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Katrina and Kevin- May 17, 2014

Kevin and Katrina were married one month ago today, on a beautiful spring afternoon in Kingston.
Remember Katrina’s peony bouquet?
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The new Mrs. was good enough to send along some of her professional photos by Life Through Exposure PhotographyYou can see more gorgeous photos of Kevin and Katrina’s wedding, as well as other smiling brides and grooms from around Ontario, on LTE’s Facebook photostream, and their main site with contact info is here .

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Congratulations and many wonderful years together to Kevin and Katrina- thanks for letting us take part in your wedding day!
 

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Claire and Joel 28.09.2013

Claire and Joel were married in Gananoque on the sunniest late-September day you could ask for.
From our first meeting, Claire wanted a clean, simple look for her wedding flowers (Professional tip: write ‘NO DANGLERS’ in your notes and underline it a couple of times whenever a bride is aiming for this style.)

One of my favourite things about being a wedding florist is seeing how my contribution fits into the day as a whole- I’m like a kid at Christmas waiting for photos a few weeks after the event itself.

Well today’s the day! I thought Niche Photography did such a great job of capturing the simplicity and sheer happiness of this day.

Click to see their album on facebook:

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They captured perfect echoes of black, white, and red in the outfits, decor and architecture, made everything feel not-posed, and used such clean composition and innovative ideas in their shots (That phone-camera-within-photo? Genius!)

Thanks for sharing your gorgeous work, Niche Photography,

and congratulations and many happy years to Claire and Joel!

Have a great weekend, everyone!

PS. Niche is on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Niche-Photography/134633456576434

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Richelle and Matt’s wedding flowers

Happy Thursday, all!
TGI almost-F, right?

Want to see some detail shots of Richelle and Matt’s wedding flowers from the other weekend?

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I was pretty excited to tackle these calla and peacock feather designs after my first meeting with Richelle.
I’d been online-stalking bouquets with feathers all year, and their wedding venue, the Renaissance on Queen St, has the perfect art deco, Great Gatsby vibe to compliment the architectural flowers and tall feathers.

Richelle made peacock feather fans for her bridesmaids to carry in place of bouquets, and she also made peacock feather bouts and corsages for groomsmen and family members. I think she bought every photo frame, birdcage, and peacock feather in town to create her own centrepieces– most of the decor was already done before I came on the scene!

Richelle carried 7 callas with peacock feathers. I loved the green stripes in these flowers, and found ribbon to match!

Richelle carried 7 callas with peacock feathers. I loved the green stripes in these flowers, and found ribbon to match!

I took care of the bride and flower girl’s bouquets, the groom’s boutonniere, corsages for mothers of the bride and groom, and venue decor.

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The Renaissance was built in the 1800s and used to be a church- but the colour and materials remind me of the 30s.

The Renaissance was built in the 1800s and used to be a church- but the colour and materials remind me of the 30s.

We used a garland to frame the couple as they said their vows in front of the fireplace.

We used a garland to frame the couple as they said their vows in front of the fireplace.

Garland and fireplace detail.

Garland and fireplace detail.

Garland close up- the father of the bride made gold letters to spell the word 'always'

Garland close up- the father of the bride made gold letters to spell the word ‘always’

I was chatting with the venue manager Denis while setting up, and he says giant potted palms look great with all that crystal and marble, too. (He commented on the originality of our window urns and garland- I consider that a pretty big compliment from someone who sees two or three weddings per weekend!)

Urn inserts of curly willow, fern, eucalyptus, and ruscus

Urn inserts of curly willow, fern, eucalyptus, and ruscus

Everyone I met at the Renaissance was friendly and helpful, and I hear the whole day was amazing. Get yourself over there if you’re looking for a Kingston event venue with a bit of 30s sparkle.

Three cheers for the newlyweds- thanks again for letting me create the flowers for your big day!

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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Fall in love

Screw Valentine’s, so far this September is all romance all the time.

Nothing but weddings and anniversaries, friends.  I love it!

I had the pleasure of sending out some surprises for anniversaries this week:

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And September 7 was the wedding of Richelle and Matt. They chose the gorgeous Renaissance venue on Queen street for their purple and gold, calla lily and peacock themed wedding.
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Of course I only got photos of the boutonnieres and corsages before my camera ran out of batteries. I have a few more on the way from an emergency borrowed camera, and I’m online-stalking their photographer as we speak. I’ll let you know when I get my hands on photos!

Congratulations and many happy years to the newlyweds!

And in non-flower love news, I’m just smitten with my new kitten.
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His name is Mr. Bingley, and he loves trying to bite the buttons off your clothes. When we picked him up at the shelter, they said black kittens are usually the last ones to be adopted.  😦 Glad we could give a crazy little animal a good home.  I promise not to let him eat your flowers.  And he promises to keep on trying.

Happy Thursday!
PS big big thanks to everyone at The Kingston Humane Society for what they do. Everyone there is helpful, knowledgeable, and so dedicated to finding a great home for the shelter animals. Adopt your very own jackass button-chewing cat today!

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See you later, summer

When you live with a teacher, the end of summer is your New Year’s Eve.
Resolutions, big changes… I’m sure there are parents out there cracking open some champagne,haha.
Of course, certain people become more and more cranky as haircuts and new shoes and class schedules replace barbecues and bare feet and lazy days and video games… certain people who are not ten-year-olds.

Sorely tempted to sleep in and do lots of nothing on Tuesday, just because I can.
Is that mean? Or AWESOME?
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Short-notice wedding this week, for a lovely ceremony in the park.
Corsages, bouts and hairflowers of white spray rose and waxflowers, and a simple bunch of blue hydrangea for the bride.
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I have to confess to more party-plans than work plans for the holiday weekend.
You should, too!
Contact me asap if you would like Saturday flower delivery, because I gotta jet to my sister’s Canadian wedding reception later in the day.
A bit less castle and a bit more pub for this round of celebrations. Can NOT wait!

I will be closed Sunday and Monday and re-open on Tuesday for normal business hours. I will be checking the email and voicemail regularly, so leave me a message any time.

Have a wonderful, safe Labour Day weekend, one and all!

PS. Remember Kristy and Matt’s sunflower wedding on Labour day last year? Happy Anniversary, lovebirds! I bought some sunflowers off the truck this am- thinking of you!

Photography by Jonathan Robert www.jonathanrobert.com

Photography by Jonathan Robert http://www.jonathanrobert.com

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Congratulations, Ashley!

Ashley Raposo is the winner of our giveaway draw from the Kingston Wedding Show this past Sunday. Congratulations, Ashley!
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And congratulations to everyone getting married! We met brides and grooms-to-be from Kingston West to Belleville to Carlton Place, with wedding dates this year, next year, and even in 2015.
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The wedding show was a great day out at at fun, classy event- think cocktail bar and live music on the top floor of the Holiday Inn waterfront.
I got to meet some great wedding folks from the area, including Nancy from Forget me Not Wedding Flowers and Michelle from Chartreuse Flower Works- I’d been stalking their gorgeous work online for a while, it was so cool to meet them in person. Best of all, the whole event raised funds for the Kidney Foundation, so all those sample cupcakes and cake pops and hors d’oeuvres I devoured were for a great cause.
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It’s thank you time: thanks to Danielle Kesco at kingstonweddingshow.com for organising the whole shebang, and thanks to all the staff at the Holiday Inn. They were calm, cool, friendly and so helpful; if you’re looking for a hotel wedding venue on the waterfront, they would be worth checking out.
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I usually work solo, but it’s best to have at least two people on deck for these kinds of events. I couldn’t have pulled the day off without my mom, Christine. You need someone to get up ridiculously early on a Sunday and pack your car full of lanterns and flowers and then stand until 4pm? You need a few spare roses just before go-time? You need someone to remind you that a handful of Riesens is not breakfast, and then whip a bagel and coffee out of her ginormous purse? This woman, I tell ya. She did deliveries for me on Mother’s Day. Yep. Thanks, Momsy!

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Well my magical weekend came to an abrupt end with fillings at the dentist and a dead car battery on Monday, so I guess it’s time to get back to real life. Still, when real life has moments like this…
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it’s kind of hard to complain.
Happy Wednesday, all!

PS. Ashley, I’ve sent you an email. Shoot me a message or give me a call!

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A nice day to start again

It’s a nice day for a….
white wedding!
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…Or white, blue and purple.
Got some Big Fat Fake Wedding photos from photographer and all-around good guy David L Slack.
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Just in time for the Kingston Wedding Show!

It’s at the Kingston Waterfront Holiday Inn 12noon to 4:00 pm this Sunday Aug. 18.

Proceeds go to the Kidney Foundation. I love pairing a good wedding-bonanza with a good charitable casue.
Get more info and $2 off your admission by booking online:

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Come say hello at lucky booth #7!

I’m doing a giveaway bouquet draw, and there are a lot of awesome door prizes and VIP bags on the roster.
(quite a few cake and cupcake exhibitors, keep your fingers crossed for free samples.)

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Want to hear my wedding show joke?
Get your bride-to-be-hind down here!

When I’m not being the queen of comedy, I like to:

1.Collect fabrics and props for my ‘Backyard to Ballroom’ exhibit booth
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2.Lose my mind over these Creme de la Creme roses, especially as they open up. (Will they displace Vendela as my go-to non-bruising ivory rose? I’m getting both varieties in for the weekend. Battle royale time. Stay tuned.)
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3. Reminisce about July 19 in sunny England. I keep forgetting to ask the important players if they mind sharing their photos/faces, so I will leave you with the Bentley:
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Happy Thursday!
And thank you to my wonderful backyard wedding models: Nikki, Rachel and flower girl Emily. I really appreciate your time and gorgeous smiles- even in the rain!

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