Set at the historic and magical Hatley Castle, Michelle and Brad said their vows surrounded by their loved ones, and captured by Jade’s Photography. We used muted purple and pink roses, with accents of darker purple against a backdrop of dusty miller and other foliage, which we ordered from the amazing “Farmer Shelley”.

The dining room and arbour were stunning. The ceremony was incredible and our bouquets were perfect. Cannot thank you enough for bringing my vision to life so effortlessly and so so so spot on. You’ve been an absolute pleasure to deal with and I wish you all the best!! Cheers, MichelleVerbena Floral Victoria BCmichelle&brad_wedding-156michelle&brad_wedding-267And here are some pics Vanessa took during set up:IMG_8493Stephanie and Lily (Vanessa’s daughter) hard at work setting up in the castle.IMG_8491IMG_8495IMG_8487   IMG_8504 IMG_8508 IMG_8517 IMG_8528

Yipeeeeee! Finally we can show you something we’ve been itching to share for months. Laura of Tuktu Paper inspired an incredible shoot that Verbena Floral took part in. Set at the magical Mystic Beach, French Kiss Event arranged a photo shoot of a laid back, intimate West Coast wedding, and the editors at Pacific Weddings saw a snap on Instagram and asked to publish it! We just got our copy and are so beyond thrilled to share this project with their readers–and now finally with you! The photographer for this shoot was the incredible, talented Christie Graham of Christie Graham Photography (who kindly came over from Vancouver).

Pacific Wedding Mag feature-5Pacific Wedding Mag feature-2This multi location shoot started with this table set up at the Pacheedaht Campground in Port Renfrew (because there was no way we were hauling all this stuff down the 45 minute hike to Mystic!). Then we drove back to Mystic and all hiked down for 45 mins to get the portraits and surf shots. Then back up to warm up around a fire with dinner. We capped off this long day with an incredible Morrocan Stew that Elena’s husband had made for all of us over a campfire on the beach.Moroccan Surf Elopement-209Moroccan Surf Elopement-210

Setting up for this shoot involved a lot of vendors! Laura of Tuktu Paper was the talented woman who created all the printed material like the invitations, the place cards, the “You can’t stop the waves” tambourine and  the beer bottle labels below. Moroccan Surf Elopement-96 Moroccan Surf Elopement-90Moroccan Surf Elopement-95The beautiful dress is an Anna Campbell dress and it is from The White Peony, in Victoria. Patrick Tier of Citizen Clothing provided all the clothing for the groom. Hair was by Elena of Concious Hair and makeup was by Erin Bradley of Style by Erin Bradley. Cake by Ruth & Dean. And Mexi Pops brought their cart and frozen treats so we could shoot the bride and groom with the pops. Without furth adieu, here are some photos from the “wedding”. How gorgeous are these models?! And what troopers–it was not exactly sunny and warm–it was authentic West Coast: breezy.Moroccan Surf Elopement-39Moroccan Surf Elopement-54Moroccan Surf Elopement-123 Moroccan Surf Elopement-108 Moroccan Surf Elopement-103 Moroccan Surf Elopement-101 Moroccan Surf Elopement-91Moroccan Surf Elopement-64 Moroccan Surf Elopement-50Moroccan Surf Elopement-187Isn’t their dinner table so sweet? Vanessa bought the pillow fabric from Liberty of London in the UK and had pillows made. The incredible feather scarf (below) and the chevron print table runner were both pieces bought from Coral & Tusk in New York.

Moroccan Surf Elopement-181And last but not least, our favourite shot: the Mystic Beach waterfall. Absolutely incredible, Christie Graham.Moroccan Surf Elopement-0And in true Vancouver Island style, we pulled out the surfboards, which were loaned to us from surfboard manufacturers Anian Boards in Victoria.

Moroccan Surf Elopement-200Fabulous job to everyone involved. It was such an honour and pleasure to work with you all. What a vision to pull together, and the results are something we will all cherish for years to come. If you’d like to see a little more, a beautiful video was shot by Cassie O’Neil of Cassie O’Neil Videography–it really shows all the details of the shoot: http://vimeo.com/96836664.

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