This summer has been incredible so far! Lots of super sweet brides, love, adventures, ocean swims and lakes, bicycle rides and runs in the woods. We love summer in Vancouver but spending half of our time on the special Sunshine Coast really lets us soak in the warm dreamy days and all the amazing adventures of fun at our door. This is really a post of about being thankful for the beyond beautiful land we call home and the opportunity to immerse oneself in the exquisite tranquility of nature by just taking a 40 minute ferry ride away from the city. Every time we drive off the ferry there is an instant calm and a huge breath of fresh air and the feeling of freedom. We love you Sunshine Coast BC.
Photos by the wonderful Jennifer Picard Photography
Trillium Resort and Spa – Port Sydney, Muskoka ON
We have fallen completely in love with this beautiful cottage style venue. This serene 86 acre resort features 17 cottages and chalets for your family and friends to spend a memorable weekend celebrating the love between you and your partner! Our favourite part about Trillium is the Post-and-Beam Dining Room, featuring an antique bar, wooden beamed cathedral ceilings and a stone fireplace. The large arched windows offer stunning natural light and a picturesque view of Devine Lake. The dining room is often used for indoor ceremonies, with incredible staff to transform it into your dining reception area and later to a floor to dance the night away! We absolutely love that Trillium also offers ceremonies outside on the lawn or the beach front, with the stunning private lake as your back drop to say I do! They also have an on location Spa offering a special array of services for you and your bridal party to be pampered and unwind before the big day. The resort also has a pool, a variety of motor less boats at the lake and a charming waterfall for you to enjoy during your stay. Safe to say, the incredible team at Trillium Resort and Spa specialize in making your cottage style wedding dreams come true!
Windermere House – Windermere, Muskoka ON
This unique wedding venue stole our hearts with its historic Victorian-style setting nestled along the shores of the breathtaking Lake Rosseau. This Muskoka landmark offers a variety of venue options including the Islandview Room, the Grand Verandah and the sprawling lawn front. You and your guests can enjoy the 56 charming rooms and suites for a luxurious overnight stay just steps from your ceremony location of choice! Their AMBA Health and Beauty Spa also offers wedding packages, so you and your loved ones can indulge in their relaxing services. A wide variety of water, sports and leisure activities and equipments are available for you and your guests to enjoy during their stay, along with an exceptional golf course right next door. With an “it’s all in the details” planning approach you can rest assured their team of event specialists will be there to cater to your every need. The Windemere house will leave you and your guests with an unforgettable wedding experience and memories that will last a lifetime.
Photo credit: Williamson Photo
Weddings are always beautiful but the backdrop of a breathtaking location can make the day that much more incredible, not to mention the photos! Of course Vancouver has a ton of amazing locations to say “I do” but these three destinations, just a jump skip out of town are extra special and totally worth the trip!
1- The Sunshine Coast
Dear to our hearts, the impeccable Sunshine Coast is easily our number one spot. From the quaint Bonniebrook Lodge in Gibsons, peacefully set along a strip of coastline comparable to some tropical beach to the rustic and homey style of Ruby Lake Resort cabins set on the warm and immaculately clear Ruby Lake. To the true meaning behind destination wedding at the beyond tranquil West Coast Wilderness Lodge perfectly tucked away into the serene bay in Egmont at the top of the Sunshine Coast Highway. This last gem is tied for top spot as our most favourite venue.
photo credit: Jennifer Picard Photography
2- Galiano Island
Gorgeous Galiano Island, where I am actually writing this blog post from right now!! We came to know Galiano a few years ago when one of our sweet brides introduced us to the beyond beautiful Bodega Ridge (also tied for top favourite). Hidden up on the ‘quiet end’ of the island, sits this sprawling and picturesque venue. After many weddings on this dreamy Southern Gulf island, we have also fallen in love with the Spanish inspired Galiano Inn. Conveniently located right by the ferry and most shops/cafes, though once you enter their gates you are transported into the serenity of lush and pretty gardens and old world charm.
photo credit: The Nickersons
3- The Fraser Valley to Manning Park
If you don’t want to think about ferries, the Fraser Valley is super accessible from Vancouver. Rolling green hills and the incredible mountains are the amazing backdrop to this stunning area. Close enough to make a day trip but inviting enough to forget the city, this is really a majestic area. The crown jewel is the Fraser River Lodge. The old timey log cabins, elaborate aboriginal carvings, tons of activities and probably the best bridal suite ever, puts this gem among our top faves. If you really want your wedding off the beaten path and tucked away in nature feeling, Manning Park Resort could be the place for you. Located just beyond the Fraser Valley in E.C. Manning Provincial Park and nestled in the heart of the Cascade Mountains, Manning Park Resort is a ascetic and recreational paradise.
photo credit: Mathais Fast
“Unveiled… a richly-styled collaborative that indulges our senses and adds a sprinkle of whimsy and nostalgia to the rituals a bride might go through as she prepares for her wedding day” – So Dearly Beloved
We shared a few of these photos on the blog a little while back, but we are SO excited to have them featured on the gorgeous and stylish wedding blog, So Dearly Beloved. We had such an incredible team for this beautiful shoot:
PHOTO & CREATIVE DIRECTION: maru photography GOWN & ACCESSORIES: kathryn bass bridal FLORALS: deborah lee designs MODEL: motogpri HAIR & MAKEUP: save the date beauty VENUE: terminal city club RING: whisper jewels CALLIGRAPHY: quill and co SET ASSISTANT: vaela weddings
CHECK OUT the incredible behind the scenes video by Ashley of Vaela Weddings HERE !!!
Behind The Scenes – Our Creative in Hamburg, Germany
After a few weeks of planning and preparing, Save The Date Beauty found ourselves in Hamburg, Germany collaborating with the ever so talented and sweet Katrin of Plan Liebe. Katrin welcomed us with her beautiful smile and fun energy and immediately we knew we had found our gem from Hamburg! With just a few days before our arrival Katrin was able to put together a dream team for the shoot!
It’s hard to believe that already 3 months have passed since we were toe deep in the hot white sands of the beautiful Playa del Carmen beaches. This beach in particular is called Xcalacoco. Our incredible photographer Adrian of Dean Sanderson Weddings suggestion and just a short drive from the busy streets of Playa del Carmen. Down a long winding white walled pathway with tropical plants and cute little resting areas lies this gorgeous beach. It was quiet and calm as the sun set in the distance. Our stunning model Saabrina Wehner wore an effortlessly pretty lace bodysuit and flowing breezy skirt by Kathryn Bass Bridal, a long lace gown with keyhole cut out by Pure Magnolia and vintage silk black slip from Far Out Vintage complemented by the vivid colours of Phaulet’s kimonos and printed scarf. The inspiration for the styling was natural, beachy, easy bridal beauty, focusing on loose waves, with wild floral details and golden highlights on the eyes and cheeks, keeping the eyes bright and soft. We went for a pop of colour on the lips to highlight the tones in Phaulets pieces.
We absolutely fell in love with the amazing beaches of Playa del Carmen, Mexico and totally think it makes the perfect backdrop for the most dreamy destination wedding for all those natural beauty boho brides.
Check out our feature with the lovely people at Liz Moore Destination Weddings!!
For this post we look to the incredible experts at Liz Moore Destination Weddings. This tight knit team has planned hundreds of destination weddings all over the world making their clients wishes come true while working with any budget. Their passion for destination weddings is clear in their upbeat and positive commitment to each and every client.
Let us introduce the lovely Paige Moore of Liz Moore Destination Weddings as she expresses why Playa del Carmen is one of her top places in Mexico for your destination wedding:
As a representative from Liz Moore Destination Weddings, I would like to thank the wonderful ladies at Save the Date Beauty for letting me write about why you should have a destination wedding in Playa del Carmen. This exceptional region of Mexico is one of our most popular destinations and we can’t wait to tell you why:
1. Location: As you can see by the beautiful pictures, Playa del Carmen is a picturesque, tropical paradise that will make all of your wedding dreams come true. If you are a bride to be looking to take out the stress of planning a wedding, why not say ‘I do!’ somewhere stunning. The beaches, heat, and palm trees will be a drop dead gorgeous backdrop for your wedding pictures. Don’t believe me? Just look at these images! Because you are going to be in such a carefree and magnificent location, you can style your hair, makeup, and dress in whatever way you want, with the help of Save the Date Beauty of course.
2. Resorts: So, you have decided on Playa del Carmen. Excellent choice. Now, you may be wondering why you would have a wedding at a resort. Well, there are several properties to choose from in Playa del Carmen. What this means is that you can find the perfect location within whatever budget you have for your wedding. Each resort has its benefits and lovely options for a ceremony and reception. Best of all, you can bring Save the Date Beauty with you to ensure you look your absolute best on your special day. They can recommend specific colours and styles because they have spent time in these stunning locations.
3. Fun: Yes, my favourite part, fun. Playa del Carmen is not only sensationally beautiful, but it is also exciting. Most resorts offer water sports, excursions, and of course, all-inclusive options. You can even jump on a boat and head to the island of Cozumel where you create everlasting memories with all the special people in attendance. You will also have the opportunity to have fun with what you want to wear and how you look for your wedding. Weddings don’t have to be such a formal affair anymore! Have fun with your makeup and let your true colours come out because vibrant Playa del Carmen is ready for it. I bet the ladies at Save the Date Beauty can agree; Playa del Carmen is a lively and impressive location for a destination wedding.
YES! We completely agree, Playa del Carmen is the perfect spot for your tropical destination wedding!
The photos that accompany this post are by the wonderfully sweet and genuine team of Jasmin & Matt Photography. These Canadian transplants in Mexico have be specializing in destination weddings in Playa del Carmen and the gorgeous surrounding areas of Cancun, Cozumel, Tulum and Isla Mujeres for years. They are an easy choice for your destination wedding photography if you are looking for a fun and thoughtful team dedicated to personal connection. We just LOVE these two!
Dress by Kathryn Bass Bridal