Venue: Kildara Farms
Photography: Gwen Ewart Photography & Nunn Other Photography
Wedding Planning & Bridal Party Flowers: Fresh View Events
Other Florals: Fresh View Events & Platinum Floral Designs
Flower Donor: Van Isle Floral Wholesale
Decor: Trend Décor
Videography: Cassie O'Neil Cinematography
Rentals: Scene About Town
Entertainment: Eric Bedard (magician)
Music: DJ Perks
Photo Booth: Four Frames Photobooth
Hair: Conscious Hair
Makeup: Melanie Baird Makeup Artistry
Invitations: Aimee Rounding
Spa Services: Le Spa Sereine
Bridal Suite: The Sidney Pier Hotel
Catering: Food For Thought, Truffles, Wits End Catering
Cake: The Little Cakery
Accessories: Treasured Lockets by Design & Down the Well Designs

When wedding planner Sarah Hughes of Fresh View Events read a news story last February about a young Saanich couple whose house had burned down, she knew she had to help. Amanda Wesley and Farron Young had been planning an intimate backyard wedding for a year, scouring flea markets and thrift stores for vintage finds and handcrafting everything from signs and favours to paper decorations and special cards. The two only had time to escape their burning home with their two small children and the clothes on their backs. Almost all their belongings, including Amanda’s dream dress, had gone up in flames – and with no renters’ insurance, the future looked grim.

Through the newspaper, Sarah contacted the couple to offer her expert help in re-creating their dream wedding. With her background in charity work for organizations like the SPCA and the David Foster Foundation, she felt confident she could pull together the local wedding community to donate their time and services. Sarah was right – once she put the word out, the response was overwhelming. On June 22, 2014, Amanda and Farron were married in a touching ceremony at Kildara Farms in North Saanich – their entire wedding, from venue and catering to florals and jewellery, all donated by caring Vancouver Island vendors.

“It left us speechless and forever grateful,” says groom Farron, who recalls Sarah acting like a “well-tuned conductor” managing the numerous volunteers rushing about on their “epic” wedding day.

In the sunny, well-groomed English garden at Kildara Farms, Farron recalls anxiously waiting for his beautiful bride-to-be to be walked through the meadow towards him. Then, “vows were exchanged, tears were held back, and the ‘I do’s’ were finally said,” he remembers. “That surreal moment had finally come.”

Amongst the rustic colourful blooms and apple blossoms, the newlyweds enjoyed some quiet time alone with the cameras. “We were caught sharing moments by wonderful photographers who made it possible for our family and friends to relive those precious moments forever through pictures and videos,” says Farron.

Later, as the sun set in spectacular fashion, the couple says they were “treated like royalty” at their reception inside the farm’s vintage barn. “We were amazed at the generous amounts of amazingly prepared, delicious food served to everyone…

“It was a truly timeless experience that will give our family and friends those wonderful memories: children chasing butterflies, laughing with our friends and family, sharing stories with relatives and friends who travelled and all came together and created one truly special day.”

Thanks to Sarah Hughes and the donated time and talent of so many generous vendors, Amanda and Farron got the chance to enjoy their dream wedding after all.