Images courtesy of Danaea Li Photography
Jennifer Reynolds and Aaron Brady tied the knot on June 10, 2017 at The Pipe Shop, a stunning waterfront venue at the Shipyards in North Vancouver.
“I started working with the mother of the groom on August 5, 2016, almost a full year prior to the wedding,” recalls Marli Anderson, Sales and Marketing Manager for Railtown Catering. “She lives on Vancouver Island so my typical planning process of face-to-face meetings was replaced with phone calls and emails. I always like to meet people when we start working together, and typically the person I want to meet first is the bride so I can try and gauge her style and what she likes. Planning this wedding, I felt like I was in the dark and then came the tasting and I met everyone and they were all so lovely and relaxed.”
To pay homage to The Pipe Shop’s scenic waterfront location, Jennifer and Aaron ensured their wedding had a subtle nautical theme throughout the day. The 9,300-square-foot restored heritage building was dressed in beautiful maritime decor – sailboat figurines, nautical ropes and even a ship in bottle – and the bridal party took photos on the Lonsdale Pier as the sun glistened off the ocean.
The wedding ceremony concluded with a celebratory prosecco toast as the couple said “I Do”. Afterwards, 125 guests enjoyed a drink alongside artisanal charcuterie and cheeses assembled by Railtown Catering. For drinks, Jennifer and Aaron chose to supply their own beer, wine and spirits. “A wonderful advantage of a wedding at The Pipe Shop is that you can provide your own liquor at the venue,” Marli notes. “The Railtown catering team was happy to serve their selections of local beer, wine and spirits.”
In lieu of traditional passed canapes, the team set up two large tables with a spectacular display of meats from Oyama Meats, cheeses from Les Amis du Fromage, and house-made accompaniments such as caramelized onion jam, stonefruit mostarda, mustard seed, and Railtown’s famous fresh-baked breads and homemade crackers.
Following cocktail hour, guests tucked into a West Coast buffet dinner. Marli and the Railtown team designed a sophisticated spread that hinted at the wedding’s nautical theme while showcasing the fresh ingredients of the Pacific Northwest. The seasonal selections included mixed greens, smashed potatoes, grilled vegetables and feature entrees or braised beef brisket with baby kale and trumpet mushrooms and Pacific ling cod served with saffron, potato, clams, lardons. “The chef prepared the clams in the shell,” Marli notes. “The dish was beautiful, delicate and elegant.”
Jennifer and Aaron then invited their guests to finish the evening on a sweet note by helping themselves to Railtown’s signature Ice Cream Bar. The do-it-yourself dessert station featured two flavours – Tahitian Vanilla Bean and Dulce de Leche – which were scooped to order and served with an array of sweet toppings including hot fudge sauce, salted caramel sauce, summer berry compote, crushed Oreo cookie and rainbow sprinkles.
From coordinating rentals with A&B Partytime to taking special care to chill bottles of prosecco before the ceremony, Marli and the Railtown Catering team worked hard to ensure it was smooth sailing for Jennifer and Aaron’s special waterfront wedding.
After the big day, the bride and groom sent the team a lovely card to offer their thanks. Marli recalls a personal hand-written note inside that read, “Marli, Thank you so much for all of your help and thanks to the servers, staff, and chefs for the amazing food and service at our wedding. So many of our guests have raved about the food. Now that the Main Street Railtown Cafe is open we are going to become regulars since we can’t get enough of your delicious food!”
For more information on Railtown Catering, call 604-568-8811 or email to [email protected].