Classic Wedding: St. Francis in-the-Wood

Caulfeild Cove, West Vancouver

Tucked away in a corner of West Vancouver is a place that time has been rather kind to. “Caulfield Cove” still bares a lot of the characteristics it had when first settled by Francis Caulfield in 1898. Francis, an English traveler, scholar and naturalist, landed at what was then “Skunk Cove” and promptly began to turn it into an English village reminiscent of a Devon or Cornwall coastal village. At the centre of his vision was the Anglican church of St. Francis in-the-Wood and if you squint, you can still see the Boy Scouts camped on the parade ground circa 1912.

Foe close to 90 years St. Francis in-the-Wood has been hosting weddings in infinite variety. Everything from traditional church weddings to outdoor weddings on the either the church grounds or by the water are possible. The church is at home in it’s natural surroundings with lovingly tended gardens and a beautiful view of the cove complete with bobbing pleasure boats. The overwhelming feeling here is of serene calm and as an “added bonus” that it also feels very private.

Caulfield Cove brings to mind the 50’s nostalgia of  the H.E. Bates novel “Darling Buds of May”. The chapel is small and intimate, lined with burnished wood paneling, stained glass and a timbered ceiling that drips with charm. Adjacent to the chapel is the recreational hall that can made over in a reception/dining area. The hall, a later addition to the church, lacks the charm of the chapel, but is easily rectified with “pipe and drape” and lights.

The kitchen has everything you need for catering a wedding. We recently catered a lovely traditional wedding for Anelore and Todd and they made use of the entire space available to them. Following their chapel marriage, The sun-dappled front lawn was used as a reception area where wine and appetizers were served. In the tree lined perimeter, and because A & T love to travel, they hung travel photos of themselves in the branches for guests to discover.

The wedding party then moved on to a buffet style dinner of Lemon Rosemary Marinated Grilled Halibut and Slow Roasted New York Striploin with Grilled Vegetable Platters and Caprese Salad in the hall while being serenaded by Colin Bullock.

If you’re guest list is small and you’re just starting to explore venues for your upcoming wedding in Vancouver, consider the “Wedding Church” of St. Francis-in-the-Wood. It’s positively delightful, and after you’ve booked it, call us for a catering quote. We’d love to work with you!

Event Planner: Vanessa Dang

Rentals: A & B Partytime Rentals, Upright Decor

Music: Musical Occasions and Colin Bullock

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