Katrina Kuzminer Photography – Local Weddings

For a while it seemed like I would find Katrina photographing almost every wedding that I was decorating! Needless to say, I soon got to know Katrina very quickly and had the pleasure of creating the bouquets for her own wedding this past summer.

Katrina’s talent and passion for her work stands out in every photo. I just love how she captures such a bright and airy feeling in each shot! Browse below to find more photos by Katrina Kuzminer Photography.

Aimee and Kristopher

Lindsay and Matthew

Blake and Alex

 

Melanie and Walter

 

Krystal and Jonathon

 

Vanessa and Alex

 

Amy and Ryan

 

Along with wedding photography, Katrina also loves doing portraits, family photos and other lifestyle photography. To check availability or see more photos by Katrina, visit her on Facebook.

Winter Romance – Emily and Andrew

This gorgeous winter wedding was all class and romance.

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Emily shared the same variety of ivory roses that her sister Jenny had in her June wedding, but with a romantic warm winter feel. For Emily’s bouquet, arranged in a bed of crimson culrly willow branches, I used a mix of cream roses, champagne roses and and scented ivory roses. Big cranberry red hypericum berries and winter foliage like pine and cedar served as this bouquets accents.

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The bridesmaids bouquets blended her cranberry red and champagne colour pallette with the addition of deep red roses, all wrapped with ivory lace ribbon.

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For the Grooms boutonniere, a large scented ivory rose was showcased with various winter greens and berries. It was then wrapped with cranberry ribbon and thin copper wire that was reminiscent of the willow branches in the bouquets.

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The groomsmen boutonnieres used deep red roses to match the bridesmaids and were slightly smaller versions of the grooms boutonniere.

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An ivory white 1950’s vintage car awaited the newly-weds and escorted them to their photo shoot at Province House before heading to their reception.

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At their reception, The Haviland Club enhanced the warm romantic feel of this wedding with it’s crackling lit fireplaces, tall ceilings with heritage decorative mouldings and hardwood floors.

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As a special gift for Emily and Andrew, I created a floral tapestry with some extra stems from her wedding bouquets to hang on the wall of the dining area.

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Don’t forget to check out Brady McCloskey’s website here, or check out his blog for fun ideas for your engagement photo-shoot and some great tips on preparing for a rainy day.

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Finding Your Passion

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The excitement, fulfilment, inspiration, motivation and joy from knowing that I am working toward my dreams, even if that’s conquering only one small goal at a time, is completely incomparable to any other work experiences I have ever had. I recently stumbled upon an article titled ’20 Signs You’ve Found Your Passion’. All of the points that were brought up completely describe my relationship with my business. Here are some highlights:

Productive Procrastination 

To be honest, I always place a lot of time and effort on answering emails. My goal is to find a way to communicate ideas in the best possible way, so that there can be no mix-ups or miscommunication. I also strive to incorporate a warm and friendly feeling into each message I send, the kind of warmth I would show if talking to my clients in person. When spending long days at my desktop, I will sometimes take breaks by grabbing my favourite pen and brainstorming new or innovative ideas for my next upcoming projects… Which leads me to the next point:

I Gladly Spend Nearly All of my Free Time on my Business

I don’t mind dedicating my weekends to my work or spending my entire evening on my business either! It’s just simply what I love to do, and there are no TV shows or personal Facebook feeds that could compare to the immense joy I get from doing what I love to do – being a wedding florist.

Constant Inspiration and Drive to Better my Business

I often find that new ideas come to me during sometimes rather inconvenient times. In the shower, in the middle of the night, while I am out for a walk,  I just don’t stop thinking about my business. Whether that’s coming up with a new marketing plan or a new way to physically create my products, my creative wedding flower wheels do not stop turning!

Have you also found your passion? I would love to hear about your stories! How did you find your passion? What is it that makes what you do so fulfilling? Leave your comments below.

Vase Boutonnieres

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As an artist, I’m always trying to come up with new and interesting ideas. Whether that’s expanding on what I already know, coming up with new solutions, incorporating new ideas, or reinventing old ones.

For quite some time I have noticed some inefficiencies in the usual wired and taped boutonniere. Mainly, this method leaves flowers and other fresh products without a water source, which is essential in keeping flowers fresh and looking their best. The other problem that the traditional method poses is that they can sometimes be difficult to pin on, especially if you haven’t tried to pin on a boutonniere in the past.

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I became inspired by some of the terrarium necklaces I had come across online and on Etsy in particular. It’s funny, my professors at NSCAD always preached that art is a conversation. Artists will often come up with ideas sparked by another artists’ work, which will then often spark new inspiration for many other artists in the future, and so the global conversation continues.

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After admiring how cute and rustic those little terrarium inspirations of nature were, I thought, this could be something I could incorporate into wedding flowers. Finally a solution to the traditional style boutonnieres: miniature vase boutonnieres! Simple, efficient, unique and quite pretty, these super cool boutonnieres can be made to match any wedding style, and are easy to attach to any lapel since they do not use traditional boutonniere pins.

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DIY Project – Cute Clothes Pin Heart Magnets

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Materials you will need;
Pretty paper – anything could work, like music sheets, old newspapers, old photos, or you could pick up colourful paper in the scrap-booking/paper-arts section of your local craft store. Get creative!
Poster board – go back to your science experiment days in elementary school and hunt down some poster board. It still comes in a variety of awesome colours! ; )

Decoupage Glue Sealer – quick bonding and non-toxic, plus it’s a sealer/finish. What more could you want?
Clothes Pins – a trusty classic from the past, unless you don’t have a dryer,… or it’s windy….
Spray Paint – this optional. You could also varnish the wooden clothes pins, or leave the raw wood exposed.
Hot glue gun – usually one of those basic, staple supplies that most of us crafters and artists like keep around the studio.
Magnets – you should also be able to purchase these at your local craft supply shop or discount store.
Other Supplies – pencil preferably, or a pen for tracing, scissors or exacto knife to cut out shapes, protective gear if using varnishes or spray paint etc., any other creative supplies you could find to use around the house… sparkles!?

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For our booth at the Island Wedding Showcase happening this Sunday, February 22, I was looking to create a little memento that our bridal clients could take home with them. Still feeling the love and inspiration from Valentine’s day, I opted for a heart theme. After all, marriage is the ultimate commitment to your Valentine!

After searching around my studio for ideas, I found a brand-new book, full of pretty design paper that had been gifted to me in the New Year. Then I picked up some poster board from a local craft store in Charlottetown (I chose pastel blue) and glued on my favourite sheets of the paper. (This poster board backing will provide extra stability and durability for the clothes pin heart magnets.) Next I created a little cut out heart, at the size I desired (about 1-2 inches) from some left over card stock in my studio, traced hearts over the glued design paper, and cut them out. Then I spray painted some wooden clothes pins gold and glued a heart to the top of each, along with a little magnet at the back.

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Voila! A mini, practical and cute handmade memento from Sakurah’s Flower Studio at the Island Wedding Showcase 2015! Check out our table at the Island Wedding Showcase and Follow the Hearts to WIN! a $250.00 wedding bouquet designed by Sakurah’s Flower Studio. ; )

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You can also purchase this item on my online Etsy Shop here.

Vintage Garden Inspired Wedding Bouquets

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I just received some gorgeous photos by Brady McCloskey Photography from a wedding I had the pleasure of creating the wedding flower bouquets! If you’re planning a wedding visit my Contact Page to book your free consultation. Read all about this Victorian inspired wedding here on my blog and be sure to check out Brady’s website to book your wedding, engagement or family photo session.

Time to start pinning up a storm!

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A June Wedding: Jenny and Alistair

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In my initial consultation with Jenny she chose classic, traditional and antique to best describe her wedding style. Soft pinks and Ivory were her two main wedding colours complemented by navy blue bridesmaids dresses and decor accents.

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Together we decided on flowers that really spoke to her classic style. Photographed by Brady McCloskey Photography, Hydrangea, Vendela Roses and both pale pink and blush pink Spray Roses set the mood for this couples day. Variegated New Zealand Pittosporum and lace accented her hand-tied bouquets by emphasizing an antique look, while Gunni Eucalyptus worked to integrate that feeling of navy blue into the floral bouquets.

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Vintage teacups were placed at each table setting to add an extra antique touch to the reception space, along with a vintage teacup that her Grandmother had given her to use as a cake top.

The table centrepieces consisted of a string of pearls with miniature, loosely hand-tied bouquets of Hydrangea and Spray Roses, arranged in low vases with pearlized glass rocks.

Check out Brady’s photos of this wedding on Facebook!

Rustic and Vintage Wedding Flowers

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I met with the bride’s Mom, Dawn a few days ago to discuss flowers for her daughter Alyson’s wedding next year. Dawn had handmade some silk flowers in different pretty coloured ribbon and wanted me to incorporate them in her daughter’s bouquet. I thought this idea was adorable!

We decided on permanent flowers for the bouquets. Not only did the idea of permanent flowers seem to best match Dawn’s handmade flowers, it also allowed her daughter to see her bouquets while she was home visiting her mother for Thanksgiving.

I set up a mutual Pinterest board that the three of us, Dawn, Alyson and I could use to exchange wedding bouquet ideas.The guidelines for me to work within included incorporating both a rustic and vintage feel, use fall colours with out the typical yellows and oranges, incorporate burlap, Dawn’s flowers and other decorative items she provided.

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Three days later I was at their door on Thanksgiving delivering the finished flower arrangements. Alyson was absolutely delighted with her wedding bouquet and also loved the added flowers that her Mother had made!

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A Quick Study of Late Summer and Early Fall Flowers in PEI

A Study of Late Summer Flowers in PEI

Study #1 – Late Summer Flowers and Foliage 

The summer may be drawing to a close, but there is still so much in bloom all around the house. I had to go out side and collect some of the last summer blooms before the fall is in full swing.


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Study #2 – Early Fall Flowers and Foliage

Most of these wild flowers, rose hips and berries were hiding in the hedge rows between the fields around the house. I have a good feeling about the arrival of fall this year, don’t you? It’s so pretty here in Brackley Beach!

Wedding Colour Trends

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Looking for the latest wedding colour trends? No Problemo!

Blush has been hot, hot, hot for the last year or two and it doesn’t look like it will cool down any time soon! The question is, which blush to choose? That my friend, is completely up to which shade you prefer. From pastel pink, a rich deep mauve, to guava, there is no doubt there’s a blush pink just right for you!

Idea: Love all blush pinks? Can’t decide on just one? Ask your florist to create an ombré colour scheme using all tints, tones and shades of blush.

Purple and Grey
In love with Victorian theme? Try using a few different shades of purple to add more depth to your arrangements like soft lilac, lavender and violet. Accent with soft charcoal and a touch of ivory or champagne lace of course, and away you go!

Navy and Yellow
Navy: an air of tact, class and maturity. Bring some extra fun into your colour scheme by adding a pop of bright yellow. Finally, combine an extra mid-tone of grey and viola!

Cream and Nude
There is no question that classic white is and always will be, simply Beautiful!  The new trend of using warmer whites and creams with nudes allows much more contrast between blooms giving white a whole new dimension. Love!

Turquoise and Soft Orange
This bright and cheerful duo is sure to put a big smile on everyone’s face! Plus it looks great with almost any theme from beach, to tropical, to chic, or anywhere in between.