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7 Vancouver Heritage Wedding Venues + Photoshoot Locations

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As a wedding photographer, I’ve had the pleasure of capturing countless beautiful moments at some of Vancouver’s most stunning heritage venues. From the elegant Heritage Hall on Main Street to the picturesque Cecil Green Park House overlooking the Strait of Georgia, these historic locations offer a perfect blend of timeless charm and scenic backdrops for your special day.

Hycroft Manor: A Timeless Elegance

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Hycroft Manor, a magnificent heritage mansion in Vancouver’s First Shaughnessy area, offers a timeless and elegant setting for weddings and special events. This historic venue, built between 1909 and 1911, combines stunning architecture with beautiful gardens, providing numerous picturesque locations for wedding ceremonies and photography.

  • Located at 1489 McRae Avenue in Vancouver’s exclusive First Shaughnessy neighborhood
  • Three-story mansion featuring a blend of Neo-classical Revival, Italianate, and Beaux-Arts architectural styles
  • Distinctive features include:
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    • Green-tiled roof
    • Dove-grey façade
    • Large neo-classical columns on the front porte-cochere
    • Wrought iron gates
  • Elegant interior spaces, including:
    • Grand ballroom with original sprung floor
    • Drawing Room with ornamental moldings and Steinway grand piano
    • Green Solarium with Italian tile and Tiffany glass ceiling panels

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  • Beautiful outdoor areas for ceremonies and photos:
    • Heritage rose garden
    • Juliet balcony
    • View terrace overlooking the city and North Shore mountains

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  • Capacity for various event sizes:
    • Drawing Room: 50 seated dinner guests or 80 for lectures/ceremonies
    • Ballroom: 100 for seated dining or theater-style seating
    • Rental options include ceremony-only (9am-1pm, $3750), ceremony and reception (3-11pm, $7400), or full-day rental (9 am-11pm, $10,750)

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The Permanent: Historic Elegance

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The Permanent, located in downtown Vancouver, is a stunning heritage venue that combines historic charm with modern amenities, making it an ideal choice for weddings and events. Originally opened in 1907 as the BC Permanent & Loan Company, it features a jaw-dropping stained glass atrium, an original Bank of Canada vault door, and neo-classical elements.

    • Located at 330 West Pender Street in Vancouver’s Crosstown district
    • Three levels of usable space with state-of-the-art sound and lighting equipment

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    • Custom 16-foot heritage bar and fully wheelchair accessible main floor
    • Rental includes on-site supervisor, front door security host, and post-event cleaning
    • Available for various events, including weddings, corporate events, trade shows, and private parties

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Granville Island: A Blend of History and Charm

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Granville Island, a vibrant neighborhood in Vancouver, offers a unique blend of historic charm and modern appeal for couples seeking a distinctive wedding venue. Options include the False Creek Community Centre, Granville Island Hotel, and Tap & Barrel – Bridges, each combining industrial character with artistic flair.
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  • False Creek Community Centre offers intimate and rustic venue options with waterfront views
  • Granville Island Hotel provides various unique spaces for waterfront weddings and special occasions
  • Tap & Barrel – Bridges offers a modern aesthetic with stunning harbor views for memorable wedding photos

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Stanley Park Pavilion: Nature’s Backdrop

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Stanley Park Pavilion, nestled in the heart of Stanley Park, offers a unique blend of natural beauty and historic charm for weddings in Vancouver. Built in 1911, it features outdoor and indoor venue options, including ceremonies on the front lawn and receptions in Lord Stanley’s Ballroom.
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  • Located minutes from downtown Vancouver, surrounded by forest and offering amenities like on-site coordination and catering services
  • Pricing ranges from ceremony-only rates starting at $2900 to reception costs up to $23,000
  • Photography opportunities include the venue’s heritage facade, surrounding forests, and nearby ocean views

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Heritage Hall

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Heritage Hall, an iconic landmark in Vancouver’s Mount Pleasant neighborhood, offers historical elegance and modern functionality for weddings and events. Built in 1916, it features an elegant design with a distinctive clock tower, stained glass chandeliers, and a spacious main floor ballroom.
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  • Located at the corner of 15th Avenue and Main Street, it offers 3,300 square feet of event space with natural light and capacity for up to 200 guests
  • Amenities include wheelchair accessibility, a portable stage, and tables/chairs, managed by the Heritage Hall Preservation Society

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Cecil Green Park House

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Cecil Green Park House, a historic mansion built in 1912 at the University of British Columbia campus, offers a stunning venue with panoramic views of the ocean and mountains. It combines old-world charm with modern amenities, providing indoor and outdoor spaces for ceremonies and receptions.
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  • Features elegant early-century design, lush gardens, and a covered terrace for outdoor ceremonies
  • Capacity for up to 200 guests for ceremonies or 140 for receptions, with services including exclusive venue use and catering
  • Photography opportunities include scenic views and charming interior details

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Brock House

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Brock House, a Tudor Revival mansion built in 1912 on Jericho Beach, offers a stunning waterfront venue with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and Coastal Mountain Range. It features a Garden Tent on the North Lawn and a Conservatory for indoor functions, combining historical charm with modern amenities.
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  • Event spaces include a garden tent for outdoor events and a conservatory with a capacity of up to 150 guests, with in-house catering and event planning services
  • Photography opportunities include Tudor-style architecture, lush gardens, and beachfront views

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Historic Downtown Landmarks great for photoshoots

Vancouver offers a wealth of historic locations that provide stunning backdrops for wedding and engagement photoshoots. Here are some of the city’s most iconic heritage sites perfect for capturing timeless memories:

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  • Neoclassical architecture with grand columns and staircases
  • Beautiful fountain and plaza for outdoor shots
  • Indoor galleries offer artistic backdrops (permit required)

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Holy Rosary Cathedral

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  • Gothic Revival style with intricate stonework and stained glass windows
  • Ornate interior with vaulted ceilings and arches
  • Historic landmark in downtown Vancouver since 1900

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Marine Building

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  • Art Deco masterpiece with elaborate terra cotta facades
  • Stunning lobby with intricate tilework and brass details
  • Iconic Vancouver landmark completed in 1930

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Gastown

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  • Cobblestone streets and Victorian architecture
  • Famous Steam Clock for unique photo opportunities
  • Vintage lampposts and brick buildings create old-world charm

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These heritage locations offer a range of architectural styles and historic ambiance to create memorable wedding and engagement photos that capture Vancouver’s rich past. Be sure to check permit requirements, as some sites may require advance permission for professional photography sessions.

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