Hot off the press…

footer-cover-decFor 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!

http://www.weddingbells.ca/real-weddings/an-eco-friendly-diy-wedding-in-quebecs-laurentian-mountains/

If you are interested in reading my post on Gwylan and Michaels day, you can see it here:

https://fleursrougeandco.com/2013/08/

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Events in December other than Christmas

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.

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Tanya and Marco

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.

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and here is a photo of the completed mounted centerpiece at the reception there were 11 total to do:

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The following photos are courtesy of the bride herself and were taken by the team over at Marrone video. (www.marronevideo.com)

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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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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.