Anyone who has planned a wedding knows how much work goes into reaching the magical “I do” moment.

When Susan Lefeaux and Mike Jackson got engaged they knew the Chinese Bunkhouse at Britannia Shipyards was the perfect location for their summer wedding, but Susan credits Mike for driving the idea to use as many other local suppliers as possible for their special day.

The couple sees eye to eye on the merits of shopping locally. Susan says, “I love to give a nod to people I recognize on the street and say hello to our neighbourhood’s merchants. I know many of the shop owners by name.”

They found virtually everything they needed for their wedding in Steveston.

Sasha at Juvelisto designed their rings. Susan and Mike gathered some of their no longer worn jewellery and brought it in to be repurposed. Susan says, “We went in with an idea but Sasha’s design was so much better!”

One of Mike’s goals was to ensure there was no waste associated with the event. They will accomplish this by having no throwaway décor and all of the flowers will be given away afterwards.

Pretty Things and All Occasions Chic Décor were the logical choices for stunning floral arrangements as well as décor rentals. Janeil and Jamie arranged everything that was needed from linens and stanchions to flowers and bouquets.

When it came to finding the perfect wedding gown Susan was over the moon that she had to look no further than Mia Boutique. She is thrilled with her ivory lace dress, which she plans to pair with blingy sandals. Susan says with a laugh, “Ella must be tired of seeing me!”

“With Steveston’s personalized and superior service I tell everyone there is no reason to shop anywhere else.” Susan Lefeaux

There are no men’s clothing options in the village so Mike turned to Moores Clothing in downtown Richmond for his tuxedo rental.

Lift Hair Shoppe on No. 2 Road was the obvious choice for the bride and her bridesmaids’ wedding day coifs; Julia is Susan’s regular hair stylist and she wanted to feel comfortable entrusting her with this important job.

Raintree Wellness Spa’s excellent reputation attracted Susan to neighbouring business for her bridal party’s makeup and nails.

While all eyes are on the bride and groom, the wedding cake is also a highlight of the celebration. Susan and Mike selected Sinfully Too to create both the cake and desserts. Susan says, “Nicole has been such a treat to work with.” They were impressed with Nicole’s attention to detail and how she offered samples and had wonderful suggestions for the cake’s style and design. They ended up choosing a lemon and pistachio layer cake with decorative fresh flowers on top.

Susan and Mike’s focus on leading healthy lifestyles, so it was a natural fit to use Richmond’s The Healthy Chef for their catering needs.

They looked off the Steveston grid for their wine supplier. Intrigue is one of their favourite wineries from Lake Country (Okanagan), B.C., and its “I Do” sparkling wine was perfect for the occasion.

Rounding out the list of local suppliers, the couple hired a Richmond based officiant and Steveston Insider’s own photographer Sandra Steier to capture the moments.

Even the accommodation was sourced locally; Susan, Mike and their guests are staying at the newly renovated Steveston Hotel.

Kove Kitchen’s excellent views, diverse menu and friendly service made it the perfect choice for the post wedding day brunch.

Susan and Mike’s story is a shining example of how shopping locally for something even as specialized as a wedding is entirely possible. Not only is it convenient to carry out your business close to home, but you also receive personal and friendly service from merchants and suppliers who are committed to making your experience the very best possible – it’s a marriage made in heaven!