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Mina + Hal, Hal + Mina… They are in complete and utter love and just the sweetest people. After having a traditional Japanese wedding in Japan over Christmas, Mina and Hall had their Canadian celebration April 4 at Sea Cider Winery. This spring wedding was the perfect way to kick the 2015 wedding season off for me–a lovely couple and an abundance of flowers.

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For the flowers, the bride requested the feminine colour palette of blush, peach, apricot, champagnes and white. We brought in all the best flowers of spring, because it was one of the best weekends of the year to be selecting flowers–we had everything we could possible want to choose from. I had picked up some amazing tulips, anenomies and ranunculus from Earth Candy Farm on Saltspring. We used some bridal veil spirea (the dainty white flowers on the long branches). And the beauty of working closely with my wholesaler is that when Mt. Newton Floral brought in buckets of white lilac, I saw how perfect they were for this wedding, scooped it up and we used it everywhere.Mina+Hal-Web-173Mina+Hal-Web-131Mina+Hal-Web-135

 

The one-and-only Melanie Baird did the bride’s gorgeous makeup, and the incredible Elena of Conscious Hair did the beautiful up ‘do. The stunning dress and veil are from Blush Bridal Boutique.

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The day was captured by the talented Victoria photographer Blythe Leslie.

All our love, Mina and Hal. May you have a life together with many more days as joyous as this one.

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

I loved that Derek and Sarah chose to get married in the spring. It is, to me, one of the best times “florally” to get married because there are an abundance of quintessential wedding flowers in bloom: peonies, tulips, lily of the valley [*sigh*] …just gorgeous.

SD936The floral designs were organic, loose, romantic—the best of spring.

SD342ladybugs copy SD661These are on my list of my favourite Verbena bouquets of all time. (Can you see the begonias? I used them as a cut flower for the first time because they were the perfect shades of coral, and they were great!)

SD1156SD1182 SD1253SD1300Congratulations to this sweet couple. Thank you for inviting us into your day—the pleasure was all ours.

Thank you to the amazing Ryan Mcdonald for the beautiful photography. The wedding took place at one of our favourite venues: Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse.

 

I was one of 21 florists who were asked to contribute to Canada’s most beautiful bouquets for 2013, an online feature for Wedding Bells.  My amazing supplier Ryan at Mt. Newton Floral Wholesale got in some Italian poppies and I knew I had to incorporate them into the design. They are very delicate and can be hard to work with but the end result is worth it! I was given base hues of grey and white to work in and asked to create something beautiful. I used the best flowers of spring to create a soft palate of pinks, pale yellows, touches of silvery greys and warming corals create a feeling of contemporary romance in this bouquet. You can see peonies, garden roses, jasmine, freesia, stock, sweet peas, lily of the valley, Italian poppies, ranunculus, dusty miller and columbine flowers.  Photographed by Kim Kalyn Photography.