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The adorable, fun-loving Bretton and Chris travelled from Alberta to be married in at her father’s home in beautiful Fanny Bay, which is just past Qualicum on the east coast of Vancouver Island.
Bretton asked for a natural, rustic bouquet with lots of foliage because of the wedding’s west coast setting. We used muted coloured roses, lysmachia, magnolia, eucalyptus, olive and rex begonia foliage.
The bridesmaids carried striking posies of solid baby’s breath (I think baby’s breath is great when it’s used in a mass like this). We were originally going to spray paint the baby’s breath gold to tie the bridal party colours into the overall wedding palette, but ultimately we decided to go for a more sophisticated look by using goal ribbons, which complemented the royal blue gowns.
The flower girl’s head wreath was made of olive leaf and spray roses.
The dinner was on long harvest tables, and to evoke the natural surroundings we used greenery and simple potted plants and bud vases of soft white blooms. This worked well because there wasn’t a lot of room on the tables for decor since it was a family-style meal.
One of our services is floral styling, and if that’s a new term to you, like it is to many people, this wedding is an example of where we were the floral stylists. Floral styling is not so much creating arrangements as taking a few floral elements and a few decor elements and styling them to create little vignettes on places like the bar, welcome tables, lounge areas and the ceremony site.
Wedding Planner: French Kiss Events
Photographer: Kristyn Harder Photography
Florist: Verbena Floral Design
Caterers: Custom Gourmet Catering
Videographer: Koyo Photography
Rentals: Black and White Event Rentals, Bash Specialty and Decorate Victoria
Makeup: Belle Amour
Hair: Andrea Williams
Oyster Bar: The Wandering Mollusk
Cake: Ruth & Dean
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Obviously I was floored when Marika from Rock Paper Square approached me and asked if we would help with a special staff party for a local software company. You know anything she is involved with is going to be unique and fun, and sure enough… The theme was a 1920s murder mystery! The party was held at the new Nourish location in the harbour downtown and took over the entire space–up and downstairs.
Upstairs in the ‘library’ room at Nourish is a live-burning fireplace and we lined the mantle with a solid bank of taper candles in golds, mustard, caramel and brass in antique brass candle holders. To make the room look like an 1920s library we also filled the shelves with bones, antlers and books.
The best part was spelling ‘MURDER’ in foliage on the wall behind the our rustic wooden bar. Sarah cut out the letters in plywood and we wrapped it in moss and ferns, then took washi tape and taped individual pieces of fern all over the walls of the ‘conservatory room’.
Marika had a bunch of containers she had spray painted black for vases, and because it was right before Christmas we used lots of pepper berry, tallow berry, privet berry, japonica, skimmer and antique varieties of carnations. We also used long branches that we covered in moss and succulent heads.
We wanted to make sure we got some good shots of this, because it was so fun and different an event, so we had Ameris come down and shoot the details. Software companies…so cool.
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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. The 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.
Look at that lush backdrop… the water, mountains, forest and flowers. It’s such a joy to add our creative touches to this space.This incredibly photographer, by the way, is courtesy of Rick Collins. And if you’re like me and love to see the “behind-the-scenes” shots and feel everyone’s anticipation:
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Vanessa and Jonathan go way back to their days at Shawnigan Lake School where they both attended. It was fitting they had their wedding at their alma mater– and get this: all their friends and family stayed in the dorms. How fun is that? The school’s grounds are unbelievable gorgeous and feature a chapel, where the ceremony was held.
Okay, but before we talk about anything else… that dress, right? Vanessa has incredible taste, and this dress was sent from heaven for her. And by heaven, I of course mean Klienfeld in New York. The Romona Keveza dress is a gray-blue raw silk confection. Un-flipping believable.
Of course everyone wants a beautiful, sunny day on their wedding, and in so much as this wedding was planned perfectly by the bride, the weather doesn’t always get the memo that it’s your wedding day. The weather threatened all day… in July… in a summer that saw almost no rain. We were protective of Vanessa’s raw silk dress in the rain and did what anyone would do: we wrapped her in garbage bags (and surrounded her with umbrellas). And were we glad we did because as Vanessa walked from the courtyard to the chapel the sky opened up and poured. Of course at that point she was so excited to see her husband-to-be that nothing was stopping her.
We used shades white and green, but we worked in pale blue for the ceremony to highlight Vanessa’s dress. Those soft, subtle blue hydrangeas in the arrangements were a last minute addition. When I saw them (they came in randomly on the Thursday before the wedding to my floral supplier Mt Newton) I grabbed them because I thought if we put colour anywhere we will do it for the church flowers and highlight her dress.
The day-of coordinator was Tammy of Blue Lily Event Planning, the photographer was Erin Wallis (who I’ve been wanting to work with for years, and it was a dream come true!) and hair and makeup was by Chelsea Dawn.
The larger arrangement on the head table are from the ceremony–we always move the ceremony flowers to the reception so they can be enjoyed for the entire event. We made over 275 feet of garland with salal, eucalyptus, plumosa fern and ruscus. It tied the indoors to the lush outdoor surroundings and was striking on such a large scale.
Shara from Bash Specialty chose some special pieces, including the bride and groom’s love seat (seriously, how perfect?) couches, side tables, pillows, and more to create a living room atmosphere in the dining hall.
…There is a tradition at Shawnigan: at breaks the school serves fresh cookies! So the couple, familiar with the cookies, requested their favourite flavours for the dessert table and paid homage to their school days together.
Vanessa is a family friend from Qualicum and it was a joy to take part in her and Jon’s special day. We wish you many years of health and happiness, Vanessa and Jon. XOX