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VANCOUVER ISLAND | SPRING/SUMMER 2014 Vol 3 No 1

BRIDAL SHOW CALENDAR SHOWS WE LOVE

DESIGN & FASHION INSPIRATION 13 PAGES OF FULL COLOUR

TRENDS, IDEAS & FAVOURITE THINGS

BEAUTIFUL BODIES EVERY BRIDE IS

ACROSS THE ISLAND

MODERN ELEGANCE AT THE BUTCHART GARDENS

INSPIRATION AT VENUES WE LOVE

BEAUTIFUL

WEDDING WORTHY VENUES WHEN LOCATION IS EVERYTHING

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Inside this issue... features

BRIDAL SHOW CALENDAR p43

Bridal Shows & Events across Vancouver Island ~ Dates, Times & Details PHOTO, ABOVE: www.georgiajohnston.com MODEL: Mila GOWN: Lily Kennedy Custom Gowns (lilycustombridal.com)

BRIDAL GUIDE TO LOCAL EXPERTS p2 to 3

The Who’s Who of Vancouver Island's Best Weddings

MODERN ELEGANCE AT THE BUTCHART GARDENS p25 to 30 BEAUTIFUL BODIES p12

Every Bride is Beautiful ...

GREEN WEDDING TIPS p14

Going Green with Your Gown!

I DOs & PLEASE DON’Ts p15

From Online Shopping to Truly Delicious Cakes

TRENDS, IDEAS & FAVOURITE THINGS BRIDES WILL LOVE p18 RECAP: RACE FOR THE RING 2013 p21 VANCOUVER ISLAND WEDDING RING AWARDS p21 BRIDAL SHOW SURVIVAL TIPS p42 WEDDING WORTHY VENUES p44 to 48 PRO DJ SHARES HIS FAVOURITE FIRST DANCE SONGS p6

REALITY WEDDING STORY: A WEEKEND WEDDING FILLED WITH LOVE & ADVENTURE | MEGHAN & TED p4 & 5

fashion & design inspiration Featured throughout the magazine, including... Romantic Glamour p8 Gorgeous at The Gables p9 PHOTO, ABOVE: www.curtispelletier.com | PHOTO, BELOW: www.brawns.ca

Glamorous Romance p34 & 35 Old World Luxury p37 to 39 Modern Princess p40

design palettes LOVE IS BEAUTIFUL IN BLOOM p22 FLORAL & FAUNA p23 The Wedding Ring VANCOUVER ISLAND is sponsored in part by

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spring/summer 2014 BARTENDING SERVICE JOE THE BARTENDER 560 David Street Victoria (250) 382-2315 www.joethebartender.com joethebartender@shawlink.ca BEAUTY LONG BEACH ESTHETICS 1983 Athlone Road, Ucluelet (250) 726-3887 www.longbeachesthetics.com alison@longbeachesthetics.com MAFFEO SALON AND DAY SPA 538 Wentworth Street, Nanaimo (250) 740-0092 www.maffeosalon.ca appointment@maffeosalon.ca MA-LUXE STUDIOS INC 619 Johnson Street, Victoria (250) 858-5893 www.ma-luxe.com maluxeit@gmail.com ♥ SALON J Reviewed @ TheWeddingRing.ca 2506 Beacon Avenue #101, Sidney (250) 656-9111 www.salonj.ca info@salonj.ca BRIDAL SHOWS BRIDAL EXHIBITION 1-888-501-9696 www.bridalexhibition.ca MODERN BRIDE WEDDING SHOW Bay Centre, Victoria www.modernbrideshow.com THE ENCHANTING WEDDING SHOW www.theenchantingweddingshow.ca CAKES & CUPCAKES ♥ OOH LA LA CUPCAKES Reviewed @ TheWeddingRing.ca 619 Broughton St., Victoria (250) 590-8019 713 Goldstream Ave., Unit A, Victoria (250) 478-0704 1391A Hillside Ave., Victoria (250) 385-0707 www.oohlalacupcakes.ca info@oohlalacupcakes.ca CATERERS FOOD FOR THOUGHT (250) 478-2721 www.foodforthoughtcatering.net foodfor@islandnet.com ♥ VICTORIA MARRIOTT CATERING SERVICES AND EVENTS Reviewed @ TheWeddingRing.ca (250) 480-3817 www.marriottvictoria.com catering@victoriamarriott.com TASTE WEST COAST CATERING FOUR POINTS BY SHERATON VICTORIA GATEWAY (250) 391-5063 www.starwoodhotels.com/fourpoints catering@fourpointsvictoriagateway.com THE BEEZ KNEEZ CATERING (250) 331-1714 or (250) 898-9335 info@thebeezkneezcatering.ca DÉCOR BEAUTY BRIDE (250)516-8632 beautybride@live.ca www.beautybride.ca BLUE LILY EVENT PLANNING AND RENTALS (250) 732-0222 www.bluelilyevents.com hello@bluelilyevents.com EN VIED EVENTS (778) 679-4665 www.enviedevents.ca tricia@enviedevents.ca

♥ BLISS EVENTS 208 Wallace Street, Nanaimo (250) 591-0050 www.bybliss.com info@bybliss.com ♥ DETAILS SPECIAL EVENT PLANNING & DECOR Reviewed @ TheWeddingRing.ca (250) 888-4781 detailsbc@gmail.com www.detailsbc.com ♥ PARTY MOOD Reviewed @ TheWeddingRing.ca (250) 701-3151 www.partymood.com annepollock@shaw.ca DISC JOCKEYS HI-WAY PRODUCTIONS (250) 888-5440 www.djpro.ca ron@djpro.ca FAVOUR IDEAS ♥ ROGERS’ CHOCOLATES Reviewed @ TheWeddingRing.ca Locations across Vancouver Island (800) 663-2220 www.rogerschocolates.com info@rogerschocolates.com FLORAL DESIGNERS ♥ A SEA OF BLOOM FLORAL DESIGNS Reviewed @ TheWeddingRing.ca 6653 Sooke Road, Sooke (250) 642-3952 www.aseaofbloom.com flowers@aseaofbloom.com CHOCOLATE LILY FLORAL DESIGN (250) 888-4561 www.chocolatelilyfloral.com info@chocolatelilyfloral.com GOWNS: BRIDAL ATTIRE ♥ THE BRIDES CLOSET Reviewed @ TheWeddingRing.ca 279 Selby Street, Nanaimo (250) 753-4975 www.thebridescloset.com bridescloset@telus.net ♥ SHADES OF WHITE BRIDAL FASHIONS Reviewed @ TheWeddingRing.ca 3497 Saanich Road, Victoria (250) 475-1220 www.shadesofwhite.com ♥ VICTORIA BRIDAL BOUTIQUE Reviewed @ TheWeddingRing.ca #2 3948 Quadra Street, Victoria (250) 721-9500 www.victoriabridalboutique.com vbb@shaw.ca CUSTOM GOWNS LILY KENNEDY CUSTOM GOWNS (250) 857-7506 www.lilycustombridal.com info@lilycustombridal.com INVITATIONS OPEN INVITATION Nanaimo www.open-invitation.ca info@open-invitation.ca JEWELLERS ♥ ANN-LOUISE JEWELLERS Reviewed @ TheWeddingRing.ca Victoria, BC 250-383-9188 www.annelouise.ca fay@annlouise.ca LOCATIONS: WEDDING CEREMONIES & RECEPTIONS ARBUTUS RIDGE GOLF CLUB 3515 Telegraph Road, Cobble Hill 1-800-446-5322 www.golfbc.com/courses/arbutus_ridge info_arbutus@golfbc.com

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BRIDAL GUIDE TO FEATURED, RESEARCHED & REVIEWED

♥ APRIL POINT RESORT AND SPA & PAINTER’S LODGE OAK BAY MARINE GROUP (250) 285-2222 or 1 (800) 663-7090 www.obmg.com sales@obmg.com

♥ KINGFISHER OCEANSIDE RESORT AND SPA Reviewed @ TheWeddingRing.ca 4330 Island Hwy South, Courtenay (250) 338-1323 or 1-800-663-7929 www.kingfisherspa.com info@kingfisherspa.com

THE WESTIN BEAR MOUNTAIN GOLF RESORT AND SPA 1999 Country Club Way, Victoria (250) 391-7160 or 1-888-533-2327 www.bearmountain.ca info@bearmountain.ca

MARY WINSPEAR CENTRE 2243 Beacon Avenue, Sidney (250) 656-0275 www.marywinspear.ca info@marywinspear.ca

BEST WESTERN PLUS BARCLAY HOTEL 4277 Stamp Avenue, Port Alberni (250) 724-7171 www.bestwesternbarclay.com info@bestwesternbarclay.com

♥ MERRIDALE CIDERWORKS Reviewed @ TheWeddingRing.ca 1230 Merridale Road, Cobble Hill (250) 743-4293 www.merridalecider.com weddings@merridalecider.com

♥ BEST WESTERN PREMIER PRESTIGE OCEANFRONT RESORT Reviewed @ TheWeddingRing.ca 6929 West Coast Road, Sooke (250) 642-0805 1 (877) 737-8443 www.prestigehotelsandresorts.com sookeconventions@prestigehotels.ca ♥ THE BEACH CLUB RESORT Reviewed @ TheWeddingRing.ca 181 Beachside Drive, Parksville 1-250-947-2101 billielb@bellstar.ca www.beachclubbc.com ♥ BLACK ROCK OCEANFRONT RESORT Reviewed @ TheWeddingRing.ca 596 Marine Drive, Ucluelet 1 (877) 762-5011 www.blackrockresort.com reservations@blackrockresort.com ♥ THE BUTCHART GARDENS Reviewed @ TheWeddingRing.ca 800 Benvenuto Avenue, Brentwood Bay (250) 652-4422 or 1 (866) 652-4422 www.butchartgardens.com weddings@butchartgardens.com

OAK BAY BEACH HOTEL 1175 Beach Drive, Victoria 1 (800) 668 7758 www.oakbaybeachhotel.com info@oakbaybeachhotel.com OCEANFRONT SUITES AT COWICHAN BAY 1681 Cowichan Bay Road, Cowichan Bay (250) 715-1000 or 1-800-663-7898 info@oceanfrontcowichanbay.com www.oceanfrontcowichanbay.com OSWEGO HOTEL 500 Oswego Street, Victoria (250) 294-7511 or 1-877-7-OSWEGO www.oswegovictoria.com vpennington@oswegovictoria.com PARKSIDE VICTORIA RESORT AND SPA 810 Humboldt Street, Victoria (250) 940-1200 or 1-855-616-3557 www.parksidevictoria.com guestservices@parksidevictoria.com POETS COVE RESORT & SPA 9801 Spalding Road, South Pender Island 1 (888) 512-POET(7638) or (250) 629- 2100 www.poetscove.com reservations@poetscove.com

CRAIGDARROCH CASTLE 1050 Joan Crescent, Victoria (250) 592-5323 www.thecastle.ca info@thecastle.ca

SHELTER POINT DISTILLERY 4650 Regent Road, Campbell River 1 (778) 420-2200 www.shelterpointdistillery.com info@shelterpointdistillery.com

CROWN ISLE 399 Clubhouse Drive, Courtenay (250) 703-5000 www.crownisle.com info@crownisle.com

♥ SOOKE HARBOUR HOUSE Reviewed @ TheWeddingRing.ca 1528 Whiffen Spit Road, Sooke (250) 642-3421 or 1 (800) 889-9688 www.sookeharbourhouse.com info@sookeharbourhouse.com

♥ DELTA VICTORIA OCEAN POINTE RESORT & SPA Reviewed @ TheWeddingRing.ca 45 Songhees Road, Victoria 1-866-260-3618 www.deltahotels.com andrea.gorman@deltahotels.com FOUR POINTS SHERATON VICTORIA GATEWAY 829 McCallum Road, Victoria (250) 391-5063 www.starwoodhotels.com/fourpoints fom@fourpointsvictoriagateway.com THE GRAND HOTEL NANAIMO 4898 Rutherford Road, Nanaimo (250) 758-3000 or 1 (877) 41-GRAND www.thegrandhotelnanaimo.ca info@thegrandhotelnanaimo.ca HOTEL GRAND PACIFIC 463 Belleville Street, Victoria (250) 386-0450 or (800) 663-7550 www.hotelgrandpacific.com INN AT LAUREL POINT 680 Montreal Street, Victoria (250) 386-8721 or 1-800-663-7667 www.laurelpoint.com guestservices@laurelpoint.com

ST. ANN’S ACADEMY NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE 835 Humboldt Street, Victoria (250) 953-8829 www.stannsacademy.com stanns.academy@gov.bc.ca TIGH NA MARA SEASIDE SPA RESORT & CONFERENCE CENTRE 1155 Resort Drive, Parksville (250) 248 2072 or 1-800-663-7373 www.tigh-na-mara.com info@tigh-na-mara.com THE UNION CLUB OF BRITISH COLUMBIA 805 Gordon Street, Victoria (250) 384-1151 or 1-800-808-2218 www.unionclub.com VANCOUVER ISLAND CONFERENCE CENTRE 101 Gordon Street, Nanaimo (250) 244-4050 www.viconference.com meet@viconference.com ♥ VICTORIA MARRIOTT INNER HARBOUR Reviewed @ TheWeddingRing.ca 728 Humboldt Street, Victoria (250) 480-3800 or 1-877-515-2148 www.marriottvictoria.com sales@victoriamarriott.com

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LOCAL EXPERTS IN THEWEDDINGRING.CA ♥ VILLA MARCO POLO INN Reviewed @ TheWeddingRing.ca 1524 Shasta Place, Victoria (250) 370-1524 or 1 (877) 601-1524 www.villamarcopolo.com enquire@villamarcopolo.com

♥ PARTY MOOD Reviewed @ TheWeddingRing.ca (250) 701-3151 www.partymood.com annepollock@shaw.ca

♥ WICKANINNISH INN Reviewed @ TheWeddingRing.ca 500 Osprey Lane, Tofino (250) 725-3100 or 1 (800) 333-4604 www.wickinn.com info@wickinn.com

EN VIED EVENTS (778) 679-4665 www.enviedevents.ca tricia@enviedevents.ca

PHOTOGRAPHERS AURORA PHOTOGRAPHY (250) 760-7003 www.auroraphoto.moonfruit.com auroraphotography@live.ca BOUDOIR WITH COURTNEY JULIEN (250) 797-0926 www.boudoirwithcourtney.com julienphotography@me.com BRAWNS PHOTOGRAPHY (250) 618-1785 www.brawns.ca info@brawns.ca ♥ CURTIS PELLETIER PHOTOGRAPHY Reviewed @ TheWeddingRing.ca (250) 858-6086 www.curtispelletier.com DOUGLAS LUDWIG PHOTOGRAPHY (604) 970-6856 www.douglasludwigphotography.com dfresh@shaw.ca FEATHER AND BONE PHOTOGRAPHY (250) 984-1388 www.lovefeatherandbone.com jen@andrewpaquet.com JULIEN PHOTOGRAPHY (250) 797-0926 www.julienphotography.ca julienphotography@me.com KIM KALYN PHOTOGRAPHY (250) 661-4418 www.kimkalynphotography.com info@kimkalynphotography.com KRISTOPHER JAMES PHOTOGRAPHY (250) 893-4221 www.kristopherjamesphotography.com kris@kristopherjamesphotography.com STIRLING IMAGES PHOTOGRAPHY (250) 723-2950 www.stirlingimages.ca stirlingimages@shaw.ca ♥ SZYMON SZYMCZAKOWSKI PHOTOGRAPHY Reviewed @ TheWeddingRing.ca Ucluelet & Toffino (250) 730-1150 www.szymonphotography.com szymon@szymonphotography.com ♥ VIVID PHOTOGRAPHY Reviewed @ TheWeddingRing.ca Suite #5-10 Commercial Street, Nanaimo (250) 591-5549 www.vividphotography.ca vividnanaimo@gmail.com PHOTOBOOTH FOUR FRAMES PHOTO BOOTH Derek (250) 522-2620 or Lindsay (250) 266-1697 fourframesphoto@gmail.com www.fourframesphotobooth.com PLANNERS, COORDINATORS BLUE LILY EVENT PLANNING and RENTALS (250) 732-0222 www.bluelilyevents.com hello@bluelilyevents.com

BRIDAL DREAM TEAM VANCOUVER ISLAND Port Alberni www.bridaldreamteam.ca bridaldreamteam@shaw.ca WITH LOVE WEDDING AND EVENT PLANNING (250) 532-3188 www.withloveweddings.ca cheri@withloveweddings.ca REGISTRIES ♥ THE HUDSONS BAY COMPANY Reviewed @ TheWeddingRing.ca Nanaimo (250) 390-3141 Victoria Bay Centre (250) 385-1311 Victoria Mayfair Centre (250) 386-3322 www.giftregistry.hbc.com HOME FOR THE HONEYMOON DOWN PAYMENT WEDDING REGISTRY www.homeforthehoneymoon.com info@homeforthehoneymoon.com RENTALS FOR EVENTS CLASS ACT PARTY RENTAL 560 David Street Victoria (250) 382-2315 www.classactpartyrental.com joethebartender@shawlink.ca PARTY MOOD (250) 701-3151 www.partymood.com annepollock@shaw.ca PEDERSEN’S RENTALS 206 Mary Street, Victoria (250) 383-7783 www.pedersons.ca rent@pedersons.ca TUXEDOS & FORMAL WEAR ♥ OUTLOOKS FOR MEN Reviewed @ TheWeddingRing.ca 534 Yates Street, Victoria (250) 384-2848 53 Station St., Duncan (250) 597-2848 www.outlooksformen.com VIDEOGRAPHERS ♥ SZYMON SZYMCZAKOWSKI PHOTOGRAPHY Reviewed @ TheWeddingRing.ca Ucluelet & Toffino (250) 730-1150 www.szymonphotography.com info@szymonphotography.com DREAM, CREATE www.dreamcreate.ca alana@dreamcreate.ca PAPER HEART FILMS VICTORIA (250) 818-9051 www.paperheartfilms.ca info@paperheartfilms.ca VIDEOGRAPHY BY STEVE JULIEN (250) 797-0926 julienphotography@me.com www.julienphotography.ca

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COVER PHOTO

PHOTOGRAPHY: Kim Kalyn Photography www.kimkalynphotography.com VENUE: The Butchart Gardens (♥) www.butchartgardens.com DRESS: Designed by Lazaro for JLM Couture HAIR AND MAKE-UP: ma-luxe www.ma-luxe.com SHOOT DESIGN: ma-luxe www.ma-luxe.com MEN’S ATTIRE: Outlooks for Men (♥) www.outlooksformen.com FLORAL DESIGN: Chocolate Lily Floral Design www.chocolatelilyfloral.com

THANK YOU!

Thank you to the brides, wedding experts and associate writers and editors who have contributed to this issue of The Wedding Ring Magazine VANCOUVER ISLAND. Numerous wedding professionals have contributed expert tips, retail or rental products, popular décor and/or photography services for the various features in this issue. Each professional is credited in their respective feature article. The statements, opinions and points of view expressed within this publication do not necessarily represent those of the publisher, advertisers or Wedding Ring Inc. or The Wedding Ring Vancouver Island. Photographs are submitted to Wedding Ring Inc. by vendors for the purpose of publishing online and/or in print and are used with permission. ©2014 Wedding Ring Inc. and The Wedding Ring Vancouver Island. Contents copyrighted. All rights reserved. Reproduction of any article, photograph or artwork without written permission from Wedding Ring Inc. and The Wedding Ring Vancouver Island is strictly prohibited. Printed in Canada.

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reality wedding stories

A weekend wedding filled with love & adventure BRIDE & GROOM: Meghan Mathias & Ted Krickan MARRIED: July 6, 2013 VENUE & CATERING: Strathcona Park Lodge (www.strathcona.bc.ca) PHOTOGRAPHY: Brawns Photography (www.brawns.ca) FLORALS: Ramsey & Ramsey Flower Merchants (www.ramseyflowers.ca) BRIDES GOWN: Jessica McClintock San Fransisco (www.jessicamcclintock.com) BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES: Shades of White Bridal Fashions (♥) (www.shadesofwhite.com) GROOM’S APPAREL: Hudson’s Bay (♥) (www.thebay.com) HAIR: Roxy of Dean Heights Beauty Salon DESSERTS: Close friends & family OFFICIANT: Craig Gillis (craig.gillis@shaw.ca) DJ: Request the Best – DJ Services (www.facebook.com/requestthebest)

Ted and Meghan met nearly a decade ago while working together as lifeguards at the local rec centre. They were fast friends until roughly five years ago when that friendship was changed by Ted who stole a midnight kiss on New Year’s Eve! And if you ask them, they’ll both admit that they’ve been madly in love ever since, even though that meant finding ways to manage a long distance romance while each finished their education. Ted proposed during an annual camping trip at Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park. He packed a bottle of champagne and Meghan’s grandmother’s ring along on a hike to their favorite swimming spot. Ted proposed on the rocks above the riverbend. After Meghan said “Yes!”, the pair wandered along the path, grinning from ear to ear. Soon the job of planning began and it fell mostly

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upon Meghan since Ted had returned to school in Ireland. Ted helped out wherever he could, such as with picking the wedding colours (emerald and aqua) during a Skype video chat. Patient parents and a supportive wedding party also helped Meghan throughout the whole process, including her aunt who created no less than 40 tin lanterns for the reception tables! Strathcona Park Lodge seemed to be a perfect fit for Meghan and Ted, especially after a forest engagement. They explained, “It felt like an adventure without being too far from home.” And with guests booking rooms at the lodge, their wedding grew into a fun yet romantic weekend adventure for everyone in attendance. The Lodge arranged zip-lining, ropes course adventures, canoe, kayaks and several other


reality wedding stories

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Ted and Meghan were over the moon about the cuisine provided all weekend by the Lodge. “The food was incredible - fresh, local and tons of it! There was a welcome barbeque on Friday night, a catered full antipasti and champagne toast following the ceremony and a full buffet style dinner at the reception. The highlight was definitely the cedar planked salmon cooked over an open fire.” experiences for the guests. “It was a big goal of ours that our wedding didn’t involve a lot of ‘hurry up and wait’ for our guests and all the activities for them really helped us avoid that,” Meghan told The Ring. A pleasant surprise for Meghan and Ted was that the lodge turned out to have no cell phone reception which meant their guests were truly immersed in the experience for the weekend. Meghan found her gown in Seattle while her wedding party found their dresses at Shades of White (♥) (www. shadesofwhite.com) in Victoria. Finding a florist local to the lodge seemed almost impossible until she met Ramsey and Ramsey Flower Merchants in Victoria they created the flowers and then sent them up to the location in coolers! The day at Strathcona began with nearly forty brave wedding guests meeting Ted and Meghan at the lake for a Polar Bear Swim in honour of their meeting as lifeguards! Meghan and her entourage then went to prepare at her mother’s secluded cottage where everyone sat on the deck. At one point Ted and his

groomsmen went paddling by on an early morning canoe ride! Hair was done by long-time hairdresser, Roxy, who had made the trip out to help. The ladies finally took their bouquets of cymbidium orchids and sedum wrapped in French ribbon and climbed into the white war canoe paddled by the Lodge staff. It was a entrance no one would forget! The ceremony beside the lake provided a stunning view. Meghan describes it, “My close friends Mike and Drew played an acoustic version of ‘Ho, Hey’ by The Lumineers as my father walked me down the aisle. Mike even learned to play the mandolin for the occasion!” Brawns Photography, made up of husband and wife team, Spencer and Theresa, went along for the whole weekend. Meghan had been instantly drawn to their work and was thrilled with how they captured the love, laughter and fun of the incredible day. Meghan was especially happy with how Ted was able to relax in front of the camera. “Spencer did a great job

making my camera-shy groom feel comfortable and confident!” Instead of a traditional cake, special women in their lives were asked to make a signature dessert. Ted and Meghan then shared mini cupcakes from Pure Vanilla since that’s what they had shared the night of their first kiss! One special moment for the couple was when the bridesmaids and groomsmen tag-teamed their wedding toasts, even breaking into an impromptu song at one point! The dance floor was hopping all night as DJ Paul Affleck, created a real dance atmosphere late into the night. Music was important to Ted and Meghan since random dance parties often break out in their lives! Meghan and Ted were thrilled to have created a space for loved ones to share their talents. They remember, “So many of the most special moments at our wedding were contributions from our family and friends. It made the whole weekend so much more meaningful!” ■ GET LOCAL. PLAN FABULOUS! • 5


7 FAVOURITE FIRST DANCE SONGS

An Expert Tip by Hi-Way Productions (www.djpro.ca)

Ron Larson, of Hi-Way Productions, has sixteen years of radio and DJ experience and is currently the host of The Race for the Ring and the Vancouver Island Wedding Ring Awards! Ron takes great pride in taking care of the details so that weddings are fun, simple and organized for couples... 1. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros ● Home 2. Micheal Bublé ● Everything 3. Blake Shelton ● Honey Bee 4. Van Morrison ● Crazy Love 5. The Kooks ● The Seaside 6. Frank Sinatra ● The Way You Look Tonight 7. Thompson Square ● Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not

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expert tips

GOWNS

&

ACCESSORIES:

The

Bride’s Closet (♥) (bridescloset.com) HAIR & MAKE-UP: Maffeo Salon (www.maffeosalon.ca) PHOTOGRAPHY: Julien

of

Courtney

Julien

Photography

(julienphotography.ca) & Boudoir with Courtney

(boudoirwithcourtney.com)

FLORALS: Thrifty Foods (thriftyfoods.ca) LOCATION:

Vancouver

Island

Conference Center (viconference.com) SHOOT Beckie

COORDINATION: Ross

of

Bridal

Exhibition

(www.bridalexhibition.ca) MORE:

theweddingring.ca/vancouver-

island-weddings

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BEAUTIFUL

BODIES tips, additional photos & hilarious outtakes from this photo session)

BEAUTIFUL BODIES For those of you who don’t know me, I am the coproducer of the Vancouver Island Bridal Exhibition and the crazy lady you will see running around the shows in a ball gown! A few months ago I read an article online about a department store in Sweden displaying size 14 mannequins. What followed was a storm of criticism that they were ‘condoning obesity’. After reading this, I proceeded to rant and rave online about how ridiculous this was. Then it really got me to thinking about how many women out there struggle with their self-image. All that stress and worry about a specific size. And never more so than when it comes to the all-important wedding day! So many times, we look at ads from wedding designers whose dresses are modeled by size four girls who are 5’ 11”. Which is great for those ladies in the world who fit those measurements but what about everyone in between? So I decided I wanted to do something to help change the way women see themselves and to help re-define their body image.

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I may not be a size four runway model, but anyone who is around me knows I love my curves and truly believe that the size of my waist has nothing to do with my worth! I believe that everybody is beautiful and that every woman should embrace her inner goddess at all times, but especially when she is a bride! I truly feel that beauty is not about the size you wear, but about the way you present and feel about yourself. I decided I wanted to celebrate the beauty of women of all types. So I gathered together the talents of three of the island’s best wedding professionals and, with the help of a group of fabulous and fearless (standing in the street in pretty under things takes some bravery!) foxy ladies, BEAUTIFUL BODIES came to life. Courtney, of Boudoir with Courtney, knows all about how to make every woman feel beautiful, so she was right at home with all our lovely ladies! My goal with BEAUTIFUL BODIES is to feature the confidence and sexiness that can (and do!) exist in every woman - regardless of their size. If I could offer a bride, or any fab woman, a piece of advice it would be this: “True beauty comes from inner confidence, so remember whether you’re a size 2 or 22 – every bride is beautiful!” ~ Beckie Ross

1. SIZE IS JUST A NUMBER... Nothing more! Don’t get hung up on it, don’t obsess over it. 2. Take the time to PAMPER YOURSELF. If you feel good, your inner beauty radiates through. So get a manicure, soak in a bubble bath, meet with your gal pals and share a few glasses of bubbly and some laughs 3. Start looking through YOUR PARTNER’S EYES. Remembertheyfellinlovewithyounotyourdresssize! 4. LOVE YOUR BODY. It’s the only one you’ve got and you cannot look after something you hate.


expert tips

GOING GREEN WITH YOUR GOWN PHOTO, right: Vivid Photography (vividphotography.ca)

Your wedding gown: you loved it from the moment you laid eyes on it and it was perfect for your wedding day... but, now... what to do with it? Many brides like to preserve their dress for the next generation but what if you don’t have that kind of closet space? Consider recouping some of the money spent on your gown by taking it to a consignment shop here on the Island. For example, White Bridal Boutique (www.whitebridalboutique.com) in Lantzville carries gorgeous gently used gowns. Believe it or not, we even found Maggie Sottero gowns listed on both usedvictoria.com and wedding-recycle.com! Or would you rather give back? Listen around for a friend in need of a gown (bound to put you in the BFF category forever!) or a charity that would more

than accept your wedding gown so they can in turn sell it to raise proceeds for their cause. Your bridesmaids can get involved too! They can consider donating their gowns to The Princess

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Projects to help a young girl for her grad. Whatever you choose, there are many ways to go green with your gowns - and all of them are bound to make you feel good while you give back! ■


I DOs & PLEASE DON’T!s ...DO take the time out to enjoy special and fun memories with friends throughout the day. Make sure those special moments are photographed... It’s these photos you will treasure the most! PHOTO (top, right) by Feather and Bone Photography (www.lovefeatherandbone.com)

...DO personalize your wedding vows if that is an option for your ceremony. Write them to reflect your relationship and personality. That said, try not to embarrass guests with TMI! PHOTO (second from top, right) by Rhymes With Orange Photography (www.rwophotography.com)

Be sure to check out the ‘Live’ versions of ‘I DOs and PLEASE DON’Ts’ at any of the Bridal Exhibition shows on Vancouver Island! Find out more at w w w. b r i d a l e x h i b i t i o n . c a .

...DO practice your first dance together. Be sure you are on the same page (and in the same rhythm). This is not the time to have a surprise dip that ends up with you both on the floor! Hello, You Tube! ;) PHOTO (third from top, right) by Vivid Photography (♥) (www.vividphotography.ca)

...DON’T order online gowns that are illegal knock offs and lower quality. You need to know what your gown is going to look like. Online shopping is great for everyday items but this is your wedding gown. AND it’s a gown you are going to need fitted. Plus you don’t want the stress of wedding day dress disasters such as broken clasps, frayed or ripped seams, missing buttons or more.

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... DON’T forget to make sure the inside of your cake tastes as good as the outside looks! Your baker can help you choose through a tasting session....enjoy that!

PHOTO OF CAKE (BY TOFINO CAKE STUDIO): Marnie Recker Photography

(marnierecker.com)

...DON’T skip your hair and makeup trial. The last thing you want is to hate your look. That’s no way to remember your wedding day! PHOTO (bottom, right) by Feather and Bone Photography (www.lovefeatherandbone.com) GET LOCAL. PLAN FABULOUS! • 15


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TRENDS, IDEAS & FAVOURITE THINGS

brides will love

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♥ BLOOMS THAT REMEMBER Many times, couples wish they could share their day with loved ones who have passed away. Incorporating photos into the blooms or wrap of your bouquet is a sentimental way to honour cherished people and their memories and carry them close to your heart for the day.

♥ HANDMADE PURSES Want to really stylize your bridesmaids? These handmade purses can be custom ordered in your choice of style and fabric. Match them to the bridesmaids’ gowns for use on the wedding day or simply give as a gift in a style you know they’ll love. Created by Sugar & Candy Designs in Victoria.

♥ CUSTOM HANGERS We love that these very popular personalized hangers are created here by

PHOTO, ABOVE: rwophotography.com

PHOTO, ABOVE: angelarancherphotography.com

Victoria Custom Hangers. You can order the usual ‘bride’ or ‘bridesmaid’ in a variety of colors. If you are looking for the name of your bride and groom then Avenue Weddings can help you order that, too!

♥ BOW TIES & CUFFLINKS These are some pretty imaginative bow ties and we especially love the plaids and gingham. And the cufflinks are made of bamboo! These are some fun and useful gifts for the guys in your wedding party! Three of the items featured here (custom hangers, bow ties and handmade purses) can be found at Avenue Weddings, 754B Goldstream Avenue, Langford (www.avenueweddings.ca). ♥ 18 • The Wedding Ring Magazine { VANCOUVER ISLAND } | www.theweddingring.ca

PHOTO, ABOVE: rwophotography.com


RECAP: RACE FOR THE RING 2013 PHOTOS, Right: www.paperheartfilms.ca

The sun was shining and the excitement was high as contestants began to gather on October 6th at The Bay Centre (www.thebaycentre.ca) in Victoria for Race for the Ring 2013. Lots of effort was put into 'bridal wear' and Ann Louise Jewellers (♥) (www.annelouise.ca) was showing off the incredible ring that was going to be given away in just a few hours. This year’s challenges created by island wedding professionals were both fun and the useful, such as making mocktails, ringing church bells, lacing up dresses, identifying flowers and table details, tasting macaroons, chocolates and cupcakes (that was a messy/yummy one!) as well as tying a knot. And let's not forget throwing the bouquet and dancing up a storm in the Centre Court of The Bay Centre! On top of that, one of the couples was chosen to receive the free wedding at the Modern Bride Show on February 8th! Our winners were over the moon and great sports - even getting down on one knee! We look forward to next year with an even bigger Race. A special thank you to our sponsors Hudson’s Bay, Home for the Honeymoon, The Bay Centre, Modern Bride Show and Ann Louise Jewellers Check out this years challenge photos, great video by Paper Heart Films (www. paperheartfilms.ca) and wedding professionals at theweddingring.ca/vancouver-island/race for the ring...

WOULD YOU LIKE TO RACE FOR THE RING IN 2014?

Email vancouverisland@theweddingring.ca and we will send you your registration information!

VANCOUVER ISLAND WEDDING RING AWARDS

Submissions from all over the Island came in to the panel of judges which was made up of experts from New York, Ontario, Vancouver and Vancouver Island. The judges were tasked with finding and recognizing the best talents in each of twenty different categories. Guests were greeted at the venue by the sounds of Deborah Young on violin. Carpe Diem started off the evening in their sophisticated fashion and the Groove Diggers keept everyone dancing til late at night. Gala guests voted on their favourite bouquets which were brought in by some of the Islands best florists. To see recaps, photos, videos and future awards news, visit www.vancouverislandweddingringawards.ca and theweddingring.ca/vancouverislandawards). A big congratulations goes out to the incredibly talented wedding experts who took home awards this year...

WINNERS:

BEST WEDDING CAKE: Coastal Cake Company BEST WEDDING MAKE-UP: Erin Bradley, Makeup Artist & Stylist BEST WEDDING HAIR: Sharon Rai Hair and Makeup Artistry BEST WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY DUO: Stirling Images Photography BEST WEDDING GROUP PHOTO: Curtis Pelletier Photography (♥) BEST WEDDING OVERALL: Vivid Photography (♥) BEST WEDDING CANDID: Erin Wallis Photography BEST WEDDING DETAIL SHOT: Jennifer Jayde Photography BEST WEDDING PLANNER: West Coast Weddings and Events BEST WEDDING VENUE - INDOOR: Black Rock Oceanfront Resort (♥)

AWARDS SPONSORS:

Black Rock Oceanfront Resort (♥) Blue Lily Event Planning Bridal Exhibition Bridal Experts Enchanting Wedding Show Food for Thought

BEST WEDDING VENUE - OUTDOOR: Westin Bear Mountain Resort and Spa BEST WEDDING VIDEOGRAPHER: Dallas Dalziel Videography BEST WEDDING STATIONARY: Open-Invitations BEST WEDDING DÉCOR: Blue Lily Event Planning BEST WEDDING FLORIST: Chocolate Lily Floral Design BEST WEDDING ACCESSORY: Lynda Marie Couture Millenery BEST WEDDING BOUQUET - PEOPLE’S CHOICE: Chocolate Lily Floral Design BEST COLLABORATION/EDITORIAL: Tie between Gatsby at English Inn by Ophelia Photography/ma-luxe & Birds Eye View with Element Photography/Blue Lily Event Planning 2013 INDUSTRY EXCELLENCE AWARD: Four Frames Photo Booth Four Frames Photo Booth Heritage House Trophies and Awards Home for the Honeymoon Hudsons Bay (♥) Ma-luxe Modern Bride Open Invitations

Parkside Victoria Party Mood (♥) Pedersens Rentals Rogers Chocolates (♥) SW Audio & Visual Victoria Marriott (♥) Vivid Photography (♥)

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It was a year in the making - from idea to committee to reality - but on October 29th, 2013, the first annual Vancouver Island Wedding Ring Awards were held in full blown gala style at the Parkside Victoria (www. parksidevictoria.com). Anne Pollock, of Party Mood (♥) (www.partymood.com), took one look at the urban Parkside space and was off and running with a glitz and glam design palette that accentuated the space’s best features. In the spirit of cooperation, Victoria Marriott Catering (♥) (www.marriottvictoria.com) took on the all the edibles, alongside Food for Thought Catering (www.foodforthoughtcatering.net), who provided drink and a special appetizer moment.

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■ LOVE IS BEAUTIFUL IN BLOOM ■

VENUE, CAKE & DÉCOR: Inn at Laurel Point (www.laurelpoint.com) HAIR: Maffeo Salon & Day Spa (www.maffeosalon.ca) PHOTOGRAPHY: Vivid Photography (♥) (www.vividphotography.ca) FLORALS: Chocolate Lily Floral Design (www.chocolatelilyfloral.com) GOWN: The Bride’s Closet (♥) (www.thebridescloset.com) MAKE-UP: Erin Bradley Makeup Artist & Stylist (www.erinbradley.ca) MENSWEAR: Outlooks for Men (♥) (www.outlooksformen.com) 22 • THE WEDDING RING MAGAZINE { VANCOUVER ISLAND } | www.theweddingring.ca

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■ FLORA & FAUNA ■

VENUE: Sooke Harbour House (♥) (www.sookeharbourhouse.com) HAIR & MAKE-UP: Salon J Hair Studio (♥) (www.salonj.ca) PHOTOGRAPHY: Brawns Photography (www.brawns.ca) FLORALS: A Sea of Bloom Floral Designs (♥) (www.aseaofbloom.com) GOWN & ACCESSORIES: Victoria Bridal Boutique (♥) (www.victoriabridalboutique.com) DÉCOR AND STYLING: Cheri of With Love Wedding and Event Planning (www.withloveweddings.ca) DÉCOR ITEMS: EnVied Events (www.enviedevents.ca) STATIONARY: Cherish the Moment Invitation Designs by Natasha (www.cherishthemoment.ca) MENSWEAR: Outlooks for Men (♥) (www.outlooksformen.com) For more photos and design inspiration visit www.theweddingring.ca/vancouver-island

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MODERN VENUE: THe Butchart Gardens (♥) (butchartgardens.com) HAIR AND MAKE-UP: Marion Groot & Carly Flint ma-luxe (www.ma-luxe.pro) FLORAL DESIGN: Chocolate Lily Floral Design (www.chocolatelilyfloral.com) DESIGN & DÉCOR: Marion Groot for ma-luxe (www.ma-luxe.pro)

EDITORIAL IMAGES: Kim Kalyn Photography (www.kimkalynphotography.com) DRESS: Designed by Lazaro for JLM Couture (www.klienfelds.com) MEN’S ATTIRE: Outlooks for Men (♥) (www.outlooks.com) CAKE: Ooh La La Cupcakes (♥) (www.oohlalacupcakes.ca) GET LOCAL. PLAN FABULOUS! • 25


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DINNERWARE: Hudson’s Bay (♥) (www.thebay.com/registry) DÉCOR ITEMS: Chintz & Co (www.chintz.com) DESIGN AND DÉCOR: Marion Groot (www.ma-luxe.pro)

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CAROUSEL: The Butchart Gardens (♥) (www.butchartgardens.com) CHOCOLATES SUPPLIED BY: Roger’s Chocolates (♥) (www.rogerschocolates.com) 28 • THE WEDDING RING MAGAZINE { VANCOUVER ISLAND } | www.theweddingring.ca


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FLORALS: Chocolate Lily Floral Design (www.chocolatelilyflorals.com) CAKE: Ooh La La Cupcakes (♥) (www.oohlalacupcakes.ca)

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GLAMOROUS

Images, this page and next: VENUE: Inn at Laurel Point (www.laurelpoint.com) PHOTOGRAPHER: Vivid Photography (♥) (www.vividphotography.ca) FLORALS: Chocolate Lily Floral Design (www.chocolatelilyfloral.com) CAKE AND DÉCOR: Inn at Laurel Point (www.laurelpoint.com) GOWN & JEWELLERY: The Bride’s Closet (♥) (www.thebridescloset.com) HAIR: Maffeo Salon & Day Spa (www.maffeosalon.ca) MAKEUP: Erin Bradley, Makeup Artist & Stylist (www.erinbradley.ca) MENSWEAR: Outlooks for Men (♥) (www.outlooksformen.com) ACCESSORIES: Hudson’s Bay (♥) (www.thebay.com/registry) 34 • THE WEDDING RING MAGAZINE { VANCOUVER ISLAND } | www.theweddingring.ca


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REAL WEDDINGS

Stacey & Curtis JULY 27, 2013

WE OFTEN GET ASKED HOW DO you work together as husband and wife? Honestly? In our first year, Steve got a lot more gray hairs and Courtney got a little more attitude. As with any successful marriage, we learned each others’ strengths and weaknesses, and how to really compliment our very opposite personalities. On your wedding day, expect to see us working in tandum to make your photo experience like no other! FOUR SHORT YEARS AGO, WE SAID OUR vows at one of Vancouver Island’s most stunning venues: Pacific Shores Resort. When Stacey & Curtis invited us to capture their day at Pacific Shores, we were thrilled! Stacey, our bride to be loved all things that sparkled! From her dress & details, to the, reception tent - everything twinkled to make this her dream day! Our day started with getting ready photos. While Steve u Courtney worked photographed Curtis and his groomsman suiting up, with Stacey & her lovely ladies as they glamed up and Stacey was made an absolute vision in her gown, a one of a kind on Vancouver Island! Stacey & Curtis had their ceremony set on the lush lawn overlooking the ocean, the perfect blend of West Coast & Romance, it set the stage for a breathtaking ceremony. Following their heartwarming vows and starry-eyed walk out the aisle, we whisked the newleyweds off to the picturesque ocean setting of long sea grass and smooth sandstone at Pacific Shores. to make some photo magic! Their reception was filled with laughter, fantastic food, wild dancing and the fabulous sounds of DJ Stevie J. It was a wedding to remember, and we would love to be part of making yours one too!

DETAILS stacey’s gown Ladybelle Bridal, www.ladybellebridal.com make-up Phoenix Face Art Make-Up Artistry - Heather Gregory 250.739.3133 ceremony & reception location Pacific Shores Resort & Spa, www.pacific-shores.com cake Coastal Cake Company, www.coastalcakecompany.com dj & sound Steve Jackson, DJ St3vi3 J www.facebook.com/ST3VI3J photography Julien Photography, www.julienphotography.ca

WANT TO SEE MORE of Stacey & Curtis’s wedding? See more of their dream day, and many others at

www.julienphotography.ca/blog


special feature AT OAK BAY BEACH HOTEL 2013 marked the completion of Oak Bay Beach Hotel’s extensive renovations. Being one of brides’ favourite island venues for 2014, The Ring is featuring this gorgeous wedding location, from end to end, online at www.theweddingring.ca/vancouver-island-weddings/

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MODERN

PHOTOGRAPHY: Laura Baldwinson Photography (www.laurabalwinsonphoto.com) MAKE-UP: Carly Flint for ma-luxe HAIR: Marion Groot for ma-luxe www.ma-luxe.pro 40 • THE WEDDING RING MAGAZINE { VANCOUVER ISLAND } | www.theweddingring.ca


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BRIDAL SHOW SURVIVAL TIPS! 1. PRINT PERSONALIZED LABELS Shows are home to some of the best giveaways of the year. You have the chance to win items such as honeymoon getaways and huge online shopping sprees. Save yourself from hand cramps by printing labels at home. When you circulate through the various booths at the show, just stick your labels onto the many ballots you’d otherwise have to fill out by hand! On your labels, include... • bride’s name • groom’s name • wedding date • address & phone number • email address

2. PREPARE TO CARRY ON Be sure to bring a bag with a comfortable shoulder strap, a backpack, or better yet, a bridal party (or the groom!) to help carry things. You’ll be given countless brochures, gifts and magazines and you don’t want to be left juggling them for hours.


BRIDAL SHOW

Full list of bridal shows (updated year round!) can be found at The Wedding Ring Vancouver Island at www.theweddingring.ca/vancouver-island-weddings ♥ COURTENAY/COMOX BRIDAL EXHIBITION January 12th, 2014 Florence Filberg Centre, Courtenay 11:00am to 3:00pm www.bridalexhibition.ca

MODERN BRIDE SHOW February 8th, 2014 The Bay Centre, Victoria Free Admission 10:00am to 6:00pm www.jlasociety.com

VICTORIA BRIDAL EXHIBITION ♥ January 19th, 2014 Pearkes Recreation Centre, Victoria 10:00am to 4:00pm www.bridalexhibition.ca

THE WESTSHORE WEDDING SHOW February 23rd, 2014 Eagle Ridge Community Centre 1089 Langford Parkway, Victoria 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. www.westshoreweddingshow.com

THE WEDDING RING'S SPRING/SUMMER ISSUE RELEASE! ♥ NANAIMO BRIDAL EXHIBITION February 9th, 2014 Beban Park Social Centre, Nanaimo 11:00am to 4:00pm www.bridalexhibition.ca

OLD HOUSE VILLAGE HOTEL AND SPA 5TH ANNUAL WEDDING SHOW March 9th, 2014 Old House Village Hotel and Spa, Courtenay 2:00pm to 6:00pm www.oldhousevillage.com/weddingshow

THE ENCHANTING WEDDING SHOW February 1st, 2014 Bear Mountain Arena, Victoria 10:00am to 4:00pm www.theenchantingweddingshow.ca

VICTORIA BRIDAL EXHIBITION ♥ September 14th, 2014 Pearkes Recreation Centre, Victoria, 10:00am to 4:00pm www.bridalexhibition.ca

THE WEDDING RING FALL/WINTER ISSUE RELEASE! ♥ NANAIMO BRIDAL EXHIBITION September 21st, 2014 Beban Park Social Centre, Nanaimo 11:00am to 4:00pm www.bridalexhibition.ca COURTENAY/COMOX BRIDAL EXHIBITION October 5, 2014 Florence Filberg Centre, Courtenay 11:00am to 3:00pm www.bridalexhibition.ca RACE FOR THE RING! ♥ October 2014 Downtown Bay Centre, Victoria www.theweddingring.ca/victoria-race-for-the-ring ** Show times and details are subject to change. Please check applicable websites for updates prior to the show.


ADVERTISING FEATURE

Wedding Worthy Venues is a feature of The Wedding Ring Vancouver Island Magazine that’s designed to give you an at-a-glance look at some of the amazing wedding locations found across Vancouver Island. Browse the profiles here for basics such as capacity and bar options. Want more? Find everything from colour schemes and wedding menus to package prices, all by checking out reception hall reviews at www.theweddingring.ca/vancouver-island-wedding.

Photo courtesy of www.etchedproductions.ca

Photo courtesy of The Union Club of British Columbia

Photo courtesy of Delta Victoria Ocean Point Resort

IN PARKSVILLE

IN VICTORIA

IN VICTORIA

www.beachclubbc.com | billielb@bellstar.ca

www.unionclub.com | catering@unionclub.com

Their experienced sales and catering team will work with you to plan all aspects of your wedding ceremony and reception, your personalized catering menu and any special touches that will help make your wedding memorable. All guest rooms offer private balconies and spectacular panoramic ocean, mountain, and city views with thoughtful amenities throughout for a superior accommodation experience. The Beach Club Resort pride itself on bringing the vision of your perfect wedding to reality, so join them for your big day!

The Union Club of British Columbia has built, and continues to build, an excellent reputation for exclusive weddings and wedding receptions. The Union Club has been fortunate in hosting some fantastic weddings, with guest lists from 20 up to 200 people. The Club offers an ambiance that cannot be beaten and wedding guests get a taste of Union Club service for the day. Adorned with high ceilings, great chandeliers and classical period furnishings, the Union Club offers elegant 1900’s Renaissance-style supported by one of the finest food and beverage services in the city and a tradition of exquisite culinary distinction. If you envision your wedding day unfolding amidst the backdrop of a grand English manor, then the Union Club is the perfect location for your special day.

THE BEACH CLUB RESORT (♥)

Read full review at www.theweddingring.ca/vancouver-island-weddings 1-250-947-2101 | UP TO 200 GUESTS | INHOUSE CATERING | FULL-SERVICE BAR | GUEST ACCOMODATIONS

THE UNION CLUB OF BRITISH COLUMBIA

1-250-384-1151 ext 305 | UP TO 200 GUESTS | ONSITE CATERING | GUEST ACCOMODATIONS

DELTA VICTORIA OCEAN POINT RESORT & SPA (♥)

www.deltahotels.com/Hotels/Delta-Victoria-OceanPointe-Resort-Spa vic.conferenceservices@deltahotels.com Situated on Victoria’s breathtaking Inner Harbour, the newly renovated Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort and Spa is just steps from downtown shopping, restaurants and attractions. This beautiful hotel offers a modern waterfront setting for unsurpassed guest service, exceptional dining, and full resort amenities, including an award-winning Spa. Their expert wedding planners will assist you every step of the way whether for your wedding, rehearsal dinner or shower. The fabulous location directly on Victoria’s waterfront cannot be compared and will leave you & your guests with lasting memories for years into the future.

Read review at www.theweddingring.ca/vancouver-island-weddings 1-888-890-3222 | UP TO 300 GUESTS | ON-SITE CATERING | FULL-SERVICE BAR | GUEST ACCOMODATIONS

Photo, left, courtesy of www.deannamccollum.com

MERRIDALE CIDERWORKS (♥) IN COBBLE HILL

www.merridalecider.com | info@merridalcider.com

The natural ambiance of Merridale Ciderworks is an incredible venue to say “I do”. The quiet rural setting of the orchard and fields, alongside the water’s edge of their pond is perfect for those couples looking for a Vancouver Island wedding venue. Unique features include a luxurious honeymoon retreat for the bridal couple, a Cider House reception overlooking the orchard and spa facilities.

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LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION... Whether you host your wedding day on Vancouver Island or in the surrounding area - whether it be in an ancient castle,

Photo courtesy of www.curtispelletier.com

OAK BAY BEACH HOTEL

IN VICTORIA

Photo courtesy of Black Rock Resort

BLACK ROCK OCEANFRONT RESORT (♥)

a beach beneath the stars, or

www.merridalecider.com info@merridalcider.com

IN UCLUELET

an apple orchard - is a decision

Elegant seaside accommodations, unique event

Designed with a deep respect for the land and sea, Black Rock’s innovative architecture – of rock, water, glass, steel, and wood – enhances and contrasts the Wild Pacific landscape. A relaxing, stimulating, and creative atmosphere for celebrating and connecting. With its awe-inspiring setting, oceanfront spaces, innovative catering and high-tech services, it’s a spectacular destination for brainstorming or celebrating life’s essential moments.

guaranteed to play an integral

spaces and a dedicated staff make the Oak Bay Beach Hotel the premier destination for your West Coast

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www.blackrockresort.com info@blackrockresort.com

250-598-4556 | 1-800-668-7758 | UP TO 150 GUESTS

Read review at theweddingring.ca/vancouver-island-weddings 1-877-762-5011 | 4,200 SQUARE FEET | UP TO 140 GUESTS

Photo courtesy of Four Points Sheraton Gateway

Photo courtesy of The Oswego Hotel

Photo courtesy of Vancouver Island Conference Centre

www.fourpointsvictoriagateway.com fom@fourpointsvictoriagateway.com

IN VICTORIA www.oswegovictoria.com vpennington@oswegovictoria.com

IN NANAIMO

that’s truly perfect for you.

FOUR POINTS SHERATON GATEWAY IN VICTORIA

THE OSWEGO HOTEL

VANCOUVER ISLAND CONFERENCE CENTRE

www.viconference.com administration@viconference.com

When you choose the West Shore Ballroom, the largest ballroom in the city with natural light, for your wedding, you are engaging the services of professionals dedicated to creating incredible memories. Weddings are a delightful time with family and friends, yet one of the most important days of a couple’s life. “Our Wedding & Event staff will meticulously consider every detail to ensure success of your event allowing you the freedom to relax and enjoy your guests. We would be pleased to custom design a distinctive menu and environment to complement your personal taste, style and vision.”

Forget the ballroom bore, and opt for the boutique experience. With The Oswego Hotel you can celebrate with family and friends at the O Bistro and Lounge in a chic cosmopolitan setting. When asked about their approach to weddings, the team at Oswego explains, “It is one of the most wonderful events of your life, and a reception at the stylish, modern Oswego Hotel will create unforgettable memories for you and your family and friends.”

The team at Vancouver Island Conference Centre paint a picture of what you can expect; “Steal a kiss under hand-blown glass pendant lighting... sit down to West Coast cuisine at an exquisitely appointed table... waltz across the floor of the grand ballroom... The Vancouver Island Conference Centres’ professional planners can make it work on any budget.”

250-474-6063 | UP TO 350 GUESTS | FULL BAR SERVICE | ON-SITE CATERING

250-294-7511 | FULL-BAR SERVICE | ON-SITE CATERING | WEDDINGS FROM 4 to 90 GUESTS

250-244-4050 | UP TO 1200 GUESTS | FULL BAR SERVICE | EXCLUSIVE ON-SITE CATERING

The Vancouver Island Conference Centre offers magical ceremony, dinner and reception settings for every picture-perfect moment on your wedding day.

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Photo courtesy of Villa Marco Polo Inn

Photo courtesy of www.curtispelletier.com

Photo courtesy of www.erinwallis.com

IN VICTORIA www.villamarcopolo.com enquire@villamarcopolo.com

IN VICTORIA

IN CAMPBELL RIVER

www.parksidevictoria.com events@parksidevictoria.com

www.shelterpointdistillery.com info@shelterpointdistillery.com

A romantic, elegant backdrop for wedding proposals, Victoria weddings, vow renewals and for rediscovering the magic that brought you together.

Parkside Victoria Resort & Spa is a boutique wedding and special events venue located across from historic St. Ann’s Academy.

One of Vancouver Island’s most prized wedding venues offers you two beautiful outdoor ceremony sites and an indoor space for up to 80 people for sit down dinner, all set amid the unique backdrop of stunning copper pot stills and Whisky distilling equipment.

VILLA MARCO POLO INN (♥)

The Villa Marco Polo Inn can accommodate a range of styles and fashions in weddings: from an intimate elopement to an elegant cocktail reception, a casual or elaborate buffet, or a formal sit-down dinner. Read review at theweddingring.ca/vancouver-island-weddings 250-370-1524 | ELEGANT COCKTAIL RECEPTIONS | CASUAL OR ELABORATE BUFFETS | FORMAL SIT-DOWN DINNERS | INTIMATE ELOPEMENTS

Photo courtesy of www.greghoward.ca

THE GRAND HOTEL NANAIMO

www.thegrandhotelnanaimo.ca info@thegrandhotelnanaimo.ca

A wedding is the celebration of a lifetime and we want yours to be like no other. The Grand Hotel’s attentive service, expert support and memorable cuisine will make every sparkling moment even brighter. The Grand Hotel enjoys an enviable location on the doorstep of a dramatic rock garden oasis and reflects the charm of timeless European décor within a distinctly West Coast environment. Featuring elegant locations for wedding ceremonies, sophisticated reception areas, creative catering and dedicated, personalised service for a seamless event and memories that last a lifetime. 250-758-3000 | 1-877-41-GRAND | UP TO 300 GUESTS | ON-SITE CATERING

PARKSIDE VICTORIA

Their team of experienced professionals will customize Parkside’s uniquely designed ceremony and reception spaces to reflect the wedding of your dreams, anniversary celebration, and any other momentous occasion that calls for a beautiful atmosphere and reliable service.

SHELTER POINT DISTILLERY

Larger parties can also be accommodated utilizing outdoor spaces in the summer months.

250-590-1740 ext. 8186 | SPA FACILITIES | INTIMATE WEDDINGS | UP TO 100 GUESTS

778-426-2220 | OUTDOOR CEREMONY INDOOR RECEPTION | UP TO 80 FOR SIT DOWN DINNER

Photo courtesy: Best Western Premier Prestige Oceanfront Resort

Photo courtesy of Craigdarroch Castle

THE BEST WESTERN® PREMIER CRAIGDARROCH CASTLE IN VICTORIA PRESTIGE OCEANFRONT www.thecastle.ca RESORT (♥) IN SOOKE info@thecastle.ca

www.prestigehotelsandresorts.com sooke@prestigehotels.ca

The ideal haven to celebrate, meet, connect, inspire or retreat in the Greater Victoria area. Located in the seaside community of Sooke on the southwestern tip of Vancouver Island, this world-class resort is the perfect choice for conferences, events and weddings. The Grand Ballroom, three salons, executive boardrooms, waterfront pavilion and outdoor courtyard terraces provide flexibility in accommodating all functions and banquets. Expert event planners, a spectactular catering department, and space for groups of any size. Read review at theweddingring.ca/vancouver-island-weddings 250-642-0805 | INDOOR & OUTDOOR OPTIONS | UP TO 900 GUESTS | ON-SITE CATERING, SPA & DINING OPTIONS

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When you rent Craigdarroch Castle, the entire castle belongs to your wedding. Guests arrive through the Porte-Cochere entrance and enter the Main Hall, immediately encountering the magnificent sweeping open oak staircase rising four floors to the Dance Hall. Lavish Victorian era furnishings, exquisite stained glass and detailed woodwork carved by artisans of days gone by. An ideal location to host an elegant cocktail reception or wedding. 250-592-5323 ext.22 | INDOOR & OUTDOOR OPTIONS | UP TO 150 GUESTS


Photo courtesy of Butchart Gardens

BUTCHART GARDENS (♥)

IN VICTORIA

www.butchartgardens.com weddings@butchartgardens.com The Spring Prelude indoor garden is a colourful and delightfully scented indoor garden perfect for intimate wedding ceremonies and a champagne reception. Let the festivities continue with an elegant, charming dinner. Read review at theweddingring.ca/vancouver-island-weddings 250-652-4422 | 1-866-652-4422 | UP TO 60 GUESTS | ON-SITE CATERING

Photo courtesy of The Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort & Spa

THE WESTIN BEAR MOUNTAIN GOLF RESORT & SPA IN VICTORIA

www.bearmountain.ca | info@bearmountain.ca

The Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort & Spa provides the perfect setting for your wedding day with breathtaking views. Choose from four different venues that provide intimate privacy to the large ballroom. Executive chefs will design your menu with you. You will enjoy the secluded luxury of a rural mountainside resort just minutes from downtown Victoria with a premium level of style, sophistication and elegance that will please the most discriminating of tastes.

Photo courtesy of Best Western® Barclay Hotel

BEST WESTERN® PLUS BARCLAY HOTEL

IN PORT ALBERNI

www.bestwesternbarclay.com marketing@bestwesternbarclay.com Best Western® PLUS Barclay Hotel is the largest full facility hotel in Port Alberni. 4500 sq ft of contemporary banquet space makes it a perfect setting for the most intimate gathering or a notable wedding of up to 160 guests. Their first rate catering services will delight your taste buds, from appetizer, to the dessert table. Choose from one of their many offered menus.

250-391-7160 | 1-888-533-2327 | FROM 20-300 GUESTS | ON-SITE CATERING | SPA FACILITIES | GUEST ACCOMODATIONS

250-724-7171 | UP TO 160 GUESTS PERSONALIZED MENUS AVAILABLE

Photo courtesy of www.orangefrogstudio.com

Photo courtesy of www.erinwallis.com

Photo courtesy of Poet’s Cove Resort & Spa

IN INNER HARBOUR

ON QUADRA ISLAND, BC

IN BEDWELL HARBOUR ON PENDER ISLAND

MARRIOTT VICTORIA (♥)

www.marriottvictoria.com sales@victoriamarriott.com Making your wedding dreams come true and your planning a joy. The Marriott team is excited about every element – from the way the tables are set, to the moment you enter the room as bride and groom. Working closely with their wedding and event planners, you’ll choose from several customized wedding packages and services, which will make your planning easier and satisfy your every wish. From the rehearsal dinner to final farewell, Marriott wedding planning creates picture-perfect events. Read review at theweddingring.ca/vancouver-island-weddings 250-480-3836 | 877-515-2148 | PACIFIC BALLROOM | TERRACE ROOMS | PATIO | UP TO 200 GUESTS | ON-SITE CATERING | GUEST ACCOMODATIONS

APRIL POINT RESORT

www.aprilpoint.com | www.obmg.com

& PAINTER’S LODGE

IN CAMPBELL RIVER, BC www.painterslodge.com | www.obmg.com Celebrate by the ocean and under the trees at April Point Resort & Spa on Quadra Island and Painter’s Lodge in Campbell River. Both resorts offer full-service wedding packages—including accommodation, catering, setup, activities and an on-site coordinator—so you can simply relax and enjoy your special day. Have your wedding by the sea in the heart of Vancouver Island’s pristine coastline! 1-800-663-7090 | UP TO 60 GUESTS | ON-SITE CATERING | GUEST ACCOMODATIONS

POETS COVE RESORT & SPA

www.poetscove.com | events@poetscove.com The ideal West Coast wedding venue for your ceremony, reception, elopement, honeymoon or special event. Tucked away in Bedwell Harbour on Pender Island, British Columbia, Poets Cove offers a variety of experiences set in the midst of incredible natural beauty. Whether you want a sophisticated affair in the Seaglass Ballroom, or a small intimate ceremony at a cottage overlooking the sea, Poets Cove can cater to your needs. 1-888-512-POET (7638) | 250-629-2100 | UP TO 120 GUESTS | SPA | ON-SITE CATERING AND DINING OPTIONS GET LOCAL. PLAN FABULOUS! • 47


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Photo courtesy of Hotel Grand Pacific

IN COURTENAY

IN VICTORIA

CROWN ISLE

www.crownisle.com | info@crownisle.com The Villas at Crown Isle offer the bridal party and wedding guests a luxurious refuge as well as the unique, 18-hole award winning championship golf course made available for your wedding party and visiting guests.

HOTEL GRAND PACIFIC

www.hotelgrandpacific.com weddings@hotelgrandpacific.com

Photo courtesy of Kingfisher Oceanside Resort & Spa

KINGFISHER OCEANSIDE RESORT & SPA (♥)

IN COURTENAY

www.kingfisherspa.com sales@kingfisherspa.com

Your wedding at Crown Isle, with all its joyous excitement, is guaranteed to be an event with a distinctive style and warm memories to last a lifetime.

When it comes to hosting the perfect wedding, Hotel Grand Pacific takes the cake! This venue can accommodate all your wedding needs. From their beautiful setting on Victoria’s Inner Harbour to their wedding services, you and your guests will be happy, ever after. A full service spa accommodates bridal parties and preparations. The hotel athletic club is the top in the city, including a 25-metre pool plus sauna, hot tub, cardio facilities and yoga classes. The hotel offers exceptional food services, led by Executive Chef Rick Choy. A variety of reception spaces can be configured and decorated for weddings of all sizes. Bring your ideas and they will make it happen.

250-703-5033 | 1 -888-338-8439 | UP TO 200 GUESTS | ON-SITE CATERING

250-386-0450 | 1-800-663-7550 | UP TO 180 GUESTS | FULL BAR SERVICE | ON-SITE CATERING

Read review at theweddingring.ca/vancouver-island-weddings 1-800-663-7929 | UP TO 110 GUESTS | BEACHFRONT WEDDINGS

Photo courtesy of Sooke Harbour House

Photo courtesy of www.nicholetaylorphotography.com

Photo courtesy of Inn at Laurel Point

IN VICTORIA

IN VICTORIA

www.stannsacademy.com

www.laurelpoint.com

stanns.academy@gov.bc.ca

guestservices@laurelpoint.com

The resort is the ultimate location to host your wedding reception and their expert catering staff can tailor a menu suited to your day.

SOOKE HARBOUR HOUSE (♥) ST. ANN’S ACADEMY

IN SOOKE

www.sookeharbourhouse.com functions@sookeharbourhouse.com Award-winning Sooke Harbour House is known as one of Canada’s most spectacular wedding venues. Located on Whiffen Spit Beach in Sooke, BC, this boutique hotel offers reception spaces, restaurant, spa and twenty eight luxury guest rooms. Sooke Harbour House not only offers luxury guest accomodations, it also offers some of West Coast’s finest cuisine. Let the water be your “something blue” at your oceanside wedding. Read review at theweddingring.ca/vancouver-island-weddings 1-800-889-9688 | FULL BAR SERVICE | ON-SITE CATERING

St. Ann’s Academy is the perfect historical setting for your wedding day. Exchange your vows in an interfaith 1858 Chapel, the lovely Novitiate Garden, or the rustic Orchard. The surrounding park can play host to the ultimate tent reception or photography session.

The Kingfisher Oceanside Resort & Spa’s vow to you: incredible scenery, exquisite catering, attentive service and gorgeous beachfront accommodations. Memories, experiences and photos you will always treasure. A stunning wedding destination on Eastern Vancouver Island.

INN AT LAUREL POINT

They’ll take the work and worry out of your wedding. Imagine your customized ceremony on their spectacular tented waterfront patio. Their exquisite Japanese Gardens will be the exclusive backdrop of your photos. You and your guests will enjoy elegant cocktails before heading into their stunning Terrace Ballroom and adjacent Spirit Room for a memorable reception. Your destination for affairs, from elopements to gala wedding events.

250-953-8829 | UP TO 150 GUESTS | TWO INDOOR & THREE OUTDOOR VENUES

1-250-414-6731 | 1-800-663-7667 | UP TO 200

AVAILABLE

GUESTS | ON-SITE CATERING

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The Wedding Ring VANCOUVER ISLAND Spring Summer 2014