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Canada I have a crush on you, seriously.  You’re lush, you’re green, you have beautiful backdrops and your coastal/lake areas are pretty much the stuff dreams are made of.  When Nicole Searle  &  Nick Brown’s gorgeous North Pacific Cannery wedding in Port Edward British Columbia hit my inbox, it was an instant YES on so many levels!  Nestled sweetly into a bay along the Hecate Strait, Port Edward evokes the perfect sleepy mountain rich fishing village persona we often see replicated on TV.  Rich green pine tree filled mountains frame the bay while a dreamy fog lazily floats on the top of the forest canopy.  The Cannery, embodying everything that is photographically amazing about a fishing town, sets the most romantic of stage for Nicole & Nick’s utterly perfect DIY wedding!  Nicole’s mother went to task on all the florals, hand crafting unique looks for each piece, including Nick’s boutonniere which was simple flowers & fishing hook symbolizing their shared love of fishing!  Nick’s mother created the lovely wedding stationary, while friends of Nicole handled the hair & makeup.  Tables at the celebration where covered in rustic tablescapes on burlap including wood slices, glass jars, & wild flowers while each table was given the name of a place special to Nicole & Nick.  Not to be out done by the beauty of the nature around them, Nicole was beyond divine in a floor length lace wedding dress with a vintage flair, hair tucked into a modern gibson and tumbling pearls that draped along her collar bone & back.  Nick was naturally all polish & sophistication in a well fitted 3 piece tux and together they made the most gorgeous of wedding couples!  I die over how  captivating this wedding is and I suggest you take the time to pin your hearts out!


Novella of the Bride…

Wedding Buzzwords: Unique, Vintage, Natural, Laidback, Personal & FUN
Specialty Cocktail: Cherry Juice {from my hometown,the Creston Valley}, Flor de Cana {our favorite Rum} & Sparkling Water

We met when we were both in school in Alberta and we both knew from the first times we spent together that our relationship was something special-something that neither of us had experienced before. After school we were looking for adventure….and the ocean:)  Everything just fell into place for us to move to Prince Rupert, and we haven’t looked back since.We love the outdoors and in Prince Rupert- you literally are living in a rain forest-which makes for amazing scenery. Activities are endless and at your fingertips. This is definitely our home now, and we wanted to share it with our friends and family, hence us choosing to have our marriage celebration here.

We wanted to have a unique, relaxed vintage wedding in look and feel. We both love the outdoors and didn’t want anything too polished or “perfect”. That’s not us and we wanted our wedding to be a reflection of who we are and what we love. The Cannery allowed us to have the vintage touch, while also showcasing such a huge part of the North Coast’s history with our guests. We also love to fish so it tied that in for us as well!  The Cannery needed very little decorating and shone all on its own. We loved the story it told about the fishing history, which is close to both of our hearts. We were able to be on the water, inside or out (which is key in Prince Rupert with all the rain) and we were also able to provide our guests with tours, as it is a National Historic Site.

Nicholas’ mom designed and made our wedding invitations, which were absolutely beautiful and exactly what I wanted, way more than anything I could have created! My parents made our wedding favours-hand dipped beeswaxs candles and chocolate covered dried cherries from my hometown. This wedding really was a labor of love and it was reflected in everything. I really wanted unique touches, so instead of table numbers, we used the names of our favorite places from childhood and our life together, which helped create conversations among the guests.  My brother, sister in law, and my younger sister were also there to lend a hand with anything that was needed. One of my best friends from high school-Danni Hill, came all the way from Nelson to do my hair and makeup-not only for me but also all my bridesmaids. So needless to say, everyone felt so spoiled and special. It was an amazing gift. Nick’s dad and his wife also put on our rehearsal dinner, which was a huge help to us and delicious!

Bride’s Favorite Moment: “Oh gosh that’s so hard to choose…..there are so many! I would say standing up with Nicholas exchanging vows and becoming a married couple! It was such an amazing feeling and experience. The reception was amazing as we have THE GREATEST friends and family who helped to make it the best party and celebration. The impromptu after party at our house until 5:30 am was also a great time!!”


Vendor Love

Ceremony: North Pacific Cannery Museum  | Reception: North Coast Convention Center  | Wedding Dress: Mori Lee- from Bliss Bridal, Kelowna BC  | Bridesmaid Dresses: Suzi Shier  | Shoes: Blondo  | Hair + Makeup: Found Salon & Spa  | Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss  | Invitations: Gail Peters-Nicholas’ Mother  | Music: Darren Beaulieu  | Florist: Mary Jean Searle- Bride’s Mother | Caterer: North Coast Convention Center   | Baker: Harlow’s Eatery | Photographer: Stefania Bowler Photography