10 September 2012
This wedding was featured on Style Me Pretty!
"Fortunato in amore, fortunato nella vita. Siamo molto benedetti." (Translates to "fortunate in love, fortunate in life … we are very blessed!")
When the summer heat hits its peak, wise Italians escape the city and head to the country to join their loved ones for the mid-summer festival of Ferragosto on August 15. This was the inspiration for Janine + Roberto's Ferragosto wedding among the vineyards at Good Earth Food and Wine Co. in Niagara’s wine country.
The wedding ceremony was held in a verdant meadow under century old willow and sugar maple trees. Our nieces and nephews helped out in the religious service with a rousing responsorial psalm and handmade alleluia signs. The groom’s papa led the guests in reciting an Italian version of the Our Father – Il Padre Nostro. The ceremony ended with a prosecco toast: viva gli sposi! and we were deluged with handfuls of rice thrown from every direction.
As the sun was setting behind the orchard, guests strolled toward the winery bistro alongside the vineyard. The communal dinner table was waiting under the pergola, softly lit by sparkling crystal chandeliers and votives in a combination of mercury glass and custom hand-sewn vintage fabric sleeves in tones of muted mauve, pale lavender and mulled grape.
The last word goes to Janine + Roberto's five-year old nephew who whispered into the groom's ear: “Zio, can I tell you something?” “Yes, Ryan, what is it?” “This is the best wedding I’ve ever been to. It’s only the first wedding I’ve ever been to, but it’s the best!”
This wedding was perfectly captured by our good friend and uber-talented wedding photographer Nataschia Wielink!
Event Photography: Nataschia Wielink Photo + Cinema / Private Photography: K Black and Co. / Wedding Venue: Good Earth Food and Wine Co. in Niagara, Ontario / Floral + Event Design: Mimosa Flower Studio / Menus + Programs: Laura Hooper Calligraphy / Place Cards: DIY / Wedding Cake: Good Earth Food and Wine Co. / Music: Claudio Santaluce / Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham via White Toronto / Bride’s Veil: Antique Belgian Lace / Bride’s Shoes: Sigerson Morrison / Bride’s Earrings: Laurent Gandini / Hair + Makeup: Jessica Jean Myers / Groom’s Suit: Ermenegildo Zegna via Holt Renfrew / Groom’s + Pageboys’ Ties: Pomp & Ceremony / Flower Girls’ Dresses: David’s Bridal / Pageboys’ Suits: J.Crew Crewcuts
4 September 2012
Joyce + Jon were married in an outdoor wedding ceremony on the edge of the vineyards in Niagara-on-the-Lake at Stratus ... which, if you've never been, is a MUST visit when in Niagara's wine country!
From the way it was built to the way it operates every day, Stratus Vineyards is one of the world’s most sustainable wineries and became the first fully LEED-certified winery in the world in 2005. From their four-storey gravity based tank elevator to their 1000 barrel above ground cellar, Stratus is truly a facilty that is a work of art, as much as the wine it produces!!!
We were excited to design the florals and the space in the Press Gallery at Stratus along one 75ft long communal table ... such a magnificent structural, raw and elemental modern space that would be juxtaposed against living elements that are natural, local and organic in look and feel.
Working with a palette that consisted of white, ivory, butter, natural green and muted gold, we designed the florals using roses, white mums, green apples, textural grasses (millet, flowey ditch grasses, roadsidia), dahlias, green/white hydrangeas and fun foliages from our cutting gardens including mint and raspberry foliage.
Each of the three enormously tall 'twiggy' trees was covered in over 2000 orchid blooms and were absolutely dripping with candlelight providing a soft glow to warm up the reception space after dark.
18 June 2012
This wedding was featured on Style Me Pretty Canada!
This weekend, we travelled up to the little hamblet of Alton, Ontario to design the florals and some decor elements for Megan + Cameron's wedding at the super awesome Alton Mill Arts Centre!
We were really excited to work with Kate from The Little White Dress and a bunch of friends we've met in last year ... like Selena from Hazlitt Vintage Rentals and Ida from Cake Museum!
To achieve a "Spring Harvest" vibe, we employed a variety of in-season and some locally grown flowers like peonies, dahlias, zinnias, clematis vine, safflower, gloriosa, purple hydrangeas and various garden fare (from our Studio's own organic cutting garden, of course!) such as lavender and mint foliages.
We'd describe it as relaxed, fresh, springy, heirloom, vintage and artsy!
We were working with a very bold colour palette ... tangerine, light orange, red, purple, butter and mellow yellow with light stone grey/lavender as a base and accidental green foliages. As you can see, against the printed wedding stationery, it really was a stunning match!
The outdoor reception space was set up in communal-style guest tables and our centrepieces featured a variety of full floral pieces in cement vessels, single blooms in vintage glass jars and a variety of 'fernscapes' (betcha never heard that one before!!!) intermingled with hundreds of candle-lit antique Mason jars.
The atmosphere was simply sublime!
Central to the space, we created a magnificent 12ft tall 'twiggy tree' absolutely dripping with curly willow, foliages and flowers! The trimming on the tree came in the form of hanging glass candle-lit lanterns and dozens of Monarch butterflies (to help complete the Spring Harvest theme!). The finished tree looked like it had been growing and blooming there for years and years!!!
There were loads of interesting textural elements as well ... cork, mason jars with votives, moss, ferns, rocks and branches ...
Various vintage details worked so well with the space and theme (we affectionately refer to the outdoor reception space as The Ruins!).
Congratulations again Megan + Cameron ... it was a pleasure to design the flowers for your beautiful wedding!!
Ceremony + Reception Location: Alton Mill Arts Centre
Wedding Flowers + Tree: Mimosa Flower Studio
Vintage Rentals: Hazlitt Vintage Rentals
Wedding Planner: The Little White Dress
Wedding Cake: Cake Museum
16 January 2012
We kicked off 2012 at The Wedding Co. Show in the historic Carlu ... one of Toronto's finest examples of art moderne architecture designed by Jacques Carlu in 1930 ... such a unique event space!!
Aside from meeting new clients at the show, a really important part of the weekend for us is connecting with the many talented wedding professionals that gather annually at this show. We're so proud to be associated with such a talented pool of wedding vendors and we're excited to work with a bunch of them in the coming months and years!!
For this show, we debuted our long-awaited latest addition ... a one-of-a-kind 10ft tall custom made metal tree we commissioned this past fall! We loaded the tree with nearly 300 stems of tangerine mokara orchids, hanging glass candle-lit lanterns and delicate handcrafted glass butterflies (custom made for us by our glass artisan friend, Connie Paul).
Just imagine exchanging your wedding vows under a couple of these jaw-dropping trees ... indoors or out ... they'd be absolutely magnificent!!!
We designed our *tree* to be extremely versatile ... in addition to a wedding ceremony, we can also use it to create a statement piece in the lobby, atrium, bar or lounge area of your event space ... it can be bare or loaded with foliage, branches or flowers of any colour ... it's also height adjustable!
The tree effectively lowers the ceiling and helps to creates a more intimate space ... much like in nature!
We had been dreaming about our *tree* for quite a while ... we sketched up our idea, brought it to a metal artist friend of ours and he made our vision into reality!
We're so happy with this first one, that we're going to get a few more made ... the possibiities for use are endless!!!
We started designing our space for this show back in September ... before we fully realized just how big the tangerine orange and grey combo would become this year!
We gathered and assembled our ideas ... custom grey felt flower vessel sleeves with inset butterfly detailing, fabric votive sleeves, butterfly tea cups from Anthropologie, antique silverware (found at Paris Market in Savannah, GA), grey-washed barnboard communal table (from The Warehouse in Niagara-on-the-Lake), pinwheel crystal stemware ... it all came together nicely!
Thanks to our book-maker friend Hannelore for the beautiful hand-bound guest book! (pictured above).
Back in the late fall, Catherine Lash of The Wedding Co. sent photographer Geneviève Caron over to the studio to catch Jennifer in her element ... for an article for the premier of The Wedding Co. magazine.
When we showed up at The Carlu to install our display, weren't we surprised to find Jennifer had become the poster-girl for the "Meet the Makers" feature ... is it a little hot in here?!?!
All-in-all, it was a wonderful way to kick off the 2012 wedding season ... we're really looking forward to how this year will unfold!