Ania + Olivier

sel-20160611-wedding-ania-olivier-1721Magog, a city in southeastern Quebec, about 120 km east of Montreal, is not unknown to many a Montrealer. It falls within the belt of the Eastern Townships tourist region and boasts cute restaurants, shops and stunning views. Nestled away through one of the many stunning tree lined roads is The Hermitage Club. It is a beautiful venue with magnificent views, and architectural buildings straight out of the vintage victorian era that will make any couple want to consider this as a potential venue.

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I had lots of fun working with Ania. She was super down to earth, friendly and as it turns out works for the same company as my husband, queue the music for: “ It’s a small world after all”! We bounced around a lot of ideas, but were finally able to establish an elegant garden feel to fit perfectly with the venue all while incorporating her desired colour scheme.
 As a rule I try not single out one floral piece over another. To me, they all have their own story and role to play within an event. However, it is hard to hold back when you have an arch like this … WOW… It looks absolutely amazing, and having given birth 3 weeks before the wedding a girl is just going to go ahead and give herself a high five 🙂
 I love the arch trend that we have been seeing over the last couple of years and hope it continues. They are just so much fun to create and with the right hands turn into real show stoppers.
A special thank you to Allison at a Belle Affair Wedding & Events who is always a true pleasure to work with, and Brian at Brian DiCroce Photography for beautifully capturing the day and allowing me to share these with you. You can find their contact information at the end of the photos.
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The Great Philanthropists of Tomorrow and the Colours of Jazz

On January 28th I sponsored an event at the Montreal Musueum of Fine Arts in honour of the Young Philantrhopists Circle. The event theme was the colours of Jazz in the 1920’s Modernism Movement. An evening full of music, burlesque performances, good food and drink. The flowers had to do justice to the electric atmosphere, so of course there needed to be rich colours, eye catching detail and bling to bring it all together.

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Zofia & Marc

If you are looking for some jaw dropping wedding inspiration look no further. Zofia and Marc planned this day down to every detail, from ties to shoes, with no detail being overlooked to bring this magical day together. Our first meeting, like with many other couples, began with an inspiration collage of their wedding Pinterest board. Designers have conflicting views over Pinterest boards and whether they help or hinder in the wedding planning process. For me, I think that so long as the couple is open to variations on the design, as well as being realistic with regards to their budget, then the images that the couple assemble can really help you to get an idea of the style and feel the couple is trying to achieve.

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The event took place at L’Orpailleur Vineyard  in the Eastern Townships. The flowers were going to be used as the couples primary décor. They wanted to stay true to the natural setting of the venue all while capturing the hearts of their family and friends to create a romantic setting. The color palette that they were inspired by were blushes, pinks, burgundy’s and whites. Textures were also a key part of this design, using complimentary greens and large protea’s  as a primary focal point added that wow component.

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The pièce de résistance for the event (aside from Zofia of course) by far was the ceremonial arch, although the cedar hedge was no small feat either. This piece was truly a labor of love. The base of the arch was made up of curly willow that I weaved together by hand, while creating key junction points to place the main focal floral pieces. The structure was further enforced with seeded eucalyptus and magnolia and from there inspiration just took off, and this 4 ft long ceremonial masterpiece was created. This piece served multi functions for the bride and groom, in that after the ceremony it was used as the floral runner of their sweet heart table.

Beautiful Day, Beautiful Couple… Congratulations you Guys!!!

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Event Location:http://orpailleur.ca

Photographer and photos courtesy of: http://www.michealbeaulieu.com

Sarah and Daniel

“Where should we get married?”…….

This is a difficult question that brides and grooms face especially if you don’t necessarily call the same place home. Daniel native to Mexico City and Sarah native to Montreal, decided on Montreal to become Mr. & Mrs. but certainly not without incorporating touches of Mexico to bring their other home to their big day. A culture know for their bright colors and awesome fiesta’s, Sarah wanted a bright, simple bouquet. Opting to keep a continuous pattern to not take away from the beauty of the flowers I chose, Free spirit roses which naturally have differing hues depending on the bloom, Sebastian dahlia’s and dusty blue succulents to create Sarah’s bouquet. She loved it!!!

These wonderful photos below are courtesy of the very talented Justin Desforges of Upside Photography.

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Amanda and Ryan

Montreal born Amanda and Ryan had the challenge of planning their wedding long distance since they are now living in San Francisco. Amanda and I spent the first couple of months bouncing ideas off of each other via e-mail, which is actually harder than one might think. I started piecing together all the details in my head, all while thinking not only is this going to be beautiful, it is going to be fun. When we were finally able to meet up it felt as though we were really on the same page, which is always a good sign.

Things can get crazy a wedding day, especially since I needed to actually finish the centerpieces on site otherwise they were not going to fit in my car. I was hoping that I was going to get the chance to see Amanda, but I sent the bouquets and boutonnieres upstairs in the trusted hands of bridesmaids and continued on with the finishing touches.

All of a sudden I hear the very excited Amanda. She could not believe how beautiful the arrangements were. More beautiful than she could have ever imagined, and even better than what she saw on Pinterest were some of the few things she had to say. I think had a smile that stretched form ear to ear when I heard that. It is always such a relief knowing that i was able to successfully take what she was envisioning for her and Ryan’s big day and make it a reality.

Below are a few pictures taken by yours truly. I will say it again and again, I do flowers not photos. I leave that to the very talented photographers that this city has to offer, but I always like to share a few photos that capture behind the scened if you will.

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Here are the real jaw dropping photos taken by James Paul Correia and Kelvin Gooding.

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You can read what Amanda and Ryan had to say about their experience in the testimonials section.

Here are all the wonderful people who made this event come to life, in case you are looking at this and thinking to yourself: ” This is exactly what I want”.

Photographers: James Paul Correia and Kelvin Gooding
Coordinator: Allison at A Belle Affair Weddings and Events
Venue: Auberge Saint-Gabriel
DJ: DJ Shane
Hair and Makeup: Beauty on Wheels

Losing a child

A couple of months ago, as I was scrolling through what felt like my thousands of un-read e-mails in my morning clean out ritual, there was one from my son’s daycare with the title: “lost for words”. I have to admit it I clicked on it rather apprehensively. All I kept thinking was: ” My God please don’t let anything have happened to one of the kids”.

Well it was a child, but not one under the age of six. It was the owner’s son,her baby, who was 32 years young. He was involved in a motorcycle accident in South Africa, and Cathy of course left immediately. We did not see her for almost a month. When she did finally come back and I saw her in her office I gently stepped in, and told her very honestly that I had no idea what to say. I stepped over to her and gave her a hug, and we both fought to hold back tears.

A memorial service was held her in Montreal for family and friends who were not able to make the journey over to South Africa. When I was asked to do the flowers all I could think was that it needs to be vibrant, vibrant colours for a vibrant young man.

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