A Country Affair

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Over St.Jean Baptiste weekend here in Quebec, my good friend Gwylan tied the knot to her high school sweetheart Michael. Gwylan is a photographer and owner of Gwylan Goddard Photography here in Montreal, so it is not surprising that she had a vision when it came to her big day. The very talented and amazing Chelsea Gray (photographer and owner of blushing bride studio in Montreal ) captured the day in all of its glory. You can see her amazing work by following the link below:

http://blushingbridestudio.com/gwylan-michael-2

All the hand made details is what made this event truly spectacular. From the ceremony backdrop to the the wedding tent, Gwylan,Mike, family and friends spent a little over a year preparing for the big day. You can read all about the event in the making on Gwylan’s blog:

http://blog.gwylangoddard.com/2013/06/26/our-cottage-wedding-the-making-of/

Now the flowers….the glorious glorious flowers…Eco friendly,nature inspired and to be kept within the colour palette of peach,white, pink, green and the rest was up to me. I had fun working on Gwylan’s wedding. I was trudging through forests in Ontario finding flowers and greens, trimming my own personal garden all to keep it as homegrown as possible. The guest tables were lined with bud vases surrounded by a garland of eucalyptus and lisianthus around each one, boutonnieres filled with detail, and of course, if i do say so myself an absolutely jaw dropping bridal bouquet. It came together perfectly even better than I had imagined it, which is exactly what I wanted for such a good friend.

The following photos were taken by Chelsea Gray of Blushing Bride Studio. Thank you Chelsea for capturing the incredible beauty of the flowers.

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Amanda and Nick

Amanda and Nick said “I do” over one of the hottest weekends here in Montreal. With temperatures reading at 30 degrees Celsius but feeling more like 40, it was a challenge for the flowers to say the least, since they tend to like it a bit on the cooler side. Amanda decided on a white and soft pink color palette for her big day, a truly classic choice. Here is a selection from her big day.

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Thanks Mom!

I hope that you all were able to spoil your Mom’s this past Sunday. Most florists do not get to celebrate Mother’s Day in the traditional way, since most of us do end up working, but it is definitely fun to get to make bouquets to spoil other Mom’s. This year I had to be a little more realistic with my work load, since this was the first major holiday since my son was born. I decided to offer my clients a limited choice of the style of bouquet since I still have baby brain, and the creative juices are just starting to flow again. They still turned out to be luscious and beautiful, well at least I think so.

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Just Because

In my line of work, more often than not, people often will buy flowers for a special occasion. Whether it be for a wedding, an anniversary or for a holiday such as valentine’s day. Every now and again an order will sneak in that does not fall into one of these categories,  and these are what i refer to as the just because bouquet. I love just because bouquets. They sole purpose is often just to cheer someone up, or to let someone know that you are thinking of them. These random acts of kindness really make my day, and I often find myself spoiling family and friends with secret deliveries of bouquets, just because….

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My Greatest Creation

Well I hate to admit it but i don’t think that I will ever be able to top my latest creation. He came into our lives a little earlier than expected but he is absolute perfection, and i just don’t know how you can top perfection…I look forward to a life of creative floral design with my son now apart of my life. I think he will help both inspire me and push me to levels in my creativity that i never thought possible. I will want to do better, be more unique and push farther, after all little eyes are watching  and I need to set a good example.

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Winter Blues and The Tulips Cue

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If you are anything like me, and suffer from the winter blues, the idea of spring has now replaced your wildest fantasy. I look forward to seeing the 10 foot snow bank at the end of my driveway melt into a small lake, but more than that i want to see my garden beds. I will probably walk by them dozens of times once they are revealed from their wintery slumber, with my view consisting of nothing more than wet dirt, but then one day they will be there. The green fleshy leaves of one of the first flowers to emerge in the spring….my tulips most likely a few less then last year since the squirrels probably helped themselves to a little snack or two but who can blame them.

For the history and science oriented fans in the crowd you should check out this link from PBS for the documentary entitled “The Botany of Desire”. When tulips first came on the scene in the flower world in 1634, it triggered what is known as tulip mania. The flower actually gained such popularity that is became expensive enough for the bulbs and flowers to be used as a form of currency.

http://video.pbs.org/video/1283872815/

I will refrain from going on and on, but appreciate the tulips they are amazing, and if you want to send a beautiful bouquet or arrangement to someone you love you know how to reach me.

A Little Love and a Blowtorch

Today I thought I would share my first major project, that launched me into the floral design career. You see at design school we cover all the basics that florists need to know, from bows to wiring flowers. Then of course comes the budgeting and the ever important aspect of listening. Yes there is a class, and tests on listening, which actually is the most important part when dealing with your clientele. You need to listen to them describe their dream verbally and turn it into a physical reality which if you are not listening, will lead to a very unhappy client. Of course now a days most people come prepared with pictures to help guide the inspiration.

Every so often a designer is given a “gift”, and by gift I mean the words :” I trust you , and I know that you will make it look beautiful.” Our final project when graduating  tapped into these words except there was no client. The pieces were were to be exhibited at the Montreal Botanical Gardens for their 2011 Rendez-vous Horticole. We were given a budget and told to basically go nuts.

The piece needed to meet certain design elements, as well as incorporate food in some way, since that was the theme of the agriculture exhibition.

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My Friend Genvieve Blais and I worked as a team on the project and here was the beginning of our idea, a tree stump that was so nicely dragged all the way from Ontario. With a lot of love, we removed all the superficial roots keeping only the major branches and root systems, scrubbed, hosed, and once dried busted out the blow torch. Much to our delight we noticed while blowtorching on my driveway, and getting some rather odd looks from my neighbors, that the wood was becoming more and more red, with a slightly glazed appearance. The theme of the project was Renaissance, or the Re-birth. The idea was that even after a natural disaster event, such as a forest fire, that nature will always find a way to start over. We wanted to keep the flowers bright and colourful to maintain a strong contrast with the trunk, and with regards to the food aspect we chose artichokes to represent new blooms.

So here it is….

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With our design skill let loose, we created our first masterpiece. We were very proud of how it turned out, more beautiful then we could have ever imagined. The best part  was that the public seemed to agree, seeing as it won the people’s choice award at the exposition that year.

A piece like this is truly unique, and I am still anxiously awaiting to incorporate such a piece into a beautiful outdoor event that could perhaps perk up the card table, gift table or even bar depending on the event of course.