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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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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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

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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 )

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Still Waiting…

Well I must admit that although it is the end of April, and listening to the gentle hummmm of my furnace is a little disappointing ( I really thought the windows might be open by now), I did have a busy weekend playing in glorious spring flowers. Which always helps to lift my spirits.

Here is a sample of one of the bouquets that went out this morning. The vibrant orange tulips, soft asparagus fern, and creamy yellow double stock will start off your morning in the right way.

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It is Spring in Montreal….Supposedly

Ughhhh…more snow seriously? Have we not suffered enough?

A good friend recently posted a quote by Leonard Cohen that a lot of us here in Montreal can relate to:

“In Montreal spring is like an autopsy. Everyone wants to see the inside of the frozen mammoth. Girls rip off their sleeves and the flesh is sweet and white, like wood under green bark. From the streets a sexual manifesto rises like an inflating tire, “the winter has not killed us again!”

I feel like the spring flowers can relate. They must be growing impatient under the thick layer of snow. In the meantime perhaps a nice image of paper whites, and a spring inspired white freesia arrangement can help brighten this spring snowstorm.

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Valentine’s Day and An Addition to my Bucket List…

I willingly took no orders for Valentine’s Day this year. To most florist this is blasphemous and even unheard of, but to me it was a breath of fresh air. Valentine’s day is super stressful for florists. The planning starts months in advance. Don’t get me wrong most years I love it, the rush, the countless number of thorn injuries, the reactions, the love, but this year being on maternity leave I decided to actually enjoy the holiday with my family, since this opportunity will only ever happen once in a blue moon. So we hoped on a plane and headed south not as far south as I would have liked, but still down to the USA for a little visit with family.

By some small miracle the baby fell asleep on take off and I actually had some free time to just sit and read. I took out the inflight magazine and found a little treasure hidden inside! An article dedicated to bringing together flowers and food in a to die for location. Needless to say that Villa Dulce has been added to my must see and must taste bucket list.

So instead of some Valentine’s day creations for you to enjoy, I have uploaded the article written By Nils Bernstein, and hopefully you will enjoy it as much as I did. Don’t worry though there will be more floral creations on the way!

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Forget garnishes; this Mexican restaurant puts flowers in everything

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In Villa Guerrero, chef Rafael Martínez Acevedo cooks bougainvillea sauce; right: chrysanthemum flower rice / Carlos Hernandez

By Nils Bernstein

About 70 percent of the blooms in Mexico’s cut-flower market are grown in Villa Guerrero, which smells faintly of wet earth and is studded with greenhouses the size of factories. Japanese immigrants introduced floriculture here in the 1930s, finding the area’s rich volcanic soil especially fertile. It’s no wonder then that Villa Dulce, a booming restaurant here, just 90 minutes southwest of Mexico City, would focus on flowers. “Being surrounded by flowers, it made sense to experiment,” says Villa Dulce’s owner, Rafael Martínez Acevedo, who both procures his organic, unsprayed ingredients from nearby farms and grows his own, resulting in such inspired dishes as carnation crêpes, marigold mole, rose-petal quail and bougainvillea ribs. “Our kitchen is a laboratory. Not all flowers can be eaten and not all can be prepared the same way, but we know the native people here used them for food and medicine. It’s part of a tradition.”

Another popular dish at the restaurant is chicken in a mole sauce of cempasúchil, or Aztec marigold, also known as flor de muertos for its importance in Day of the Dead celebrations. The flower’s citrusy petals are blended with green chiles and pecans to make the golden sauce. There are also puffy, peppery chrysanthemums stuffed with fresh tuna, tempura-fried and served in a tomato broth, like a healthier version of the steakhouse classic blooming onion. Carnations, which have flavors of clove and nutmeg, are used in creamy savory crêpes; pungent wild daisies are infused in (and showered atop) a subtly herbal cake. “Flowers have all the qualities of vegetables, greens, even chiles,” says Martínez Acevedo. “They can be sweet, spicy, meaty, with all different textures.”

Martínez Avecedo says the most popular dish on Villa Dulce’s menu is quail in rose sauce, a grilled whole bird served in a pink gravy that is sweet, savory and powerfully floral, with a minty spice. The dish is especially popular on Valentine’s Day. “People come from all over for it—they’ll start with a rose salad and have rose gelatin for dessert. There are so many different roses, and each color tastes different,” he says. “The darker they are, the more intense the flavor.”

Longtime Villa Dulce regular Leticia González comes frequently from Mexico City, en route to her family’s vacation home in nearby Malinalco. “Our first visit, we were shocked to see flowers used like this, but at the same time they don’t seem out of place,” she says. “In Mexico, beautiful colors are everywhere. It makes sense to see them on the plate, too.”

Hello 2014

Happy New year! I hope that everyone enjoyed all of their festivities. I had a wonderful holiday season. I was even able to take some time off to celebrate my sons first christmas abroad with my family. I knew that I was still going to be doing a little work on vacation though, no rest for the wicked as they say. My father had made a request for centerpieces for a late holiday party that he was having. So here is the last of the holiday photos that I will be posting, and look forward to heading into spring.

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One last little thing….

2013 was a great year for me, and for that I am extremely grateful. Thank you to all my clients who trusted me to take part in their special days, their highs, lows and all the holidays in between. Without you none of this would be possible so thank you, thank you, thank you……