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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On May 16, Karley and Timon tied the knot at Villa Marco Polo–this wedding was a masterpiece. Everything about it suited this sweet couple to a tee.

i-Hdd5PTL-XLi-sPq5RD7-XLThe custom invitations were created by Victoria’s Tuktu Paper.

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The intimate wedding ceremony was breathtaking… and tear inducing. The couple’s gorgeous children, including their baby twins (seriously, how did they have the energy to plan such a gorgeous wedding?!), and their family surrounded them in the beautiful gardens.i-h3bdVvx-XLi-2zGg4XF-XLi-DzvmWzg-XLi-bJwLWgM-XLi-ZRNdBKZ-XL

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Bash Specialty created a couple seating lounge areas that fit in beautifully at the elegant venue. The event was planned by Barb from French Kiss Events, photographed by Ryan McDonald Photography, the bride’s hair was done by Elena at Concious Hair and makeup was by Melanie Baird.

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i-bbS9VVd-XLImmediately following the big kiss was a cocktail picnic reception with creative snacks, including a mashed potato bar, a pretzel bar catered by Toque Catering.i-48QNSPL-XLi-DD73GHs-XL

About 20 people stayed for dinner in the Villa Marco Polo’s exquisite dining room. Just before dinner started, local actors in costume came by and set up the scene for a murder, which the guests had fun solving over the course of the evening.

i-73zSxFh-XLThe colours were elegant, whites, greens and touches of grey, blue and gold, and they tied in with the surroundings of the elegant dining room. Solomon’s seal, beautiful fresh, spring flowers, including columbia, ranunculus, lily of the valley and viburnum—my fave spring flower of all (I just think it makes every arrangement spectacular). And. The. Tree. Peony. Let me tell you about the tree peony… Eidwenn from Cartref Gardens had them (they are virtually impossible to get) and was generous enough to cut some for me. They have the lush-but-refined, elegant look we were pulling together–and they were perfection. i-gFBTwNS-XL i-kTcB38c-XLi-HBL5Q6Z-XLCongratulations, Karley and Timon! Thank you for asking us to be a part of creating your perfect day.

 

 

 

 

11696704_10153366082475295_269953475_nKathy and Tony’s beautiful summer wedding was a properly glorious celebration for the lovely couple and their close friends, inspired by Kathy’s favourite television show, Downton Abbey. And we got to pull up our panty hose and play the role of a 1920s British florist! Set in the library at the Empress, was Kathy and Tony’s old world, English wedding–an incredible experience for their 20 guests. A harpist played during ceremony, a trio during dinner, and a historian took guests on a tour of The Fairmont Empress. Even the sky was just right–it was the day Victoria woke up to the orange hazy sky from the forest fires, and it cast a natural sepia tone on the day. Helene Cyr Photography Cassie O’Neil Cinematography captured the day as only they can.

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Alexandra Forman Artistry created the perfect makeup look and Elena from Conscious Hair worked her magic and did a magnificent job on the bride’s incredible hair, which is so long it took Elena two hours just to curl.

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On to the flowers! Lorna from Nine Bark Farm in Metchosin has the most gorgeous, huge kifgate rose bush–these are the quintessential English rose. She also had antique varieties of sweet peas, which were the perfect addition to the designs. Purple clematis in the centre pieces transformed the room into the classic English-wedding setting.

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The Empress pastry chefs created the amazing cake and recreated the monogram from wedding invitation in white chocolate. Shara from Bash Specialty supplied antique champagne glass collection. And I helped Kathy chose linens from Pedersen’s Event Rentals.

Congrats, Kathy and Tony! And now you can enjoy the final season of Downton as man and wife.