For those of you have previously scrolled through my blog, you may remember a post that I did featuring my friend Gwylan Goddard’s wedding. The wedding was so amazing, and so beautifully captured by Chelsea Gray at Blushing Bride Studio, that it was recently featured in Weddingbells magazine Spring & Summer 2014. It is the first time that my work has ever been published, and has left me with a sense of accomplishment, gratitude and excitement. Here is the link that will bring you to the Weddingbells’s website so you can take a look. Enjoy!
If you are interested in reading my post on Gwylan and Michaels day, you can see it here:
December, the month when almost every single day something relates back to Christmas. Trust me this is more than ok with me. I love Christmas, everything about it, in fact it is my favorite holiday. The lights, the snow, the shopping, family, and of course the wintery greens, table centerpieces, and all the wreaths and urns that I get to create. People tend to get carried away, or even a bit of tunnel vision when holiday time rolls around. They forget that there are events that occur in December that don’t actually relate to Christmas.
Being Born on Christmas I know a thing or two about how events can overlap. It is just small insignificant things. For instance almost all of my pajamas and socks are Christmas themed which gets a little weird around May. Birthday cakes, well up until recently they have taken on many of form for the holidays, santa, rudolph, snowman you name it.
So when I had an order come in for a retirement I wanted to make it seasonal but not overly christmassy. This time of the year is ideal for incorporating wintery greens into arrangements. Cedar was the green of choice in this bouquet, combined with red piers japonica to offset the soft peach tones of the roses and tulips. It was a beautiful bouquet and the photos really don’t do it justice. We seem to run out of daylight quite quickly these days,so the photos were taken in the evening. I hope you enjoy it all the same.
I love when I get to meet new couples through good friends. There is almost more of an instant connection, a type of bonding that happens. This was most definitely the case with the bride to be Tanya. She was organized and had a very good sense of what she wanted for her day. She reminded me a lot of myself when I got married, hyper organized, sensible with regards to reality, and nervous knowing that some things are not in your control but always in good spirits.The hydrangea that week happened to be amazing, they were the largest I had seen in a while, and the sweet avalanche roses added had deliciously pink variances running through them that was amazing. It was a great wedding, a great couple and a great experience. All the best to the new Mr. & Mrs.
Here is a picture of my car on the way to delivery, good thing i didn’t have to bring the baby not sure where I would have put him.
and here is a photo of the completed mounted centerpiece at the reception there were 11 total to do:
The following photos are courtesy of the bride herself and were taken by the team over at Marrone video. (www.marronevideo.com)
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:
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:
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.
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.
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.
Ryen tied the knot on a beautiful sunny day in June at the hotel Mont-Gabriel in St. Adele. Her colour scheme was orange and purple with the bridesmaids bouquets and centerpieces to be made up solely of orange gerberas, and the bridal bouquet and maid of honor bouquet to combine her color scheme to bring it all together.When designing centerpieces and bouquets, the element which is most important to me is texture. The smoothness of the hot chocolate calla’s and the whimsy of the agapanthus play in perfect harmony the romantic layered nature of the circus roses and the hydrangea. So even though a traditional bridal bouquet is round and tight, by combining the right elements, your eye can’t help but pick up on all the dimension and beauty that the flowers have to offer.
Another way to add special interest to a bridal bouquet is through the handle. Brides can chose to add sentimental pieces like family heirlooms, or just go crazy with any fabric they love that they wanted to use in their big day but were not sure how. Ryen chose to use leftover fabric from her wedding gown, along with the material from her bridesmaids gowns, braided together and joined by pearl accents. But everyone knows that nothing, is ever more beautiful then the Bride on her Wedding day.
Cynthia and Kosta were a wonderful couple to work with. They were married on a beautiful day in May, and held their reception at the Vieux Port Steakhouse in Old Montreal. With Large Windows framed in black, and exposed brick walls, the Bride and Groom wanted a rustic yet classical look. Keeping the colours in a pure white with accents of greens, and using mason jars instead of a classic glass vase, the flowers warmed up the room instantly when placed on the tables.
I have also included a few photos of Kosta’s special request for his Bride to be. Kosta phoned me and asked if i could create an arrangement for the Bridal Suite so that Cynthia would have something wonderful in her room while getting ready. Colourful is all he requested, and here is what i came up with…
With the leaves just beginning to change colour, and a cool breeze in the air October had finally arrived, and so had Nadia’s and Mike’s big day. Being personal friends the pressure was on to make the flowers everything they dreamed of and more! Being such an easy going bride Nadia instilled a lot of confidence in me, beautiful and purple was what she wanted and that is exactly what she would get. Working fiendishly t’ill the wee hours in the morning, managed to get maybe an hour or two of sleep, loaded up the car with the bouquets, boutonnieres, corsages and countless number of centrepieces and headed off to the south shore. The look on Nadia’s face when she saw her bouquet is something that i will remember forever, she was so beautiful and so happy….. Thank you Nadia for allowing me to make your bouquet, those flowers were truly meant for you….