There is nothing I love more than a spring winery wedding in Niagara. Blooms in abundance and the vineyards coming alive for the season. Denise came to me with a vibrant purple colour scheme and love for foliage and garlands. It was a perfect pairing for Sue Anne Staff Winery where their ceremony and reception took place. We created a natural flowing design for their ceremony arbor which stood up even on the windiest of days. We were so excited to work with Andrew Mark Photography, Simply Beautiful, Allure Hair and Makeup and Sweet Avenue Cakery on this wedding.
It was early spring and I needed to create. Not yet wedding season I was itching to craft with my hands. I called up my beauty friends Evan and Serena from Young Glass Photography and they agreed to shoot a stylized engagement session. Here is the pretty we came up with. Always a blast to work with you guys!
I would have to say hands down this was my favorite wedding of 2016. Why do I love it so? I think it was most importantly the easy going nature of this couple. They gave me a feeling and a vibe that they wanted to create and let me run with it. Mixed metallics (love), vintage flower vessels (love), barely there lavender and caramel with cream colour scheme (sigh…love)! No table was exactly alike as was no centerpiece. I loved incorporating so many goodies from my farmer in unexpected hues and textures.
Then on top of all of this I got to work with my seriously stellar stylist friend Amanda Cowley who coordinated and styled the heck out of this day. Wonder why I posted so many pictures? Reed Photography took so many amazing shots I simply could not choose.
I have to say that when Karen contacted me for her Grand Victorian Wedding I was pretty excited. I had always wanted to do a real wedding at this venue. She had such a lovely colour scheme and romantic aesthetic for her wedding. Peach, cream and blush with natural foliage accents were infused into the florals. An intimate ceremony took place under a large beech tree on the property which we accented with unstructured ceremony blooms. Long harvest tables were layered with candles, wooden boxed centerpieces and small bud vases for an eclectic look. Many thanks to Andrew Mark Photography who captured all of the soft romantic details perfectly.
On a beautiful summer evening we gathered a group of friendors together to create a magical engagement session for Gillian and Graham. Down the street from my home is this gorgeous beach which was the perfect backdrop.
The romantic blush and marsala colour scheme, the changing fall colours, the dripping ceremony florals…I simply loved everything about this wedding.
Sarah and Taylor were married at the Cave Springs Retreat building with their reception at Inn on the Twenty (which is one of our ultimate venue’s). They got to experience Niagara’s wine country at one of the most perfect times, with the leaves changing against the escarpment and in the twenty valley. This brunch wedding was packed with emotion and music. I simply love the feeling that Emily Foster Photography captured in her images.
This wedding was recently featured on Vineyard bride.
Sandra and David had a quaint and intimate wedding in the Cellar of Ravine Winery. It is the perfect place to host a small affair and is just dripping with a unique and cozy vibe.
If you are considering a Niagara wedding especially in off season this is a wonderful venue that still gives the vineyard feel (even in December). My friend Samantha from Darling Mine captured the simple yet elegant flowers we created. Enjoy!
Lately I have been feeling the need to flex my creativity muscle, do something a little different than the average wedding. I am a lover of anything natural, textural and wild but I don’t always get to pull that into weddings I work on. So every now and then I call on some friends to put together some pretty, and that they did!
Woodbourne Inn in the sweetest destination in Niagara on the Lake. Perfect for a bride to get ready, have a rehearsal dinner in the back yard or even spend a weekend away on a bachelorette. Seriously this place is STUNNING! Don’t even get me started on the Inn Keepers, they are just fantastic. They opened their doors to us and we had such a fun day designing and staging the perfect wedding set-up. Have a look at the gorgeous images captured by Young Glass Photography
There is something about this team of fabulous vendors I cannot move away from. They bring out the best in my art, or perhaps capture it perfectly. Last spring I was fortunate enough to collaborate on this stunning shoot that was just recently featured in Smitten Magazine Vol. 13.
Destiny (Destiny Dawn Photography) and Mike (The Barefoot Stylist) summarized the story of this shoot perfectly:
“In this fleeting moment of serendipity, two lovers embrace in a sphere of rich florals and blanketing bed of sheer.
Both with a story, both from different worlds. They collide to create an ethereal tale of passion; best symbolized by the wings of the hummingbird. She is the hummingbird, he is the huntsman and together they are love.”
Magazine | Smitten Magazine
Photography + Artistic Direction | Destiny Dawn Photography
Styling and Creative Director | The Barefoot Stylist
Florals | Lush Florals and Events
Hair Adornments | Blair Nadeau Millinery
Stationary | Plume Calligraphy
Gowns | LoversLand + Rue De Seine
Set | Warehouse 84
Makeup | lovememakeup.com
Hair | Dolce Divas Mobile Bridal Salon
Model | Dani MacDonald
Crisp cool air, cinnamon coloured grape vines, the last few fall leaves drifting to the ground. Late November is absolutely gorgeous in wine country, and Anna’s wedding proved just that.
When I think back to the planning of Anna and Ricardo’s wedding I most distinctly remember her father. A plant aficionado and greenhouse grower who really kept me on my toes about cut flower availability and blooming times. Sometimes moments like that make me thankful for my horticulture years as well as having flower availability down pat. I also really enjoy flower talk with other plant enthusiasts like myself. The reason this was such a big deal was the timing of this wedding. From mid October (when the frost hits) until Christmas there tends to be a strange lul in availability of flowers. You have left the summer and all of the glorious dahlia and zinnia, and you are not quiet at the winter tulips (well in all the fab shades anyway).
Anna knew what she wanted and sadly some of it was out of season. So we planned for every possible alternative and made it fabulous.
When someone requests pheasant feathers and antlers my ears perk….succulents and cotton….well I am in love. This wedding pretty much sums up my style and what I would do every day if I could. Textural, colourful and unexpected with cascades and undulations. The perfect pallet and flower selections, can you get married again Anna?
Fabulous vendors on this:
Meredith was a bride that from the very beginning was a complete dream. She loved our work and booked us without even meeting. Plans came together without a hitch and her wedding design was just breathtaking. Then came the rain….alot of it.
When planning an outdoor wedding you have to think that there is a small…minuscule possibility of rain. All outdoor venues have a plan, we as florists have a plan as do the decorators. Although Meredith’s dream ceremony did not take place under her reception tent, we alongside Simply Beautiful worked very hard to make it as unforgettable.
In the end her farm wedding at Kurtz Orchards was a dream. A gorgeous venue in Niagara’s wine country, romantic layered floral, superb decor, amazing food and a warm atmosphere.
A note about Meredith’s gorgeous pictures: Danijela Photography did an amazing job capturing the warmth of this family. She made outstanding beauty out of the rain and gave such life to our work through hers. I am so appreciative to have these beautiful images to share.
A word from the bride:
Melanie was a joy to work with. She listened to our ideas and offered lots of different options in varying price ranges that allowed us to get the look we wanted. The ideas we came to her with were executed even more perfectly than we could have imagined on the day of. Despite a very heavy rain which required a plan B she was able to adjust her plans for what was meant to be an outdoor ceremony and create a warm and beautiful chapel environment for us inside our reception tent. She is such a talented individual and we received so many compliments on our centrepieces, bouquets, the boys boutonnieres, and the beautiful garland she made for us… but all compliments go to her. My husband and I very highly recommend her.
A small intimate venue, rolling vineyards, exquisite food and romantic blooms: the making for a perfect Niagara wedding.
Emalie and Steve Were married at Vineland Estates Wedding in the spring. Emalie as open to some interesting combinations and undulating textures, it was a florists dream. Wood containers, hanging hyacinths and fragrant lily of the valley would define pure bliss for this gal. e also got to work with our friends sweet celebrations on this.
Photography: Lauren Beth Photography
Venue: Vineland Estates Winery