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...
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            ...
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...
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...
Seasonal Flower Alliance

Seasonal Flower Alliance

The seasonal flower alliance was started by Erin of Floret Flower Farm. It is all about playing with flowers that are local and in season. In past years she has had people and fans post links of their seasonal arrangements to her blog. But this year all you have to do it post your flowers on Instagram with the hashtag #SeasonalFlowerAlliance. Search the hashtag and you will see local flowers from all over the world, it’s super fun for us flower lovers!! My arrangement consists of clematis, cerinthe, weigela, rhododendron, and bleeding heart. Everything is from my garden except the cerinthe which is from a...
DIY Spring Flower Arrangement For Under $10.00

DIY Spring Flower Arrangement For Under $10.00

It is lilac season!! It doesn’t last long so NOW is the time to make this bouquet. I have mixed $10.00 worth of grocery store flowers that are readily available in spring with some fresh garden lilacs and hosta leaves. What you will need for this arrangement is the following: – one bunch of purple tulips (any shade will work) – one bunch of white alstroemeria (I love when the freckles coordinate with the palette) – 3 to 5 stems of lilacs (depending on how many blooms are on each branch) – 2 hosta leaves (the bright green variegated ones from my garden really pop) After you have chosen a vase, start by placing all the lilacs in first. Next add the hosta leaves. Then two or three alstroemeria stems. There are usually five in a bunch so you will have some left over. Or at the end feel free to add more and make a larger arrangement. And finally the tulips. Here I used a very deep purple parrot tulip which sometimes can cost slightly more than regular tulips but totally worth the splurge! When they open they are magnificent! I find it most effective to clump the tulips in twos and threes instead of as singles which you may be more inclined to do. As soon as I finished this arrangement, I remembered I have a gorgeous purple footed glass vase from my grandmother. I don’t have any purple in my house but I have started to use this vase every spring. I will forever think of my grandmother every spring as I fill it with aromatic...