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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

 


Wedding: Angie & Jimmy – Windermere Manor

I get so excited about all the weddings I do and I love all the special couples I get to plan with! I put my heart and soul into every wedding, but this wedding was especially special and lots of fun to plan.  Angie brought her dad to our first consultation and I could really see what a great relationship they had-  her dad beamed with pride and love for his daughter. He really wanted the day to be so special for her and Jimmy. I later found out that he’d come to the consultation on no sleep after working all night. What a great dad! (As a side note, he also picked out the wedding dress than Angie ended up choosing!)

Angie wanted her flowers to really be different and unique. She is definitely not a “white wedding” kind of gal. Her and Jimmy are fun and funky and we wanted their wedding flowers to reflect that, but we still wanted to make sure they were elegant. “Funky elegant!” It can be done!  Since the bridesmaids wore black, we had free range in terms of colours.  Angie had complete trust in me and my vision (thanks Angie!) and was completely on board when I showed her examples using the colour palette of plums, magentas, deep purples, blues, fuchsia with a hit of green! We ended up with stunning, lush flowers that certainly didn’t fade into the background!

The Bouquets were composed of Coolwater roses, hydrangea, local dahlias, callas, phaleanopsis, cymbidium and dendrobium orchids. I really love how they turned out!

Wedding bouquets

We kept the boutonnieres and corsages fairly simple by using callas and orchids for all.

Boutonnieres

In keeping with the unique, vibrant and lush floral theme, the centerpieces were a combination of amazing large green callas for the tall and a mix similar to the bouquets for the low.

Centerpieces

Aisle & Reception Flowers

The next series of photos were sent to us from HRM Photography. The very talented Heather did an amazing job capturing the day!  You can take a look at her blog for more photos and details about the day.  On HRM’s blog, Angie lists the flowers as her favourite detail! That always makes my day!

Bride's Bouquet

Bride's Bouquet

Wedding details

Bride with Bouquet

Wedding Ceremony

Wedding Ceremony

Wedding Ceremony Flowers

Angie’s dad surprised her by renting a horse and carriage for the day!

Wedding Carriage

Just Married

I love the contrast of the bouquets against the black bridesmaids dresses.

Bride & Bridesmaids with bouquets

Bride with bouquet

Couple with Bride's bouquet

I’m always so impressed by the photos from HRM but check out this one, so incredible! And just to bring this back to the flowers- doesn’t her bouquet just look awesome against that stunning blue sky?

Rooftop

- Samirah

Professional photos courtesy of HRM Photography.  More photos from this wedding can be seen on their blog here.


Wedding: Amie & Andre – Bellamere Winery & Event Centre

This wedding was one of my favourites of the season!  When Amie first emailed me, she wrote that she was looking for a “vintage/wildflower look that still pops” and that is exactly what we managed to achieve through a unique and eclectic mix of flowers including orchids, dahlias, waxflower, vibernum berries, thistle, roses, callas, seeded eucalyptus, leucadendron and hydrangea! Whew, quite a mix!  I worked closely with Amie and her mom Janet (as Amie lives 6 hours away) to pull off this vintage, wildflower inspired wedding with lots of “POP”!

The wedding took place on the Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend. Thanksgiving weekend can either be amazingly beautiful or can be dismally cold and rainy. Luckily for Amie and Andre, the weather was PERFECT! They were married just outside of London in a small rural church on farmland that used to be owned by their family (Amie’s parent’s live in the family farmhouse just one road over and still own farm land in the area).  I have to say that delivering and setting up this wedding was a real treat. I certainly can’t complain! From delivering to the family farmhouse, to the rural church and then on to the beautiful Bellamere Winery, I enjoyed the gorgeous day- the country setting was more than idealic!  I could have stayed forever enjoying the warm October sun and watching the breeze travel over the fields.

The bouquets-

Bouquets

Bride and groom with bouquets

I just love the mix of blues, cranberries, ivories and plums! Love how they pop against the bridesmaid’s dresses!

Bridesmaids Bouquets

Bridal party with Bouquets

Below are some shots at the charming Littlewood church.

Ceremony at Church

Ceremony Flowers

At Bellamere, the centerpieces were a mix of low in galvanised silver buckets and tall on clear glass vases.

Centerpieces at Bellamere

Large arrangements at Bellamere

Centerpiece

This wedding had lots of great personal touches. Check out the adorable owl cake topper that was made by Amie’s mom.

Cake toppers

Tossing bouquet on cake table

- Samirah

Professional photos courtesy of Jenn Stark Photographers.  More photos are from this wedding are available on their website here.


Quick Pics: Spring & Summer Bouquets

There’s not much time for blogging during the busy wedding season, but I’ll take a moment to share some beautiful spring/summer bouquets!!

- Samirah

London Ontario Florist - Designs in Bloom - Bouquet photo

London Florist - Designs in Bloom - Bouquet photo

London Ontario Florist - Designs in Bloom - Bouquets

Florist - Designs in Bloom - Bouquet photo

London Florist - Designs in Bloom - Bouquets

Designs in Bloom Bouquets

London Wedding Flowers - Summer Bouquets

Bouquets - London Ontario

Bouquets - by Designs In Bloom - London

Bride's Bouquet by London wedding florists Designs In Bloom

Bouquets by Designs In Bloom

Bouquets by Designs In Bloom - London Wedding Flowers

Bouquets

Wedding Bouquets by Designs In Bloom

Bright Orange!

Sparkly Bouquets!

Bouquets

Bouquets by London florists Designs In Bloom

Bouquets by Designs In Bloom


Wedding: Lauren & Chris – Sunningdale G & C Club – Part 2: Reception

Now for the fabulous reception! … (see previous post for ceremony) … Details, details, details…

A few details worth noting: Black chivari chairs with leatherette cushions and white silk linens were brought in from Toronto. Exclusive Events covered Sunningdale’s curtains in black and white silk. They also created a fabric canopy above the head table which I then decorated with orchids and crystals! The centerpieces were a combination of lavish tall and lush low. Each centerpiece was surrounded by 3 vases filled with either hydrangea, succulents or orchids. Atop each guest napkin is a green and white orchid. Crystal candle holders along with regular votive holders were used to add sparkle and tie in all the crystal details. Even the table numbers aren’t simply numbers, they are Italian places and food the bride and groom would be experiencing on their honeymoon!

No matter how many weddings I do, I’ll never get over how much life flowers can bring to an ordinary reception room. This wedding demonstrates what a powerful impact flowers have in transforming a room.

Reception flowers

Centerpiece

Napkin flower, chivari & shrimp

Flowers abundantly surround the guest seating chart.

Flower frame and cake flowers

Some shots of the amazing crystal and orchid canopy! This sure had the guests talking!

Orchid & Crystal Canopy

crystal & orchid canopy

crystal & orchid canopy with bride's bouquet

Canopy details

Photos by Designs In Bloom

Photos by Designs In Bloom

I absolutely love what I do but most people are not aware of the time and labour that goes into creating and setting up the flowers for an event. Here are a couple of rare shots of us in action! I’m on the left and my fiancé was brought in (on the right) for crystal duty! His engineering skills come in handy when it comes the mechanics of wire tension vs. weight of the crystals… and “technical” things like that! Plus I just like his company!  He was one of the 4 workers who along with myself, worked to transform this room.  For those of you interested in the process: Usually I get the flowers on Wednesday for a Saturday event. Because they are perishable and I want them to be as fresh as possible, I don’t have the luxury of starting earlier. On Wednesday, the entire day, right into the night is spent conditioning the flowers, cutting and putting them into buckets. Thursday and Friday are usually long days of designing, for a big event like this one, I would have only slept a few hours Thursday night and gotten no sleep Friday night!  Saturday, the entire day is spent setting up and going from bouquet drop off, to church, to venue, and back again! Sunday is pick-up day. Monday and Tuesday, my studio gets put back into order- recycling of boxes, sweeping, washing buckets, sorting supplies, washing any rental vases etc. I also must prepare for the next weekend of weddings and meet with clients for upcoming weddings. And then Wednesday it starts all over again! When do I rest you ask? I don’t- not during wedding season!  You really have to be passionate about what you do to stay in this business. As my massage therapist can attest, standing and designing for 2-3 days straight, can sure do a number on your back!

You’ll have to forgive my appearance here- At this point I’m on day two of no sleep!

Samirah & Jonah

But the hard work is totally worth it when I make a bride and groom’s dream wedding into reality!

Bride & Groom

- Samirah

Professional photos courtesy of One Great Day Photography.


Wedding: Lauren & Chris – Sunningdale G & C Club – Part 1: Ceremony

Professional photos below courtesy of Ralph Heinze of One Great Day Photography.  He captured the day beautifully!

Lauren and Chris were married at the magnificent St. Peter’s Cathedral and then celebrated their early June wedding at the beautiful Sunningdale Golf and Country Club. Sunningdale was the perfect backdrop for this elegant wedding.  Lauren came to me a bit frustrated after having met with a couple florists and event decorators. Well, I’m glad she found me!  We immediately “clicked” and I just knew I’d be able to incorporate her ideas, colours etc. to create something fantastic!  Flowers were very important to Lauren and the key element in making her dream wedding a reality. No detail was left unattended to.  I have to say, it was great fun planning this with Lauren!

We worked with colours that could be considered “classic” (whites and greens), but threw in some unexpected twists like succulents, gorgeous eggplant callas and deep plum cordyline leaves.

The bride’s bouquet consisted of roses, peonies, aubergine callas, orchids and jade plant.

Bride's Bouquet

The bridesmaids carried bouquets of aubergine callas that looked amazing with their gorgeous blue dresses!

Bridesmaid's Bouquets

Lauren was a stunning bride!

Bride and her bouquet

St. Peter’s really is awe-inspiring; a perfect place for this grand wedding.

St Peter's

St Peter's altar and pew flowers

We flanked the altar with two spectacularly lush arrangements. Flowers also adorned the pews.

Altar and Pew Flowers

Bride & Groom

Pew Flowers

Bridesmaids

The groom and groomsmen wore green orchid boutonnieres.

Boutonnieres

I just love this shot of the two mothers waiting in anticipation by the church doors. The mother of the groom wore a large white cymbidium. The bride’s mom wore her favourite flower: a gardenia.

Mother's Corsages

Bride & Groom

Bride's Bouquet

The bride switched from a white flower embellished sash to a black sash for the reception.

Bride & Groom

Reception pics to follow in a separate post…

- Samirah

Professional photos courtesy of One Great Day Photography.


Wedding: Karen & David – Bellamere Winery & Event Centre

Another fabulous wedding at Bellamere!  Fall weddings are some of my favourite.  On this warm October day, you could almost feel the fruit ripening and the colours depending.  For Karen and David’s afternoon wedding, we combined rich berry tones to create bouquets perfectly suited for a winery wedding!  The always amazing HRM Photography captured this picture perfect day.

As each wedding by Designs in Bloom is custom designed, it can often be hard to envision what the end combination of flowers will be. For Karen, we wanted lush berry shades that drew inspiration from the rich grapes and wines found at a vineyard.  Often I will create an outline for my clients that can help them to picture the overall design and medley of colours.

Here is the “storyboard” or outline of flowers picked to achieve the “vineyard rich look” this bride wanted. We incorporated deep tones of burgundy, merlot and plum along with rich pinks.

Flowers Storyboard

And here is the outcome!

Bride with her Bouquet

We couldn’t let go of the fresh summer greens yet! – For the two bridesmaid bouquets we incorporated a bit of summery green by bringing in the green berries and cymbidium orchids.

Bridal party bouquets

Rings

Ring with Bouquet

Bouquets

I always love when personal details can be incorporated into the bouquets. Here we used lace from Karen’s mom’s wedding dress. Karen also purchased crystal monogrammed letters that were attached to all the bouquets. Here is Karen’s:

Lace and monogram on bouquet wrap

The rings were carried down the aisle in a wooden box that had special meaning to the couple. We filled with moss and pinned the rings in!

Ring box and boutonniere

Combination centerpieces have become very popular. Why pick one centerpiece when you can have two? For this wedding we had an earthy wooden box of moss, floating candles and orchids on half the tables and a full floral centerpiece arrangement on the other half.

Centerpieces

Centerpieces

Centerpieces

Vintage family wedding photos were hung in the Manzanita tree along with crystals and orchid bloom.

Manzanita photo tree

Another amazingly delicious cupcake display by Razzle Dazzle.  All that was needed were a few orchids to top it off.

Cupcakes and Candy Bouquet

If you love candy, you’ll love these custom made candy bouquets. (I think I’ve admitted in a previous post to snacking just a wee bit when making them!) Looks like the guests at this wedding love candy as much as I do!

Candy Bouquet Toss

- Samirah

Professional photographs courtesy of HRM Photography.  See more photos from this wedding on their blog here.


Wedding: Tamera & Simon – Bellamere Winery & Event Centre

This amazing August wedding was meticulously and beautifully planned by Tamera. She herself wants to get into wedding planning and definitely has more than enough talent to do it! (Once she gets her business up and running, I’ll pass on her contact information. She has absolutely amazingly creative ideas!!). Tamera came to me with a vision for her flowers and we “bounced” ideas off each other over months of planning to bring her vision to life. I don’t even know what to say about this wedding… The always fabulous Heather from HRM Photography captured every detail and the atmosphere so perfectly that I’ll just let the photos speak for themselves!  It was hard to choose just a few photos to show, so this will be a big post!

The adorable bride carried a bouquet of garden roses and callas in shades of pink, and cymbidium orchids in pinks and greens.

Bride's Bouquet

I’m loving this trend of vibrant shoes for the bride! (This can be a perfect way to infuse a bit of your wild side into an otherwise tame wedding dress).

Bride's Bouquet and Shoes

The bridesmaids carried similar bouquets to the bride but we added in green berries to add a bit more pop against their chocolate brown dresses.

Bridal Party Bouquets

Bridal Party

Bridal Party with parasols

The Groom wore a calla-orchid combo while the groomsmen wore a single green orchid with berries.

Boutonniers & Corsages

Some great shots from the ceremony! –

Tamera ordered a custom monogrammed runner.  We framed the ceremony by decorating the mantle with a garland, orchids and candles and setting two large coordinating pink and green floral arrangements on deep chocolate brown stands. The finishing touch is the chandelier dripping with crystals and green dendrobium orchids!

Ceremony Flowers

Chandelier with Orchids and Crystals

Ceremony Decor

In the corner tree, green orchids and candlelight “danced” above the gifts below!

Tree Decor

The reception flowers were a combination of low full floral arrangements and tall willow arrangements that really suited the rustic elegance of Bellamere.

Centerpieces

Centerpieces

We “dolled up” the centre chandelier with strands of crystals.

Reception

A single green dendrobium bloom accented each napkin.

Centerpiece and table setting

The cake is placed on a stand of single green cymbidium blooms in square vases. Pink and green cymbids adorn the cake along with a crystal monogram topper.

Cake Stand and Flowers

Love this photo! It almost makes you want to say “And they lived happily ever after!”

Happy Couple

- Samirah

Photos courtesy of HRM Photography. See more photos from this wedding on their blog here.


Wedding: Michelle & Justin – The Old Court House

Look out, there are new rules in town!  Well, not so new really.  Whoever said that you can’t mix pink and red, or brown and black?  This wedding shows just how awesome pinks and reds can look together! For this September wedding at The Old Court House, we paired gorgeous pink and red flowers with rich chocolate browns, and light mocha browns to create a dramatic effect!

The bridesmaids’ bouquets consisted of hot pink roses, vibrant red roses and pink cymbidium orchids.

bouquets

bridesmaids with bouquets

To soften things up a bit for the bride, soft pink roses were incorporated in her bouquet.

bride's bouquet with rings

The sweet flower girls carried mini pink and red bouquets.

mini flower girl bouquets

Two large vibrant arrangements framed the outdoor ceremony.

Ceremony arrangements

A couple of the groomsmen looking good in their coordinating pink callas!

Groomsmen's boutonnierres

Inside The Old Court House, the centerpieces were a combination of short and tall. See if you can spot the red dahlias, they’re locally grown in all sorts of glorious colours and my favourite for late summer!

centerpieces

Head table decor

centerpieces

An impressive “blooming” tree of pink and red orchids greeted the guests upon their entrance.

Orchid tree

- Samirah

Professional photos courtesy of Photography by Yvonne


Wedding: Laura & Adam

Laura and Adam were married at his parent’s home just outside London. It is a spectacular property with sprawling lawns- perfect for an outdoor tent wedding! It was an incredibly hot July day (I must admit I was very tempted by their glistening blue pool), but the couple had planned for the heat and had two gigantic fans helping to keep the tent cool. From the looks of the photos, the heat didn’t bother anyone in the least! Congratulations Laura and Adam, I wish you all the best!

Laura’s bouquet was composed of dahlias, roses, orchids and celosia.

Bride's Bouquet

Bride with bouquet

The bridesmaids carried similar bouquets except we also added in mini orange gerberas and green berries. Check out their neat dresses! (You may not be able to notice this detail in the photos, but the two-toned pink roses in the bouquets are the same two pinks found in the dresses!)

Bridal party

Bridal party

The men wore pink callas to compliment their ties.

Groom & Groomsmen

Wedding party

The ceremony was held outdoors framed by an archway of gerberas and two large arrangements.

Ceremony

Inside the tent, we continued the bright and fun theme with square centerpieces of hydrangea, gerberas, roses and hypericum berries.

Centerpieces

Inside the tent

Always re-use!  The ceremony arrangements served double duty when they became the backdrop.  They held up really well too considering it was over 30 degrees!

Head table with ceremony arrangements

I just love my job and that I get to play a part in such amazing events.  Just look at the joy on this adorable bride’s face!  Another fantastic and fun wedding!

Bouquet toss

- Samiarh

Professional photos courtesy of Last Forty Percent Photography. See more photos from this wedding on their blog here.


Wedding: Megan & Darren – London Hunt & Country Club

Congratulations to Megan and Darren who were married at the beautiful Hunt Club last fall.  When asking for Megan’s address early on in our meetings together, I found out we had a bit of a connection.  She lives on the same street as my fiance’s parents (a few houses down).  And not only that, the house my fiance’s parents are in was sold to them years ago by her aunt and uncle.  Small world!

The bride carried a vivid red bouquet of roses, callas and ranunculus with bear grass woven in. The groom wore a red calla to match.

Bride's Bouquet and Groom's Boutonniere

Newlyweds kiss

Since the bridesmaids wore beautiful red dresses, they carried white bouquets of hydrangea, roses, freesia and callas.

Bridal party with bouquets

I love photos that capture just how well the colour scheme all came together. (All that planning really does pay off!) Just look at the perfectly coordinated reds, blacks and whites!

Wedding party

Even though the Hunt Club is a bit more traditional, we decided to do modern and fun flowers! The vibrant red gerberas and roses really stood out among the fresh green grass! On each guest napkin we placed a single Kermit bloom.

Wedding Flowers

- Samirah


Wedding: Rema and Zhowan – Marconi Club

Early August, Rema and Zhowan had their Friday ceremony at Windermere Manor and the next day they held their reception at Marconi Club.  Friday was a beautiful and hot August day, perfect for an outdoor ceremony.  Rema had thought in advance to provide all her guests with fans on their chairs in case it became a bit too hot for some.  As I write this on a cold January day, I’d sure like some of that heat now!

Photos from the Friday ceremony at Windermere Manor.

Chair Flowers

Ceremonry Flowers

The bride’s bouquet was made up of phaleanopsis orchids, cymbidium orchids, roses, and callas.

Bride's Bouquet

We dressed up the ribbon wrap by attaching Rema’s antique brooch.  To compliment the bride’s bouquet, the groom wore a mini cymbid with a mini calla.

Bouquet Ribbon & Groom's Boutonniere

Orange was incorporated in the bridesmaids’ bouquets and the groomsmen boutonnieres. The Groomsmen wore orange callas while the bridesmaids carried bouquets consisting of roses, orchids, callas and berries.

Bouquet

Boutonnieres

I love the colours of this wedding. LOVE the richness of the bridesmaid’s dresses!

Groom with Bridesmaids

Some fantastic shots from the reception.

Reception Photos

The cake was made by Razzle Dazzle. (They make such amazing cakes and cupcakes!) We decorated it with phaleanopsis and cymbidium orchids.

Cake

Hall & Crystals on Vase

- Samirah

Photos courtesy of Photography by Jennifer Partington.  See more photos from this wedding on Jennifer’s blog here.


Wedding: Cassandra & Justin – FireRock Golf Club

Cassandra and Justin were married on a beautiful early-October Saturday. Their reception took place at the FireRock Golf Club, one of my favourite venues – especially if you’re looking for a modern feel.

It was a privilege to work with Cassandra, who is a very sweet but hardworking perfectionist.  This was one of those weddings that took a while to plan. Over months of planning, we ended up with completely different arrangements, flowers and colours from where we started. What we ended up with perfectly complemented this couple’s style as well as FireRock!

The bouquets consisted of roses, mokara and cymbidium orchids, callas and Photinia foliage.

Bride's Bouquet

Bouquet with shoes

Bride & Groom

The Groom and one of his groomsmen having fun with the bouquets!

fun with bouquets

Looks like their little pooch was enjoying the day too! (Check out the pearls!)

The centerpieces were a combination of tall and low. The tall were a simple, yet stunning, monochromatic centerpiece of red mokara, with just a hint of black feathers around the base!

Centerpieces

Fire Rock

An orchid on each napkin and a mass of petals (orchid and rose petals) completed the head table.

Table details

I’ve done a few of these Candy bouquets and love them every time! They are a great addition to a candy buffet.  Each time it’s fun to shop for candy that works with specific floral “colour schemes”. (But it is hard not to snack when creating them! YUM!)

Candy bouquet

- Samirah

Professional photos courtesy of Photography by Yvonne