Ainslie and Josh's Modern Restaurant Wedding at SMITH

Ainslie and Josh’s modern wedding at SMITH on the September long weekend was one of my favourites of the year! Normally, an all white and green palette doesn’t get me too excited, but I have to say that I love the way this one come together. Modern, clean, and simple elements created a stunning design.

The couple lives out of province, so most of our planning was done over email (though I did get to have an initial in-person meeting with her, which gave me a really good opportunity to get a feel for her style). I really enjoy working with out of town couples - they tend to put more trust in the professionals that they hire rather than micromanaging us, which in my opinion always results in the best final product. It gives us the chance to think outside of the typical Pinterest box and come up with something great for each couple!

Kamp Photography ~ Soiree Event Planning ~ Minted ~ SMITH Restaurant ~ Jenna Rae Cakes ~ Big City All Star Band

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I may go a little over the top with bouquet pictures here. Kamp Photography did an AWESOME job of taking these flower photos (not every photographer does, so I always LOVE it when they do!) and I really love how they turned out. Ainslie wanted her bouquet to feel organic and somewhat natural without being too crazy. Her all white and green palette was punctuated with deep hits of super dark textured bits to make it interesting.

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Bridal bouquet ingredients: garden roses, ranunculus, dahlias, scabiosa, and privet berries with jasmine vine and silver dollar eucalyptus with burgundy smokebush foliage for a little extra depth.

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I just posted another wedding at SMITH a few weeks ago, and it had a completely different feel. I love how we went with a modern, minimal vibe for Ainslie and Josh’s wedding. Ainslie had a very specific budget that she was comfortable spending, and within that budget and her style and colour palette, she let me do basically whatever I wanted. I elected to keep the arrangements streamlined, with single-ingredient arrangements of white stock in geometric black vases, smaller arrangements in stem vases, and plenty of mod black pillar candles. I also used floating black candles in copper lined bowls, and tucked in some loose greenery on each table. I loved the stationery that they ordered from Minted - the table numbers, place cards and menus perfectly completed the look!

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This is a lot more food photos than I would normally include, but GUYS. Look at this! How AMAZING does this wedding reception look? Live music, unreal appetizers, a cake spread from Jenna Rae Cakes…serious ambiance right here!

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My Top 5 Favourite Unique Wedding Venues in Winnipeg

There are a lot of awesome options for gorgeous wedding venues within a half hour or so drive of Winnipeg…but most of those require a few more logistics than the convenience of a city wedding (you can find my top 5 best wedding venues in Manitoba here!). But, most of the wedding venue options within Winnipeg are hotel ballrooms - and while there’s nothing wrong with a hotel ballroom, I find that most of my clients are looking for something that’s a bit more interesting and less “ballroom.” So, here’s a roundup of my Top 5 Favourite Unique Wedding Venues in downtown Winnipeg!

SMITH Restaurant

 Photos by  Kamp Photography

First of all, I LOVE restaurant weddings - and SMITH is at the top of my list. Located on the main floor of the Inn at the Forks and recently renovated, it’s a really gorgeous and unique option for a wedding. I love the idea of seating your guests throughout the restaurant, and if you haven’t eaten there before, the menu is PHENOMENAL. If you have a smaller guest list, you can seat all of your guests in the main space, but there’s also a large solarium, and the lounge typically doubles as the dance floor area.


Eckhardt Hall at the WAG

I LOVE Eckhardt Hall, on the main floor at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. It’s not a new space or a hidden treasure by any means, but that doesn’t stop me from loving it. It’s just such a cool venue! Your guests will walk into the WAG and enter right into Eckhardt Hall. The natural stone floors and walls are neutral and have a lot of Manitoba character, the ceilings are incredibly high, and you might get lucky with a very cool art installation or paintings hung on the walls. I also love their rooftop, which is such a great place for your wedding ceremony, cocktail hour, etc.

View this entire, colourful wedding here! | For another look at weddings at the WAG, check out this modern rooftop wedding!


HUT K

 Photos by  ESther Funk Photography , Bottom middle an iphone shot from my less-than-awesome Photography skill set ;)

Photos by ESther Funk Photography, Bottom middle an iphone shot from my less-than-awesome Photography skill set ;)

Hut K is technically a furniture store, but they have a gallery space at the back that can be rented for smaller weddings and events - and it’s pretty cool! It lacks some of the amenities of a traditional wedding venue, so I recommend hiring at least a day-of wedding coordinator if you book your wedding here, but it makes up for this with style factor. White walls, open ceilings (AKA your florist can have fun with hanging floral installations!), and a long, rectangular shape make this a really unique space. You can’t seat a massive amount of people (I think it’s around 100 for a comfortably seated dinner) but if you’re going for a cocktail style reception, you can host up to 200 people.


Alloway Hall at the Manitoba Museum

 Above photo courtesy of Manitoba Museum, Below Photos by  Casey Nolin Photography

Above photo courtesy of Manitoba Museum, Below Photos by Casey Nolin Photography

Alloway Hall at the Manitoba Museum is a surprisingly large, newer space (it was opened in 2017) and it makes for a pretty great wedding space - if you can get in. Because it is primarily a museum, available wedding dates are slim as their priority is always exhibits, and rightfully so. But if you can squeak in a wedding date when they aren’t booked with an exhibit, you can do some pretty cool things design-wise. Here’s what I love about Alloway Hall:
-it fits a LOT of people - up to 600!
-it features tall ceilings, white walls, and dark floors with a gallery-style vibe, so it’s a great blank canvas for different styles
-one wall is entirely windows, with a gorgeous view of the Steinkopf Gardens between the museum and the Concert Hall
-built-in lighting options!


Canadian Human Rights Museum

 Photos by  Moore Photography

It’s nothing new to say that the Human Rights Museum is a great place for a wedding, and I suppose because it’s been popular for a few years now, it may not exactly be considered “unique.” But what I love is the different spaces that are available that you may not have thought of before. Buhler Hall is where most people host their receptions - it fits a lot of people well, but it’s really dark. There are, however, other spaces - I’m particularly excited for a wedding next summer where the reception is being held in the Garden of Contemplation (where a lot of couples will host their ceremonies). It’s open and airy, with beautiful light and is just a really unique setting.

Check out another Human Rights Museum wedding here!


Honourable Mentions: Hotel Fort Garry and The Kingshead Pub

Okay, I know the whole point of this post was to highlight unique, non-hotel wedding venues in downtown Winnipeg, and the Hotel Fort Garry has been hosting weddings in their ballrooms for over 100 years already. BUT it’s still one of my favourite wedding venues in downtown Winnipeg, and in particular, the Provencher Room (seen above). If you want your wedding to feel classic and elegant, there’s no better option for you. The benefits of being able to get ready in one of their suites, visit the spa, and simplify your out-of-town guests’ stay are obvious as well!

See more from this gorgeous, flower-filled wedding here!

I also did a wedding reception this fall at the Kingshead Pub! They have SUCH delish food and a cool atmosphere, so if you’re looking for something more laid-back with a hangout type of vibe, this could be a really good option for you. For this wedding, the entire second floor was rented (so you would have your own bar, your own bathrooms, your own dancefloor, etc) and then it opened to the general public around midnight.
Photos below by Brenna Faris


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My 2020 waitlist has already been started, and couples interested in full event and floral design will be contacted first about their dates. I offer a limited number of dates for event design each year, in order to allow me to work closely with each couple. Combining event and floral design is the perfect option for couples who live out of town, or couples who feel they need a little extra help in creating the visual plan for their wedding day. Click this link to learn more!

Feminine Spring Wedding at Smith Restaurant

I first met Erin and Peter about a year before their wedding, at a Mother’s Day pop-up sale I was doing at Fools & Horses Coffee. I remember her saying that she wanted to talk about wedding flowers with me, and that her favourite flower was tulips and that was basically all she had planned! I was so pleased when I found out their wedding was going to be a feminine spring celebration at Smith Restaurant at Inn at the Forks - one of Winnipeg’s best restaurants, in my opinion! When I was setting up the flowers, I literally salivated when I read through their menu. I would have LOVED to be a guest at this wedding!

Photos: Pantel Photography ~ Venue: SMITH, Inn at the Forks ~ Calligraphy and Signage: Jennifer Bianca Calligraphy

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I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: May is the best time to get married if you’re a flower lover! Just look at all of these sumptuous goodies that I got to use in Erin’s bouquet! She wanted a fairly organic feel to her bouquets, and aside from the aforementioned tulips and a love for pastel pinks and purples, she really just left it up to me. That meant it was time to use some of my favourite springtime flowers.
Bridal Bouquet Ingredients: peonies, locally grown ranunculus, sweet pea, spirea, with spray roses and tulips.

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Have I mentioned how much I love small bridal parties? 😍 And Erin’s girls’ dresses are just gorgeous.

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Erin and Peter had a really cool idea for their ceremony location: the old train bridge right at The Forks! I thought this was such a fun idea. They just kind of lucked out that passersby were respectful of the ceremony, because it’s not a space that you can officially reserve, as far as I know.

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And then reception time at Smith! I actually had another wedding there this fall, and have another coming up in the winter months so aside from just dining at the restaurant, I feel like I’m now very well accustomed to the space. And it’s a GORGEOUS space - it’s so easy to have a wedding at Smith because it’s just so beautiful! They have done an incredible job of creating a great ambiance. For Erin and Peter’s guest list, they used the main dining space along with the solarium, the patio, and the lounge area was re-purposed as the dance floor. There aren’t a lot of pictures of the flowers, but let me tell you that we had flowers and candles EVERYWHERE. We chose clear glass vases in different sizes and styles, and put a mix of arrangements ranging from single stems to fuller, peony-focused arrangements on all of the restaurant tables. And of course, nothing is complete without candlelight so plenty of pillar candles were mixed in as well!

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I always love seeing my past clients at weddings (or let’s be honest…in wedding photos ha). Katie (far left) had a stunning, vineyard-inspired wedding day a few summers ago and since then, she’s been a bridesmaid in another of my weddings and a guest at several more. Things like this make me so happy!

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Nicole and Zach's Country Wedding at Rustic Wedding Barn

When Nicole and I first sat down to talk about her wedding, she had a pretty clear vision of what she wanted, with one exception: the colour palette. See, her favourite colour is red, and her now-husband Zach’s favourite colour is orange. She knew she wanted the bridesmaids in a wine tone, and was really struggling to figure out how on earth to add in orange while making it look and feel elegant for their country wedding at the Rustic Wedding Barn in Steinbach. My immediate thought was to go for a deep, rich wine red in the flowers and instead of doing a florescent, Crayola kind of orange, to use peach. In the end, we decided to add in some soft corals and mixed pink tones to blend the palette and I really love the way it turned out! I so rarely get to work with any tone of red and it’s always fun to get creative.

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Bridal Bouquet Ingredients: Garden roses and standard roses, ranunculus, hypericum berries, scabiosa, antique carnations, and a few little locally grown poppies in the perfect peach. I finished the bouquet with several varieties of eucalyptus foliages and dusty miller.

The colours looked great with the bridesmaids’ dresses and I think is a better take on orange than going fully orange ;) And of course, the bright navy that the guys wore just rounded it all out perfectly!

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I really like the chapel space at the Rustic Wedding Barn. They built it a few years ago in a hayshed style, outfitted with soft draping, faux greenery installed above the aisle, and whitewashed wooden benches. There’s also a beautiful 3 piece wooden arch backdrop and for Nicole and Zach’s wedding, we decided to do a very large floral piece above them - and let me tell you, that sucker was huge. It doesn’t look quite so enormous in the pictures, because the centre arch itself is about 15 feet high, which I didn’t realize! We had to scale two ladders to get up there, holding up the soaked floral arrangement with water slowly dripping into our armpits 🤦🏼‍♀️ I’m not sure I would recommend this style of arrangement again - it looked fantastic, but it was truthfully just a LOT of work to get up there and get it right.

I also added two greenery garlands, added asymmetrically to the two outer wood structures. It all framed in really nicely! Nicole had added little glass terrariums down the aisle which we sprinkled bits of greenery in, along with mixed stem vases placed throughout the wooden crates around the altar. And at the very back, placed on wine barrels to flank the entrance, were two of these gorgeous brass lanterns Nicole provided me with, set atop full wreaths of greenery and floral. Lots of detail went into this overall design and it was all Nicole’s vision!

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At the reception, Nicole wanted me to create an interesting focal point for the head table and left it open to my creativity. The barn already has drapery behind the table, though Nicole changed up the design to something she liked better, and it also has copper bars suspended horizontally above the table with faux greenery tucked in. First, we decided to add in some fresh greenery to the faux, just to bring a little more life to the space. Then I came up with the idea of swagging and hanging hand-strung carnations in a mix of peach, burgundy, and antique pink, also suspended from those copper bars. I really loved the way this turned out - as with any idea, it can be tough to envision and particularly with the rounded barn roof, I wasn’t confident that I was going to be able to hang the strands at the correct heights and so on. But it was something I really wanted to do and thought would look awesome, and I am so glad that Nicole trusted me. I wanted the strands to look like they were just dripping from the ceiling!

Nicole had designed the guest tables with great detail, with a champagne table linen and soft gold sequinned table runner, wood charger plates and cross-back chairs (which aren’t normally there…I feel so badly for the crew who had to set them all up because they had to be carried up the stairs by hand! Seriously, we all need to give major props to the rentals crews!), and then wanted a mix of candlelight and florals for the centrepieces. She spray-painted mason jars gold and then had me do an arrangement in similar colours and textures to the bouquets. It was a very detailed reception and one I’m sure guests loved to be a part of - particularly because there was also an EPIC candy bar, dessert station, popcorn bar, and gorgeous hand-painted cookies at each place setting. I’m confident no one could have left that wedding hungry!

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Kristen and Ryan's Perfect Summer Wedding at Cielo's Garden

Kristen and Ryan’s summer wedding at Cielo’s Garden was, in a word, PERFECT. It was perfect! And I had so, so much fun planning, dreaming up, and designing these flowers. Kristen always wanted a rich, vibrant summer colour palette but a few months before the wedding, she changed it up a bit to make it even moreso - and let’s talk about how excited I was! This woman obviously has great style and it wasn’t hard at all to see her vision. It was an honour to bring it to life!

Photos: Rachwal Photography ~ Month of Coordination: Alexandra Lillian Weddings & Events ~ Venue: Cielo’s Garden ~ Catering: Urban Prairie Cuisine ~ Dress: Chic Nostalgia from Bliss Bridal Boutique

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This bouquet. Oh, this bouquet! I just LOVED putting it together. Each and every stem was just perfect. Shades of coral, peach, mixed berry pinks, orange, and a hint of yellow with rich, jewel toned greenery came together as the perfect colour combination for this vibrant, summer wedding - and looked phenomenal with the guys’ blue suits and the girls’ forest green gowns. Even better, most of these flowers were locally grown!

Bridal Bouquet Ingredients: garden roses, zinnias, lisianthus, scabiosa, strawflower, sweet pea, asters, and phlox with italian ruscus, nagi, and jasmine vine.

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The Cube has never looked so good :)

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When Kristen changed her colour palette, she also changed the plan for the ceremony design. I can’t even remember what the original plan was…this was just THAT MUCH BETTER. She had an inspiration picture that was built off an arch structure, so I had some serious figuring to do in terms of the mechanics and how to make this big beast work - it’s actually several different pieces designed together. We kept the vibrant colour palette going here to make a major statement in the otherwise very neutral chapel: orange, coral, peach, berry pinks, and TONS OF GREENERY. Doesn’t it look so good? (PS this was a SUPER hot day and making this baby resulted in a lot of sweat. I actually sweat through my entire bra that day 😂)

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Seeing this much colour in the tent at Cielo’s Garden brought a LOT of happiness into my life. I feel like we normally see a lot of soft, feminine tones or rustic wood tones here and while those both look really good here, one of the things I love the most about Cielo’s is that it’s so easily adaptable to any colour palette and almost any style. Kristen ordered these dusty rose table runners online and they added a really nice layer of texture to the tables.

We focused the florals on one large arrangement per table, designed in my favourite copper bowls. Aside from the greenery, these arrangements were actually 100% locally grown - woohoo! That always makes me SO happy - I love that I can be supporting a local farmer, while minimizing our environmental impact. Not needing to ship flowers in means not needing a large amount of fuels to trek those flowers across the world. Plus, local flowers are just more special!

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Kristen, thank you so much for choosing me to carry out your vision! It was such a thrill to be a part of your wedding day.

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Looking for a wedding florist in Winnipeg?

Getting married in Manitoba? Whether it's a whimsical garden party inspired celebration or a formal ballroom fete, I think flowers are the best way to make a statement at your wedding. Maybe you already have a specific vision or you might want me to dream up something custom just for you - either way, reach out to Stone House Creative for stunning bridal bouquets, truly unique ceremony backdrops, and beautiful floral centrepieces to create the perfect ambiance for your wedding! 

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