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VANCOUVER ISLAND | SPRING/SUMMER 2017 Vol 6 No 1

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Inside this issue... reality wedding stories

PHOTO, ABOVE: chelseadawn.ca | PHOTO, BELOW: fragmentoflight.com

AN OLYMPIC VIEW WEDDING DAY p8 SWEET LOVE AT SEA CIDER p9 BEAUTY AT BLACK ROCK p12 DESTINATION HATLEY CASTLE p13

design palettes, fashion & design inspiration HIGH FASHION IN CHIC RUINS p17 BOHO-INSPIRED IN THE FALL p18 WEST COAST INSPIRED LOVE STORY p19 WEST COAST ELEGANCE AT PARKSIDE p22 SEASIDE BEAUTY p23 INTIMATE AT WICKANINNISH INN p26 FRESH, VIBRANT & FULL OF LOVE p27

p9

LOVE LETTERS p30 & 31 VINTAGE ELEGANCE p34

PHOTO, BELOW: kimkalynphotography.com

CIDERHOUSE ROMANCE p35

expert tips BEAUTY INDUSTRY TIPS & TRICKS p38 RECIPE BOX: PRINCESS WHITE WEDDING CAKE p39 FAVOURITE THINGS AT WEDSY.CA p40&41 VANCOUVER ISLAND’S WEDDING WORTHY VENUES p44 to 46

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MAGAZINE | WEBSITE | EXPO | COMMUNITY

SPRING/SUMMER 2017 PUBLISHED BY Wedding Ring Inc. 912 Foxbrook Crt., Kitchener ON, N2P 2W1 519.568.8007 | 1.877.203.3338 | brides@theweddingring.ca The Wedding Ring Magazine [Vancouver Island Edition] is published two times, yearly: January and September. This is The Wedding Ring’s 11th Vancouver Island Edition of the magazine. www.theweddingring.ca/magazine

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COVER PHOTO PHOTOGRAPHY & MAKEUP: Chelsea Dawn Photography & Makeup Artistry (chelseadawn.ca) HAIR: Kylie Solverson @ Hey Beautiful (heybeautiful.ca) DÉCOR & STYLING: Darling Vintage Events & Styling (darlingvintage.ca) JEWELRY: Bekah Anne (bekah-anne.com) WEDDING DRESS: White Bridal Boutique (whitebridalboutique.com) STATIONERY: Tuktu Paper Co SWEET TREATS: Coastal Cake Company (coastalcake.com)

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The statements, opinions and points of view expressed do not necessarily represent those of the publisher, advertisers or Wedding Ring Inc. Photographs are submitted to Wedding Ring Inc. by vendors for the purpose of publishing online and/or in print and are used with permission. © 2017 Wedding Ring Inc. Contents copyrighted. All rights reserved. Reproduction of any article, photograph or artwork without written permission from Wedding Ring Inc. is strictly prohibited. Printed in Canada. ISSN 1920-499X 4 • The Wedding Ring Magazine { VANCOUVER ISLAND } vancouverisland.theweddingring.ca

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reality wedding stories Vancouver Island is home to some of Canada’s most gorgeous weddings, likely because some of the wedding industry’s most sought-after leaders reside in this paradise on the Canada’s West Coast... Here are a few of our favourite local wedding stories. vancouverisland.theweddingring.ca #getlocal #planfabulous

PHOTOGRAPHY: Sarah Stein of Fragment of Light (fragmentoflight.com) FULL STORY: Page 9

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AN OLYMPIC VIEW WEDDING DAY BRIDE & GROOM: Selena Jensen & Lance Conarroe WEDDING DATE: July 2nd, 2016 VENUE: Olympic View Golf Club (facebook.com/olympicviewgolf)

“We loved Olympic View’s attention to detail, service, and delicious food - They do not disappoint.” - S&L PHOTOGRAPHY: Lara Eichhorn Photography with Gwen Ewart (laraeichhorn.com)

DÉCOR & FLORALS: Charming Decor (charmingdecor.ca)

“Our overall black and ivory theme was simple yet classic and elegant with a bit of glamour thrown in. Inspired by Van Gogh’s ‘Café Terrace at Night’ painting, French café”-S&L GOWN: Shades of White Bridal (shadesofwhite.com) MENSWEAR: Moores Clothing for Men (mooresclothing.com)

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DJ: All Night Long DJ Service (allnightlongdj.net) CAKE: Schur to Please Wedding Cakes (facebook.com/Schur2Please) MAKE-UP ARTISTRY: Sonia’s Artistry (soniasartistry.com) HAIR DESIGN: Atmosphaire Studio (atmosphaire.com)


“This intimate wedding took place on a perfect fall day at Sea Cider Farm and Ciderhouse. The couple wanted a simple ‘kinfolk’-inspired wedding, everything focused on what was most meaningful to them; close friends & family, a beautiful venue, and locally sourced food.” - Sarah Stein

SWEET LOVE AT SEA CIDER PHOTOGRAPHY: Sarah Stein of Fragment of Light (fragmentoflight.com) BRIDE & GROOM: Susan & Colin WEDDING DATE: October 17th, 2015 VENUE: Sea Cider Farm and Ciderhouse (seacider.ca), Saanichton WEDDING COLOURS: Blush, cream, deep plum

CATERING: Juma (jumavictoria.com) CAKE: Ruth & Dean (ruthanddean.com) FLORALS: Verbena Floral Design (verbenafloraldesign.ca) “The florals were the perfect mix of summer transitioning into fall.” JEWELERY: Violette (violetteboutique.com) GROOMS ATTIRE: Outlooks for Men (outlooksformen.com)

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Your wedding is one of the most important days of your life and we are here to turn your vision into reality. Your wedding should be filled with your personal style and expression! It should be the wedding of your dreams and create wonderful lasting memories for you and your guests. We are passionate about incorporating fresh and creative ideas to make your wedding amazing, and uniquely yours. Our extensive knowledge and resources allow us to ensure your special day will be nothing short of spectacular! Planning a wedding can be a stressful process. We would love to take that stress away for you! We will accommodate you and your budget. You get to create your own package of the services you require. We are able to decorate your wedding as well by setting up any decor. This is a great way to eliminate stress on your special day!

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BEAUTY AT BLACK ROCK PHOTOGRAPHY: Bracey Photography (braceyphotography.com) VENUE: Black Rock Oceanfront Resort (blackrockresort.com) BRIDE & GROOM: Christina & Michael Ho Evan

WEDDING DATE: October 21st 2016 FLORAL DESIGN: Compass Wedding Cafe (compassweddingcafe.com) HAIR & MAKE-UP: Salty Dolls Hair (saltydollshairsalon.com)

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“Christina and Michael were married at the stunning Black Rock Oceanfront Resort. It was a rainy October day so the bride and groom exchanged their vows in the warmth of Black Rock’s grotto-like wine cellar overlooking the rugged West Coast. Amazingly, the rain relented and offered up some spectacular lighting and dynamic skies. It really highlighted the beauty of the area. We strolled to some of my favourite spots around the resort for photos and took full advantage of the weather window. When we returned back to the resort awaiting Christina and Evan was beautiful meal, all of their lovely guests and a truly memorable evening.” - Karley at Bracey Photography


“I had stumbled across Hatley Castle online. I was instantly intrigued... I went on a tour with my two daughters and it was love at first sight.” - Malla

DESTINATION HATLEY CASTLE BRIDE & GROOM: Malla & Cory VENUE: Hatley Castle at Royal Roads University (hatleypark.ca) CATERING: Truffles Catering (trufflescatering.net) PHOTOGRAPHY: Kim Kalyn Photography (kimkalynphotography.com) CELEBRANT: Barbara Densmore (barbaradensmore.ca) COORDINATOR: Rock Paper Square (rockpapersquare.com)

VIDEOGRAPHY: Fetching Image Photography (fetchingimage.com) FLOWERS: By Lacey Janette (bylaceyjanette.com) CAKE: White Pineapple (whitepineapple.co) DRESS: Zac Posen (zacposen.com) STYLIST: Carrie Brody HAIR: Nina Magnowski MAKEUP: Katrina L. Chapman HENNA ART: Emily’s Mehndi’s Henna (facebook.com/Emilyshenna)

DÉCOR: Trend Décor (trenddecorevents.com), Bash Specialty Rentals (bashspecialty.com), Scene About Town (scene-about-town.com) & Charming Décor (charmingdecor.ca) MUSIC DUO: Kathy, Ten Strings and a Bow DJ: Chris Poynter TEA LEAF READING: Tea Leaf Readings with Manda FULL WEDDING STORY: vancouverisland.theweddingring.ca


Breathtaking views. Amazing waterfront venue. Lasting memories...forever starts at Delta Hotels by Marriott™ Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort. Let us show you what perfect means. 100 Harbour Road | Victoria, BC V9A 0G1 250-360-5900 Marriott.com/YYJVO


design palettes

The following pages are filled with design palettes from real local weddings as well as fashion photo editorials that are the result of the collaboration of Vancouver Island’s most talented wedding industry leaders. PHOTO: Summer Rayne Photo (summerraynephoto.com) FULL FEATURE: Page 18

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HIGH FASHION IN CHIC RUINS PHOTOGRAPHER: Myrtle & Moss Photography (myrtleandmossphotography.com) VENUE: Stone Butter Church, Duncan DRESSES: Lis Simon available at Très Chic Bridal Boutique (treschicbridal.com)

JEWELRY: Pachulah (pachulah.com) STATIONERY: Tickle Tree Studio (tickletreestudio.com) HAIR & MAKEUP: Sanari Designs (facebook.com/sanaridesigns) & Erin Bradley (erinbradley.ca)

DÉCOR & STYLING: Details Special Event Planning & Decor (detailsbc.com) CAKE: Schur to Please Wedding Cakes (facebook.com/Schur2Please) FLORALS: Plantinum Floral Deaign (platinumfloraldesigns. com)

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BOHO-INSPIRED IN THE FALL PHOTOGRAPHY:

FLORAL & SET DESIGNER:

ATTIRE STYLING:

Summer Rayne Photo

Powell Floral Design

Friends & Neighbors Collective

(summerraynephoto.com)

(powellfloraldesign.com)

(friendsandneighborscollective.com)

VENUE: Anderson Hill Park

MODELS:

DRESSES:

(bit.ly/AndersonHillPark)

Kira Alysa Stevens & Kristy Ann

Bernstein & Gold (bernsteinandgold.com)

HAIR & MAKE-UP: Heartwood & Co. (heartwoodandco.com) FURNITURE & DÉCOR: Bash Specialty Rentals (bashspecialty.com) CAKE: White Pineapple (whitepineapple.co) PILLOWS: 18 • The Wedding Ring Magazine { VANCOUVER ISLAND } vancouverisland.theweddingring.ca

Drift and Nest (driftandnest.com)


Satwant had proposed to Frances in 2014 at the Black Rock Oceanfront Resort and they instantly knew this was where they wanted to exchange vows.

Suzanne, Wedding Coordinator at West Coast Weddings and Events, explains, “This lovely couple from Vancouver wanted to celebrate both of their ethnic cultures with families and friends, yet also have a romantic, magical wedding that told their love story. It was very important to showcase the West Coast and their connection to it. Frances and Satty’s love of the outdoors, great cuisine, music and zest for life would shine through the day.” West Coast Weddings and Events has planned hundreds of Tofino & Ucluelet weddings since 2006. Suzanne recommends as many local services as possible who she believes will fit the vision (and especially the budget) of the bride and groom.

WEST COAST INSPIRED LOVE STORY WEDDING COORDINATOR: West Coast Weddings and Events (westcoastweddingsandevents.com) PHOTOGRAPHY: Douglas and Ocean Photography House (douglasludwigphotography.com) BRIDE & GROOM: Frances & Satwant CEREMONY LOCATION: Black Rock Oceanfront Resort (blackrockresort.com)

RECEPTION LOCATION:

The Shore (theshoretofino.com) FLORALS: Crabapple Floral (crabapplefloral.com) DJ: Ukee Rocks (ukeerocks.com) HAIR DESIGN: Mona Leung at Markus J Hair & Well-Being (markusjhair.com)

MAKE-UP: Alecia Repp at Fearless Makeup (instagram.com/fearlessmakeup) DÉCOR RENTALS: Always Invited (alwaysinvited.org) Smashing Glasses (smashingglasses.ca) LIGHTING: Tofino Light and Sound Company (tofinosound.com) CATERING: RedCan Gourmet (redcangourmet.com)


WEST COAST ELEGANCE AT PARKSIDE BRIDE & GROOM: Tessa Guenther & Bradley Eidsness WEDDING DATE: August 6th, 2016 LOCATION: The Parkside Hotel & Spa (parksidevictoria.com). Parkside’s Rooftop Gardens area was the perfect location for Tessa and Bradley’s wedding ceremony. The reception followed in Parkside’s gorgeous Urban Ballroom. THEME: Westcoast elegance with white, gold, champagne and navy accents. Décor was inspired by the West Coast with oyster shell escort card holders and wooden chargers.

“We both spent some university years in Victoria so the coast is special to us.”-T&B PHOTOGRAPHY: Erin Wallis Photography (erinwallis.com) “Our favourite part of our photos is that she captured such a wide range, from the sweeping cliff-top ocean backdrops to intimate family moments and everything in between.” - T FLORAL DESIGN: FLEURtacious by Lynda Marie (fleurtaciousbylyndamarie.com)

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DÉCOR: Trend Décor Event Rentals (trenddecorevents.com) “Danielle at Trend Décor, managed to find a perfect balance between rustic, romantic ocean-themed elements and sophisticated urban elegance” - T&B CAKE: Ruth & Dean (ruthanddean.com) BRIDES ATTIRE: Truvelle Bridal (truvelle.com) HAIR & MAKE UP: Erin Bradley (erinbradley.ca) CATERING: Truffles Catering (trufflescatering.net)


SEASIDE BEAUTY COORDINATION: Salish Sea Events (salishseaevents.ca) PHOTOGRAPHY: Island Moments Photography (islandmomentsphotography.com)

HAIR & MAKEUP: Shear Inspiration Studio (shearinspirationstudio.com) JEWELRY: Ebb and Flow (ebbandflowtofino.com) DÉCOR: Darling Vintage Events & Styling (darlingvintage.ca)

FLORAL DESIGN: Yellow Point Blooms Floral Co. (yellowpointblooms.com) GOWNS: The Bride’s Closet (thebridescloset.com) MACAROONS: Coastal Cake Company (coastalcake.com)

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“With our families in Vancouver and the UK, we decided to have our wedding day with just our immediate family. Wickaninnish Inn is the most gorgeous location where we could really achieve the personal and intimate wedding we were hoping for - that mix of the spectacular scenery and a stunning venue all in one. Shell Beach is such an incredible spot that we knew we would love rain or shine.” - L&M

INTIMATE AT WICKANINNISH INN BRIDE & GROOM: Leslie & Matthew White WEDDING DATE: May 29th, 2016 VENUE: Wickaninnish Inn (wickinn.com) PHOTOGRAPHY: Marnie Recker Photography (marnierecker.com) “Marnie was so wonderful to work with; she really added to our day. She put all of us at ease immediately and made taking the photos a really enjoyable part of our wedding.” - L&M

CUSTOM GOWN: Sally Lacock (sallylacock.com), London, UK GROOMS ATTIRE: Hugo Boss (hugoboss.com) CATERING & CAKE: Wickaninnish Inn (wickinn.com) FLORALS: Crab Apple Florals (crabapplefloral.com) MUSICIANS: Tofino Wedding Band (tofinoweddingband.com)

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HAIR & MAKE-UP: Salty Dolls Hair (saltydollshairsalon.com) FAVOURITE DÉCOR ELEMENT: “We loved the arbour! We also loved the place name settings. They were small cedar blocks with guest’s names engraved on the front and our initials and wedding date on the back. They were ordered in the UK from Not On The High Street (notonthehighstreet.com).”


FRESH, VIBRANT & FULL OF LOVE VENUE: Tita’s Mexican Restaurant COORDINATION: Chanel Skea @ Sublime Celebrations, Comox (sublimecelebrations.com) FLORAL DESIGN: All In One Party Shop Event Rentals (allin1partyshop.com) STATIONERY: Tuktu Paper Co.

CAKE: Coastal Cake Company (coastalcake.com) DOUBLE SHELF: Lilo Home Décor, Comox RENTALS: Trend Decor, Victoria (trenddecorevents.com), LaCache ComoxValley (lacachecomoxvalley.canic.ws), Farmhouse Vintage Goods

WEDDING DRESS: The Bride’s Closet (thebridescloset.com) HAIR: Scorpios Salon, Comox (scorpiossalon.com) MAKEUP: Shelby Lynn Makeup Artistry (shelbylynnmakeupartistry.com) PHOTOGRAPHY: Julie Jagt Photography, Kamloops (juliejagt.com) GET LOCAL. PLAN FABULOUS! • 27


LOVE LETTERS

DESIGN PALETTE | Chelsea of Chelsea Dawn Photography & Makeup Artistry (chelseadawn.ca) collaborated with leading Vancouver Island wedding experts to create this gorgeous plum & gold ‘Love Letters’ design palette. Chelsea’s vision was the illustration of a love story set against some of her favourite island landscapes. Chelsea explains, “I chose to do so by creating a bridal inspired session where the bride writes vows to her true love...” The shoot includes elements of nature that are so loved on the west coast. “Capturing of whimsical, ethereal moments & details makes my heart happy.”

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PHOTOGRAPHY & MAKEUP: Chelsea Dawn Photography & Makeup Artistry (chelseadawn.ca) HAIR: Kylie Solverson @ Hey Beautiful (heybeautiful.ca) DÉCOR & STYLING: Darling Vintage Events & Styling (darlingvintage.ca) JEWELRY: Bekah Anne (bekah-anne.com) WEDDING DRESS: White Bridal Boutique (whitebridalboutique.com) STATIONERY: Tuktu Paper Co SWEET TREATS: Coastal Cake Company (coastalcake.com)


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VINTAGE ELEGANCE PHOTOGRAPHY:

STYLING & DÉCOR:

DRESSES:

Rivkah Photography

Beauty Bride by Eva Louisa Satchell

Victoria Bridal Boutique

(rivkahphotography.ca)

(beautybride.ca)

(victoriabridalboutique.com)

MODELS:

MAKEUP:

HAIR: Tana Gerry @ Spoilt Rotten Hair

Angela Smith & Deanna Lee

Erica Dodd

(spoiltrottenhair.com)

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CIDERHOUSE ROMANCE PHOTOGRAPHY: Landon Sveinson Photography (landonsveinson.com) VENUE: Sea Cider Farm and Ciderhouse (seacider.ca)

GOWN: Très Chic Bridal Boutique (treschicbridal.com) MENSWEAR: Outlooks for Men (outlooksformen.com) HAIR & MAKEUP: Sharon Rai Hair & Makeup Artistry (sharonrai.com) DÉCOR & FLORAL DESIGN: Details Special Event Planning & Decor (detailsbc.com) CAKE: Tiers of Joy Cakes (tiersofjoycakes.ca) INVITATION SUITE: Tuktu Paper Co. JEWELLRY: Jay Lyn Jewellers (jaylynjewellers.com) MUSIC: Geoffrey Lundstrom CUISINE: Toque Catering (toquecatering.com) VIDEOGRAPHY: Evergreen and Bound (evergreenboundfilms.com)


expert tips Vancouver Island wedding experts share their wedding tips & tricks. vancouverisland.theweddingring.ca #getlocal #planfabulous

PHOTO, this page:

The Best Men Photography (thebestmen.com)

FEATURE: Page 38


“Hiring a makeup artist and hair stylist can be one of the more intimdating items on your bridal to do list. What if you end up looking and feeling like someone else? The majority of us have a makeup-counter horror story that included black eyeshadow and way, way too much foundation. Let us fill you in on some not-so-secret beauty industry tips and hacks for making the most of your bridal beauty styling!” - Alexa @ Artistry by Alexa

BEAUTY INDUSTRY TIPS & TRICKS

AN EXPERT TIP by Artistry by Alexa (artistrybyalexa.com) FINDING YOUR IDEAL VENDORS:

DOING YOUR BEAUTY HOMEWORK:

you would like enhanced, and most importantly,

With more vendor options than ever, finding

In addition to images of hair & makeup looks

which colour and tone you would like to use

the right hair stylist and makeup artist for you

that inspire you, compiling photos of the overall

can require putting an ear to the ground. Word of mouth recommendations can be one of the easiest ways to find reputable, reliable and talented vendors. Finding a bridal beauty team that offers coordination of both services can streamline your experience.

wedding style can be surprisingly helpful. Artists

within your makeup look. Our job is to read the visual cues provided to create a look you will love.”

and stylists love the opportunity to gain a visual

TIP: Proper hair care and skin care practices

understanding for the overall style of your big day.

leading up to the wedding will make a world of

Laura from the Artistry by Alexa team explains,

difference to the execution of successful hair and

“Our brides often come to us expressing an

makeup styling. Ask your artist and stylist for their recommendations.

TIP: Ask your photographer or event planner for

uncertainty around their bridal look. It is helpful

their recommendation. Also, many venues will have

for us to have an accurate representation of the

PHOTOS, this page:

a preferred vendor list.

amount of makeup you would like, what features

The Best Men Photography (thebestmen.com)

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from the recipe box Courtesy of Passion For Cakes (passionforcakes.com)

PRINCESS WHITE WEDDING CAKE A moist, sweet and light cake, perfect for layered wedding cakes. Yields one - 12 inch cake.

INGREDIENTS 2 cups white sugar 2 cups white flour 3 teaspoons baking powder 1 cup whipping cream or homogenized milk ¼ lb butter 2 tsp pure vanilla extract 5 large egg whites 5 large egg yolks

DIRECTIONS Preheat oven to 350. Then in a medium stainless mixing bowl mix 2 cups sugar and 5 large egg whites over a pot of boiling water until sugar is dissolved. Then remove from heat and beat egg whites and sugar mixture on high speed until stiff peaks form. Then add vanilla. In a large separate mixing bowl beat egg yolks. Then lightly fold in the egg whites into the yolk mixture. Slowly add baking powder and white flour. Set batter aside. In a separate medium pot, on medium heat, slowly heat whipping cream/milk and butter until butter is melted and mixture is warm (not boiling). Slowly pour into the batter, stirring until blended. Lightly butter and flour one 12” springform cake pan. Pour batter into pan and bake in the middle of oven at 350 for about 25 minutes (or until golden on top). Test with a toothpick and do not overbake. Let sit for 15 minutes and then remove from pan and cool before filling with your favorite spread, icing or filling. Ideal with a Swiss Meringue Butter cream icing or fresh fruit and whip cream. Enjoy!

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favourite things at Wedsy.ca FEATURING SOME OF OUR FAVOURITE FINDS AT WEDSY.CA

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WEDSY.CA is an online wedding shop filled with lovely items for lovely Canadian weddings. From shabby chic and rediculously retro to just plain gorgeous, Wedsy.ca offers wedding favours, supplies, décor, gifts and more. This online shop is run by the girls at TheWeddingRing.ca and filled entirely with things we love. Everything is online and most is customizable. SHOP. LOVE. BUY. CUSTOMIZE. PLAN. INSPIRE. WED. PHOTOGRAPHY, this page & next: Julie Nicole Photography (♥) julienicolephotography.com

CAKE CUTTING & SERVING SET With embossed lace detailing $66 per set | GOLD ANNIE STRIPE TOTE BAG $39 + $5 to Personalize with Letter | MECHANICAL POCKET WATCH $61 Engraved | MR & MRS Gold Glitter Garland $7 | GLASS FLUTES WITH SILVER STEMS & RING OF CRYSTALS $46 + $12 to Engrave | SILVER COMPACT MIRROR $23 Comes in 3 metal finishes (Rose Gold, Silver and Gold) and 3 insert colours. Can be engraved on back for $5. | WHITE WOODEN HANGER $11 | WHITE FLORAL RING PILLOW $50 | FLOWER GIRL BASKET $34 | KIMONO, modeled by Cass Sorokopas, $60 Comes in 7 Colours/Patterns

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wedding worthy venues ADVERTISING FEATURE

WEDDING WORTHY VENUES is an exclusive feature of The Wedding Ring Magazine that’s designed to give you an at-a-glance look at some of the amazing wedding locations found in Vancouver Island. Browse the profiles for the basics such as capacity and bar options. Want more? Find everything from colour schemes to wedding menus, and package pricing by checking out reception hall reviews at TheWeddingRing.ca.

VENUE: The Parkside Hotel & Spa (parksidevictoria.com) PHOTO: erinwallis.com

Photo, left, courtesy of sparkandwhimsy.com

OLYMPIC VIEW GOLF CLUB IN VICTORIA

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Just minutes from historic Victoria on Vancouver Island, Olympic View is the perfect location for your special day. Olympic View boasts a surplus of beauty and the perfect background for your photos: a magnificent waterfall, 12 lakes, snow-capped mountain vistas, an elegant Japanese garden and a striking Clubhouse with banquet space for 250 guests. Let our professional team provide your guests with exceptional service throughout both your ceremony and reception in our beautiful West Coast setting. We are committed to making your wedding dreams a reality. Read review at vancouverisland.theweddingring.ca 250-474-3673 | UP TO 250 GUESTS | ON-SITE CATERING | FULL-SERVICE BAR | CEREMONY & RECEPTION

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ST. ANN’S ACADEMY IN VICTORIA stannsacademy.com | stanns.academy@gov.bc.ca Exchange your vows in an interfaith 1858 Chapel, the lovely Novitiate Garden, or the rustic Orchard. St. Ann’s Academy is the perfect historical setting for your wedding day. The surrounding park can play host to the ultimate tent reception or photography session. Read review at vancouverisland.theweddingring.ca 250-953-8829 | UP TO 200 GUESTS | TWO INDOOR & THREE OUTDOOR VENUES AVAILABLE


Photo courtesy of Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort

DELTA VICTORIA OCEAN POINTE RESORT & SPA

IN VICTORIA

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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 venue offers a modern waterfront setting known for unsurpassed guest service, exceptional dining, and full resort amenities. In addition, they will work together with you to ensure your event goes off without a hitch as well as host bridal showers, rehearsal dinners and post-wedding events. Read review at vancouverisland.theweddingring.ca 1-888-890-3222 | UP TO 250 GUESTS | ON-SITE CATERING | FULL-SERVICE BAR | GUEST ACCOMMODATIONS

Photo courtesy of chrisboar.com

LONG BEACH LODGE RESORT IN TOFINO

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Photo courtesy of Oak Bay Beach Hotel

Photo courtesy of erinwallis.com

IN VICTORIA

IN VICTORIA

Elegant seaside accommodations, unique event spaces and a dedicated staff make the Oak Bay Beach Hotel the premier destination for your West Coast Victoria wedding, reception or other special event. Indulge in pampering treatments by the sea in your very own oceanfront oasis. Savour gourmet meals prepared from local ingredients with your guests, paired with choice wines, carefully selected by their in house sommelier.

The Parkside Hotel & Spa is an unforgettable modern, boutique wedding venue located in the heart of downtown Victoria, across from historic St. Ann’s Academy. Stylishly designed to bring the outside in, Parkside’s peaceful atmosphere and inviting spaces are the perfect setting for the wedding of your dreams. The Parkside Hotel & Spa’s experienced and responsive event management team is ready and waiting to create the perfect day for you.

Read review at vancouverisland.theweddingring.ca 250-598-4556 | 1-800-668-7758 | UP TO 150 GUESTS

Read review at vancouverisland.theweddingring.ca 250-940-1200 | SPA FACILITIES | INDOOR & OUTDOOR OPTIONS | INTIMATE WEDDINGS | UP TO 100 GUESTS | ACCOMMODATIONS

Photo courtesy: Courtesy of Newcastle Island

Photo courtesy: of Poets Cove Resort & Spa

IN NANAIMO

IN BEDWELL HARBOUR ON PENDER ISLAND

OAK BAY BEACH HOTEL

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NEWCASTLE ISLAND

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Exchange your vows with your toes in the sand, on the beachfront patio, or from the warmth of the Great Room, overlooking the wild Pacific surf and expansive sandy beach of Cox Bay. Long Beach Lodge Resort specializes in intimate West Coast weddings of 2 to 50 people. With only one wedding booked per day, your dedicated event planner will provide one-on-one service and ensure a stress-free event and a day to remember. Keep it simple and choose one of our three wedding packages, or get creative… we are here it make your dreams come true!

Newcastle Island has been the site of choice for weddings for years and continues to be a preferred location for those wanting something special. Accessible by a seven minute foot ferry ride across the Nanaimo Harbour, Newcastle Island boasts a unique natural environment with a tranquility that blends wonderfully with a wedding atmosphere. The historic 1930’s Pavilion hall is unique in its appearance and charm as a one of a kind venue for a reception. Newcastle Island or Saysutshun is an important part of the traditional territory of the Snuneymuxw First Nation and is operated by the Nation today.

250-725-2442 | 1-877-844-7873 | BEACHFRONT WEDDINGS UP TO 50 GUESTS | ON-SITE CATERING | ACCOMMODATIONS

250-740-2311 | UP TO 250 GUESTS | CEREMONY & RECEPTION | ON-SITE CATERING | FULL SERVICE BAR

THE PARKSIDE HOTEL & SPA

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POETS COVE RESORT & SPA

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. Read review at vancouverisland.theweddingring.ca 1-888-512-POET (7638) | 250-629-2100 | UP TO 120 GUESTS | SPA | ON-SITE CATERING AND DINING OPTIONS GET LOCAL. PLAN FABULOUS! • 45


MERRIDALE IN COWICHAN VALLEY 1-800-998-9908 weddings@merridale.ca www.merridale.ca

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Feather & Bone Photography

THE NATURAL AMBIANCE OF MERRIDALE IS AN INCREDIBLE VENUE AT WHICH TO SAY “I DO”

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The quiet rural setting of the orchard and fields, alongside the water’s edge of Merridale’s

pond is perfect for wedding ceremonies and photos. Unique features include a cathedral ceiling and barnwood dance floor, a grand fieldstone fireplace, luxurious honeymoon retreat for the bridal couple and a farmhouse reception overlooking the orchard. Unique photo opportunities for your big day including the cellar, distillery and orchard. UP TO 150 GUESTS | FULL BAR SERVICE | ON-SITE CATERING DECOR PACKAGES AVAILABLE | YEAR ROUND CEREMONY & RECEPTIONS sabrinapatrice.com

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