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!

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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.

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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’.

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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.

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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.

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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.Brad&KuljitWedding_2015-08-29-196

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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.

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The couple had a signature drink created for their guests.Brad&KuljitWedding_2015-08-29-61 Brad&KuljitWedding_2015-08-29-58 Brad&KuljitWedding_2015-08-29-11

Copper gloriosa daisies were from Flower Power in Metchosin.

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We had a custom bar made that can now be rented through Bash. Brad&KuljitWedding_2015-08-29-301

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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.

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Congratulations again, Brad and Kuljit.

Much love,

The Verbena crew

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On May 16, Karley and Timon tied the knot at Villa Marco Polo–this wedding was a masterpiece. Everything about it suited this sweet couple to a tee.

i-Hdd5PTL-XLi-sPq5RD7-XLThe custom invitations were created by Victoria’s Tuktu Paper.

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The intimate wedding ceremony was breathtaking… and tear inducing. The couple’s gorgeous children, including their baby twins (seriously, how did they have the energy to plan such a gorgeous wedding?!), and their family surrounded them in the beautiful gardens.i-h3bdVvx-XLi-2zGg4XF-XLi-DzvmWzg-XLi-bJwLWgM-XLi-ZRNdBKZ-XL

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Bash Specialty created a couple seating lounge areas that fit in beautifully at the elegant venue. The event was planned by Barb from French Kiss Events, photographed by Ryan McDonald Photography, the bride’s hair was done by Elena at Concious Hair and makeup was by Melanie Baird.

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i-bbS9VVd-XLImmediately following the big kiss was a cocktail picnic reception with creative snacks, including a mashed potato bar, a pretzel bar catered by Toque Catering.i-48QNSPL-XLi-DD73GHs-XL

About 20 people stayed for dinner in the Villa Marco Polo’s exquisite dining room. Just before dinner started, local actors in costume came by and set up the scene for a murder, which the guests had fun solving over the course of the evening.

i-73zSxFh-XLThe colours were elegant, whites, greens and touches of grey, blue and gold, and they tied in with the surroundings of the elegant dining room. Solomon’s seal, beautiful fresh, spring flowers, including columbia, ranunculus, lily of the valley and viburnum—my fave spring flower of all (I just think it makes every arrangement spectacular). And. The. Tree. Peony. Let me tell you about the tree peony… Eidwenn from Cartref Gardens had them (they are virtually impossible to get) and was generous enough to cut some for me. They have the lush-but-refined, elegant look we were pulling together–and they were perfection. i-gFBTwNS-XL i-kTcB38c-XLi-HBL5Q6Z-XLCongratulations, Karley and Timon! Thank you for asking us to be a part of creating your perfect day.

 

 

 

 


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Mina + Hal, Hal + Mina… They are in complete and utter love and just the sweetest people. After having a traditional Japanese wedding in Japan over Christmas, Mina and Hall had their Canadian celebration April 4 at Sea Cider Winery. This spring wedding was the perfect way to kick the 2015 wedding season off for me–a lovely couple and an abundance of flowers.

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For the flowers, the bride requested the feminine colour palette of blush, peach, apricot, champagnes and white. We brought in all the best flowers of spring, because it was one of the best weekends of the year to be selecting flowers–we had everything we could possible want to choose from. I had picked up some amazing tulips, anenomies and ranunculus from Earth Candy Farm on Saltspring. We used some bridal veil spirea (the dainty white flowers on the long branches). And the beauty of working closely with my wholesaler is that when Mt. Newton Floral brought in buckets of white lilac, I saw how perfect they were for this wedding, scooped it up and we used it everywhere.Mina+Hal-Web-173Mina+Hal-Web-131Mina+Hal-Web-135

 

The one-and-only Melanie Baird did the bride’s gorgeous makeup, and the incredible Elena of Conscious Hair did the beautiful up ‘do. The stunning dress and veil are from Blush Bridal Boutique.

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The day was captured by the talented Victoria photographer Blythe Leslie.

All our love, Mina and Hal. May you have a life together with many more days as joyous as this one.

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Michelle and Phil were married in Tofino surrounded by a close family and friends. Pacific Rim National Park always promises a magical wedding setting and experience, but this weekend was something very very special.

Michelle’s dress was from The White Peony, Phil’s suit was from Outlooks (Phil is always in jeans and a t-shirt running around the floor of The Root Cellar, so it was nice to see him looking all dapper, and everyone commented on how nice he cleaned up).

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Spring weddings are always my favourite as the product available is so beautiful. It was an explosion of the best of spring for this wedding. Almost everything was evocative of a garden coming to life. We made a special trip over to Earth Candy Farms on Saltspring and pick up some gorgeous antique varieties to tulips and then built the rest of the designs straight from the nursery. We used gorgeous early spring foliages like mexican orange blossom, spirea, pireis, hellebores, and delicate jasmine. The first of the most popular wedding flower, the peony, was available so we used beautiful white ones and gorgeous garden roses with some lily of the valley.

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The invitations and wedding stationary was created by Laura at Tuktu Paper Co., simple elegant and perfectly suited for them.

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The ceremony was held in an old-growth rainforest where the guests nestled in a small clearing. (All images courtesy of Ameris Photography.) It poured rain the entire weekend. I’m talking torrential rain. So we were talking about having the ceremony indoors and making all kinds of plans around the state of the weather. And then… 20 minutes before the ceremony… the sun came out. In the end, the 32 guests trekked through the rainforest in rubber boots and wedding attire because the forest floor was so wet.
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 Michelle’s something borrowed was my veil from my wedding 14 years ago, it was sheer perfection on her in the magical setting of the old growth rainforest.

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Elijah and Emilio performed a beautiful song for Phil during the ceremony and Michelle joined in at the end. Not a dry eye in the crowd, and a moment in time no one in attendance will ever forget.

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 The beautiful Wickinnish Inn was the venue.

View More: http://ameris.pass.us/michelle-phil-marriedBeautiful and delectable cake by Ruth and Dean.

View More: http://ameris.pass.us/michelle-phil-married This picture is proof positive of why Ameris Photography is just so so so good. In the pouring rain at the end of the evening, Rob makes his way onto the beach to capture the beautiful Wickininsh.