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!
Love these flower close-ups! Can you tell which flowers they are?
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.
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.
I just love the mix of blues, cranberries, ivories and plums! Love how they pop against the bridesmaid’s dresses!
Below are some shots at the charming Littlewood church.
At Bellamere, the centerpieces were a mix of low in galvanised silver buckets and tall on clear glass vases.
This wedding had lots of great personal touches. Check out the adorable owl cake topper that was made by Amie’s mom.
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 was honoured when a well known Toronto wedding planner (Helen: www.weddingsbydesign.ca a division of Spectra Events) sought me out to help her plan and create the flowers for the wedding of her clients Tatiana and Greg!
Tatiana and Greg are a great couple who really wanted their wedding to be spectacular! The end result of lots of planning and work was truly an amazing event complete with gorgeous linens, florals, lighting and décor. The colour palette of purples, fuchsias, ivories and silvers created the lush, luxurious ambiance Tatiana and Greg were looking for. At the reception, Manzanita trees with hand wired dendrobium orchids were showstoppers, while on other guest tables, vases with cymbidium orchids and floating candles stole the show! (While I have larger versions of the Manzanita trees which I use for everything from ceremony arrangements to wish trees, if you’re looking to rent the smaller versions (perfect for a centerpiece) for your wedding, Tatiana and Greg actually decided to purchase 12 of them and have them available for rental- contact me for details if you’re interested).
I’ll let the photos speak for themselves, but check out all the amazing details including orchids on each guest napkin, mirrors lining the head table and the gorgeous cake!
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.
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!
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.
The Groom and one of his groomsmen having fun with the 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!
An orchid on each napkin and a mass of petals (orchid and rose petals) completed the head table.
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!)
Professional photos courtesy of Photography by Yvonne