We are already half way through January, and so I know that I am a little bit behind on the year end review, but better late than never, right?!! 2015 was an amazing year, for SO many reasons. First off, following on the footsteps of 2014, which was the year of our wedding, it was actually really nice to not have anything huge personally on the horizon, and to just “be”. Now of course, my version of normal is still a bit busy….in 2015, we had: 17 weddings, 2 events, 2 styled shoots and the launch of our new website! January got the year off on the right foot with a winter wedding at the beautiful Butchart Gardens, which you can check out here. We don’t get to plan off season weddings too often, but when we do, it sure is fun!
In February, full on planning mode took over, as our days were filled with client meetings, site visits, and even a few cake tastings (tough life). We were also knee deep in the re-design of our website, thanks to the crazy talented Caribou Creative.
April was b.u.s.y. It began with a long weekend spent down in Napa with some very close friends. Great wine, delicious food, and some california sunshine? Just what the doctor ordered to get us ramped up for the upcoming wedding season. Once back home, we took part in an elopement styled shoot as well as a ridiculously fun Taylor Swift themed shoot. Keep your eyes peeled for those features this year…they are good!
And seeing our own wedding featured on Style Me Pretty, here, was basically a dream come true.
With the start of May, came wedding season! We got to design weddings at a castle, a villa, and a winery, and were blessed with beautiful spring weather for all of it. We also combined forces again with Jesse Holland, and planned another Industry Meetup for all the hard working vendors out there
In the middle of July, Nick & I were able to sneak off to Salt Spring (one of our happy places for sure) and celebrate 9 years together. The weddings throughout the summer were all drool worthy, in my humble opinion. Each one was so different, and every weekend, I thanked my lucky stars that we get to work with such fun and design savvy couples.
In August, FKE took a weekend road trip to Squamish, for our first mainland wedding! This was a huge milestone for us, and such a fun experience. We even managed to get the men in our lives to don an apron and get to work lol!
Every year, there are a few weddings that stand out to me, for one reason or another. In September, a wedding in picturesque Fanny Bay, was just that. The entire weekend was filled with so much love, and the wedding went off without a hitch
After an incredible 6 months of weddings, the girls and I celebrated the end of the season in October, at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel Spa, and indulged in a day of decadence. Having Laura & Emma a part of the team has been a game changer, and I couldn't imagine doing this without them! At the end of the month, it was time for my annual personal vacation, and so back to Maui Nick & I went, where we celebrated our 1 year wedding anniversary and basically sat on the beach and did nothing. Total bliss. And when I got home, there was a very exciting box of Wedluxe Magazines, with our black pearl feature. Here's a sneak for you, and more to come soon!
After a fabulous trip, and returning fully re-charged for the winter, November kept us busy. Nick & I planned a Tofino Running Retreat. We were blessed with probably the most perfect weather ever in Tofino (which is notoriously rainy) and I loved getting to bring the French Kiss touch to this event. The next week, I hoped on a ferry with Laura and a car full of other vendors, and headed over to the BC Wedding Awards. Always a fun event, and it so awesome getting to see 500+ wedding professionals come together for 1 night.
In the first week of December, I had the opportunity to join Nick, once again, in Austin, Texas. This is SUCH a fun town, and after experiencing it last year for the first time, I knew what I was in for. Amongst his work meetings, we managed to scope out a couple of Speakeasy’s, eat at some incredible restaurants, and discover more of what keeps Austin weird. Once back in Victoria (this time to stay a while), it was major catch up time on work, and time to prep for the holidays. Phew! What a year! 2016 has a lot to live up to, but I feel like it is up to the challenge ;)