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Canadian Garden Wedding at Starling Lane Vineyard

Garden Weddings

The bride from today’s wedding describes her vision more perfectly than we could ever hope to — “a full day of love and laughter and beauty with our dear ones in a cozy, organic setting.” Erica and Andrew exchanged vows on picturesque grounds in Victoria, British Columbia, with the always-wonderful Shari + Mike Photographers and Rook & Rose making their vision a perfect reality. Could you imagine a more perfect ceremony spot?

Canadian garden wedding at Starling Lane Vineyard - photo by Shari and Mike Photographers http://ruffledblog.com/canadian-garden-wedding-at-starling-lane-vineyard

From the bride, Erica: We wanted our wedding to be a holistic celebration – a full day of love and laughter and beauty with our dear ones in a cozy, organic setting. We loved the idea of being married on the Island, in amongst the trees, and when we discovered Starling Lane, we knew that it was the perfect fit. Every space was so full of life, character and color – the shaded groves, the lush rose garden, the tall grass field, the rustic barn covered in vines and, our favorite, the whimsical glass greenhouse. It was an ideal canvas for us to work with.

lace wedding dress - photo by Shari and Mike Photographers http://ruffledblog.com/canadian-garden-wedding-at-starling-lane-vineyard

bride getting ready - photo by Shari and Mike Photographers http://ruffledblog.com/canadian-garden-wedding-at-starling-lane-vineyard

bride getting dressed - photo by Shari and Mike Photographers http://ruffledblog.com/canadian-garden-wedding-at-starling-lane-vineyard

Canadian garden wedding at Starling Lane Vineyard - photo by Shari and Mike Photographers http://ruffledblog.com/canadian-garden-wedding-at-starling-lane-vineyard

red and pink bouquet - photo by Shari and Mike Photographers http://ruffledblog.com/canadian-garden-wedding-at-starling-lane-vineyard
Bouquet recipe: Garden Roses, Juliet Roses, Ranunculus, Hydrangeas, Camellia, Wax Flowers, Lavender, Silver Dollar Eucalyptus, Olive Leaves, Acacia, Fresh Herbs, Succulents.

Canadian garden wedding at Starling Lane Vineyard - photo by Shari and Mike Photographers http://ruffledblog.com/canadian-garden-wedding-at-starling-lane-vineyard

I curated the visual design of our wedding, handpicking every piece. I loved creating a romantic and intimate feel using soft fabrics, watercolors, vibrant florals, calligraphy, and candlelight. I wanted everything to feel intentional and cohesive, inviting our guests to feel at home. For months I collected vintage furniture and decor and worked closely with our florist. It was really important to me to have our flowers as a focal point. The exceptionally creative team at Rook & Rose captured our vision completely. It was absolutely magical.

floral ceremony backdrop - photo by Shari and Mike Photographers http://ruffledblog.com/canadian-garden-wedding-at-starling-lane-vineyard

Canadian garden wedding at Starling Lane Vineyard - photo by Shari and Mike Photographers http://ruffledblog.com/canadian-garden-wedding-at-starling-lane-vineyard

wedding ceremony - photo by Shari and Mike Photographers http://ruffledblog.com/canadian-garden-wedding-at-starling-lane-vineyard

ceremony recessional - photo by Shari and Mike Photographers http://ruffledblog.com/canadian-garden-wedding-at-starling-lane-vineyard

Canadian garden wedding at Starling Lane Vineyard - photo by Shari and Mike Photographers http://ruffledblog.com/canadian-garden-wedding-at-starling-lane-vineyard

We also had a strong vision for our ceremony. We wanted to design each element with our understanding of love & marriage at the center. After walking down the aisle, my parents blessed us rather than “giving me away”. We had two officiants. They shared the role of leading us through a carefully crafted liturgy that emphasized our empowering, peace-loving partnership. Andrew and I wrote a set of collective vows that we read to each other, allowing us to mutually commit to one another. We also wanted to show the importance of our relationship as part of a greater whole, a larger community. We made space to sing and partake of communion together with our gathered loved ones. From our entrance to our exit, music artistically tied it all together, giving us the opportunity to share another integral part of both our lives. Listening to an acoustic hymn performed by our dear friends, Jordan and Jocelyn, was one of my favorite sacred moments.

black bridesmaid dresses - photo by Shari and Mike Photographers http://ruffledblog.com/canadian-garden-wedding-at-starling-lane-vineyard

chalk wedding sign - photo by Shari and Mike Photographers http://ruffledblog.com/canadian-garden-wedding-at-starling-lane-vineyard

antique frame seating chart - photo by Shari and Mike Photographers http://ruffledblog.com/canadian-garden-wedding-at-starling-lane-vineyard

Canadian garden wedding at Starling Lane Vineyard - photo by Shari and Mike Photographers http://ruffledblog.com/canadian-garden-wedding-at-starling-lane-vineyard

Feasting and fellowship followed. Andrew and I wanted to share our love of fresh food in a unique way. After an afternoon of cheese, loaves, honey and berries, we gathered for a time of meaningful toasts and a lively family-style dinner. Our caterer, The London Chef, helped us create a menu filled with our favorites prepared in a simple yet elegant manner. We wanted our food to be full of color, healthy and whole. Andrew and I also made a playlist of our favorite folk love songs to play while everyone relaxed and enjoyed the meal. We committed to mingling from table to table during the dessert. The evening of festivities concluded with dancing. It was the perfect way to end the day. Seeing all the silly moves and smiles gave us more joy than we could have imagined. We are so thankful that we were able to spend so much quality time with our guests. It was something we will never forget.

tented backyard reception - photo by Shari and Mike Photographers http://ruffledblog.com/canadian-garden-wedding-at-starling-lane-vineyard

bud vase centerpieces - photo by Shari and Mike Photographers http://ruffledblog.com/canadian-garden-wedding-at-starling-lane-vineyard

watercolor place card - photo by Shari and Mike Photographers http://ruffledblog.com/canadian-garden-wedding-at-starling-lane-vineyard

pink flower centerpiece - photo by Shari and Mike Photographers http://ruffledblog.com/canadian-garden-wedding-at-starling-lane-vineyard

Canadian garden wedding at Starling Lane Vineyard - photo by Shari and Mike Photographers http://ruffledblog.com/canadian-garden-wedding-at-starling-lane-vineyard

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Take the time to define your values and then allow them to guide you in your preparations. You can easily become swept up in the chaos of trying to do everything, please everyone, and achieve every expectation when you are not grounded in what is most important to you. When you align the details of your day with your values, you can infuse each moment with meaning. See each decision you make as an opportunity to be intentional. Despite popular opinion, your wedding doesn’t need to be trendy. It needs to reflect you and the one you love. It should reveal your heart.

Canadian garden wedding at Starling Lane Vineyard - photo by Shari and Mike Photographers http://ruffledblog.com/canadian-garden-wedding-at-starling-lane-vineyard

watercolor place card - photo by Shari and Mike Photographers http://ruffledblog.com/canadian-garden-wedding-at-starling-lane-vineyard

Canadian garden wedding at Starling Lane Vineyard - photo by Shari and Mike Photographers http://ruffledblog.com/canadian-garden-wedding-at-starling-lane-vineyard

framed wedding sign - photo by Shari and Mike Photographers http://ruffledblog.com/canadian-garden-wedding-at-starling-lane-vineyard

honey wedding favors - photo by Shari and Mike Photographers http://ruffledblog.com/canadian-garden-wedding-at-starling-lane-vineyard

calligraphy paper goods - photo by Shari and Mike Photographers http://ruffledblog.com/canadian-garden-wedding-at-starling-lane-vineyard

Canadian garden wedding at Starling Lane Vineyard - photo by Shari and Mike Photographers http://ruffledblog.com/canadian-garden-wedding-at-starling-lane-vineyard


View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Processional: Clair de Lune, Claude Debussy
Recessional: “Take Care,” Beach House
First Dance: “Cicadas and Gulls,” Feist

Wedding Vendors

Photography:

Shari + Mike Photographers

Floral Design:

Rook & Rose

Venue:

Starling Lane Vineyard

Wedding Dress:

Ellebay Bridal

Wedding Shoes:

Aldo

Hair and Makeup:

Ma-Luxe Studio

Bridal Party Attire:

Spruce Collective, Topshop, H&M, Forever 21, The Tie Bar

Groom's Attire:

J.Crew, H&M, The Tie Bar

Caterer:

The London Chef

Ceremony Music:

Jordan Klassen and Jocelyn Price

DJ:

The Parish of Little Clifton

Wedding Invitations and Graphic Design:

Of Desks

Videographer:

The Heart Behind It

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Pastel Glam Wedding at LA’s SmogShoppe

Garden Weddings

If you’re familiar with Los Angeles’ SmogShoppe, then you’re well aware how gorgeous their events always are. Match the incredible scenery with the styling prowess of Sweet Emilia Jane and the photography of The Hearts Haven, and you’ve got a wedding that’s captured every bit of our attention! This reception is one for the books, so make sure you don’t miss a thing:

pastel glam wedding at LA's SmogShoppe - photo by The Hearts Haven http://ruffledblog.com/pastel-glam-wedding-at-las-smogshoppe

From the bride, Jackie: We wanted something comfortable and homey. We love both rustic-chic and industrial styles which is why SmogShoppe was perfect for us. We chose a color scheme of blush, cream, and sage. The restored Durham Deli sign was originally built by Bob’s mom. We restored it and Emilia decorated it and found somewhere for it to be featured to pay homage to his mom.

wedding dress - photo by The Hearts Haven http://ruffledblog.com/pastel-glam-wedding-at-las-smogshoppe

peony and garden rose bouquet - photo by The Hearts Haven http://ruffledblog.com/pastel-glam-wedding-at-las-smogshoppe
Bouquet recipe: Peonies, anemones, dahlias, english tea roses.

pink bridesmaid dresses - photo by The Hearts Haven http://ruffledblog.com/pastel-glam-wedding-at-las-smogshoppe

pink bridesmaid dress - photo by The Hearts Haven http://ruffledblog.com/pastel-glam-wedding-at-las-smogshoppe

bridal party - photo by The Hearts Haven http://ruffledblog.com/pastel-glam-wedding-at-las-smogshoppe

floral ceremony arch decorations - photo by The Hearts Haven http://ruffledblog.com/pastel-glam-wedding-at-las-smogshoppe

pastel glam wedding at LA's SmogShoppe - photo by The Hearts Haven http://ruffledblog.com/pastel-glam-wedding-at-las-smogshoppe

ceremony seating - photo by The Hearts Haven http://ruffledblog.com/pastel-glam-wedding-at-las-smogshoppe

wedding ceremony - photo by The Hearts Haven http://ruffledblog.com/pastel-glam-wedding-at-las-smogshoppe

wedding ceremony - photo by The Hearts Haven http://ruffledblog.com/pastel-glam-wedding-at-las-smogshoppe

pastel glam wedding at LA's SmogShoppe - photo by The Hearts Haven http://ruffledblog.com/pastel-glam-wedding-at-las-smogshoppe

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? The day goes by so quickly that the majority of the true pleasure we found derived from all the love we felt and found leading up to it. The most important choice we made was to chose a wedding planner who completely understood our taste and style. If you find someone as amazing as we did, it makes it easy to relax and believe everything will work synergistically without having to micro-manage the details yourselves.

honey escort cards - photo by The Hearts Haven http://ruffledblog.com/pastel-glam-wedding-at-las-smogshoppe

seating charts - photo by The Hearts Haven http://ruffledblog.com/pastel-glam-wedding-at-las-smogshoppe

modern garden wedding reception - photo by The Hearts Haven http://ruffledblog.com/pastel-glam-wedding-at-las-smogshoppe

reception tables - photo by The Hearts Haven http://ruffledblog.com/pastel-glam-wedding-at-las-smogshoppe

urban tablescapes - photo by The Hearts Haven http://ruffledblog.com/pastel-glam-wedding-at-las-smogshoppe

industrial tablescape - photo by The Hearts Haven http://ruffledblog.com/pastel-glam-wedding-at-las-smogshoppe

wedding receptions - photo by The Hearts Haven http://ruffledblog.com/pastel-glam-wedding-at-las-smogshoppe

elegant table runner - photo by The Hearts Haven http://ruffledblog.com/pastel-glam-wedding-at-las-smogshoppe

rustic chic weddings - photo by The Hearts Haven http://ruffledblog.com/pastel-glam-wedding-at-las-smogshoppe

pastel glam wedding at LA's SmogShoppe - photo by The Hearts Haven http://ruffledblog.com/pastel-glam-wedding-at-las-smogshoppe

SmogShoppe weddings - photo by The Hearts Haven http://ruffledblog.com/pastel-glam-wedding-at-las-smogshoppe

wedding cake with peonies - photo by The Hearts Haven http://ruffledblog.com/pastel-glam-wedding-at-las-smogshoppe

first dance - photo by The Hearts Haven http://ruffledblog.com/pastel-glam-wedding-at-las-smogshoppe


View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Processional: “1000 Years,” Christina Perri, sung by Scott Foster
Recessional: “Hey Ho,” The Lumineers sung by Scott Foster
First Dance: “You Are the Best Thing,” Ray LaMontagne

From the event designer and florist, Sweet Emilia Jane: When Jackie and Bob are together their infectious smiles and laughter brighten every single corner of the room. I love that The Hearts Haven was able to capture the very-special something that these two share. It just shines out of every image! I knew that their wedding was going to go down as one of the most fun-filled days ever and it blew past any expectation I had. We wanted to combine rustic romance with the SmogShoppe’s urban appeal. It was the perfect mix of styles for this glamorous yet down-to-earth couple who met on the ski slopes of Utah and have made a home for themselves in Los Angeles. Lace draped across the tables and literally hundreds of candles mixed in with garden roses, peonies and cafe au lait dahlias set the scene for our romance-to-the-max atmosphere. My favorite element by far, though, was the modern wood arch we draped with flowing fabric and dripping with greenery and flowers. Beyond the pretty, pretty details was a party that will most likely not be forgotten too soon by the lucky guests. Whoa Nelly, Pharmacie, Flashdance, The Vintage Table, SusieCakes, Carmela’s Ice Cream… pretty much the dreamiest dream team EVER! It was non-stop fun from beginning to end!

Wedding Vendors

Photography:

The Hearts Haven

Event Planning, Design, and Flowers:

Sweet Emilia Jane

Venue:

SmogShoppe

Wedding Shoes:

Yves Saint Laurent

Groom's Attire:

Hugo Boss

Catering:

Whoa Nelly

Wedding Cake:

Suzie Cakes

Ice Cream Cart:

Carmela Ice Cream

Bar:

Pharmacie

Live Music:

Scott Foster

DJ:

The Flashdance

Rentals:

Town and Country

Dinnerware:

The Vintage Table

Photo Booth:

Photo Box LA

Second Shooter:

Rachel McCauley

Wedding Invitations:

Green Girl Press

Photos by:

The Hearts Haven

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