Pretty Vancouver Island Wedding by Vivid Photography

I had the privilege of visiting Vancouver Island many years ago and it is one of the most picturesque spots you’ll find. So naturally this gorgeous affair snagged at my heart-strings immediately. Stylish, sophisticated and with west coach beach flair, this pretty Vancouver wedding brought guests together all the way from Ireland and beyond. Vivid Photography captured all the beauty of the beachfront celebration and every last detail of this destination affair. It’s a beautiful fresh burst of Canadian style you’ll want to drink right in!

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FROM THE BRIDE ANDREA: 

How Did The Two of You Meet?

Des and I met in Ireland while I was travelling abroad! He is from a small village called Enniskerry in County Wicklow, Ireland. My sister married a man from the same village (followed by her best friend marrying Des’s best friend after visiting Ireland and my best friend meeting Des’s good friend at our wedding who are now in a serious relationship and she has moved to Ireland to be with him!) Needless to say, there is definitely a connection between ladies from Saskatchewan and men from Enniskerry! It must be something in the water.
 

Why Vancouver Island for your Destination Wedding?

After the proposal we spent 6 months travelling the world together and then returned to Canada where we live now. As a prairie girl, I have always adored the west coast of Canada and my mom and step-father have retired on Vancouver Island so we decided it would be a fabulous place to have our wedding. We lived in Victoria for 6 months and discovered Tigh-Na-Mara resort in Parksville at this time which we fell in love with.
 

What was your Wedding Vision?

Our vision for the wedding was an outdoor ceremony that incorporated west-coast rustic elegance. Because of our common love for the outdoors and adventure, we wanted to bring the outdoors in and Tigh-Na-Mara definitely was the place for this, not to mention the name itself is in Irish Gaelic meaning “house by the sea.” It seemed like fate.
 

Tell Us About Your Day. . 

The day itself was amazing. I had 6 bridesmaids and Des had 5 groomsmen (4 of which were from Ireland). We had nearly 40 guests come from Ireland and the other 60 were from all over Canada and the USA. Our flower-girls and ring-bearer were all from Ireland as well. They all wore match ivory dresses and head bands and our ring-bearer’s suit was rented from Moore’s to perfectly match the groomsmen. 
 

Wedding Style & Colour Palette 

Our colour scheme was bright yellow (my favourite colour) and colours from the surroundings at Tigh-Na-Mara – including tan (sand), greens and white. The bridesmaids wore bright yellow sweetheart, strapless short dresses which they ordered online from J-crew with tan heels and the men wore black suits with bright yellow vests and ties which matched the shade of the ladies’ dresses. I got my wedding gown in Ireland from a little local store. It was the “Dakota” dress by Enzaoni which I had altered to have a deeper sweetheart.  
 
I gave the girls matching sand-dollar necklaces with their initials and a coin-pearl with coin-pearl earrings. I found these on “Etsy” which is a great website for wedding gifts! My bouquet was filled with bright yellows and oranges with roses, orchids and calla-lilies. The groomsmen wore the same yellow orchids in their boutonnieres and I surprised Des with a passion-flower for his, as this is his favourite special flower.  The girls had white orchids with beautiful long green grasses as their bouquets. There were also sprays of yellow orchids framing the gazebo at the ceremony. 
 

The Ceremony

The ceremony took place late morning and we were lucky to have pleasant sunny weather as it had been lashing rain all week! The girls and I got ready in the “Grotto Spa” at Tigh-Na-Mara where we had our makeup and hair done as well as a glass of bubbly and breakfast. Meanwhile, the men went swimming in the ocean and Des saved a Canadian goose from the mouth of a dog – a great way to start his wedding day as a believer in good karma!
 
Suzanne Hedges was our wedding coordinator and did and absolutely amazing job. She picked all of us girls up in a golf cart and we made our way down to the ceremony sight that was surrounded by arbutus trees, log cabins and overlooked the sea. The tide was out that day so it was even more beautiful with the sand stretching on for miles! My wonderful step-dad and uncle (who was also our masters of ceremony) ushered everyone in and gave each person bubbles to blow after the ceremony. For the reserved seats I made small signs out of cart paper, white marker and placed them in pine cones, incorporating the natural elements of the setting. We also made the wedding programs ourselves using tan cart paper, twigs and yellow ribbon.
 
My gorgeous mom and wonderful Dad walked me down the isle as we had traditional live Irish music play. We had a fiddler who we saw play down in Victoria several times, a guitarist and an Uillean pipe player (a traditional Irish instrument which is my favourite instrument of all). Among others, they played a Celtic version of Pachabel’s canon. It was a very emotional and exciting day and I couldn’t have been happier to see Des standing smiling at the end of the aisle.
 
After saying our vows, having his sister do a traditional Irish blessing, having my sister speak words of marriage wisdom and getting bright pink lipstick all over Des’s face after our “I-do” kiss, we signed the registry where I had made a vase using the bark of a birch tree from my Dad’s backyard and a vase. I engraved Des and my initials in a heart and we placed wild flowers we collected in it. Everyone blew bubbles as we made our way back up the isle where we shared champagne and gorgeous appetizers  (made at Tigh-Na-Mara) which people enjoyed on the grass at the ceremony location. 
 

The Beach Photo Shoot

We did the photo shoot on the beach at Tigh-Na-Mara. For the beach photo shoot, I gave my bridesmaids red, yellow and pink polka-dot “wellies” (rubber boots) to wear which I brought from Ireland. The men wore bare feet for this. After the first shoot, Des and I (and his awesome best man, Barry) did another one which was a little drive away from the ceremony sight. It was full of giant pieces of driftwood and unique stone and I loved the creativity Vivid used with their photos! 

Decor & DIY Details

The petal and kettle helped with our decorations and we also incorporated a lot of DIY’s. They made us a wishing tree using natural curly sticks which was a lovely way for people to send their best words and wishes. They provided bright yellow sashes on the chairs to match the same yellow of bridesmaids dresses. We incorporated burlap and lace table runners on top of white linens and we made table names ourselves using mason jars, sand, burlap and lace, small chalk board squares from Michael’s which we stuck in the sand and then photos of the two of us from our travels around the world to name our tables. 
 
I have a true love for beach combing so we incorporated lots of driftwood and sand dollars and small yellow starfish which I found myself and got from a shop on the island. I also made (with the help of my family) napkin wraps out of baby sand dollars and hemp…very simple and beautiful! The centerpieces were gorgeous up-lit yellow orchids in jelly bubbles which varied between tall and short vases on each table. 

 

Wedding Cake

Our cake was a one tier, very dense chocolate biscuit cake (traditional to Ireland) covered in thick beautiful bright yellow icing and pearly white drops. It was placed on a tree stump that the Coastal Cake Company made at our request to incorporate the rustic element and the cake was topped with simple white orchids. We also had yellow, white and brown cake pops with sand dollar decals on them each with different flavours including: white chocolate raspberry, passion fruit vanilla and chocolate. 

 

The Reception

Our reception was so much fun. We started early with appetizers and drinks in front of the stone fireplace. We had seafood martinis (a collection of crab and other seafood served in martini glasses) as well as potato martinis to bring in the west coast feel by providing fresh seafood.
 
We had a kids craft table set up with colouring books, craft paper and hats to create. We had a buffet dinner, lots of touching speeches and a slideshow. Our music was amazing for the night. The same musicians played in the evening–incorporating traditional Irish and Canadian songs while they led dances. We followed this with a DJ and had a midnight snack of vegetarian pizza, wings and veggies and dip. 
 
The party went on all night as we danced the night away (our first song being Etta James’, “At Last” which Des and I first danced to in Ireland at a “silent” disco). The gang then made their way to the beach for a bonfire as we retired to our honeymoon suite overlooking the ocean. It was a truly magical day!
 

 

Photographer: Vivid Photography /Ceremony & Reception Venue:  Tigh-Na-Mara Resort / Flowers & Decor: Petal & Kettle: Parksville Florist & Tea Co / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Gypsy Boho Wedding Inspiration

As the days get warmer and the nights longer, I thought I’d keep it cool and relaxed, with this modern and pretty take on a bohemian wedding theme. This gypsy boho wedding inspiration board features chic and stylish details, vintage decor and, plenty of white gorgeous blooms. A diamente headpiece and a flowing gown ramp up the romance, whilst simple elements such as milk bottle vases, timber crates and hanging flowers keep the whole atmosphere organic and homemade. I think this beautiful outdoor setting would be oh-so pretty to recreate for a real wedding. What about you?

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Farm To Table Wedding Ideas

Want an eco-friendly wedding? Well this Farm to Table wedding inspiration shoot will no doubt inspire all nature lovers. Rather than your typical commercially styled wedding, this breathtaking shoot by J. Larose Studios highlights seasonal organic produce, natural elements, beautiful earthy tones and a vintage Gunne Sax gown to create a country wedding style which is utterly dreamy. Step back in time and embrace Mother Earth with a wedding theme that is as ‘green’ as it is ‘gorgeous.’

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Photography: J Larose Studios / Floral Designer: Creative Muse Floral Design / Jewelry: Precious Things Jewelers  / Location: Raven Ridge Farm / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Eco Friendly Las Vegas Wedding by KMH Photography

Say Hello to a gorgeous eco-friendly couple – Heather & Jose. Not only are they are ardent hikers and mountain climbers, but also dedicated organic produce consumers and friends of the environment. Of course their love of nature and respect for mother earth equated to a pretty cool wedding. An all-out environmentally friendly modern affair complete with earth-themed decor, sustainable paper products, eco-friendly favors and plenty of fabulous succulents. Oh and not to mention, some wonderful photography by KMH Photography making this one all-out gorgeous ‘green’ affair!

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From the photographer: Heather & Jose are friends of mine, and I was absolutely delighted when they asked me to be their photographer. I knew their wedding would be super cool, DIY and earthy-themed, with Heather’s fabulous flair added to it. Their wedding took place on a beautiful Spring day at the Springs Preserve in Las Vegas, Nevada – the premiere LEED-certified location for ‘green’ brides and grooms. 

Some of their green details included: Invitations made from plantable seed paper, sustainable paper made from the Lotka bush and eco-paper ribbon from Earth Invitations. Ceremony programs and reception menus printed on Elephant PooPoo Paper. Bridal jewelry from Green Diva Jewelry. Centerpieces and bouquets made from succulents and tillandsia, using no cut flowers at all, which the guests took home at the end of the day. Little planted succulents as escort cards. Homemade pistachio lime wedding cookies for favors, packaged in compostable cellophane. Reclaimed wood for the guest book, cake stand and ring pillow. When the bridesmaids’ wanted a break from their heels they wore foldable flip-flops made from recycled tires. Save-the-dates that Heather painted herself to look like vintage national park postcards.

They also had their first dance choreographed by A Perfect Wedding Dance, and it was seriously one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen. Heather & Jose are a beautiful couple and planning their day with these special details really added their personal touch to the wedding, creating memories that will never be forgotten. I’m so thankful they chose me to photograph their wedding.

 

Photography: KMH Photography / Event Planner: Tory L Cooper / Dance Instructor: A Perfect Wedding Dance /Venue: Culinary Arts Catering at Springs Preserve / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Dreamy Bohemian Beach Wedding by NGG Studios

I just love when a romantic wedding is so dreamy and breathtaking, it makes you want to step into the photos and become part of the gorgeous love-filled atmosphere. So when Brett and Kristie from NGG Studios shared this amazing 70’s inspired beach wedding, complete with a stunning bohemian bride, breathtaking native bouquets, flowing neutral-toned dresses and cute Combi vans, I was over the moon. I totally adore the couple, I totally adore the Broadbeach location, and I have to confess, I’m absolutely besotted with NGG Studios photography – incredible! It’s relaxed boho chic at it’s best people….and on the beach no less!

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Gorgeous bride Brodie shares the details:

Wedding Theme

Natural with a sort of a 70’s bohemian style. We aren’t traditional and wanted the feel of the wedding to reflect us.

Wedding Budget

I wanted a budget of $10,000 (we don’t have a lot of  money and were going on a honeymoon to Europe); however, Trent didn’t like the idea of a budget as he figured it was hard to put a limit on something. I think we totalled close to $15,000. So I was happy with that.

Colour Palette

I like everything natural and in neutral colours.  The only colours we used were in the flowers. We did however choose a sandy yellow coloured table runner.

Ceremony &  Reception

Trent and I both love the beach, plus Trent surfs, so it was a definite to be on the beach. We also wanted the location close to home and the ceremony within easy walking distance to the reception for our older family guests. Our ceremony was on the beach in front of the Broadbeach Surf Club and the reception in the Broadbeach Surf Club. 

Wedding Dress

A Lisa Brown in champagne coloured silk – very plain and elegant. I work as a flight attendant – and when overnight in Sydney – stumbled upon the dress in a little shop on Oxford St, Paddington. After many phone calls I decided to get it. It was only $595 and I took it home in a small brown paper bag (my flight crew couldn’t believe it!).

To make the dress more special, Trent’s mum (Dorothy) added pearls and lace from my Great Aunt’s wedding dress. My grandparents are dead, so I really wanted to wear something from them that was special to me. Dorothy also made my veil from my great Aunt’s lace and my Grandma’s pearls. I also wore my other Grandma’s ring. I borrowed Trent’s Nan’s cameo for my dress and wore her cameo bracelet to match. I also turned her pearl necklace into a headband (this also matched my pearl engagement ring). We wore beaded foot jewellery on the beach for the ceremony, then put on heels for the reception.

Bouquets

The bridesmaids had native bouquets and my bouquet was a King Protea. 

Bridesmaids

I had so much trouble finding bridesmaids dresses due to the fact that I was wearing a standard dress, I wanted neutral colours, and my Maid of Honour was 8 months pregnant! So it was difficult to get them to match. Finally, I found one I liked in a shop, and then purchased them online for half price.

Groomsmen Attire

Trent bought his and the groomsmen outfits from Country Road before I purchased my dress. This was good but then I had to make sure we all matched. 

Decorations & Flowers

We decorated the venue ourselves. The venue supplied the tables, chairs, tablecloths, candles, a fairy light backdrop and the table runners. We loved the idea of bottles filled with flowers, and I also love doilies, so these were used for the table decorations. Trent collected bottles from his work leading up to the wedding.  

Wedding Cake

Trent’s mum (who is this amazingly creative) along with a little help from Trent made our wedding cake! It had a dark chocolate bottom layer, caramel chocolate centre and a white chocolate on top layer. It looked incredible and handmade flowers to match those used in the bridal party.

DIY & Personalized Details

Most of our wedding was DIY. Trent is a chef at a Spanish tapas bar so he really wanted to do the food. This meant a very busy 3 days before the wedding, but it turned out amazing! Everything was delicious! We had a cocktail style reception with beautiful spanish tapas and a wooded board full of jamon (spanish ham), cheeses, breads and pate’. For dessert, we had churros and a chocolate fountain, as well as the wedding cake. My friends from college work in catering, so they worked as our waitresses and chef on the night – which was perfect! 

Also, Trent’s mum also made the flowergirl dresses, helped me make the brooches for the bridesmaids dresses, and even made our foot jewellery!  The combie vans we arrived in, were a wedding gift from my brother and his wife.

Biggest Challenges

Finding time. I work full time and study part time, Trent also works full time, so we are both so busy. There just wasn’t enough hours in the day to plan a wedding!

Favourite Moments

I couldn’t say anything particular the whole day was like a dream come true, so many fun things and the excitement of the ceremony and arriving, I was just so excited and happy the whole day. We both were.

Any Advice To Other Couples

Hmmm….. Just enjoy it and do what you want. Keep to your own style and don’t listen to everyone else. Take what others say on board (you can get good tips and advice), but it’s your day in the end. Plus don’t let little things bother you or stress you out. You won’t care when the day comes and no-one else will notice little things..

 Thank you Brodie and Trent for sharing with us your dreamy beach wedding

 

 

 

Photography: NGG Studios / Ceremony: Broadbeach Queensland / Reception: Broadbeach Surf Club, Gold Coast Australia

Blue and Yellow Aurora Country Club Wedding

There’s a whole lot of pretty details and gorgeous flowers to admire in this lovely Aurora country club wedding by Katherine Salvatori. From the the gorgeous aqua blue and yellow color scheme to the understated floral arrangements and the gorgeous outdoor wedding ceremony setting, each and every aspect is delightful. More so, what I love most about this charming soiree is how it smoothly combines fresh, colourful decor with sweet and short bridesmaid dresses alongside an elegant and traditional style bride. The overall effect is fresh, pretty and timeless!Yellow & White BouquetBlue & Yellow Flower Balls Aisle DecorBlue & Yellow Outdoor WeddingWhite & Blue with Yellow Dots Wedding CakeCountry Club WeddingBlue Country Club Wedding Escort CardsTraditional WeddingCountry Club Traditional BrideBlue & Yellow Outdoor CeremonyBlue Bridesmaids with Yellow BouquetsYellow & Blue Flowergirl BasketBlue & Yellow Wedding SneakersYellow & White Loose BouquetBlue with Yellow Flowers Ring CushionBlue & Yellow Country Club ReceptionTraditional Bride with Diamente JewelleryAurora Illinois Country Club WeddingYellow & Blue Elegant WeddingCute Yellow & Blue Cake TopperAurora Country Club WeddingBlue and Yellow Wedding

From the Photographer: Amanda and Eric are a couple that display a tenderness, care and sweetness that is palpable within 5 minutes of being with them. Their families are loving and vivacious, and everyone pitched in to make this day the biggest elegant party ever. The sheer joy of their wedding day shines through the photos, I hope you enjoy them!

Photographer: Katherine Salvatori / Ceremony & Reception Venue:  Stonebridge Country Club / Dress Store:  David’s Bridal / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Spring Wedding Themes With A Unique Twist

You’ll often hear Spring is the perfect season for a wedding. But what if you don’t want the typical style of Spring wedding theme or traditional pastel color palette? I’ve scouted around for Spring wedding inspiration which is a little left of field and found some wonderful alternatives. Rather than the typical pink-on-pink color scheme, or a garden floral theme, use these gorgeous Spring wedding ideas highlighting the organic elements and earthy springtime tones of nature. Also, don’t presume you need to host a Spring wedding theme outdoors. I’ll show you a stylish Secret Garden spring wedding theme magically brought to life inside an urban venue. An indoor Spring theme such as this, is perfect for a wedding in a cooler climate or when you don’t want to chance unpredictable weather. Go ahead and grab lots of alternative ideas for your Spring wedding from these creative and striking themes:

Spring Wedding Themes Inspiration

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Inspired by a dream, this amazing Spring shoot by Simply Bloom Photography has a wonderfully unique color combination of grape, peach and sage green against a rustic landscape. The richness of the purple grape combined with the softness of peach and sage green is absolutely luscious and gives the whole look an ethereal woodlands or charming vintage feel. For a unique Spring wedding incorporate the bold color scheme into your bouquets and highlight it with lots of lush greenery and sweet smelling sprigs of lavender. Dress your Bridesmaids in soft plums, lavenders or sage green and introduce brighter pops of color into reception decor and favors.

Alternative to Spring Wedding Themes

Next, a Spring wedding theme in a totally natural organic way. Beautifully styled by Poppies and Posies and Merci New York, this gorgeous Spring inspiration shoot featured on Design Sponge totally blows traditional pastel spring themes right out of the water. How could you not love the romantic touches of velvety moss, vintage birdcages and delicate butterfly details – totally adorable!

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And last, but not least, I love this sweet Spring wedding inspiration shoot featured on Style Me Pretty – purely because it is testimony to the fact you can bring the beauty of a Spring wedding indoors. Shot by Nakai Photography and styled by Sweetchic Events it magically brings to life a Secret Garden theme into an urban loft.  I love the enticing mix of warm timber floors and rustic beams, combined with floating fabrics and an uplifting spring palette. This gorgeous Spring wedding color scheme features the traditional pretty pinks, peaches and bright corals with a modern splash of metallic silver. Giving you the perfect excuse to bring the beauty of a springtime garden indoors.

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