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Vancouver Island Winery Wedding from Ashley + Brandon Photography

I adore this wedding.  And not only because it’s a serious pretty-fest from start to finish (it so is).  No, I adore this wedding because I happen to have a serious crush on these two cuties – two cuties who met back in junior high school, shared an apartment in college and, after sweet courtship, decided to tie the knot with only six months to plan.  Yep, they are amazing… and watching them say I do?  Magical.  See every love-filled moment captured by Ashley + Brandon Photography in the full gallery.


From the Bride… Colin and I grew up together in a small town in central Alberta, we have known each other since Jr. High School. I moved away in grade ten but we kept in touch here and there; in 2010 I was looking for a new roommate during university and Colin happened to be looking for a room! We lived together as roommates for two years before we began dating.

We talked on and off about getting married last summer while Colin was away (he’s in the military). He just said, “Why don’t we get married before June?” (There was a possibility of him being deployed.) I was shocked because it was a lot of planning to do in six months! We didn’t tell anyone for a week just in case we decided it would be better to wait until after his tour. By the end of the week we were both so excited that we didn’t want to wait any longer!

Our vision was intimate and timeless. We were surrounded by 18 of our closest family and friends and wanted something that was going to be comfortable for all our guests as they were traveling for us it was important to have a feeling of home. We didn’t want anything fussy or over the top. Just something that reflected who we are.

Our wedding theme was home. I didn’t use anything at the wedding that I wouldn’t have in my own home. I love mismatched china, bunting flags, and searching for vintage pieces.

The flowers were all cut from the winery gardens by Colin’s parents, Jackie (site manager), Colin, and myself the day before. Since Starling Lane is a historic site I had Jackie send me some “fun facts” about the winery and made a scavenger hunt for our guests to learn and explore the grounds. The venue was my favorite “detail” it’s so beautiful I didn’t want to have too much stuff to take away from the natural beauty of the place.

The entire day right from start to finish I couldn’t have asked for more. I got to marry the person I adore the most in the world.

Wedding Photography: Ashley + Brandon Photography | Wedding Venue: Starling Lane Winery | Floral Design: Rook & Rose Floral Design Boutique | Catering: Food For Thought 5 | Cake + Sweets: Dutch Bakery | Wedding Invitations: Custom designed watercolor, printed at Notables | Shoes: Lille Boutique, Portland, Oregon | Wedding Dress: WTOO (Jemma) via Novelle Bridal Shop, Edmonton, Alberta | Hair Accessories: Doloris Petunia | Bride’s Jacket: Bamboo Ballroom | Purse: ASOS | Earrings: Grandmother’s | Wedding Ring: Bride’s Great-Grandmother’s | Engagement Ring: Rare Earth Fine Custom Jewelry | Bracelet: Upcycled ‘spoon’ via a Melbourne Market | Heart Ring: Gift from Bride’s Dad to her Mum, Wedding gift to Bride | Hair + Makeup: Erin Bradley | Vintage China + Props: Josephine + David Hoskins of Victoria Vintage China Rentals | Groom’s Attire: Indochino | Colin’s Hair: Victory Barber & Brand | Favours: Wine from Starling Lane Winery | Music: Calvin Cairns

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Vancouver Island Engagement Session from Jonathan David Photography

Snowy engagement sessions always get me. Always. Perhaps it’s the pretty backdrop it creates or maybe it’s the cozy feelings you get from seeing two cuties cuddled up – whatever it is, I am a huge fan. And when such a snowy session is captured by someone like Jonathan David Photography? Where every image is hang-on-your-wall-worthy? That’s when I know I’ll be snuggling up real close with this gallery today. See it all here.


From Jonathan David PhotographyI’m really excited to share with you a true snowy engagement experience I had with Alexandra & Duncan last week at Mount Washington, Vancouver Island, Canada. Being Australian, I’ve only ever dreamed of having a white Christmas and this year I was lucky enough to have one thanks to these guys. Complete with snow ball fights, hot chocolate and gingerbread christmas trees and snowflake cookies, this engagement session took place immediately after a blizzard snow storm at the top of Mt Washington, which meant that there was insane amounts of gorgeous soft snow for us to play in. Both Alex & Duncan love the snow and enjoy skiing together, so the location was the perfect choice. The love and affection between these two heated things right up and never did we stop to realize that the temperatures were well below freezing.

Wedding Photography: Jonathan David Photography | Location: Mount Washington in Vancouver Island,  Canada

Vancouver Island Wedding at Dolphin Resort from Erin Wallis

Good food, good friends and an entire weekend of fun.  That’s what this darling duo had in mind when they planned their breathtaking Dolphins Resort soiree and, oh my goodness, did they succeed with flying colors.  Because this gorgeous gem of a day?  This beauty of a wedding?  It’s most definitely the kind of affair you dream about having… and attending.  From the picturesque scenery to the vintage stylings to the homemade cookies and ice cream, you can’t miss a moment captured by Erin Wallis in the full gallery.  Trust me.

From the Groom… When planning our wedding, we set out to make it representative of our new life together. Moving from the prairies of Saskatchewan to Campbell River, we knew that we wanted a Canadian “destination” wedding that gave our family and friends a feel for the west coast. After discussing a few ideas, Dolphins Resort emerged as the ideal setting. We had read and heard so many great things about the resort, especially the cuisine, we knew we could not disappoint our family and friends by asking them to join us at Dolphins. Nearly all our guests were traveling to meet us, so the twelve rustic cabins were perfect for a weekend gathering.

We met many times with Carmen Amberson, the value-added operations manager for the resort. Always confident that she understood us and our vision, we put our wedding plans in her hands. She worked tirelessly with her husband Joe, the chef, to make our vision a reality. The venue and food were taken care of. All we really needed to concern ourselves with were the outfits, music, drinks and decoration.

The idea for decoration was simple: antiques and trinkets that you would find in our home. No matching centerpieces and no ‘colours’. Carmen and Jessica combined efforts and trinkets to place throughout the reception cabin for the dinner, drinks and dance. Jessica’s sister and nanny baked our favorite cookies to go with Joe’s homemade ice cream and toppings in lieu of a cake. We didn’t expect complaints and we didn’t receive any!

When the day finally came, we exchanged vows on the beach and shared a champagne toast. After the ceremony the guests walked up to the top lawn for hors d’oeuvres, sangria, and Heather and Golden Ales from Salt Spring Island Ales. Meanwhile, Erin Wallis made us look like we felt with a shoot on the beach and float dock. Anyone in or around Campbell River already knows that Erin Wallis exceeds expectations.

In keeping with west coast weather, the rain began to fall and we moved to the main cabin to open the bar and dance the night away. We are told that our company carried on well after we retired to the beach house.

Wedding Photography: Erin Wallis / Wedding Venue + Catering: Dolphins Resort in Campbell River, Canada / Floral Design: Amy from Willows Market / Cookies: DIY by Bride’s Family / Dreamcatchers: DIY by the Bride + Friends / Wedding Dress: Adrianna Papell / Shoes: David and Joan / Bridesmaids’ Attire: BCBG / Groom’s Attire: Theory  / Groomsmen Attire: Le Chateau / Hair: Amy from A Cut Above

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