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This wedding was incredibly special for us for a number of reasons, first and foremost because we have so much love and respect for Kuljit and Brad, and their families. They are so accommodating, appreciative and kind, and we we honoured to play a day in bringing their special day together for them. Also…this was our very first traditional Indian Wedding, and we were able to work with so much rich colour, pattern and texture, and we’re pretty thrilled with the results!
Brad and Kuljit with his parents, who, like I say are the nicest people on the planet. Just the most lovely energy. You could not find more thoughtful, appreciative people. Love.
This wedding was a massive undertaking, especially given the torrential rain and wind storm that kicked up, and would not have been possible without the Herculean efforts from the Verbena crew, Nick and his crew from Toque Catering, who ran the food and bar program from the entire event, Marika from Rock Paper Square, who sourced linens and many of the decor elements, Magical Moments, who helped coordinate the traditional Indian ceremony, Bash Specialty, who provided the carpets and furniture, and the phenomenal Lillie Louise Weddings, who photographed all the details for us.
Verbena had the privilege of working on Brad’s sister’s wedding six years ago so we have been able to get to know the family quite well, and for Brad and Kuljit’s wedding we were on site for three days setting up and we stayed onsite throughout the evening. I absolutely love getting to know families like this and being witness to them spending this special time together.
The entire day was ladened with beautiful ceremonies. Brad entered on a white horse and was led by a drummer, as is tradition he was followed by his close family and friends to where the bride’s family was having tea. This is called the milni, which literally means ‘the meeting’.
And can we have a round of applause for how spectacular the guests looked? Have you ever seen such a gorgeous group?
When the musicians start chanting it is a signal for the guests to begin entering the sacred ceremony space. The beautiful chanting made us feel as if we’d be transported to India.
It’s rare we get to work with such ancient traditions and customs, and one of the best touches of the day was supplied by Claire at Earth Candy Farms: the beautiful marigold flower. Marigolds are grown in India and sold as garlands in many urban markets. The colors of marigolds range from yellow to gold to orange, red and mahogany. Flowers in Indian culture are thought to be pure and are used in many Hindu festivals and during worship. In India, there are flower gallis, or stalls, where you can buy these flower garlands in town centers or cities. Families will stop at these gallis before heading to the temple to worship. A guest came up to me and said when she walked into the tent and thought she was in India from the smell of the marigolds.
Marika, from Rock Paper Square, and I sourced all the tapestries for the cocktail tables. For our colour palette we worked with sophisticated, bold colour choices: raspberry, copper and reds. We also wanted to complement Kuljit and Brad’s incredible traditional outfits.
A nod to Brad’s mom’s Scottish heritage, a bagpiper played to kick off the reception—and a rainbow came out as he began.
Copper gloriosa daisies were from Flower Power in Metchosin.
We had a custom bar made that can now be rented through Bash.
Thank you to my team: Jenny, Marina, Cara, Sarah, Kelly, Lauren, Claire, Molly, Robin, Christine, Candis, Dre, Jamie, Steph, Nolan and Nikki. Huge round of applause. Could not have dreamt of being able to do this without you.
Congratulations again, Brad and Kuljit.
The Verbena crew
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Our team at Verbena was over the moon when we were hired for the wedding of rowing champs Silken Laumann and David Patchell Evans. The Olympic gold medallist and GoodLife Fitness owner were planning an intimate wedding at their home in Victoria, BC, and asked us to create large floral arrangements, bouquets and boutonnieres, and also to put together the table decor.
We combined white and green flowers with touches of burgundy and merlot as a subtle and sophisticated nod to the colours of the Canadian Flag. The team drew on nature-evoking foliage like ferns and grasses, and used gorgeous lime green hops, fluffy white hydrangeas and breathtaking roses. On the table, we used touches of dark grey, antique-inspired votives and tall dark grey tapers to set the mood. Laura Prpich from Tuktu Paper was the genius behind all the paper goods and the gorgeous turquoise leather journals at the place settings (an ode to Silken’s love of journaling). She created all the place cards (each with a hand-stamped wax seal), the menus and programs. Each place setting also had a beautiful velvety chocolate cosmo on the napkin.
The Big Love Ball… Have you been seeing it popping up lately? We ordered two of them as soon as we saw them because we knew no one over here had them yet, and we think they’re sweet and fun. It’s a neat story how Big Love Ball came to be. Here is how their website describes it: Big Love Ball is the creation of Canadian designer, Wendy Williams Watt. An inflatable sculpture with the bold word LOVE across its breadth, Big Love Ball is an invitation to make a moment. Originally displayed in the window of Vancouver’s iconic Grace Studio, the ball was meant to spark dialogue with the community. In a culture ready for lightness and love, Big Love Ball was overwhelmingly embraced. Playful hearts far and wide can now create moments with their very own Big Love Ball. It brings people together to say ‘I am. I’m in. I do.’
We love that 5% of their profits go to charity and this is a Canadian company based in Vancouver! Check out more Big Love Ball images here: http://instagram.com/bigloveball
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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).
This 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.
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. The 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. Isn’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.
And last but not least, our favourite shot: the Mystic Beach waterfall. Absolutely incredible, Christie Graham.And in true Vancouver Island style, we pulled out the surfboards, which were loaned to us from surfboard manufacturers Anian Boards in Victoria.
Fabulous 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.