Coffee Break with Our Union Friends – Sonja Muller from Hart House Restaurant

Sonja at Hart House Restaurant

We are so excited to share with you this new series in our blog where we interview our lovely Union Friends. We are always blown away by the passion and amazing talent in the Vancouver wedding industry and we wanted to share these amazing people with you all.

First up in our series is Sonja Muller, the director of sales at Hart House Restaurant, one of our favourite wedding venues in the lower mainland. We always enjoy working at Hart House. All of the staff there are so warm and professional and we love their gorgeous location. Best of all, the food at Hart House…. it is so so good!

Holly & Roger:  What do you love about weddings?
Sonja: I honestly love weddings. The main thing I love about weddings is that no wedding is like any other. They are all totally unique, and it is a happy event. It is a meaningful day and it is so great to host it and be the framework for the day. We are an essential part of a wedding day of feeding people. It is one of the most important parts of a wedding and we do it so well.

Holly & Roger: What is one of your most memorable experiences you’ve had working here?
Sonja: I love weddings that involve dogs especially when a couple has their dogs walking down the aisle. They are always quite memorable to me. Being a dog owner myself I know how important it is for people to incorporate all of their family members in their wedding day. We love it so much that we now offer a dog handling and boarding service so brides and grooms can bring their dogs.

There was also a wedding in 2006 that is still one of my favourite weddings ever where the bride and groom hopped into a white canoe at the end of their ceremony and paddled away. It was very cool.

Holly & Roger: What is your favourite part of a wedding?
Sonja: The ceremony, the moment the bride starts walking down the aisle. Because I’m always actively involved, I feel like I’m personally sending her off to her wedding and I often tear up at that moment. When there are bagpipes I actually weep.

Holly & Roger: What is your best piece of advice for an engaged couple?
Sonja: I have two pieces of advice. The first is to keep it light and fun. The other is to make the day your own, to keep it your own thing. Your wedding is your party and it should be an expression of who you are.

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Holly & Roger: What is the one thing about you that not many people may know?
Sonja: I was a flight attendant for Lufthansa and I loved every minute of it.

Holly & Roger: What is your most prized possession?
Sonja: The one thing I would grab if my house was burning down would be a painting. It is by an African artist that I got when I was 5 years old and I  actually saw it being painted. We were living in Tanzania at the time and it is a painting of a zebra in a classic east African style.

Holly & Roger: What was the best decision you ever made?
Sonja: Moving to Canada in 2001.

Holly & Roger: If you could learn one random skill, what would it be?
Sonja: I would learn to play an instrument, the trumpet.

Holly & Roger: What has been inspiring you lately?
Sonja: I am inspired by Wikipedia. I love Wikipedia. It can take you from one thing to a completely different place and you can learn so much.

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Holly & Roger: If you could trade places with another person (living or dead) for a week, who would it be?
Sonja: I would be someone in ancient Carthage because I’ve always wanted to know what it was like then. I’ve always been fascinated by Carthage. It was an ancient city in northern Africa and it was a major player in ancient times. They were very sophisticated with things like plumbing and several story high housing at a time when it didn’t exist anywhere else in the world. It also had a very modern, cutting edge harbour system. It was a very modern city in ancient times. It is fascinating.

Thanks so much, Sonja, for taking the time to talk with us! We loved learning more about you!

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