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A Look Back at 2014


We are excited to say that we have started off a busy year, and have lots of galas and luxurious events ahead of us in February. Before we share with you what we are up to this year, we would love to give a nod to 2014. What a year! Looking back at 2014, all we can say is wow. We are so thankful to be able to do what we do, and for all of the amazing and talented people that we are so fortunate to be able to work with. 2014 was full of excitement and as we reflect on this past year, we would love to share a couple highlights with you! Above photo by Tamiz Photography.

We started off 2014 with a stunning "Winter's Tale" feature in Wedluxe, which took place at The Vancouver Club and showcased elegant elements (such as a swoon-worthy dessert) set against a custom-made wooden bark backdrop. We were also thrilled to style additional shoot features throughout the year. In the epic "Golden Beauty" we showcased the some of year’s most elegant and glamorous gowns on location at Cache Couture Atelier and Symphony of Flowers at Fairmont Pacific Rim which showcased an abundance of cascading flowers and opulent details. Recently featured on the Wedluxe blog is "Gilded Glamour" which was shot on location at Hotel Vancouver and The Vancouver Club's rooftop garden.

With one day to go before the most romantic day of the year (Valentines Day!) Soha spent the morning on CTV’s Morning Life chatting about celebrity engagements. With rings from our favourite jewellers such as Maison Birks, Tiffany & Co., Stittgen and DeBeers. Soha spilled all the diamond details on air showing viewers some of the hottest trends in wedding and engagement rings.

Shawna and Alhan’s rustic North Arm Farm wedding in Pemberton was featured in the Spring/Summer issue of Real Weddings! S&A wanted an outdoor setting, good food and great times, and we were so happy to deliver in such a beautiful setting. Below photo by Leanne Pedersen. This year, we were also grateful to have many of our past clients’ weddings featured in Wedluxe. Sarah and Carson's beautiful summer wedding took place at the Vancouver Club. Kiki and Corey's intimate wedding was held at the Stanley Park Tea House. Elnaz and Moe’s lavish celebration is featured in the current issue of Wedluxe, and took place at the Pacific Rim.

In June, CountDown Events grew! We were delighted to welcome Jenny to the team. "It's been amazing to be a part of the CountDown Events family! I was able to collaborate on so many fabulous events with Soha while I was working at the Vancouver Club, and now am able to be even more involved with the luxury weddings and galas that CountDown Events produces. The best part is to work one on one with so many incredibly talented and passionate people, and I am very much looking forward to an amazing 2015".

This summer we designed and planned the “wedding of the year” for Michelle and Joseph. With 1300 guests at the Vancouver Convention Centre, it was our largest wedding to date. The wedding was truly an epic event, and guests included dignitaries who flew in from all over the world. No detail was left amiss, and highlights included ballerinas, rhumba dancers, multiple bands and fireworks! M&J were an absolute pleasure and we wish them all the best! Below photo by Jenna and Tristan.

Later in the summer we were excited to be invited to a styled shoot by VanCity Buzz for the “Women of Vancouver” blog. The feature was on Soha Lavin, the Founder and Principal Planner of CountDown Events. The shoot was styled by Jason Sarai, photographed by Ellen Hong and took place at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia and The Four Seasons.

Last, but certainly not least, was the epic spectacle that was our 10th annual Crème de la Crème Grand Wedding Showcase . This year’s showcase at the Four Seasons Vancouver was a tremendous success with record attendance, and we are so thankful for everyone’s support. Being the tenth year, we wanted it to be the biggest (and best!) yet, and we put so much heart and soul into making this happen. We love that we are able to feature Vancouver’s best specialists and top wedding trends while creating an unforgettable experience for all of our brides. We have already started the planning for 2015… and it is going to be surreal! With several high profile photo features, our biggest wedding to date, and the most extravagant Crème de la Crème yet, 2014 has been an incredible year. To all of our extremely talented friends – you know who you are! – we are so honoured to have the privilege of working with you. We love setting new standards in this incredible industry and challenge everyone to raise the bar for 2015. It’s time to be inspired by the extraordinary! xo Team CountDown

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Destination Wedding and Honeymoon - One&Only Palmilla


It's that time of year where we all start dreaming of sunshine, so on that note we would love to share with you one of our favourite destination wedding and honeymoon resorts in Los Cabos, Mexico. One&Only Palmilla is a luxury resort that boasts unique and exclusive wedding and reception venues with spectacular scenery and oceanfront views for your wedding in paradise. The five star property has long been a favorite retreat for Hollywood celebrities and savvy travelers alike. Not only does One&Only Palmilla offer exceptional accommodation, they also boast world-class golf, 13 private spa villas, and offer fine dining in two restaurants including Market by Michelin-starred chef Jean-Georges and Agua by chef Larbi Dahrouch, a Moroccan-born former protégé of Jean-Louis Palladi.

From an intimate wedding held against the backdrop of the resort’s historic chapel to a custom fireworks display or mariachi performance to commemorate a honeymoon or anniversary, the One&Only is the perfect backdrop to say your vows.

The historic Chapel, which was built in 1956, creates a whimsical setting for both ceremonies and receptions.

xo Team CountDown

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Winter Styled Desserts



Winter's mystery and a sense of promise was my inspiration for this Winter shoot ♡ The gorgeous ring is by Elsa Corsi, Gown by Bisou Bridal and hair and makeup by Laine shot on location at the Vancouver Club. Winter blooms by Blumen ♡ #CountDownEvents Image by Rebecca Amber !

Delicious, elegant and luxurious all at once. These gorgeous delectable beauties were custom created for our shoot


Deconstructed ingredients of our epic desserts


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Dramatic Wedding Decor at The Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver



The Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver isn't only the home of our annual Crème de la Crème Grand Wedding Showcase, but the host to many of our CountDown Events weddings!

To create a very visual experience for one of our recent weddings, we transformed one of the hotels' spaces into a dramatic space with crimson flair. A distinct atmosphere was created using layers of fabric in the lucky red shade mixed with red lanterns and contrasting sleek black furniture.

The Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver is delighted with the success of the culturally authentic and perfectly delectable Chinese Kitchen. The hotel is the only such kitchen of its kind in downtown Vancouver and is a custom-built facility that combines Four Seasons service with spot on Chinese cuisine. Specialized equipment, like the fiery Turbo Wok, and expert Chinese chefs ensure a perfect, multi-course experience.

(Images by Hong Photography)

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