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Amanda and Brandon's elegant rustic beachside wedding at Brock House embraced the best of autumn
It took two left feet and some catchy country music for Montana residents Amanda and Brandon to find their rhythm. After a few wordless encounters and persistent nudging from mutual friends, it was a terrible two-step that finally set sparks flying, and the pair started a dance that would eventually lead them down the aisle. But that rhythm took some time.
In celebration of their two-year anniversary, Brandon had planned on popping the question; however, his proposal didn’t go quite as he had hoped. When Amanda came home from work one night, she was surprised to discover a trail of candles and rose petals that led to a romantic dinner set for two. Not realizing it was the backdrop to Brandon’s proposal, she blew out all the candles and collected the petals, completely undoing the setup. Frustrated—and with the ring burning a hole in his pocket—Brandon ended up asking Amanda to be his wife in the newly decorated guest bedroom of their house.
While their engagement happened right at home, the Montana-based duo wanted a small destination wedding—somewhere they had never been before—that offered breathtaking views of both the mountains and the ocean, and Vancouver was the perfect match.
With a fondness for fall, the bride chose a cool October day for her wedding. Bouquets of blooms in pinks, burgundies and browns completed the autumn feel, displayed throughout the venue.
The rain fell as Amanda walked down the aisle, but the wet weather didn’t spoil the otherwise perfect day. As the guests sipped on maple bourbon sours, the couple danced till they dropped—this time, totally in sync.
Inspired by a romantic, two-toned gown from BHLDN, Amanda worked with a seamstress to recreate the look, pairing tops from Express with floor-length tulle skirts from Elite Couture for her bridesmaids. Myrtle et Olive added warm-hued florals to complement the fall theme.
The intricate lace details, low back, and form-fitting silhouette were what drew the bride to her gown from Plume Bridal. To match her free-spirited personality, she opted for a flower crown over a traditional veil. The groom wore vintage tweed with soft pink accents, and brown shoes to complement the wedding’s autumn hues.
The groomsmen wore tweed vests decorated with vintage-inspired pocket watches—a special keepsake from the groom. To keep with the fall theme, they chose brown footwear, and wore tri-coloured floral boutonnieres to match the bridal party’s bouquets. A special guest—the couple’s beloved dog Paizley—was dressed in a custom-made suit to match the groomsmen, complete with a tiny bow tie.
The bride was looking to create an “elegant meets rustic vintage” feel for her wedding ceremony. She collected wooden crates, vintage books and golden frames to achieve her ideal look. She completed her vision with bunches of wild, unkempt flowers, displayed throughout the venue to add pops of colour to the space.
A mélange of vintage candle holders propped up tall white candlesticks at the centre of each table, adding a subtle element of drama to the pale pink and burgundy florals that bloomed around each place setting. By the entrance, a wooden ladder was used as the seating chart. It displayed framed quotes associated with each of the guests. To find their seats, the guests found their matching gold-framed quotes.
Font & Figure created custom-designed menus, incorporating an elegant font with burgundy accents to match the colour scheme. The menus were tied with twine and sprinkled with baby’s breath to match the vintage feel.
Amanda was drawn to the sophisticated style of Cake by Nicole, and chose a modern circular cake design in a classic white frosting, garnished with fresh wild flowers to match the wedding decor.
The featured wedding cocktail—a maple bourbon sour—was selected as a nod to the Canadian destination where Amanda and Brandon’s wedding took place.
Staying away from the traditional wedding ballads, the DJ played upbeat modern hits, and the guests were treated to an array of late-night appetizers to keep them nourished as they danced the night away.