Katerina and Adam
March 8, 2015
Victoria, British Columbia
Adam proposed in Thailand in December and we decided to keep our plans secret from everyone but our witnesses until after the big day.
When we returned home to Portland the next week we started working on the details immediately.
I decided to make my own accessories and ended up spending weeks stringing countless necklaces and bracelets before I settled on the ones I liked. I also spent every free moment over the course of a month hand-beading my own belt. Everything was finished just days before our ceremony.
On Saturday, March 7, 2015 we woke up early to drive up to the northwest corner of the United States, hopped on a ferry, and crossed the Straight of Juan de Fuca to arrive the beautiful city of Victoria, British Columbia.
After we passed through customs we quickly headed to Rook and Rose, a delightful and airy little shop from whom I had ordered bulk flowers online, including peonies, ranunculus, ferns, eucalyptus, garden roses, eucalyptus, dusty miller, and tulips. The next stop was a local drug store to buy our marriage license.
With only a couple hours to spare before dinner we then rushed to the Dashwood Manor Bed and Breakfast to unload our belongings and set to work on creating my floral crown and bouquet, which Adam and I designed and constructed together.
The next morning, on Sunday, March 8, we woke up early enough to bathe and enjoy a leisurely breakfast overlooking the ocean.
When we returned to our room we got back to work and finished up the florals, constructing both boutonnieres for Adam and his brother, as well as a second floral crown for my friend.
The hair stylist, Elena of Conscious Hair, came at 9:30 and turned my hair into a masterpiece using only sustainable and organic products. The photographer, Curtis Pelletier, arrived with the witnesses around 10:30 am. I did my own makeup and helped my witness with hers.
We were outside by 11 and enjoyed a beautiful walk through Beacon Hill Park to finally arrive at the stone bridge where we were married at noon.
After the ceremony we went to the Fairmont Empress Hotel and enjoyed a decadent afternoon tea, including champagne, finger-sandwiches, scones, and cake-bites. Our witnesses caught the next ferry home, and we stayed an extra night to enjoy Victoria on our own.
We finally told our parents the big news the next day. Everyone is thrilled, and we’ll be having a big celebratory picnic this summer.
Photography by Curtis Pelletier Photography