Our team at Verbena was over the moon when we were hired for the wedding of rowing champs Silken Laumann and David Patchell Evans. The Olympic gold medallist and GoodLife Fitness owner were planning an intimate wedding at their home in Victoria, BC, and asked us to create large floral arrangements, bouquets and boutonnieres, and also to put together the table decor.

We combined white and green flowers with touches of burgundy and merlot as a subtle and sophisticated nod to the colours of the Canadian Flag. The team drew on nature-evoking foliage like ferns and grasses, and used gorgeous lime green hops, fluffy white hydrangeas and breathtaking roses. On the table, we used touches of dark grey, antique-inspired votives and tall dark grey tapers to set the mood. Laura Prpich from Tuktu Paper was the genius behind all the paper goods and the gorgeous turquoise leather journals at the place settings (an ode to Silken’s love of journaling). She created all the place cards (each with a hand-stamped wax seal), the menus and programs. Each place setting also had a beautiful velvety chocolate cosmo on the napkin.

Truffles created the amazing food for the sit-down dinner for 30 people on Friday and the party for 100 the next night. Side One, the best wedding Band in BC came over from Vancouver and had the dance floor full til the wee hours of the morning.
Silken’s make up done by Erin Bradley. Silken got her dress and her veil at The White Peony. The beautiful Photography is by Kelly Brown Photography. Can you believe this incredible wedding was planned and coordinated by Barb of French Kiss Events in under six weeks?!

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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

Beautiful Barb Raymond of French Kiss Events is one of the best wedding and event planners in the business. I was so grateful to be able to help style her own engagement photo shoot in December at Island View beach. Adrian Michael, a fine art film photographer based in Victoria, approached Barb about doing a winter engagement styled shoot in early December. Barb and Nick were the perfect models for a west coast-inspired wedding shoot. The shoot was so beautiful that Style Me Pretty featured it on their front page January 29, 2014. This blog post is a look at the shoot from a floral design-perspective. I used hellebores, purple acacia and plumosa fern in the floral crown to give it texture. I added pine, cedar and magnolia leaves to the bouquet and finished it with long feathers to set it off.