Karen and Scott's Intimate Fort Garry Hotel Wedding

Karen and Scott were married early this spring in an intimate wedding at the Fort Garry Hotel and it was basically a dream wedding for me to be involved in. The circumstances weren't the best, as Scott's mother in Winnipeg was ill and the couple (from Vancouver) decided to change their original plans from a West Coast wedding to a small Winnipeg celebration in just a few weeks. When we started emailing I think there were 4 weeks to their date, and still a number of details to be confirmed, but I'm proud to say that Winnipeg wedding vendors really came together for them. When I arrived on the morning of the wedding to deliver Karen's bouquet, she said how amazed she was that they were able to create such an incredible wedding in a short period of time and said it was all thanks to how great Winnipeggers are. Go us!

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So here's why I said that their wedding was a dream: despite the sad circumstances that caused the re-scheduling, Karen and Scott still wanted to throw a really fantastic party. They wanted it to be an incredible celebration, where their families could be spoiled and have an amazing time. They went all out with the floral decor, seated everyone at one long table, and chose an awesome menu. Because the wedding was in March and the hotel wasn't busy with other weddings, they were actually able to host the reception in the foyer between the two large ballrooms on the 7th floor - and let me tell you, there is no hallway more gorgeous, anywhere.

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Bridal bouquet ingredients: Spirea, peonies, ranunculus, anemones, quicksand roses, and jasmine vine.

My next favourite thing about their wedding was their attire. The couple said right off the bat that they like more modern, unique designs and then Karen showed me a pic of her INSANE red cocktail dress. Is this not incredible, or what? Scott wore a slick checked jacket with a subtle red stripe through it that my husband was literally salivating over.

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The ceremony took place in the fireplace loge on the 7th floor, where I have ALWAYS dreamed of having a wedding ceremony. It's a really narrow space so it would be challenging to do with a guest list of more than 20 or so people, but it was perfect for them!

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Isn't this hallway just THE most gorgeous setting? It's so luxurious and detailed. We decided to set the table fully, but simply with just two elements: repeated tall vases with organic arrangements, and clusters of tiny arrangements in cut glass stem vases. Most of the florals were white and green, but I also tucked in some soft, sandy pinks and beiges to warm it up and fit with the setting really well.

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Madison and James' Elegant Winter Wedding at St. Boniface Golf Course

This is a long one. There were just WAY too many great photos that I had to share! Madison and James' elegant winter wedding at St. Boniface Golf Course was my first wedding of 2017 and it was a great one. 

Working on the flowers, I only see one part of the whole picture. For this wedding, all the flowers were white and green and I was worried it was going to feel a little "typical winter." But when I walked into St. Boniface Golf Course and started setting everything up, it all came together. Soft mocha and champagne tones and touches of pale pink layered together to create a really elegant feel.

Wedding Planner: Amanda Douglas Events | Photos: Sugar & Soul Photography | Linens: Dream Day Decorators | Lighting: Event Light | Desserts: Jenna Rae Cakes and Cake-ology | Venue: St. Boniface Golf Course

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I really loved putting together Madison's bouquet. It had a lovely shape to it while still feeling manicured and contained. Bridal bouquet ingredients: O'Hara garden roses, tibet roses, ranunculus, lisianthus, eucalytpus, Italian ruscus, cedar, and variegated Italian pittosporum.

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Ah! Madison's veil and this dewey, moody lighting is just gorg.

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See what I mean?! This room together in a really beautiful way. As a spotlight, behind the head table I created this hanging installation. Birch bark poles combined with plenty of hanging vine and flowers along with hanging candles and it turned out wonderfully. I owe very many thanks to my assistant Danielle for hep help with this!

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Lauren and Jordan's Greenery and White Wedding at Cielo's Garden

Alright. This post has been a long time coming and I've been waiting to share it with you, because it was one of my absolute favourite weddings of 2016. Lauren and Jordan are just plain amazing. Their characters are remarkable: they're both so kind, generous, and honest. Their love for each other is inspiring. It was truly a privilege to be a part of this wedding. 

Normally, I'm not so huge on the whole "Pantone Colour of the Year" thing...but given that they selected "Greenery" as the colour for 2017, I can get behind it! Looks like Lauren and Jordan were trendsetters :) 

Photos: Pantel Photography | Venue: Cielo's Garden | Videography: Prairie Film Co | Dress: Bliss Bridal Boutique | Makeup: Jessica Kmiec

Lauren had a very beautiful vision for her wedding. With a palette of navy, light blue, white, green, and gold, she told me what she liked and what she didn't like, and then let me run with the rest of it. The bouquets were loose and gardenesque, all in white and green with as many locally grown blooms as possible. I tied them all up with navy satin streamers.

Bridal Bouquet Ingredients: garden roses, scabiosa, sweet pea, lisianthus, campanula, veronica, waxflower, and several varieties of eucalyptus. 

The chapel at Cielo's Garden is one of my favourite places to design flowers in. Lauren's idea was to install this gorgeous greenery piece above the altar where they'd say their vows and I couldn't get enough of the idea. I tucked in a few white blooms here and there for some depth. Designing this piece was one of the happiest moments of my summer!

For this piece, I threaded in salal, plumosa, nagi, pittisporum, eucalyptus, ruscus, and stems of white campanula blooms to add in depth. Over at the reception, we chose long garlands of salal greenery with white campanula blooms to emphasize the long wooden tables. They had an incredible troop of friends and family members helping them out on the day of the wedding -- Lauren had wooden table number signs, individual escort cards for each place setting, and many candles. It was absolutely beautiful.

Lauren also asked me to design a flower crown for the reception, and man, does the girl ever wear it with style!

Kim and Adam's White and Green Summer Wedding at Bridges Golf Course

Kim and Adam's summer wedding at Bridges Golf Course was a great one! Especially great, because Kim is an incredibly caring and devoted friend, and my own little sister was one of Kim's bridesmaids so I know this for a fact :) She planned her wedding to perfection, had great ideas, and was incredibly organized. She sought a somewhat rustic aesthetic, which works really well with the decor at Bridges, and always looks good in a simple white and green palette!

Photos: The wonderful Pantel Photography | Linens and Chairs: Dream Day Decorators | Lighting: Event Light | Calligraphy, Table Numbers, Place Cards: Amanda Bawdon | Venue: Bridges Golf Course | Dress: Hayley Paige from Bliss Bridal Boutique | Cakes: Laugh Love Cakes

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In keeping with the rustic theme, I actually used twigs and branches within the bouquets, along with locally grown zinnias and scabiosa that brought a perfect summery, rustic texture.

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Bridal Bouquet Ingredients: Locally grown Zinnias, Scabiosa and Lisianthus, Dahlias, Waxflower, Twigs, Ivy Vines, Boxwood, and Nagi

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I loved designing the flowers for this arch! Adam, the groom, built the wooden structure for me to use. I first added on the draping, which was quite a challenge because it was SUPER windy that day! I then added on this greenery garland, followed by the flowers designed in two separate pieces (they were later taken off of the arch and moved to the head table - I love getting double duty out of ceremony flowers!). I kept it simple, using just large headed white roses and white delphinium. Each bloom was nice and big, and I chose to place them each on a different plane. I find this creates a more natural feel, which is especially suitable for a rustic, outdoor wedding, rather than flowers designed in a dense, unnatural way.

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Indoors at the reception, I started with this really cool hanging branch piece over the head table. Event Light added in twinkling lights, so it created a really pretty effect over the bridal party all night. I used a lovely stone urn for the centrepieces, and tucked in white flowers along with a ton of greenery.

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Katie and Dan's Outdoor Vineyard-Inspired Wedding

As I'm writing this blog post, I'm finding myself having a very difficult time. Why? Because Katie and Dan's wedding was such a dream wedding for me to be a part of. First of all, Katie was just such a wonderful client to work with. She was kind, excited, and full of fantastic ideas. Second, they really wanted to host their friends and family at an unforgettable celebration - and unforgettable it was. Words absolutely cannot do this wedding justice; thankfully, Jake from Kampphotography was on hand to capture their day in beautiful fashion.

The couple initially wanted to have a destination wedding, in the Napa area. Knowing that there were just too many logistics to sort out, they instead settled on country wedding in St Norbert, with a vineyard-inspired theme. We'll start things off today with their ceremony. 

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Designing gorgeous florals for wedding ceremonies (especially outdoor ceremonies!) are one of my absolute favourite things to design. Katie's talented brother built this enormous wood altar structure, and it was placed in this beautiful little clearing amidst towering oak trees. I spent a lot of time up on a ladder working on all of these pieces! Ingredients included hydrangea, delphinium, roses, mock orange, oak, and other assorted foliages. We placed two big urns at the start of the aisle, popped on wine barrels to fit with the vineyard-inspired theme.

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Katie's bridal bouquet has easily become one of my all-time favourites. She wanted it lush, garden-inspired, and in a classic white and green palette. We used a lot of her favourite flowers - hydrangea, peonies, anemones, ranunculus, and parrot tulips. I tucked in clematis and ivy vines, this gorgeous green viburnum and sweet pea, along with several varieties of eucalyptus. It was all tied up in a lovely selection of soft, neutral toned silk ribbons from Stella Wolfe.

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Oh, and these bridesmaid dresses? Amazing, right?

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And now, on to the reception (planned by Tammy at Divine Weddings)! Sometimes, I'm a little afraid that an all white-and-green wedding palette is going to be a bit boring. But this wedding reception design was absolutely nothing but! We loaded these tables with gorgeous arrangements (in both longer wood boxes as well as pretty stone urns), clusters of stem vases, and plenty of candles. There was actually so much on the tables that Katie's brother built wood extenders, to make the tabletops larger! Tables were dressed in a natural grey linen, and the cross-back chairs from Planned Perfectly were just the best finishing touch. Not a single detail was left untouched - herbs on each place setting, calligraphed name cards for each guest by Jennifer Bianca Calligraphy. The dinner was catered by The Mitchell Block restaurant (and if you haven't been there yet, go - it's delish!) and Thom Bargen coffee even had a setup for all of the guests to enjoy.

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