time couples are alone together as bride and groom so not only do they get some gorgeous photos, they get to reflect on all the events of the day leading up to that very moment.

Love is in the Air

Sarah and Nik returned to the venue with the dance floor ready to go for their first dance. The first dance is a really special moment for couples. It’s their way of saying, “We’re in this together,” in front of everyone they love. Just looking back at these photos, we can feel and see that Sarah and Nik are surrounded by the love and support of their friends and family.

Sarah and Nik, thank you for having us be a part of your day and making our jobs so fulfilling. We wish you the best in your adventures together as Guardians of the Galaxy.

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