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.

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.




Pretty cool way to start this year to have JuneBugWeddings.com list our little lavender farm shoot (in July) as one of their favourites of the entire year! Thanks to Jennifer Ballard PhotographyFrench Kiss EventsConscious Hair by ElenaMelanie Baird Makeup ArtistThe White Peony Bridal Boutique, Laura Lavender Calligraphy and Victoria Lavender Farm. Be sure to scroll to the end to see the little lamb that stole the hearts of everyone that day.

Mother's Day Tea Invite

On a spring day in May, Barb from French Kiss Events and Kim from Kim Kalyn Photography and I got together at Nourish Bistro to create a Mother’s Day tea party based on the inspiration from one of Barb’s favourite books, The Secret Garden.

Here is my theory on photoshoots: go all out. I mean spend a lot of money on product so it is worthwhile. We did exactly that for this Mother’s Day Tea and created floral crowns, table centrepieces, a floral curtain with carnations, floral embellishments for the cake and I used a ridiculous amount of my favourite spring flowers.

One of the greatest things about doing this photoshoot was that I got to work with all the best of the spring flowers: tulips, peonies, ranunculus, garden roses and lilies. These are all the flowers my brides want in the summer but are often not available in the summer.

One of Everything Please!
One of my most important relationships is with my best friend-wholesaler Ryan at Mt. Newton Floral Wholesale. I had so much fun with this shoot because Ryan found a new garden rose supplier from California and I basically opened the catalogue and ordered one of everything. I was thrilled to work with new product and new people.

Photoshoots can be time consuming and expensive, and if you are going to do them, in my opinion, do them well. And this one turned out amazing. September 4, 2013 update: the shoot was recently featured on the blog On to Baby. Check it out for more floral inspiration.



I used Rice flower for added texture in the floral crowns, cake and many of the arrangements.