Salt Spring Island Elopement- Duck Creek Farm

Salt Spring Island Elopement- Duck Creek Farm

In all my nine years in business I have never worked with a couple that was truly eloping! And when I say “truly eloping” I mean it! It was just the couple, the officiant, and the photographer, who also doubled as the witness. They planned every detail and had no one else’s opinion to worry about, and just did it their way. Even their parents didn’t know they were getting married that weekend!! The bride had found me on instagram and was a fellow flower lover who wanted to stay true to local Salt Spring Island flowers which I loved. Working for people who love flowers as much as I do is a complete joy, and more rare than you might think. It was a spring elopement and beautifully happened to fall right in peony season. I was thrilled to find the most amazing and huge yellow peonies from Hey Day Farm, a local farm just down the road from me. They had a gorgeous burgundy center and were also beautifully scented! Along with mixed greens I included in the bride’s bouquet yellow columbine, yellow loosestrife and one of my favorite foliages, copper beech. It makes me so happy when all the colors come together, and in this case I didn’t even know the groom was wearing burgundy pants. As the bride said “it was kismet”. The couple had a special place in their heart for Duck Creek Farm as they had been coming to Salt Spring for years and staying there. For their wedding weekend they stayed in a magical “tiny home” bus on the farm and had...
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...
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    ...
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...
Herb Wedding

Herb Wedding

This past August I had a really fun request from a bride who was getting married at the beautiful Sea Cider Farm. She wanted an all herb wedding. Everything was to be herbs, including her bouquet! I was very excited to do something different and even more excited to source everything from local gardens. A herbal wedding is such a “green” concept. Everything can be grown in your garden or neighbour’s garden, and after the wedding day you can dry some of the herbs for a keep sake or throw the rest in a batch of stock! The timing for this wedding was perfect to be able to catch a few herbs in late summer bloom.  (bay leaves, rosemary, oregano flowers, variegated thyme and mint, parsley flower and purple...
Eryngium – Sea Holly

Eryngium – Sea Holly

What is eryngium? Eryngium is a blueish purple thistle flower, also known as sea holly. It actually is a rare color in the flower world, which is one of the reasons why I love it! As a cut stem flower it has a good long vase life, around 7-14 days depending how fresh it is. The flower itself grows on an odd irregular shaped stem, so they don’t look their best displayed on their own. But they do however compliment many other beautiful flowers. Anemones, parrot tulip, berzelia, eryngium  Hellebore, eryngium, grape hyacinths  Eryngium and parrot tulip boutonniere They are a great flower for wedding work as they don’t ever...