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.

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Vanessa going to check out what is coming into bloom on Mt. Newton’s flower farm with Ryan, who helps runs the family operation his father started in the 80s.DSC_2017 DSC_2001 DSC_2007 DSC_2010 DSC_2011Mt Newton100_0694100_0721

DSC_1942Some 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.

DSC_1956Ryan inspecting Mt. Newton’s first sunflower of the season (they grow their own crops as well as bring in local and import products).

 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:

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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.)

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The bouquet was featured in WeddingBells and we still see these images in brides’ collections of inspiration.

brrec-015 brrec-020brrec-023brrec-009brrec-016 brrec-032 brrec-034brcer083Our silly, beautiful Jenny–and Vanessa’s arm…

DSC_1957And now there are these guys (Britt and Ryan’s twins), who love to “help” at the farm.

Now you know where all those beautiful petals come from!

LOVE!!!!! this wedding. Simple, stunning, sweet, sublime, serene. What a treat for me to be able to create the flowers for this couple. Karen McNeil was clearly the perfect choice for the photography, she knew exactly how to capture these two.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This was honestly one of the best bouquets I have ever made (in my humble opinion anyway!) The request from the bride was….texture, organic, green…. Of course it always helps when it is so expertly shot by my friend photographer Karen McNeil.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wendy &  John were married at the beautiful Sooke Harbour House on a sunny September afternoon. Wendy and I corresponded entirely through email. The bouquets were designed and blooms chosen over a few exchanges, and we finally met on her wedding day when I dropped her bouquet off to her at the hair salon. I dont have a picture of her in her dress with her bridesmaids, but I know that the lovely Karen McNeil captured her and more, so keep checking her blog for photos. In the mean time more details of Wendy’s day.