Danielle and Kurt hail from Edmonton, but chose Victoria for a destination wedding. Because they are big golfers, The Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort and Spa was an ideal wedding venue.
The overall floral look was full, abundant, romantic garden flowers… a little bit of English country garden a little bit of French countryside. We carefully selected garden roses in shades of peach, earth tones and creams.
We had the most beautiful Icelandic poppies and creamy white foxgloves from Earth Candy Farm. We had just met and started working with our friend Lorna from Ninebark Farm, and she supplied us with the most spectacular Kiftsgate garden rose (one of the oldest rambling rose varieties from England).
At the last minute, because we had found some incredible dogwood at Farmer Shellie’s, we decided to create some “hedge” pieces to line the aisle with, they were mostly foliages and we arranged them look like they were growing out of the ground.
Danielle was so excited about her bouquet that we both had a few tears together in the bridal suite where she was getting ready. This lady was one of the most beautiful brides I have ever seen. Her dress from Ines De Santo was exquisite and Sharon Rai is the talent behind the hair and make up.
Recognize that bride and bouquet? Danielle and her bouquet are the cover shot of the latest copy of Real Weddings Magazine, which is on news stands for a year. You can see and read more about the wedding inside the issue.
Nicole from Details BC coordinated their wedding day and helped the couple plan from afar. Cassie O’Neil Cinematography did the breathtaking wedding video. Bash Specialty provided beautiful furnishings. The photographer, Vasia of Vasia Weddings, was the absolute perfect choice for this wedding. Her detail shots are exquisite and she captures such beautiful moments between the bride and groom.
Congratulation, Danielle and Kurt. XO, Vanessa and the Verbena crew.
“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” —Lao Tzu
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Vanessa 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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
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
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How sweet, right? Kelsey and Colin are such a lovely couple, and they tied the knot on a stunning July day on the Saanich Peninsula. They embraced the incredible scenery we are so lucky to have on Vancouver Island and chose two very romantic and rustic locations: their ceremony was held at the beautiful Starling Lane Vineyard and their reception was at Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse. Our job was incredibly fun—to work with the most beautiful backdrops imaginable and ensure they dripped with shades of blush, peach, creams and pops of coral.
The bride and her girls getting ready to walk down the aisle (and all brilliantly photographed by the lovely Rob and Julia from AMERIS.)
The cocktail hour and dinner were catered by The London Chef.
The unreal OBrien family performed and set the mood. Check them out in person sometime if you haven’t seen them perform yet; you won’t be disappointed: https://www.facebook.com/theobrienfamily.
Kelsey, who was a dream to work with, had her hair styled by Conscious Hair, and makeup artistry was by Mel Baird. And she stunned in the beautiful Truvelle dress from The White Peony Bridal Boutique.
Kelsey and Colin’s big day was planned and executed by the couple in collaboration with our friends at French Kiss Events. The details were extraordinary—every guest even had a personalized menu and tags on napkins—and the all paper goods and branding by Tuktu Paper Co. Specialty furniture was provided from Bash Specialty.
I was so excited to use this 10-foot ribbon curtain for the first time—Trish from White Peony and I made it together, and it stands about nine-feet high. It was the perfect way to frame the dessert table. The couple also rented our rustic bar and matching cocktail tables, which suited their locations perfectly. The delicious desserts are from the one-and-only Ruth & Dean.
These party animals didn’t stop until the last possible minute. It was like a high school reunion for many of the guests and they danced (thanks to DJ Ron Larson) and partied until we turned the lights on.
XO, Kelsey and Colin. Thank you for trusting us with your special day. We had a blast.
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Seattle-based optometrists, Roslyn and Luke met at optometry school and are now starting their life together as husband and wife. They came back to Roslyn’s hometown of Victoria, BC, for a beautiful West Coast wedding.
We set up two locations for this big day: a waterfront ceremony at bride’s parents’ house at Willis Point and the reception at Brentwood Bay Resort, which is just up the coast of the Saanich Inlet.
It was a very hot day in Brentwood Bay, but a gorgeous one all around. We worked alongside some very very talented vendors, including French Kiss Events, Tuktu Paper, Toque Catering, AMERIS Photography, Style by Erin Bradley, Conscious Hair by Elena, Liam Biggs DJ, local musician Geoffrey Lundstrom, Bash Specialty, Schur to Please Cakes and Orris Films (Australian based wedding videographers).
Oh, to be a baby…
In the middle of summer it’s fairly rare that we get to work with a bounty of colour, but we did for this event and it was so much fun to work with. And I had to overcome my fear of carnations, because I found a couple varieties that are really beautiful. See if you can spot them.
This adorable pooch, Milo, played huge part in wedding (he was on all of the paper goods, too).
The lucky guests were picked up for the event at Brentwood Lodge marina and boated over to the ceremony and then back to the Lodge for dinner and dancing.
Barb and her team at French Kiss made these custom wooden signs seating charts, and Barb’s mom made custom tapestries to hang above the dessert buffet. Barb and I decided we wanted to do something special and a surprise for them so we had their invitation blown up and hung it over the fireplace in the dining room.
Seating area on terrace with furniture set up by Bash Specialty.
Congrats, Roslyn and Luke. You truly had a dream day, and we were honoured to be a part of it.