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

http://gwylangoddard.com

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/

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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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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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.

January Pick Me Up

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I have a wonderful client, who has an amazing boss who loves anything and everything when it comes to orchids in her flowers.It is her birthday this week and bouquet was needed. She is a fairly modern woman when it comes to her taste, but with floral design taking a turn in the more natural garden style i thought i would try to converge these two worlds in her bouquet today. I will only hear the verdict tomorrow, but I am hoping she will love it, and if not, then i will willingly sacrifice myself and accept it, and give her a more  modern structure which is also very beautiful.

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A Love of Purple and Orange

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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. IMG_0250But everyone knows that nothing, is ever more beautiful then the Bride on her Wedding day.

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Cynthia and Kosta

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…