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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Angela and Robert

When you combine one of your life passion’s with one of the biggest day’s of your life, chances are you are going to be shinning even if the sun may not be. Horses have always been a big part of angela’s life, so her and Robert decided to mary on the grounds of a horse farm our in St. Lazaar.
Some brides may have been disheartened by the fact that there were a few torrential downpours, and below normal temperatures on that supposedly summer day, especially since it was an outdoor venue, but not Angela. My husband bumped into her a few days after the wedding and he had asked how everything went, to which she replied:” Best day ever everything was amazing!” She was amazing from start to finish!

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Photos courtesy of: Jessica Dozois @ Girls with Film Photography.

And here is another little view of the bigger centrepieces requested photo courtesy of my iPhone.

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Suzanne and Peter

In this post you will see why you should not be hating on the succulents. Succulents are taking the floral design world by storm and with good reason… have you seen them, texture, color they have it all. I have recently been trying to slip them into conversations with brides with not much excitement. The scrunched nose, and look of :”are you crazy” often stumbles across their now doubtful faces of wether or not I am the right woman for the job.

Suzanne and Peter were the first couple that ever came to me with succulents being the number one item that wanted to not only include in their wedding flowers but to be a focal point… YAY!!!!…..Other requests included: free flowing, soft with punches of fuchsia.On top of their already very interesting design request, Suzanne wanted a floral accent piece. I was not lucky enough to receive a photo of it on Suzanne, so you are stuck seeing a picture of it on my head 🙂

See how it all came together below:
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Lucie and Jamie

Since I am not yet the proud owner of a small boutique, most of my initial contact with future brides is via e-mail, so it may sound a bit strange, but I love waking up in the morning and checking my e-mail. One morning I woke up and had an inquiry from a bride who had seen my work featured in Wedding Bells, her name was Lucie. Lucie and Jamie are fabulous point final ! She wanted her bouquet to be huge and to look as though she had just run through a field. Lucie and Jamie wanted bright bold colours keeping within the pinks, oranges and yellows. I was already pretty excited just by the colour pallet, then she said the magical word….Flower Crown…now for those of you out there who don’t happen to follow flower trends,the flower crown has really taken off in the past couple of years along with garden roses. I had yet to have the opportunity to create one for a bride, myself yes, but a bride no. They are challenging and nerve racking to say the least,and not everyone can pull it off. Lucie however rocked that flower crown! Congratulations Lucie and Jamie!

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Photos Courtesy of:
http://www.christinaestebanphotography.com

Sabrina and John

I met Sabrina through a good friend of mine Nadia about three years ago now. Even though our paths tended to cross only at major events such as weddings and baby showers, both for Nadia I might add, she was always extremely friendly, and a delight to talk to. She and John wanted only one variety of flower for their wedding, and that was the calla lily. There is something about the crisp lines of the calla that make it so appealing, and when used with no other flowers it tends to highlight its best features all the more. Although i must admit that they beauty of the flowers are being over shadowed by those amazing pumps and the bride of course !

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Photos Provided by:

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Tracy and Conor

Tracy and Conor married over Labour Day here in Montreal and the Vielle Brasserie. Tracy and Conor knew what they wanted from the very beginning when we met back in December. Soft tones of greys, greens, whites, soft touches of lavender all with a very natural feel. The couple now reside in Kuujjuaq, and wanted the flora to represent a taste of home. They are an amazing couple,they were a joy to work with, and the fact that they have the most adorable son, which I managed to steal a few hugs from, certainly did not hurt 🙂

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Photos courtesy of the ever talented Gwylan Goddard

http://www.gwylangoddard.com/blog

Katie and Pierre

I apologize for my small hiatus from posting… I feel as though I have been playing catch up on life, and with it being wedding season things don’t always get published the way they should. This evening however I have set aside time to share with you glimpses of Katie and Pierre’s day.
Friday, June 13th, perhaps not the most ideal date to those who are a little superstitious, but when you are saying “i do” to the love of your life is the date really that important? Any day, any time, any where I say.
It was a wet day in Montreal to say the least.I had not seen rain like that in a while, it was coming down by the bucket loads and for the good part of the day.You know what they say though, it is good luck for it to rain on your wedding day, and just by these beautiful pictures captured by Gwylan Goddard Photography you can tell that al title bit of rain only added to the beauty of their day.

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**Photos Courtesy of Gwylan Goddard Photography Montreal, Quebec

http://gwylangoddard.com

Mother’s Day 2014

Did you see the youtube video that went viral about the World’s Toughest Job? If you haven’t’ then you should take a few minutes out of your day to watch it. It pretty much sums up the reality of motherhood, and will make you think twice about not being nice to your mom…..or be ashamed of yourself for not buying her flowers (just kidding).

Last year I chose a soft  lavender and white tones for the bouquets. The Lilac were in season so it was a perfect choice. This year with the cold weather, and a lot of blooms being delayed in the season, I decided to go bright and colorful to help spring our minds forward to those hot summer days.

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Anis et Marjolaine

 

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My good friend Ashley (who just so happens to be the genius behind my logo design) was throwing a surprise birthday bash for her moms 60th birthday. It was to be held at Anis et Marjolaine in St-Lazare, a small quaint restaurant run by head chef and owner Alvaro. The centrepieces were to be kept simple, natural, and in tones of white and green with a few splashes of lavender. We were on a bit of a tighter budget for this one, so we picked up bunches of fresh parsley from the market, and ran with the theme of alstro, white tulips, sprigs of lavender, birch branches and soft asparagus fern.

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If you have never been to the fabulously delicious Anis et Marjolaine in St-Lazare I definitely recommend checking it out. They have a fabulous terrace, and a delicious brunch on the weekend perfect for summer weekends.

Here is their website for those of you who are curious:

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(*photos courtesy of Ashley West http://www.behance.net/ashleywest )

http://www.anisetmarjolaine.net/blog/