There is something special that I just love about Gulf Island weddings! I think it’s that fun laid back feeling they all have, people just wanting to have a good time while being surrounded by natural island beauty. The Poets Cove Resort on Pender Island is a lovely oceanside location and was the perfect backdrop for Jana and Ryan’s August wedding day. It’s always a pleasure and a feast for the eyes to work with Emma McCormick, from the Good Party Creative Planning and Production company based in Victoria, British Columbia. I was very excited when I received my first couple emails from her explaining the style and design of this wedding. There were soooooo many beautiful details in this wedding and sooooo many beautiful shades of purple!

For the bride’s flowers, she wanted a large bouquet with textural greens, touches of white and a few succulents.

Flowers used in the bouquet included dahlias, delphinium, ammi, astillbe, spray roses, and limonium. And as an aside, can I just say the bride’s braid is amazing!!! Seriously stunning!

Along with wooden bow ties, the men wore boutonnieres which included limonium flower (the touch of purple), seeded eucalyptus, feather eucalyptus, and a very pale eryngium. They were finished with a classic black grosgrain ribbon.

Another detail of this wedding that I think is quite neat is the invitations. They were printed on eco-friendly plantable paper! Anything eco when it comes to weddings, I’m on board with. Guests can plant the paper in soil, keep moist and eventually have wildflowers!

And come on, how cute is the man standing up fist-pumping the air? Father perhaps? I have no idea but he is enthusiastic none the less.

And these massive ceremony pieces were super heavy, but fun to make in those big black pottery bowls. I filled them with dahlias, roses, earl grey sweet peas, astillbe, scabiosa, delphimiums, ammi, limonium, and a few disbud china mums.

As for table decor, succulents and air plants, stunning black plates, mauve napkins, and copper geometric himmelies adorned the tables. And let’s not forget to mention those soft purple tapered candles on the head table! With the greenery/floral runner being low I love how it adds another height dimension to the table. And makes the head table a real feature amongst the other tables.

The runner consists of mixed eucalyptus, Italian ruscus, white spray roses, “Ocean Song” roses, green and purple echeveria succulents, and air plants. And again adding another layer is the finishing touch, the piece of delphinium bloom nestled on each place card.


And now the part that for those of us with a sweet tooth just love! What a beautiful array of desserts! Something for everyone indeed, cupcakes, cake pops, macarons and of course wedding cake. A simple white wedding cake topped with, yes, you guessed it, succulents! I adore the graphic nature of this cake.

The various handmade signs everywhere really reinforce the color palette and tie things together.

I would say this destination wedding was a real success! Below is a list of vendors with links who helped bring this day to fruition.

Venue: Poets Cove Resort and Spa

Photography: Swept Away Photo

Wedding Planning: The Good Party

Flowers: Tara McHugh Flora

Signage: Decor by Nature

Cake: Schur to Please

Linens: Faire Le Fete

Rentals: Toque Catering, Decorate Victoria, Trend Decor Event Design