Heather and Bob’s Art Gallery Wedding

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Photographed by Dustin Hall Photography, Heather and Bob shared their vows in the art gallery at the Confederation Centre of the Arts located in downtown Charlottetown.

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Heather’s initial colour for her wedding was a bright hue of mint green, so she chose gorgeous flowing mint green skirts for her bridesmaids and paired them with ivory lace tops. As a pretty compliment to mint green, we decided to use monochromatic purples for her floral bouquets and decor.

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Her bridal bouquet used classic ‘Ocean Song’ lavender roses, deep purple lisianthus and hydrangea with accents of seeded eucalyptus, purple trachelium and dried lavender. All of the bouquets were then finished with our hand made silk ribbon, using ‘Latte’ for the bridesmaids and ‘Cool Mint’ for the bride.

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The reception took place in Memorial Hall, a romantic sky lit room with tall ceilings at the Confederation Centre of the Arts. The head table was dressed with with a long floral centrepiece in colours of ivory and purple. Heather created the table numbers herself by hand painting floral designs on clam shells that she had collected along the beach.

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The boutonnieres and corsages for the wedding party and families were made with dried lavender tied with silk, while the stems were left exposed to match the bouquets. For the groom we used a single ‘Ocean Song’ rose from Heather’s bouquet along with green lisianthus buds and touches of trailing green amaranthus.

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From the mint green bridesmaids skirts and the hand-painted shells, to the airy art gallery venue, Heather and Bob’s wedding was the perfect mix of classic beauty and artistic style. Congratulations Heather and Bob!

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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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May Flowers – Heather and Luke

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Heather contacted me just last week about flowers for her wedding. She told me she loves tulips and that her wedding colours were ivory, deep green and grey.

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For her bouquet I used white tulips with a mix of ivory candy scented roses and created a mock-cascade with trailing asparagus plumosa foliage.

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Using white tulips, she asked me to create something simplistic for her centrepieces. I decided to create asymmetrical arrangements by layering tulips, which created a little more movement and flow in the centrepieces.

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As a little thank-you, I found a large rectangle vase in my studio, and with some remaining white tulips and foliage, I made a larger scale version of the centrepieces.

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I usually always try to do a little something extra for weddings when I can. After all, it’s a celebration that happens once in a lifetime. Why not do what you can to make this day extra special for the bride and groom?

Marsala

Marsala wedding decor

Marsala is a famous wine and gets its name from the city where it originates on the island of Sicily in Italy. It is believed to have been around since the time of the Romans and has been exported from that region for hundreds of years. The Rubino Marsala in particular has such a warm and romantic burgundy pink color, no wonder Pantone decided to name it their colour of the year for 2015!

Originally sparked by Pantone, I have certainly been inspired by this rich colour pallet and history. This was my decor theme for my booth at the Dazzle Me wedding show on March 29th, what a great colour for wedding decor!

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This Italian inspired floral arrangement has been created in a detailed gold vintage container and would be perfect as a wedding decor accent on your welcome table, gift table, or sweetheart table.

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Following a vintage theme, I re-purposed a second hand vintage inspired teacup set to create cute yet romantic wedding table centrepieces.

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A copper pitcher full of flowers is accented with ‘Crimson’ curly willow branches to add height, interest, and a slightly whimsical and natural feel.

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Loosely hand tied with trailing ribbons of various colours, this large wedding bouquet will certainly make an impact!

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This wedding bouquet uses more pink hues from the marsala pallet and includes cymbidium orchids, spray roses, chrysanthemums, and hydrangea.

Burgundy ranunculus vase boutonniere

A boutonniere arranged in a miniature pin-on vase featuring burgundy ranunculus, twine and foliage.

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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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!

Wedding bouquet 1 Gypsophila hair accent Bridesmaid bouquet 1

Wedding bouquets 2 Weddding bouquets 1 Grooms Boutonniere

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