Women of Weddings – Sharon Rai

Women of Weddings – Sharon Rai

Since it’s inception in 2012 I have been a member of Victoria’s Women of Weddings networking group. Around that time I realized that because I didn’t have a flower shop and because I was fairly unknown in the industry (other than my online presence) I would have to get out and meet other wedding vendors in the city. In business you have to really make an effort to collaborate on projects, share ideas and build relationships to expand your horizons. Over the next few months on the blog I am going to introduce and question various members of the WOW community, starting with the founder Sharon Rai of  Sharon Rai Hair & Makeup Artistry. (photo credit: Spark and Whimsy) Tara McHugh – Why did you want to start WOW and what do you hope members get out of being involved? Sharon Rai – In 2012, I founded Victoria Women of Weddings (WoW) to bring together the luxury bridal business in Victoria. I recognized that general interest networking groups didn’t provide the direct referrals on which bridal businesses rely, so I envisioned an organization that enabled business owners who specialized in serving bridal clients to meet regularly to get to know one another, showcase our services and products, learn new business skills and industry trends, share experiences and best practices, and generate referral business for one another.  As business leaders we have much to gain from working together. We can refer clients to one another. We can learn from each others experience. We can share tips and trends in the bridal industry to keep us on top of our game....
How Not to Have Rain on Your Wedding Day

How Not to Have Rain on Your Wedding Day

Every bride and groom’s worst fear, rain on their wedding day! What if I told you there is a place where you could be married in a garden, and guaranteed not to be rained on? Would you believe me? Well believe it or not, here in Victoria, British Columbia, during some of the rainiest months of the year you can be married at Butchart Gardens. Planning an early spring wedding and have a love of gardens? This national historic site may be the place for you, between January 15th and March 31st Butchart Gardens is open as a wedding venue. The Spring Prelude indoor garden is a florists dream. Full of fragrance and spring blooms including hyacinths, tulips, magnolias and orchids it truly is a flower lovers paradise! Just think, no decor needed for the ceremony! The number of guests allowed is 60, so it’s perfect for an intimate wedding, or vow renewal.     Once the ceremony is over, the historic dining room of the original Butchart family home is a wonderful place for a dinner reception. For more information on wedding packages and pricing, email an inquiry to weddings@butchartgardens.com. Good luck in all your wedding planning! And a special thank you to Spark and Whimsy Photography for the beautiful...
Spring flowers in Victoria

Spring flowers in Victoria

What happened when KGOODPHOTO asked me to do a last minute photo shoot a few weeks ago? I was thrilled! Any chance to use beautiful spring ranunculus, tulips, roses and blossoms is enough to make anyone giddy! And luckily my best friend was spontaneous too, because we also needed a model who had her own wedding dress.  Beacon Hill park with late day sun was pretty darn perfect! Enjoy the...