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Samirah and Jonah – Punta Cana, Dominican Republic – PART 2

Okay… so we are VERY behind on our blog updates! 2011 was one of our busiest seasons yet, plus I have been working on a new creation for the last 9 months… (We have a baby on the way this December!) Wow, I can’t believe what changes a year can bring. So for those of you who have been very patiently waiting, here is part 2 of my own wedding almost a year ago! We will be updating the blog as well in the next couple of months with our 2011 weddings (almost 50 of them!) So keep checking back (lots of great ideas for all of you planning future weddings and just some fun, beautiful flowers to look at for those of you not planning a wedding!)

For our Dominican reception I choose to have one long table set up on the beach lined with flowers and candles! It was perfect!

Candlelight reception dinner on the beach

Reception dinner

Flowers, candles and Nachos!

Table shot

One of my favourite photos of my beautiful bridesmaids!

Bridesmaids laughing

Bride and Groom

Favours given to each guest, lovingly made by my friend Rokhsana (who also did the make-up for the wedding). (Handmade organic/all-natural soap, body butter, a candle and bath salts- perfect for those who were by now sunburned and made good use of the soothing products for the rest of the trip!)

Awesome favours!

I put my family and friends to work creating tissue pomanders which the resort staff hung above our dance floor! (When planning a destination wedding as a wedding florist it was really hard not to exceed the luggage weight requirements- I wanted to bring my whole studio with me! But tissue paper is light and was perfect in creating a great atmosphere for the dance as well as incorporating our wedding colours- fuchsias, greys, berries, plums).

Worker bees!

Tissue pomanders

Let the dancing begin!

Get down with your bad self!

Sparkly!

First danceHehe... My husband's a dancing fool!

Bridal party

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

- Samirah

 

Samirah and Jonah – Punta Cana, Dominican Republic – PART 1

This next wedding has been 12 about years in the making… I’m VERY excited to share some photos from my own wedding!

A little bit about us:

My husband and I are high school sweethearts, we’ve been together since we were 17 but we’ve been in the same school since kindergarten. It is no secret to my family and friends that I had a crush on Jonah (my husband) since grade 3! Well after a very long engagement of 5 years, and after 12 years together, we finally made it official!

Although Jonah has his own full-time job, he is very involved with Designs in Bloom. He is the technical person behind my website and anything web-related. (I’m not very technically savvy and actually think that computers might hold a grudge or something against me!)  Jonah is also getting pretty good with a camera, he is the one who takes many of the great photos you see on my site- most of the shots that aren’t from the professionals have been taken by Jonah.

Because much of what we do is wedding related, we thought long and hard about what we’d like to do for our own wedding.  Two years ago, after a good friend’s wedding in Cuba, we decided that we were going to do a destination wedding! After a very busy and amazing wedding season, it was so nice to get away for a vacation with 45 of our closest family and friends! We decided on a resort in the Dominican that one of my previous wedding clients recommended to me.

I put most of my wedding planning on hold until my busy wedding season was done, except for buying the dresses and a few other things, I left all the resort wedding planning until about 1 month before we left! It as a bit stressful, but I learnt to work on “Dominican time” and there is something to be said for that! After a few emails back and forth, Claribel, the resort wedding planner thought it best if I deal with their recommended florist directly. Gary from Innovart did a great job! He was always quick in his responses and took his role very seriously (one florist to another!) He personally designed my wedding bouquet which was a real honour as generally staff would do it.

As we were in the Dominican and I couldn’t have all the trusted vendors I work with and love around here, I decided to have the very talented Anh from Maria Bikas, show my youngest sister Amina how to style my hair and Amina would reproduce it on the day. Amazingly Anh came to my house one snowy December day (the day after my bachelorette party so we were a little worse for wear) to patiently work her magic in enough detail that my sister could reproduce it: Here are a few snap shots of the day. (Remember I’m very tired with no make-up- just look at the hair and the talented Anh!) Oh, and I should also mention Anh was on partial mat leave at the time with 2 kids and a very busy schedule so this was a very special visit indeed!

Hair lessons

Hair lessons

My very good friend Rokhsana Purdy who is an aesthetician and make-up artist did all the make-up for the day. I was so lucky to have her there as a friend and as my make-up artist! Her company is Karmic Soul. I can’t say enough good things about Rokhsana, she is amazingly talented and everybody who knows her loves her! She sells an amazing all natural skin care line and products- if you need additional information about her services and company, please contact me! (I highly recommend her!) She had a busy wedding morning doing the make-up for my mom, my aunt, my two sisters, my cousin and myself. She hardly had time to throw on her dress before the ceremony. THANKS again Rokhsana!!

The following photos were taken by Jorge Allocco:

Dress, makeup and bouquets

Makeup

Time for the dress!

If you’re looking for awesome, fantastic jewellery, you have to check out this local London company- Rachelle Leighann. My gorgeous pearl bracelet and earrings were designed by the talented duo of Rachelle and Leigh Ann. I also purchased my bridesmaids earrings from them and have to admit I own many, many stunning pieces designed by them. They are also on Etsy so check them out you won’t be disappointed (oh, and great pricing too!)

Bouquet and bracelet

Samirah

Bouquets

Staircase

Bridesmaids

Rings

Altar

Kiss

Wedding party

Guys and Girls

Fun in the ocean

Beach walk

Guys

Jonah

Husband and Wife

Sunset

Archway

A few other vendors I must mention and credit:

Endo Jewellers: My beautiful eternity wedding band and engagement band were created by Kevin Endo. Endo Jewellers is located in London on Richmond street.

Safa Tailors Alterations: I had very little time during my busy wedding season to shop for my own dress. I bought a dress off the rack at Nicolas and Elizabeth and then took it to Zia and Safa Tailors. Zia worked under a tight deadline to transform my dress from an A-line to a tight fighting mermaid style. He also added a bow detail. Zia worked overtime to get my dress ready to go in just a few weeks from start to finish with several fittings squeezed in!

Wedding Party at sunset

- Samirah

Wedding: Dora & Travis – St. Mary’s Church & FireRock Golf Club

These two were great clients to work with! Dora booked without having met me as she was living in Manitoba where her and her ‘husband to be’ were both working as RCMP officers. Even though she was planning from afar, this wedding was one of the smoothest and easiest to plan of the entire season. And I have to say,  I just loved how it came together (so did the happy couple and their guests!)

When Dora first contacted me she wanted a “white wedding” with a bit of red. Travis planned on wearing his red serge RCMP uniform instead of a traditional suit, which left Dora struggling to balance the red of his uniform. A few months later, after seeing a wedding on my website, Dora changed her colour palette to pink and red.  I’ve said it before but don’t be afraid to think outside the box! Pink and red can be best friends! Shades of pink can be a nice balance to strong reds and add a dimension in colour.

Dora chose her original favourite- a white rose bouquet. We dressed it up with a bit of sparkle.  For the rest of the flowers we used the vibrant pink and red colour palette.

Bride's Bouquet

Bouquets

Church flowers

Centerpieces

Bouquets

Orchid tree

Centerpiece and cake

FireRock

The next series of photos are from Abela photography. A special thanks to them for sending us all these! To see more of their work, visit them at www.abelaphotography.com

Wedding Flowers

How cute is this little pup all decked out in his tux for the day!?

Dog in Tux

Bride

Aisle

Ceremony

Bride & Groom

Bridal party

Reception details

Dance and cake

Bride & Groom with bouquet

Congratulations Dora and Travis, you’re a great couple and it was a real pleasure planning with you and designing your wedding flowers!

- Samirah

Wedding: Sarah & Andy – Riverbend Golf and Country Club

I did the wedding flowers for Sarah’s sister Jenn in 2007 so I was very excited when Sarah contacted me for her wedding. The older I get (yikes) and the longer I’m in business, the more repeat families I get to see when siblings of my original clients get married.  It’s always an honour when they choose to use Designs in Bloom again and I become the “family wedding florist”! It was great to plan a wedding with this great family once again! Sarah chose deep aubergine dresses for her bridesmaids so we worked with flowers in mauves, lavenders, aubergines, greens and ivories to compliment the colour palette. Sarah’s gorgeous wedding dress was vintage inspired so we added eucalyptus to the bouquets to give a wispy, vintage touch to the modern composition!

All of the photos below are compliments of Jennifer of Partington Photography.  Check out her blog for more photos of the day…. And while you’re there check out the renovations she’s doing on her new beautiful studio space in Strathroy!

Bouquets

Love these flower close-ups! Can you tell which flowers they are?

Flower close-ups

Bride's Bouquet

Bouquet

Bouquets

Bouquets

Bridal Party with Bouquets

Wedding Flowers at Riverbend

Wedding Flowers at Riverbend

Wedding Flowers at Riverbend

Bouquets on head table

- Samirah