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!...
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...
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...
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...
Succulent Terrarium

Succulent Terrarium

It has been years since I have made a terrarium and I forgot how much fun it can be! It is like landscaping in miniature. Succulents, moss, stones, interesting pieces of driftwood and twigs all make for beautiful terrarium ingredients. They are a more modern alternative to having a typical houseplant. It adds that touch of green to your space but in a more unexpected...
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...