Laidback Elegance at Cielo's Garden

When I first started talking with Stephanie and Kurt about their wedding flowers, it was actually at an open house for Cielo's Garden! I was struck by the way they interacted with each other. Kurt was just SO sweet in the way that he deferred to Stephanie, allowing her to explain their vision and how they wanted their wedding day to look and feel.

That laidback attitude was going to be a large part of the wedding day - the couple really wanted to have a simple, comfortable wedding. The colour palette of deep plum, watery grey/blue, nude, blush and gold brought an elegant feel to the overall design, and was really fitting for the setting.


Kaboha Photography ~ Amanda Douglas Events ~ C&T Rentals ~ Cocoabeans Bakeshop ~ Cielo's Garden

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Any time I have a chance to play with berry tones I am a happy lady! This was a very feminine take on a berry tone palette. 

Bridal bouquet ingredients: roses, dahlias, ranunculus, cosmos, anemones, succulents, Queen Anne's Lace, silver dollar eucalyptus and agonis foliage.

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And here we are, back at one of my favourite places for couples to get married at! The chapel at Cielo's Garden is an incredible building. With open sides and stone walls, complete with a bell to ring post-ceremony, it's basically perfect on its own but I think it's even better with something at the front to frame the altar. Planner Amanda Douglas shared this awesome sketch with me when we started planning, and I love that the design turned out just right: 

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Cielo's Garden Wedding - Wedding Flowers Winnipeg

First off, Amanda helped Stephanie and Kurt to choose this two-toned drapery to create a dreamy focal point at the front of the chapel. We then added in all of the floral-accented lanterns that were being used as the centrepieces. Some of them were placed down the aisle on crates, and some were hung from the open rafters at the front. And of course, that colour palette is gorgeous for an elegant, fall feel - sage greens, burgundy, berry pinks, light pinks, and cream. Dy-na-mite.

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So, this was a different guest book table than I'm typically used to. Ha! When Stephanie first told me that she wanted to me to floralize a skull for the guest book table, I'll be honest: I had a really hard time envisioning how this could be nice. And while it felt super weird while I was doing the designing, I have to say that I love how it turned out. It's sort of like this deer gets to have a beautiful floral halo. 

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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! 

Lauda and Jeremy's Colourful Summer Wedding at Pineridge Hollow

I loved being a part of this colourful summer wedding at Pineridge Hollow. When we first met, Lauda sort of had a vision for her wedding flowers, but it hadn't completely come together yet. By the day of the wedding, it all came together so beautifully. It was incredibly fun for me to work with all of this colour, and I used about 90% locally grown flowers so I loved that even more! 

I love these photos from Sugar & Soul Photography so much! 

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Colourful Summer Wedding - Pineridge Hollow Wedding

Laura's bridal bouquet was cheerful, vibrant, whimsical, and a complete breath of fresh air for me. It's so fun to design something that's different from the norm. Her bouquet included: Foxglove (one of my faves!), dahlias, zinnias, cosmos, marigold, asclepia, and veronica. I loved using this rich palette of purple, magenta, pink, orange, and blue. 

A few days after the wedding, Lauda stopped by with a thank you card, and a mini bouquet of flowers she had picked out of her own garden. They matched perfectly with the flowers in her bouquet - it was so sweet of her!

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Aren't the purple bridesmaid dresses just perfect with the colour palette? And you know I love tiny flower girl bouquets! The lovely bridesmaid at the end is my friend, Tracey! We used to work together.

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I'm not sure where this garden is that the couple went with Mel from Sugar & Soul Photography, but it is just flower heaven. Isn't this the perfect summertime setting?

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Over at Pineridge Hollow, more colour was in order! The tent is so white and clean, which of course is lovely, but it just begs for colour. I loved Lauda's idea - we used different sized jars and containers to line the tables, each with a bouquet of colourful, locally grown flowers! Jeremy built this incredible wood backdrop to place behind the head table, and isn't it beautiful? It added so much to the space.

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Mother's Day Flowers - Orders Now Open!

Treat your momma right this year! Mother's Day is May 8 - are you ready yet?

I'm really excited to be offering Mother's Day flowers this year, to help you show your mom how special she is. On offer this year are fresh, springy cut bouquets, in 3 sizes:

Mini ($15 each) - 1 stem of garden rose or peony with pretty touches
Standard ($25 each) - standard cut bouquet with springy mix of flowers
Premium ($75 each) - medium size bouquet with the addition of premium flowers (peony or garden rose)

Pick up available from our North Kildonan studio on FRIDAY, MAY 6 between 12-7 pm.
Delivery available to specified neighbourhoods on SATURDAY, MAY 7 starting at 11 am.*

*Delivery is available to: North Kildonan (free of charge!), East Kildonan, West Kildonan, Bird's Hill, and North Main.
$7 delivery charge plus applicable taxes. 

WE'LL ALSO BE POPPING UP AT JENNA RAE CAKES ON SATURDAY, MAY 7! BOUQUETS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE BAKERY FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED.

ALL MOTHER'S DAY ORDERS NEED TO BE PRE-PAID AND PLACED BY FRIDAY, APRIL 29.
PLEASE NOTE THAT AS EACH BOUQUET WILL BE MADE FRESH, THEY MAY NOT BE EXACTLY AS PICTURED. 

Sara and Chris' Winter Wedding at The Fort Garry Hotel

Designing Sara's wedding flowers was such a lovely treat. She showed me two inspiration photos that her wedding planner, Amanda Douglas, had shared, and was then happy to hand over the creative reigns to me. She had no specific requirements, and with no bridal party and a small guest list, Sara was really just happy to let me do what I thought would work best. I loved Amanda's idea to work with darker tones in the bridal bouquet and lighter shades of pinks and purples in the rest of the decor flowers. I also love how her bridal bouquet came together - the heart shape wasn't completely intentional, and I just adored it!

Purple can be a tricky colour to design well with, and I think the accents of those soft pinks really brought depth and interest to this bridal bouquet.
Bouquet ingredients: ranunculus, hellebore, stock, alstroemeria, amnesia roses, quicksand roses, faith roses, blackberries, and Italian and Israeli ruscus.

Event Planning: Amanda Douglas Events / Photography: Palma Photography / Linens and Draping: Planned Perfectly / Stationery: Minted.com / Venue: Fort Garry Hotel

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How to Plan Your Wedding Flowers, Part 2: Finding Your Florist

Planning your wedding flowers begins with figuring out your style and what you like. Once you've got that down, it's time to see what your local floral designers can offer you! 

Image by  Brittany Mahood Photography , designed by Stone House Creative for  Host Winnipeg

Image by Brittany Mahood Photography, designed by Stone House Creative for Host Winnipeg

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A FLORAL DESIGNER

So, what should you be looking for in your floral designer? How many should you meet with? How do you compare them to decide who to meet with?

Start by a simple google search, "Winnipeg Wedding Florist" and open up a few websites. Click to their portfolio or their wedding tab to see what they offer. Visit their social media channels or their blog to see their most recent work. Do they have any current testimonials on their site, or have any of your friends used them? This initial search will help you create a shortlist of a handful of local floral designers who you're interested in learning more about.

Next, consider what's really important to you. Is great customer service something that's going to help you streamline your wedding planning process? Are you all about a specific design style? Is it important to you that the florist has worked in your venue or with your wedding planner? Compare your needs to what these websites are telling you. No recent blog posts? Scratch it off the list. Does their online portfolio look like it hasn't been updated in a couple of years? I'd be worried. How do they interact with their clients on social media, and how frequently are they posting quality work? Does it seem like they share your aesthetic? 

Hopefully, now you'll have found 1-3 florists you're interested in inquiring with. 

Keep in mind the most important thing: you need to have a great connection with your floral designer (click for more on that).
You will be trusting a huge part of your wedding day (and your hard-earned money!) to this person, and they need to do a good job for you.

what to include when you're inquiring with a floral designer

Whether you're sending an email, a message through a contact form, or leaving a voice message, there are some very important details to include when putting together your inquiry. 
-Your wedding date (obviously)
-Your ceremony and reception venues
-Your estimated floral budget
-A few extra details that will help determine if the florist can accommodate your needs:
how large is the bridal party? are you requiring floral decor? what is your personal style?

All of this info will help the floral designer(s) you're inquiring with to know whether or not they can take your wedding, in which case, it will be time to set up a consultation.

WHEN TO BOOK YOUR FLORIST

Winnipeg is an interesting market, where wedding vendors are booked up fairly far in advance. We're 6 weeks into 2016, and I'm already meeting with couples for their 2017 weddings, and many photographers and venues are booking heavily into 2017. So, when it comes to inquiring and booking your floral designer, be sure to give it enough time.

I'd recommend inquiring 8-16 months in advance. I know, that seems a little crazy. But, it's important to connect really well with vendors who bring your aesthetic vision to life, and therefore, it's important that you book those vendors early before someone else does.

 

Part 3 is coming next week, and we'll be talking about the actual consultation itself - how to prepare, what to expect, and so on!
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