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

View More: http://eternalreflectionsphoto.pass.us/verbena-1Keirstan 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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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Images courtesy of Eternal Reflections from Edmonton.

For more of this beautiful couple and wedding, here is a glimpse of their wedding video: http://vimeo.com/106464115. Shot by Cassie O’Neil Cinematography.

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. 

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Denise and Tyler… these two are so sweet and have to be one of the coolest couples we have ever worked with. Both pilots, there was a travel theme to the wedding, which took place on Pender Island. Denise and Tyler live in Calgary so they and their guests travelled to the beautiful island (Pender is one of the Southern Gulf Islands located along the Pacific Coast of British Columbia, near Vancouver, BC). The wedding venue was the famous Poets Cove Resort.
This wedding was a blast for us–it was like summer camp! A team of us travelled over and stayed at the resort for a few days with some of our closest wedding-vendor friends while we transformed the space.

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The colours were our favourites: soft pinks and blush, pale peaches, spring green, creamy whites. Her dress was a the palest shade of blush and was layers and layers of tule.

One of my favourite moments was watching the ceremony from one of the guest rooms up above, and looking down and seeing the massive floral display we built on our mantle and all the rose petals coverign the aisle and the bridesmaids in their dresses and then Denise and Tyler standing up saying their vows. Everything looked gorgeous together everyone matched the flowers and it was magical.

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Denise’s hair was by Elena Roberts of Conscious Hair and her makeup was by Mel Baird. Jenna & Tristan captured the day in photographs for the couple.
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