Holiday Gift Boxes

Holiday Gift Boxes

Here are some pics of this years HOLIDAY GIFT BOXES! Each box is a collection of useful and stylish goods. There is no use giving someone a gift they can’t use! There is a mix of handmade candles, soaps, tea towels (linen and water color art print), honey and more! Everything is created by Canadian small business owners so you can feel good about knowing where your gift is coming from and who it’s supporting. You can also feel good about knowing that your gift is NOT packaged in plastic. All the gifts use recyclable and reusable materials, from the shredded paper filling to the wood and cardboard they are put in. I don’t know about you , but I hate waste!   I do ship my gift boxes anywhere in Canada and the US. Visit my website to purchase today!   These mini gift boxes are great and would make great gifts for friends, family or co-workers. Get in touch at tara@taramchughflora.com to inquire about corporate... read more
Colorful Summer Wedding on Salt Spring Island

Colorful Summer Wedding on Salt Spring Island

I sure loved the care free vibe of this fun and colorful summer wedding at The Lake Shore on Salt Spring Island. Emma McCormick and her team knocked this one out of the park! This lovely, easy going couple, travelled all the way from Australia’s Gold Coast to get married here in the beautiful Pacific Northwest and celebrate with 50+ close friends and family. The bride was very relaxed in regards to flowers which I always love as it makes my job so much easier. One flower she did request was sunflowers and luckily it was August and Bullock Lake Farm lots! They not only had your standard beautiful bright yellow sunflowers but also some more muted varieties which I used in the bride’s bouquet. (see below) The sunflowers were the perfect pairing with other late summer flowers like dahlias, strawflowers and rudbeckias. All the colorful local dahlias and sunflowers sure popped against the indigo blue shibori details! And how about that tent? Such a great choice.   Photography – Eternal Reflections Photography Venue – Lakeshore on Salt Spring Wedding Planner and Event Coordination – Emma McCormick Creative Planning and Production Paper Goods – Kody Dishlevoy in house design for Emma McCormick Creative Flowers – Tara McHugh Flora Hair and Makeup – Sharon Rai Hair and Makeup Artistry Dress – The White Peony Decor Rentals – Bash Specialty + Trend Decor Event Design Table and Chair Rental – Black and White Event Rental Catering – Toque Catering Cake – Ruth and Dean Tent Rental – Shady Spaces Mobile Beer Unit – Thirsty Islander Beer        ... read more
Stowel Lake Farm Wedding Styled Shoot – Salt Spring Island

Stowel Lake Farm Wedding Styled Shoot – Salt Spring Island

I’m very excited to finally share a blog post featuring this “sophisticated farm wedding” styled shoot I was apart of last spring. We were very lucky to have it published in the September issue of Today’s Bride Magazine this past summer. It took place at Stowel Lake Farm which is a magical organic farm, retreat center, and wedding venue on the south end of Salt Spring Island. This venue is for couples looking to have their dream farm wedding all in one location, enjoying the land and eating incredible seasonal organic food prepared onsite by their own in house caterer Haidee Hart. They have accommodations for friends and family, a big beautiful wooden barn with gorgeous high ceilings for the reception and dancing, along with lovely perennial gardens and forests to wonder through.   Spring is such and incredible time for flowers and one of my favorite seasons. I sourced many of the blooms for this shoot from local farms on the island, they include the ranunculus, the various daffodils, tulips, Icelandic poppies and the anemones. The palette of peachy/oranges with touches of yellow and navy is so refreshing and vibrant and really pops against the natural backgrounds.     So many talented vendors contributed to this shoot and I would like to thank them all! Photography – Kari Burgess Eternal Reflections Photography Venue – Stowel Lake Farm Floral Design – Tara McHugh Flora Concept, planning + coordination – Angie Allen Weddings + Events Styling + Decor Design – Bezaire Event Design Cake – Cobble Hill Cake Co. Stationary – Tickle Tree Stationary and Design Hair: Samantha Harron of Hemp House Hair... read more
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... read more
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