Stowel Lake Farm Wedding Styled Shoot – Salt Spring Island

Stowel Lake Farm Wedding Styled Shoot – Salt Spring Island

I’m very excited to finally share a blog post featuring this “sophisticated farm wedding” styled shoot I was apart of last spring. We were very lucky to have it published in the September issue of Today’s Bride Magazine this past summer. It took place at Stowel Lake Farm which is a magical organic farm, retreat center, and wedding venue on the south end of Salt Spring Island. This venue is for couples looking to have their dream farm wedding all in one location, enjoying the land and eating incredible seasonal organic food prepared onsite by their own in house caterer Haidee Hart. They have accommodations for friends and family, a big beautiful wooden barn with gorgeous high ceilings for the reception and dancing, along with lovely perennial gardens and forests to wonder through.   Spring is such and incredible time for flowers and one of my favorite seasons. I sourced many of the blooms for this shoot from local farms on the island, they include the ranunculus, the various daffodils, tulips, Icelandic poppies and the anemones. The palette of peachy/oranges with touches of yellow and navy is so refreshing and vibrant and really pops against the natural backgrounds.     So many talented vendors contributed to this shoot and I would like to thank them all! Photography – Kari Burgess Eternal Reflections Photography Venue – Stowel Lake Farm Floral Design – Tara McHugh Flora Concept, planning + coordination – Angie Allen Weddings + Events Styling + Decor Design – Bezaire Event Design Cake – Cobble Hill Cake Co. Stationary – Tickle Tree Stationary and Design Hair: Samantha Harron of Hemp House Hair...
Salt Spring Island Elopement- Duck Creek Farm

Salt Spring Island Elopement- Duck Creek Farm

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...
Spring Wedding at the Sea Cider Farm

Spring Wedding at the Sea Cider Farm

This wedding at the Sea Cider Farm on Vancouver Island was such a pleasure to work on. The bride gave me a lot of creative freedom which I am always thankful for. When creating these wedding day florals I was mostly inspired by the words in one of her first emails ” branches, vines and botanical things make me happy”. My favorite part of this spring wedding was the bouquet!  Well, and the local ranunculus and lilacs from Nine Bark Farm. The bride really wanted lots of greenery used throughout the whole wedding, the harvest tables had runners of three different types of eucalyptus, the ceremony barrels were filled with large rustic branches and her bouquet was mostly various shades of greenery. Originally the bride had requested an all greenery bouquet with some thistle, but seeing as this was a May wedding and I knew a very sweet woman in my neighbourhood who grew the most amazing peonies I just knew a simple white peony was the way to go. At first her initial response was “no peonies” but after a little back and forth she agreed. And I think in retrospect she was glad she did. A couple months after the wedding she sent me a thank you card that mentioned she loved her bouquet so much that she now has a picture framed in her house. All the photos in the post are by the talented Kelly...
Bullock Lake Farm – Salt Spring Island Wedding

Bullock Lake Farm – Salt Spring Island Wedding

This was my first wedding on Salt Spring Island since moving here in August 2017. I couldn’t have been more happier with the experience of working at Bullock Lake Farm. It was picture perfect, from the towering trees at the ceremony site, to the outdoor long table dining to the evening dancing under beautiful white lights in the coolest barn. I was extremely nervous about the fact that all the flowers for this wedding were sourced from only island farmers, Bullock Lake providing the majority. Once given a color scheme it’s up to the growers to supply you with what is available at that time. With working for almost a decade in the city of Victoria there were many options for flowers. If I felt like I didn’t have enough flowers or the right colors I could run around town and usually find what I was looking for. I can’t tell you how many times Harry’s Flowers in Oak Bay Avenue saved my life! So needless to say that moving to a small town and doing a completely island grown wedding was a little stressful as I never knew exactly what I was getting or the quantities. Luckily the bride was easy going and understood everything couldn’t be controlled when supplied locally. But in the end I was beyond happy with the outcome. With a mixture of dahlias, zinnias, scabiosa, snap dragons and hop vines everything came together as it always does. It was extremely satisfying on a creative level to work with such healthy fresh pesticide free flowers! I loved the color combos that were created with varying...