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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:

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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: More: More: 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:

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

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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: 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.


Talk about a blissful wedding full of love. In a gorgeous setting at Sea Cider Farm and Ciderhouse, Faraley and Ange got hitched, and recited the best vows we’ve ever heard. Love, love, love… These beauties were surrounded by family, friends and delicate-but-lively flowers (including the most gorgeous Icelandic poppies) in a gorgeous palette. The Best Men captured the day so so so beautifully–here is a peek.

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Ange and I just wanted to thank you and your team for being AWESOME.  The flowers were amazing and all I heard all night was how gorgeous this wedding was and it was truly because of you. It was everything we could have hoped for, so THANK YOU! !

I hope any leftover flowers went to hospice and PLEASE let me know if the love ball is beyond repair and we will buy you a new one (I saw my bro with it and knew it was the end…).



Faraley and Ange



UPDATE: December 2013  -  I won “Best Florist – Overall” at the Professional BC Wedding Awards for the florals at Anjali + Alex’s wedding.  What an honour and I am so grateful to this amazing couple that I was able to help create their vision on their special day. Anjali + Alex’s wedding is featured in the debut issue of the 2014 Real Weddings Planning Guide – you can read view the photographs by Vasia Photography in the digital version here.


“The exquisite work Vanessa created for my wedding was stunning, creative, and gorgeous beyond all imagination. Her talented artistry gracefully transformed our Oceanside Cider Farm venue into the blooming English garden of my dreams. As I gaze at pictures from that day, I am in awe of the beauty of each captured moment, the background of vibrant floral colours and arrangements making each treasured memory more celebratory, more intimate, and more lovely than I could have hoped.”

– Anjali

All photographs for this post are my own.

Vendors: Petite Pearl Events, Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse, Vasia Wedding Photographers, Conscious Hair By Elena, and Design by Dainty