Meet our floral supplier: Mt Newton Floral
We usually just post photos of the end result of our work , but do you want a little peek of what goes into getting all of those perfect petals? Weeks before the big day, we are meeting with our floral supplier Mt. Newton Floral about where to get the best… rose, hydrangea, peony, fibre optic grass, ferns, and on and on. We consider local versus imported, the current quality, quantities and colours of various growers’ products and more. Thankfully we have an awesome friendship with the team at Mt. Newton so it’s not too painful–they go the extra mile for us because that’s who they are… and we bring them absurd amounts of chocolate and goodies.
For the most part, Mt. Newton gets us almost everything we use in terms of floral supply because they have access to local and imported products: whether it’s a flower from their farm or another local grower or a fiddlehead fern imported from Hawaii. We not only love the people at Mt. Newton and think they are the best at what they do, but we are happy to be supporting a family-owned and operated business located on the Saanich Peninsula. Here’s a look at their operation and what goes into getting those perfect flowers.
Some of the beautiful David Austen roses they brought in for us this week. Ryan and his dad, Michael, are up in the wee hours of the morning buying all kinds of product to the island from around BC, Washington, California and beyond.
If you’ve been following us for awhile, you might remember the pictures below from Ryan’s wedding–more than five years ago (we arranged the flowers). Funny story: Ryan and Britt came to our shop to talk about designs, and before Britt knew what was happening Ryan, Vanessa and Jenny were talking in flower lingo and had figured out exactly what she wanted for her bouquet (which–thankfully– turned out to be exactly what she wanted for her bouquet). Then for the big day, Ryan scooped up some good deals on beautiful flowers, threw Vanessa and Jenny in Britt’s parents’ garage for the day with the flowers and supplies and took off. We thought about walking out, but we like Britt too much so we set up the venue for her, cursed Ryan a lot, and then got over it when we saw how handsome he looked. (Kidding, Ryan is one of the nicest guys in the world). We were touched to be a part of their intimate wedding. Here’s a look back:
Still after all these years, one of our favourite weddings. It was so beautiful in its simplicity. Our favourite part was when just as they were saying their vows, the sun came streaming through the poplar trees that lined the property.
(All wedding pictures courtesy of the lovely Karen McNeil.)
The bouquet was featured in WeddingBells and we still see these images in brides’ collections of inspiration.
Now you know where all those beautiful petals come from!