Known as the Garden City and at times called the Canadian California,’ Victoria BC is among the most desirable wedding destinations not only in Canada, but also in the rest of the world. Victoria, BC is the capital city of British Columbia with a population of roughly 300,000 inhabitants. Located in the southern region of Vancouver Island, off the Canadian West Coast, Victoria is surrounded by the ocean on three sides. Thus, it has miles and miles of beach access and ocean views, providing numerous scenic locations for outdoor weddings on the waterfront.
The reason why Victoria BC is the best place for wedding is that, it is a mecca of beauty, characterized by one of the mildest climates in Canada, all year round gorgeous flowers and foliage, accompanied by beautiful beaches, castles, wild west coast scenery, horse draw carriages, among others. When considering Vancouver Island Wedding Photographers it is best to review their portfolio. Due to its mild climate, Victoria receives over 2000 hours of sunshine per year, and with eight months of the year being free from frost, making it a perfect destination for weddings including the outdoor wedding all year round.
Its ocean-side parks, hills of evergreens, rocky sea-sides, and long stretches of beach create a breathtaking scenery that Victoria Wedding Photographers take advantage of to create wedding memories that last a lifetime.
It is clear that Victoria has earned its bragging rights for its natural beauty; however this is not the only aspect that makes the city the best place for weddings. The city is also rich in culture, stemming from both its Native roots, and a British colonial history with numerous historic landmarks and architecture that date back to the 1800s. The coastal communities of Oak Bay to the east, Sidney to the north-east, and to Sooke to the north-west provides a perfect background for those who prefer a West coast theme for their wedding. All the communities along this coast, from Sooke to Sidney have oceanfront parks that provide perfect venue locations, with the most elegant being the Butchart Gardens and the historic Beacon Hill Park.
With the backdrops of mountains, beach, ocean, and other beautiful scenery, couples are spoiled for choice on where to tie the knot. Regardless where you are, whether you’re on the on the island, Lower Mainland, up north, or somewhere in between, there are endless places to host your wedding ceremony. Such places include:
Brentwood Bay Resort and Spa: It is among most luxurious oceanfront venue in Victoria perfect for a wedding or even honeymoon. Has luxurious suits that overlook the ocean, and also has the capacity to host all your wedding activities in one location and also provide and a memorable honeymoon experience.
Mount Robson Mountain River Lodge: If perfect for people looking to have a simple wedding with only a handful of guests. However, there is nothing simple about the venue, it overlooks the majestic Mount Robson and a glacier river, and is only a short distance from the renowned Berg Lake Trail.
Sooke Harbour House: Has the ability to host a wedding of any size, due to their extensive experience in hosting wedding ceremonies. Located by the sea, the venue is flawless, and creates a homey feeling topped with a touch of elegance. Other great places to host your wedding ceremony in Victoria BC include,
• Cideries, Wineries, and Farms such as Church & State Winery, Sleeping Dog Farm, Glenrosa Farm, Rosemeade Farms among others.
• Backyard Weddings at Craigdarroch Castle, Heritage Acres, Ocean Discovery Centre etc.
• Restaurants such as The Beach House Restaurant, Ferris Oyster Bar & Grill, Fireside Grill Deep Cove Chalet etc.
• Hotels such as Brentwood Bay Resort and Spa, Royal Colwood Golf Club, Hotel Grand Pacific, etc.
Victoria is one of the most beautiful places for a wedding but choosing a Victoria wedding photographer can be a challenge. I met Kristen several years ago and I can say she is one of the best professional wedding photographers I have met. I wish I could move there. The guests will appreciate the number of activities they can indulge in considering that both Vancouver and the Gulf Islands are a boat ride away. This region boasts a myriad of indoor and outdoor adventures and activities that can indulge everyone. From the lively and bustling streets of downtown Victoria, the traditional setup of “Old English” in Oak Bay, to the diverse variety of places to shop, eat, sleep and visit from Sooke to Sidney to Shawnigan Lake.
There are endless possibilities in Victoria BC, with the beauty of the region enriching the wedding and the honeymoon experience, by adding just the perfect amount of romantic flair to the once in a lifetime event. There are only few other places in the world where you can experience such a scenery coupled with perfect climate all year round and also go for an afternoon tea in a castle, take horse drawn carriage rides, go for a photo shoot in elegant foliage-rich gardens just to name a few.