Bryn and Jeff French love to entertain family and friends. For the two of them, planning their wedding day was just like hosting another fun and relaxed get-together — only on a much larger scale. Although they realize that a wedding is all about the couple, they wanted their own day to be about their guests and ensuring everyone felt loved, special and well taken care of. Both born and raised in B.C., Bryn and Jeff naturally chose a West Coast chic wedding style, achieved through a green and cream palette, accented with wooden features (including cedar flower boxes and candle holders made by Bryn's father). For their outdoor ceremony, the couple were drawn to the rustic beauty of Vancouver Island's Starling Lane Winery, known not only for its wine, but its lush gardens and orchard. Keeping their guests' comfort in mind, Bryn and Jeff arranged for a shuttle from Brentwood Bay Resort & Spa to the ceremony in time for guests to enjoy a pre-ceremony cocktail. After the ceremony, the champagne flowed, while guests indulged in a fresh oyster bar, fully catered feast, live music and a relaxed interlude of playing croquet and bocci on the winery's lawns. Later, everyone returned to Brentwood Bay for more pampering, including another cocktail hour and a sit-down dinner in the reception room, which had been decorated with real "trees" made from oak leaves and plenty of warming candles as the sun set. Ultimately, Jeff and Bryn's day was all about great food, wine, music and friends — and being the perfect hosts. "It was honestly the best day of both our lives," says Bryn.
Photographer Christie Graham | Venue — Ceremony Starling Lane Winery | Venue — Reception Brentwood Bay Resort & Spa | Wedding Planner Roxanne Cave of Celebrate Events | Bride’s Dress byVenus Wedding Dress, from Isabelle's Bridal | Bridesmaid Dresses BCBG | Hair Elena Roberts | Makeup Carly Flint | Groom’s Attire Canali Suite, from Holt Renfrew | Groomsmen Attire Burberry Suite, from Holt Renfrew | Stationery Total Graphics | Flowers Verbena Floral Design by Vanessa Waters | Catering (Ceremony) The London Chef | Jewellery Indigo Star | Music Colin Bullock