While we’re based in Edmonton, Alberta, we’ve had the pleasure of planning and designing weddings in many beautiful destinations – both in Canada and abroad! This series will showcase some of our favourite locations including information for couples considering a wedding away from home.
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Destination ‘I Do’ Wedding Series: West Coast Canada
The term destination wedding typically evokes images of a sandy ceremony in a sunny locale. But you don’t have to look too far to find amazing coastal destinations right here in Canada.
Located on Vancouver Island, Victoria is the capital of British Columbia. Victoria has long been known as the ‘City of Gardens’ with it’s countless formal gardens, parks and extensive bike trails throughout the city and surrounding area. With its charming character and laidback vibe, it’s easy to see why Victoria has received accolades as the ‘Most Romantic City in Canada’.
Pender Island is one of the Southern Gulf Islands along the Pacific Coast, and let me tell you, it’s spectacular. From the vast blue Pacific Ocean to lush green landscapes, your wedding photos will be incredible. Quaint and unspoiled, Pender Island can be accessed daily via ferry, seaplane or water taxi.
We’ve had the pleasure of working at two incredible West Coast wedding venues:
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Jennifer + Team | Jennifer Bergman Weddings
Victoria Wedding Planning + Design
Vancouver Island Wedding Planning + Design
The term destination wedding typically conjures up images of a sandy ceremony in a sunny locale. But you don’t have to look too far to find amazing destinations right here in Canada. Pender Island is one of the Southern Gulf Islands along the Pacific Coast of British Columbia – and let me tell you, it’s spectacular.
Stephanie + Clark were living in Halifax during the entire planning process, but through many emails and Skype calls we worked together to plan their dream wedding at Poets Cove Resort & Spa. As guests were travelling to Pender Island from all over the country, Stephanie + Clark wanted their wedding to reflect the destination as well as their own personal styles. ‘West Coast Chic’ describes a perfect pairing of elegant and luxurious décor with coastal elements such as driftwood, twine and nautical stripes.
Stephanie was a dream bride to work with! She has impeccable taste and put the utmost trust in each and every one of her wedding professionals, allowing us to do what we do best.
Stephanie’s bridal look was exquisite! She wore ‘Dorothy’ by Vera Wang – a stunningly beautiful ballgown with hand-painted flowers on the tulle skirt and a jaw-dropping band of ‘bling’ across the neckline. Her hair and makeup were styled by Sharon Rai Hair and Makeup Artistry and Elsa Corsi designed her jewellery. Nude Christian Louboutin pumps completed the look.
Verbena Floral Design created the gorgeous bouquets and flower arrangements. I was so impressed with Vanessa and her team’s dedication to making sure every bloom looked perfect. I can’t wait for another opportunity to work with them again!
The stationery suite was designed by Jenelle at Pinkpolka Wedding Design. From the ‘ferry ticket’ Save the Date to custom postage and monogrammed welcome bags, every detail was perfectly coordinated to reflect Stephanie + Clark’s wedding style.
The ceremony was held on Poets Cove’s terrace facing the picturesque harbour. Rose petals and grand birch bark arrangements lined the aisle, while guests kept cool with ceremony program fans.
Clark was dashingly handsome in his Tom Ford tuxedo from Holt Renfrew. The bridesmaids wore ivory knee-length gowns by Melissa Sweet, tied with a black sash. They each carried a different bouquet composed of a flower used in Stephanie’s bouquet, representing the distinct roles they play in her life.
Stephanie looked breathtaking! She was a perfect bride – poised, elegant and classically styled. Clark cleaned up pretty well himself!
The reception décor carried through the ‘West Coast Chic’ theme. Walnut chiavari chairs contrasted beautifully with ivory Wilshire Stripe linens. Place cards were wrapped and tied around individual menu cards that sat atop ivory napkins and chocolate weave charger plates. The centrepieces were a lush combination of hydrangeas, roses, dahlias, lisianthus, stock, dusty miller and freesia. Birch bark containers, driftwood and ferns added rustic coastal elements to the romantic décor. A 3-tier vanilla buttercream cake sat amongst a table of freshly baked cookies which were later served with cartons of milk as a late night treat.
Guests held sparklers for the newlyweds’ first dance – a custom mash-up by DJ Clinton featuring Train’s Marry Me and Keith Urban’s Without You. A flare bartender served signature martinis with style while the dance party continued in the ballroom. Pink LED uplighting flooded the space with colour and energy, and Stephanie + Clark were delighted with a surprise flash mob performance to Party Rock Anthem coordinated by the wedding party!
Stephanie + Clark: I cannot thank you enough for entrusting Jennifer Bergman Weddings with your special day. Wishing you the very best as you begin the next chapter of your love story.
Jennifer and Team
Edmonton Wedding Planner + Designer
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- Wedding Planning + Design: Jennifer Bergman Weddings
- Photographer: C.J. Scott Photography
- Rentals: Upright Décor
- Florist: Verbena Floral Design
- Cake + Cookie Table: Pender Island Bakery
- Invitations + Stationery: Pinkpolka Wedding Design
- Ceremony Music: Harbour Strings
- Reception Music: Capital City DJ
- Gown: Blush
- Hair + Makeup: Sharon Rai Hair & Makeup Artistry