Le Dîner en Blanc Vancouver 2018 [PHOTOS]

Le Dîner en Blanc Vancouver 2018 [PHOTOS]

On August 23rd, the seventh edition of Le Dîner en Blanc – Vancouver was celebrated with over 4,500 revelers in the shadow of a 30 foot replica of the Eiffel Tower, on the lush manicured grounds of VanDusen Botanical Garden.

Attendees arriving with picnics in tow | Image by Jonathan Evans

Once again, this year’s edition gave Vancouver a chance to exhibit their fashion sense, showcase their classy taste for design and elegance and share their culinary delights. World-renown for its photogenic moments, this year’s Le Diner en Blanc was no exception. Guests were treated to local artists and musicians, creative dance, pop-up art galleries and more.

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Tyson Villeneuve & Jordan Kallman of The Social Concierge with founder François Pasquier, his wife, and members of Le Dîner en Blanc Paris team attended | Images by Jonathan Evans
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Jamila Pomeroy & Sami Thompson in Truvelle Bridal, J.P. Chenet rep sharing the bubbles, and a Dior to die for | Images by Helen Siwak

Le Diner en Blanc started in Paris on a warm summer’s night in 1988 as a reunion between friends. Wearing all white to distinguish themselves among the throng of tourists and native Parisians, these friends enjoyed an unforgettable pop-up picnic underneath the Eiffel Tower. Though it started small it has grown internationally with 80 cities participating, with 2012 being the year it came to Vancouver. 2018 marked the first year that founder François Pasquier and his wife, and members of Le Dîner en Blanc attended in Canada.

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Reclining in the Colton’ Couture VIP Lounge 5 minutes before the gates opened. A moment of quiet before the spectacle unfolds. | Image by Vlassis Xanthopoulos

This year, I had the privilege to work with one of my client’s Colton’s Couture in facilitating a sponsorship in the Table d’Honneur section for the owner Howard Colton, his wife Patti. Guests included Lancho Cephivenus of Chobee Aesthetic Marketing and five major Chinese influencers. I also designed and hosted Colton’s Couture VIP Lounge under a canopy of immense tree boughs.

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One of the many beautifully decorated tables | Image by Jonathan Evans

The 5-course meal for the Table d’Honneur was prepared by renowned chef, David Hawksworth and executed by his talented catering team. Each table received full butler and wine service. Our guests, many who had not attended before, were amazed at the spectacle of the event and enjoyed themselves thoroughly.

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Colton’s Couture guests Vicky Yeah, Rose Tong, Cathy Ho, Weymi Cho, Lancho Cephivenus, Chelsea Jiang | Image by Kuna Photography
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The Colton’s Couture Table d’Honneur guests about to partake in the traditional ‘napkin wave’ to mark the beginning of the meal | Image by Helen Siwak

Our table enjoyed a selection of bubbles including a J.P. Chenet Ice that had been created especially for this year’s Le Diner en Blanc and a delicious selection that included the incomparable Lanson Black Label Brut.

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Lancho Cephivenus of Chobee Aesthetic Marketing & Tyson Villeneuve of The Social Concierge, Colin and Justin, Dancers | Images by Helen Siwak and Jonathan Evans

Daytime television darlings, Colin & Justin hosted the event from the main stage, where members of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra performed after the sun went down.

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Influencers Cathy Ho, Rose Tong, and Kevin Singleton of Dea Fortuna | Images by Helen Siwak
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The lighting of the sparklers indicates the evening is ending and the Le Disco Party awaits! | Image by Jonathan Evans
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Beautiful paper flower and balloon Welcome Wall for guests | Image by Jonathan Evans

Le Dîner en Blanc – Vancouver 2018 was produced by The Social Concierge and sponsored by Colton’s Couture, National BankConcord PacificMiles End MotorsJ.P. Chenet and Boursin.