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……

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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Marie-Anne and Sheldon

I came to know Marie-Anne while I was a student at McGill University. She was a teaching assistant for quite a few of the courses that I took during my undergraduate degree. I can remember the exact course when I grew particularly fond of Marie-Anne, and that was during Ornithology. Those early morning labs were particularly challenging at times, but Marie-Anne’s passion for birds combined with her incredible personality and humour was contagious. She helped me to realize just how amazing birds really are, and to this day I turn to the life of birds by David Attenborough as my go to DVD when I want to watch something but just not quite sure what. When I graduated I wasn’t sure if our paths would ever cross again, but thanks to Facebook they did. She happened to pop up in my news feed as being recently engaged. I of course wanted to congratulate her, one message led to another which eventually brought us to her bridal bouquet. Unfortunately I was not able to see Marie-Anne on her wedding day, but was thrilled by the e-mail that she sent to me a few days later saying that she absolutely loved the bouquet. The varying tones of white with a slight cascade accented her gown and smile perfectly. Thank you to Jamie Kronick Photography (www.jamiekronick.com) for capturing the beauty of Marie-Anne and Sheldon’s day, as well as these beautiful shots of her bouquet.

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The fall…

A friend within our tight knit group recently lost her father after a long battle with cancer. We wanted to offer her and her mother an arrangement just let them know that we were thinking of them. I often say that there are no rules when it comes to sympathy arrangements. I opted for rich fall tones, with a modern yet organic twist. I felt it was a nice representation for the season that she lost her father, as well as her own personal style. My hope is that when she is getting ready in the morning and she glances over at the arrangement, that she may crack a small smile,think of her dad, and that just maybe the healing process was helped a little bit.

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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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Tracy and Corey

Teapots, purple with touches of yellow and white was the request from the bride to be Tracy. A cool fall day, accented the purple tones of the bridal bouquet, and the teapot centerpieces were a perfect fit for this brunch themed wedding. Check out the link below to see their special day unfold with the fabulous photos taken by Gwylan Goddard of their special day.

http://blog.gwylangoddard.com/2013/10/20/tracy-corey-pierrefonds-cultural-centre-wedding/

Here are some more fabulous pictures taken by Gwylan Goddard Photography giving special credit to the flowers….

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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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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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