I’m often asked for advice about wedding venue locations in Victoria and I’ve seen some truly magical settings in the forests, farms and wineries on the island. I’ve created this post to celebrate the best of Victoria’s rural locations for weddings and portraits.
First up, my friends Kris and Sasha were married at a gorgeous forest setting in Central Saanich called Centennial Park. I’d never visited it before and almost got lost because the forested area was so large. Plus it is lush and green even in dry season! Here are a few photos of the setting:
And here’s the shelter at the Goldstream Group Site.
Merridale Cidery has a great set-up for weddings, and great cider t’boot! You get the whole range of the working farm to enjoy your portraits.
Speaking of cideries, this is Sea Cider near Sidney. It’s much smaller but you get the whole place to yourself so it’s a very intimate setting for your event.
This is the mirror room at Sea Cider… that’s Carrie waiting for the big event to start.
I’ve photographed a few awesome weddings at Church & State Winery and it’s also an excellent choice to host your ceremony and reception. They have everything on-hand to make sure you have the perfect day, plus amazing food and wines to treat your guests!
I used to live near beautiful Swan Lake in Victoria and I often take couples there either for engagement or wedding portraits. If you’re getting married in Saanich it’s a great location to go for pictures.
If you’re having your wedding at a public park, here are some resources to help you get a permit: