VANCOUVER_DOCUMENTARY_PHOTOGRAPHER

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

000017510007

Danielle and Kurt hail from Edmonton, but chose Victoria for a destination wedding. Because they are big golfers, The Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort and Spa was an ideal wedding venue.DSC_6201

000017300006

The overall floral look was full, abundant, romantic garden flowers… a little bit of English country garden a little bit of French countryside. We carefully selected garden roses in shades of peach, earth tones and creams.

000017190003000017430014

We had the most beautiful Icelandic poppies and creamy white foxgloves from Earth Candy Farm. We had just met and started working with our friend Lorna from Ninebark Farm, and she supplied us with the most spectacular Kiftsgate garden rose (one of the oldest rambling rose varieties from England). 000017410002000017170010

000017260003Ryan from Mt Newton Floral got us the beautiful fluffy smoke bush, which added a gorgeous light and ethereal texture to the large ceremony arrangements.DSC_6926

At the last minute, because we had found some incredible dogwood at Farmer Shellie’s, we decided to create some “hedge” pieces to line the aisle with, they were mostly foliages and we arranged them look like they were growing out of the ground.

000017170002

Danielle was so excited about her bouquet that we both had a few tears together in the bridal suite where she was getting ready. This lady was one of the most beautiful brides I have ever seen. Her dress from Ines De Santo was exquisite and Sharon Rai is the talent behind the hair and make up.

12391045_977744742281577_110362385423388609_n

Recognize that bride and bouquet? Danielle and her bouquet are the cover shot of the latest copy of Real Weddings Magazine, which is on news stands for a year. You can see and read more about the wedding inside the issue.

000017320001

Nicole from Details BC coordinated their wedding day and helped the couple plan from afar. Cassie O’Neil Cinematography did the breathtaking wedding video. Bash Specialty provided beautiful furnishings. The photographer, Vasia of Vasia Weddings, was the absolute perfect choice for this wedding. Her detail shots are exquisite and she captures such beautiful moments between the bride and groom.000017440007

CWP_3804

 Congratulation, Danielle and Kurt. XO, Vanessa and the Verbena crew.

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” —Lao Tzu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VJ-1345Vanessa and Jonathan go way back to their days at Shawnigan Lake School where they both attended. It was fitting they had their wedding at their alma mater– and get this: all their friends and family stayed in the dorms. How fun is that? The school’s grounds are unbelievable gorgeous and feature a chapel, where the ceremony was held.

Okay, but before we talk about anything else… that dress, right? Vanessa has incredible taste, and this dress was sent from heaven for her. And by heaven, I of course mean Klienfeld in New York. The Romona Keveza dress is a gray-blue raw silk confection. Un-flipping believable.

Of course everyone wants a beautiful, sunny day on their wedding, and in so much as this wedding was planned perfectly by the bride, the weather doesn’t always get the memo that it’s your wedding day. The weather threatened all day… in July… in a summer that saw almost no rain. We were protective of Vanessa’s raw silk dress in the rain and did what anyone would do: we wrapped her in garbage bags (and surrounded her with umbrellas). And were we glad we did because as Vanessa walked from the courtyard to the chapel the sky opened up and poured. Of course at that point she was so excited to see her husband-to-be that nothing was stopping her.

VJ-0796

We used shades white and green, but we worked in pale blue for the ceremony to highlight Vanessa’s dress. Those soft, subtle blue hydrangeas in the arrangements were a last minute addition. When I saw them (they came in randomly on the Thursday before the wedding to my floral supplier Mt Newton) I grabbed them because I thought if we put colour anywhere we will do it for the church flowers and highlight her dress.

VJ-4525

The day-of coordinator was Tammy of Blue Lily Event Planning, the photographer was Erin Wallis (who I’ve been wanting to work with for years, and it was a dream come true!) and hair and makeup was by Chelsea Dawn.

VJ-4379We used the Love balls in the courtyard between the chapel and dining hall… they came in handy for the groomsmens’ game of soccer.
VJ-1526

The larger arrangement on the head table are from the ceremony–we always move the ceremony flowers to the reception so they can be enjoyed for the entire event. VJ-1536VJ-1519 We made over 275 feet of garland with salal, eucalyptus, plumosa fern and ruscus. It tied the indoors to the lush outdoor surroundings and was striking on such a large scale.VJ-4817VJ-0492

The dining hall at Shawnigan (aka, Hogwarts) was transformed by simple, natural flowers and lots and lots of candles. Their massive fireplace helped set a romantic ambiance.VJ-1408VJ-1606

Shara from Bash Specialty chose some special pieces, including the bride and groom’s love seat (seriously, how perfect?) couches, side tables, pillows, and more to create a living room atmosphere in the dining hall.

…There is a tradition at Shawnigan: at breaks the school serves fresh cookies! So the couple, familiar with the cookies, requested their favourite flavours for the dessert table and paid homage to their school days together.

VJ-2238VJ-2492

 Vanessa is a family friend from Qualicum and it was a joy to take part in her and Jon’s special day. We wish you many years of health and happiness, Vanessa and Jon. XOX

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

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.

View More: http://ameris.pass.us/kelsey-colin-married View More: http://ameris.pass.us/kelsey-colin-marriedView More: http://ameris.pass.us/kelsey-colin-married View More: http://ameris.pass.us/kelsey-colin-marriedWe has so much fun getting creative with this flower garland, which we hung on our mantle for the ceremony.

View More: http://ameris.pass.us/kelsey-colin-married View More: http://ameris.pass.us/kelsey-colin-marriedThe bride and her girls getting ready to walk down the aisle (and all brilliantly photographed by the lovely Rob and Julia from AMERIS.)

View More: http://ameris.pass.us/kelsey-colin-married View More: http://ameris.pass.us/kelsey-colin-married View More: http://ameris.pass.us/kelsey-colin-married View More: http://ameris.pass.us/kelsey-colin-marriedThe cocktail hour and dinner were catered by The London Chef.

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

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.

View More: http://ameris.pass.us/kelsey-colin-married View More: http://ameris.pass.us/kelsey-colin-marriedView More: http://ameris.pass.us/kelsey-colin-marriedView More: http://ameris.pass.us/kelsey-colin-marriedAs a surprise to the couple (we like to sneak in unexpected decor elements to go above-and-beyond where we can), we hung beautiful lanterns.

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.

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

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

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.