About two years ago, Aaron Brandon surprised his partner Jamie Banfield while on a Sunday drive. The two ended up on a ferry to the Sunshine Coast, then on to the scenic Rockwater Secret Cove Resort where Aaron had already made reservations for a few days of R&R in the resort’s unique tent house. At dinner that evening, Jamie said to Aaron, “If we ever got married, I can totally see it here.”

Aaron proposed about six months later, with a ring that he and his grandmother had designed. And, naturally, Jamie and Aaron began making plans to return to the Rockwater for their wedding.

A professional interior designer, Jamie runs Surrey-based firm Jamie Banfield Design — so where else would he turn to design the biggest day of his life? Together, Jamie and his team pulled together all the decorations and details for both the ceremony and reception. Inspired by both the event and the spectacular West Coast location, they created a shabby-chic look using rustic burlap and wood mixed with sophisticated glass, chrome and black fabric.

To reduce waste and save costs, lanterns and tall vases filled with flowers used for the outdoor ceremony were put to work at the tented reception as centrepieces, while the wedding bouquets enjoyed a second life on the head table. Special details like vintage keys,personalized menus, name tags and drink tickets all helped to add elegant and personal touches throughout.

In tune with B.C.’s casual yet sophisticated style, the couple and wedding party chose traditionally inspired outfits with a twist — the “groom-ladies” formal wear was inspired by a man’s tux. Even the couple’s little nieces and nephews got in on the act, wearing special outfits to match the wedding party. While the adults relaxed over cocktail hour, the kids got to indulge at their own lemonade stand.

“The most important portion of the day was spending it together,” says Jamie. “That is why we had breakfast together, and got ready with each other, walked down the aisle and spoke amazing words together in front of our family and friends.”

Photographer: Linsey Hulls Photography | Venue & Catering: Rockwater Secret Cove Resort | Decorator & Planner: Jamie Banfield Design | Wedding Couple’s Suits: Calvin Klein | Bridesmaid Dresses: H&M | Hair &Makeup: Jennilea Ziola, JZ Hair Studio | Groom-Ladies Outfits: Dynamite & Moores Clothing for Men | Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas | Flowers: Flowers + Company | Cupcakes: Homemade