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Oh Verbena!

Yesterday was the last wedding of our 2011 summer season. It was so fantastic and we got to witness the marriages of so many fantastic couples.  The other side is that we are exhausted! When I tell people that we work in the wedding industry many think it is all “I Do’s” bouquet tosses and yummy reception food. Not quite – as anyone in the wedding industry knows that is the fun day of the week when the rest is a lot of hard work. One of my favourite parts of this business is getting to meet so many other great people involved in other aspects of the day and seeing that their work life is as crazy as ours. One of our favourite work friends is the women of Verbena Floral Design. In August they asked if I would come by and do a little behind the scenes shoot to capture what goes on,, before all those gorgeous florals and decor land in ceremonies and receptions, and to do some shots of the florals when they were completed. I know that Vanessa and Jenny are super funny women but I had no idea that I would laugh that much in one afternoon!! Their pre-wedding prep work is like a gathering of their good friends all out in the drive flowers flying, jokes and witty banter flying, and of course diet coke and your choice of candy bars. This is really like the floral equivalent of a bitch ‘n stitch session. If couples only knew what went into the creation of their beautiful day – well I guess now they will!  So here is my afternoon with the women of Verbena and the very pretty results of their creative talents. Thanks J & V so such a fun afternoon!!



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Jaidean - September 28, 2011 - 5:24 pm

Gorgeous! They do beautiful work and look like they have a lot of fun while doing it!

Katie & Adam

There are so many things we loved about this wedding!  First I (Em) arrived at Katie’s parents house and saw that she was going to get ready in her childhood room, just as it has been since she was young, and I was so excited. I love that all of her special things were around her, her tea cup collection, paddington bear, her dolls and stuffies. It was so sweet to be there  in her old room with her mom and her closest friends to prepare for her wedding day. This is our second bride this year with a Lillen dress from Bisou Bridal in Vancouver and it was gorgeous! When she was ready, giant gorgeous bouquet in hand, she stepped out her back door to meet Adam who was waiting for her. The next amazing thing was our first shoot location courtesy of Chesholm farm – thank you so so much to the Chesholms for sharing your beautiful property with us. It was so special for Katie and Adam to have this beautiful place just for them to capture the images in the meadow and barn. The next great surprise was in their ceremony location at the beautiful hidden Lillian Hoffar Park in Sidney – a gorgeous park that we never would have known was there. And then, as if it couldn’t get any better Adam and Katie boarded her family’s old rowboat and he rowed her around the point to their reception at Capital City Yacht Club!! It was so cute to watch them be sent off and as they rowed, a piper led all their friends and family to the reception to meet them for a sangria and lemonade cocktail hour before dinner. Our last favourite part of this wedding was the close bond between Adam and his dad, you could tell they are best friends and the little moment we witnessed between them at the reception was so sweet. The evening was a perfect summer day to promise the rest of your days to each other. We are so so happy for you Katie and Adam and wish you all the best!


Dress: Lillen | Ceremony Venue: Lillian Hoffar Park | Reception Venue: Capital City Yacht Club | Flowers: Flowers To You | Shoes: Roberto Vianni

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jennifer armstrong - September 21, 2011 - 2:32 am

ooo… & i love the one of them silhouetted in the doorway. Beautifully captured.

jennifer armstrong - September 21, 2011 - 2:31 am

you both captured the feeling of this day so beautifully. All the little details, the special moments. That 1st shot of the 2 of them in the wide open field is GORGEOUS! So well done.

Michelle Wells - September 18, 2011 - 6:39 pm

Oh Emmy these are just amazing photographs! I love all of the little details that they included and how you captured them so well in your images. Her room? How sweet is that… the rowboat, rubber boots, totally gorgeous flowers. What a dream.

Yvonne - September 17, 2011 - 1:09 am

Wow! So beautiful! Love all of these, but especially the one of them in the field and the boat.

Jaidean - September 15, 2011 - 2:34 am

Oh gosh, love their portrait shots…so so gorgeous! Beautiful work!