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!
We kept the boutonnieres and corsages fairly simple by using callas and orchids for all.
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.
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!
Angie’s dad surprised her by renting a horse and carriage for the day!
I love the contrast of the bouquets against the black bridesmaids dresses.
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?
Professional photos courtesy of HRM Photography. More photos from this wedding can be seen on their blog here.
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!!
I apologize for the wait! Wedding season has officially begun and the blog took the back seat for a little while. I’m excited to share some of the amazing weddings that we’ve already completely this season, but want to try and wrap up 2009 weddings first!
Amy and Daryl were married at a beautiful church in St. Thomas and then had their reception at the Best Western Lamplighter in London. The fresh colour palette of whites and greens is always one of my favourites as it is timeless and classic yet very fresh at the same time. The bouquets really looked great against the black bridesmaids’ dresses!
The bouquets consist of hydrangea, peonies, hypercium berries, roses and cymbidium orchids.
Since the groom is a Firefighter a fire engine was ‘borrowed’for a few shots. I just LOVE the vibrant red! What a great backdrop!
The centerpieces were a combination of submerged green orchids with a floating candle low hydrangea arrangements.
Professional photos courtesy of Toogood Studios.
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.
Flowers abundantly surround the guest seating chart.
Some shots of the amazing crystal and orchid canopy! This sure had the guests talking!
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!
But the hard work is totally worth it when I make a bride and groom’s dream wedding into reality!
Professional photos courtesy of One Great Day Photography.
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.
The bridesmaids carried bouquets of aubergine callas that looked amazing with their gorgeous blue dresses!
Lauren was a stunning bride!
St. Peter’s really is awe-inspiring; a perfect place for this grand wedding.
We flanked the altar with two spectacularly lush arrangements. Flowers also adorned the pews.
The groom and groomsmen wore green orchid 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.
The bride switched from a white flower embellished sash to a black sash for the reception.
Reception pics to follow in a separate post…
Professional photos courtesy of One Great Day Photography.
There is something very serene about the colour combination of this early May wedding. I did a couple blue, green and ivory coloured weddings last season, and I must say, I am very drawn to the colour palette. It is one of those rare combinations of colours that can be both fresh and fun and yet charmingly vintage at the same time!
Beth LOVES hydrangea (as do I!!) and wanted a bouquet of ONLY hydrangea, without it being too plain. The combination of ivory hydrangea, blue hydrangea and snowball vibernum is simple yet elegant and lush!
How gorgeous is this bride!? I love the vintage inspired accents, right down to the red lipstick of the bride and the pearl necklaces worn by all the lovely ladies!
The groom’s boutonniere was a simple cluster of green berries in a leaf wrap.
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.
And here is the outcome!
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.
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:
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!
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.
Vintage family wedding photos were hung in the Manzanita tree along with crystals and orchid bloom.
Another amazingly delicious cupcake display by Razzle Dazzle. All that was needed were a few orchids to top it off.
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!
This April wedding was one of the first weddings of the 2009 season and what a great way to begin! Leeann and Kyle wanted something organic and earthy but also fun, fresh and unique! We combined a palette of fresh greens, whites and blacks to create just that!
The bouquets were composed of ornamental grasses, green berries, ivory hydrangea, green spider mums and (mini green hydrangea and ivory roses in the bride’s bouquet only).
For the ring bearer we created a moss pillow. The flowergirl carried a pomander made out of green Kermit mums!
A few quick “driveway shots” before we’re off on delivery!
A few shots captured by Salt and Pepper Studios:
The black, white and green colour palette was carried through into the reception with alternating black and white damask linens paired with solid black linens. On the tables we alternated very simple tall leafy arrangements with low white and green arrangements in grass. For a bit of height and to add that earthy element, willow is incorporated into all the arrangements.
In lieu of favours, Leann and Kyle made a donation to the Canadian Breast Cancer Society. They then offered their guests a table of pink M&M’s to snack on! A great splash of colour for a great cause!
And check out the great cake! I visited Melrose Bakery a few times to make a template in order to be able to surround the cake with grass. I love how it turned out!
Jennifer’s parent’s farm outside London was an idyllic location for this July wedding! Jen’s bouquets were vintage inspired, but in the outdoor tent we went a bit more whimsical and introduced vibrant orange into the neutral colour palette! This wedding proves that an unexpected mix of colours and flowers can work out fabulously!
Jen’s bridal bouquet consisted of all pink peonies! The bride had her heart set on peonies even though it was a bit late in the season for them. We had our back-up flowers planned, but at the last minute I was able to inform Jen “We got our peonies!” I think we got the very last peonies available anywhere!
The fluffy peony bouquets really worked well with the wedding’s vintage feel and Jen’s gorgeous dress!
If the weather cooperates, nothing is more perfect than an outdoor ceremony. Check out the AMAZING tree that served as the ideal backdrop for this ceremony.
The bridesmaids carried bouquets of peonies, roses and freesia. The white with a hint of green really popped against their stunning blue dresses!
In the open tent, the centerpieces were a triad of vases composed of a unique mix of flowers. As the groom is Australian (Jen met Pete in Australia!), we incorporated a unique mix of succulents and pods that pay homage to warmer climates and brought a little of the feel of his homeland to this Canadian farm.
I’ll leave you with a few photos that capture the beauty of this outdoor country setting. (Love the red barns!)
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.
The bride’s bouquet was made up of phaleanopsis orchids, cymbidium orchids, roses, and callas.
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.
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.
I love the colours of this wedding. LOVE the richness of the bridesmaid’s dresses!
Some fantastic shots from the reception.
The cake was made by Razzle Dazzle. (They make such amazing cakes and cupcakes!) We decorated it with phaleanopsis and cymbidium orchids.