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Black Rock Resort Wedding

Beach Weddings

So many words come to mind when viewing this wedding – hip, relaxed, intimate, in tune with nature, and most of all – just plain cool. April and Clarke originally planned a lavish wedding with 500 guests before completely rerouting their vision to a 28-person semi-elopement on the beach. I’d have to say they made the right move, because the result is nothing short of breathtaking. Thank you to Shari + Mike Photographers and Celsia Floral for your beautiful work on this one!

Black Rock Resort wedding - photo by Shari and Mike Photographers http://ruffledblog.com/black-rock-resort-wedding

From the bride, April: I always envisioned a more polished, glam version of an outdoor garden party. We knew we wanted to be near forest and the water as we are both outdoorsy. We didn’t want a huge production with neon lights, satin, crystals and ballrooms. We stuck to a neutral palette of creams, blush, peach, greens and brass/gold.

wedding shoes - photo by Shari and Mike Photographers http://ruffledblog.com/black-rock-resort-wedding

bride getting ready - photo by Shari and Mike Photographers http://ruffledblog.com/black-rock-resort-wedding

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peach peony bouquet - photo by Shari and Mike Photographers http://ruffledblog.com/black-rock-resort-wedding
Flower recipe: I don’t know all of the actual flowers that went into my bouquet but I gave the very talented Tahnee of Celsia Flowers a list of flowers I wanted and that I wanted a wildflower-esque, organic/natural looking. Colour scheme of pinks, peaches, corals and greenery/foliage. Preferred blooms which could be available: peonies, ranunculus, anemones, garden roses, lavender, dusty miller, lily of the valley, foliage.

wedding ring ideas - photo by Shari and Mike Photographers http://ruffledblog.com/black-rock-resort-wedding

bride and groom - photo by Shari and Mike Photographers http://ruffledblog.com/black-rock-resort-wedding

pink bouquets - photo by Shari and Mike Photographers http://ruffledblog.com/black-rock-resort-wedding

ceremony processional - photo by Shari and Mike Photographers http://ruffledblog.com/black-rock-resort-wedding

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I created the dream catchers with willow branches from home (Yellowknife, NT, Canada) to which we ruggedly tied with yarn in the theme colours. I also had ordered these beautiful blush coloured feathers off Etsy and I sprinkled the tips with a fine rose gold glitter mix I made. We made two curtain backdrops for the wedding dinner, one was made of different sized gold paper disks we just glued back to back onto string – turned out very glamourous and added a polished element to the dark grey/dramatic surroundings of the Wine Cellar we were in. The second backdrop was made with a mixture of locally picked greenery, gold discs and the blush feathers. We hung a banner with our names in front of it by Rifle Paper Co.

intimate wedding reception - photo by Shari and Mike Photographers http://ruffledblog.com/black-rock-resort-wedding

bohemian wedding decor - photo by Shari and Mike Photographers http://ruffledblog.com/black-rock-resort-wedding

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Black Rock Resort wedding - photo by Shari and Mike Photographers http://ruffledblog.com/black-rock-resort-wedding

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Do what you want to do and don’t feel bad for doing it! We went from a local 500 person wedding to a very small destination, semi-elopement style beach/forest wedding of 28 people. Sure there were a few people who didn’t understand but at the end of the day, it’s YOUR day and YOU’RE going to need to look back at it in 20 years and you can either have regrets or beautiful, true-to-yourself memories. And delegate, delegate, delegate!

Black Rock Resort wedding - photo by Shari and Mike Photographers http://ruffledblog.com/black-rock-resort-wedding

Black Rock Resort wedding - photo by Shari and Mike Photographers http://ruffledblog.com/black-rock-resort-wedding

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flower topped cakes - photo by Shari and Mike Photographers http://ruffledblog.com/black-rock-resort-wedding

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Black Rock Resort wedding - photo by Shari and Mike Photographers http://ruffledblog.com/black-rock-resort-wedding


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Wedding Music:
Well the original plan was for my brother in law (groomsman) to pull out the guitar from behind his back to play an instrumental Blackbird by the Beatles while I walked down the aisle. But since we ended up with our semi-elopement plan, we didn’t have any bridesmaids or groomsmen up with us and we had a completely natural ceremony with no music – just the sound of the ocean waves! In the hustle of the wedding day, we all forgot our iPods so we didn’t have a set playlist for the wedding dinner and we ended up listening to some Spanish guitar during dinner. We didn’t have a first dance as we wanted to keep the dinner very simple, like a big family dinner… albeit a very glamourous one! But if we were to have our first dance it would have been to “Holocene” by Bon Iver.

Wedding Location: Ucluelet, British Columbia, Canada / Photographer: Shari + Mike Photographers / Flowers: Celsia Floral / Venue: Black Rock Resort / Wedding Dress: Sarah Seven / Wedding Shoes: Jimmy Choo and TOMS / Groom’s Suit: Armani / Groom’s Shoes: Harry Rosen / Wedding Cake and Guest Treat Bags: Zoe’s Bakery and Cafe / Wedding Invitations and Banner: Rifle Paper Co

Kent Barn Wedding Ideas

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I think I might just have found a new favorite wedding venue. The blank canvas of Pale and Interesting – The Venue is absolutely breathtaking in its simplicity — a true blank slate waiting to be painted. Hannah Gooch did a fantastic job of pulling together all-star vendors — including the endlessly-talented photographer Sarah Gawler — to create their dreamy vision. The muted, but crisp color palette combined with vintage elements is a foolproof recipe for a gorgeous wedding. Whatever you do, don’t miss the gallery!

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From the designer, Hannah: Pale and Interesting – The Venue, a New England-style barn in the beautiful Kent countryside, was the setting for The Ebury Collection’s first shoot. Only 10 minutes from the beach, this beautiful private home is owned by stylist Atlanta Bartlet and husband Dave Coote. For those of you looking to for a stylish blank canvas as your wedding venue, you really can’t get much better than this.

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The lovely Sarah Gawler and I got our heads together back in March and had a great time selecting gowns from Blackburn Bridal Couture for our three bridal looks. The first is a soft, boho style with a fabulous Claire Pettibone gown. I love Bethany’s lose plait and her floral headband. Lindsay from LK Lily created a loose and rustic bouquet featuring roses, sweet pea and trailing jasmine and used the same flowers to create her floral headdress.

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Sarah Treble’s unique and elegant gown needs little more than a few peonies in the hair as the feathers are really the feature of this look. Accessorizing with a beautiful tight bunch of white peonies works perfectly. And finally, a simple gold jewelled headband and a little bunch of Lily of the Valley perfectly compliments Clinton Lotter’s breathtaking feather gown, with its gold belt.

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We used a simple linen tablecloth with lots of glass candlesticks, votives and tealight holders to create the table setting. A large vase of white and green flowers coordinate perfectly with the pale grey pie-crust plates and the gorgeous ceramic pears and zinc place name tags.

Pale and Interesting – The Venue is absolutely breathtaking in its simplicity — a true blank slate waiting to be painted. Hannah Gooch did a fantastic job of pulling together all-star vendors — including the endlessly-talented photographer Sarah Gawler — to create their dreamy vision. The muted, but crisp color palette combined with vintage elements is a foolproof recipe for a gorgeous wedding. Whatever you do, don’t miss the View all photos from this shoot

Wedding vendors (Kent, England):

Wedding venue: Pale and Interesting – The Venue / Wedding photographer: Sarah Gawler / Stylist: Louisa Grey / Shoot Curator: Hannah Gooch / Flowers: LK Lily / Wedding dresses: Claire Pettibone, Clinton Lotter, and Sarah Treble / Gold headband: Flo and Percy / Gold ring and necklace: Alex Monroe / Hair and makeup: Daniel Palmer / Wedding cake: Zoe Clark Cakes / Ceramic fruits and name cards: Rowen and Wren / Gold shoes: Dune / Satin grey shoes: Hobbs / Lingerie: Love by Susie / Dinnerware: Anthropologie / Accessories: Pale and Interesting / Cupcakes and glass dome: The Ebury Collection / Model: Bethany from MOT Models