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A Modern Backyard Wedding in Qualicum Beach, British Columbia


Jessica and Keenan’s colourful celebration took place at the bride’s family home in Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island in British Columbia. The couple knew they wanted a vibrant palette for their wedding, and enlisted the help of Emma McCormick of The Good Party to design their special day. “One of the reasons why we chose Emma is her love of colour—we didn’t want a traditional theme or single colour palette,” Jessica shares. “We wanted our wedding to be bright, happy and beautiful and for us, that meant an elegant modern-boho setting with vibrant pops of colour, which Emma and her team executed perfectly.”

The couple’s family and friends were a huge part in making the big day extra-special. “My brother built our ceremony backdrop based on an image I found on Pinterest,” Jessica says. “I feel like no one ever says this, but the result was way better than Pinterest! Our florist added a gorgeous floral installation, and after the ceremony it doubled as a photo backdrop.”

Jessica’s “something borrowed” detail was her grandmother’s antique opal ring. “It meant so much to me to wear a piece of her jewellery—especially something my grandfather gave her,” Jessica says. “Their love story is one for the books, and wearing her ring felt like a little piece of good fortune.”

A non-traditional moment came in the form of Jessica’s dance with her father. “For as long as I can remember, my dad and I have loved dancing to ‘Mack the Knife’ by Bobby Darin, so there was no question that it would be our wedding song, even though it’s about a murder!” Jessica laughs. “For those few minutes, it was just me and my dad, dancing our hearts out and having the time of our lives.”

Jessica Doyle and Keenan Murray, August 5, 2018, Qualicum Beach, British Columbia.

Photography courtesy of Ameris.

Bridal gown: Truvelle
Wedding planner:
The Good Party
Nightsong Farm
Sea Salt Food Co.
Conscious Hair
Cydney Sjostrom
Spin the Black Disc
Riley & Grey
Bridesmaid gowns:
Show Me Your Mumu
Groom’s tux:
Outlooks Menswear


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