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Cozy, Candlelit Lodge Wedding

Ally and Christian’s wedding on the shore of Nita Lake is the very reason I love fall affairs so very much. Anchored in a rich moody color palette with a cozy lodge setting and a candlelit dinner, it’s a perfect ode to the autumn season with romantic touches from vendors like Maurelle Calligraphy. Go see all the pretty that awaits in the gallery from Melia Lucida.

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From the Bride…I never grew up believing that there was a perfect partner out there waiting for me. But, after my second date with Christian, looking into his eyes, it felt as if we had always known each other. A week, and three more dates later, and we were inseparable. Since then, a little over five years from our first date, we have only been apart for a handful of days. And, the fact that it pains me to remember each and every one of those days, shows me that there is in fact a perfect partner and that I had found him.

After a classically inspired engagement at the stunning Rosewood Hotel Georgia, I started planning our big “rustic-elegance” themed wedding day. The most important factor, however, was that I did not want a prolonged engagement. But, even I did not realize how short our engagement was going to be until I fell in love with the location, and learned that their only availability was less than five months away. And, since Christian and I were budget-conscious, and were taking on our wedding planning to cut costs, it was quite the task we gave ourselves!

After far too many three-hour roundtrip drives to the venue, and a number of long and stressful decision-filled days, with the help of our amazing vendors, our vision came together. The day was rustic and romantic, yet elegant and timeless. Even the weather cooperated just long enough for our outdoor ceremony, and our photo session. The wooden vineyard chairs and log-rounds, aged-gold touches throughout, and textured linens and menus, all tied together by incredible florals that were heavy on greenery, and featured hints of blush, and a Protea to honor my South African heritage, made for a seamless and magical day! And, as the staff at the Lodge later recounted to us, the venue was completely transformed!

On the big day, my bridesmaids and I got ready on-site in the stunning Rainforest Suite at the venue, while Christian and his groomsmen got shaves in a suite at the other end of the Lodge. While the day flew by, I will never forget sharing our first dance on the patio, overlooking the lake, while a light mist started to come down. And, just as we were sharing a kiss, my husband’s family surprised me with a breathtaking fireworks display that rounded out what was the most amazing day of my life, and was the perfect start to our lives together!

Christian and I are taking a few months to enjoy our newlywed life, and then we will be heading off on our honeymoon to Rome and the Amalfi Coast of Italy!

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Photography: Melia Lucida, Photographer​ | Design: Taffete Designs | Styling: Gumboot Glam | Floral Design: Celsia Florist | Cake: Ganache Patisserie | Catering: Nita Lake Lodge | Makeup: Jasmine Hoffman | Hair: Jasmine Hoffman | Calligraphy: Maurelle Calligraphy | DJ: Like You Just Don’t Care | Groom's Attire: Ermeneglildo Zegna | Groomsmen's Attire: Indochino | Venue: Nita Lake Lodge | Bride's Earrings: Nordstrom | Bride's Necklace: Minichiello Jewellers | Bridesmaids' Jewelry: Olive + Piper | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: David's Bridal | Bride’s Shoes: Louboutin | Day-Of Coordination + Decor: Celebrate Events | Decor: Taffete Designs | Décor: Bespoke Decor | Event Rentals: Event Rental Works | Fireworks: Whistler Fireworks | Groom's Hair: Kurt Hoffman | Hair Accessories: The Borrowed Collection | Invitations + Wedding Website: Minted | Reception Music: Musos Entertaiment | Wedding Dress + Veil: Manuel Mendoza

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Channel Your Inner Princess with This Castle Wedding Inspiration

The word ‘beautiful’ barely does justice for this inspiration from Myrtle et Olive. It’s ethereal and elegant, yet totally approachable and completely chic, and we’ve got every bit of it captured by the incomparable Kurt Boomer waiting paitently for you in The Vault!

From Myrtle et OliveWe strived to create a royal, old-world romance inspired look that merges seamlessly with the Castle and perfectly manicured gardens and grounds of the venue. Refined décor details such as oversized ornate candle holders, antique gold glassware and dupioni silk were added for the feel of elegance. For our floral palette, we juxtaposed the decadence of burgundy and hazel hues that are so in abundance during the fall season of the year with the softest neutral hues. We sought to create a celebration that is truly timeless and utterly classic where one will look back and fall in love with again and again. We worked with the incredible Written Word Calligraphy to craft one of a kind paper goods and details, including custom illustrated programs wrapped in raw silk from FrouFrou Chic, horizontal metallic “Godiva” inspired menus and luxury, embroidered monogram napkins graced on the most delicate dinnerware by Arte Italica from Vancouver-based decorative furnishing, Chintz and Company. You can swoon over the stunning romantic, ethereal Reem Acra gown with an embroidered top and light, refined chiffon to create a serene, graceful ambiance as the bride wonders the garden and hidden places of the castle…

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Photography: Kurt Boomer | Event Design: Myrtle et Olive | Floral Design: Myrtle et Olive | Wedding Dress: Reem Acra | Wedding Dress: Blush Bridal & Special Occasions | Cake: Cake By Nicole | Stationery: Written Word Calligraphy | Jewelry: The Borrowed Collection | Hair + Makeup: Carol Hung Artistry | Venue: Hatley Castle | Decor: Chintz & Company | Furniture: Art of the Party

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Cast Your Vote: Did This Inspiration Shoot Take Place in Italy or Canada?

Tell me (in all honesty), did you think that this pretty little picture dreamed up by White Event Studio was taken in Italy? Well, Blush Wedding Photography will have you know that said shot was actually taken in the incredibly beautiful CANADA! Proving that you can achieve just about anything, exactly where you are. See the entire stunning shoot in The Vault!

From White Event StudioThe inspiration for this shoot came from one of my favourite countries, Italy- specifically Tuscany. Villa Marco Polo is a venue located in Victoria BC and thanks to its European, al fresco look, bringing our vision to life was effortless. The yellow house created such a beautiful backdrop and the sunny weather together with the scenic gardens really helped us set the mood.

A mix of dusty blue silk and organic linen were perfectly paired up with lush florals, handmade charger plates and copper elements to create a romantic and soft tablescape. One of my favourite inspiration details for this shoot was a 4-tiered ‘cheese cake,’ a delicious option for those who prefer savoury over sweet. For our ceremony dress, we opted for Alexandra Grecco’s delicate “Vivienne” gown; perfect piece for a spring celebration with its beautiful hand embroidered silk petals and spectacular movement. Our reception dress was the super chic yet classy Macabeau high waisted lace skirt with the gorgeous Macdowell top by Houghton.

When designing an event, there is nothing more important to me than being able to take my client’s inspiration and transport the guests through my design; especially when I feel so connected to the main inspiration (Italy) ideas flow naturally!

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Photography: Blush Wedding Photography | Event Planning + Design: White Event Studio | Floral Design: Raspberry Flowers | Stationery: Emma Allen Photography + Design | Hair + Makeup: All Dolled Up Makeup & Hair Studio | Groom's Attire: Haberdasher & Co | Bridal Boutique: Union Bridal | Ceremony Dress: Alexandra Grecco | Cheese Tower: Charelli´s | Location: Villa Marco Polo | Reception Dress: Houghton Bride | Rentals: White Event Studio