Sophie + Tanner’s Victoria Library Wedding

Stephanie and Tanner with their bridal party outside the Fairmont Empress hotel in Victoria

You are all in for a treat today, please enjoy Stephanie and Tanner’s contemporary Victoria Library wedding – located at the stunning Fairmont Empress Hotel.

How did Calyx Floral Design end up in Victoria you ask? Sophie discovered us on Instagram and made an inquiry! Her wedding date happened to align with our schedule, it was all very serendipitous! Our busy summer months often take us to many beautifully corners of Canada, so in case you have ever wondered if we can come to you – please reach out and ask!

On to our wedding! Let’s start by taking a moment to admire the venue! It is safe to say spending time at a Fairmont is going to be grand experience and this one is no exception! The library is such a refined venue option with the extravagant wood details, ornate ceilings and huge windows that look out to the Inner Harbour. I love the pops of colour from the book’s spines lined up on the shelves. All in all, a very enchanting and intimate venue for a wedding!

Sophie and Tanner were a very handsome pair. She is a natural beauty and her dress was a knock out! It felt alluring with the suggestion of being revealing, but very tasteful with all of the embellishment keeping her appropriately covered. The dramatic train and veil were icing on the cake! Chef’s kiss!

Tanner also was looking very sharp in his tux. You can’t go wrong with a classic tux! More than his snappy attire, he really lights up for Sophie. I noticed while I was attempting to narrow down my photo selection how Tanner’s smile reached his eyes and how often he was gazing lovingly at his beautiful bride. My cheesy Mama heart thought it was precious!


You may recognize some of these photos as they were shared in our last post about the posy bouquet wedding trend! In case you missed it – we are big fans. These hand tied bouquets are often smaller in size and make the perfect bridal accessory. They style is simpler, often monochromatic, with minimal greens and rich in texture as they are filled with lots of delicate blooms. They look very chic, and Sophie’s is the perfect example!

For Sophie and her bridesmaids, we designed posy bouquets in all white, featuring astilbe, forget me nots, pieris japonica, sweet pea and lisianthus. The bouquets were finished off with a simple silk stem wrap. Tanner was the only one to wear a boutonniere, with a few white blooms to match the bride.

Along with the bouquets, we also designed some big, beautiful green and white arrangements to line the base of the large windows. With the use of delicate white blooms, which gave an airy, wildflower vibe, the arrangements were very natural in style.

To achieve this look we used astilbe, camilia, ‘white cloud’ garden roses, larkspur, lisianthus, pieris japonica, ‘playa blanca’ roses, scabiosa and sweet peas contrasted with lush italian ruscus.

The arrangements had a very similar feel to another trend – grounded floral arches. This trend is when there are arrangements on the ground, designed in a vertical fashion surrounding the couple in a crescent type shape. They add beauty without taking away from the beautiful surroundings of the chosen ceremony location. They were the perfect touch of softness in this elegant setting.

The arrangements were then split up to be repurposed at the reception. We used them to highlight a few areas at the intimate reception including the stunning fireplace (both at the hearth as well as the mantel) and the cake table.

I think this wedding was so beautiful, I loved all of the unique details of the venue and rich textures with the flowers. I hope you enjoyed Stephanie and Tanner’s Victoria Library wedding too, and I can’t wait to see what kind of ideas it inspires!

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