Katie and Ryan are so incredible, apart and together. Their vision for their west coast, intimate wedding was inspirational and we had a blast pulling lush garden flowers in their water-colour palette that perfectly suited their location in the Saanich Inlet. Delphiniums, english roses, peonies, and so much more overflowed to create a look of abundance, joy and romance. VANCOUVER_DOCUMENTARY_PHOTOGRAPHERVANCOUVER_DOCUMENTARY_PHOTOGRAPHERVANCOUVER_DOCUMENTARY_PHOTOGRAPHERThe ceremony was held on the Brentwood Lodge restaurant’s breathtaking patio. There’s nothing like it–and it has the added bonus of a very inconspicuous and attractive awning providing shade from the summer sun.

VANCOUVER_DOCUMENTARY_PHOTOGRAPHERLook at that lush backdrop… the water, mountains, forest and flowers. It’s such a joy to add our creative touches to this space.VANCOUVER_DOCUMENTARY_PHOTOGRAPHERVANCOUVER_DOCUMENTARY_PHOTOGRAPHERThis incredibly photographer, by the way, is courtesy of Rick CollinsAnd if you’re like me and love to see the “behind-the-scenes” shots and feel everyone’s anticipation:


Congrats, Katie and Ryan. All our love, Vanessa and the Verbena crew. XOXVANCOUVER_DOCUMENTARY_PHOTOGRAPHER

Verbena Floral Victoria BC wedding floristSeattle-based optometrists, Roslyn and Luke met at optometry school and are now starting their life together as husband and wife. They came back to Roslyn’s hometown of Victoria, BC, for a beautiful West Coast wedding.

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We set up two locations for this big day: a waterfront ceremony at bride’s parents’ house at Willis Point and the reception at Brentwood Bay Resort, which is just up the coast of the Saanich Inlet.

Verbena Floral Victoria BC wedding floristIt was a very hot day in Brentwood Bay, but a gorgeous one all around. We worked alongside some very very talented vendors, including French Kiss Events, Tuktu Paper, Toque Catering, AMERIS Photography, Style by Erin Bradley, Conscious Hair by Elena, Liam Biggs DJ, local musician Geoffrey Lundstrom, Bash Specialty, Schur to Please Cakes and Orris Films (Australian based wedding videographers).

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 Oh, to be a baby…

In the middle of summer it’s fairly rare that we get to work with a bounty of colour, but we did for this event and it was so much fun to work with. And I had to overcome my fear of carnations, because I found a couple varieties that are really beautiful. See if you can spot them.

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This adorable pooch, Milo, played huge part in wedding (he was on all of the paper goods, too).

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The lucky guests were picked up for the event at Brentwood Lodge marina and boated over to the ceremony and then back to the Lodge for dinner and dancing.

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View More: View More: View More: View More: and her team at French Kiss made these custom wooden signs seating charts, and Barb’s mom made custom tapestries to hang above the dessert buffet. View More: More: and I decided we wanted to do something special and a surprise for them so we had their invitation blown up and hung it over the fireplace in the dining room.

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Seating area on terrace with furniture set up by Bash Specialty.

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 Congrats, Roslyn and Luke. You truly had a dream day, and we were honoured to be a part of it.

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Totally smitten I am, smitten with two of the best people I have ever worked with. Bryn & Jeff, you had me at hello and I am still amaze we pulled it off given that all we did at our first meeting was laugh. Bryn is all heart and Jeff is all humour two of my top qualities, so this day was an expression of love and laughs from start to finish. It helped that me and everyone that is part of the Verbena team fell in fast love with these two and their families and friends as it made the preparations and creating all the more easy.

The palette was filled with greens, whites and touches of raspberry. Easy to do at this time of year, as the flowers are all in their prime right before the frosts of early fall start to turn them. The bouquets for Bryn and her lovely bridesmaid were a perfect combination of just that using some gorgeous rich red garden roses from the gardens of Starling Lane.

Bryn is a natural beauty, she shines and glows from within, and their is an absolute breathtaking quality to her that encompasses the essence of simplicity. So with that being the starting point, we filled the floral elements with an abundance of simple and lush blooms like hydrangeas, roses, pods, berries ferns and mosses. Gorgeous magnolia foliage with it’s rich hues of green and suede like brown were the base of all the arrangements.

The ceremony was flanked with a stunning display of all of these elements placed on two tables made of rustic wine barrels and wooden slabs milled by Bryn’s Dad.

Bryn made an entrance in her Dad’s red pick-up, one of the better ways to get to wedding I would say. A perfect glowing bride emerged from the truck with her beautiful friend Lisa and a beaming Trevor, ready to walk down the aisle. Such sweetness and love in these moments right before the ceremony. Bryn you couldn’t have been more beautiful!

Guests were treated to another feast from the amazing Dan & Micayla of the London Chef, they mingled in the beautiful garden’s of the Starling Lane Winery for cocktails prior the fabulous dinner reception at The Brentwood Bay Lodge & Spa.

The reception was decorated with more of the same rustic beauty as the ceremony. We created large “trees” of oak leaves to surround the space, it was a gorgeous way to mark the space. The tables were laid with gorgeous linens centrepieces created in beautiful cedar boxes made by Bryn’s Dad. Candles were everywhere and they were the perfect compliment to the gorgeous space and the setting sun over Brentwood Bay.


The wedding was beautifully “branded” and coordinated by the talented Roxanne Cave from Celebrate Whistler Events. It was great to be able to collaborate with her and her team. Her touches made everything come together seamlessly.

Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. French, thank you from the bottom of my heart for asking me and crew to be a small part of your fantastic day.






LOVE!!!!! this wedding. Simple, stunning, sweet, sublime, serene. What a treat for me to be able to create the flowers for this couple. Karen McNeil was clearly the perfect choice for the photography, she knew exactly how to capture these two.