15 August 2011
This weekend, Lauren + David were married in Niagara on the Lake ... we were excited to work at two of our favourite venues ... Queen's Landing and St. Mark's Anglican Church.
This little town is so full of interest and charm that it naturally enhances any wedding here ... take, for instance, the 19th century fife and drum corps parade we experienced marching down the centre of Queen St. - where else are you going to experience THAT?!?!
Lauren's colour palette was based on our 'Charm
' palette plus white and a touch of darker pink. Very soft, romantic and flow-y. The reception flowers showcased deeper medium pink tones.
We designed primarily with dahlias, pink piano garden roses, pink spray roses and some 'gardeny bits' including delicate fern fronds, astilbe and scented geranium foliage from our studio's organic cutting gardens.
Lauren's bridal bouquet included heavenly-scented gardenias ...
Bride Lauren has a thing for birds ... so we dreamt up a twiggy tree installation for her that featured these cute little birds in nests, white orchids and some of our handmade pottery vessels!
P.S. > We actually rescued these real Robin's nests from our gardens this spring ... you just never know what you'll need a bird's nest for! :) (No robins were harmed ... don't worry!).
Cheers and best wishes to Lauren + David ... it was a pleasure designing the florals for your wedding!
11 July 2011
Congratulations to Lucy + Paul who were wed this weekend in an afternoon outdoor wedding ceremony in Oakville. It was a blisteringly hot day out ... there was not a cloud in the sky! A perfect summer day in July.
We were excited to design the organic, texture-laden, earthy and informal flowers for the ceremony and reception. The colour palette followed shades of medium pink, silver/grey, white, deep taupe and blush.
We brought in so much texture by using Manzanita branches, curly willow, hydrangeas, garden roses, calla lilies, orchids, celosia, dusty miller, air plants, pink protea and Hens 'n Chicks (fresh picked from our studio cutting garden!!!).
Lucy's bridal bouquet ... pretty in pink ... love, love, love the Hens 'n Chicks in there!!!
The centrepieces were a mix of tall and short full-floral pieces with our signature glass candlesticks and ivory pillar candles.
Manzanita branch 'Wishing Tree' loaded with orchid blooms ...
16 October 2010
Jennifer + Chris win this year's 'Longest Distance' award ... travelling to our little corner of the world all the way from Australia for their destination wedding!
Usually when we work with distance couples, there is generally some sort of family tie to the greater Niagara area, but in this case, Jennifer + Chris simply fell in love with the idea of getting married in Niagara on the Lake!! It turns out Jennifer's family had taken a recent trip to the area and when it came time for their wedding to be planned, Niagara on the Lake became the perfect destination wedding locale for this Ozzy couple!
Jennifer and Chris' wedding took place at St. Ilja Macedonia Orthodox Church in Mississauga with their dinner reception following in the Victoria and Albert Rooms at the lovely Prince of Wales Hotel in 'downtown' Niagara-on-the-Lake! It's been a while since we've worked at the 'Prince' ... what a gorgeous period property!
Today's colour palette was Charm featuring warm shades of mocha, ivory and white with soft touches of warm blush. A very modern vintage palette ... truly 'charming'!
Jennifer's bridal bouquet was very soft and romantic ... but we spiced it up a bit with some seasonally appropriate berries!
The co-ordinating bridemaid's bouquets ...
The wedding ceremony was traditional Macedonian Orthodox ... very symbolically and culturally rich!
The guest tables featured earth-friendly full floral centerpieces in glass ... along with some harvested tidbits from studio's late autumn garden!
Congrats and best wishes to our new Australian friends Jennifer + Chris ... thanks for letting us share in your big day!
24 July 2010
It's been a while since we've been at Vineland Estates Winery, but some things will never change ... we still looove intimate Niagara winery weddings!!
Vineland Estates is still one of the most beautiful intimate winery wedding venues in Niagara and it always feels like coming home when we get to work there. It's great to see Diane and Jared and the crew ... we've got a great history of designing/hosting the most beautiful weddings together!
Mary + Dan were married in the lovely old stone Carriage House overlooking the vineyard with the Niagara Escarpment in the distance ... breathtakingly beautiful! After the ceremony, their guests were invited on a wine tour and the Carriage House was seamlessly flipped into the reception space ... a beautiful tablescape seating 17 guests in the centre of the room!
Mary's colour palette was a Forest meets Charm mash-up ... the main focus was white and ivory with just a little splash of blush for colour! We used white mini callas, orchids, freesia, sahara roses, blackberries, blushing bride, dianthus and event some antique green hydrangeas and clematis vine from our studio organic cutting garden!
This closeup of the bride's bouquet gives you a good idea of the colour palette we were working with ... white, ivory and soft blush!
Mary's bridal bouquet ... no bridesmaids this time!
Have I said how much we love this place? I'll let the pictures do the talking now ...
The long harvest or mission-style tablescape is one of our favourite things to do in the Carriage House ... there's something magical about the intimacy and ambiance that it brings to the space.
Between the ceremony and reception setup, we had a little time to sit down in the Vineland Estates Winery Restaurant and enjoy THE most decadent and tasty dessert and cappuccino I've had in a long while ... it's been a busy season! I leave you with this one mouth-watering picture ... mmmmm!
Cheers and best wishes to Mary + Dan ... it was a pleasure to be part of your special day!
3 July 2010
So we're officially in those warm, heady days of summer and holiday weekends make for super wedding celebrations ... especially in Niagara-on-the-Lake!
Robin + Dennis tied the knot this past weekend ... outdoors overlooking the Niagara River from the deck of the Queenston Heights Restaurant in Queenston. A hop and a skip down the Niagara Parkway brought their guests to quaint Niagara-on-the-Lake and the Imperial Ballroom at Queen's Landing Hotel, where they celebrated and dined in utmost style!
The bride's 'Charmed' palette was a perfectly pretty combination of blush pink, ivory and white ... classic beauty never goes out of style. Cheers to summer weddings!
Charm is one of those palettes that brides always seem to return to ... here's an idea of the colour / texture palette we were working with.
The bride and bridesmaid's bouquets ... with callas, roses, lisianthus and orchids.
In addition to being a unique wedding destination, Queenston Heights is also a memorial to The War of 1812 where we Canadians kicked the Americans back across the River ... for the first and last time! Don't worry, it's all good ... we're friends now.
The Imperial Ballroom at Queen's Landing always looks pretty in pink (and white) ... so these centerpieces were right at home!