We’re beyond excited to have Michelle + Taylor’s West Coast wedding featured on Style Me Pretty this week! Check out the great post by Abby of SMP. Thanks everyone for the comments on the site! Here’s the original Style Me Pretty post.
It seems fitting that the last wedding we are posting this year is my own daughter’s. Mark & I have met & photographed some great couples this season. It has been amazing to see each one of them begin their adventure together. This year has been even more meaningful to us both as we watched our own children get married. (See Taze & Blanche’s Love Story HERE). It was priceless to be able to capture in our hearts and through our lenses a part of our own family’s history!
My oldest daughter Michelle met Taylor several years ago in Calgary. Like Michelle, we loved Taylor from the minute we met him and it became obvious from the beginning that his family was very important to him. M + T planned a weekend for an intimate wedding ceremony in Ucluelet on the west coast of Vancouver Island which included just our immediate family. The time the 12 of us we were able to spend together begun the process of joining our two families into one, and we laughed, explored, remembered, and cried together. We later held a reception to share & celebrate M + T’s marriage with the extended family & friends. Check back for the photos in our next post!
When we first arrived at the ocean front resort in Ucluelet , we were welcomed with gift baskets M + T had put together for each of us. The location and the resort are both gorgeous! T + M’s planned for us to take full advantage of the location and on the morning of the wedding the guys were off kayaking while the girls were treated to a pedicure at the Drift Spa before we headed to the beach for the wedding ceremony & photos.
The day ended with dinner at the Black Rock Resort Wine Cellar.
The details: (by Michelle G.) We weren’t worried so much about formal wedding traditions, it was more important to us that the day be meaningful for us and for our family. We found the perfect place in the small coastal town of Ucluelet. After receiving a tip from a local resident we found a rocky outcrop in the Pacific Rim National Park on Wickaninish Beach. Mother Nature did most of the work for us. We took cues from the rugged coastline using a sand dollar on our invitations and programs from Blue Venus Invitations in Vancouver, B. C. But the most meaningful part of our decor came while we were going through some of Taylor’s mom’s things shortly after she unexpectedly passed away. We came across an old chair which she was in the process of refinishing. I painted it turquoise to tie it in with the beach setting and we included it in our ceremony in her memory. Some of our favorite pictures from the ceremony are of that chair sitting out on the rocks in the fog.
I found the dress while searching Style Me Pretty for ideas and as soon as I read your post featuring Saja wedding dresses I knew I’d found the perfect dress for me. I took a road trip with my mom and sister to Portland, Oregon in search of the dress, and after trying just a few dresses I found my silk chiffon Grecian style dress. The dress is light and ethereal, and made me feel sweet and romantic, and the natural color was perfect for our West Coast setting. I decided to pass on shoes all together at the last minute and go barefoot. Taylor chose a light grey suit by Hugo Boss. with a yellow and gray tie.
Our flowers were made by Hilary Miles Flowers. I chose a wired bouquet bound in ivory ribbon with a mix of soft celery greens, whites, and ivory orchids, calla lilies, double lisianthus, and roses. It was a little dicey transporting the flowers 6 hours in the heat of summer, but they made it without incident.
My most unforgettable moment…standing on the edge of the beach waiting to walk to the rock outcropping for our ceremony was one of the most meaningful moments of the day for me. The fog rolled in just as everyone was gathering. As I walked barefoot along the beach… seeing Taylor and our guests waiting up on the rocks was a moment I will never forget. I was able to reflect on everything that had bought Taylor and I to this day, and my bare feet in the sand made me feel grounded and calmed any nerves I had had about not having written down my vows. By the time I reached everyone on the rocks I knew exactly what I wanted to say.
As for photography, there was never a question about who would photograph our wedding. And there is no doubt that the pictures from the weekend captured all of the meaning and emotion of the event. Our photographers were my mom and stepdad who run a photography studio called White Album Weddings. My mom still says that she felt privileged to be able to photograph her own daughter on her wedding day, but in order for her to be able to relax and be a part of the important events of the day, my stepdad allowed her to put down her camera during the ceremony and helped document our amazing day. The photographs still give me chills!
Venue: Black Rock Ocean Front Resort / Pacific Rim National Park on Wickaninish Beach / Photography:White Album Weddings / Invitations: Blue Venus Invitations / Flowers: Hilary Miles Flowers / Dress:Saja wedding dresses / Suit: Hugo Boss