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Flowers, Flowers, Flowers!

Posted on April 11, 2016 at 11:20 PM Comments comments (2)

Its the time of year when we are doing a ton of floral consultations and helping our couples nail down their visions for the big day--we love the ideas stage, when everything seems possible, but a few months out, it is time for us to get things really nailed down! We always get asked, "what is the average for flowers?" And that's a really hard question--the truth is you can spend a fortune on flowers or eliminate them almost entirely, it really is up to you! We always work hard to give our couples the look they want in the most economical way possible, but the truth is that quality flowers don't come cheap. When booking your consultations, the best thing you can do is have some pictures of things you like, a sense of what you are looking for as far as numbers and service, and an idea of budget.  The Canadian average is 10% of the wedding budget, but we have done weddings that vary so much from that figure, it makes it completely irrelevant! We always say the most important thing is the bride's bouquet--it is in every single photo--and also, if you are on a tight budget, spend money on a cool dream statement piece--a wreath, chandalier installation or amazing archway.  All the other things won't be remembered, but if you blow people's minds with a couple things, it will set the stage for your whole wedding!


Upright bouquet.


Cascading bride's bouquet with upright, posey-style bridesmaid's bouquets.

Statement piece!

Rain Plans!

Posted on March 26, 2016 at 10:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Here on the west coast of Vancouver Island, we live in a rain forest, so it really doesn't matter what time of year you decide to get married, you NEED a rain plan! The plan doesn't have to be perfect, backup plans rarely are, but you do need to discuss what will happen to your wedding in the event of rain. Often in the summer, the showers are fleeting and just pushing the ceremony back 15 or 20 minutes can make a difference. Tents aren't the best rain plan, because nyou need to order them well in advance and they take hours to set up, so the best bet is just to have a back up plan that involves using what you already have. If that means having your ceremony in the middle of the dining tables, or handing everyone umbrellas as they arrive, make sure you discuss it with your fiance and be prepared for whatever mother nature hands out!

         

Emily and Dallas, Mesa, AZ

Posted on February 1, 2016 at 10:45 PM Comments comments (0)

We have been so lucky this past year to have been a part of some absolutely amazing weddings! From flowers to napkin folds, we have helped with details big and small and loved every minute of it! This past December, I (Sarah) was lucky enough to be asked to help make wedding dreams come true for Dallas and Emily! I hit the ground running on December 26th, and was so happy to be a part of their magical day. So much love and so much laughter! I got to create some incredible floral works of art (I think) because Emily trusted me with her vision and I could not have been more honoured!


Bright Flowers

Posted on August 9, 2015 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Well it rained yesterday, but it wasn't the disaster it could have been! With a super easy going bride and amazing flowers, the day was brightened immensley! We waited out the rain, wiped down the chairs and just as the rain stopped we started the ceremony...love how things always work out! What blew our minds, however, was the colour choice for the flowers because it was...every colour! Our amazing bride wanted to steer away from pastels and instead wanted bright colours which we were happy to oblige! Check out the pictures below!



The table arrangements



The beautiful bouquet



The aisle markers



The boutonnieres



We also loved the personal touches from the bride, such as the guest book!




And check out the cake!! Mmmmm!


How could all of that not brighten your day? 



Rain, rain, go away!

Posted on July 26, 2015 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Rain! It's been said that rain on your wedding day is good luck but we all know that is said by the people who need to make good out of the mess that is pouring rain on your big day. However, one could argue that a little misting rain during a massive west coast drought on your big day is a good luck sign, and hey, a little water never killed anyone! Yesterday we celebrated CJ and Matt's wedding on the farm with an absolutely beautiful ceremony followed by a fun and energetic dance party! We loved how laid back our bride was while the heavens decided whether to rain or not and finally ended up with strategic misting which luckily missed the ceremony and only misted during the cocktail hour when guests played lawn games like giant jenga or sipped lemonade from the cute lemonade stand!



 Matt and CJ are so adorable and their constant joking and laughing makes everyone smile! What was especially cute about the ceremony was a "Warming of the Rings", which essentially means the wedding rings were passed around through the guests and up to the groom, allowing the guests to admire the ring instead of attempting to get a glance at it from meters away! It's things like that which really make a wedding special! Anther intimate touch was the glittery table numbers which at first didn't make any sense, but we're actually important dates from the couple's history, like first meeting and first kiss!

Our floral team created an insane set of bouquets - I mean, check out those dinner plate dahlias! And will you look at the rain today?! It's absolutely gushing from sky, it turns out CJ and Matt were lucky after all!







Party Party Party!!!

Posted on April 16, 2015 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (0)

We love weddings.  We love the joy, the laughter, the special intimate moments........we wouldn't be in this industry if we didn't! But we also love when we get to work on projects that aren't weddings.  There is a different energy; a different set of perameters, that make planning non-nuptial celebrations a completely different ballgame!  This past weekend we had the honour of planning an incredible 50th birthday celebration for our most supportive and incredible long-term clients.  We have been fortunate enough to have this amazing family's trust for all things from birthday celebrations to Christmas dinners, and we have loved being a part of every single one! Here are a few snapshots of the fun set up!


Easter Table Love

Posted on April 7, 2015 at 9:55 PM Comments comments (0)

While we absolutely love the challenge of bringing our amazing clients' creative views to life with flowers and decor, it is also fun to just get to do whatever strikes us! Holidays are a great time to play around with new ideas and just create! We had fun with this Easter table! Happy Easter Everyone!


Early Spring Flowers

Posted on March 13, 2015 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (0)

We have been especially blessed this year on the west coast of British Columbia with an inordinately warm late winter.  As such the helebores, white bells and early clematis are in bloom weeks before they normally are. Always a late winter special, helebores are often called winter roses and come in a variety of shades from ivory to green to pink and even Pantone's colour of the year; Marsala.  Often, my favourite bouquets are the most unexpected, the ones that are guided by feel instead of structure, like this one!  This moody March bouquet is definitely one of one of my very favourites!


If your trainer doesn't have a trainer...

Posted on February 16, 2015 at 11:35 PM Comments comments (0)


I (Sarah) and Devon (illustrious FVE Planner) have both been "horse girls" for most of our lives.  Horses taught us many things; patience (sometimes), compassion (usually), humility (always). A truly fantastic ride can be followed the next day by one so awful you think someone has switched your horse for a wild mustang.  Such is the beauty of having a working partnership with a prey animal that has a brain the size of a small potato, whose ancesters only survived because when they heard or saw something suspicious they didn't pause to evaluiate the situation--they got the heck out of dodge. The horses who paused to assess the level of danger got eaten by saber-toothed tigers.  Thus the logical thinking part of horses was weeded out, but the panic and run at the slightest noise/movement was carefully preserved (think about this when you drive by a horse on the road--pass wide and slow!)

When I say to non-horsey people "I am going to a riding lesson", I am often asked "don't you already know how to ride!?" The answer is of course, yes!...... And no--riders are always learning and just when you think you have it all worked out, your horse will send you a leaping,bucking memo to inform you that you have NOTHING figured out.  Do not pass go and do not collect $200.00.Even olympians start at the very bottom with each new equine partner-- a situation unique to riding.   There is a saying in the horse world: "If your trainer doesn't have a trainer, you need a new trainer." I think this is true for all of us regardless of industries we work in or circles we travel in.  Who among us has learned everything there is to know? When has one brain learned everything about a subject? Experts still consult other experts, and pooling perspectives has produced some of the greatest breakthroughs humankind has ever seen.  If Alan Turing and Joan Clarke had not learned from each other, World War II would have had a dramatically different ending!

To that end, I am so excited to attend the Floret Farm Designer's Workshop this June in Mt. Vernon, Washington (yes, geniuses breaking the Nazi code is almost the same thing as me learning new bouquet techniques).  Erin and her team have created something so unique and spectacular and I cannot wait to learn from them.  The workshop will focus on all aspects of the floral design process from growing and processing, to designing beautiful bouquets and stunning arrangements! For three days I will be immersed in the Floret world, touring their farm and a local peony farm!!!  I hope to bring back a wealth of knowledge and information that I can put to good use for all our 2015couples and beyond!!!

We can all learn something from everyone, we just have to be open to it! Go get smarter!

Photo Credit www.fieldtovase.com

Me and Badabing--who always keeps me humble and guessing......jerk.

If your trainer doesn't have a trainer...

Posted on February 16, 2015 at 11:35 PM Comments comments (0)


I (Sarah) and Devon (illustrious FVE Planner) have both been "horse girls" for most of our lives.  Horses taught us many things; patience (some times), compassion (usually), humility (always). A truly fantastic ride can be followed the next day by one so awful you think someone has switched your horse for a wild mustang.  Such is the beauty of having a working partnership with a prey animal that has a brain the size of a small potato, whose ancesters only survived because when they heard or saw something suspicious they didn't pause to evaluiate the situation--they got the heck out of dodge. The horses who paused to assess the level of danger got eaten by saber-toothed tigers.  Thus the logical thinking part of horses was weeded out, but the panic and run at the slightest noise/movement was carefully preserved (think about this when you drive by a horse on the road--pass wide and slow!)

When I say to non-horsey people "I am going to a riding lesson", I am often asked "don't you already know how to ride!?" The answer is of course, yes!...... And no--riders are always learning and just when you think you have it all worked out, your horse will send you a leaping,bucking memo to inform you that you have NOTHING figured out.  Do not pass go and do not collect $200.00.Even olympians start at the very bottom with each new equine partner-- a situation unique to riding.   There is a saying in the horse world: "If your trainer doesn't have a trainer, you need a new trainer." I think this is true for all of us regardless of industries we work in or circles we travel in.  Who among us has learned everything there is to know? When has one brain learned everything about a subject? Experts still consult other experts, and pooling perspectives has produced some of the greatest breakthroughs humankind has ever seen.  If Alan Turing and Joan Clarke had not learned from each other, World War II would have had a dramatically different ending!

To that end, I am so excited to attend the Floret Farm Designer's Workshop this June in Mt. Vernon, Washington (yes, geniuses breaking the Nazi code is almost the same thing as me learning new bouquet techniques).  Erin and her team have created something so unique and spectacular and I cannot wait to learn from them.  The workshop will focus on all aspects of the floral design process from growing and processing, to designing beautiful bouquets and stunning arrangements! For three days I will be immersed in the Floret world, touring their farm and a local peony farm!!!  I hope to bring back a wealth of knowledge and information that I can put to good use for all our 2015couples and beyond!!!

We can all learn something from everyone, we just have to be open to it! Go get smarter!

Photo Credit www.fieldtovase.com

Me and Badabing--who always keeps me humble and guessing......jerk.


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