Happy Valentine’s Day! Valentine’s is all about love, not just the love of your life, but your best friends too! I love this adorable girlfriends Valentine’s shoot from Jenna Bechtholt. How fun to get together with your friends with flower crowns and giant balloons? I know I’ve got some amazing ladies in my life and I am so thankful for their friendship. Be sure to let them know how much you love them too today!
I’m so excited to share this stunner of a wedding from Melissa Gidney with you all! Timeless, romantic, and utterly chic, this pink Canada wedding is easily one of my favorites. The bride’s Reem Acra gown is like a dream and I am dying over the romantic florals!
My husband Oliver and I had been together for 8 years when he proposed on bended knee on a hike with our dog in the snow in Whistler, BC this past January. I was thrilled and we decided on a relaxed, intimate wedding style. We knew we wanted it to be outside so we had to have the wedding in the summer. In Vancouver you always have to have your fingers crossed for sunny weather. I stumbled across Rowena’s Inn on the River on my photographer Melissa Gidney’s blog. We immediately fell in love with the location. It was charming, romantic, elegant and had everything we were looking for. It felt like a destination wedding without being too far for our guests.
My favourite memories from the day were coming down the stairs to meet my Dad before he walked me down the aisle. Our ceremony was beautiful with a string trio playing, the sun shining and our guests gathered under parasols. I will never forget the moments when Oliver and I said our vows to each other.
I took 6 months to plan our wedding. We wanted it to be relaxing and fun for our guests and we wanted to make a weekend of it. So, we had the wedding on the Saturday and then everyone stayed the night and we had a big brunch for 110 guests the next day and golf.
I looked to find local vendors who seemed to have our aesthetic – rustic elegance – I guess you could call it. I loved the planning process and finding all the little details that we felt would make our wedding our own. I also loved all the personal touches like family friends who made our jam favours from scratch. We loved touring around in our limo golf cart with our bridal party, having our dog Finn with us, people dipping their feet in the pool on the hot day and playing bocci ball. In the evening, the west coast food, beautiful cake with fresh flowers, overflowing lush centrepieces, fun dance tunes and speeches by my Dad, maid of honour and best man were enough to bring everyone to tears.
What made the day lovely was being surrounded by the people we love in a gorgeous setting. It was all over in the blink of an eye and we loved every moment.
Photography | Melissa Gidney Photography | Venue | Rowena’s Inn on the River | Decor | Delovely Creative | Florist | Fiorire | Cake | Aeyra Cakes | Gown | Reem Acra from Blush Bridal | Bridesmaid Dresses | J.Crew | Hair and Makeup | ML Makeup Artistry | Tuxes | Moores
Though this Valentine’s Day will probably be a snowy one for most of you, a picnic is one of my favorite romantic outings! I love this sweet picnic engagement session from Audra Wrisley Photography + Design. A beautiful location, some homemade sangria, and your beau, what’s not to love?