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Recently some great friends of mine got together at The White Peony Bridal Boutique, a gorgeous new bridal dress boutique in Victoria BC, to shoot this lovely editorial on flowers as accessories. We got together with some of the best wedding hair and make up stylists here in Victoria. The incredibly talented Mel Baird of Melanie Baird Make Up and Elena Roberts of Conscious Hair by Elena led the charge in hair and make up while the sweet girls Christine and Jessica of Mille Fiori Spa took care of manicures and pedicures. The brilliant eyes of Jenna & Tristan | Photographers spent the day shooting all the gorgeous models in their beautiful gowns adorned with a selection of flowers as various forms of accessories.
Each model was dressed in gorgeous dresses and accessories from The White Peony. Verbena styled each model and setting, the result was an afternoon of beautiful brides one after the other.
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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.
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.
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Stunning, in a word, absolutely stunning. What a day this was. Everything came together perfectly and for me, the piece de resistance was the SPECTACULAR cafe au lait dahlias that managed to get my hands on at the last minute. Who could have known that they were the perfect addition to this already gorgeous palette of creams, ivory’s and champagnes.
Meghan was a delight to work with and her ability to keep true to her vision despite the distance between her home in Alberta and the English Inn and Resort, was a testament to how well this whole wedding came together. Of course again when you start with perfection, not much can go wrong. Just look at her in her dress, I mean seriously!
The flowers were everything that I loved, soft, romantic and fluffy. Hydrangeas, roses, lisianthus and those dahlias! The sunken garden and gazebo was the perfect spot for two large arrangements and the ceremony.
Right before the ceremony I climbed up on the outside deck and snapped these sweet shots of Meghan and her girls getting ready to walk down the aisle, and what a vantage point for that dress!
Back inside to dress the tables with all the beautiful centrepieces and candles, candles everywhere. I love it when we can break out the crystal! The mantle in the dining room was the perfect back drop to create a “scape” of candles and flowers.
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Sometimes we get to be a part of something really magical. It’s magical because everywhere you turn every element blends seamlessly into the next and what is left is something so breathtakingly beautiful, there are no words. Now, it always adds to the ease of it all when you get to start with a gorgeous venue, Starling Lane Winery has no shortage of charm and character. We have been lucky enough to be able to work there a number of times this year and my goodness this venue never fails when it comes to scenic beauty abound!
The palette was a perfect combination of muted blush pinks, whites and soft silvery greys. The bouquets for the bride and bridesmaids were a filled with all of those shades and they were a brilliant compliment to the monogram created for the wedding of grey and pink.
The ceremony took place under a tree beside the heritage water tower and we marked the spot with 4 large arrangements, 2 in shades of pinks and 2 in shades of white all of them in weathered grey urn style planters.
The bride has impeccable taste and it was evident at every turn, her touches made our job easy as the starting point was already spectacular. This wedding took “shabby chic” to another level. The undeniable “piece de resistance” was the stunning bar for the cocktail tent, that was lovingly made by the groom’s father. Stunning, absolutely stunning.
Dinner was served under a beautiful lined and draped tent in the back hayfield next to the grape vines. Black & White Party Rentals provided the beautiful tent for both the dinner and the cocktail area. You just can’t deny the beauty of perfectly draped tent. It was the perfect venue for a fantastic meal catered by Truffles Catering. They always make an event memorable and this was no exception, no detail was overlooked. The centrepieces were arranged in rustic white washed boxes custom made by Modern Bodger, and were flanked by small posies of muted roses in mercury glass vases, all was awash in the soft glow of candle light.
The entire wedding from start, almost 2 years ago till finish was guided under the watchful and impeacable eye and attention to detail by Christine of Smart Events, and the pictures speak for themselves. This wedding is one for the record books. Simply put stunning! Congratulations B & S, it was an honour!