Peaches and Cream

There I was in the grocery store, and there they were, lovely, luscious peaches. I had just spent the morning trying to help a bridesmaid pin and tuck herself into her dress. Technically, I was delivering the bridal flowers to the bride, but ever the helpful floral designer I was asked to help in this tricky endeavor. The bridesmaid had recently become pregnant, and well, things weren't fitting like they were supposed to....which got us to complaining about the bigger questions in life. Like why do sundress designers design with spaghetti straps, and these tiny little triangle bodices? Who could possibly fit into these things?

Later, I posted this very same question on


This is where parallels were drawn and comparisons to fruit ensued. I take absolutely no responsibility for this occurrence. I will just say that someone mentioned peaches ....which brings me back to the peaches at the grocery store...

I was thinking peaches as a summer wedding theme would be so lovely. If you added touches of cream, lace, rustic wood tables....wouldn't it be be divine? Of course, you would NEVER put your girls in bridesmaids dresses with spaghetti straps ,or tiny little triangle bodices because that is just cruelty to peaches and will cause a riot.

In the Orchard

An Orchard Wedding

I adore orchards of all types with a passion. There is something magical about them I swear.When I was a child my elementary school bordered a huge apple orchard that had mile high grass. We would make forts in the grass, each of us with our own fort. We would lug boxes, crates and treasures from home to make it more homey. Hours and hours were spent here with my friends. We found tree frogs,crickets and gardener snakes.Riding our bikes to the corner store to buy penny candy and soda; we would stay until dinner time. As we got older, some experienced their first kisses in these same forts. I think orchards are romantic; they conjure up memories of hot summer nights and juicy fruits. The fruit from orchards make lovely favours and details for a wedding or celebratory event. Some days, I long to be down in the orchard. Happy Solstice!

Watermelon Cocktail

Coral & Melon

Today, my daughter pointed out watermelon in the grocery store. "Look Mom!" she said excitedly. Watermelons mean summer is on it's way.It means barbecues, picnics, beaches, camping,weddings, and feet dangling in a cold wading pool while reading a good book with one of my World Famous Cocktails .
I believe everything you do, should be "World Famous"; that is why I take such care, and put so much love into all of my floral designs.
I love this watermelon inspired board. I feel so refreshed just looking at it.Don't you?
I know you are just wondering what goes into this World Famous Cocktail. It's pretty yummy on a hot day if I do say so myself!

Here is the recipe:

1 large seedless watermelon, rind removed, fruit cut into 1-inch cubes
4 teaspoons superfine sugar or to taste
8 ounces silver tequila, vodka or gin
12 fresh mint leaves
2.5 ounces Cointreau or orange brandy
6 cups ice

Make watermelon ice cubes by putting some pieces of cubed watermelon on a baking sheet lined with wax paper. Freeze for one hour, covered.
Take the rest of the watermelon plus the sugar and puree in a blender until smooth. Strain into a bowl. Put the tequila and mint in a pitcher and muddle. Then stir in Cointreau and watermelon puree. Pour the mixture into a cocktail shaker with ice and mix for each cocktail. Put watermelon ice cubes in a glass and pour the cocktail in. Garnish with mint sprigs and enjoy!

Aaahhh bring on summer!!

Needs Sun!

Yellow like Sun

I'm in the mood for some serious SUN! Don't get me wrong I LOVE where I live. Nothing beats the beautiful westcoast of Canada surrounded by lush forests and ocean, but everynow and then when the sun goes into hiding I start to mourn. Must. Have. Sun.
I never used to be a yellow person. I don't own a single yellow thing. I look awful in yellow. But I do love lemons in white bowls, and daffodils, and yellow candy. I appreciate yellow on others. I love little girls in yellow sundresses. I have come to realize I LOVE yellow just don't put me in it!
I am thinking if I do a post on yellow it just might coax the sun out of hiding.....what thinks you?

Kim and Darren: Backyard Wedding

Meet Kim and Darren married July 11,2009 in a lovely backyard wedding.
I love this photo of Kim. It's absolutely adorable. Just like Kim herself! Love the shoes.
These fabulous photos were taken by Ruby Joon Studios. If you scroll down to the bottom of the page on this link you can see more photos of this wedding.
A backyard smooch. Kim's Mom has the most fabulous property perfect for a back yard wedding.
The bouquets. You can see many more delightful images of the floral pieces from this wedding here.
After the wedding they hit China Town for some urban shots. Way cool!

Thank-you to Ruby Joon Studios for sharing some of their work with us.
To Kim and Darren, Congratulations! Kim you looked absolutely beautiful! It was a delight to work on your wedding and share in your special day. I am so honored. XOX to both of you :)

Diana and Victor One Beautiful Family!

Meet Diana and Victor...
...and their beautiful family.
All these photographs were taken by the very sweet Kim Kalyn. A brand new bride herself!
Look at Diana and that slit up her leg. Ooh la la!
I just think Diana looks beautiful in all these photos.I think Kim did a wonderful job catching her beauty and personality. I just love the bamboo.

Diana and her adorable girls.The sweetest flower girls!
Each Bridesmaid carried a different bouquet. If you want to see more of the floral details of this wedding look here. The floral details were simple and elegant. I really loved the cake. Make sure you have a peak.
The groomsmen had coordinating boutonnieres to the bridesmaids.
I love this image.The flower girls carried freesia bouquets.Diana's Mom's favorite flower.

See this little one here? I could have hugged her right up! In fact, I did. Poor little girl :)
Father and son share an embrace. I LOVE it. Victor and Victor. Beautiful.
Three of these boys are related. Can you tell which ones?
I love mix matched bouquets and dresses. So visually pleasing.
The girls bouquets. You can see more flowers from this wedding here.
....into happily ever after.
Thank-you to Kim Kalyn Photography for sharing her photos with us. Diana, Victor and your two beautiful girls. I wish you all the best. Hugs all around. XO.

Sneak Peek: Floral Details July 25,2009

From the moment I met my bride Diana I knew the girl had style! I call Diana's style simple, modern, elegance. This style suits premium flowers and single flower bouquets. This is her phaelenopsis orchid bouquet.

Her Groom's boutonniere.
Their two beautiful daughters were the flower girls. They carried these freesia bouquets.Diana's Mom's favorite flower.Diana's Mom is in Romania and was unable to attend the wedding.

The bridesmaids carried different flower bouquets. The flowers alternated white and lavender.
The groomsmen boutonnieres matched the bridesmaids they were partnered with.
An over the arm bouquet created visual interest.No matchy, matchy here!

The maid of honour carried this beautiful orchid bouquet .

These roses were so beautiful.

The altar flowers were placed on stands at the ceremony and then brought to the reception.
These were placed on the mantle in two different sizes.
The candles were lit once it got dark casting a magical glow.
Everything was simple and elegant.

Diana was smart to have a little girl table at the reception with sticker books and crayons.
The cake I decorated with three types of orchids.
Congratulations Diana and Victor! You are a beautiful couple and have a beautiful family! I can't wait to see the photos from your wedding! I know Diana totally rocked her dress. It had a thigh high slit. Ooh La La!!

Real Wedding: Kilts and Thistle

A modern Celtic wedding complete with thistle and men in Kilts.

The lovely bride as photographed by Orange Frog Studios.

Heading to the reception.
The bride's bouquet.

I love this photograph of the flower girl with the circlet I made her.

The bridesmaids bouquets made in a silver wire collar.

Wristlets made with an orchid,spray roses and more.
One happy Father after the ceremony!