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Victoria Art Gallery Wedding

Modern Weddings

Photos by:

Ameris Photography

If retro is your thing, you’re going to love this next wedding. Amy and Matt were able to turn retro inspiration into modern chic, thanks to their own talented hands and minds. Captured by Ameris Photography, who caught every detail (of which there are plenty). Make sure you keep an eye out for the time capsule coordinated by the bridal party for the bride and groom – such a great idea!

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From the bride, Amy: We wanted our wedding to feel intimate and representative of US – modern, downtown city feel with lots of DIY personal touches. Most of the wedding was DIY from the invitations to the favours. We did the graphic design for the save-the-dates, invites (inspired by Christian Robinson‘s work) and RSVPs and had them printed at a local print shop. I purchased the dress as a sample off the rack and completely rebuilt the skirt and added multiple layers of fabric. We made two panels for the backdrop that were collaged initials (A & M) made of black/white photos of each of us – A was all Amy photos and M was all Matt photos. The easels were made by my Dad. We designed the programs ourselves and just printed them out on a colour printer. We also put together the bells for guests by gluing bells to craft sticks and adding a ribbon.

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whimsical wedding invitations - photo by Ameris Photography -

groom getting ready - photo by Ameris Photography -

unique ring boxes - photo by Ameris Photography -

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For the reception, all the table numbers, seating cards were made from old library book loan cards, vintage 2nd hand shot glasses, chargers were old vinyl records with our menu pasted on top of the inner circle. Table floral were billy buttons and grass from Flowers On Top (Victoria) mixed with curly willow from the bride’s mother’s garden, arranged in mixed glass vessels collected over months by the bride and groom. Mother of the bride and groom composed the arrangements on the day-of. The guest book was a vintage dictionary – guests found a word that made them think of us, and then signed their names and wrote their message on that word’s page. We had red and white wine made locally and labelled them with our own designed labels, printed locally.

intimate ceremony - photo by Ameris Photography -

bride during ceremony - photo by Ameris Photography -

art gallery ceremony - photo by Ameris Photography -

single flower bouquet - photo by Ameris Photography -

ceremony recessional - photo by Ameris Photography -

dictionary guest books - photo by Ameris Photography -

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book place cards - photo by Ameris Photography -

glass bottle centerpieces - photo by Ameris Photography -

bride and groom - photo by Ameris Photography -

record label centerpieces - photo by Ameris Photography -

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Do what represents *you*, not what you think a wedding should look like.

whimsical centerpieces - photo by Ameris Photography -

vinyl place settings - photo by Ameris Photography -

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wedding time capsule - photo by Ameris Photography -

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Wedding Music:
Bride’s Processional: “Glasgow Love Theme,” Craig Armstrong
Recessional: “Summer,” Joe Hisaishi
First Dance: “Ho Hey,” The Lumineers
Father/Daughter and Mother/Son Dance: “Wildflowers,” Tom Petty

Wedding Location: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada / Photographer: Ameris Photography / Bouquet Flowers: James Bay Community Market / Billy Button and Bear Grass: Flowers On Top / Ceremony Location: Legacy Art Gallery / Reception Venue and Caterer: Pizzeria Prima Strada / Wedding Dress: Blush Bridal Boutique, modified by bride / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Lisa’s Bridal / Makeup: Melanie Baird Makeup Artist / Groomsmen Vests: Guess / Groomsmen Ties: Hudson Room / Groomsmen Socks: Happy Socks / Macarons: Bon Macaron / DJ: Ken Rask (krask @ / Favours: Wine made at West Coast Brew Shop / Stationery Printing: Island Blue

Artsy Victoria Garden Wedding

Garden Weddings

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This wedding from Ameris has it all: a little bit bohemian, a little bit woodsy, and a bit modern for just the perfect blend of chic wedding style. Add in a perfect bouquet from Cartref Gardens, portraits of the newlyweds peacefully lounging in a canoe, and a wedding gown fit for a princess and we couldn’t be happier!

newlyweds in canoe

From the bride, Laura: We envisioned a woodland style for the wedding. We wanted our wedding to truly represent us so obviously we wanted the wedding to be about what’s important to us… Jesus, our love + having lots of fun! James is a musician so music was very important to us as well. We worked hard on picking out every song involved. Our colours were mint + peach with a touch of gold.

blue white invitations

woodsy garden weddings

bride getting ready

woodsy garden weddings

pink feather boutonnieres

pink green bouquets

newlyweds in canoe
adorable groom portrait
bridesmaids wearing white

I made the coffee filter flowers, bird cake toppers, giant pom background, gold sparkly J + L letters, table numbers, spray painted pine cones & wooden letters, fabric altar, wooden signs, guest book, flower girl headbands, photo booth props, birdseed favors. My maid of honour made the guys bow ties + boutonnières. A friend made all the wooden rounds.

flower girls in pink

garden wedding ceremony

woodsy garden weddings

garden wedding ceremony

garden wedding recessional

woodsy garden weddings

newlyweds entering reception

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Be very organized! (If you’re not organized, hire a wedding planner! Seriously.) But for those of you who are organized… do DIYs well in advance so the last week isn’t too crazy. I planned a night with my girlfriends months in advance and we tackled all those coffee filter flowers! Keep in mind to make the planning process fun! Don’t go all bridezilla on your bridesmaids. No one wants to do a bunch of crafts with a drill sergeant.

bridesmaids in white

woodsy garden weddings

orange teal decor

woodsy garden weddings

orange teal paper flowers

Don’t ever forget that you get to marry the love of your life…that is an amazing thing! Keep him involved with the plans + DIYS… We planned almost everything together. James did all the manly things, like saw wood for all the signs + table numbers. And on the day of your wedding leave all the plans with a trusted friend (I recommend giving them a minute by minute rundown) or wedding planner… then, let go and just focus on being completely there. Be happy + incredibly thankful! Also, take some time as a couple (once the ceremony is done) to breathe for a moment. The wedding day goes by incredibly fast, so I highly recommend taking a moment to soak it in. Our photographer encouraged us to do this while we were in the boat. It was a pretty special moment.

bird cake toppers

woodsy garden weddings

couple in canoe

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Wedding Music:
Processional: Bridge of “Sigh No More,” Mumford & Sons; “In My Place,” Coldplay
Signing of the Register: “You Send Me,” Sam Cooke
Recessional: “Home,” Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
First Dance: “Nothing Can Change This Love,” Sam Cooke
Father/Daughter Dance: “Con Te Partiro,” Andrea Bocelli

Wedding Location: Victoria, BC, Canada / Wedding Photographer: Ameris / Ceremony Venue: Private Residence / Reception Venue: Leonardo Da Vinci Centre / Wedding Flowers: Cartref Gardens / Wedding Dress: Mori Lee from Luz Bridal / Wedding Shoes: Aldo / Flower Crown: Cult Gaia / Bride’s Hair: Ali Cuccurullo ( / Maid of Honor’s Dress: White by Vera Wang / Ceremony Music: Luke Stones / Wedding Caterer: Melting Moments Catering / Wedding Cake: Rachel Cakes / Cupcakes: Jennie Cakes / Wedding Invitations: Bride and Groom / Videographer: Logan Reinard