Photographer: d’Soleil Photography
Videographer: Adam Dent
Venue: Cammidge House
Wedding Planning & Flowers: Janice Schulte
Bride’s Dress: Vintage, redesigned by Pure Magnolia
Makeup: Taryn Ronning
Hair: Tanya Sullivan
Groom’s Outfit: Staccato
Stationery: Minted
Catering: Fiesta Creative Catering
Food Truck: ChouChou Breton Crepes
Cake: Jenny Bakes
Jewellery: The Cross Decor & Design
Officiant: Clarence Ash
Live Musician: Vicky Sjohall

Rhonda Dent and John Darch tied the knot last July in a sweet occasion loaded with personality.

For their outdoor wedding on the lawn of Cammidge House in Boundary Bay Park, they’d asked their guests to dress in their chosen wedding palette of gold, cream, beige and blush – “such a gorgeous idea,” says Rhonda.

The bride arrived at Cammidge House in a silver 1940s Mercury driven by her childhood best friend’s father. She then emerged from the house in a gown she’d found in a thrift shop for $29 and had had altered to perfection by Vancouver’s Pure Magnolia. She also wore her veil around her shoulders like a shawl (“a crazy idea that my uncle came up with,” says Rhonda, “and it worked!”).

Rhonda had found a hand-carved stone heart in Los Angeles, which she passed around to all their guests before the ceremony for their blessings, then dedicated to John in her speech. The two exchanged their vows on the lawn surrounded by their guests – “inside a circle of everyone we love.”

Hungry guests then moved over to the large tent set up on the grounds for the vintage tea-party reception. In addition to a catered feast, the couple had hired a food truck to serve up fresh savoury crêpes. Dessert was a “naked” cake made from scratch that morning using all-natural ingredients and real cocoa, with fresh strawberries blended into the icing.

As the sun dropped lower in the sky, the party swung into high gear. “Dancing with my nephew to Katy Perry’s ‘Roar’ was one of my favourite moments in time,” smiles Rhonda.