Elise and Chris were married at Olympic View Golf Club at the end of November. The weather was pretty miserable, but they didn’t let that get in the way of having a beautiful and fun day. I’m not sure what to say about this wedding; I think the photos do a pretty good job of telling the story. I thought the venue looked gorgeous, Elise looked like (but didn’t act like) such a princess, and Elise and Chris clearly love spending time together. Thanks for making a grey and rainy day a ton of fun, Chris and Elise.
Note: I included some of my second shooter Gwen Ewart’s photos in this post because they helped tell the story.
Venue and Catering: Olympic View Golf Club
Decorator: Decorate Victoria with Huff n Puff
DJ: Alexander’s DJ Services
Florist: Foxgloves Flowers
Hair: Debbie Textor from Aristocraft Hair Styles
Cake: Tiers of Joy
Officiant: Joan Shumka
Dresses: Maggie Sottero (bride’s dress), Luz Bridal Boutique
Julie and Chris got married on a Monday in September, dividing their day between two of the coolest venues in town: Parkside’s rooftop patio and Pizzeria Prima Strada on Bridge Street. I first met them over amazing pizza and beer at Prima Strada and was impressed by their laid back attitudes and adorableness together.
They had the biggest wedding party I’ve ever seen, which I hear can be a sign of a high-maintenance bride (or groom), but that was definitely not the case. They’re just really close to their friends and family, and their wedding party was sweet and cooperative during the photo session. Julie put a ton of effort into the little details of the wedding. One of my favourite things was the centerpieces at the reception, which included table names based on places in books and the books that they came from. I got to sit at the Florin table from The Princess Bride, which was pretty exciting for me.
The rooftop ceremony had a stunning view of downtown Victoria and the ocean and mountains in the background. The only downside was that it was extremely windy, though this could be considered a positive because Julie’s veil was blowing around so much, it caused a lot of laughter, especially when it landed on the officiant’s head. Julie and Chris were non-stop smiles during the ceremony, making for some great photos.
The reception was full of delicious food, heartfelt toasts, and lots of mingling. Julie and Chris were so cute and clueless when it came to the cake cutting, so they went to cut through both layers of cake and when the knife hit the layer of glass in between, the cake collapsed. Their reaction was basically “oh well, let’s just eat it” and on went the evening. It wasn’t much of a dancing crowd, but they did have a sweet first dance, followed by dances with their parents. It was such a perfect fun and mellow day for a fun and mellow couple.
Ceremony Venue: Parkside Victoria Resort and Spa
Reception Venue and Catering/Cake: Pizzeria Prima Strada
Florist: Clare Day Flowers
Hair: Elena (Conscious Hair) and Marion Groot
Make-Up: Kait Mooney (K Artistry)
Officiant: Iain Hooey
Clothing: Blush, Outlooks, Moore’s
Lindsay and Kevin had an intimate wedding out at Sooke Harbour House in October. The rain managed to hold off for most of the day, but it was still really dark out the whole afternoon. The couple and their guests were all about the fun and celebration though, so it didn’t bother them.
Lindsay put a lot of effort into creating a beautiful reception setting, including vintage china and a combination of lace and burlap, which went perfectly with her shabby chic dress from Etsy (and gorgeous back tattoo).
This was the first time I got to see a handfasting done as part of the wedding ceremony. It was really sweet with each of their family members adding a ribbon over their clasped hands.
Kevin got custom decals made for the back windows of their van, featuring each of them making a face, which they happily demonstrated for me. The portrait session was similarly goofy, but still adorable.