Monday, 30 July 2012

Be a [Wedding] Star

Chili pepper-theme bouquets
You just tied the knot.  Congratulations.  The last of the 'Thank You' notes have been sent out and you find yourself wanting to share your fairytale wedding with everyone you meet from the coffee barista to the co-op student in the office.    You want to experience the rush of adrenalin you felt on that magical day.   Your reception was such a hit that months later it's still trending on all the social media sites.  Was your wedding trendy & hip, modern & edgy, eco-chic, intimate & romantic, multi-cultural, themed, or DIY - perhaps you had an unexpected but touching surprise on your day?  So why not submit your wedding to one of the dozens of reputable wedding magazines or blogs?  They're always looking to feature real couples in particular those with a photo-story which will  inspire their readers.
Every wedding magazine and blog has their own submission criteria so I advise you to check with their websites for guidelines.

From Style Me Pretty here are their initial requirements:

Desert plants as centrepieces
If you'd like to submit a real wedding, engagement session, rehearsal dinner or any other event for consideration, we'd love to hear from you!  Please include the following:

1. Your Information: Your name / Your fiancĂ©’s name / Date and Location of the Event

2. Your Images: 60-150 professional images that you feel best highlight your big day. We need individual images at least 600 pixels wide to accommodate our blog width.

3. Your Description: We love to hear about your vision, the unique details that you infused, any DIY projects that you did, etc. The more info that we have to get to know you by, the better.

4. Your Vendors: Please list all applicable vendors. We must have a photography credit to consider your wedding for publication.

Habanero pepper boutonniere

A very important note: We do not publish content that has already been published on other blogs or magazines, as we like to offer our readers something fresh and new. If you have submitted this for publication elsewhere, please let us know. (Style Me Pretty)
Lone Star Ranch Ottawa

Good luck and let me know when you're published!

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Summer Weddings.....continue

Saturday was an early day as our wedding couple, Jennifer and Cory, exchanged vows in the morning followed by what I'm sure was a fabulous luncheon at the Courtyard Restaurant in the historic Byward Market.  Flowers were roses, calla lilies, lisianthus and dahlias in an ivory, white and cheery yellow palette which quickly is becoming one of our favourites this summer.

Bride's bouquet

The Flower Girl carried a small pomander/kissing ball with tiny butterflies

Bride, Maid-of-honour and flower girl pomander

Boxed and ready for delivery

Best wishes Jennifer and Cory.  Thank you for including us on your special day; we were honoured.

Summer Weddings continued.....

A glorious day Friday at Strathmere Inn for a summer wedding.   The bride selected a violet, white and green palette for her special day.  We captured this with roses, freesia, stock, hydrangea, lisianthus, ornithigalum and lilies.  The scents were magnificant and the colours spectacular.

The arbour was decorated with a fresh floral display and tissue paper pom poms in shades of violet and lavender.  With the gentle breeze blowing on Friday it was a whimsical display.

The wedding cake artifully decorated by Abaco catering

We were honoured to be a part of making her vision come true. Best wishes to Sarah,  Ray and their families.

Sunday, 15 July 2012

Summer Weddings continued....

It was a pleasure working with this weekend's bride, Megan - she had energy to spare and always wore a smile. She married her prince charming this weekend in a classic and elegant affair at St. Patrick's Basilica with a reception for family and friends at the Warrant Officers' Mess on Queen Elizabeth Drive. Congratulations to you both.
Bride's bouquet of ivory roses and stephanotis

Bridesmaids' bouquets of ivory and sweetheart roses

Groom's stephanotis boutonniere

Bouquets packaged for delivery

Mother of the Bride corsage

Friday, 13 July 2012

Casual Summer Parties

dining al fresco

family reunions

backyard bbqs

Thursday, 5 July 2012

Wedding bouquets vs. summer heat

Here's a note sent to brides last summer as the heat soared.  It's good advice and worth sharing as the thermometer this week has reached 34*C. 

Dear Bride:

A very important note follows - if you have any questions or concerns
regarding this please do not hesitate to contact me or any member of my staff.

With the forecast temperature in excess of 30*C, I urge you to treat your bouquets with extra care: keep them in a cool place as much as is convenient and when possible, place them in water. Just as you will need to keep hydrated on Saturday your bouquets will benefit greatly from a drink of water throughout the day as well. Corsages and boutonnieres may also be effected by the heat - limiting their exposure to the extreme temperature would be advisable.

Please do not leave your flowers in a car/limo, vehicle trunk or directly in the sun. An air-conditioned environment is ideal.

We are taking every precaution to ensure your flowers are perfect for your wedding day but that is limited only to the circumstances for which we have control.  The weather and temperature's impact on your flowers is
beyond our scope.
A little water and consideration on Saturday will go a long way. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

Have a magical day Saturday.


Monday, 2 July 2012

Summer Weddings: Part 3

Summer Weddings: Part 2

Summer Weddings: Part 1

Yellow is the colour this summer. 

We created wedding flowers in palettes of yellow and white, yellow and blue, and yellow and green and variations of each. 


It's a fresh colour choice and we've enjoyed the selections along with the freedom to 'just do your thing'. 

More yellow weddings ahead this summer and I'm looking forward to them.

These photos are best enjoyed with a big slice of lemon pie.