Verbena Floral Design Victoria BC

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.

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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.
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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.

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The flower girl’s head wreath was made of olive leaf and spray roses.

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Verbena Floral Design Victoria BCThe 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.

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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.Verbena Floral Design Victoria BC

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The garland we created with mostly salal and silver dollar and we made it onsite and attached it to the ceiling and then lined the perimeter of the tent with plumosa ferns.

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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

 

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.

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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. View More: http://robcampbellphotography.pass.us/mediacoredinnertheatre View More: http://robcampbellphotography.pass.us/mediacoredinnertheatre

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’.View More: http://robcampbellphotography.pass.us/mediacoredinnertheatre

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.View More: http://robcampbellphotography.pass.us/mediacoredinnertheatre

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.

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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As summer has turned to fall, the last of the busy wedding season is trailing off and I am just coming up for air. Over the next few weeks, I will be blogging about my summer weddings and events including the lavender farm photo shoot in July, how colourful florals helped sell the executive Saanich house, Anjali & Alex’s wedding in July, Lori & Rob, Fazilat and Adrian in August, Steph and James’ autumnal-themed wedding in October, and the foliage-inspired wedding of Marena and Mike at the Empress in September. You will see and hear more about this wedding, but this was the event where I got to bring together all my favourite grasses, ferns and foliage.

All my favourite things

Lately, some of the elements I love working with include: chocolate lace, purple acacia, snowberries, pink astilbe, miscanthus grass, oak leaves, silver dollar eucalyptus, purple smokebush and red kangaroo paws.

Chocolate Lace

Oak leaves

Miscanthus grass

Purple smokebush

And when Barb from French Kiss Events recently asked me about my favourite flower of the moment, I said “Does foliage count? Because I am in love with Plumosa Fern.”

Plumosa Fern

Plumosa is actually not a true fern – it belongs to the same family as lilies and garlic and can be toxic for pets. This fern has a delicate, feathery texture, and if you were around in the 80s, you likely saw a lot of it paired with red roses and baby’s breath. However, I want to advocate for the comeback of the Plumosa Fern as a soft, textured final touch to the look and feel of any warm fall-inspired wedding or event.

 

Plumosa fern as a final touch to the table