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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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Keirstan and Ryan hail from Edmonton, but chose the beautiful Pacific Ocean as the backdrop for their vows. Set at Oak Bay Beach Hotel, their wedding had a laid-back glitz and sparkle to it that perfectly suited the magical event.
I met Keirstan and Ryan once before the wedding and was struck by how appreciative they were, and how excited Keirstan was. It’s so fun to create for a bride like Keirstan, and she didn’t disappoint me: as I knocked on her hotel room door to deliver the flowers, I could hear her and her ladies’ pure glee, and the look on her face when she saw the flowers was just incredible. It’s a pretty amazing feeling to create something that takes a bride’s breath away and makes her so happy on her special day. Their families were also very welcoming and a pleasure to work with.
We worked with peaches, creams, blushes, golds, which was a popular palette of the summer. Keirstan had a vision that came together so beautifully–as you can see!
Victoria’s Broken Strings was the band, and sounded fantastic. They had the place hopping and everyone had a fantastic time in this gorgeous setting.
Images courtesy of Eternal Reflections from Edmonton.
XO, K+R! Love, all of us at Verbena
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It’s been another incredible year. Kelly and Bill’s wedding was perfect, and now even sweeter! Thank you to everyone at the BC Wedding Awards for honouring us for the second year in a row as Best Wedding Florist. We are so lucky to be a part of couples’ once-in-a-lifetime celebrations, and we get to do what we love (work with the beauty of nature) with people we love! If you haven’t seen Kelly and Bill’s wedding, please check it out. Kelly is the daughter of Verbena co-founder Jenny Dagg and it was an indescribable wedding for us.