Victoria Canada Weddings + Events

Annie and Brady – A Picturesque Wedding at The Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood

Annie and Brady spent July 19, 2014 celebrating their intimate wedding with their close friends and family. The bride and groom now live in Oregon and wanted their special day to highlight the beauty within the state.  Timberline Lodge itself is situated on the slope of Mount Hood surrounded by lush forest with a stunning view of the Cascade Mountain Range, and radiates a rustic elegance that fit the style of this wedding flawlessly.


Yes, you are seeing correctly. Beautiful JULY wedding with Mount Hood in the backdrop with snow… snow.  The stunning asymmetrical birch arch was chosen by the Bride.  We loved the lush floral and the more organic shape. Elegant and outdoorsy – perfect for a natural ceremony showcasing the beauty of this historic location to guests.


Hydrangea, Cafe Dahlias, Roses and Eucalyptus with Bay made up this beautiful classic look from Blum Floral Design.


The floral tucked along the aisle consisted of fern and petite arrangements, with a wide aisle that had a thick layer of white role petals going down the center. Keeping the decor simple and light gave a perfect display and kept the focus on the natural beauty of the location. All of these elements went hand-in-hand in creating a wedding that fit the effortless beauty of our favorite Portland couple!


Aly, Annie’s best friend from childhood, was unable to make it to the wedding. Annie not able to imagine her not seeing the wedding brought in technology to allow her to FaceTime in.  The Savvy Tech Solution would play a bigger part later in the reception.


Mulder, Annie and Brady’s baby, was even involved in the festivities with a special matching green collar and leash. Annie could not imagine the day without Mulder!

Parents Collage

We have had the pleasure of working with Brady’s Mom before…. Beth always gets a gold star for her organizational skills.


We love the color tones that Annie and Brady used!


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Annie is an equestrian so you can see the horseshoe – turned up for good luck!  We love to layer in details that reflect the couple and their interests to make the day really “them”.


Linen from Wildflower Linen complimented the Rustic Lodge where the Reception was held.


Aly, Matron of Honor, was unable to travel.  The best surprise was that she recorded a toast and worked with Victoria and the DJ to have it played at the wedding reception.  It was such a special moment and a great toast- smart, sarcastic and sweet.


Wood Menus showed not only the menu, but a run of show for the guests.


The plated dinner still makes my mouth water. Starting with a salad of fig-stuffed briar rose chèvre crusted in pistachio, pickled walla walls, wild arugula and lemon oil. Followed by surf-and-turf style entrees including hazelnut crusted halibut and citrus, and cascade natural beef tenderloin with mushroom glace, and sides of white cheddar-horseradish potato mash, baby carrots and grilled asparagus. Hungry yet?!  We loved that Timberline really utilizes local first food and artisans to create these memorable dishes.


Tables were named after areas in Oregon that meant something to the couple. For example, one of the tables was named Multnomah Falls, which is where they were engaged.


The reception area within the Timberline Lodge gave the guests a warm and welcomed feel. Tables were placed around the massive fireplace.  The reception was brimming with small details from decor to the place cards that gave all involved a sensation of the personal touches that were taken while putting together this wedding!


Guests enjoyed an Oregon oriented open bar consisting of multiple options including a premium northwest selection of beer and wines. Not to mention, a special argyle sparkling wine toast.  If you have been wine tasting in Oregon- you know they have some world renowned wineries.  Argyle is one!  If you are a Pinot Noir Fan- you know Oregon is a little bit of heaven.  The craft beers and local wines meant the night was a lively one!


A note that Annie and Brady are not overly showy.  Their first dance lasted a hot minute and that was just fine with the Bride.  We believe you should do what feels right to you!




Above:  The Bride is an avid reader so we could not resist some of these decor details.


One of my favorite moments was when Annie and Brady called me over to their table.  They let me know the wedding was everything that they imagined.  It makes me so happy when clients know we understand what they want and then we deliver it!

Pie Bookshelf Collage

Dessert was a station (as shown above) where guests could pick up their own heart-shaped pie made from local baker, Kelly’s Mini Pies and Mini Cheesecakes. The pies were baked with seasonal fruits – pie was their choice over cake and the guests loved them.  We utilized the bookcase that is at Timeberline Lodge.  This was an easy way to customize the decor and use something that was on the property.  


Good Photo Booth props – priceless.

A&B Collage

The goal of showcasing Oregon through small details worked perfectly by using local food, craft beer and wine companies. We all know that Oregon is known for its Pinot Noir so including it in the celebration was not even a question! Another delicious example came when the bride and groom used three specifically picked VooDoo Doughnuts for a ‘Breakfast at Midnight’ favor. Kelly, Victoria’s pacific northwest assistant :), helped out tremendously when her hubby drove them down the night of the wedding so each doughnut would be the freshest it could be! Two of the three flavored doughnuts were delicately placed in goody boxes, that were then situated on the guests’ hotel room beds allowing them to be easily transported and munched on at their leisure. “Breakfast at Midnight” with Cereal Topped Doughnuts?  YES please!

Thanks for the cute tags and paper products Celebrations In Paper!


Yes, Mt. Hood is a massive presence in the Pacific Northwest.  The Timberline Lodge is truly a historical representation of artisans and how they shaped a nation.  This popular ski lodge and mountain retreat was built entirely by hand in 1938, during the Great Depression. It was ordered through the Works Progress Administration, by President Franklin Roosevelt, as a way to fuel the economy and encourage growth during a time of intense economic problems. The lodge’s construction employed millions of jobless citizens and used resources and materials that were all locally made. In 1977 it was announced a National Historic Landmark and declared the finest example of WPA mountain architecture by the US Department of Interior. Many of the features that were created during the 30’s when it was built, are present and event utilized in the historical landmark today! (Come on, you know you feel smarter now!)


Not down with the artisan hoop la?  Perhaps it might feel familiar is this gorgeous location is known for its role in opening scene of the Shining, the 1980 movie based on Stephen King’s book, used aerial shots and exterior footage of the Timberline Lodge itself to give structure to the fictional Overlook Hotel. **Victoria was just excited it was the outside that was filmed, not the inside! (REDRUM)

This decades old landmark is a tribute to the rugged spirit that the Pacific Northwest embodies, something Annie and Brady wanted to share with their family ad friends!

“Luxury Lodge” is how Vic described the rooms.  Pendleton Blankets on the beds, fireplaces in many rooms?  Yes, Luxury Lodge is the way to stay!

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This wedding venue is one in a million! Mount Hood is not only Oregon’s highest peak and one of the most prominent of the Cascades volcanoes, but it is considered one of the seven wonders of Oregon- with this shot from Sara Vandepas it is breathtaking.



Location/Catering: Timberline Lodge at Mount Hood :: Disc Jockey: Event Team Entertainment :: Florist: Blum Floral Design :: Hair and Make-up Artist: Aimee J’Adore :: Invitations/Paper Products: Celebrations in Paper :: Linens: Wildflower Linens :: Photography: Sara Vandepas Photography :: Rentals: Peter Corvallis Productions :: Videographer: Moving Pictures Weddings :: Event Designer and Coordinator: Victoria Canada Weddings and Events :: Childcare: Creative Childcare Solutions :: PhotoBooth: Photogenica

Michelle and Brandon-Cocktails and Reception


One of the most important things for Michelle and Brandon was that their guests had an amazing time. We wanted to start the party off right away with a great cocktail hour. We brought in a three sided bar so that no guest would be left without a drink in hand! Lounge furniture was placed in the lawn and string lights were hung to continue the intimate feel.


The seating card wall was definitely one of our favorite details!! Petal Pusher did such a fabulous job creating the moss and floral wall and it was the perfect focal point during cocktail hour. We made sure to get plenty of use out of the wall by using the opposite side as the bar backdrop. Once all of the guests had their seating cards and the reception began, the wall was transformed into the backdrop of the slow motion video booth!



Like almost all of the rooms in the Arizona Biltmore, the Grand Ballroom has many unique architectural details that are very “Biltmore”. We wanted to enhance the look of the room without making it look too much like every other ballroom. We draped the ceiling and the walls but kept certain aspects of the architecture to keep just enough of the history.

Michelle loved the idea of mixing rectangle tables with rounds. Petal Pusher kept the floral arrangements low and placed a mix of smaller arrangements on each table.



The round custom dance floor is another favorite of ours. Platinum Pro did a truly amazing job capturing the watercolor design from Michelle and Brandon’s invitations and the shape was the perfect thing to bring the room together.



These table numbers were what we like to call #vcgenius. We were actually searching online for a card box when Victoria thought of the amazing idea to create agate table numbers. Finding the perfect sliced agate then became our new mission and we have to say, they turned out better than we even imagined! We love how unique each one was, and they brought a bit of a”harder” element to the loose flowers and soft colors.


We love these black and whites of the couple enjoying the dance floor, cake, and a fabulous champagne tower!






Location: Arizona Biltmore Resort :: Photography: Brushfire Photography :: Florist: Petal Pusher :: Invitations/Paper Products: Celebrations in Paper :: Rentals: Classic Party Rentals :: Linens: La Tavola Linen :: Dance Floor: Platinum Pro :: Drape: Quest Drape :: Ceremony and Cocktail Hour Music: Kip Fox :: Band: The JJ’s Band :: DJ: MT Sounds :: Hair Stylist: Lynn at Etch Salon :: Makeup Artist: Linda Wagner :: Tuxes: Mr. Formal :: A/C Units: Arizona Heater Rental :: Slow Motion Video Booth: I Do Films :: Rabbi: Rabbi Linder :: Event Designer and Coordinator: Victoria Canada Weddings and Events

Michelle and Brandon- Fabulous Details and Fun Bridal Party Photos


This wedding was full of style. Between Michelle’s gorgeous dress, perfectly styled veil, and her jaw-dropping emerald earrings, there was a not a shortage of pretty things to look at! The groom also showed up with his fashion game strong! Brandon’s bow tie, shoes, and sunglasses were just a few of his spot on accessories.




Not to be redundant, but we also LOVE Michelle’s engagement ring. The gold band in the photo above is Michelle’s grandmother’s wedding band. That is the ring that was used in the ceremony along with Brandon’s band.



Michelle and Brandon are great separately, but when they are together…. magical photos are born.





Michelle had each of her bridesmaids select their own dress in a blush and gold color palette. All of the girls did a fabulous job picking out their dresses and they could not have come together more seamlessly.

The picture below on the right is of Michelle and her sister (and Matron of Honor!) Stephanie. Victoria also planned Stephanie’s wedding to Jordan in 2008!




This group of guys were so much fun! It was really important to Brandon to get multiple photos of the groomsmen in different locations. Brushfire Photography did an AMAZING job capturing all of their personalities and we can not get enough of the two photos below.




To end this blog post, we just HAD to include a photo of the ring bearer. He is Michelle’s nephew and seriously too cute for words! I mean, just look at those blue eyes and curly hair!! (insert emoji with heart eyes)


Location: Arizona Biltmore Resort :: Photography: Brushfire Photography :: Florist: Petal Pusher :: Invitations/Paper Products: Celebrations in Paper :: Rentals: Classic Party Rentals :: Linens: La Tavola Linen :: Dance Floor: Platinum Pro :: Drape: Quest Drape :: Ceremony and Cocktail Hour Music: Kip Fox :: Band: The JJ’s Band :: DJ: MT Sounds :: Hair Stylist: Lynn at Etch Salon :: Makeup Artist: Linda Wagner :: Tuxes: Mr. Formal :: A/C Units: Arizona Heater Rental :: Slow Motion Video Booth: I Do Films :: Rabbi: Rabbi Linder :: Event Designer and Coordinator: Victoria Canada Weddings and Events

Michelle and Brandon- Secret Garden Ceremony




Michelle and Brandon were married in March at the Arizona Biltmore.  I can honestly say that this is one of those weddings where we felt like a celebrity planner.  I had so many guests staying at the resort comment on how beautiful it was.  I even had some people film us as we were setting up.  Hollywood we are ready for our close up!

Michelle and Brandon’s inspired wedding was featured on the One Hundred Layer Cake blog, so we thought it would be great to showcase their wedding on the blog today! The bride and groom attended the University of Arizona, but did not end up meeting until they were both living in Los Angeles years later and set up by a friend.

Clearly Michelle knew her wedding was going to be breathtaking.  But she did want to keep it private.  A beautiful and private jewel of a wedding.

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The Historic Arizona Biltmore Resort in Phoenix, Arizona was the perfect location for the Bride and Groom. The ceremony was inspired by the idea of a “secret garden”, and one of our goals was to make it as private as possible in such a public place. Michelle’s Mom is a talented interior designer (add that to uber organized) and was a perfect match to work with Victoria locally.



Michelle fell in love with the idea of incorporating greens to keep the look fresh and garden-esque.  An open air tent was created to farm the large chuppah with still allowing for the view of the Arizona Mountains.

The bougainvillea laying on top of the chuppah was one of our favorite details of the ceremony. Petal Pusher did an amazing job to weave all of the floral into the chuppah to achieve the organic and lush look that Michelle envisioned. This look is not easy to get and as Victoria always says, Tamara{with Petal Pusher} MUST have the strongest hands from all that spraying she does to keep the floral looking fresh and vibrant!


This program was another one of our favorites! Celebrations in Paper used the watercolor design and colors from their invitations to create this fold up program that was a secret in itself! Guests were able to learn more about the couple and, the traditions that filled the ceremony, and the best part…. it fits in a pocket or clutch!










The crest that was hanging at their ceremony was inspired by a crest created by Michelle’s Maid of Honor. The mountains behind the monogram symbolize the breathtaking Arizona backdrop of this couple’s special wedding destination. The two dogs represent Michelle and Brandon’s dog Nellie, there are two because animals are traditionally mirrored in crests. The three symbols above the crest are from the University of Arizona’s crest, where both Michelle and Brandon went to school. You can also find floral similar to the arrangements at the wedding, their wedding date, and a design bordering the top that is inspired by the architecture of the Arizona Biltmore.

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Notice the gorgeous watercolor anemones used in the program and invitation?? Keep those in mind, you will see them pop up again later!!


Location: Arizona Biltmore Resort :: Photography: Brushfire Photography :: Florist: Petal Pusher :: Invitations/Paper Products: Celebrations in Paper :: Rentals: Classic Party Rentals :: Linens: La Tavola Linen :: Dance Floor: Platinum Pro :: Drape: Quest Drape :: Ceremony and Cocktail Hour Music: Kip Fox :: Band: The JJ’s Band :: DJ: MT Sounds :: Hair Stylist: Lynn at Etch Salon :: Makeup Artist: Linda Wagner :: Tuxes: Mr. Formal :: A/C Units: Arizona Heater Rental :: Slow Motion Video Booth: I Do Films :: Rabbi: Rabbi Linder :: Event Designer and Coordinator: Victoria Canada Weddings and Events

Spring Training Season!

It’s time to throw on your baseball cap and head to the game because it is almost Spring Training Season!

Get ready, the opening  games are starting on  Tuesday, March 3. If you can’t make it to the game here are some fun drink recipes to watch the game from home.


“Giants Grand Slammer” is a Honey Lemon Spring Spritzer and is perfect refresher for a sunny Arizona day





½ cup honey (orange blossom or other citrus blossom honey is nice for this recipe

2 cups warm water

½ cup lime or lemon juice (or combination of the two)

1 cup cold water

1 cup lemon balm, lightly packed (substitute mint leaves for a minty version)

lemon slices

2 cups cold sparkling water

1 ounce/per serving of light liquor (rum, gin, or St. Germain)


In a large pitcher, mix honey and warm water until honey combined. Add lime/lemon juice, and 1 cup cold water. Mix well. Crush lemon balm and add to mixture. Using a muddle or wooden spoon handle, smash lemon balm in bottom of pitcher. Add lime/lemon slices and refrigerate mixture until chilled (about an hour).Once chilled, add 2 cups of cold sparkling water. Stir. Pour through a strainer into individual glasses over crushed ice. Garnish beverages with lemon balm leaves and citrus slices. Stir in 1 oz. of light liquor to each glass.


“Diamondbacks Double Run” Strawberry Mojito is the best way to start of the season rooting for your home team.



11 oz. strawberries, hulled (2-3/4 cups)

1/3 cup fresh lime juice

1/4 cup granulated sugar

10 large fresh mint leaves

1 cup white or amber rum

1 cup seltzer

Mint sprigs, lime wedges, or fresh strawberries, to garnish


In a medium pitcher, combine the strawberries, lime juice, sugar, and mint leaves and crush with a muddler or wooden spoon until the sugar is dissolved, about 1 minute. Add the rum and stir gently.

Fill 4 rocks glasses three-quarters full with ice, divide the mojito among them, and top each with about 1/4 cup seltzer. Garnish with mint sprigs, lime wedges, or strawberries.



The Cubs always have a win if you’re drinking their signature drink “The Wrigley”.






3/4 ounce vodka

3/4 ounce gin

3/4 ounce light rum

3/4 ounce tequila

3/4 ounce blue curacao

ounces sour mix

1/2 ounce carbonated lemon-lime beverage (Sprite)



Fill a pint with ice. Add vodka, gin, rum, tequila, Curacao, sour and Sprite. Stir with a straw, garnish with lemon, lime and cherry. Serve.


Colorado’s “Mile High” Cranberry vodka is a classic drink for a winning streak by the Rockies.






¾ cup cranberry juice

1 oz vodka

Splash Ginger Ale

Splash of lime juice

Lime for garnish


Mix together cranberry juice and vodka. Pour over ice. Top with cranberries and a splash of ginger ale and lime juice. Add a lime for garnish.


Oakland has a delicious “Athletic Supporter” guaranteed to revitalize any game with its cucumber and mint twist.


5 oz gin

3 cucumber slices

1/4 lime, sliced

4 oz tonic water

6 mint leaves

1 Tbsp sugar

Directions: Add mint, lime, gin, sugar (if using) to shaker and muddle. Add cucumber slices to shaker and shake vigorously. Pour mixture over glass filled with ice and top with tonic water. Stir, let set for a few minutes for the flavors to enhance and enjoy.






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