Photography by Nadia Hung

A couple comes together over their mutual love for wine and Bob Dylan

Sometimes, love takes time (or persistence). For Holly Johnson and Scott Lowrie, both from Maple Ridge, their first meeting was like many before them: at a bar. Holly was out with a group of girlfriends, while Scott and his friends were seated across the room. In true movie fashion, the guys noticed the girls, came over to chat and offered to buy drinks, but the girls declined. And that was that—almost.

After the bar closed the two groups converged and got to talking. Scott, a high school teacher, returned home that night with Holly’s number.

Holly recalls being unenthused about starting something new at the time. “I’d just come out of a relationship,” she tells Real Weddings. “After we met he texted me a few times but I blew him off.”

Undeterred, Scott persisted until Holly agreed to have dinner at his apartment. He made chicken Parmesan, poured two glasses of red wine and had a Bob Dylan vinyl record on when Holly walked into his apartment.

“I was pretty impressed,” says Holly. “Bob Dylan has always been one of my favourites and I also love collecting records, so I knew right away we shared common interests.”

Those shared loves soon blossomed into a relationship and three years later Scott proposed. This time Holly said yes, enthusiastically.

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Holly wore a fitted and flared lace backless gown with an ivory silk underlay by Katie May. “There were a couple of designers whose gowns I wanted to try but we needed to go to Seattle to find [them],” says Holly. She made a weekend trip and found her dress at The Dress Theory. Scott wore a charcoal grey suit by Vera Wang from Moores Clothing for Men.

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Holly did her own makeup and a friend styled her hair in loose waves, swept off her face by a ranunculus-adorned barrette. She found her teardrop gold earrings at Blue Ruby.

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The bridesmaids wore strapless, pale blush gowns with sweetheart necklines from Frocks in Vancouver, while the groomsmen wore dark grey suits by Vera Wang from Moores Clothing for Men.

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Holly chose a rose gold wedding band to go with her diamond engagement ring from Diamonds West, while Scott chose a tungsten band.

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The early evening summer ceremony was held on the Brock House Restaurant lawn, with a twinkling ocean backdrop. Family friend and justice of the peace Harvey Gigun married the couple.

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Holly and Scott’s 115 guests dined on a buffet catered by Brock House Restaurant. She chose a light and bright palette of pink, gold and green. Delovely Creative adorned the reception tables with brass candleholders, gold charger plates and long vine runners interspersed with roses and peonies. “I loved the décor,” says Holly. “It was my vision come to life.”

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The bouquets by Cailyn Bays of Delovely Creative combined loosely assembled garden roses, peonies, ranunculus and green, leafy vines. “I wanted lots of earthy colours, greenery and nature at my wedding,” says Holly. The bridesmaids’ bouquets were repurposed after the ceremony for décor on the head table.

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For a DIY project, Holly handwrote the watercolour place settings.

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Sweet Thea Cakes in Langley made a small chocolate wedding cake with rustic-style buttercream icing, topped with fresh flowers. 

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Some advice from the bride: Don’t overdo the research. “You can get so caught up in your research,” she says. “I wanted to stay true to my style, so once I knew what I wanted, I stopped looking to avoid being torn in different directions.”