Ben and Julie met while both were studying at the University of Oxford. For Julie who came from Canada, and Ben, who hailed from the United States, the chemistry was instant. “We bonded over our love of food and travel, becoming fast friends,” Julie says. Ben’s proposal came on Valentine’s Day in 2017, during one of Julie’s business trips to New York City. In an elaborate surprise, he filled her hotel room with flowers and her favourite foods from several places around the city. To add an even more personal touch, Ben put together a slideshow of the couple’s favourite moments.
The pair had a romantic, timeless wedding with a soft colour palette of dusty rose, blush, and silver. At the reception, stunning floral arrangements of pink and white roses decorated their venue, the Four Seasons Vancouver, creating a beautiful setting for the intimate celebration of about 80 guests.
As huge foodies, Julie and Ben chose a cake made solely from different types of cheese. “We love cooking, exploring markets, and travelling the world, and cheese is one of our favourite food groups. When we saw pictures of cheese ‘cakes’, we thought it would be the perfect ‘cake’ for us—savoury, cheesy, and slightly unconventional,” Julie reveals. “We also thought it would be a good addition to the dessert buffet since it would balance the spread.”
Between the wedding ceremony and reception, Julie and Ben managed to share a special moment alone together. “We were able to just relax and enjoy each others’ company, away from guests and cameras, savouring the specialness of the day,” Julie shares.
In the evening, the couple danced to “I Choose You” by Andy Grammer. “We felt that the lyrics of the song perfectly captured our feelings for each other—particularly around the sentiment of finding the one person whom we choose to spend the rest of our lives, and how lucky we are to be able to do so,” Julie says.
Julie Mou and Benjamin Roy Preston, September 23, 2017, Vancouver, British Columbia.
Photography courtesy of Blush Photography.
Ceremony venue: St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church
Reception venue: Four Seasons Vancouver
Wedding planner: A Stylish Event
Bridesmaid dresses: Azazie and Hayley Paige
Groom’s tux: Moss London
Caterer: Four Seasons Vancouver
Flowers: Roa Floral Designs
Cake: Benton Brothers
Hair: Tianna Tran
Makeup: Tianna Tran
Favours: Porter Leather
Music: Dean from Apex Entertainment, Rebecca Blair, and Jonathan Lee