This Pepe’s Italian and Liquor Wedding Will Have You Wanting to Tie the Knot at Your Favorite Restaurant

June 14, 2024 | justine

Sarah and Emile dreamed of an effortless, fun wedding bursting with love and a whole lot of dancing. Their dream became a reality when they discovered the perfect venue fit for their desired wedding vibe and aesthetic. The restaurant’s mid-20th-century design and Amalfi coast theme provided the ideal backdrop. With the addition of meaningful personal touches and stunning florals, their Pepe’s Italian and Liquor wedding transformed into the ultimate celebration, making their big day truly unforgettable.

The New York-inspired restaurant was crucial in bringing the pair’s vision to life. The pink color palette inspired by the bride’s shoes and crawling florals framing the windows created a stunning ceremony altar for their vow exchange. For the reception, colorful arrangements adorned every corner of the space, adding an extra pop of personality. The romantic atmosphere was palpable as the couple and their guests enjoyed a night of joyous celebration and merriment.

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The Couple:

Sarah and Emile

The Wedding:

Pepe’s Italian and Liquor, Melbourne, Australia

The Story Behind Their Pepe’s Italian and Liquor Wedding

The styling was mainly done DIY through Canva on late nights after work, but it was all inspired once we found our fantastic venue. The venue was inspired by mid-20th-century New York and had an Amalfi coast theme at the time. All our extra styling and decisions about flowers came after seeing the venue. We wanted to celebrate our love with an amazing, love-filled night of dancing. Pepe’s spirits shelves behind the bar and the Amalfi styling were so perfectly styled that all we added were some small touches and beautiful florals.

How the Bride’s Shoes Inspired Their Wedding Color Palette

Our key colors were pink which started when I found my pink shoes. The venue then also had pink so that helped. Our florist was incredibly helpful in bringing much of our vision to life with the florals. Her signature style does not include foliage, which meant the florals had so much color. We chose to have our bridesmaids in emerald green to complement the flowers.

Honoring Loved Ones with DIY Signage and Meaningful Wedding Favors

We made all of the signage ourselves on Canva, and my mum organized the wedding favors. Both of my grandmothers passed away within six months before my wedding. We thought of a beautiful way to honor them both by gifting small parcels of parsley seeds that one of my grandmothers had been cultivating her whole life. We presented them in a small vintage suitcase owned by my other grandmother.

A Culinary Journey Through Italian-Inspired Wedding Menu

Our menu was an Italian-themed cocktail with samples of meats, cheeses, and pizza on the menu—as well as some crowd favorites of small cocktail bites. We had wine, beer, cider, and spirits. We also had two cocktails on the menu all night: Aperol Spritz and Tommy Margaritas.

Dancing Through Decades: A Playlist Spanning Generations

We had a real mix of tunes that everyone of all ages could dance to, from David Bowie to Top Loader to The Beatles to Beyonce. We also had the Tarantella, an Italian wedding song.

Honoring Loved Ones: Finding Meaningful Ways to Include Them in Their Special Day

We lost my father-in-law a few years before our wedding, and that was super difficult. However, finding different ways to honor him throughout the day felt special—an Essendon scarf on a chair dedicated to him, choosing his favorite songs and pictures of him, and talking about him in our vows and speech was hard. Still, it was lovely to honor such a beautiful man. 

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Na Lia Weddings
Ceremony + Reception Venue + Catering – Pepe’s Italian and Liquor
Floral Design – Urban Antidote
Officiant – Celebrations by Dee
DJ – Astound DJs
Makeup Artist – Olivia Florence Makeup
Wedding Dress – Grace Loves Lace
Bridal Accessories – Novo Shoes
Bridesmaids’ Apparel – The Iconic
Groom’s Apparel – Black Tie Classic
Rings – Diamond Story + Elk and Cub + Mejuri


Congratulations to Sarah and Emile on their stunning Pepe’s Italian and Liquor wedding. Thanks to Junebug vendor Na Lia Weddings for beautifully capturing every moment of this unique celebration. It’s a fantastic source of inspiration for couples looking to break away from tradition for their own special day. For more of Na Lia’s amazing work, visit their profile in our directory of the world’s top wedding photographers.

Take a cue from this celebration: opting for a distinctive venue adds a touch of uniqueness and sets the tone for a joyful start to your marriage. With a team of experienced wedding professionals by your side, you can turn your vision into reality and create a day that will be remembered forever.

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Classic Black and White Cape a Thompson Hotel Destination Wedding

June 12, 2024 | justine

Erika and Brad had their hearts set on crafting a remarkable experience for their cherished guests. Opting for Mexico as their destination, they teamed up with seasoned professionals to transform their dream wedding into reality. Adorned with timeless hues, enchanting florals, sophisticated decor, and trendy attire, their Cape a Thompson Hotel destination wedding became an unforgettable affair, leaving guests with memories to cherish for a lifetime.

Their rooftop ceremony, with the magnificent sea as a backdrop, was a sight to behold. An aisle adorned with delicate flowers guided the way to a lush arch framing the breathtaking views. The exchange of vows was a moment of pure sweetness, marking the start of their shared journey. The following reception was a vision of timeless elegance. With stunning centerpieces and gentle candlelight, each table exuded an air of intimacy and romance.

Erika and Brad seamlessly blended timeless sophistication with their unique flair on their special day, and let us tell you, it’s a visual treat not to be missed. Thankfully, Junebug vendor MemoryBox Photography was on hand to immortalize every enchanting moment of their special day.

The Couple:

Erika and Brad

The Wedding:

Cape a Thompson Hotel, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

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Making Their Loved Ones an Integral Part of Their Cape a Thompson Hotel Destination Wedding

We always said the day was about us, but it was also about our friends and family. We wanted them not just to be present for the wedding but to be a part of the wedding. Everyone was putting in a lot of time and effort to travel to Cabo, so we wanted to ensure they were thought about throughout the wedding weekend.

How Flowers Became the Heart of Their Cape a Thompson Hotel Destination Wedding Design

We worked closely with our wedding planner to curate our design. We knew we wanted a clean black-and-white palette with a creamy hue and a few statement pieces and moments to liven it up. The vibe mirrored the style, which was elegant but added some entertainment. We splurged on the flowers. And there is not a single bud that I would have changed. The foundation of our wedding’s “look” was the flowers and how they were incorporated throughout every space.

Designing a Wedding Experience Where Guests Glide Effortlessly from Ceremony to Reception

We had searched many venues over the years of visiting Cabo, but we were always drawn to the Cape. The rooftop view is stunning, and the backdrop for the wedding is unbeatable. The reception and dance floor setup was exactly what we wanted for an intimate but fun after-party. Their food is excellent, with a little flare, and the service is top-notch. The Cape was accommodating to us, wanting to take over the rooftop. The goal was for the guests to be kept from being shuffled around but to seamlessly move from one area to the next, from the ceremony to cocktail hour, then reception.

Combined Seating Charts and Wedding Favors with a Personalized Mezcal Touch

We incorporated the seating chart with the wedding favors. We came to enjoy Mezcal from our trips to Cabo and thought it would be a personal touch to include it. The seating chart was adorned with personalized Mezcaleros that our guests could take a shot of to sample and take home with them as souvenirs.

How The After-Party Became the Highlight of Their Cape a Thompson Hotel Destination Wedding

Our most memorable moment was the entire after-party. The tone was set from the beginning with fireworks and ended with a neon saxophone player. We will always appreciate seeing our friends and family enjoying themselves on the dance floor, dancing, singing, and being together at that moment.

Why Having a Trusted Wedding Planner in Cabo Made Their Destination Wedding Experience Truly Special

If you are doing a destination wedding, pick a wedding planner you like. They are your advocates. You work closely with them from start to finish, and it becomes a personal relationship. We trusted our planner to put our vision into place, and there is so much behind the scenes that you cannot keep track of from a distance or on the wedding day. You must know that if something is not going perfectly, they will make it work however you want without asking. Not only did we have the best wedding planner in Cabo for our wedding, but we gained a friend in the process.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – MemoryBox Photography
Event Planning – Carena Trampe from Amy Abbott Events
Venue – Cape a Thompson Hotel
Floral Design – Cristina Gonzalez Florals
DJ – DJ Alex
Videography – Wild Oak Films
Invitation Design – Peppermint Press
Makeup + Hair Styling – Piel Canela Make Up Studio
Wedding Dress – Galia Lahav
Rentals – Cristina Gonzalez Rentals


Congratulations to Erika and Brad on their stunning Cape a Thompson Hotel destination wedding. A big thank you to Junebug vendor MemoryBox Photography for beautifully capturing every detail and memorable moment of their special day. For more elegant celebrations like this, check out their profile in our directory of the world’s best wedding photographers.

Considering a destination wedding? It’s the perfect opportunity to celebrate with your nearest and dearest while creating lasting memories. But here’s the deal: to ensure an exceptional experience, team up with experienced vendors who can elevate your big day. Ready to get started on your adventure? Explore our selection of top-tier wedding professionals from across the globe!

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The Top 14 Vancouver Wedding Photographers

June 11, 2024 | riley
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Every love story deserves to be told through stunning visuals that you’ll be able to cherish for the rest of your life–which is why choosing the right wedding photographer is so important. Whether you’re tying the knot in the heart of the city of Vancouver or you’re running to the mountains for your next adventure, there are countless Vancouver wedding photographers to choose from. That’s why we’re breaking down 14 of Vancouver’s best. These professionals are known for their ability to capture the magic of weddings, no matter the size or venue, so you can feel confident knowing that they’re the perfect fit for your special day.

14 Vancouver Wedding Photographers to Consider For Your Wedding

1. Photos by Pala Mikayla

Photography style: Candid documentary

Good for: Couples looking for a built-in best friend with their photographer

Review: “As a photographer myself, I had really high standards for who would take our wedding photos, and so I knew Pala would be the perfect person for the job. Her work is fantastic, and her style of vibrant, true-to-life colors was gorgeous and exactly what I wanted. She is also just an amazing, funny, and wonderful human, and it was so lovely to have her with us on our big day. She did such a great job making everyone laugh and keeping things organized during family photos. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a wedding photographer.”

2. Shari + Mike Photographers

Photography style: Moody editorial

Good for: Couples looking for award-winning photographers

Review: Shari + Mike = best wedding photographers ever. Our photos are BEAUTIFUL. Actually, though, they exceeded our expectations. We keep getting compliments on the photos and photo style. They capture genuine and real moments, and they were truly a pleasure to hang out with on our wedding day. They have wonderful personalities, they were completely punctual, and made photo-taking fun! Thank you so much.”

3. Nomad by NK

Photography style: Documentary with a sprinkle of editorial

Good for: Couples who want every candid moment captured

Review: Nat and Kerstin are two of the most talented photographers I’ve ever met. They’ve photographed my engagement shoot, wedding, maternity, and now newborn photos, and I couldn’t be happier with the results. What I love most is their ability to capture candid moments, make us feel comfortable (even my husband, who doesn’t love being photographed), and ALWAYS keep you laughing, which makes for the best photos! Love you two, thanks for capturing all of my most precious moments!”

4. henry f.

Photography style: Artistic storytelling

Good for: Couples looking for whimsical, film-like photos

Review: “When looking at Henry’s sample of work – I was immediately impressed and drawn to the vintage style of his photos. My partner and I are so happy to have gone with him as our wedding day photographer. He is professional and patient and encouraged us to be natural and comfortable during our photo sessions. He has a great eye for scoping out locations and framing photos to make ordinary spots look cinematic. During our event, he was able to capture many beautiful candid moments and was not distracting at all. We are so pleased with the final photos. Thank you, Henry!”

5. The Godard’s

Photography style: Journalistic editorial

Good for: Couples who want magazine-worthy photos

Review: “Being a wedding coordinator in the industry, I knew the importance the right vendors would make on the big day. So when it came to photography, something that both my husband and I valued high on our list, I HAD to suggest my faves the Godards, and luckily, he felt the same way. Having worked with them before, I was able to experience their professionalism, care for couples, easy-going attitudes, and amazing talent firsthand. The galleries that they would produce were beautiful and timeless and captured the essence of the weddings in a way that felt natural and real. So when it came to our engagement shoot and wedding, I was once again in awe of the way that they put us both at ease and captured who we are as a couple. We are so grateful to have such beautiful photos that we will cherish for the rest of our lives. Thank you, Danaea and Silas, for being a part of this milestone season of our life together and we couldn’t imagine sharing the experience with any other photographers.”

6. Meghan Hemstra Photography

Photography style: Photojournalistic editorial

Good for: Couples planning a timeless wedding

Review: “Choosing Meghan as our wedding photographer was one of our best decisions when planning our wedding! She is super personable, organized, and great at communicating. From the moment we met we felt at ease and like we had made an instant friend. Her approach to taking photos makes you feel so comfortable and like you’re the most beautiful person in the room from start to finish. Her work is thoughtful, artful, and completely stunning. Her talent is incredible and I feel like I can’t put into words how happy I am with all of the photos we got back. She captured our day so perfectly, and there’s no one I’d recommend more! We love you, Meghan!”

7. Sara Rogers Photography

Photography style: Candid documentary

Good for: Couples celebrating their love with an outdoor adventure

Review: “My partner and I had the good fortune of booking Sara for our wedding last fall, and I cannot recommend her enough! We had a fairly small wedding, and she did an amazing job candidly capturing the intimate day and making sure she made time for just the two of us. Sara is super friendly, works great with kids, and really helped us relax on the big day, knowing she was there to capture everything. Sara was super professional throughout the entire process, and the resulting photographs were unbelievable! If you are lucky enough to book Sara for your occasion (wedding or otherwise), you won’t be disappointed!

8. Laura Berkenpas Photography

Photography style: Candid documentary

Good for: Couples who love the old-school feeling of film

Review: Laura is so sweet and does incredible work! She did both our engagement photos and our wedding photos. I will, without a doubt, hire her again for any other photoshoots we wish to do. I couldn’t recommend her more.”

9. Ronnie Lee Hill Photography

Photography style: Candid documentary

Good for: Couples who want a photographer who will take the time to get to know them before their big day

Review: Ronnie was the very first vendor we booked for our wedding- before we even knew the date or the venue, once I saw her portfolio, I knew she had to be our photographer- my new husband and I are both professional artists so we were both very particular about who we chose to capture our big day. Ronnie’s work is NOT your cookie-cutter wedding photography- she plays with light and composition in a way that makes your wedding feel editorial and glamorous yet natural and romantic. Not only is her photography exemplary, the way she made my usually camera shy partner laugh and be comfortable in front of her camera was great and allowed us to get some wonderful, natural shots. I loved that Ronnie wanted motion, fun, and adventure during our sessions- she was absolutely perfect and so lovely to work with for both our engagement and elopement sessions! I feel so privileged to be captured by Ronnie’s lens, and I highly recommend her for any photography you might need! THANK YOU RONNIE”

10. Marlon Castle Photography

Photography style: Luxury editorial

Good for: Couples who want photos that will never go out of style

Review: “From the moment we contacted Marlon, We knew we made the right choice in choosing him as our photographer. Marlon is absolutely amazing and his vision for pictures are unmatched. He is friendly, professional, and always quick to respond. His passion for photography is very apparent and he makes you feel so comfortable during the process. Marlon also went above and beyond for us by agreeing to stay over our agreed time even when he needed not to. We had a great experience with him and could not picture our wedding without him.”


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11. Na Lia Weddings

Photography style: Timeless editorial

Good for: Couples who want photos that are the definition of sophisticated

Review: Shardey has the most generous and great heart, and it shines through her professionalism and her photographs! Shar has such a good eye for beauty–all the angles, props, and locations are carefully thought out for the most amazing shots! She is GREAT with lots of people, even demanding families, she won the hearts of all our guests and took the most beautiful photos of everyone – Our wedding would not have been the same without her – would highly recommend!”


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12. Sea to Sky Studios

Photography style: Bright editorial

Good for: Couples who are always up for an adventure

Review: “We cannot thank Ben + Britt enough for the AMAZING photos. We were truly in love with all the photos they took. We loved the way their pictures told the story of how our day unfolded. We are so thankful to have these pictures to look back on so we can relive our day forever. Ben + Britt were both great to work with on the day and made us feel very comfortable throughout the whole process. We were very lucky to have them along for the ride with us! We cannot recommend Ben + Britt enough if you are looking for wedding photographers.”

13. Freya Photography

Photography style: Unique cinematography

Good for: Fans of Wes Anderson and Stanley Kubrick

Review: My partner and I recently had a shoot with Kristen and were blown away by how incredible the experience was. In addition to her outstanding photography skills, she also has a talent for making everyone feel comfortable and at home during the shoot; from laughing and joking and hyping us up to the curated music playlists, no detail is overlooked. Kristen’s passion for what she does is clearly evident and makes for an amazing experience in front of the camera. If you’re looking for someone to shoot your wedding, or otherwise capture you and/or your love on camera, look no further! I can’t wait to shoot with Kristen again in the future”


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14. Lonely Wolf Productions

Photography style: Candid documentary

Good for: Couples looking for a photographer and videographer duo

Review: “Wow! 2 years later, and I am still obsessed with our wedding video. I tear up every time! Josh was easygoing and worked in unison with our photographer to capture so many special moments. We received our video in a very timely manner (earlier than I was expecting!) and it was everything I had hoped it would be and more. I was also pleased that he had filmed our speeches that I originally had said I didn’t want a copy of because once I heard them, I knew I needed a copy, lol. He was way ahead of me and had recorded them “just in case.” Would definitely recommend Josh again, 10/10.”

These are just some of the best wedding photographers in Vancouver. From venues to florists, our highly-vetted vendor directory is here to help you find every kind of vendor you need to make your dream wedding come to life!

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