Three Easy Ways To Use Plants in Your Wedding

Three Easy Ways To Use Plants in Your Wedding

Do you love plants? Have you been crushing hard on all those cool cactus images on instagram and Pinterest? Well, in today’s post I’m sharing with you three easy ways to add plants to your wedding day. All of the images I used below are from a desert inspired shoot I worked on last spring in downtown Victoria, so they are theme specific, but all these ideas can be accomplished using different styles of plants depending on your wedding look. Okay, here we go….   Keep it simple by using potted plants at the aisle entrance. Here we used Sansevieria plants as it went with the desert vibe of our shoot. But you could use ferns or palm plants, or even lavender for a more french country look. Whatever suits the feel of your wedding     2. Add small potted plants to either side of your floral centerpiece. This is perfect for long harvest table set ups. Using plants on food stations is another way to emphasize your theme.     And lastly… 3. For this shoot I made little succulent and cactus terrariums with white stones. These could be used for place card settings, a seating chart table or thank you gifts. (photography: Kim Jay)   This styled shoot was featured on Rocky Mountain Bride and this link shares all the amazing photos and local Victoria vendors who made it all happen. https://www.rockymountainbride.com/blog/fort-common-wedding-inspiration-downtown-delight/                                  ... read more
Spring Wedding at the Sea Cider Farm

Spring Wedding at the Sea Cider Farm

This wedding at the Sea Cider Farm on Vancouver Island was such a pleasure to work on. The bride gave me a lot of creative freedom which I am always thankful for. When creating these wedding day florals I was mostly inspired by the words in one of her first emails ” branches, vines and botanical things make me happy”. My favorite part of this spring wedding was the bouquet!  Well, and the local ranunculus and lilacs from Nine Bark Farm. The bride really wanted lots of greenery used throughout the whole wedding, the harvest tables had runners of three different types of eucalyptus, the ceremony barrels were filled with large rustic branches and her bouquet was mostly various shades of greenery. Originally the bride had requested an all greenery bouquet with some thistle, but seeing as this was a May wedding and I knew a very sweet woman in my neighbourhood who grew the most amazing peonies I just knew a simple white peony was the way to go. At first her initial response was “no peonies” but after a little back and forth she agreed. And I think in retrospect she was glad she did. A couple months after the wedding she sent me a thank you card that mentioned she loved her bouquet so much that she now has a picture framed in her house. All the photos in the post are by the talented Kelly... read more
Affinity Guesthouse – Vancouver Island Wedding

Affinity Guesthouse – Vancouver Island Wedding

Last summer I was honoured to create flowers for a very lovely and beautiful couple from Victoria, British Columbia, who chose to have their wedding day at the Affinity Guesthouse in the picturesque Cowichan Valley. Vancouver Island is filled with so many incredible wedding venues and that is definitely one of the things I love about my job, getting to explore these beautiful places. With charming buildings nestled amongst large willow trees, never ending green lawns perfect for that big white party tent, and playing games, the Affinity Guesthouse seems the perfect spot to celebrate your wedding day with your closest friends and family. The florals for this wedding were soft and romantic. A palette of blush and white, full lush centerpieces filled with white hydrangea, sweet peas, roses, kalancho and fern. The brides bouquet was filled with a mixture of roses (Quicksand and O’Hara rose), bouvardia, and locally grown flowers including astrancia, creme brulee phlox, and white nigella. The bridesmaids all carried a simple fragrant white O’Hara rose with mixed greenery which they later placed along the head table to add to the greenery garland which was also dotted with roses. Photos: Brent Calis Photography            ... read more
Bullock Lake Farm – Salt Spring Island Wedding

Bullock Lake Farm – Salt Spring Island Wedding

This was my first wedding on Salt Spring Island since moving here in August 2017. I couldn’t have been more happier with the experience of working at Bullock Lake Farm. It was picture perfect, from the towering trees at the ceremony site, to the outdoor long table dining to the evening dancing under beautiful white lights in the coolest barn. I was extremely nervous about the fact that all the flowers for this wedding were sourced from only island farmers, Bullock Lake providing the majority. Once given a color scheme it’s up to the growers to supply you with what is available at that time. With working for almost a decade in the city of Victoria there were many options for flowers. If I felt like I didn’t have enough flowers or the right colors I could run around town and usually find what I was looking for. I can’t tell you how many times Harry’s Flowers in Oak Bay Avenue saved my life! So needless to say that moving to a small town and doing a completely island grown wedding was a little stressful as I never knew exactly what I was getting or the quantities. Luckily the bride was easy going and understood everything couldn’t be controlled when supplied locally. But in the end I was beyond happy with the outcome. With a mixture of dahlias, zinnias, scabiosa, snap dragons and hop vines everything came together as it always does. It was extremely satisfying on a creative level to work with such healthy fresh pesticide free flowers! I loved the color combos that were created with varying... read more
West Coast Autumn Elopement

West Coast Autumn Elopement

This October elopement took place at a private residence in Victoria, BC. The bride and groom had asked some friends to host the wedding at their home, so it was a beautiful backyard ceremony with only 7 guests. Fall flowers included the ever popular cafe au lait dahlias, fall mums, orchids and the combo rose.     Photography: Kim Kayln Photography    ... read more
Old English Inn Summer Wedding

Old English Inn Summer Wedding

This wedding’s photo gallery left me speechless, and it was so incredibly hard to narrow down my favorite choices for this blog post. The pictures by Ainsley Rose Photography capture expertly the romance and beauty of this stunning wedding at the Old English Inn located in Esquimalt, British Columbia. A floral palette of soft pinks and lavenders that include “quicksand” roses and “cafe au lait” dahlias , bridesmaids who look like goddesses in their flower crowns, and a bride’s smile that perfectly expresses the happiness and love of the day. And to top it all off , the wedding party drove around in a bus to various locations around the city in order to capture these amazing photos. Enjoy!  ... read more
Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

Let’s face it, we all love to get flowers anytime of the year not just on Valentine’s Day.  But wouldn’t it be nice to be surprised with something different! For this upcoming Valentine’s Day I created a special gift box inspired by everything floral. Included in keepsake pine box: – Watercolor tea towel by artist Lindsay Remple (21″ x 28″ printed on cotton) Lindsay creates one of a kind textiles from her paintings. They are carefully printed, sewn and finished to create unique and functional art. – Woodlot 8 oz Flora candle, aromas of lavender, orange bergamot, cedarwood and patchouli (burns 40 hours) – handcrafted lavender scented heart soap (by Sweet Pure Honey) – dried bundle of white statice flowers $89.95 plus PST and this box ships anywhere in Canada Local delivery available in Victoria, BC And every purchase supports creative entrepreneurs, small business and big dreamers. To shop more boxes visit my online shop at  TARA MCHUGH... read more
Gift Box Feature – Wild Hill Botanicals

Gift Box Feature – Wild Hill Botanicals

Today I am happy to share with you an interview with Wild Hill Botanicals, an organic skincare line based here on Vancouver Island. I always personally test all the products I use in my gift boxes and because of that I am now hooked on the  Nootka Rose cleansing clay. I just love knowing that there are no harsh chemicals being used on my skin and it always feels great supporting another small business. Continue reading to find out how this Vancouver Island couple got into distilling herbs and wild crafting beauty products. 1. Please introduce yourself and tell us a little about your company Wild Hill Botanicals. We take pride in growing herbs on our little farm that backs onto East Sooke Park here on Vancouver Island. We infuse and distill the herbs that we grow and wild craft to formulate a traditional style of body care that focuses on simple, quality ingredients for skin. 2. How or why did you get into making beauty products? A few years ago we took a workshop with Portland Apothecary in Washington State, and there, amongst the oil extracts and herb vinegars, we encountered our first botanical distillation. After that we both knew what we wanted to do on our property, and we began building up the farm and studying natural skincare. From there we spent some time in San Fransisco with an ethnobotanist who is well known for her hydrosols and skincare formulations, and from this background the line developed into what it is today. Locally we are also very grateful to Dr. Ryan Drum of the Gulf Islands for... read more
Gift Box Feature – The Wild Kids Apparel

Gift Box Feature – The Wild Kids Apparel

This week’s blog interview is with Adriane Duckworth the creator of The Wild Kids Apparel. Based out of Hamilton Ontario, this talented woman creates the cutest stuffed toys which I just adore and use in my baby gift boxes. 1. Was creating hand-printed apparel and accessories something you had always dreamed of doing? Share with us how it all started for you. I always wanted to be an artist, to draw, to be creative. I didn’t know that I wanted to do this specifically until I had my first son five years ago. The first characters were created for his bedroom wall, and I kept drawing more and more. Eventually, I knew I had to share my little creatures with the world in some way, and baby/kids clothing and accessories just made sense to me! 2. You have created so many fun characters. I am sure it’s hard to pick, but do you have a favorite? Do your customers have a favorite? I do have some favourites! Bob the Grizzly Bear is near to my heart, I just love his little sad face, ha ha. I also love Pablo the Penguin, and Olwyne the Owl because that is my son’s absolute favourite. 3. It is so hard to balance motherhood and run your own small business. What do you find most challenging? Being really present, in either my work or my family life, is a struggle. I always have work on my mind, and I always feel guilty about not spending every waking minute with my boys when I’m working. But I’ve learned that balance doesn’t exist, and that’s... read more
Gift Box Feature – L Rempel Art

Gift Box Feature – L Rempel Art

In creating my gift boxes over this last year, I have discovered some talented and dedicated Canadian makers. Over the next few months I will introduce to you the talented people behind these products! First I am starting with L Rempel Art. If you love watercolour art and textiles then you will love this company….   1. Please introduce yourself and tell us a little background about your business. I am Lindsay from the “L” in  L Rempel Art. I started painting in University and fell in love. Painting and sculpture became a way to “capture” my experiences and document my life. I am inspired by things I find beautiful. That usually means florals, landscapes and bright colours. After I graduated from the University of Calgary, I continued to paint. Mostly doing commissions and small shows. I have always loved home decor and the idea of celebrating our spaces with things we find beautiful or functional. Transitioning my paintings onto textiles seemed an easy way to bridge my love of decor and my love of art. L Rempel textiles was born out of the wish to create functional art that added to your space. 2. I currently carry your beautiful tea towels, but I have noticed you also print your art on other products. Can you tell us about your other products?  I have been running my company for almost a year now. I started my textile line with tea towels to see if people were interested in my paintings as prints. It was received really well and so I began experimenting with other textiles that seemed to suit the... read more