Rocky Mountain Newlyweds – Adventure on Top of the World

The Rocky Mountains are what every couple wants as their after wedding session backdrop and Jane and Bryan had a vision in mind. This adventurous couple couldn’t wait to climb the mountain peaks for stunningly beautiful photos of a lifetime. 

Bryan and Jane worked with photographer Joel Abrahamson to create a unique and intimate feeling to their photos. While the mountains around them seem overwhelming -the couple were all about each other and it shows!  Jane’s gown, with it’s wispy flowing skirt, is perfect as it blows in the wind. And Bryan’s choice of a blue suit blends perfectly with the colours of the sky behind them.

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Rocky Mountain Newlyweds and Adventure Climbing

One thing we love about this couple and their grand adventure is that they are also a great example of how to do this practically. It’s one thing to have this amazing idea and it’s another to make it happen. Be sure that you find a photographer who is not only willing to go to the top of the world but it also comfortable with the reality. And experienced. Weather, winds and heights are not something everyone is wanting to challenge!

As well, there is the glamour versus reality. Jane and Bryan look like they stepped off a runway but we love that Jane has the prettiest flats to wear and naturally beautiful hair and makeup. She prepared to be windblown! 

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Jane and Bryan obviously love life and think big. We can only imagine what the rest of their lives together will be! 

PHOTOS: Joel Abrahamson Photographic | ASSISTANT: Tatjana Maas | GOWN: Christos at S2 Bride | FLORAL: Wild Roots | RINGS: Fawcett’s Fine Jewellery | GROOMSWEAR: Van Gils at Forman’s Menswear | HAIR: Chrissy Straub of Top Knot Brides

You are invited to more head turning mountain wedding adventures!

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Kingdom Come Photography Photographer's Assistant: Tatjana Maas Flowers: Wild Roots Hair: Chrissy Straub of Top Knot Brides Bride’s Dress: Designed by Christos / Boutique: S2 Bride Groom’s Suit: Designed by Van Gils / Shop: Forman’s Menswear Rings: Fawcett’s Fine Jewellery West Coast Weddings Magazine BC Wedding Magazine Vancouver Wedding Magazine Rocky Mountains

 

Moody Modern Romance With a West Coast City Skyline

Moody Modern Romance with a City Skyline Twist. Downtown luxury elegance meets old world mystery and glamour. Descriptive words abound when it comes to this styled editorial set in the newest and most opulent venue in the city. This gorgeous shoot features European bridal gowns, locally designed jewelry and wild, romantic florals. 

We love the bold yet beautiful looks that these brides are showcasing. Dark smouldering eyes and luscious lip colours draw the eye to the sophisticated bridal style. Who wouldn’t want to look like this! 

The bridal gowns are especially dramatic with lace bodices, layered tulle skirts and statement style. The bouquets showcase unusual florals capturing the moody romance with colour and texture. Jewellery frames the faces of these beautiful brides with crystal earrings, pearl necklaces and rings. Don’t be afraid to add bling to your nuptial look!

Modern City Skyline 

The best part of this editorial? The skyline along with the amazing interior design creates photos that are architecturally perfect. Unusual colours and geometric shapes are embraced in a novel take on bridal portraits. Perhaps the Vancouver skyline might be something to think about when planning your wedding shoot!!

For more urban romance we invite you to view The Guild!

Kate Whyte Photography | Luxx Nova Vancouver | Steven Carty | Kaye Fleur | Clara Leung | D^ Bar and Lounge at Parq | Olive + Piper | Melissa Reimer | Claudia Bakehouse | Vancouver Wedding Magazine | West Coast Wedding Magazine | BC Wedding Magazine

Venue: D6 Bar + Lounge at Parq | Photos: Kate Whyte Photography | MUA: Steven Carty | Hair: Clara Leung | Floral Design: Kaye Fleur | Jewelery: Olive + Piper | Gowns: Luxx Nova | Models: Melissa Reimer + Claudia Bakehouse

Kate Whyte Photography | Luxx Nova Vancouver | Steven Carty | Kaye Fleur | Clara Leung | D^ Bar and Lounge at Parq | Olive + Piper | Melissa Reimer | Claudia Bakehouse | Vancouver Wedding Magazine | West Coast Wedding Magazine | BC Wedding Magazine

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Beautiful Winter Wedding Adds New Chapter to a Love Story

Winter weddings are so lovely and Jenelle & Lonnie are the perfect couple for this winterscape. Jenelle is a planner extraordinaire with impeccable attention to detail. We loved the many touches that made this wedding so warm and inviting. 

Mount Washington on Vancouver Island showcases the incredible snow covered mountain top views that surround the couple and their guests. They did have to deal with a tiny bit more snow than expected (20 cm!) but it seems to have just made the day more special. 

Beautiful West Coast Wedding by Chelsea Dawn Photography | Luz Bridal | Hudsons Bay | Outlooks for Men | Thrifty Foods | Mount Washington | West Coast Weddinss Magazine | BC Wedding Magazine

Let’s start with some of the details that made us fall in love with these nuptials. Warm blankets in a basket for cold guests, a completely unplugged ceremony, a sign stating venue elevation and lots of signage. Our fav is the ode to Lonnie’s golfing hobby where guests had to sink a putt before the couple would kiss! 

Beautiful West Coast Wedding by Chelsea Dawn Photography | Luz Bridal | Hudsons Bay | Outlooks for Men | Thrifty Foods | Mount Washington | West Coast Weddinss Magazine | BC Wedding Magazine

Beautiful West Coast Wedding by Chelsea Dawn Photography | Luz Bridal | Hudsons Bay | Outlooks for Men | Thrifty Foods | Mount Washington | West Coast Weddinss Magazine | BC Wedding Magazine

Beautiful West Coast Wedding by Chelsea Dawn Photography | Luz Bridal | Hudsons Bay | Outlooks for Men | Thrifty Foods | Mount Washington | West Coast Weddinss Magazine | BC Wedding Magazine

Beautiful West Coast Wedding by Chelsea Dawn Photography | Luz Bridal | Hudsons Bay | Outlooks for Men | Thrifty Foods | Mount Washington | West Coast Weddinss Magazine | BC Wedding Magazine

Jenelle confesses that she originally had a summer wedding planned. Then she really looked at Mount Washington and fell in love with the open beams and windows. So she adjusted her plan to a winter wedding! Eucalyptus and mercury votive in black lanterns adorned the long tables and provided a warm and cozy feel. 

Winter Perfect Gown + Stole

We love the Enzoani lace gown covered in a leaves motif (eucalyptus leaves!) and the faux fur stole is perfect! The pearl bracelet is from Jenelle’s mother – who bought it 33 years earlier in Hawaii while on her honeymoon.  Jenelle planned the colours carefully for the wedding party as she did not want a ‘christmasy’ look but a winter wedding. A real hit were the groomsmen’s sweaters! 

Beautiful West Coast Wedding by Chelsea Dawn Photography | Luz Bridal | Hudsons Bay | Outlooks for Men | Thrifty Foods | Mount Washington | West Coast Weddinss Magazine | BC Wedding Magazine

Beautiful West Coast Wedding by Chelsea Dawn Photography | Luz Bridal | Hudsons Bay | Outlooks for Men | Thrifty Foods | Mount Washington | West Coast Weddinss Magazine | BC Wedding Magazine

Beautiful West Coast Wedding by Chelsea Dawn Photography | Luz Bridal | Hudsons Bay | Outlooks for Men | Thrifty Foods | Mount Washington | West Coast Weddinss Magazine | BC Wedding Magazine

Beautiful West Coast Wedding by Chelsea Dawn Photography | Luz Bridal | Hudsons Bay | Outlooks for Men | Thrifty Foods | Mount Washington | West Coast Weddinss Magazine | BC Wedding Magazine

Beautiful West Coast Wedding by Chelsea Dawn Photography | Luz Bridal | Hudsons Bay | Outlooks for Men | Thrifty Foods | Mount Washington | West Coast Weddinss Magazine | BC Wedding Magazine

Beautiful West Coast Wedding by Chelsea Dawn Photography | Luz Bridal | Hudsons Bay | Outlooks for Men | Thrifty Foods | Mount Washington | West Coast Weddinss Magazine | BC Wedding Magazine

Beautiful West Coast Wedding by Chelsea Dawn Photography | Luz Bridal | Hudsons Bay | Outlooks for Men | Thrifty Foods | Mount Washington | West Coast Weddinss Magazine | BC Wedding Magazine

Beautiful West Coast Wedding by Chelsea Dawn Photography | Luz Bridal | Hudsons Bay | Outlooks for Men | Thrifty Foods | Mount Washington | West Coast Weddinss Magazine | BC Wedding Magazine

Beautiful West Coast Wedding by Chelsea Dawn Photography | Luz Bridal | Hudsons Bay | Outlooks for Men | Thrifty Foods | Mount Washington | West Coast Weddinss Magazine | BC Wedding Magazine

Beautiful West Coast Wedding by Chelsea Dawn Photography | Luz Bridal | Hudsons Bay | Outlooks for Men | Thrifty Foods | Mount Washington | West Coast Weddinss Magazine | BC Wedding Magazine

Beautiful West Coast Wedding by Chelsea Dawn Photography | Luz Bridal | Hudsons Bay | Outlooks for Men | Thrifty Foods | Mount Washington | West Coast Weddinss Magazine | BC Wedding Magazine

Jenelle + Lonnie exchanged wedding gifts which were so personal. Lonnie gave seven gifts – one for each year they had been together and each representing a milestone in their relationship. Jenelle gave Lonnie leather golf head covers customized with the wedding date.  

Beautiful West Coast Wedding by Chelsea Dawn Photography | Luz Bridal | Hudsons Bay | Outlooks for Men | Thrifty Foods | Mount Washington | West Coast Weddinss Magazine | BC Wedding Magazine

Photos: Chelsea Dawn Weddings | Gown: Luz Bridal Boutique by Enzoani & Dessy | Venue: Mount Washington | Earrings: Nadri by The Bay | Faux Fur Stole: Sissily Designs | Photobooth: Island Photobooth | Makeup: Chelsea Dawn Weddings + Elate Cosmetics | Groom’s Suit: Outlooks for Men | Groomsmen’s Sweaters: Root’s | DJ: Dave Hampshire | Florals + Cake: Thrifty Foods | Paper:  Minted 

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A Bride and Her Maids with A Naturally Beautiful Look

The naturally beautiful aura of the bride and her bridesmaids shines boldly in this forest theme. The creative minds behind this gorgeous editorial found their inspiration in the rich tones of the forest. So dark forest green with a deep yellow were used in this warm and inviting scene in the woods. The peaceful serenity of the forest showcases the movement and colour of the bride and her bridesmaids. 

Of course, the showstopper is the bride with her crown of flowing red locks! Her hair is perfectly showcased by the detailed, yet simplistic, feel to her gown and sumptuous flowers. The bridesmaids are perfect in their beauty surrounded by the serenity of the woods.

Jewellery for the Bride is a Natural Look

The one of a kind jewellery worn by the bride was a find, through happenstance, of a Ucluelet shop. The jewellery designer was more than happy to come up with pieces just for this shoot in the perfect emerald green colour.

We were really impressed with the attention to local talent and creations that were showcased in this editorial – shop local and look at the beauty you can enjoy!

We invite you to Part 1 of Into the Woods editorial!

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Photos: Three Sisters Photography | Design: Three Sisters Photography | Props: Party Mood | Floral Design: Willow & Orchid | Hair: Kim Kirkland | Makeup: Jessica Pool Makeup | Custom Jewellery Design: Joleen Sohier  | Models: Dahlia | Krista | Emily 

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Josh and Taryn’s Intimate Seaside Elopement With A Champagne Toast

Josh and Taryn’s intimate seaside elopement was simply beautiful and filled with west coast details. The sun began to set just as the couple began their vows to each other. It doesn’t get more romantic than that!

After the ceremony, the couple had cake and champagne at a table in the nearby park. Taryn, the bride, makes custom cakes and so their cake was made by her loving hands. We love the cake topper that made the elopement announcement. Of course, the photos with the cake were a fun way for the couple to announce their elopement to family and friends. Just to make it even more special the photo was featured on Huffpost!

After their photo session, the newlyweds headed to Fernwood in Victoria for a candlelit dinner and champagne. The perfect ending to their first evening as husband and wife!

Intimate Elopements

Elopements are becoming a very popular way to tie the knot without any fuss. Couples can choose anywhere from a beach to a busy street to exchange their vows. The planning and stress are way down and there is no worry about guests and timelines. Intimacy and privacy are the main idea and couples who elope will find plenty of love and fun when it’s just the two of them!

For more #westcoastweddingelopements take a peek at Akane & Justin’s day in Tofino!

Venue: Witty’s LagoonBlush Bridal Boutique | Suit: RW&Co | Flowers: Poppies Floral Art | Makeup: Prive Beauty Lounge | Hair: Amanda Nijjar | Cake: Cake by Taryn | Cake Topper: Creations by Sonia | Dinner & Champagne: Stage Wine Bar | Officiant: Donna Peters | Photographer: Amee Nijjar Photography

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A Wonderful Tea for Two Engagement Session for Veronica & Quinten

Veronica and Quinten had such fun with their tea for two photo session celebrating their engagement and upcoming west coast wedding. Engagement sessions are fast becoming the best part of getting comfortable with your wedding photographer. Couples are keeping it relaxed, thought much more creative, and taking photos in places important to them. Highlighting hobbies, special moments and shared passions makes these sessions so personal and intimate.

Couples are keeping it relaxed while being much more creative!

Don’t forget to pull together your fashion – it doesn’t have to be fancy but it can be if you want! Blankets, your special t-shirts, formal gowns…it’s whatever works for you, your partner and the story you are telling. It will also depend to some degree on your location choices and time of year. Although, if you want to swim in the ocean in January no one can technically stop you!  Some couples have even had beautiful floral arrangements created for the occasion or hired a planner to provide décor and direction.

Veronica and Quinten Engagement Story

So we loved Veronica and Quinten’s engagement story because they did it all! They both love drinking tea so the ‘tea for two’ picnic was perfect. It also led to some great blanket shots amongst the forest trees. The ocean side showcased Quinten’s love of photography and sketching while Veronica channeled her inner goddess which was perfect for the lovely floral bouquet. We especially loved the great smiles on these two! The gorgeous sunset in the background is a real highlight as well.

Engagement Session Tip:

Be sure to have a chat with your photographer before and let them know if you are hoping for sunset shots. Your photographer will set up the timing and location – don’t expect them to just ‘know’! It is a great idea to send a Pinterest Board of ‘shot ideas’ that you would like to have in your session.

Photos by Masika May Photography

The naturally beautiful west coast engagement session of Steph & Jamie will give you even more great Vancouver Island location ideas!

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Tea for Two Engagement Session by Masika May Photography West Coast Weddings Magazine BC Wedding Magazine Vancouver Island

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The Maggie Sottero Barefoot Bride Sessions

Barefoot bride, Autumn,  has a fascinating gown story. She found a photo of a Maggie Sottero on Pinterest and sent it to her mother and aunt via text with the caption ‘my dream dress’! She and her family did not think it would be possible to find it on Vancouver Island and began searching online.

However, Autumn’s aunt discovered what she thought might be the dress,  completely by accident, on a sample sale rack at Shades of White Bridal in Victoria. She quickly called Autumn who left work (with her boss’ blessing) to try it on.  Autumn needed only seconds to announce that this was, indeed, THE DRESS.  One would think there would be great rejoicing….but it was in a size 10 when Autumn is, generously, a size 2.  A frantic call to Fern, of The Bride’s Closet, to discuss the seemingly impossible alterations followed. Fern assured Autumn that she could take the form fitting gown to a Size 2 and so the precious Maggie Sottero was purchased.

Barefoot Bride Design

Fern began working on the alterations months in advance and managed to recreate the Maggie Sottero gown into a perfect size 2 without changing any of the design.  At the last fitting, Fern came out with a matching church veil edged in lace. Autumn’s mother began to tear up at the sight of Autumn in her gown with veil and asked if she could give it to Autumn as her personal gift. Autumn loved the idea that her groom would be so pleased with such a traditional touch and so the veil became part of the ensemble.

Barefoot Bride Session

Several months after their wedding, Autumn and Ryan joined their photographers once again for an after wedding session. The first part of the day was spent with Autumn as a barefoot bride. She quickly crawled up cliffs to allow the breeze to catch her veil for photos. Autumn was worried a little more about the water shots as she is rather attached to her gown but, in the end, she left worry behind! Thankfully, her gown and veil soaked beautifully back to their natural state after the shoot.  (Whew!)

Find more of Autumn’s after wedding session with her husband!

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Photos: Jane Avenue Photography | Gown: Maggie Sottero at Shades of White Bridal | Alterations & Veil: The Bride’s Closet | Hair & Makeup: Studio 62 Hair Salon

 

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Gorgeous Greenery and Sweet Cakes Make For West Coast Wedding Inspo

Dessert Tables are one of the best part of weddings and this one with gorgeous greenery and sweet cakes tops it all. So much goodness and fun! Cakes, cupcakes, cake pops, doughnuts and lots of other yumminess are found on all the best wedding dessert tables.  To top it all off, it won Best Dessert Table at the 2017 Vancouver Island Wedding Awards!

This dessertscape was a surprise gift for the bride and groom. Cake Designer, Laura of Schur to Please Boutique Cakery, and Tammy of Blue Lily Event Planning, put their heads together to create this amazing  West Coast Boho Chic look. The glassware and barrels were provided by Decorate Victoria and Laura Kalcsa put together the garlands that were draped across the table. Element Photo Co. captured all the details including the paper suite by Tickle Tree Stationery + Design.

Gorgeous Greenery & Sweet Cakes Tim Hortons Wedding Dessert Table West Coast Weddings Magazine

The beauty of this tablescape is it’s white iced cakes, cupcakes and pops sitting on glassware and surrounded by white roses. The warmth of candlelight made for a pleasing scent from the greenery and roses. The lovely fountain and landscaping of Olympic View Golf Course served as the perfect backdrop.

The tablescape was designed to be added to the reception décor provided by Decorate Victoria. Boho chic and lush florals were showcased  with blush pink and gold centerpieces highlighted by vintage lights which were strung behind the head table.  Succulents were randomly placed on the tables and served as giveaways to guests. The piece de résistance – the 26′ live edged head table which included 300 roses and 600 foliage stems!

Family Heirloom Included with Cakes!

The lovely lace gracing the middle of the tablescape is a piece of linen tatting that was provided by the bride’s grandmother. The original piece was handmade in 1861 by the bride’s great great grandmother.

Gorgeous Greenery & Sweet Cakes Tim Hortons Wedding Dessert Table West Coast Weddings Magazine

A Modern Cake + Goodie Touch

It is an interesting touch to have antique linens alongside Tim Horton’s timbits!  The table designer was careful to only choose timbits that were the correct colour and texture to match the cakes and cupcakes colour palette. The ultimate in Canadian wedding touches, eh?

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Gorgeous Greenery & Sweet Cakes Tim Hortons Wedding Dessert Table West Coast Weddings Magazine

Gorgeous Greenery & Sweet Cakes Tim Hortons Wedding Dessert Table West Coast Weddings Magazine

Gorgeous Greenery & Sweet Cakes Tim Hortons Wedding Dessert Table West Coast Weddings Magazine

Gorgeous Greenery & Sweet Cakes Tim Hortons Wedding Dessert Table West Coast Weddings Magazine

Gorgeous Greenery & Sweet Cakes Tim Hortons Wedding Dessert Table West Coast Weddings Magazine

Gorgeous Greenery & Sweet Cakes Tim Hortons Wedding Dessert Table West Coast Weddings Magazine

Gorgeous Greenery & Sweet Cakes Tim Hortons Wedding Dessert Table West Coast Weddings Magazine

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Gorgeous Greenery & Sweet Cakes Tim Hortons Wedding Dessert Table West Coast Weddings Magazine

Gorgeous Greenery & Sweet Cakes Tim Hortons Wedding Dessert Table West Coast Weddings Magazine

Gorgeous Greenery & Sweet Cakes Tim Hortons Wedding Dessert Table West Coast Weddings Magazine

Gorgeous Greenery & Sweet Cakes Tim Hortons Wedding Dessert Table West Coast Weddings Magazine

Gorgeous Greenery & Sweet Cakes Tim Hortons Wedding Dessert Table West Coast Weddings Magazine

 

Gorgeous Greenery & Sweet Cakes Tim Hortons Wedding Dessert Table West Coast Weddings Magazine

Gorgeous Greenery & Sweet Cakes Tim Hortons Wedding Dessert Table West Coast Weddings Magazine

Gorgeous Greenery & Sweet Cakes Tim Hortons Wedding Dessert Table West Coast Weddings Magazine

Gorgeous Greenery & Sweet Cakes Tim Hortons Wedding Dessert Table West Coast Weddings Magazine

Gorgeous Greenery & Sweet Cakes Tim Hortons Wedding Dessert Table West Coast Weddings Magazine

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Gorgeous Greenery and Sweet Cakes West Coast Weddings MagazineTo see more of this wedding visit A Dreamy Boho Chic Romance!

Beautiful & Elegant Glasshouse Showcases Wedding Elegance

An antique glasshouse and veiled beauty! We are so thrilled to showcase locally this Hatley Castle wedding editorial that inspires those who love historical elegance. The glasshouse hales from over a hundred years ago and was restored through an endowment to Hatley Castle. In the past, no grand estate was without a glasshouse. They housed tropical plants meant to provide a warm sanctuary during winter weather. Hatley Castle gave permission for this wonderful historical greenhouse to be the backdrop for this lovely Vancouver Island wedding editorial.

We especially love the botanically inspired stationery that complements the deep toned florals and the greenhouse greenery. The décor features rich autumn tones and non conventional elements within a historical venue. The ethereal setting is paired with modern geometric shapes to create an original atmosphere. Geometric shapes are a big trend for weddings – the metallic shades work with any colour you may choose.

The lovely veil adds to a slightly mysterious feel of our bride. The gown features a cut out in the bodice along with peek a boo lace around the shoulders. Our fav is the head jewellery that duplicates the geometric shapes seen in the décor!  

Historical Venues (like a glasshouse!!)

Are you looking to recreate this look for your photos? Start looking around for older buildings and heritage homes or perhaps a conservatory/atrium in your area. Unique venues are often found in museums and theatres. Hatley Castle books photography sessions – see here for more info. Private homes may also be willing to book wedding photography sessions if you ask very nicely! 

West Coast Weddings Magazine Hatley Castle Glasshouse

Photos: Myrtle & Moss Photography | Decor: Trend Décor Events | Gown: Tres Chic Bridal Boutique (Lis Simon) | Hair&Makeup: Beauty and Style by Erin Bradley | Paper Goods: Studio 745 | Brows & Lashes: Ecstatic Lash and Brows | Florals: Harry’s Flowers

West Coast Weddings Magazine Hatley Castle GlassHouse

West Coast Weddings Magazine Hatley Castle GlassHouse

West Coast Weddings Magazine Hatley Castle GlassHouse

West Coast Weddings Magazine Hatley Castle GlassHouse

West Coast Weddings Magazine Hatley Castle GlassHouse

West Coast Weddings Magazine Hatley Castle GlassHouse

West Coast Weddings Magazine Hatley Castle GlassHouse

West Coast Weddings Magazine Hatley Castle GlassHouse

West Coast Weddings Magazine Hatley Castle GlassHouse

West Coast Weddings Magazine Hatley Castle GlassHouse

 

From Ocean to Castle – Carmen & Samuel’s Engagement Session

We loved this engagement session with ocean views and castle shots!  Samuel & Carmen wanted to have their photos represent their love for the city of Victoria as their romance grew around the community and the beauty of Vancouver Island.  So how did these two end up engaged and planning their wedding this fall?

The Love Story to Engagement!

Samuel and Carmen had been attending the same church for over a decade without ever really talking to each other. It wasn’t until they joined the same dodgeball team that they started to spend time with each other. Samuel found every opportunity to get to know Carmen better. He even watched 10 seasons of Friends when he found out it was her favourite TV show. Samuel also learned that Carmen enjoyed stargazing and, as luck would have it, it was at the time of the annual Perseid meteor shower. He asked her to hang out that evening for the first time and they ended up spending the whole night looking for shooting stars and talking till sunrise.

After much persistence, Carmen willingly gave in and the two began dating. Their favourite activities together include spending time outdoors, playing sports, watching their favourite TV shows together, and studying at coffee shops.  A couple years ago, Carmen found out she had to move to Victoria for work. This began two years of a long distance relationship. Each would spend weekends on the ferry traveling back and forth. Many nights would be spent on FaceTime chatting and finding creative ways to continue their dates. 

Finally, on a Wednesday in July, Sam flew over to Victoria with a ring in his pocket and a guitar in hand. He set up photos all over Carmen’s apartment and sat down on a stool with his guitar and waited for Carmen to come home. Hours later, when Carmen opened the door, Sam sang a song for Carmen and asked if she would marry him. Carmen happily agreed and they will be tying the knot this coming September!

Engagement ‘Tea for Two’ Photo Session here!

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West Coast Weddings

West Coast Weddings

West Coast Weddings

West Coast Weddings

West Coast Weddings

West Coast Weddings

West Coast Weddings

West Coast Weddings

West Coast Weddings

West Coast Weddings

West Coast Weddings

West Coast Weddings

West Coast Weddings

West Coast Weddings

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Mountain Top Elopement on Vancouver Island

Elopement is the ultimate way to have a private ceremony with just the two of you (and an officiant) someplace special. You can imagine our excitement over this Vancouver Island mountain top elopement when the first photo appeared! Vistas that stretch for miles, perfectly blue sky and a very adventurous couple that wished to celebrate their love at the top of the world.

Chris surprised Danielle a few days before the planned wedding with the idea and it couldn’t have turned out better. Clayoquot Sound looked amazing from the air and the water provided a lovely colour show along with a whale sighting!  Of course, special thanks to Atleo Air for this elopement!

You are invited to more weddings in mountains!

Photography by Paul Levy Photo

Elopement Planning 

This elopement is wonderful with the photos both above and below the mountaintops. Be sure that you have a Plan B should the weather not cooperate for helicopter flights. And when you are going to snowy caps be prepared with suitable warm clothing and footwear! A wedding planner can really be helpful if it is a destination wedding as they will know what you will need for your adventure of a lifetime. 

Filberg Heritage Bride on Vancouver Island

A Heritage Bride on Vancouver Island! We love the heritage feel to this beautiful wedding editorial photographed in Comox Valley. Burnished gold and ivory are paired with the antique browns and organic greens found in the gardens and structures around. The gorgeous bride appears to be a natural work of art belonging in these surroundings!

Details such as a wedding cake afloat in greenery, the paper suite providing a burst of colour and lush florals really draw this whole photo painting to a spectacular finish.  Enjoy!

You are invited to more gorgeous weddings!

Photos: The Painted Fox Photography | Venue: The Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park | Floral Design: Purely Flower Boutique | Cake: HayWow Cakes | Hair: Kaylee Gelz | Paper Suite: TL Papa | Makeup: Beautiful Faces by Shayleen Renee | Décor Rentals: Alice & Ivy Décor and Rentals | Place Settings: All in One Party Shop | Model: Sarah Hayward

A Dreamy Bohemian Romance

Ryan & Autumn suit the modern bohemian style perfectly. We love the blush colours, the greenery and the contrast with the blue of the grooms suit.  The Vancouver Island ocean vistas behind draw the eye to the dreamy and romantic palette.  The floral bouquet and crown are filled with antique beige roses and succulents along with various types of foraged greenery.  The finishing touch are the ribbons flowing from the bouquet.  This couple epitomizes the boho-chic romanticism creating a naturally beautiful wedding day.

The photography style creates a real mood for these couple shots. Ryan and Autumn had sent their photographer ‘style photo boards’ prior to their wedding day. They had collected photos that they loved off Pinterest so that their photographer had an idea of the shots they really wanted. It’s obvious that this idea worked out well for them and the photographer! 

Bohemian Tips:

Looking to have a bohemian wedding day? Overflowing bouquets, head wreathes, lots of lace and lush floral displays are a must. You can also add vintage décor and family heirlooms. Mismatched bridesmaid gowns add to the boho theme and allowing your bride tribe to choose their own dresses always makes them happy!

For the After Wedding Shoot!

Photos: Jane Avenue Photography | Gown: Shades of White Bridal | Alterations: The Bride’s Closet | Floral Design: Fleurtacious by Lynda Marie | Menswear: Outlooks for Men | Hair: Studio 62 Hair Salon | Makeup: Bobbi-Jo Moore | Venue: Olympic View Golf Course 

Trends & Inspiration: After the Wedding Styled Shoots

Trends & Inspiration: After the Wedding Styled Photo Sessions are increasing in popularity for couples who are looking for photos in remote locations or just in a more relaxed state of mind than on the wedding day.

Trends & Inspiration: After the Wedding Styled Photo Sessions

It’s true that there is no way to go to multiple locations and spend hours with a photographer on your wedding day. That time is usually spent with guests and enjoying the marriage ceremony. But who wouldn’t like to have more opportunity with their photographer? So, after the wedding sessions are popping up all over and the results have been spectacular.

There seems to be two schools of thought – the after session being a completely different look to the wedding or recreating the wedding day. It’s certainly a great excuse to get to wear the dress again! Some sessions are becoming beautiful styled shoots which are set in the couple’s favorite spots or centred around a certain theme.

We loved this After Wedding Styled Shoot with Rachel & Gabriel. Their session began from a very sad story involving their wedding day photographer losing their photos.  Instead of dwelling on such a negative experience, Gabriel & Rachel decided to throw themselves into a gorgeous styled shoot with photographer Brij Charon that highlighted both Vancouver and Victoria landmarks such as Fairmont Hotel Georgia and St. Ann’s Academy.

We appreciate Rachel’s advice about their experience. “We never thought we would be the couple who would have a photography disaster. But that allowed us to dream up something bigger and better with a styled shoot. The flexibility with timeline was so much fun and created a chance for better shots and creativity.”

Styled Shoots St. Ann's Victoria British Columbia

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Styled Session Newlyweds in Vancouver Wedding Magazine

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Newlyweds Styled Photo Session in Vancouver

Bride and Groom in Sunglasses Styled Session Vancouver

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Styled Session for Newlyweds Fairmont Vancouver

Styled Session for Newslyweds in Vancouver

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Photos: Brij Charan Photography | Gown: Shades of White Bridal

Eco-Chic and Eco-Conscious Weddings on Vancouver Island

These days ‘green’ is in and being eco-conscious is becoming more popular…but what is a ‘green wedding’, is it possible and will it add stress to planning your wedding day?

Eco-conscious wedding on Vancouver Island

A green wedding may seem like a wonderful idea in theory but then seem overwhelming when it comes to the reality of choices. Are those plates considered polluting?  How do you have sustainable catering? The questions come fast and furious. However, the answer is actually simpler than most couples might know. Once you get through the initial planning stages and have a vision, the ‘green’ aspect will be easier to incorporate in the big picture.  It will also help you only purchase what is really necessary and keep your eco-conscious look minimal.

Why are couples planning a green wedding? Some couples lead a ‘green’ lifestyle and so this naturally translates to their wedding day. Others choose to lessen their impact on the environment as a way to show their support of the serious issues on such an important day in their lives. Others choose this option to show a ‘less is more’ attitude with the unique and creative take on their day. A sustainable wedding also helps the local economy and supports eco-friendly businesses.

Decor for Eco-Conscious wedding Vancouver Island Wedding Magazine

The important thing to keep in mind when planning is to try to leave as little as possible in the way of an environmental footprint. The ‘green wedding’ is an emerging idea so don’t quit if you can’t get to a zero footprint. The bottom line is, anything you can do to reduce the size of your wedding’s carbon footprint is a win. Be creative & have fun with it!  If it seems too much, but is important to you, then look for a ‘green’ wedding planner who will walk you through it and help you find environmentally friendly vendors.

Eco-Conscious Wedding Decor Vancouver Island

That being said, couples can do it on their own by simply keeping the main idea of reducing their carbon footprint in mind and getting creative. Pinterest is full of amazing ideas for using local plants, creating ‘kids nooks’ to keep children busy, table décor…the possibilities are endless.  And here is a bonus: it often brings costs in lower! 

Eco-Conscious Children Play Corner at Wedding Vancouver Island

Think locally, sustainably and follow the ‘less is more’ motto.  Vancouver Island has become a wonderful place to plan a green wedding with options from farm to table food, ethical hair and makeup, LEED venues, and more to come as the industry becomes more eco-conscious.

So remember that while The Green Wedding may seem daunting the truth is that it’s doable – you can support the environment and have it all on your wedding day! 

Written by Melissa Latter of Eco-Chic Affairs (www.ecochicaffairs.com)

 

Visit us at westcoastwed.com & search ‘eco-friendly’ to find environmentally conscious vendors on Vancouver Island

Boho River Romance in the Majestic West Coast Forest

A river romance among the majestic pines. This stunning forest boho editorial, along a river’s edge, is filled with eclectic details and beautiful flowers.  We loved the bridal gown, which couldn’t be more chic, plus a guitar playing groom which certainly adds to the bohemian feel!  Be sure to watch the lovely behind the scenes video.

 

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Antler on Sweetheart Table in Forest River Romance Vancouver Island Wedding Magazine

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Photos: New Leaf Photography | Design and Décor: Lavish Engagements | Videography: Jabin Postal Films | Gown & Accessories: The Bride’s Closet |  Menswear: Jim’s Clothes Closet | Rentals: Always Invited Event Rentals |  Floral Design: Thrifty Foods Courtenay | Hair: Shear Inspiration Studio | Makeup: Shelby Lynn Makeup Artistry | Stationary: Caribou Creative | Brewery: Gladstone Brewing Co. | Rings: Peoples Jewellers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dark Elegance in Sea Cider’s Forest for Gothic Wedding

The dark elegance created in Sea Cider’s forest made for a unique gothic and one-of-a-kind experience for Steph and Jared. Gothic overtones mixed with vintage finds showcased a turn of the century elegant mystery novel feel to the reception. This wedding certainly caught our eye!

Steph and Jared had their wedding vision firmly in mind when they met with their planner of choice. Tammy, of Blue Lily Event Planning, recalls how they spoke about wanting their personalities to shine through on their big day. Translation? A goth wedding with a speakeasy feel along with some wonderful vintage. These eclectic choices had Tammy very excited as she went about creating this wonderfully dark elegant look for Steph and Jared .

A gothic wedding with a speakeasy feel along with some wonderful vintage! 

Tammy: “The first thing we all agreed on was that we had to have Lynda from Fleurtacious be the florist and the designer of Steph’s original veil. This really set the tone right from the beginning.

The ceremony was in Sea Cider’s forest facing the end of an uprooted tree. Lynda created the most amazing floral arrangement for it. She hung glass orbs with skull candles and florals from the tree end. We also handmade paper cones from vintage sheet music and filled them with dark red roses and other flowers for the confetti.

We brainstormed with Steph and Jared for ideas and then built an amazing team of vendors who were excited to do something a little different than the usual!

The decision was made to make details a huge part of the guest experience…

The decision was made to make details a huge part of the dark elegant guest experience This included two room set ups, complete with vintage furniture and tiny details of skulls, old coins, record player decanters and trays, mirrors, prohibition style wall hangings, and even the bride’s very own Ouija board!

The Cake was nothing short of spectacular with hand made black chocolate lace detailing. There was even dry ice to create a foggy mist over the dessert table during the cake cutting. Guest tables were draped with black lace and black mismatched candlesticks, gold trimmed candle holders and lanterns with twisted flowers coming out of them for a darker eerie feel. Each place setting had dark burgundy napkins, gold cutlery and a black feather with each guest’s name hand painted by the bride’s sister. As both the bride and groom are bartenders, homemade bitters were placed at each setting for the wedding favors.

The head table was draped in black lush linens, and large candelabras, rose petals, and littered with various other types of candles and bouquets for a dark Gothic feel. The large throne type chairs were actually provided at the venue for the final touch. We admit to a fondness for the unexpected silver skull sitting amongst the vintage décor!

Not to be forgotten was the paper suite. Each invitation was hand wrapped in black lace with custom skull tags and the black envelopes were sealed with a wax seal. This really was the first design choice and everything else flowed from this suite. I would have to say that this is one of favorite weddings I have planned and thank Steph and Jared so much for allowing me to help create their vision! “

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Floral design Fleurtacious by Lynda MarieGothic Dark Elegance West Coast Weddings Magazine

Rose in glass bubble forest ceremony Gothic Dark Elegance West Coast Weddings Magazine

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Burgandy Rose Boutonniere Gothic Dark Elegance West Coast Weddings Magazine

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Newlyweds in VineyardGothic Dark Elegance West Coast Weddings Magazine

Bride in Black Lace GownGothic Dark Elegance West Coast Weddings Magazine

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Red Rose Petals Wrapped in Vintage Music Sheets Gothic Dark Elegance West Coast Weddings Magazine

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Vintage Typewriter and BooksGothic Dark Elegance West Coast Weddings Magazine

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Table Seating Chart Gothic Dark Elegance West Coast Weddings Magazine

Rings Gothic Dark Elegance West Coast Weddings Magazine

Vintage Quill Pen Guest BookGothic Dark Elegance West Coast Weddings Magazine

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Black and Red Dessert Table Gothic Dark Elegance West Coast Weddings Magazine

Venue: Sea Cider Farm and Ciderhouse | Photos: Megan Edelman Photography | Planning & Design: Blue Lily Event Planning | Rentals: Trend Décor | Floral Design & Veil: FLEURtacious by Lynda Marie | Furniture Rental & Styling: fallenolive Inklings and Designs | Furniture Rental: Bash Specialty | Rentals: Party Mood | Linens: Decorate Victoria | Catering: Toque Catering | Paper Suite: Studio 745 | Beauty: Tasha Winters Hair and Makeup Artistry | Cake: Schur to Please Wedding and Specialty Cakes | Desserts: Yonni’s Donuts & Victoria Pie Co. | Band: The Temps

The Sun’s Golden Kiss on Stephanie & Ben’s Nuptials

This sun’s golden kiss has always blessed this couple! Calgarians, Stephanie and Ben, work in the airline industry and often find time to visit Ben’s family and enjoy the beauty (and warmth!) of Vancouver Island. When Ben popped the question, they knew right away that they wanted to get married on the Saanich Peninsula.

Sixty friends and family travelled from all over BC and Alberta to enjoy, not only the wedding celebration, but also a few days of rest and relaxation. The couple’s golden retriever also made the trip out from Calgary and was included throughout the day, acting as the ring-bearer… and then cupcake taster later in the evening!

We can’t get enough of the paper suite, the dessert table and all the details….

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Rings on a Log Suns Golden Kiss West Coast Weddings Magazine

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Vineyard Hug for NewlywedsSuns Golden Kiss West Coast Weddings Magazine

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Giveaways Suns Golden Kiss West Coast Weddings Magazine

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Glass Guest Sign Suns Golden Kiss West Coast Weddings Magazine

Newlyweds and DogSuns Golden Kiss West Coast Weddings Magazine

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Appetizers Suns Golden Kiss West Coast Weddings Magazine

Furniture Setting OutdooSuns Golden Kiss West Coast Weddings Magaziner

Saying Vows Suns Golden Kiss West Coast Weddings Magazine

Bride Walking to CeremonySuns Golden Kiss West Coast Weddings Magazine

Reception Greenery on TablesSuns Golden Kiss West Coast Weddings Magazine

Place Settings at ReceptionSuns Golden Kiss West Coast Weddings Magazine

Menu Cards Gold Emboss on Cream PaperSuns Golden Kiss West Coast Weddings Magazine

Giveaways Suns Golden Kiss West Coast Weddings Magazine

Bride with Bouquet Suns Golden Kiss West Coast Weddings Magazine

Photos Guest Book Suns Golden Kiss West Coast Weddings Magazine

Invitation Suite Suns Golden Kiss West Coast Weddings MagazinePlanning/Design/Florals/Signage: Emma McCormick Creative | Photography: Fetching Image Photography | Catering: Toque Catering | DJ: DJ Chris Poynter | Hair: Copper & Ash Collective | Makeup: Hollie Brown for Privé Beauty Lounge | Paper Suite: Minted & Red Cloud Studio | Printables: The Lovebird Press | Feature Lounge: Bash Specialty | Oficiant: Michael Denton | Dessert Bar: Schur to Please wedding and specialty cakes, Ruth & Dean, Ottavio Italian Bakery & Delicatession | Favors: Bon Macaron Patisserie | Rentals: Trend Decor, Designer Weddings & Special Occasion Rentals & White Event Studio | Venue: Sea Cider Farm

Pets At Your Wedding – A Complete Guide to a Stress Free Day

One would think that the biggest wedding trend these days was lace or multi-coloured bridesmaid palettes but no…it’s pets at your wedding! Wedding photos are pouring in this year with dogs having a serious role in the affair. There is also the general animal theme with so many weddings happening at farms that have opened up as wedding venues. One thing for sure. The results are a big hit with guests and couples alike…though we can imagine there are some photographers pulling their hair out!

There are a few things to think about before including your pets in your special day. Is your pet amiable among crowds or should you have a ‘pet sitter’ for the day? Would it be better for the pet to be carried down the aisle rather than ‘walk’? Have you informed your guests in case any have allergies? Have you checked with your venue that pets are welcome. Is your pet safe and comfortable in their ‘wedding attire’ for the day?

Some pets are perfectly able to attend just like any other guest without any trouble while others may need supervision in a crowd. Remember that you can hire someone to care for your pet during the day if this is a concern for you. 

If your wedding party is willing…take advantage and get those fun animal moments!

If your pet can’t be part of the ceremony then perhaps choose to do your photos where your pet can be involved.  If your wedding party is willing…take advantage and get those fun animal moments! 

Some pets seem to love being ‘flowered up’ but be sure that there is nothing irritating your pet. The bowtie seems most popular but there are also some pets who go full on formal with jackets and boots!

Taking the time to be sure all your ducks are in a row beforehand will save you from problems happening on the big day – and keep everyone (on two legs or four) happy!

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Wedding Party with Chickens on Vancouver Island
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Bride and Beautiful Dog at Vancouver Island wedding
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Lavender & Love Wedding on Vancouver Island

This stunning whimsical bohemian style shoot of lavender and love was envisioned by Rebecca of Rivkah Photography. “Finally we had the lavender bloom at the right time…we wanted a warm and romantic feel and Long Meadow Farm was perfect.  It was a florist’s heaven with dalhias, roses, peonies, herbs and lavender abounding. Our florist, Lynda, showed up with scissors and ribbon and created all the florals on site. We used the natural elements around us as décor. We waited out the sun for three hours to get these photos.  You can almost see the bees floating around in the golden rays of the dramatic sunset!”

The magical combination of the sunset and light bouncing off the purple lavender showcase the beautiful wedding couple. Our fav things? The head wreath of lavender for the bride and the beige vest on our groom. Of course, our love for the award winning floral bouquet goes without saying. The two perfectly placed blush pink dahlias centre the surrounding greenery and florals. 

The simplicity of the lavender in glass vases, gilt edged plates and silver floral containers create a lovely tablescape worthy of natural landscape. Beribboned cutler and paper suite with colour stained edges completes this perfect bohemian dreamscape!

Crochet and Lavender Love 

The unusual pieces in this editorial are the crochet and tatting on the sweetheart table and wrapped around the bride and groom. These can be easily found in vintage shops and bring the boho to your décor!  

You are invited to more lavender wedding ideas!

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PHOTOS: Rivkah Photography | VENUE: Long Meadow Flower Farm | GOWN: Truvelle available at The White Peony | MENSWEAR: Outlooks for Men | FLORAL DESIGN: FLEURtacious by Lynda Marie | DECOR: Trend Décor Events | MAKEUP: Prive Beauty Lounge | HAIR: Studio 2 Hair Designs | Coultish Management

 

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West Coast Weddings was created with the goal of providing brides and grooms with the latest in fashion, style, decor and more in the wedding scene.

It is our goal to bring you news and editorial that will inspire and help you create the most memorable and magical wedding possible.

With the help of local professionals such as photographers, planners and artisans, we aim to provide resources for you and your special someone.

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