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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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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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.

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