What’s a trip halfway around the world when what you want is a West Coast wedding surrounded by flowers? Alex, the groom, and Yu Nong, the bride, have family on different continents and there was no simple answer for where to have their wedding. Alex is from Washing State and Yu Nong is from Singapore. They are studying architecture in Singapore and have many friends and family there. But the West Coast called to them, and when a Washington wedding didn’t pan out, they decided to make beautiful Victoria, BC, their destination. This another example of how you can plan an entire event (an incredible event!) over the internet.
Barb from French Kiss brought the event to Vanessa, Verbena’s owner, and the two of them worked together to come up with a design for a couple months. This was a true farm-to-table-style dinner with all the elements on the table working around and in conjunction with the platters of food served up by The London Chef.
The wedding was held at a gorgeous Vancouver Island spot: the beautiful Starling Lane Vineyard, which is surrounded by forest on Old West Saanich Road, and an incredible team: Kelly Brown Photography, French Kiss Events, Ruth and Dean Baked GoodsConscious HairMelanie Baird Makeup… and us (that’s a link to our Facebook page if you’d like to follow us). We all had a really great time working on this wedding–there was so much style!
VerbenaThe flowers we chose were rich and dramatic, but rustic, which captured the essence of this couple: refined and relaxed.AYNblog5The wedding started at 9 a.m. with a tea ceremony. At 3 p.m. the couple said their vows surrounded by an intimate circle of their family and friends.AYNblog1AYNblog3AYNblog2AYNblog13AYNblog4AYNblog17_MG_5748AYNblog14AYNblog18AYNblog19

We’d never seen a ceremony done in the middle of the rose garden at Starling Lane, and were thrilled with how it looked.

AYNblog22_MG_5606_MG_5723AYNblog10AYNblog8_MG_5622The gorgeous succulents were grown just for this wedding. _MG_6065This was the first time we used our fancy new rustic bar, which we rent out as a set along with rustic stands for cocktail tables and more. It was well loved while guests and the couple and their family danced the night away to a swinging jazz trio._MG_5441Can you spot the stunning merlot coloured lady slipper orchid? A last minute addition, we added them to Yu Nong’s bouquet without knowing the national flower of Singapore is an orchid! Yu Nong and Alex were both so touched.

Set at the historic and magical Hatley Castle, Michelle and Brad said their vows surrounded by their loved ones, and captured by Jade’s Photography. We used muted purple and pink roses, with accents of darker purple against a backdrop of dusty miller and other foliage, which we ordered from the amazing “Farmer Shelley”.

The dining room and arbour were stunning. The ceremony was incredible and our bouquets were perfect. Cannot thank you enough for bringing my vision to life so effortlessly and so so so spot on. You’ve been an absolute pleasure to deal with and I wish you all the best!! Cheers, MichelleVerbena Floral Victoria BCmichelle&brad_wedding-156michelle&brad_wedding-267And here are some pics Vanessa took during set up:IMG_8493Stephanie and Lily (Vanessa’s daughter) hard at work setting up in the castle.IMG_8491IMG_8495IMG_8487   IMG_8504 IMG_8508 IMG_8517 IMG_8528

This wedding was absolutely incredible for us for so many reasons, not only did we love this couple, but they trusted us to do whatever we wanted within their colour palette, which is every florist’s dream come true. This was also the first wedding where we got use some product from the lovely girls at Meadowsweet Farm on Saltspring Island. Molly and Claire are vegetable farmers and have just started growing flowers as well, and we couldn’t be more thrilled about them because their product is divine. It gives all our designs that gorgeous romantic garden look that we have been itching to incorporate into our work. The results were overflowing, romantic English-inspired designs. And we’re thrilled to see that Swooned Magazine recently featured this beautiful wedding!

Hoticultural_center_of_the_pacific_0074Transporting the ceremony pieces to the site–our amazing Cara is in there somewhere…Hoticultural_center_of_the_pacific_0075 Hoticultural_center_of_the_pacific_0042The ceremony spot was on this breathtaking terrace in Glendale Gardens, at the Horticulture Centre of the Pacific–103 acres of public demonstration gardens and conservation land. It’s not only beautiful, but a great central location for a Victoria wedding–it’s located just between West Saanich and Interurban. The reception was in the Gardens’ brand new, gorgeous Couvelier Pavilion.

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We got to use raspberry foliage for the first time (Vanessa has been wanting to use it for years)!

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A tight timeline can sometimes be exhilarating for us, and this was one of those times. This wedding was pulled together in two weeks (with the busiest floral day of the year, Mother’s Day, the day after the wedding!), but we couldn’t resist this charming bride and her vision. The designs were natural and whimsical–the tables adorned with candles, pewter tea caddies filled with beautiful ferns, and crystal compote dishes overflowing with lily of the valley (one of our favourite looks).

430_079 430_176The flowers were shades of pink–from the palest blush for the six flower girl bouquets (above) to the saturated deep pinks of the bride’s bouquet (below).

430_395430_268The bride, who, may we say, was STUNning, said the flowers were the most beautiful she had ever seen—nothing makes us happier than hearing that! Our best wishes to Tanya and Ian.

Photography: Helene Cyr
Catering: Truffles Catering
Makeup: Mel Baird
Hair: Conscious Hair by Elena Roberts
Event coordination: Christine Smart of Smart Events