Just about a month ago on a beautifully crisp fall day, Ashely and Steve got married. When I first met this couple back in the spring I knew it was going to be fun to work on this wedding. After a parade of pastels through the spring and summer their warm autumnal palette felt like a breath of fresh fall air. Not to mention the bride and groom were a dream, so sweet and down to earth. They knew what they wanted but at the same time trusted me to have quite a bit of creative licence, which in this business = dream client.

They made a very wise choice in working with the incomparable Corinne at Filosophi to make sure their big day was all they could have imagined, and that it went off without a hitch.

I think most people forget that fall can have some of the most beautiful blooms, and foliage. I used fluffy dahlias, bright calla lilies, deep blue privet berries, and soft blue thistle, mixed with roses, hypericum berries, ninebark, ferns, some succulents and a few ranunculus that I was lucky enough to get at this time of year!

This is a moment I love getting to see, when a bride receives her bouquet. Corinne delivered Ashely’s bouquet to her so I tucked in a little note to say congrats.

bouquet arrival

Now I should mention the phenomenal photographer before I get too far along here. Melissa Gideny did such a wonderful job capturing the day and all of the details. I am so gratful she shared these images with me.

Here are a few shots of the beautiful bride and handsome groom, along with the bridal party. I loved that the bridesmaids all wore different colours, the combination of the warm tones with the deep blue was so stunning.

ashley and steve and bq closeup

bq and bout

marine and bq kiss


The ceremony and reception were both held at the Vancouver Rowing Club in Stanley Park. With the majestic trees bursting with fall colours, I couldn’t think of a more perfect backdrop! The previous day, and the morning of were rather dull and rainy, but as you can see the sun decided to peek out just in time.


Look at these two cuties!!

Flower girls

The reception featured beautiful decor by the lovely girls at Sweet Beginnings. The shantung linens, the wood charger plates, along with the glassware and about a million candles made for a warm, elegant yet rustic feel. Topped off by whimsical globe lights, it truly made for a magical party setting.

Below is a wonderful moment captured by Melissa of Ashley and Steve getting their first peek at the room all done for the reception! I love it! No matter how much planning and vision goes into their big day I think most brides still don’t really know how it’s all going to come together. It’s a wonderful moment (for them and for all the vendors who worked so hard!) to see them so happy with the finished product.


And this is what they were looking at…

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And last but not least, I think this is my favourite image of the whole lot. The two big alter arrangements were moved into the reception after the ceremony, they sat just behind the head table, and as you can see from the greenery framing this shot, it must have been taken peeking through them. I just think it so perfectly captures the essence of a wedding. The bride and groom side by side, surrounded by friends and family, in a beautiful setting with one really great party going on.

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Congratulations Ashley and Steve!!