6 June 2011
All week long, we had beautiful weather in Niagara's wine country ... finally!!! And then, suddenly, the weather gods were again displeased for some reason and sent us rain on wedding Saturday!!! In some ways, rain is good ... it certainly makes for a better party because the guests seem to stick closer together, as if bound by nature!
In spite of the weather ups and downs, Erinn + Matt's wedding marched on and it was a wonderful affair! After celebrating their marriage ceremony at the Cave Spring Vineyard Retreat, guests were invited back to The Windows Room at Inn on the Twenty on Main Street in Jordan Village to wine and dine the night away.
Erinn's color palette was 'Forest' featuring shots of caramel and butter with accidental indigo, deep pink and mango tones and loads of texture.
To accomplish the 'look and feel', we designed with green mums, garden roses, viburnum, hydrangea, cobra lilies and gardeny bits (from our Studio's organic cutting gardens!) including mint, heuchera and japanese painted fern.
Congratulations and best wishes to Erinn + Matt ... we loved being part of your wedding day!!!
Above: Bride Erinn's bouquet. Below: The bridesmaid's each carried a unique bouquet!
How we love the cute raspberries tucked in this bridesmaid's bouquet!
Erinn + Matt ... after just having tied the knot, exit the Vineyard Retreat and the sun comes out ... on cue!! Matt's expression says it all.
Erinn + Matt did such a great job on their stationery, we just had to show it to you! It's the attention to the details (like stationery) that can really tie the whole day together!
1 January 2011
So now that the 2010 wedding season is officially behind us and the end of the year is upon us, it's time again to reflect on the year that was.
If you're a regular visitor, you'll recall that each year around this time we kick off our annual 'Best Of' blog series. In keeping with tradition, we're doing it again to recap 2010.
Below is just part one of what will be a number of installments to come over the winter! We've been compiling an album called 'Best Wedding Bouquets of 2010 and we're excited to revisit some love stories and images with you! In subsequent entries, we'll feature some of our favourite centerpieces, reception, church and ceremony décor as well!
We hope you enjoy the recap as much as we enjoy the memories it brings us!
One of our first weddings of the season was Natalija + Marc at Burlington Golf and Country Club. Natalija’s colour palette was a fusion of 'Spirit' and ‘Breeze’ which included tones of deep pink and magenta and shades of purple subtly set off by white hydrangea.
The matching bridesmaid's bouquets ... a big bridal party with 8 girls! The bouquets looked amazing against the shimmery fabric of their dresses ... depending on the light, you'd see tones of lavender, purple, pink, magenta or even electric blue!
We were loving the rich, deep colours and textures of Melissa + Dave's wedding flowers at Vineland Estates Winery The colours of the flowers we were working with prominently featured our Passion theme in shades of deep red, burgundy and cerise. Luscious and romantic! Don't these colours just knock your socks off??? Unbelievable! Notice the little fluffy detailing on the stem of Melissa's bouquet ... we affectionately referred to it as a 'tutu' around the studio all weekend! A perfect match for the ruffles on Melissa's wedding dress ...
Caley + Richard's outdoor wedding ceremony took place at Richmond Hill Golf and Country Club ... the colour palette for the ceremony and the wear and carry pieces was our 'Forest' theme! How adorable does Caley look ... a picture of complete serenity!!
Lots of floral goodness at Jennifer + Robert's wedding in September ... dahlias, red and pink orchids, red hydrangeas, amaranthus, curly willow, celosia, burgundy cordeline, light pink nerines and the most absolutely delicious garden roses ... ever. The colour palette was based on 'Bliss' This closeup of Jennifer's bridal bouquet gives you a good idea of the colour palette we were working with ... soft and muted tones.
Each of the five bridesmaids bouquets carried through the colours, but were slightly different in texture and ingredients ...
This particular weekend, we designed the flowers for Julia + David's vineyard wedding. We were working with very 'modern vintage' palette featuring muted and antique shades of lavender and purple, muted mulberry, blush, blue, tan and sage green. To accomplish this very relaxed and assorted look, we used fluffy flowers like dahlias and antique green hydrangeas, as well as seeded eucalyptus and all sorts of gardeny goodness!! The lacy detailing on Julia's bridal bouquet is the perfect tell-tale sign of the 'modern vintage' feel we were going for ...
The bridesmaid's bouquets were little more bold ... they were certainly feeling a little playful just moments before gliding down the aisle!
Part 2 coming soon ... stay tuned!
29 August 2010
This weekend we gathered up the team and trotted up Highway 400 to Richmond Hill to design the flowers and Chuppah for Caley + Richard's nuptials at the lovely Richmond Hill Country Club! We love our home turf here in Niagara, but we also like to travel once in a while ... just to see how all the non-Niagaran's get by ... ya know?!?! :)
Caley + Richard's outdoor wedding ceremony took place in The Valley below the Country Club ... under one of our custom-made curly willow Chuppahs. It was a beautiful spot next to a babbling brook replete with an old wooden bridge you could only cross on foot ... picture perfect. Cocktails took place on one of the back patios immediately following the ceremony.
Later in the evening, Caley + Richard hosted a dinner for their nearly 200 guests in Ballroom upstairs.
The colour palette for today was a blend of 'Forest' and 'Spirit' .... the ceremony and wear and carry were all Forest themed and we add hits of bold pink to the reception flowers!
The bride and bridesmaid's bouquets ... these colours were a perfect choice as the Forest palette looked right at home in The Valley! How adorable does Caley look ... a picture of complete serenity!!
The dapper looking gents ... all lined up and ready to walk the mile down the aisle!
In case you were wondering (and we know that you were!) ... our Chuppah frame can be adapted to many styles ... fabric, birch log, curly willow. For Caley + Richard's wedding ceremony, we designed a curly willow Chuppah and hand-tied over 150 white orchid blooms onto the willow.
Here come the hits of bold pink ... these centerpieces looked absolutely stunning in the Ballroom with the textured linens and gold chiavari chairs.
Our best wishes are with Caley + Richard at the start of their new journey together ... Mazel tov!
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!
26 June 2010
If you've never been to The Good Earth or met Nicolette Novak, it's an experience you must put on your 'to do' list when in Niagara!
The Good Earth is not merely a place to visit ... it is something to be experienced. A tranquil slice of heaven in the shade of the Beamsville Bench wine appellation of Niagara!
This weekend, Bronwen + Mark and their guests had a glorious chance to 'experience' the Good Earth for themselves! The couple were married amongst the vast gardens on the property and later celebrated in upscale garden party fashion with delicious delectables including wood-fired roasted pork and ... an oyster bar!
Side note ... Bronwen is the daughter of Rodney Clark of Toronto's famed Rodney's Oyster House.
Working with an organic and natural feeling green and white palette, we designed our pieces for Bronwen + Mark using flowers such as peonies, roses, hydrangea and viburnum. We 'garnished' our pieces with various cuttings from our organic gardens here at the Studio ... including lady's mantle, astilbe, fern fronds, mulberry springs and oregano.
Elements included birch logs, cork vessels, wrought iron Shepherd's Hooks and glass Mason jardinieres! There's nothing quite like an early summer outdoor winery wedding in Niagara ... you have to experience it for yourself!
Welcome to the Good Earth Food and Wine Company ...
Browen's bouquet … featuring peonies, pieris and japanese painted ferns and wrapped in a gorgeous silvery-blue-pewter satin ribbon.
Coordinating bridesmaid's bouquet ... slight more petite and with a darker ribbon.
Our custom-made Shepherd's Hooks have turned out to be quite a hit amongst our brides this year!
Isn't she angelic? I think I say this about every flower girl!
Here comes the bride!
We created tablescapes of flowers for the 32 foot long mission-style seating arrangements ...
Four of these little cloches marked the tables ... apples, grapes, pears and mulberries!
We cozied up one of the garden seating areas with these birch log lantern standards ...
Wedding Venue: The Good Earth Food and Wine Co., Beamsville
Oyster Bar: Rodney's Oyster House, Toronto
Wedding Flowers: Mimosa Flower Studio, Jordan