Local Love is a wedding editorial dedicated to the The Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island. It is an amazing and beautiful area rich in wineries, farmland, forest, lakes and ocean. So, of course, it is also the perfect backdrop to weddings!
The inspiration for this eye popping editorial stemmed from the “The 100 Mile” book that strived to source and eat food grown within 100 miles of where you live. Susan Rodgers, of Cobble Hill Cakes, thought she would take this idea to 30 km of where she lives and show the rich array of wedding opportunities around her. And so the planning and sourcing of this wedding celebration began and ended within the Cowichan area (the exception being the bridal gown as there is shop in Cowichan!!)
The shoot took place at The Maple Bay Manor where twenty local love wedding professionals purposely planned around the world-renowned rhododendron garden dating back to the early 1900’s. The colors of the rhododendrons, cherry and magnolia trees showcased the natural beauty of Cowichan Valley. A theme grew with inspiration from the excitement of the upcoming royal wedding and the beautiful gardens where it was taking place. Think ‘casual English garden wedding’.
The bride is radiant in lace with floral grown right on a non-sprayed flower farm in Cobble Hill and foraged from local gardens. We love the incredible sunset shots on the lake and the plethora of water lilies surrounding the couple. The ‘Gin Deck’ is an inspired idea for using all the venue space.
Congratulations to all the Cowichan Valley locals who came together and proved what an incredible beautiful wedding area they live in! And an inspired idea!
You are invited to more Cowichan Valley Wedding Inspiration!
Concept Design, Planning and Coordination: Susan Rodgers from Cobble Hill Cake Co. | Event Planners: Jeanell and Amanda from Lock and Key Events | Photography: Kim and Amanda from Three Sisters Photography | Venue: Lynn from The Maple Bay Manor | Floral Design: Adria from Little Bee Blooms | Cake and Desserts: Susan from Cobble Hill Cake Co. | Chocolates: Cheryl from Chocolate Pearl | Gin: Brennan from Stillhead Distillery | Wine: Maria and Xavier from Cherry Point Estate Winery | Furniture Rental: Tavera from Fallen Olive | Furniture/sofa: Ashley from The Vintage Brush | Paper Elements: Laura Lavender Calligraphy and Illustration } | Hair Styling: Brittany Foote at EK Hair | Make-up: Jessica Pool Makeup | Bride’s Ring: Susan Koch Atelier | Bridal Gown: Kim at Luz Bridal Boutique Victoria | Bride’s shoes: Jean from Cardino Shoes | Bride’s Hair Accessories: Vanessa from Enchanted You | Bride’s jewelry: Claire from Claire Crowfoot Jewelry | Menswear: Miles from Outlooks for Men Duncan | Groom’s Hairstyling: Victory Barber and Brand North | Bride: Ashlee | Groom: Garrett