Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Ask a Planner... "Engagement Shoots"

Hello DreamGroup

Can you share some ideas for cool backdrops for a Fall/Winter engagement shoot here in Vancouver? 

Lynn + Jeff

Hello Lovebirds!

I'd be happy to!  There are so many lovely options one might consider.  There are the more traditional ones like your favourite local hotel or perhaps a more cultural and experiential backdrop like The Art Gallery, the Library, any of the Bridges (either under or on), Stanley Park with leaves or snow is certainly charming, walking through Gastown, and even your favourite local restaurant might do the trick depending on what you have in mind.   

Around this time of year the hotels are my favourite "goto" for providing a warm and ambient backdrop. Some of my personal FAVs are Fairmont Pacific Rim, Rosewood Hotel Georgia, Hotel Vancouver, and the Sutton Place.
There's something very special and romantic about huge Christmas Trees decked out to the nines and the glow of the little lights all around!  Not to mention the spirit of Christmas and the effect it has on everyone around you which in turn tends to enhance any experience... engagement shoot or otherwise.   

Just be sure you confirm with the hotel ahead of time that you want to use the space as some require a reservation and some even charge a small fee.  Or... you could just show up and plead ignorance, but keep it short and discreet, and be prepared to run when you see security coming! :O) 

Wedding Planner signing off!  Until next week darlings!  And don't be shy!  Submit your questions by emailing us at



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Genève McNally, Principal Planner, DreamGroup Productions

Genève first began her wedding career in 1999 as the Catering Manager for one of Vancouver’s most sought after wedding venues, Brock House Restaurant.  In 2004 Genève and college friend Sarah Shore ambitiously started up what is now one of Vancouver's longest running and most trusted wedding planning companies, DreamGroup Productions Inc.

These days, in addition to working with her clients in a full planning capacity and raising her two wonderful boys Harrison and Campbell with her husband, Genève focuses her attention on the sales and marketing aspects of the company and is most often the friendly voice you will chat with when first inquiring with DreamGroup.  Genève is known to inspire and excite both clients and industry associates alike with her exuberant personality and joie de vivre!  Her ability to be refreshingly candid and her in depth knowledge of the wedding industry have earned her the friendly moniker “Two-Cents McNally”.  Genève also teaches the Wedding Planning classes offered through the dg Academy and is the chief correspondent behind DreamGroup's weekly Blog feature Ask a Planner.

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