(story notes and photographs by Victoria wedding photographer C.J. Scott )
Today's featured "real canadian wedding", in two gorgeous locations and full of wedding planning ideas, hails from the western-most end (beginning?) of Canada, Victoria, BC.
We 'll let C.J. describe this beautiful west coast wedding in her own words:
It's hard to compete with Vancouver sometimes...the big city has fantastic bridal boutiques, a ton of cake designers, great planners and decorators, top notch venues, incredibly talented photographers and videographers etc.
However, Vancouver Island is indeed a beautiful location and definitely has a lot to offer and we can compete with Vancouver any day. Victoria is a charming old city and a major tourist destination that welcomes close to 4 million visitors a year. I like to think that we do a great job of representing Canada! Pretty cool too that both Victoria and the province of BC are 150 years young this year!
The Villa Marco Polo is a 5 star Victoria Bed & Breakfast and is amongst the few B.C. venues endorsed by Conde Nast Johansens. It's quite a gem in the city that in all honesty, very few people know about. But that's what is special about it. Most people visit the Villa for their honeymoon or anniversary, so any weddings that take place there receive extra special attention from the innkeepers, Eliza Livingston and Liam Morton and all the other staff, who also arranged the catering by Feys and Hobbs.
The Canoe Brewpub, Marina & Restaurant, an 1894 heritage building, is a place that every local knows about. The richness of the brick and history of this landmark just worked well with Kristen & David's elegant and sophisticated day, so I chose to take them there for some of the photos.
The oceanfront shots were taken along Dallas Road, just steps away from where David first proposed to Kristen. It must be a West Coast thing because my husband also proposed to me along Dallas Road right by the ocean :)
I'm not sure that there was a separate planner or decorator involved. I think that the innkeepers at the Villa took care of *everything* if I'm not mistaken. Another reason why the Villa stands out so much in my mind as a fantastic place for people to get married in Victoria.
The couple enlisted the help of local talent to not only create the cake and florals, but they also chose a local jeweler that designs unique pieces and a local wedding dress designer that creates her couture gowns in-house. I think what is pretty cool too that everything was designed and produced by local, Vancouver Island talent and created on home soil...not shipped from somewhere far away.
Flowers by Verbena Floral Design
Rings designed by Idar
Cool Cake by Patisserie Daniel
The reception was a casual yet sophisticated garden affair with hors d'oeuvres being passed around and food stations set up on the garden lawn. The food served was a bit West Coast and a bit Asian...definitely representative of BC.
Even more photographs, on C.J. Scott's blog
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