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.

Moore Photography (plus some of my iphone photos) ~ Rustic Wedding Barn ~ C&T Rentals

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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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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! 

2019 wedding dates are fully booked, with the exception of limited availability in October and December. I have started a waitlist for 2020 wedding dates - inquire below to add your name to the list!

Jessica and Liam's Jewel Tone Summer Wedding

Jessica and Liam are possibly the sweetest couple I've ever met. They're just adorable - and it doesn't hurt that Liam has the BEST Irish accent. It was so much fun to be a part of their wedding (and you might recognize them from this styled shoot last year that they modelled for!), specifically because Jess LOVES colour and really wanted to go for it - which, as you all know, makes my heart sing. Their wedding planner, Amanda Douglas, did a great job of guiding them to choose a vibrant and beautiful combination of jewel tones that worked beautifully together.

Wedding Planner: Amanda Douglas Events ~ Photography: Sugar & Soul Photography ~ Venue: Rustic Wedding Barn ~ Linens: Planned Perfectly ~ Cake: Buttercream by Alareen

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Bridal bouquet ingredients: peach Juliet roses, light and dark purple stock, coral ranunculus, magenta snapdragons with italian ruscus and sprengeri fern.

We wanted to go with rich jewel tones, while adding in a touch of vibrancy to bring more life to it. I can't tell you how totally perfect those garden roses were!

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Can't quite deal with how awesome these textures and colours were!!

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It's been a few years since I've been out at the Rustic Wedding Barn so the ceremony space was new to me. They have done a really great job in there! For the ceremony flowers, Jessica wanted to go a little more subtle so we toned down the colour.

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The reception was full of flowers, from the large piece we did on their head table to the colourful centrepieces on each guest table. The champagne linens were a great, subtle base for the rest of the colour. And in a space like this, I would always recommend keeping those centrepieces low to the table - with it being a longer, narrower space, I think that tall arrangements would feel too hectic in there.

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Looking for a wedding florist in Winnipeg?

Getting married in Manitoba? I might be biased, but flowers are the best way to make a statement at your wedding. Whether you already have a specific vision or want me to dream up something custom just for you, 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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How to Maximize Your Wedding Flower Budget: Part 3

I wish that more people would ask me how to maximize their floral budgets! This goes hand in hand with saving money on your wedding flowers and making the best decisions for lower cost budgets. We can make some seriously good things happen if we make the right choices!

This is Part 3 in a 3 Part series on wedding flower budgets. We've already talked about How Much Wedding Flowers Cost in Manitoba, and Misconceptions about Wedding Flower Pricing. If you have any questions or thoughts about these topics, send me an email to info@stonehouseweddings.com and I'll try my best to address it!


1) Choose 1 focal area and keep the rest simple (bonus points if that focal piece can be used in both the ceremony and reception). 
It sounds a bit counter-intuitive, but seriously: spend a big chunk of your budget on one key piece and keep everything else simple. The theory behind this makes a lot of sense: one emphasized focal area does an amazing job of creating the ambiance that you're after. This could be an exaggerated hanging installation above the head table (like at Jynelle's wedding, which was also used for their ceremony!), or it could be a gorgeous, over-sized arrangement at a guest book or entrance table to welcome guests in. I've always wanted to do an incredible, statement-making design around a cake table, set in the middle of the room, so if that sounds like something you'd like, then email me! 

2) Use greenery, sparingly.
Fully bound garlands are pretty costly, because they take a lot of product, a lot of time, and because the designer always gets poked by the wire. Kidding ;) That doesn't get factored into the cost but I can't tell you how many times I have cursed a garland for making me bleed!

An awesome alternative is to lightly lay greenery down the tables. You still get that fresh green look while eliminating the high cost. For this wedding, I also included some flower "confetti" - loose blooms and petals tucked in with the greenery for some touches of colour.

3) Opt for bud vases or mini arrangements. 
Sometimes all a table needs is a pop of colour. In that case, you don't need to go over the top with a full floral arrangement (and sometimes, those long, rectangular harvest style tables don't even have enough space for a full floral arrangement!). A few bud vases clustered in the centre of a table featuring the accent colours in your palette will make just enough of a statement without breaking the bank. You can expect to spend $5-$15/stem vase. 

4) Use a coloured table linen. 
Okay, I realize that the table linens actually have nothing to do with the flowers, but this is one of the event design rules that I live by: the biggest impact you can make in a room is with the table linens. Why? They take up SO MUCH visual real estate, that they really set the tone for everything that you see. If you're on a lower flower budget, upgrade from the basic table linen (whether that's with a texture, a metallic, or a pop of colour) to make a statement in the room, and then your florals can be scaled back a bit. 


Flower Cost Comparisons

I thought I'd offer you some more specific pricing on some of the most popular wedding flowers and some lower cost alternatives that make for great substitutes!

Left: Peony | Right: Pink O'Hara Garden Rose
This may not be my wisest substitute, since garden roses are still costly flowers, but they are definitely the closest thing to a peony that you can get! Peonies usually range from $15-$18 per stem, while an O'Hara garden rose is a little more reliable at $10-$12 per stem.

Left: Juliet David Austin Garden Rose | Right: Peach Lisianthus
Yes, the garden rose is always going to be the king. But if you're just concerned about getting the right colour, then lisianthus could be a great substitute! The David Austin garden roses are a high-end, very carefully bred family of flowers that will ring in at about $18 per stem, while lisianthus will be more like $5-$7 per stem.

Left: Ranunculus | Right: Spray Roses
Everyone's favourite loonie-sized flower is ALWAYS a ranunculus, but they're pretty stinking expensive and not the most reliable. They have a hollow stem, which means they're more prone to rot. Often out of a bunch of 10, I'll only be able to use 5-7 blooms! This little baby will be around $7-$10 per stem, while the similarly sized and shaped spray rose (with a HUGE range of colours and usually 3-5 blooms per stem!) is a much easier to manage $5 per stem,


Hire an excellent wedding florist in Winnipeg!

Getting married in Manitoba? I might be biased, but flowers are the best way to make a statement at your wedding. Whether you already have a specific vision in mind or want me to dream up something custom just for you, reach out to Stone House Creative for stunning bridal bouquets, unique ceremony backdrops, and beautiful floral centrepieces to create the perfect ambiance for your wedding! 

Brittany and Jordan's Springtime Wedding at St Charles Country Club

I LOVE when I get to work with couples who I already know! Brittany and Jordan work with my husband, Chad, and they're a lot of fun. Both are geeky in the sense that they love superhero movies and comic books...and so do we. We've had a lot of fun hanging out with them, dissecting every last move of a Marvel or DC hero. So when they finally got engaged and we started talking wedding flowers, I was pretty excited! 

Photos: Megan Steen Photography | Coordination: Alli Mae Fresh Events | Venue: St Charles Country Club

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Britt and Jordan's wedding was actually my first one of the busy 2017 spring wedding season, and it was SUCH a good way to start. The colour purple tends to get a lot of flack at weddings, probably because it was a little over popular a few years back and not always done in the nicest of ways. When Britt said she wanted to do shades of purples, I was all for it because I think purple can be done SO great. So forgive me for a little overly gratuitous posting of these bouquet pics courtesy of Megan Steen, because I LOVE THEM.

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I always say that springtime is the best time to get married if you're a flower lover, and woah nelly, is that ever the truth. 

Bridal bouquet ingredients: peonies (some of the most glorious peonies I've ever had!), shades of purple and lavender stock, sweet pea, gorgeous deep purple scabiosa, and white ranunculus. I took about 85 pictures of this bouquet and they're all still on my phone because I just can't get rid of them. I loved this bouquet!

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PS this is what it looks like when I deliver wedding flowers and the bride and I geek out about them ha!

And, Im just going to drop this GORG pic of Brittany right here. Total smoke show!

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The wedding ceremony was supposed to be held in the garden but thanks to some mid-afternoon rain on an otherwise gorgeous day, they moved it inside. St Charles has this gorgeous fireplace that made for a pretty lovely backup location, and the arrangements that I did up for the garden were just moved inside. Sometimes, you just gotta do what you gotta do!

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For the reception, we did up two styles of centrepieces that all brought in the purple. The mix of two styles helped with budget - style one was a low stone urn with a simple arrangement of purple hydrangea, and style two was a full, rich floral wreath with a lantern set in the centre. Brittany found all these different lanterns to use, which also brought in some variety and helped to make the room a little more interesting.

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I love how these lantern arrangements turned out. I used a great variety of different flower shapes and tones of purple, ranging from more pinks to deeper purples. I used roses, button mums, stock, trachellium, Queen Anne's Lace and a few different types of greenery.

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What Every Bride Should Know About Wedding Flower Pricing and Budgets

Ah, budget. The easiest conversation to have, right? Wrong. 

Typically, wedding budgets allot approximately 10% - 15% to florals (that number depends greatly on whether or not you’re requiring floral centrepieces and decor pieces). Now, this might work for you or it might not, but here’s my best tip for any bride looking for her florist: DON’T book a florist strictly because of budget. Book her because of her style, aesthetic, and her designs—which you need to love! Instead, after getting a feel for what she does and making sure that it fits with your vision, discuss your budget with the designer and ask her what she can do to make it work.

So, you’ve met with an awesome designer who really connected with and love her work. But, the quote is coming in higher than you can afford. What should you do? Take that quote to another florist and price-shop it? No (or at least, not yet). This just really isn’t going to give you the best result. 

The first thing you should do is tell that designer, “I really love your work and would absolutely love to hire you, but right now the budget is too high. I would like to stick around $xxxx; what would you suggest that we change up to be able to make it work?” Now, you have two options: 1) the florist could be less-than-awesome and tell you that there are no changes that can be made (giving you the perfect opportunity to connect with another designer), or 2) the florist will get down to work to find ways to make it work for you (and you may need to be flexible with your wish list in order to make that budget happen).

The reasons why it’s not best to bring that initial quote to another designer are many. Some of the best ones are: 
-You’re taking the creativity of one person, who likely spent a good amount of time creating that custom proposal for you, and just handing it over to another person. It makes it a lot easier for the second designer to just coast along, not bringing in any of their own creative ideas. She should be able to prove to you that she understands and appreciates your style, wants to work on your flowers, and has awesome ideas that you’ll love as much or more than the initial proposal you received.

-A second floral designer has a major advantage in looking over a quote that someone else has put together, and that is being able to analyze it from a different perspective: the budget perspective. Unless you specifically told the initial designer how important budget is to you, she will have put together a proposal for you based on your style, interests, and her ideas on how to pull together the most beautifully designed blooms for you. That second designer can then look at it all and cut out whatever will bring the budget down, which may very well change the style completely -- and, it's not going to be a fair comparison for you to make in your mind. It’s much better to fall in love with the creative ideas of a specific floral designer, and then bring that proposal back to her and ask how she can keep the style in a similar vein, but bring the cost down.

We know and understand that you have budgets. I was a budget bride, and as much as I would have liked to have flowers on all my tables, it just wasn’t a reality for me. But, shopping for wedding flowers isn’t like shopping for furniture—you can’t walk in and announce to your salesperson what you’re willing to pay, and expect the florist to be able to drop her bottom line to make it happen. We have real, hard costs that are very tangible to us—there is no sales manager to to go back to who can tell us exactly how much we can mark things up or down. Flower prices are not dictated by us; they are dictated by the growers and the wholesalers.

Need some more help? I love this post from Snippet & Ink, breaking down the costs of different bridal bouquets and why you can expect to spend different amounts on different styles.  

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I've talked to a lot of brides, who bring in different pictures they've seen online but have no idea what to expect for costs (especially large centrepieces or decor images). This post from BRIDES does an excellent job of breaking down the costs from a real wedding.