FKE in Print: Wedding Bells

One of my business goals of 2014, was to have some of my work featured in print.  Well, 4 features later, I would say that it is safe to say that when you put your goals out there, and are willing to work hard to achieve them, anything is possible!  The most recent feature, is in the current issue of Wedding Bells (it’s their anniversary issue, and oh man…it is a good one, so make sure to pick yours up!), and features Karly & Matt’s Fairburn Farm wedding.  It’s full of charm, love, and gorgeous images (courtesy of Christie Graham Photography), and perfectly sums up this wonderful day.  Thank you so much Wedding Bells, for the feature!! It is truly a career highlight, seeing our name in your magazine!cover1

Last summer, on the hottest (seriously) day of the year, Karly & Matt got married.  And oh, it was lovely!  I had been working with this sweet as can be couple, for over 18 months, and seeing everything come together just as they had dreamed it would, was so special!   When the planning first began, all we really knew was that they wanted a venue that felt like home.  Somewhere that they could relax with their family & friends, and celebrate in a space that truly felt like them.  When we discovered Fairburn Farmstay, we knew that the hunt was over, and the planning all just fell into place after that!

With a vintage palette of blues, peaches and purples, the decor was kept soft and romantic, through the locally grown flowers, simple table settings and small touches of glamour.  Lavender was found throughout (and was sourced locally here on the Island), and the lavender bridesmaid bouquets were just too pretty for words!  Simplicity at its best!  This wedding day was one of many laughs, beautiful moments, and the most perfect setting, and I am honoured to have been a part of it.  And here’s a look at some of my favourite pieces of the day, all made possible by the following amazing vendors:

Photography: Christie Graham Photography
2nd Shooter: Kelly Brown Photography
Planning/Design: French Kiss Events
Venue: Fairburn Farmstay
Florals: Cartref Gardens
Catering: Food For Thought
Vintage Rentals: Simply Sunday Vintage Rentals
Beauty: Belle Amour
Wedding Dress: Ladybelle Bridal

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FKE Featured in Print: Real Weddings

Well, isn’t THIS exciting?!!  Shannon & Steve’s spring time wedding, was featured in the Fall/Winter 2014 issue of Real Weddings BC, and I couldn’t think of a cooler wedding to have grace the pages of this fabulous publication! Their wedding was filled with lovely little details, delicious food, and a setting as unique as they are.  So much heart was put into their big day, and it puts the biggest smile on my face, knowing that so many people will get a glimpse at their wedding in the magazine.  If you haven’t done so already, definitely make sure to pick up your copy of the magazine next time you’re out, and have a read below to see some of my favourite moments of the day.

I still remember getting my first email from this couple, asking me if I was available to help them plan their wedding that they were hosting at a Lawn Bowling Club here in Victoria.  I was completely intrigued of course, and after meeting them in person, hearing their love story (they met at this exact club as kids), and their vision for their wedding, I was in!

Being lawn bowlers themselves, the ceremony was set on the lawn, with the aisle made out of the bowls; and their new marriage was made official, with their “first bowl”. To keep the budget in check, and to honour Shannon’s love of tea, the wedding was an afternoon tea party!  Beautiful vintage china was used, small bites, and delicious treats were served, along with various types of tea and iced tea for the guests to enjoy throughout the day.   Following the reception, the guests gathered around the lawn, performing a “spider”, and celebrated the newlyweds over many spirited games.  So many lovely details were put into this wedding, and I loved every minute of helping plan with Shannon & Steve.  Thank you so much to this wonderful couple, for asking me to a part of your day!  It was truly one I will never forget!

And an incredible team of vendors helped make this day as magical as it was!  Thank you so much to:

Photography: Taylor Roades Photography
Planning/Decor: French Kiss Events
Florals: Cartref Gardens
Catering: Toque Catering
Vintage Rentals: Simply Sunday Vintage Rentals
Beauty: Sigma Squared

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FKE Featured on Junebug Weddings

What a way to kick off back to work, after 3 weeks of vacation!!! I am SO excited to have this Intimate West Coast Wedding, featured on Junebug Wedding’s: What Junebug Loves, for 3 reasons.  Reason #1: I love this wedding SO much, Reason #2: They only feature the best of the best wedding photography (enter Jesse Holland Photography who killed this wedding!), and Reason #3: I seriously LOVED this wedding!  Seeing Brandy & Mitch’s beaming faces on this beautiful blog is the cherry on top, and I am so thankful that they fell in love with it as much as I did!  Make sure to check out the feature here.

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At the end of June, on the longest day of the year, Brandy & Mitch got married.  And what a wedding it was!  Set at the stunning Brentwood Bay Resort, and overlooking some of the most breathtaking views around, this stylish couple had a destination wedding that blew everyone away!!  With all their guests coming from Alberta, they wanted to make sure that their guests had an evening they wouldn’t forget. So, keeping this in mind, we created an intimate and elegant soiree that had a strong focus on the celebration and the coming together of families.  By infusing a few pops of raspberry into the details, and incorporating ferns and other foliage that are found in abundance on the west coast, we were able to put a fresh spin on the classic wedding they desired.  High-end finishes were found throughout, and the details remained simple but extremely elegant.  And by creating an intimate dinner party atmosphere (as lets be honest…the food at the Resort is amazing!!), the guests were able to  mingle, share stories, and enjoy the experience of fine dining.  The energy of the event carried on late into the evening with a Photo Booth, dancing, and a s’mores bar!  Yum!

So many incredible vendors came together to help make this wedding as special as it was!  Big thanks to:

Photography: Jesse Holland Photography
Second Shooter: Shane Deringer Photography
Planning/Decor: French Kiss Events
Florals: FLEURtacious by Lynda Marie
Beauty: Belle Amour
Live Music: Allegro Con Trio
Food/Drinks: Brentwood Bay Resort

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FKE Featured in Print: Pacific Weddings Magazine

I don’t even know where to start with this one….to say that it was a game changer would be a massive understatement, and to shout from the rooftops how excited I am to see it in Pacific Weddings, wouldn’t be enough!  Back in April, I had one of the most fun days of my career, and I still get a big smile on my face every time I think about it!  And to have it gracing the pages of one of the most beautiful wedding magazines out there (and a TRUE personal favourite of mine,  as if you know me, you know I love all things Hawaii, and that is where Pacific Wedding’s roots are found!) is just utter perfection!  When they approached us, asking if they could feature this shoot in their newest edition, I had to actually pinch myself to make sure I wasn’t dreaming!!  Thank you SOOO much to the team there for welcoming us all with opening arms, and also for the A-team here in Victoria, for being just so dang good at what you do!! There are so many wonderful vendors that contributed to the success of this shoot, and so please take the time to look through their work…and definitely make sure to scroll all the way to the bottom, as we have a fabulous behind the scenes video for you to take a look at.


Photography: Christie Graham Photography
Planning: French Kiss Events
Florals & Decor: Verbena Floral Design
Paper Goods: Tuktu Paper Co.
Dress: Anna Campbell, from The White Peony
Groom’s Attire: Citizen Clothing
Hair: Conscious Hair by Elena
Makeup: Beauty & Style by Erin Bradley
Cinematography: Cassie O’Neil Cinematography
Cake: Ruth & Dean
Treats: Mexi Pops
Surfboards: ANIAN
Textiles: Coral & Tusk and Liberty London

**All images in this post courtesy of Christie Graham Photography**

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“On the West Coast of Canada, we are continually surrounded by amazing, natural beauty. It’s a place where surf culture thrives and many celebrations are enjoyed on our magnificent beaches all along the rugged coastline. For this styled shoot, we showcased creative pieces and colors you would find at various authentic Vancouver Island beach festivities, drew inspiration from the small surf towns along the way and juxtaposed them with the vivid colors and patterns found in Morocco.

With a whopping team of 10 vendors and 2 models (including a male surfer who is actually from Morocco!!), we set out on a 45-minute hike, through our temperate rain forest and over suspension bridges, we finally set up camp on Mystic Beach. The model wore an Anna Campbell gown that struck the perfect balance between the glamour of Morocco and the laid back essence of the West Coast. Feathers blowing in the coastal wind can be spotted throughout, from the custom-made headpiece to the feather posy’s scattered on the tablescape. The vibrant colors found in Coral & Tusk’s table runner became our palette for the shoot, and were complimented by the Liberty London fabrics used for the pillows on the beach. Rich tones of yellow, orange, pink, and raspberry red were used in the abundant florals (garden roses, anemones, poppies, carnations and kumquats).

A naked cake with floral accents was the perfect combination of natural beauty and handcrafted elegance. Yogurt filled delights from Mexi Pops Italian cart were the perfect addition for strolling through the forest to the ceremony location.  Beautiful locally made, hand-shaped surfboards from Anian Surfboards set the tone of the shoot, giving this boho-inspired wedding a light-hearted and creative edge. Hand drawn stationary in festive colours, custom beer label favours and motorcycle name cards made this styled shoot young, fun and truly West Coast eclectic.”
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And many, MANY thanks, to Elena’s husband extraordinaire, who hung out with us all day, and cooked us a delicious stew, right on the beach!  Can you think of a better way to spend your day?  Moroccan Surf Elopement-211

FKE featured on Wedding Sparrow

Thank you so much, to the crazy beautiful UK based fine art blog, Wedding Sparrow, for featuring this incredible shoot earlier this week!!  Working with such an incredibly creative and talented team, was a total dream, and then getting to share it on such a gorgeous blog, is the cherry on top!!  Thank you SOOO much to Adrian Michael Photography, for once again, blowing my mind with your stunning images!  I just cannot wait for you to finally move here!  A HUGE thank you as well to Clare Day Flowers and Joanna Delaney Dressmaking for asking me to collaborate with you on this shoot.  Designing a shoot around the dresses was such a fabulous approach, and I am thrilled with the results!  And thank you so much to both Conscious Hair by Elena, Melanie Baird Makeup Artistry, and Laura Lavender Calligraphy, for joining our team, and being just so darn good at what you do!

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