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

Me, myself and I

I felt it was time to post a re-introduction for those of you who don’t know much about me. I started TARA MCHUGH FLORA 7 years ago when I was pregnant with my second child. I had been a stay at home mom for years and was really needing a creative outlet. So I asked myself that age old question, what makes me really happy? The answer was, obviously flowers. So there I was glued to my computer trying to learn everything I could about flower arranging. I signed up for the only floral class I could find in Victoria and was seriously disappointed to come home with a triangle shaped arrangement in floral foam and a perfectly round bridal bouquet all in red roses! It was not what I had hoped for. So I was left to learn from Google and You Tube and good old fashioned trial and error. Back then there weren’t oodles of workshops as there seems to be these days! However, a few years ago I was lucky enough to attend Floret Flower Farms very first workshop with New York florist Amy Merrick. At that workshop I experienced what it was like to design with a bounty of locally grown ingredients. I was exposed to the real movement that was happening among flower lovers. The movement to start caring about where your flowers come from. In the early days, not only was I learning everything to know about flowers, but I was also learning about running a business. Including everything that goes along with it, bookkeeping, marketing, and social media, all the while breastfeeding and catering to a three year old!... read more
Victoria Summer Wedding – Villa Marco Polo Inn

Victoria Summer Wedding – Villa Marco Polo Inn

Last summer I was honoured to be the florist for a beautiful small wedding at the Villa Marco Polo Inn. As I often tell people, when the subject of wedding venues comes up, this venue is at the top of my list. I love the character and charm of this old home and it’s gorgeous outdoor garden space. The entire inn can be booked for friends and family which is extremely convenient for out of town visitors. The bride and her bridesmaids can also get ready at the venue on the day of the wedding. What a nice place to sip champagne and relax while getting your hair and make up done. For this wedding the bride requested a purple color scheme and also wanted trailing ribbon, which I adore. The local dahlias stole the show as usual. This wedding weekend just happened to fall on one of the few August days we had rain here on Vancouver Island. But as you can see from the photos it didn’t put a damper on a thing.  I actually love how charming the umbrellas look in these photos by Jesse Holland Photo. The bridesmaids wore soft flowing purple gowns, and the flowers a mixture of dahlias, stocks, eucalyptus and lavender phlox complimented them beautifully. Renting tents turned out to be a wise idea to protect the guests and food from the drizzling rain.                                            (photo: Spark and Whimsy) As both the bride and groom were big Harry Potter fans they had... read more
Copper Wedding Inspiration

Copper Wedding Inspiration

The following is my first wedding shoot here in Victoria where I personally hand picked all the talented vendors to help bring my vision to life. My inspiration was copper, as we have all seen hundreds of weddings with silver and gold and I was craving something different. Copper will work beautifully for any fall or winter wedding. But let’s not underestimate it for spring, after all this shoot took place in the spring, hence all the beautiful ranunculus!! Enjoy. Photographer –  Kelly Brown Flowers and art direction – Tara McHugh Flora Venue –  Victoria Golf Club Models – Coultish Agency Stationary – Tuktu Paper Co. Cake – Ruth and Dean Bride’s dress – Blush Bridal Boutique Groom’s attire – Hughes Clothing Makeup  – Melanie Baird Makeup Artistry Hair – Conscious Hair Rings – Emma Glover... read more
Summer Dahlia Centerpiece

Summer Dahlia Centerpiece

Summer is in full swing and that means my favorite summer flower, the dahlia, is back! I love local dahlias because they come in numerous shapes, sizes, and incredible colors. The cafe au lait dahlia in particular has been very well loved over the last few years in the wedding world. What’s not to LOVE about this flower though! The sheer size of it is impressive, not to mention the beautiful color variations from blush to peach on one single flower, Arrangement recipe: cafe au lait and other pink dahlias, cosmos, sweet peas, ornamental oregano, zinnias, maple... read more