With its dramatic mountain, rainforest and ocean scenery, British Columbia is the quintessential wedding destination. Amongst the wild, couples can design a romantic and magical elopement that uniquely reflects their one-of-a-kind love story.
Say your I do’s on a floating island, next to a waterfall, or along on expansive windswept beach edged by rainforest. Our inspiration and style guide is for the adventurous couple seeking an intimate celebration infused with the rugged beauty of the Pacific Northwest.
Start your new journey together where the timeless magic of the wilderness and romance unite in exquisite fashion.
FLOATING ON LOVE: NAturally beautiful
Mackenzie Dress by Truvelle
Taking inspiration from place and the simple beauty of nature.
Classic and alluring with intricate chorded lace covered with subtle sequins and an open, illusion lace back. The deep-v bodice and a-line skirt offers comfort and ease of movement – ideal for getting in and out of a canoe! Truvelle is about that fresh, minimal aesthetic for the new, modern bride. With an emphasis on design, fit, and quality, all dresses are made-to-order in Vancouver, BC.
“From my years working at Nimmo Bay, I had spent lots of time in MacKenzie Sound (the Fjord where we got married) and feel connected to the place so we thought it would be the ideal location for our floating ceremony. When I saw the dress was the MacKenzie dress by Truvelle — well, it was just meant to be.”
“Having our own floating island to say our vows surrounded by only the ocean fit us perfectly. We had written our vows but left them behind and spoke from the heart.”
– Brianna Sloan
Veil by Jennifer Leigh Couture, New York
ETHEREAL & ENCHANTED
Aubade Dress by Aesling
Sleek elegance amongst the endless beauty of the rainforest.
Aesling’s designs are intentionally crafted to be both modern and timeless. With a focus on highlighting natural silhouettes and creating clean lines, who wouldn’t pair this dress with a dramatic waterfall backdrop? Each of Aesling’s dresses are hand cut and made-to-order by a local team in Vancouver, BC. Bringing care and attention to every detail, the team finds their inspiration through form and architecture.
Cape by Davie & Chiyo, Vancouver, BC.
Looking for a beautiful and intimate bridal shopping experience?
With the belief that your dress shopping is as much about the experience as it is the dress itself, we suggest The White Peony in Victoria, BC. Trish’s thoughtfulness, care, and attention to detail is apparent from the moment you step into this romantic little bridal shop. Specializing in dresses made in Canada, the boutique also carries select designers from around the world. Curating a collection to reflect their love of romance and simplicity, each wedding dress has been intentionally hand selected. For an unparalleled experience – The White Peony is a true gem.
WEST COAST WONDER: PRETTY IN PINK
Dress by Lily Kennedy Custom Gowns
Cascading ruffles add a romantic fairy-tale touch.
“A helicopter tour filled with countless waterfalls and endless expanses of white sand beach with no one’s footprints but our own was an exceptional way to spend our wedding day.”
– Kelsey Rannala
This one-of-a-kind gown was expertly handmade by Lily Kennedy Custom Gowns in Victoria, BC, for bride, Kelsey Rannala. With beautiful texture and a kissed pink shade that feels softer and more whimsical than white – this dress is a work of art. At Nimmo Bay, we love the idea of brides breaking tradition and making their wedding day style something all their own.
Adding beautiful, simple accents and touches of elegance.
“Each piece has a story, a history waiting to be made,” says Little Gold, of Victoria, BC, about their curated jewellery collection.
Warren Steven Scott is a contemporary accessory designer, fashion designer, tailor, and craftsperson. Scott’s collection bridges the Western concept of luxury fashion with his ancestral worldview on ethics, craft, and aesthetic sensibility. His approach to design pictures a modern image of fashion through an Indigenous lens. Scott is a member of the Nlaka’pamux Nation, whose territory is located in the interior of present-day British Columbia, and today, he lives and works in Toronto.
Classic, simple flats are ideal for stepping in and out of a canoe, saying your wedding vows on a floating island, and wandering along the coastal landscape of the Great Bear Rainforest.
Here we have ‘something old’ and ‘something borrowed’ vintage shoes keeping the traditions alive!
Or for something a little more glamorous, the Stuart Weitzman Bridal Collection celebrates forever with confidence in sophisticated silhouettes designed for timeless romance.
Family owned and operated for 90 years, Viberg has handcrafted all-leather footwear using traditional techniques in their Canadian factory. Their small production runs, timeless silhouettes, and the use of specialty small-batch leather give their clientele the pleasure of owning something that is special and rare.
“Every detail is intentional and designed to create a time-honoured product that will get better with age and follow you forward.”
Foraged greenery, such as ferns and salal, add a West Coast flair to florals. Mix in some buds and fresh blossoms, and you have an earthy rustic theme for your bouquet, boutonniere, and hairpiece, sure to complement any wild wedding style.
The team at Platinum Floral Designs, in Victoria, BC, are known for their luxurious, textural floral arrangements dripping in romance and Kelsey’s dreamy bouquet of eucalyptus, calla lilies and pink roses, was no exception.
Toast to your love story and enjoy a simple, beautiful cake. Organic details, such as wild huckleberries and leaves, add a touch of subtle elegance and weave in inspiration from the wild surroundings.
Or pass on the more traditional cake and go with something that really tickles your fancy – crispy ginger cake with foraged huckleberries and buttermilk sorbet or a sublime cherry blossom and rhubarb tart – just a couple of sweet suggestions! In the end, it’s your wedding, your day, your dessert.
Celebrate your love story nestled in nature, on the edge of extraordinary wilderness where dreams become reality, and anything is possible.
With all the luxuries and curated experiences that Nimmo Bay is famous for, along with a personalized ceremony and celebration, love in the wild has never been more perfectly styled. We invite you to soak in the warmth and wonder of the wilderness as you embark on your new journey together.
Photos: Jeremy Koreski