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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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View More: and Ryan hail from Edmonton, but chose the beautiful Pacific Ocean as the backdrop for their vows. Set at Oak Bay Beach Hotel, their wedding had a laid-back glitz and sparkle to it that perfectly suited the magical event.

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I met Keirstan and Ryan once before the wedding and was struck by how appreciative they were, and how excited Keirstan was. It’s so fun to create for a bride like Keirstan, and she didn’t disappoint me: as I knocked on her hotel room door to deliver the flowers, I could hear her and her ladies’ pure glee, and the look on her face when she saw the flowers was just incredible. It’s a pretty amazing feeling to create something that takes a bride’s breath away and makes her so happy on her special day. Their families were also very welcoming and a pleasure to work with.

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We worked with peaches, creams, blushes, golds, which was a popular palette of the summer. Keirstan had a vision that came together so beautifully–as you can see!

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Victoria’s Broken Strings was the band, and sounded fantastic. They had the place hopping and everyone had a fantastic time in this gorgeous setting.

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Images courtesy of Eternal Reflections from Edmonton.

For more of this beautiful couple and wedding, here is a glimpse of their wedding video: Shot by Cassie O’Neil Cinematography.

XO, K+R! Love, all of us at Verbena


Denise and Tyler… these two are so sweet and have to be one of the coolest couples we have ever worked with. Both pilots, there was a travel theme to the wedding, which took place on Pender Island. Denise and Tyler live in Calgary so they and their guests travelled to the beautiful island (Pender is one of the Southern Gulf Islands located along the Pacific Coast of British Columbia, near Vancouver, BC). The wedding venue was the famous Poets Cove Resort.
This wedding was a blast for us–it was like summer camp! A team of us travelled over and stayed at the resort for a few days with some of our closest wedding-vendor friends while we transformed the space.


The colours were our favourites: soft pinks and blush, pale peaches, spring green, creamy whites. Her dress was a the palest shade of blush and was layers and layers of tule.

One of my favourite moments was watching the ceremony from one of the guest rooms up above, and looking down and seeing the massive floral display we built on our mantle and all the rose petals coverign the aisle and the bridesmaids in their dresses and then Denise and Tyler standing up saying their vows. Everything looked gorgeous together everyone matched the flowers and it was magical.


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Denise’s hair was by Elena Roberts of Conscious Hair and her makeup was by Mel Baird. Jenna & Tristan captured the day in photographs for the couple.
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On a sunny summer day, our dear, creatively gifted, hilarious, sweet (seriously, she’s the whole package) friend Daisy pulled off a surprise vow renewal and birthday party for her husband’s 40th. She did an incredible job secretly preparing this amazing event and while Adam was out fishing, we quickly transformed their home for the ceremony, sit-down dinner and party. Barb Raymond of French Kiss Events coordinated, Truffles Catering did the amazing meal, Mel Baird did make up and Elena Roberts of Conscious Hair styled her hair. The whole day was captured by one of the best photographers around, Ryan McDonald.


 Vanessa helps with Daisy’s floral crown–isn’t it a fresh, bright take on the traditional floral crown? It’s perfectly Daisy, who loves quirky, unique things.


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Daisy recruited her sons to help with the reveal. When their dad got back from fishing, they met him on the dock and gave him a note from their mom.


The guests were in for a surprise of their own! They thought they were coming for a surprise party for Adam, which they were, but they had no idea about the vow renewal. Daisy designed and wrote all the notes, signs and collages at the party, and everything reflected her creative talent and warmth.


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Spot the lemons, artichokes, cabbage and other produce? We featured local produce heavily in the arrangements because the couple are the owners of The Root Cellar and their inspiration for opening the store was to enable Victoria residents to purchase local food from the many Vancouver Island farmers that have delicious, healthy food to offer.Orser425-L


Done! Now let’s get this party started, shall we?



Vanessa and her husband, Nick, enjoying the MANY hilarious stories, speeches and laughs that took place around the dinner table. (Did you know Vanessa helped Daisy open the Root Cellar’s flower counter?)


The Verbena crew flipped the space from dining area to a dance floor, set up a scotch bar and snack shack.Orser457-L