Wedding & Events Planner

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Hornby Island is a magical destination for tying the knot, particularly in the months of May, June, and September, but also through the summer and winter. If you are contemplating your wedding on Hornby, we welcome you with open arms and the community is happy to help build your memories. And be sure to visit our booth at the Vancouver Wedding Show, January 13 and 14, 2018.

To help you plan the big event, these businesses and tips can help you make the most of your special day. People planning other events such as birthdays, reunions, and conferences might also find this directory useful.

Venues

Sea Breeze Lodge
Sea Breeze Lodge offers a customizable all-inclusive wedding experience including an oceanfront ceremony location, a newly constructed dining room seating up to 150 guests, 3 fully catered meals offered over the course of 2-3 days, accommodation for up to 80 guests, and exclusive access to 12 acres of waterfront property.
Contact: Jeff or Stephen Bishop
E: info@seabreezelodge.com
Ph: 250-335-2321

Fossil Beach Farm
Fossil Beach Farm on Hornby Island offers private curated weddings. Positioned where the farm meets the sea you will have exclusive access to a waterfront 80 acre family estate surrounded by forests and fields to make your dreams a reality.
Contact: Aileen Fearman
E: hello@fossilbeachfarm.com
Ph: 1-250-686-3481

Isla de Lerena Vineyard
A beautiful wedding location with ceremonies being held on a small island on a pond and receptions of up to 130 guests, with a vineyard backdrop. This beautiful island jewel will bring romance to life.
E: admin@lerenavineyards.com
Ph: 250-335-2491

Hornby Island Community Hall
For a DIY reception in the shoulder season, the iconic Hornby Hall can accommodate weddings, showers and special events. A stage and a kitchen for catering are in the facility. Maximum capacity 200, comfortable table seating for 100. Note kitchen tools and dishes are limited.
Booking agent, ph:  250-335-1848
Fee schedule, floor plan, etc : http://hirra.ca/services/community-hall/.
Note the pre-booking meeting for scheduling events at the Community Hall is held on the third Tuesday of the September of the previous year. If you cannot attend the pre-booking meeting, you can put your request in writing, 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice. Or check for availability anytime by calling the booking agent’s number. Note there is almost no availability in July and August.

New Horizons Hall
This is a smaller venue than the Community Hall. A fully equipped kitchen, tables and chairs etc. are in the facility. Computer compatible large screen tv, audio/visual, PA system included. Maximum capacity 90, comfortable table seating for 60.
Booking agent: 250-335-2101

Joe King Park Clubhouse
This funky venue features a stage, dance floor, lounge area, bar and kitchen. Athletic Association can be commissioned to provide bar service. Limited onsite camping available for events. Comfortable table seating for 60.
Contact: Stephanie Wells
E: sdwells0@gmail.com
Ph: 250-335-3423

Private Homes
Check here for homes, some on acreages, that accommodate small gatherings.

Ceremonies in the Parks
A special license must be obtained from Parks, either Provincial (http://www.pssg.gov.bc.ca/lclb/apply/special/index.htm) or Regional, to have your ceremony in one of the island parks.

Tips:
-It is a good idea to come and take a look at the facilities prior to booking to ensure they meet your needs.
-You will need to clean up the hall after your event, or hire someone to do so. (Try Colleen Work at 250-335-2361)
-If you need lighting and sound folks for your event, contact the following:

Lights
Lights (disco ball, too) for performers or dance floor
E:  hornbylights@gmail.com
Dean Samuel: 250-335-2022
Tim Chapman: 250-335-1338

Hornby Island Sound
Audio equipment rentals and full DJ services to ensure you have the smoothest, best sounding event possible.
E: info@hornbyislandsound.com
Ph: 250-335-9033

Party rental supplies:
A complete set of supplies, everything needed to host an event on the island, including white chairs, tables, tablecloths, napkins, dishes, glassware, cutlery, etc. for rent (bonus: the proceeds go towards the Community Fund, which sponsors community projects on Hornby.)
Contact: Charmaine Logan
E: hicommunityfund@gmail.com
Ph: 250-335-1085

Wedding Photographers:
jennifer armstrong photography
Fine art documentary photography serving hornby island, vancouver island, the gulf islands & beyond.
E: jennifer@jenniferarmstrongphotography.com
Ph: 250-335-1915

Gina-Rae Horvath
With distinct flair, Gina-Rae has photographed over 1000 weddings in Canada and abroad. Her work has been featured on HGTV, The Life Channel, Bravo, The Wedding Network, and T.V. Ontario.
E: arthaus1000@yahoo.com
Ph: 250-335-2443

Paper Sun Photography
Vintage-style portrait and documentary photography capturing the sweetness, lightness and love of your important day.
Contact: Kim June Johnson
E: kimjunejohnson@gmail.com
Ph: 250-335-9012

Bands/Music
The Songbirds: Five-piece dance party band with great three-part harmonies, lush guitar and bass, and lots of energy! Guaranteed to rock your party with an eclectic mix of upbeat retro and new tunes you’ll love to dance to. Includes complete sound system. Plus a four-piece acoustic group to serenade your guests before the ceremony, and a special song for the Processional and Recessional.
Contact Don Geppert
E: hornbysongbirds@gmail.com
Ph: 250-335-2636.

On the Rocks: Acoustic ensemble composed of cello, mandolin and two guitars, that specializes in beautiful love songs for weddings, preludes, and processionals (such as Pachebel’s Canon). They can also entertain guests at the reception and dance with their electric rock band, The Songbirds. “On the Rocks” is also a great choice for other quieter venues such as house parties, restaurants and wineries.
Contact Cath Gray
E: cgray@telus.net
Ph: 250-335-9056

Ted TannerSkillfully weaving acoustic guitar, voice and harmonica, Ted Tanner will infuse your event with that magic touch of live music… 25 years performance experience, 200+ song repertoire and complete sound system, which can be battery powered if needed.
E: tedtanner@gmail.com
Ph: 250-335-9033
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The Rudiments:  Six-piece dance band. Positive old-school Jamaican-style soul, reggae, ska, dub, and lovers’ rock. Sweet four-part harmonies with drums, bass, guitar and sound system.
Contact Brett
E: brett.melodymaker@gmail.com
Ph: 250-335-1600

Amani Marimba: Uplifting, high energy African rhythms for a great night! Let’s dance! Seven-piece band and full sound system. Can also play quiet dreamy mbira (thumb piano) music with vocals, for gathering or ceremony.
Contact Jill Candlish
E: candlishjill@gmail.com
Ph: 250-335-1406

Marc’s Musical Services: Marc Atkinson has been touring internationally for 20 years in his two groups The Bills and the Marc Atkinson Trio. Marc plays acoustic, Gypsy Jazz instrumental music that is perfect for weddings and receptions.
E: marc@marcatkinson.com
Ph: 250-335-1722

Celtica: Fiddle/accordion duo. Music in the Celtic tradition, from lyrical to toe-tapping. Dance caller available.
Contact Lisa Doig
E: lisadoig@gmail.com
Ph: 250-331-3702

Jeff and June: Jeff and June sing kicky old folk traditionals and sweet-home love ballads with tightly woven harmonies and a ukulele. Perfect light-hearted dinner music.
Contact Kim June Johnson
E: jeffandjuneduo@gmail.com
Ph: 250-335-9012

Pat Mullan offers full DJ services for weddings and other events including sound system, mics, lighting and slide projector.
E: Patmullan795@yahoo.ca
Ph: 250-335-250-335-2726 or 250-465-8569

Babysitters
Hornby Babysitter Service
Organizer: Responsible teen. Has completed the babysitting course, CPR course, and the fire department cadet camp.
E: hornbyislandbabysitting@gmail.com

Shoshonah Selby, Hornby Island Childcare/Babysitting Service
I have 10+ years of childcare experience on Hornby Island and Vancouver Island. I am CPR and First Aid certified. My rates start from $15 and go up depending on the number of children and when you need care.
E: shoshonahselby@gmail.com
Ph: 778-678-6420

Caterers and servers
Chef Ben, Ben Berkeveld
Offers full catering services for wedding and other events of 50 people or more, including wedding cakes and practice dinners.
E: linzertortesaw@gmail.com
Ph: 250-335-2726, 250-465-8569.

Please note: If you plan to serve liquor, you will need to apply yourself for a private family Special Occasion License. The caterers are not permitted by law to do this for you. Learn more here.

Wedding Cake
Chef Ben, Ben Berkeveld
E: linzertortesaw@gmail.com
Ph: 250-335-2726 or 250-465-8569

Marriage Commissioner/Officiant
Helen Onorah
E: helen.onorah@gmail.com
Ph: 250-335-2675

Off-island Officiants

Wedding Bouquet
Alina Milek
E: alinamilek@hotmail.com
Ph: 250-335-1564

Robin Walford
Specialty bouquets for all occasions.  Organic, fresh, unique
E: robin_lhw@yahoo.ca
Ph: 250-335-0824

Seasonal, Fresh Flowers:
Mary & Nancy’s Flower Stand: 2050 Central Road
Jemma’s Flower Stand: 1150 Central Road
Alina’s Flower Stand: By the entrance to Bradsdadland Campsite, 2105 Shingle Spit Rd.
Farmer’s Market, Wed. & Saturdays, at the Copse, Sollans Road
Coop Store, produce section: 5875 Central Road

Nurseries: 
Beulah Creek Nursery, 250-335-2063
Sumana Gardens & Nursery, 250-335-1916

Hair
Arlene McIlroy
Long hair and up-do are a specialty.
E: almcilroy@yahoo.ca
Ph: 250-335-9018

Honeymoon and Accommodations
Tip: Accommodation is more plentiful, and at lower rates, outside of the months of July and August.

Jewellery
Bones & Stones Jewelry
Debra Selkirk makes beautiful wedding jewelry out of Hornby Island Beach pebbles, plus raw Dimond engagement and wedding rings.
E: dselkirk2@gmail.com
Ph: 250-335-3079

Glen Rabena
Rings, bracelets, pendants.  Gold or Silver.  Prints & carving gifts.
E: rabena12@telus.net
Ph: 250-335-9025

Alina Milek
E: alinamilek@hotmail.com
Ph: 250-335-1564

Swag
Marm’s Island Style TRAFFIC JAM, home-made by Cathy Sauve.
Custom label, wedding sized, unique Hornby jams & jellies. “Spread the love”.
Ph: 250-335-0977

Gift Makers
Rachelle Chinnery
Sculpted porcelain by ceramic artist for bridal registry, wedding favours, wedding gifts.
E: porcelaincarver@gmail.com
Ph: 250-335-3444

Hornby Creative @ the Ringside
Unique, island-made gifts
E: hornbycreative@gmail.com

Harrison Gallery & Studio
Tina Harrison gallery and working studio, Rusty Harrison handmade wooden bowls
E: tinahar@telus.net
Ph: 250-335-0190

Liquor, Ice, Mix
Can be pre-ordered at the Coop Store

Middle Mountain Mead: “Honeymoon” refers to the ancient practice of giving the newlyweds enough mead to drink for a month to ensure a fruitful beginning to their union. Middle Mountain Mead’s Rosemeade honey rose liqueur is the ultimate gift of love in a bottle, perfect for the toast to the bride.
E: helengrond@yahoo.com
Ph: 250-335-1397

Hornby Island Estate Winery
Sparkling Champagne style wines, Ports and Sherry made from island fruit and berries.
E: johngraysonbc@gmail.com
Ph: 250-335-3019

Isla de Lerena Vineyard: These wines bring the uniqueness of this beautiful island to you in specially crafted way that will enhance your special day. We have a wide selection of white and red wines with a sparkling to toast the occasion. Come by for a tasting.
E: admin@lerenavineyards.com
Ph: 250-335-2491

Attire
Veronica Lynn Designs
Haute couture wedding dresses by Veronica Lynn Graham.
E: clothing@veronicalynndesigns.com
Ph: 250-650-0715

Fibres Boutique
Forgot to pack your dress? Broken belt buckle an hour before the ceremony? We’ve got you covered! Quality clothing and gifts for every occasion, centrally located in the Ringside Market.
E: sightingthechimera@gmail.com
Ph: 250-335-0156

Nancy Adams: Whimsical
Lovingly hand-crafted artisanal wedding attire and accessories. Working with vintage fabrics, lace, and natural fibres, Nancy embellishes her unique creations with embroidery, stitching, paint, dye or tufting.
Ph: 250-335-0864

Pampering for the Party
Blissful Bodywork: Andrea Rutz
Add an element of relaxation and rejuvenation to your wedding celebration with massage for yourself, your wedding party, family and friends.
E: andrearutz@hotmail.com
Ph: 250-335-2022

Island Registered Massage Therapy
In clinic, mobile and couples massage.
Professional & holistic approach: Deep tissue, myofascial, and relaxation.
E: islandrmts@gmail.com
Ph: 250-588-5659, 250-686-8270

Wedding Party and Honeymoon Adventures

Photo Credits:
“Hornby Island Weddings” bride on Tribune Bay: Gina-Rae Horvath Photography
Veronica Lynn Design: Jacqueline Greer Kent
Aileen & Jeff Paddle boarding: Maui Maka Photography
Waterside dance: jennifer armstrong
Wedding party running on beach: Paper Sun Photography
SeaBreeze Head table: jennifer armstrong
Sea Breeze beach arch: Nomad by NK
Marc Atkinson: www.marcatkinson.com
Community Hall/Community Fund Party Rentals: jennifer armstrong
Helliwell Park big trees: jennifer armstrong
Couple with bike/romantic bride garden: Gina-Rae Horvath Photography
Couple Helliwell grass: jennifer armstrong