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6 June 2011

Flowers + Veggies = Quirky Centrepieces

 

This past weekend, one of our favourite Niagara-on-the-Lake winery venues, Chateau des Charmes, welcomed the heads of all the provincial liquor boards from across Canada for their annual get-together! As we understand it, this is a bi-coastal event that switches from the Okanagan in B.C. to Niagara on alternate years ... this year belongs to Niagara!

Once of the things Chateau des Charmes wanted to highlight is the incredible bounty that Niagara has to offer. 

Where to start? Well, in Niagara, we go to the market, of course!!

We returned to the studio with our mitts chock full of raw 'veggie' ingredients like new potatoes, radishes, cucumbers, leeks, asparagus, turnips, carrots, beets, celery and artichokes which all make guest appearances in these centrepieces! Then, we proceed to marry our 'foodie finds' with flowers!

The results always seem to garner lots of attention and conversation over the dinner table ... fun and beautiful!

Chateau des Charmes - Flower and Veggie Centerpieces 1

Chateau des Charmes - Flower and Veggie Centerpieces 2

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Tags » Niagara Wedding Florist, Niagara Wedding Flowers, Niagara on the Lake Wedding Florist, Veggie Centerpieces, Centerpieces, Quirky

6 April 2011

Best of ... Tablescapes

Since we often design 'tablescapes' for our clients, we thought maybe we'd take a look at some we did last season!

First off, what is a tablescape, you ask? 

Tablescapes are basically creatively designed table-top 'landscapes' that feature a specific floral or colour palette, collection or theme. So, rather than a singular self-contained centrepiece in the middle of the reception table, we create a stunning landscape from multiple satellite pieces.

Tablescapes tend to work best in harvest or mission-style seating situations and we have a ton of fun designing them!

Wedding Tablescape at Vineland Estates Winery - 1

Wedding Tablescape at Vineland Estates Winery - 2

(Above) Melissa + Dave celebrated their Niagara nuptials at Vineland Estates ... view the whole wedding.

(Below) Bronwen + Mark were married in the garden at The Good Earth Food and Wine Co. ... view their wedding.

Wedding Tablescape at The Good Earth Food and Wine Co.

Wedding Tablescape at The Good Earth Food and Wine Co. - 2

Wedding Tablescape at The Good Earth Food and Wine Co. - 3

Dana + Anthony celebrated with their guests at The Granite Club in Toronto ... view their wedding.

Wedding Tablescape at The Granite Club - 1

Wedding Tablescape at The Granite Club Toronto - 2

Mary + Dan were married in the lovely old stone Carriage House at Vineland Estates Winery overlooking the vineyard with the Niagara Escarpment in the distance ... breathtakingly beautiful! Check out their wedding ...

Wedding Tablescape at Vineland Estates Winery - 4

Wedding Tablescape at Vineland Estates Winery - 5

Wedding Tablescape at Vineland Estates Winery - 6

In celebration of Niagara's historic peach harvest, we helped 'set' The Orchard's Longest Table for an event featuring special guest, Chef Ricardo of FoodNetwork fame!

Chef Richardo - The Orchard's Longest Table

Chef Ricardo - The orchard's longest table - 2

Chef Ricardo - The orchard's longest table - 3

We designed this wedding tablescape out in the vineyard right in the middle of harvest ... if you look close you can see some grapes still hanging. We had a riot with this one ... using our twiggy lanterns, cork logs, coca-cola coloured bubble glass vessels and acacia wood balls ... not to mention the awesome 'Bliss' colour palette.  This is one of our favourites ... you can see more here.

Wedding Tablescape in the Winery Vineyard

Wedding Tablescape in the Winery Vineyard - 2

Wedding Tablescape in the Winery Vineyard - 3

Wedding Tablescape in the Winery Vineyard - 4

Wedding Tablescape in the Winery Vineyard - 5

Tags » Niagara Wedding Florist, Niagara Winery Wedding, Niagara Wine Country Wedding, Wedding Tablescapes, Centerpieces, Wedding Reception

21 March 2011

A little off the beaten path

Every once in a while, it's good to trod down the path less taken ... just to see where it takes you! It's always a bit of a fun little surprise!

We always jump at the chance to flex our creative muscles and design up some funky, fresh, flower arrangements for things like book launch parties, corporate events, tours, fundraisers and the like ... especially when we're given carte blanche.

So ... where to start? Well, in Niagara, we go to the market, of course!!

We'll return to the studio with our mitts chock full of raw 'in season' ingredients like okra, spring onions, jalapeno peppers, swiss chard, potatoes and raddishes ... even eggplant, tomatoes, nectarines and cucumbers have made guest appearances! Then, we proceed to marry our 'foodie finds' with flowers ... as we're wont to do.

The results usually garner lots of attention and conversation over the dinner table ... we've received many, many comments on these particular designs:

Quirky Centrepieces with fruits and vegetables

Quirky Centrepieces with fruits and vegetables 2

Quirky Centrepieces with fruits and vegetables 3

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Quirky Centrepieces with fruits and vegetables 10

Quirky Centrepieces with fruits and vegetables 11

Quirky Centrepieces with fruits and vegetables 12

Quirky Centrepieces with fruits and vegetables 13

Quirky Centrepieces with fruits and vegetables 14

We hope you enjoyed a look at the quirky side of things

Although most of these designs wouldn't 'work' in a wedding scenario, it's always possible to incorporate some different and unique elements into our floral designs ... not to much how much fun we have doing it and how much your guests will talk about them!

P.S. > Check out Helen + Steven's wedding at Queen's Landing for how we incorporated pomegranates in their centrepieces!

Tags » Niagara Wedding Florist, Niagara Wedding Flowers, Niagara on the Lake Wedding Florist, Veggie Centerpieces, Centerpieces, Quirky

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