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!!

Sneak Peek Floral Details:July 11,2009

My bride and groom got married this Saturday in a lovely garden wedding. The weather was beautiful and sunny. I can hardly wait for the professional photos as I am sure they will be stunning. So check back in a month or so when I post the real wedding.
A close up of the Bridal bouquet. The Bride is an absolute sweetheart. She is so lovely and petite that I have a hard time not hugging her to pieces every time I see her...poor thing....getting squished up by her floral designer wasn't exactly written in the contract!
When I created her bouquet I didn't want to create something so large that it would overwhelm her natural beauty. This bouquet was just the right size for her.
A close up shot of the Bridesmaids bouquet.
I took some of the flowers used in the Bride's bouquet for her girls. I am a firm believer that the Bride should have the most beautiful bouquet regardless of her budget.

That goes for the Groom's boutonniere as well.
The Groomsmen wore these.
The Fathers and Grandfathers had a lovely, simple but elegant rose boutonniere .
Pearl and orchid wristlets for the Moms.

Grandmothers and other honored female guests had an orchid corsage.

The reception venue and centerpieces. Once again, I do not have a great shot of these due to the lighting in the venue and am hoping the professional photographers got some good shots of them for me. The centerpieces looked lovely and were made from hydrangea, curly willow and orchid florets. The centerpieces also had submersible lights that illuminated the centerpieces up from the inside and I am sure looked fabulously magical once it got dark. I loved these centerpieces and wish I had gotten a good shot of them. Sigh. They were elegant, modern and slightly whimsical. The servers who were setting up the tables were "Oohing and Awing"over them which always makes a floral designer happy. It is always nice to get positive feedback :)
My dear bride is also a wedding photographer and will be photographing a wedding of mine in two weeks so I hope she is enjoying a lovely honeymoon with her groom. All the best to Kim and Darren and HUGS all around!

Real Wedding Sneak Peek: The Shoes that Started it All

Charlene the bride, contacted me less than a month before her wedding. She was cool, calm and collected. I, on the other hand, knowing my wedding schedule and limited time available was direct and to the point.Only one month to figure out her style, likes, dislikes etc. I better get on this!
Charlene is from Calgary and I prayed she was one of those bride's that answered her emails promptly. Thank goodness she was :) Charlene told me her wedding was all about the shoes and emailed me the above photo. AAH, I thought to myself hot pink satin shoes...ideas started to form.
Charlene wanted to use hydrangea for sentimental reasons. She likes simple, monochromatic bouquets.
The bridesmaids wore lilac and purple knee length dresses .
The flower girl was not even two so she carried this little hydrangea posy. It was so tiny and sweet that every time I looked at it I said, "Aww".
The Groom's boutonniere.
The wristlet was made on a seed pearl bracelet and unfortunately the image I took of it in the studio was blurry. I am no photgrapher. Sigh.

Two different kinds of centerpieces short and tall. In the studio.
One of the altar pieces in the studio. Lace table cloths are great to hide all the floral debris!
The tall centerpieces. I am now seriously considering taking a photography course this fall.First, I must get a decent Camera, one that has not been dropped and is held together with tape!
Altar flowers. Outdoor ceremony by the ocean.
Centerpieces in the venue.
Each table was named after a different cocktail. The children' s table was called "Shirley Temple" and they did not get a centerpiece but instead got toys on their table.Good idea to keep them entertained during the reception.
I am looking forward to seeing the professional photos for this wedding. I think they will be beautiful. Congratulations to Charlene and Darrell married on this day of July 4, 2009.Thank-you for letting me be a part of your special day and thank-you Charlene for sending me that photo of the shoes. The shoes that started it all!

Sneak Peek: Villa Marco Pollo Floral Details

I have found a new wedding venue to love. It is called the Villa Marco Polo Inn. It is a lovely five star bed and breakfast with beautiful Italianate gardens and interior decor full of Persian and antique styling; from the moment I first saw it I was in love. It felt like home. This venue is perfect for an intimate garden wedding.I discovered this venue thanks to my lovely bride and groom who held their wedding there this Saturday. This is just a sneak peek of some of the floral details while we wait for the professional photos.
I made this turquoise bead curtain to delineate the entrance to the gardens for the guests as they arrived. I did not want to spend too much of the bride's budget on the entrance but still wanted to have something elegant and tasteful. I think this fit the bill!
I attached these lovely chartreuse orchids just to add another pop of color.
And tied back the curtain with turquoise satin ribbon. The bride's colors as you can guess were chartreuse, white, turquoise and touches of silver.
The bride's bouquet full of roses, berries and two different kinds of orchids.

A close up shot of the flowers.
The bride wanted a floppy satin bow and a bit of bling on the wrap.
One of the boutonnieres. I made four different kinds.
The corsages.
The venue had this sweet little tree that I couldn't let go naked; so I dressed it up with turquoise and chartreuse satin ribbon. I also made these custom crystals to tie onto the ribbon and to catch a bit of light. I think the tree was happy to be dressed for the occasion!
The centerpieces were made in tall fluted glass vases that had submerged orchids and chartreuse wire.
Spilling forth from the top were white orchids and hydrangea. So elegant.
This one with it's mate were waiting for the banquet table to get dressed.
A close up of the wire detailing.

The sweetheart table had this lovely centerpiece.
Three types of orchids were used in this wedding.
Some more crystals attached to the ceremony gazebo.
The gazebo looked so pretty all dressed up.
The altar piece was placed on a nice white Italianate pillar.It was made in a tall silver fluted vase.
Here is the total effect. My pictures do not do it justice. Click on the pictures to enlarge the images.

The garden has this beautiful fountain in the middle and I was chomping at the bit to do a fantastic floral feature in it, but one thing a florist has to do, is stay in budget! Sigh. Maybe next time.

The lovely grounds.
Thanks to my son for taking all the garden and building shots for me while Mom worked he photographed. My daughter is the one who actually helped me by passing me flowers, scissors and ribbon when I needed it. We worked like a fine tuned machine. I'm a lucky Mom.
My son had a fascination with all the garden statues. Could it be because they were women in various states of undress, or because they were simply beautiful?
I wish I could be a lady lounging around in this garden; the problem is, I am not very ladylike, but I could pretend!
Best wishes to my latest newlyweds Stacey and Chris! I can't wait too see the photos !

May Long Weekend Floral Details: Sneak Peek

Here are some of the floral details of the wedding I did this May long weekend. They had beautiful weather and the bride was beautiful inside and out. I can't wait to see the professional photos, but in the meantime you will just have to make due with mine!
I met with the bride, her mom and sister last May they wanted a real fresh spring like wedding. The bride really liked the pairing of white and chartreuse green with garden like elements and a loose bouquet style. The Mother of the Bride loves lily of the valley and wanted to incorporate some into the floral details.
This is the bride's bouquet. I used parrot tulips with a ruffly edge for added texture and added a little bling into the stephanotis to pick up some sparkle in the bride's dress.
This is the groom's boutonniere. I like to use flowers from the bride's bouquet for the groom but feared the tulips would not withstand the beating boutonnieres can take, so I substituted the chartreuse button mums.
These are the groomsmen boutonnieres.I made sixteen total boutonnieres and corsages for this wedding in an hour! Hmm...a world record me thinks. I was seeing a little cross eyed by the last one but I think they turned out simply beautiful and elegant with just a touch of whimsy; just like my beautiful bride!
The Corsages.
This one just for the Mother of the Bride because of her love for lily of the valley.The studio smelled fabulous with the mix of lily of the valley and stephanotis. Floral aromatherapy heaven!
Simple centerpieces with bear grass swirls, parrot tulips and chartreuse spider mums.
I also did centerpieces in tall fluted vases with just the tulips to provide visual interest in the room. The venue has a very high ceiling and open glass windows to the ocean; very bright and airy. I think the room called for some height with the centerpieces.
The bride brought to the initial consultation a tear out from a bridal magazine which contained candelabras covered in grass and hanging amaranthus. She loved the organic green quality of them and wanted to know if I could recreate them? What did I say? But of course!
The altar flowers. Sometimes you don't need big flashy altar pieces; in this case I think these fit the bride's style beautifully.
I hope the bride and groom have a wonderful honeymoon in Maui. I'm so jealous with all the awful rain we have had today...I was so loving the sunshine on their wedding day....come back sun....pretty please.