Victoria Wedding from Verbena Floral Design
October 29, 2012

I'm pretty sure I could go on-and-on all day about how much I LOVE this Victoria wedding, like how insanely cute the bride + groom are and how every detail was personal and perfect...but I'll let you see it all yourself! After finding Starling Lane Winery and it's amazing old wooden buildings, the rustic and elegant undertone for the day was set and the rest of the sweet details began to fall into place. Family + friends crafted and baked, Verbena Floral Design created the perfect coral, peach and cream arrangements and EA Photography captured it all. There is so much more to see in the full gallery!

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From the Bride... As soon as we got engaged, we knew we wanted something relaxed but with an elegant feel to it. We always knew we wanted to have an outdoor wedding, and when we found our venue at Starling Lane Winery, everything fell into place to allow us to have the rustic wedding of our dreams. This location is a heritage property with the most amazing old wooden structures, a rose garden and amazing flowers and fruit trees throughout the property. We chose coral, peach and cream to be our colors and had gold and wood accents. I also absolutely adore gold glitter and knew it had to be incorporated somehow. Tim and I also wanted our wedding to show our personality as a couple, so we brought some vinyl records we had bought for each other over the years to add to the decor. We also included pictures of our childhoods. One of my favourite things in our reception was the huge vintage window pane I found at a antique furniture store that we cleaned up and hand-wrote the seating arrangement on.

Two of my bridesmaids, Emma Wickham and Heather Fleming, logged an insane number of hours in the kitchen. Heather made the wedding cake, as well as helping with the other treats, and Emma was the creative genius with the baby cupcakes. They were incredible! I was so impressed with the way all the goodies turned out, and it definitely meant a lot to me that they would work this hard on such an enormous task in addition to all the others things they had done for me over the past year of wedding plans. The recipe for the rhubarb-raspberry jam was Tim's grandmothers and has always been a family favourite! Since Tim's parents live in the Okanagan, the land of all fruits, she had the raspberry supply and canned all 130 jars. For the finishing touches, we printed off a label, hand-wrote tags and tied them with baker's twine that was laced with gold.

I know it's cliche, but walking down the aisle with my dad to see my husband-to-be waiting was surreal. It was an extremely emotional moment in a million different ways, and I will always remember the smile on Tim's face. Also I have to say that walking into our reception was one of my favorite memories of the day. The chaos of the setup was not something I was a part of, so I wasn't sure how everything would look set up and in the right spot. I was a bit nervous because my instructions might not have been the clearest, but when we got to the reception venue I was SHOCKED. It was unbelievable to see all the hard work that everyone had put in around the location. It looks so gorgeous, and I couldn't have been happier at that moment.

From the Groom... One stand-out memory was when we were exchanging our vows at the ceremony. This was by far the most emotionally-charged moment of the day — staring deep into the eyes of my soon-to-be wife with over 100 people watching, hoping my voice doesn’t crack. I managed to get through my portion of the vows without breaking down, but I had a lake of tears welling in my eyes and I could feel them coming close to spilling over (thus being technically classified as “crying”). However, when Andrea started reciting her portion of the vows, she totally jumped the gun, interrupting the pastor mid-sentence to excitedly yell, “I DO!” It was the perfect comic relief and the whole crowd and I burst into laughter (also giving my tears a chance to drain fully). Still tough guy #1!

Wedding Photography: EA Photography / Ceremony: Starling Lane Winery in Victoria, British Columbia / Reception: Fireside Grill in Victoria, British Columbia / Floral Design + Wedding Styling: Verbena Floral Design / Wedding Cake, Cupcakes + Cookies: Heather Fleming + Emma Wikham, Bridesmaids / Wedding Invitations + Graphic Design: Love vs. Design / Ceremony Music: Dave Park / Reception Music: Ryan Beattie / Jam Favors + Terrarium Place Cards: DIY / Decor Rentals: Victoria Vintage China Rentals / Wedding Dress: Vera Wang via Blush Bridal and Special Occasions / Bride's Shoes: Topshop / Bride's Jewelry + Accessories: L'Atelier Designs + Lia Sophia / Bridal Party Robes: Pretty Plum Sugar / Groom's Suit: Strellson via The Bay