October 29, 2018

Mulan Inspired Spring Photoshoot in Vancouver


It was the perfect post-rainy day at one of Vancouver’s most popular restaurants and highly recommended venue for many wedding planners. Bright and early, myself and the decorator arrived early to set up the space for our Spring photoshoot. Having done many weddings at this Vancouver venue as both wedding planner and wedding coordinator, I was familiar with the space and the staff had allowed me to utilize it in any way I wanted! We moved the tables around to make space for the pipe and drape and arranged it in a way where the natural sunlight could flow in nicely. You can see the amazing backdrop of Vancouver and all the natural beauty around it from this angle.


One of my favourite Disney Princesses growing up was Mulan. When I was younger, I wanted a garden like the one on her family residence in China – gentle yet colourful, lush, and full of life. At the time of this shoot, the Mulan Movie had just been released and it reminded me of the Disney classic. As much as I had wanted to do a fierce shoot I felt it was best to start off with what I loved seeing as a child and then doing a second shoot which would focus more on the adventurous side of the story.

The Experience

I would have to say this was my first official wedding photoshoot. I was a little too excited taking on this project at the time as during the months leading up to the shoot, I was in the middle of changing jobs, planning weddings and events, doing home renos, travelling for work in and out of Vancouver, and a whole array of other things that kept me occupied. However, I was glad I did otherwise I’d never be able to plan this beautiful production and gain more experience in wedding shoots!

A few things I learned from this wedding photoshoot:

  1. Jewellery: The night before the big day, I had completely forgotten about borrowing nice pieces for the bride to wear! There was so much going on that this completely just flew past my radar. I improvised and used my mom’s wedding jewellery from her youthful days which looked radiant, but I know it was a risk. Wedding photographers take close up photos of the ring and accessories on the wedding day and it shouldn’t be any different during wedding photoshoots.
  2. Vision: Always share with the vendors what you’re envisioning. That way they can share with you any suggestions or ideas that may help with the shoot.

Thank you to everyone who helped put this wedding photoshoot together. None of this would have happened without you.


Planner: Elle Weddings

Photographer: Sparrow Photography

Venue: Bridges Restaurant

Draping & Decor: Chic and Unique Event Design

Vineyard Chairs, Flatware, plateware: A&B Partytime Rentals

Florals: Fleurtation Flowers & Proline Trading

Cake: Woot and Wooks

Calligraphy/Stationary: Created Calligraphy

Make-up Artist: Make-Up Love Story

Model: Iris Wong



Leslie was organized, efficient, worked with what we wanted, easy to communicate with, and so lovely to work with. I wouldn't have wanted anyone else to plan our wedding! She is super knowledgeable about all of the best deals and vendors in the area and was able to create our dream vision with our budget. She took a lot of things off our plate with handling the vendors and everything on the special day making it stress free. On top of taking on all of these responsibilities, she was always so quick to respond. Leslie is the best and we will miss working with her!

Mina and Dmitry


Leslie helped to ensure our wedding day was amazing. She is attentive, responsive, flexible, and always smiling. Working with her was a pleasure and we'd highly recommend working with her. My husband and I were able to just enjoy the day while she took care of all the details on the day of, guiding us with a smile and always showing her caring attitude. As the day passed by me as a blur, I remember Leslie always busy working to make sure the details were perfect. Very grateful to have found her and for the work and love she put into our wedding. Thanks Leslie!