A Victorian Themed Fall Wedding: Martine + Nathan

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This past weekend I had the pleasure of creating the wedding flower arrangements for Martine and Nathan’s wedding. Martine’s main wedding colours were a mix of purple tones, accented with cream, pearls, and lace.

I selected flowers based on both the theme and budget. Immediately when I think of a Victorian themed wedding I think of ‘Vendella’ Ivory Roses, Gypsophila, and an elegant variegated greenery (I chose variegated New Zealand Pittosporum). To achieve the hand-tied garden style she desired, I used purple Lisianthus, and to keep us on budget, I chose lavender Stock and three different purple hues of ‘Moon Series’ Carnations. She had also requested that I incorporate some kind of berry, so I went with seeded Eucalyptus. These ‘seeds’ are smaller and more elegant looking than other types of berries, plus the dusted blue tone of the leaves helped to perfectly blend the Victorian and fall themes together.

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Once my flowers arrive, the process begins! First, I cut each stem and start conditioning my flowers so that they’re ready for designing. While I wait for the flowers to condition, I start to make handmade name tags for the bouquets and boutonnieres. For these, I begin with textured brown paper, which I hand ripped into small rectangles. I then choose card stock that is in her bridesmaids dress colour, Victorian Lilac. To dress them up, I incorporate the look of the detailing from her wedding dress by attaching small, silver encased pearls to each tag.

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Once the flowers have finished conditioning, I finally get to start making the bride and bridesmaids bouquets, my favourite part! Next I start preparing for the corsages and boutonnieres. First I choose a corsage ribbon that will match the wedding, in this case cream, and create all of the corsage bows. Then I lay out all of the materials for the first 6 corsages.

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Next I make the Grooms boutonniere. Martine asked me to incorporate some of the left over material from alterations to her bridesmaid dresses. I gauged that there was enough left over to wrap the stems of all of the boutonnieres. This allowed the groomsmen boutonnieres to match perfectly with the bridesmaid dresses. And here you go!

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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.