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Katie and Ryan are so incredible, apart and together. Their vision for their west coast, intimate wedding was inspirational and we had a blast pulling lush garden flowers in their water-colour palette that perfectly suited their location in the Saanich Inlet. Delphiniums, english roses, peonies, and so much more overflowed to create a look of abundance, joy and romance. VANCOUVER_DOCUMENTARY_PHOTOGRAPHERVANCOUVER_DOCUMENTARY_PHOTOGRAPHERVANCOUVER_DOCUMENTARY_PHOTOGRAPHERThe ceremony was held on the Brentwood Lodge restaurant’s breathtaking patio. There’s nothing like it–and it has the added bonus of a very inconspicuous and attractive awning providing shade from the summer sun.

VANCOUVER_DOCUMENTARY_PHOTOGRAPHERLook at that lush backdrop… the water, mountains, forest and flowers. It’s such a joy to add our creative touches to this space.VANCOUVER_DOCUMENTARY_PHOTOGRAPHERVANCOUVER_DOCUMENTARY_PHOTOGRAPHERThis incredibly photographer, by the way, is courtesy of Rick CollinsAnd if you’re like me and love to see the “behind-the-scenes” shots and feel everyone’s anticipation:

VANCOUVER_DOCUMENTARY_PHOTOGRAPHER VANCOUVER_DOCUMENTARY_PHOTOGRAPHER VANCOUVER_DOCUMENTARY_PHOTOGRAPHER VANCOUVER_DOCUMENTARY_PHOTOGRAPHERAnd then it was party time in the Lodge’s restaurant! VANCOUVER_DOCUMENTARY_PHOTOGRAPHERGlamorous gold table runners from Bash Specialty and delicious pies and cakes from Ruth and Dean.VANCOUVER_DOCUMENTARY_PHOTOGRAPHERVANCOUVER_DOCUMENTARY_PHOTOGRAPHERVANCOUVER_DOCUMENTARY_PHOTOGRAPHER

Congrats, Katie and Ryan. All our love, Vanessa and the Verbena crew. XOXVANCOUVER_DOCUMENTARY_PHOTOGRAPHER

VJ-1345Vanessa and Jonathan go way back to their days at Shawnigan Lake School where they both attended. It was fitting they had their wedding at their alma mater– and get this: all their friends and family stayed in the dorms. How fun is that? The school’s grounds are unbelievable gorgeous and feature a chapel, where the ceremony was held.

Okay, but before we talk about anything else… that dress, right? Vanessa has incredible taste, and this dress was sent from heaven for her. And by heaven, I of course mean Klienfeld in New York. The Romona Keveza dress is a gray-blue raw silk confection. Un-flipping believable.

Of course everyone wants a beautiful, sunny day on their wedding, and in so much as this wedding was planned perfectly by the bride, the weather doesn’t always get the memo that it’s your wedding day. The weather threatened all day… in July… in a summer that saw almost no rain. We were protective of Vanessa’s raw silk dress in the rain and did what anyone would do: we wrapped her in garbage bags (and surrounded her with umbrellas). And were we glad we did because as Vanessa walked from the courtyard to the chapel the sky opened up and poured. Of course at that point she was so excited to see her husband-to-be that nothing was stopping her.

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We used shades white and green, but we worked in pale blue for the ceremony to highlight Vanessa’s dress. Those soft, subtle blue hydrangeas in the arrangements were a last minute addition. When I saw them (they came in randomly on the Thursday before the wedding to my floral supplier Mt Newton) I grabbed them because I thought if we put colour anywhere we will do it for the church flowers and highlight her dress.

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The day-of coordinator was Tammy of Blue Lily Event Planning, the photographer was Erin Wallis (who I’ve been wanting to work with for years, and it was a dream come true!) and hair and makeup was by Chelsea Dawn.

VJ-4379We used the Love balls in the courtyard between the chapel and dining hall… they came in handy for the groomsmens’ game of soccer.
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The larger arrangement on the head table are from the ceremony–we always move the ceremony flowers to the reception so they can be enjoyed for the entire event. VJ-1536VJ-1519 We made over 275 feet of garland with salal, eucalyptus, plumosa fern and ruscus. It tied the indoors to the lush outdoor surroundings and was striking on such a large scale.VJ-4817VJ-0492

The dining hall at Shawnigan (aka, Hogwarts) was transformed by simple, natural flowers and lots and lots of candles. Their massive fireplace helped set a romantic ambiance.VJ-1408VJ-1606

Shara from Bash Specialty chose some special pieces, including the bride and groom’s love seat (seriously, how perfect?) couches, side tables, pillows, and more to create a living room atmosphere in the dining hall.

…There is a tradition at Shawnigan: at breaks the school serves fresh cookies! So the couple, familiar with the cookies, requested their favourite flavours for the dessert table and paid homage to their school days together.

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 Vanessa is a family friend from Qualicum and it was a joy to take part in her and Jon’s special day. We wish you many years of health and happiness, Vanessa and Jon. XOX

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.

Congratulations Meghan & Sean, it was a pleasure from start to finish…..

 

 

An excersise in soft, lovely and romantic. This wedding was bathed in it from top to bottom. Jamie and Dan were married today on a mountain top and it was spectacular. A perfect sunny west coast summer day. The rugged Westin Bear Mountain was the venue and it was perfect. We filled the ballroom with mounds of gorgeous white hydrangeas and tons of beautiful garden roses in all shades of pale pink, cream and hints of peach.

We used tall and short glass cubes with a beautiful satin ribbon detail tied with a diamond buckle. They were placed on rough, live edged cedar platters, that the grooms father had made.

 

Outside the ballroom we scattered little vases wrapped in rustic twine, filled with more beautiful garden roses.

The head table was flanked with STUNNING arrangements filled with more gorgeous blooms of hydrangeas, roses and beautiful white lilies.

Jamie’s bouquet was gorgeous combination of roses, stocks and lisianthus. I even had the chance to sneak a few beautiful soft peach blooms from my own garden into it. It was the perfect bouquet for Jamie. In her words “if I was a bouquet, this is what I would be” Couldn’t have said it better myself!

Congratulations Jamie & Dan, you were a pleasure to work with and a gorgeous couple!