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Katie and Ryan are so incredible, apart and together. Their vision for their west coast, intimate wedding was inspirational and we had a blast pulling lush garden flowers in their water-colour palette that perfectly suited their location in the Saanich Inlet. Delphiniums, english roses, peonies, and so much more overflowed to create a look of abundance, joy and romance. VANCOUVER_DOCUMENTARY_PHOTOGRAPHERVANCOUVER_DOCUMENTARY_PHOTOGRAPHERVANCOUVER_DOCUMENTARY_PHOTOGRAPHERThe ceremony was held on the Brentwood Lodge restaurant’s breathtaking patio. There’s nothing like it–and it has the added bonus of a very inconspicuous and attractive awning providing shade from the summer sun.

VANCOUVER_DOCUMENTARY_PHOTOGRAPHERLook at that lush backdrop… the water, mountains, forest and flowers. It’s such a joy to add our creative touches to this space.VANCOUVER_DOCUMENTARY_PHOTOGRAPHERVANCOUVER_DOCUMENTARY_PHOTOGRAPHERThis incredibly photographer, by the way, is courtesy of Rick CollinsAnd if you’re like me and love to see the “behind-the-scenes” shots and feel everyone’s anticipation:

VANCOUVER_DOCUMENTARY_PHOTOGRAPHER VANCOUVER_DOCUMENTARY_PHOTOGRAPHER VANCOUVER_DOCUMENTARY_PHOTOGRAPHER VANCOUVER_DOCUMENTARY_PHOTOGRAPHERAnd then it was party time in the Lodge’s restaurant! VANCOUVER_DOCUMENTARY_PHOTOGRAPHERGlamorous gold table runners from Bash Specialty and delicious pies and cakes from Ruth and Dean.VANCOUVER_DOCUMENTARY_PHOTOGRAPHERVANCOUVER_DOCUMENTARY_PHOTOGRAPHERVANCOUVER_DOCUMENTARY_PHOTOGRAPHER

Congrats, Katie and Ryan. All our love, Vanessa and the Verbena crew. XOXVANCOUVER_DOCUMENTARY_PHOTOGRAPHER

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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.

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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.

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View More: http://ameris.pass.us/kelsey-colin-marriedKelsey, 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.

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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.

View More: http://ameris.pass.us/kelsey-colin-marriedView More: http://ameris.pass.us/kelsey-colin-marriedView More: http://ameris.pass.us/kelsey-colin-marriedI 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.
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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.View More: http://ameris.pass.us/kelsey-colin-married

 XO, Kelsey and Colin. Thank you for trusting us with your special day. We had a blast.

Verbena Floral Victoria BC wedding floristSeattle-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.

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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.

Verbena Floral Victoria BC wedding floristIt 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).

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 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.

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This adorable pooch, Milo, played huge part in wedding (he was on all of the paper goods, too).

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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.

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Seating area on terrace with furniture set up by Bash Specialty.

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 Congrats, Roslyn and Luke. You truly had a dream day, and we were honoured to be a part of it.

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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!

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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