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A Sophisticated Castle Wedding in Victoria

  |   By Lisa Perri

Meghan and Scott were both working for a local Credit Union but didn’t know each other when a mutual friend suggested they meet. One day Meghan took it upon herself to introduce herself to Scott but it wasn’t until after Meghan had left that Scott clued in to who she actually was. Intrigued by her confidence, Scott reached out to Meghan to meet up. After playing hard to get for a few weeks, the two finally scheduled a date. They spent over four hours talking at dinner, having to end their date because the restaurant was closing -- it was evidence to both that their relationship was meant to be!

One Canada Day the couple was out celebrating with their closet friends and headed to Victoria’s downtown inner harbor to watch the fireworks. “Scott pulled me aside and asked if I would come with him. He led me to a secluded area and suggested we watch the fireworks, just the two of us. In the midst of the spectacular firework production, he took my hand and proposed. I was completely surprised and overwhelmed with joy and of course I accepted with a great big 'Yes!' After taking it all in we met up with our friends to celebrate our engagement. I don’t think I have ever smiled so much in my entire life!” says Meghan.

Meghan and Scott created a elegant and romantic theme for their castle wedding. As a child, Meghan had visited the majestic Hatley Castle and knew she wanted to get married there one day.  The style of Meghan and Scott's day was inspired by the gold and ivory vintage china they used for their place settings. They outfitted the already stunning location with golden accents and warm candle light.

Meghan and Scott did a “first look” before the ceremony and it was Meghan’s favourite part of the day. “It was a special, intimate moment shared by the two of us and captured by our photographer. It calmed our nerves and set a relaxing tone for the day.” For Scott, it was being able to share in the day with close friends and family. “We had 40 people at our ceremony but our reception consisted of just 17 family members. We wanted to not only create a memorable day for us, but also for our family. Having an entire castle for the evening to share with your family is pretty incredible. We both never felt so loved by everyone around us.”

After their fairytale wedding, Meghan and Scott celebrated with a luxurious trip to Hawaii.

Meghan Bell and Charles Keeping, July 21, 2012, Victoria, British Columbia.

Photography courtesy of C.J. Scott Photography.

Vendors
Ceremony and reception location: Hatley Castle Bridal gown: Maggie Sottero from Shades of White
Bridal party attire: Aritzia Groom’s suit: BLACK by Vera Wang from Moores
Cake: Made by friend of the bride, Marcie Walker Caterer: Truffles Catering
Flowers: Rook & Rose Floral Design Boutique
Hair: Victoria from Carreiro the Studio
Makeup: Melanie Baird
Decor: Anne Pollock of Party Mood and Sandy of Decorate Victoria

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This article was originally published on Apr 01, 2013
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