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.
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!)