Monday, 15 September 2014

Sarah + Jeff :: They Went Fore it

Sarah and Jeff are outdoor enthusiasts (under-statement) and chose to incorporate two of their favourite activities into their wedding theme: golf & skiing along with Jeff's favourite colours: orange and green (which just happen to be mine as well). They're a fun, high energy couple and Sarah has the most genuine smile ever.  It was a thrill to work with them both. 

Vintage skis were used to create the ceremony tripods.

Close up of the vintage ski

Orange, white and green adorned the tripods

Sarah's bouquet of dahlias, roses, tulips, protea, hydrangea and berries

Attendants' bouquets

Jeff's boutonniere with a tulip - a tribute to his Dutch heritage
Bouquets packaged and ready for delivery

Groomsmen boutonnieres
Master of Ceremonies

A little something for the two Ring Bearers
Centrepieces of cat grass and tulips

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

A Bride, a Groom and a family cottage

Every once and a while I have the thrill of working with a bride who's spirit, excitement and youthful giddiness captures my heart. Courtney was such a bride.  This is the photo story of the day she married her true love in the presence of family and friends with their two young daughters at their side.  Courtney made me once again believe in fairy tales.

Photo credit: Young Hearts Photography

And they live happily ever after.

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Canada's Most Beautiful Bouquets for 2014

So proud and honoured to be in the company of some of Canada's top floral designers.  Wedding Bells magazine announced this week their 2014 picks and my bouquet was one of those selected.  This achievement is quite a thrill.  It's certainly refuelled my passion but not that I needed a top-up ;)

Photography courtesy of Melanie Rebane Photography

 From the florist: "For this bouquet I was inspired by vintage couture. This classic European-inspired arrangement features chic, white blossoms offering enticing texture and luscious aroma, with an accent of timeless pearls. This bouquet is suited for the romantic bride with her own distinguishing style."

 Flowers: White sweetheart roses, lily-of-the-valley, stephanotis, freesia, phalaenopsis orchids, hyacinth, and gypsophila all resting on a maple twig frame and wrapped with heirloom ribbons and whimsical eyelash trim.

The maple-twig 'nest' which supports all the flowers took almost 6 hours to construct.

The aroma from the lily-of-the-valley, freesia, hyacinth and stephanotis was intoxicating.   

You can see all the lovely bouquets here

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Blush love :: Tammy and Jeff's Wedding

Theirs is a love story shared with family and friends on a warm sunny June day.

Contagious affection captured in their engagement photo :: Union Eleven Photography

Tammy was a gorgeous bride...inside and out.  It was a privilege to be a [small] part of her fairy-tale dream.
photo: Union Eleven Photography

Rustic charm reflected in their choice for signage.
Welcoming guests at the Church
photo: Union Eleven Photography

photo:: Union Eleven Photography

Moms' and Dads' flowers

A special moment: Tammy placing the corsage on her mom's wrist...tears followed I'm sure.
photo: Union Eleven Photography

photo: Union Eleven Photography

Jeff [Prince Charming]

There's two Harmony brides in this photo!  Brenda, her new sister-in-law, was married June 2012.
Roses for the bouquets....and Bridesmaids' dresses
photo: Union Eleven Photography

Groomsmen's and Ring-Bearer boutonnieres

Fairy-tale dreams do come true if you just believe.  Tammy and Jeff certainly do.
Welcoming guests to the party at The Marshes, Kanata
photo: Union Eleven Photography

And then the party commenced.
photo: Union Eleven Photography

photo: Union Eleven Photography

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Chicago :: Art and architecture

I had pleasure of visiting Chicago earlier this month for The American Institute of Floral Design, AIFD, annual symposium.  What a remarkable city and the symposium was a-m-a-z-i-n-g.

Arriving on the 4th of July I was greeted by a city ready to celebrate and celebrate they did.  That first day had started with an early check in at the Ottawa airport and ended with a magnificent fireworks show at the Navy Pier over Lake Michigan: perfect day I think!

Art in all forms was everywhere: parks, buildings, store fronts, train stations, shop window displays and I loved it all. During our lunch breaks I would change shoes, grab my camera and go.  There's was so much to see that between the symposium and the city I suffered [quite happily] with visual intoxication and hangover.

The architecture is breathtaking - no wonder it's one of the city's greatest attractions.  I've already planned my next trip. It will include a few guided tours though and likely a lot more walking.

I'm not a shopper (surprise, I know) so the 1000+ photos I took of the windy city are my souvenirs and I will treasure them least until my return visit when there will be a few more to add to my memory card.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Wedding Styles :: Vintage vs. Rustic

The hottest current wedding styles has been called (a) vintage, (b) rustic or (c) vintage-rustic.  Although vintage and rustic are used interchangeably the styles each have their own distinctive elements. 

a) Vintage ::
A bride in an ivory lace gown, with matching bird-cage or cathedral veil, holding a bouquet of gardenias, stephanotis, calla lilies with sprays of orchids and softly trailing ivy or jasmine vine. The groom is wearing a 3-piece suit or tuxedo with a pocket watch draped on his vest and cuff links on his shirt sleeves. He may be wearing a bow tie or suspenders and his shoes are brilliantly polished. The tables are adorned with cut crystal vases, bowls or goblets filled with delicate blooms of peonies, hydrangea and roses, dripping with strands of pearls or crystals.  The wedding cake with its intricate scroll work or sugar flowers is displayed in tiers.

textures :: lace, silk, cotton, linen
flowers :: calla lilies, garden roses, orchids, hydrangea, gardenia, stephanotis, lily of the valley,  ranunculus
aesthetics :: pearls, gold, parasols, cameos, broaches, crystal, ribbons, cuff-links, pocket watches, bird cage veils, cathedral veils, champagne, pin curls, red lipstick
Vintage Wedding Style

b) Rustic ::
Burlap-wrapped mason jars filled with garden roses and baby's breath resting upon slices of wood in a room filled with barn-wood signs, a chalkboard seating chart and tissue paper flowers suspended from the ceiling.  A groom in a wool suit with plaid tie or polka-dot bow tie - his succulent bloom boutonniere is wrapped with twine.  A bride in an eyelet lace dress over a petticoat, her hair has a flower tucked into the loose curls and she's wearing cowboy boots - her bouquet is a whimsical mix of wild and garden flowers arranged and tied with burlap and lace ribbons.  The tables are decorated with flowers with a just-picked-from-the-field look and are loosely arranged in almost any vessel that will hold water: tin cans, pop bottles, watering cans, coffee pots or assorted canning jars.

textures:: burlap, wool, linen, twine, lace, iron, leather
organics :: moss, branches, wood
flowers :: garden roses, lilies, gerberas, baby's breath, sunflowers, thistle, dahlias, zinnias
aesthetics :: monogram initials, tarnished silver, homemade desserts, mason jars, barns, cowboy/girl boots, barns, petticoats, lemonade, punch
Rustic Wedding Style

c) Vintage-Rustic / Rustic-Vintage ::
Couples have combined both and the overall effect is warm and welcoming.  The secret to pulling off a rustic-vintage theme is to balance elements from both aesthetics: burlap and pearls; soft pin-curl hair style and a lace gown; cuff-links with a vest; or a barn venue and tables dressed with cut crystal and china bowls filled with roses and peonies draped with silk ribbon strands.