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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

Rustic Vancouver Island Summer Wedding

This is one wedding I really wish I was a lucky guest at; not only do I love cider (and this shindig was held at an actual farm and ciderhouse) but the colors of these florals and the beauty of the natural light – all captured by Ameris – makes it extra special. French Kiss Events worked their magic and Verbena Floral Design created bouquets that I can’t stop staring at – and thanks to all these pics in our VAULT, my own Pinterest boards are getting a pretty update. Join me there and thank me later!


From the Bride… Colin and I had been dating for five years before we exchanged vows in a gorgeous garden on a sunny afternoon. We moved around a lot over those five years and while we pursued our individual education and careers, we spent three of those years living on opposite ends of the province. We had an incredible amount of support from our wonderful family and friends during this time, so we really just wanted the day to be a big party with everyone we love most in the world. We envisioned a relaxed, fun atmosphere and something that truly reflected us. We knew we wanted to celebrate somewhere that felt meaningful to us, and our hearts and roots are on Vancouver Island where we grew up. The first time we saw Starling Lane, I could picture our wedding day (which was a really surreal moment!) It was romantic and stunningly gorgeous, and we said our “I dos” in July under a beautiful tree in the garden surrounded by our friends and family. Following the ceremony, a cocktail hour took place throughout the gardens. Guests were treated to farm-inspired food from the London Chef, refreshing summer beverages, and live music by The O’Brien Family. Since both of our dads absolutely love music, incorporating live music throughout the day was a must.

For our décor, we wanted a balance between pretty and naturally rustic, with a lot of personal details and an “at home” feeling. Barb Walker from French Kiss Events took every thought or idea we had, whether it was said in passing one day or discussed over coffee, and brought everything together to create a day more incredible than we could have ever imagined. I had mentioned my love of horses to Barb and horseshoes were incorporated throughout the day. It made everything feel so personal and meaningful, and it was honestly a day that truly reflected Colin and I and our relationship. Flowers also played a big role and Vanessa at Verbena Floral Design completely took my breath away with her incredible natural flower arrangements and attention to detail. Like Barb, she took our vision and ideas and brought them to life in a way that exceeded all of our expectations.

After the ceremony and cocktail hour, we knew people would be ready to party and wanted a venue for everyone to be able to socialize, have fun, and let loose – they did not disappoint! Sea Cider was perfect for this with their gorgeous cider house, a wrap around deck, and unbelievably delicious cider. Guests were greeted with a glass of cider and passed canapés, and a pathway of lanterns lit the way to the tent for dinner, drinks, a family-style dinner and some more live music. A rustic wood bar and a blush-sequined covered dessert table complete with a ribbon backdrop incorporated both elements of pretty and naturally rustic that we envisioned.

A few DIY touches were added, such as the wooden table numbers that were made by Colin and I, and we each borrowed a ladder from our parents to create the seating chart. However, the most meaningful DIY came from our families. Colin’s dad made over a hundred bottles of homemade white wine, complete with a custom label. My dad also brewed beer at a local brewery and had them made with the same label. It was so thoughtful and really added to the day. Family really is everything to us, and it was amazing to see everyone come together.

There are so many incredible moments from that day, but my favourite memory is sitting down at dinner as Mr. and Mrs. Cadger and looking around to see all of our amazing family and friends celebrating with us. We have never felt so lucky and it truly meant the world to us to have everyone there. I still feel so overwhelmed with love when I think about this day. We feel extremely fortunate to have had Rob and Julia from AMERIS with us on our day. They captured every single special moment so beautifully and organically. This day was beyond perfect, but went by SO fast that we truly appreciate their incredible talent and the fact that we can go through our photos to relive the day together.

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Photography: AMERIS | Event Planning + Design: French Kiss Events | Floral Design: Verbena Floral Design | Wedding Dress: The White Peony | Ceremony Venue: Starling Lane Vineyard | Reception Venue: Sea Cider Farm And Ciderhouse | Catering: The London Chef | Makeup: Melanie Baird Makeup Artistry | Hair: Conscious Hair By Elena | DJ: Airwaves Music | Band: The O'Brien Family | Bridal Boutique: The White Peony | Dessert: Ruth And Dean | Furniture: Bash Specialty | Invitations + Paper Goods: Tuktu Paper Co. | Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar

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