In all my nine years in business I have never worked with a couple that was truly eloping! And when I say “truly eloping” I mean it! It was just the couple, the officiant, and the photographer, who also doubled as the witness. They planned every detail and had no one else’s opinion to worry about, and just did it their way. Even their parents didn’t know they were getting married that weekend!!

The bride had found me on instagram and was a fellow flower lover who wanted to stay true to local Salt Spring Island flowers which I loved. Working for people who love flowers as much as I do is a complete joy, and more rare than you might think.

It was a spring elopement and beautifully happened to fall right in peony season. I was thrilled to find the most amazing and huge yellow peonies from Hey Day Farm, a local farm just down the road from me. They had a gorgeous burgundy center and were also beautifully scented! Along with mixed greens I included in the bride’s bouquet yellow columbine, yellow loosestrife and one of my favorite foliages, copper beech. It makes me so happy when all the colors come together, and in this case I didn’t even know the groom was wearing burgundy pants. As the bride said “it was kismet”.

The couple had a special place in their heart for Duck Creek Farm as they had been coming to Salt Spring for years and staying there. For their wedding weekend they stayed in a magical “tiny home” bus on the farm and had the ceremony right out front in the long grass. The whole setting was peaceful and natural and full of Salt Spring vibes.

(the bride made the ceremony backdrop with all dried material including craspedia, strawflowers, cotton etc.)

Photographer: Kelly Brown

Venue: Duck Creek Farm

Flowers: Tara McHugh Flora

Rings: Emma Glover Design

Wedding Dress: Leisure the Brand

Groom’s Shirt: Oxford – Victoria

Silk Ribbon: Ninebark Farm