My name is Yuriko Larson and I’m the owner and operator of Vintage Origami. We are a full service decorating and design company working out of Kelowna and servicing the Okanagan. We’ve decorated more than 700 events in the last 9 years since we opened in 2010.
A common phrase I say to inquiring couples is, “Don’t hesitate to ask questions”. There are no silly questions as there’s no official guidebook on how to plan a wedding. Old wedding traditions don’t need to be followed these days, so the most important detail when planning your wedding is to make the day personalized to you as a couple. Don’t stress through the process, but make it fun and exciting for you both. You can ensure the journey of planning your wedding is enjoyable if you hire the right professionals who put your needs first and understand your priorities!
As a stylist and designer my job is to understand my clients; to know their interests, personality, what colours they are drawn to, and to recognize how they like to spend their time together as a couple. All these details play a part in what their personal style and preferences are. I want to be able to bring to life an atmosphere on the wedding day that represents the couple well so that on the day guests are walking through the venue saying to themselves, “Yes, this is totally their style and taste… This beautiful decor has their names written all over it!”
My recommended top 5 styles for Vintage Origami weddings this year are as follows:
1) Tuscan Vineyard with cement urns, organic greenery garlands of eucalyptus and olive, ruffly ivory garden roses, high-end cream linen tablecloths, cosy wooden harvest chairs, and lanterns full of ambient candle lighting in shades of sandstone and biscotti.
2) A contemporary and streamlined wedding design with metallic, white, grey, and indigo tones. Gold geometric terrariums with modern white rocks and succulents. Glass square vases with sophisticated white orchids in an ikebana style paired with moody lighting in gold geometric candle holders. Marble stationery with glass gold-dotted charger plates and plexiglass signage with modern calligraphy.
3) Romantic pastel blush tones with champagne, cream, and metallic elements for the wedding day. Pretty details in the florals with peonies and lush garden roses and gorgeous dahlias. Elongated asymmetrical florals in white ceramic urns adorning the tables and lighting throughout the venue with stunning crystal chandeliers and soft accents of water coloured calligraphy stationery complete with a personalized wax seal. Individual macarons at each place setting carefully wrapped up with silk ribbon.
4) An organic and natural wedding with accents of Okanagan fruit at each place setting. Freshly picked peaches creating a sweet aroma in the venue with lush greenery arrangements showcasing florals in bright pops of peach, coral and shades of pink. Muted peach coloured chiffon chair sashes on each white chiavari chair and neutral coloured charger plates with seagrass placemats for each guest. Pies served to guests for dessert with locally made ingredients alongside pastel coloured light blue vintage goblets.
5) A travel themed event with a display of vintage suitcases welcoming guests. A vintage globe for cards to be inserted in and vases of herbs and greenery in sanctuary cement urns. An antique steam trunk used for the ceremony alongside the personalized cards made for each guests in the rotating gold postcard carousel. A map showcasing where the couple has travelled to that guests can sign and tables named after destinations the couple still plans to travel to.
Our couples have great taste and know what they like when they see it. However, while people can have a great eye and good taste in design they don’t always know how to stitch their ideas together in a cohesive way. A common issue is that a couple can get lost in the world of pintrest and subsequently get overwhelmed by the plethora of decor themes. They will often see something they like, but they don’t know how to execute that vision, where to source items, and how to make those designs personalized to them.
I actually love when my clients come to me and say, ‘Yuriko, I am not good at this… I don’t know where to start and decorating is not my thing!” Perfect! That’s music to my ears because then I can start from scratch getting to know that client and helping them bring to life a vision that they weren’t able to articulate when independently planning their wedding. I can cultivate concepts and ideas from photos and stories that the couple share with me. It also allows me to stretch the limits of my artistry if I’m given the creative freedom to do so. I love the creative challenge of starting from square one and allowing a vision and design to percolate and develop through my relationships with the couple.
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* 2016 Winner for ‘Best of Kelowna’ for ‘Best Event Wedding Decorator’ – voted by the public
* 2016 Winner for ‘Best of Kelowna’ for ‘Best Event Planner’ – voted by the public
* 2015 ‘Best Wedding Decor’ Winner for the Professional B.C. Wedding Awards
* 2015 Winner of Top 40 under 40 for Kelowna
* 2015 Winner for ‘Best of Kelowna’ for ‘Best Event Planner’ – voted by the public
* 2015 ‘Young Entrepreneur of the Year’ finalist for Kelowna Chamber of Commerce
* 2014 ‘Honour in the Arts’ finalist for City of Kelowna Awards
* 2014 ‘Best Wedding Decor’ finalist for the BC Wedding Awards
* 2014 ‘Industry Achievement Award’ winner for the BC Wedding Awards
* 2013 ‘Best Wedding Decor’ Winner for the BC Wedding Awards