This wedding was absolutely incredible for us for so many reasons, not only did we love this couple, but they trusted us to do whatever we wanted within their colour palette, which is every florist’s dream come true. This was also the first wedding where we got use some product from the lovely girls at Meadowsweet Farm on Saltspring Island. Molly and Claire are vegetable farmers and have just started growing flowers as well, and we couldn’t be more thrilled about them because their product is divine. It gives all our designs that gorgeous romantic garden look that we have been itching to incorporate into our work. The results were overflowing, romantic English-inspired designs. And we’re thrilled to see that Swooned Magazine recently featured this beautiful wedding!

Hoticultural_center_of_the_pacific_0074Transporting the ceremony pieces to the site–our amazing Cara is in there somewhere…Hoticultural_center_of_the_pacific_0075 Hoticultural_center_of_the_pacific_0042The ceremony spot was on this breathtaking terrace in Glendale Gardens, at the Horticulture Centre of the Pacific–103 acres of public demonstration gardens and conservation land. It’s not only beautiful, but a great central location for a Victoria wedding–it’s located just between West Saanich and Interurban. The reception was in the Gardens’ brand new, gorgeous Couvelier Pavilion.

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We got to use raspberry foliage for the first time (Vanessa has been wanting to use it for years)!

Hoticultural_center_of_the_pacific_0052Hoticultural_center_of_the_pacific_0082Hoticultural_center_of_the_pacific_0062Hoticultural_center_of_the_pacific_0060Hoticultural_center_of_the_pacific_0058Hoticultural_center_of_the_pacific_0105The beautiful photography is by Jesse Holland.

A tight timeline can sometimes be exhilarating for us, and this was one of those times. This wedding was pulled together in two weeks (with the busiest floral day of the year, Mother’s Day, the day after the wedding!), but we couldn’t resist this charming bride and her vision. The designs were natural and whimsical–the tables adorned with candles, pewter tea caddies filled with beautiful ferns, and crystal compote dishes overflowing with lily of the valley (one of our favourite looks).

430_079 430_176The flowers were shades of pink–from the palest blush for the six flower girl bouquets (above) to the saturated deep pinks of the bride’s bouquet (below).

430_395430_268The bride, who, may we say, was STUNning, said the flowers were the most beautiful she had ever seen—nothing makes us happier than hearing that! Our best wishes to Tanya and Ian.

Photography: Helene Cyr
Catering: Truffles Catering
Makeup: Mel Baird
Hair: Conscious Hair by Elena Roberts
Event coordination: Christine Smart of Smart Events

Pretty cool way to start this year to have JuneBugWeddings.com list our little lavender farm shoot (in July) as one of their favourites of the entire year! Thanks to Jennifer Ballard PhotographyFrench Kiss EventsConscious Hair by ElenaMelanie Baird Makeup ArtistThe White Peony Bridal Boutique, Laura Lavender Calligraphy and Victoria Lavender Farm. Be sure to scroll to the end to see the little lamb that stole the hearts of everyone that day.

As summer has turned to fall, the last of the busy wedding season is trailing off and I am just coming up for air. Over the next few weeks, I will be blogging about my summer weddings and events including the lavender farm photo shoot in July, how colourful florals helped sell the executive Saanich house, Anjali & Alex’s wedding in July, Lori & Rob, Fazilat and Adrian in August, Steph and James’ autumnal-themed wedding in October, and the foliage-inspired wedding of Marena and Mike at the Empress in September. You will see and hear more about this wedding, but this was the event where I got to bring together all my favourite grasses, ferns and foliage.

All my favourite things

Lately, some of the elements I love working with include: chocolate lace, purple acacia, snowberries, pink astilbe, miscanthus grass, oak leaves, silver dollar eucalyptus, purple smokebush and red kangaroo paws.

Chocolate Lace

Oak leaves

Miscanthus grass

Purple smokebush

And when Barb from French Kiss Events recently asked me about my favourite flower of the moment, I said “Does foliage count? Because I am in love with Plumosa Fern.”

Plumosa Fern

Plumosa is actually not a true fern – it belongs to the same family as lilies and garlic and can be toxic for pets. This fern has a delicate, feathery texture, and if you were around in the 80s, you likely saw a lot of it paired with red roses and baby’s breath. However, I want to advocate for the comeback of the Plumosa Fern as a soft, textured final touch to the look and feel of any warm fall-inspired wedding or event.

 

Plumosa fern as a final touch to the table