Beautiful Bouquets

With Valentines day just a few sleeps away, it seems like beautiful blooms are on display around every corner!! Flowers (I think, at least) are the best gift for your loved ones on V-Day, and will always be appreciated (I’m talking to you Nick).  With this in mind, I’ve gone through the archives of all the beautiful real weddings I’ve had the honour of being a part of, and gathered my top 5 favourite Bridal bouquets.  So, without further ado (and in no particular order)….

Nicole&Brad-03921. This Pender Island wedding holds a very special place in my heart, for many reasons….and the guinea feathers poking through in Nicole’s soft and romantic bouquet, just so happens to be one of those reasons.

Bouquet by: Verbena Floral Design | Photo by: Jennifer Ballard Photography  | Pender Island, 2012

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2. This textural beauty is so incredibly unique, and was perfectly fitting for this Farm wedding. And I could star at those rich colours all day long…I mean, black ranunculus’ in a bouquet?  Gorgeous!!!!

Bouquet by: Rook & Rose Floral Design Boutique | Photo by: AMERIS | Birds Eye Cove, 2013

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3. This soft and natural inspired bouquet, just oozed romance!  The splashes of chocolate cosmos, mixed with berries, lush roses, and soft ferns, was utter perfection for this farm to table wedding.  I’m pretty sure I could stare at this one all day!

Bouquet by: Clare Day Flowers  |  Photo by: Centric Photography  |  Birds Eye Cove, 2014

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4. This one had me at hello.  The rich colour palette, textural elements, flowing ribbon…it was even more stunning in person! And making it even more special, a lady slipper orchid was added at the last minute by chance, which just so happened to be the national flower of Singapore (the Bride’s home)

Bouquet by: Verbena Floral Design  |  Photo by: Kelly Brown Photographer  |  Starling Lane, 2014

 

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5. This sweet posy was filled with so much goodness, I can hardly stand it!!  Featuring my personal favourite flower of all time, the Anenome, it couldn’t not make this list!  And the perfect balance of texture and soft blooms, makes it perfectly west coast!

Bouquet by: FLEURtacious by Lynda Marie | Photo by: Hunt and Gather Photography | Ward Room, 2013

 

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Year in Review: 2014

2014 has officially come to a close, and oh my goodness…what a year it was!!  16 weddings, 5 events, 4 styled shoots, and oh yeah…my own wedding to boot!!  Here’s a recap of what was hands down, the biggest year of my life!

January kicked off with a very exciting front page feature on Style Me Pretty, right here.  This was the first shoot of many, with my new friend, Adrian Michael Photography, and it was a stunner.  And the fact that Nick & I got to model, of course made it that much more special.  The rest of the month was spent catching up on a ton of office work, meeting with clients, and pulling together so many details for the seasons coming weddings!59

In February, I had a blast helping a former FKE Bride, throw a Gatsby inspired birthday soiree!  The night was filled with gold details, great cocktails, and tons of dancing!  Planning for the coming weddings continued, and in an attempt to completely unplug, we spent a weekend over on Salt Spring Island, with some good friends.  We drank lots of wine, ate cheese, and enjoyed pancakes and mimosas for breakfast.  It was heavenly. Also in February, I was thrilled to have this featured on SMP.Photos_by_JesseHolland_190IMG_5414

This DIY project was featured in March, on one of my favourite blogs, 100 Layer Cake. It also inspired me to get more crafty with my Brides, and to continue growing my love of paper goods, and what they can add to a wedding.028BarbLaura090BarbLaura

In April, I headed out with a whole crew of wedding vendors, and put together the biggest styled shoot I have ever had the pleasure of being a part of.  The day was incredible, and was one of those ones that really makes you take a step back, and appreciate everything/everyone.  Moroccan Surf Elopement-57Moroccan Surf Elopement-140Moroccan Surf Elopement-211

With the arrival of May, was the arrival of wedding season!! Woohoo!! So many wonderful couples, and so much pretty was made this season.  And we started the season off right, by planning (alongside Jesse Holland), the 2nd Victoria Wedding Industry Meetup! It was a total success, and what a fun way to start a busy summer, with a party for everyone!May-2014-VWM-94-X2

In June, Nick & I managed to escape away to Seattle for a weekend getaway.  I love Seattle, and always enjoy getting to spend a couple of days eating and drinking. So good.  And then, just a couple of weeks later, I was swept off to Pender Island, for my bachelorette weekend!  Lets just say, the girls in my life know how to completely spoil me!  The month finished off with one of my favourite weddings of the season, a black tie affair, that dripped in elegance.  Amazing!

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In July, 3 more incredible weddings took place, each one as different as the next.  We got to play with tons of colour, incorporate family traditions, and work with a nautical theme that rocked my world!  A pretty good month if you ask me!
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In the middle of July, my best friends planned the worlds prettiest Bridal Shower for me (seriously!).  And Nick & I celebrated our 8 year anniversary, by hanging out with these guys, and floating on a lake for our engagement pics.
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August was insane. We had 7 weddings in 5 weeks, and the month flew by! We travelled all over the Island, from Maple Bay to Campbell River, and got to soak in some pretty stellar venues.  The month was capped off with a very special wedding, for 2 Canadian sports icons. It also just so happened to be featured in Hello! Canada.  How cool is that?!!Matt + Karly-364S+P vendors-35View More: http://centricphotography.pass.us/lydsdayanddan

In September, another wedding highlight of the season happened.  Set amongst a rose garden, and a true farm to table gathering, this wedding was special.  And later in the month, I did a MASSIVE happy dance, when our Mystic Beach shoot was finally printed in the Fall/Winter issue of Pacific Weddings.  Can you say #careermilestone?!!  AYNblog20AYNblog11

Feeling refreshed, October was finally here!  But before heading off on our trip to get married, we helped plan the 3rd Wedding Meetup, another fabulous night with so many great friends!  Also, I received a very fun box from Real Weddings BC, full of their newest issue, that featured this wedding.  Pinch me now! Then, off on a plane, to the beautiful Island of Maui.  It was truly a trip of a lifetime.  Our wedding was perfect, and getting to spend so much time with our family and friends is something we will never forget.  I can’t wait to share all of our wedding photos, but here’s a sneak peek to tide you over…
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We returned to Victoria, halfway through November, this time as newlyweds!  Still on cloud 9, most of this month was spent with a goofy grin on my face, and the desire to talk about my wedding to anyone who would listen.  Amongst this though, I teamed up with some incredible vendors, on another epic shoot!!  This one is a goodie….stay tuned this year to see all the gorgeous details! I also hoped over to Vancouver, for the BC Wedding Awards, and got to celebrate all the talent here on the Island, with great friends!Holland_141128_7744_edit

In the first week of December, I hopped on another plane, and joined Nick in Austin, Texas.  He was there for a work trip, and I was lucky enough to tag along, and soak in all that Austin has to offer!  What a cool city!!  And the BBQ….yummmy!!  Once back in Victoria, it was major catch up time, and starting to think about 2015.  So much goodness is coming up, and I can’t wait to see what else this coming year has in store.

xo
Barb

The Weekend Roundup…delayed Part 2

Continuing on with the epically delayed Weekend Roundup’s, comes a 2-day wedding celebration, that took place over the Labour Day long weekend.  This. Wedding. Was. Incredible!!!!  Planned in just 2.5 months, we were able to pull together one of the most beautiful weddings, and biggest parties I have ever had the honour of planning!!  Our couple, who are used to being in the spotlight, as they are 2 of Canada’s sport icons, just wanted to have fun with their nearest and dearest, and really focus on the coming together of their 2 families.  So much more on their wedding to come in the future, but for now, all I will say is a massive thank you to the fabulous vendors that made this wedding so amazing! Truffles Catering, Verbena Floral Design, Side One, Tuktu Paper Co., Rock Paper Square, Passion for Cakes and Beauty & Style by Erin Bradley…you guys rock!S&P-Roundup
And these sneak peeks from Kelly Brown Photographer are complete and utter perfection. Seriously. S+P vendors-35S+P vendors-26S+P vendors-4S+P vendors-88truffles1truffles23S+P Reception -172

A HUGE congratulations to the newlyweds!! This wedding was a highlight of my career so far for sure, and getting to know you both through the process was absolutely wonderful!

xo
Barb

Mothers Day Inspiration

With Mothers Day just a few sleeps away, I can’t help but share these images from a shoot I had the ultimate pleasure of being a part of last Spring.  It was a day that I will remember for a long time to come, spent with some incredible vendors (I’m talking about you, Kim, Vanessa & Erin), at one of the most wonderful treasures in town, Nourish (the best place to rejuvenate your soul here in Victoria!).  It was featured last summer, on the cutest blog around, On to Baby!!

To me, Mothers Day has always been not only a day to honour our amazing Mothers, but also a day to celebrate the wonderful relationship between a mother and her children! A day to set aside some time to spend together, to enjoy each others company, as well as all the pretty things that surround us on a daily basis.  Our vision was to create exactly this…a space where mothers & daughters could sit back, relax over a cup of tea, and escape together into a magical setting!

A massive thank  you goes out to Verbena Floral Design, Kim Kalyn Photography, Erin Bradley, Freckled Stationery & Nourish, for working with me on this fun project, and for putting your heart into absolutely everything that you do!!  And also, thank you to Amelia Lee and Fawn Children’s Clothing, for providing the sweetest clothing I have ever seen!!

Happy Mothers Day to all those amazing women out there who make miracles happen every day for the rest of us!! (and an extra special shout out to my own Mom, who is basically the most amazing woman that I know!!)

xo
Barb

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