This summer I was fortunate enough to attend not one but two wedding's at the breathtaking Overbury Resort, and to say I fell in love with this venue would be a gross understatement.
Overbury Resort is a country resort specializing in destination weddings and retreats. The resort sits on 14 acres of waterfront and is located on Thetis Island, British Columbia.
Their accommodations include 9 classic west coast cottages and an elegant heritage suite in the 100 year old manor house, which all sit only steps from the beach and are surrounded by the rugged west coast forest.
Their grounds feature beautiful seasonal gardens and lawns, a small vineyard and orchard, and organic vegetable garden. They even use many of the vegetables and fruit they produce in their delicious cuisine.
A Brief History
Overbury was established after the First World War by Rupert and Laura Forbes, and by Rupert's mother Geraldine. Geraldine had purchased the property in 1907, becoming one of the first Europeans to settle on Thetis Island. At first, Overbury was a poultry farm, raising chickens and collecting eggs for export to Vancouver Island. The rural enterprise was short lived as the Great Depression loomed. Misfortune struck again as Geraldine died of cancer.
Rupert and Laura Forbes were forced, by necessity, to find another source of income. Rupert began by demolishing the buildings used for the poultry farm and erecting summer cabins with the salvaged lumber. These cabins still stand and are still occupied all summer long by guests who appreciate their outdoor, rustic charm.
Rupert and Laura lived the rest of their lives at Overbury, living to the ripe old age of 91 and 96 respectively. Of their three daughters, Josephine, took over Overbury Farm in 1960 to run a resort. Over the years she completed several essential repairs and improvements to the property. In 1984, she also built four modern cabins for guests. In 1990, Jo sold Overbury to her nephew, Norman Kasting, and his wife, Arlene, who have continued to make improvements and enterprise in the spirit of their predecessors.
Thetis Island is one of the Southern Gulf Islands, accessed by ferry from the town of Chemainus on Vancouver Island, or by sea plane from Vancouver.
I personally chose the convenience of flying by sea plane. On top of the convenience flying provides, the spectacular views you experience from the plane make the extra money well worth it. They don't call our province beautiful British Columbia for nothing!
Seair Seaplanes has daily flights from the Vancouver International Airport to Telegraph Harbour on Thetis, with a duration of only 20 minutes!
The resort is located on the west side of Thetis Island, only a 3 minute drive from the ferry terminal and about a 15-20 minute drive from Telegraph Harbour.
Piece De Resistance
The most magical feature on this property is hands down the pavilion where the wedding receptions took place. I really don't need to explain just look at the images below...
I cannot say enough good things about this venue. From the glorious backdrop to the impeccable service by the staff, the attention to detail, and delicious food it was hands down my absolute favourite wedding location I have been to thus far.
If you or anyone you know are looking for wedding locations definitely put this one at the top of your list of considerations. I'm sure I'll be back again in the future ;)
taylor ellen. xx