The enchanting Starling Lane Vineyard, in Victoria, British Columbia is more than just a “wino’s” dream, it is a fairytale venue for occasions and celebrations of all kinds. Dating back to the early 19th century, the old-world charm and elegance of this fascinating site is still strongly felt and can be seen in the preserved buildings, unique vistas, and antique wine barrels. It's not hard to understand why this spot is considered to be one of Victoria’s most sought after venues.
Upon hearing about a glam wedding that took place on these fabulous grounds, we sat down with husband and wife photography team, Shari + Mike, who gave us the inside scoop on the stylish wedding they shot. Everything was literal perfection. From the bride and groom to the immaculate floral designs and antique layout, it is clear to us that everyone involved in making this day so special succeeded... and then some! Read on to check out all the deets!
Words + Photography by Shari + Mike Photography
Tell us about some of the highlights of your experience at the venue?
The greenhouse on this property is one of our favourite ceremony locations ever! Also, the dance at this wedding had some of the best dance moments we've captured. SO MUCH FUN!
Tell us about the venue in general?
Located just outside of Victoria, British Columbia, There are getting ready rooms onsite + parking.
Tell us a little bit about the wedding you photographed.
This wedding. This couple. I don't know where to even start. It was intimate, it was personal, it was a celebration, it was fun. It was also incredibly beautiful.
What made this venue an ideal location for the wedding?
Erica wanted a location that was very organic, whimsical and able to host all of the events of the wedding. We were able to do all photos onsite which is always a plus. Also, it actually rained on the day. Because of the diversity of the venue we were able to move the ceremony from the rose garden into the greenhouse. I actually think in this case the backup option was more beautiful than the original one.
Were there any areas you thought lighting was the best?
There was a great barn/workshop that had some interesting light that was fun to shoot. But seriously though the greenhouse was a dream, glass + white beam.
What other types of events do you think it's ideal for?
Rehearsal Dinner, Wedding, Showers, Dinner Parties, Workshop
Favorite existing design elements of the venue?
Again, back to the whimsical greenhouse. Also, some of the older, weathered building were great as well.
Is there anything that stands out about the venue or the surrounding area you feel makes it really special?
It's a very diverse little property. There's tree groves, a rose garden, rustic barn covered in vines, the white wood beam + glass greenhouse, some small open fields, animals, an orchard....it's really got it all.
Did you meet anyone at the venue that you connected with or made a lasting impression?
Rook + Rose florist located in Victoria is amazing!
Any inside tips?
Think outside of the box with the venue as there are so many options. We saw multiple great ceremony and dinner options there.
Just in case you haven’t caught on to our greenhouse obsession yet, let us fill you in. Whimsical greenhouses with a rustic feel and historic look, rose garden views, and surrounded by ample gardens are all the rage right now and for good reason. This simple, yet exquisite winery represents everything all of that and more. Perfect for a gathering of any sort and ideal for a memorable wedding day, you’ll have “stars” in your eyes at Starling Lane Vineyard.
Photography: Shari + Mike Photographers | Floral Design: Rook & Rose | Venue: Starling Lane Vineyard | Wedding Dress: Ellebay Bridal | Hair And Makeup: Ma-Luxe Studio | Bridal Party Attire: Spruce Collective, Topshop, H&M, Forever 21, The Tie Bar | Groom's Attire: J.Crew, H&M, The Tie Bar | Caterer: The London Chef | Ceremony Music: Jordan Klassen And Jocelyn Price | Dj: The Parish Of Little Clifton | Videographer: The Heart Behind It
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Shari & Mike Vallely