From the Bride... I always said our wedding style was going to be “garden party chic”. We wanted our wedding to be fun and casual, but still elegant. I’m a huge fan of colour so I knew right away that bright colours would be an important element in our day and I was obsessed with the ombre trend. I didn’t want everything to be too matching so we didn’t have specific “wedding colours”, but the recurring colours running throughout many of our design elements were navy and warm brights. My love of bright reds, fuschias, corals, oranges and pinks shone through from the beginning to the end in the men's ties, the bridemaids' shoes and the eye-catching bouquets--not to mention the show-stopping ombre dahlia curtain that provided the perfect backdrop for our heartfelt vows.
We decided early on that the most important elements to us were food and drink, and DIY décor. Funnily enough, I didn’t think flowers were too important to me, but looking back, the beautiful floral elements throughout were some of my favorite touches.
We did quite a few DIY projects for our wedding. My fiancé, sister, mom and mother-in-law were huge helps throughout the year. My favorite was my “something blue” cross-stitch I made and sewed into the hem of my wedding gown with my fiance’s and my initials, and our wedding date. We made a ton of bright paper & ribbon signage, the dinner/drink/dessert menus, our table name flags, our escort cards all assembled on spray-painted gold frames, our “wish tree” which acted as our guest book, over 150 jars of homemade raspberry jam with cute fabric toppers, little washi-tape flags to go in our signature cocktails, great “hooray” and “thank you” banners for use in our photographs, and over 120 collected bottles, jars and vases for our mish-mash assortment of bud vases on every surface.
In the end, after all the planning, crafting, blog-reading and misty-eyed dreaming about how our day would turn out, our wedding day was the best day. We specifically had our celebrant make us take a moment to look out over the guests assembled and really reflect on those who were there for us, with us, to support us. That was a special moment, for sure. Thanks to our amazing vendors, the rest of the day fell into place as well, and my new husband and I were able to enjoy the most special day, filled with laughter and fun and love. The pictures tell the story... everyone is happy and smiling. That is what I remember when I think back to our wedding day.
Wedding Photography: Jades Photography | Assistant Photographer: Chelsea Warren Photography | Ceremony Venue: Villa Marco Polo in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada | Reception Venue: Victoria Golf Club in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada | Event Planning: Blue Lily Events | Floral Design: Fresh View Events | Cinematography: Tom Wildey | Wedding Cake: Ooh La La Cupcakes | Wedding Invitations: Emily Armstrong from Starling Memory Design | Wedding Dress: Ladybelle Bridal | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Makeup: Carly Flint