Virginie + Gabriel

 

Seriously, each time I get pictures from a wedding, I realize just how lucky I am to have such wonderful clients… Just when I think things can’t get any cuter, something mega cute comes along! Virginie and Gabriel were a couple so sweet, it’s hard to do it justice… Both finishing up their residency in family medicine, they spend several months each year volunteering at an orphanage in Africa. Both of them just radiated with passion for their work, and for each other… They decided to get married in the country, at Virginie’s parents home, which made for some epic rustic shots! All photos by Lisa Renault, more pictures of this adorable wedding on her blog

 

Janie & Andy…

A few pictures from a June wedding… Can’t believe I even found a few minutes to post these! Things have been hectic this summer, a good kind of hectic, lots of lovely brides and so many weddings… I’m feeling very fortunate, even if sometimes I wish I had more time to post pictures, share stories, you know, brag! Such a fine balance, when you have your own business… Every new job you get makes you so happy, and too busy is of course better than not much going on, but it’s easy to forget to take time for yourself, especially when you love what you do. It’s so tempting to plow through and deal with the messes later… Flower messes of course. I have to say though, my brides this year are totally spoiling me. Not a bridezilla in sight. Only cool, inventive, classy girls who have been kind enough to put their trust in me and let me do my own thing…

 

 

Janie was one of these amazing clients. She lives in London with Andy, and contacted me only a few weeks before the wedding. A “regular” consultation was not an option, but a few emails and 2 phone calls later we had a plan… And I don’t know what you think, but judging from these photos I’d say it was quite a success…

These images are from the always fantastic Geneviève Sasseville. More photos on her blog

 

Springtime Rainbow…

You know, I’m not such a huge fan of using too many colours in one arrangement. Tone on tone is more my thing. But once in a while, I feel the need for something a little more on the crazy side… And small springtime flowers are just the perfect fit for such a bouquet. With their endless colour variations, each one more subtle than the next, they make for a fabulously joyful riot of colour!

 

Marie-Andrée & Charles-Étienne, August 2012…

Yes, finally… Pictures of an August wedding in February, in my little world this means I’ve been busy for a while now! But I didn’t want to just post pictures of this wedding, so I waited to have enough time to write about it a little bit.

 

 

It’s true, I have a tendency to get attached to the couples I work with. What can I say, most of them are pretty cool people. I must’ve done something right in a previous life to have such good karma! Marie-Andrée and Charles-Étienne, who I affectionately nicknamed MACE, were really a lovely couple. They were dream clients, put their trust in me and let me create one of my favourite weddings of the year…

 

 

Something magical happens when clients put their trust in you. When they give you a general direction but leave you all the liberty you want to pick and choose colours. Flowers, foliage… This enables me to create bouquets and arrangements that are much more original and unique, with flowers that I sometimes select at the market just a few days before the wedding. It’s a concept I try to explain to all my clients, but some of them need more certainties than others when planning their wedding. That’s OK, I’d probably be pretty finicky when it came to details as well!

 

 

For this wedding, I also made the escort cards, and a table where guests could leave notes for the bride and groom. A timeline, made up of memorable pictures of the couple and concert tickets, as well as a framed questions, were there to help guests who were running a bit low on ideas…

For those of you who are curious, the bouquets were made of dahlias, roses, clematis, ranunculus, astrantias, asclepias, veronicas and ferns…

And finally, the pictures are from the always amazing Irene Suchocki

Louise + Colin, October 2012…

Here are a few pictures of a wedding I did last October… Louise and Colin are both architects, and their wedding was a perfect balance of graphic details with a touch of rustic wildness.

 

 

When I met them for the first time, they told me about all the things they wanted to make themselves, which included printing their own letterpress invitations using a home press, baking their own cake and desserts, and sewing runners in just the right shade of grey. I have to admit, I was pretty sceptical… Since the DIY movement has been gaining momentum, this scenario is more and more common, and while I’m always the first to encourage couples to infuse their wedding with personal details, to be honest the result is not always, well, pleasing. In this case, however, the opposite is true. Everything came together beautifully, and I was truly impressed with everything Louise and Colin made. For the flowers we worked with a palette of oranges and rust, with a touch of cream and burgundy, to complement the grey details… Louise’s bouquet was my favourite of the year, I was sad to let it go!

Oh, and how nuts is that car?!?

 

 

The venue was Pavillon de la Jamaique on Parc Jean Drapeau, easily one of the most beautiful venues in town. A simple and modern space in the middle of a lush garden, it’s just a joy to decorate. Lastly, the breathtaking photos are by super talented Lisa Renault. More pictures from Louise and Colin’s wedding on her blog

Sweet favours…

Just a few pictures of these favours I created for the Elegant Wedding Showcase. I went kinda nuts with these, using vintage French grosgrain and millinery feathers from the 20s from my personal cache… I just love the colour combination of the coral detailing with the silvery, blueish green of the succulent…

 

Freelancin’ in the big leagues…

When you work by yourself, it’s easy to get wrapped in your day to day job, all those mundane details, and become isolated in your studio. In a shop, there’s always someone around to bounce ideas, or let you know when you’re embarking on a really stupid endeavour. It’s something I miss, having friends around to talk flowers, weddings, parties. So what’s a girl to do? I obviously I spend way too much time poring over blogs, some of which I’ve been following for almost 10 years, and creating board after board on Pinterest. What, isn’t that what the internet is for, filling the void when actual humans don’t fit the bill?

 

In a bold attempt to bridge the gap between my real life and my virtual one, this year I started reaching out to a few of these artists (more on that here). The response was overwhelmingly positive, and for me so energizing and inspiring. One thing leading to another, I had the pleasure of working with the Saipua team on a wedding in New York a few weeks ago. And what a treat it was…

 

Taking over a private mansion on Central Park with bundles of branches, vines and grasses taller than me, dressing four (yes, four ) fireplace mantles, creating from scratch a quaint Italian garden in a centuries old courtyard… The wedding planner’s team was buzzing about at warp speed, the tech guys were climbing halfway up the building stringing lights, and when the waiters arrived, they were all chiseled models… What can I say, it was all very New York.

 

The team, both Saipua and the other freelancers, were an absolute joy to work with. Made me wish I could take one of these little “business” trips every few months… With a little luck (or, more likely, proper planning) maybe the next stop could be San Fransisco or Seattle?

 

The New York Flower District, Part One…

Yes. I went.

I arrived in New York on Tuesday, after 2 flights, a totally useless layover in Toronto, and a somewhat traumatizing bus and subway adventure… I had a few glasses of wine, passed out, and then: it was Wednesday morning.

 

Wednesday, I was told, is the best day to go to the market. Everyone also said 6:00 AM was the best time to go, but I chose to ignore that recommendation. I was, after all, on vacation. When I got to the market at 10:30, you could tell the day was almost over, and the “real” clients had come and gone. The remaining meanderers were of the DIY kind, thinking they’re getting a deal by shopping at the wholesalers. Guys were now reading the paper, or lazily sweeping the floors, covered in inches of debris, a testament to the amount of produce that had come in, then right out, earlier that morning. What used to soak in all those now empty buckets? I guess you’d have to get up at 5:00 to know that…

 

Fall musings…

When I walk up the mountain now, there’s yellow leaves covering the path… I think September is my favourite month for flowers. OK, I know I pretty much say that every month, and it’s true that spring is really exciting as well, but this time I really mean it. It’s partly the colours… Such deep, rich hues, perfect for pairing with berries and foliage. Frost hasn’t come yet so I can still get my hands on some local produce, after that it’s a long wait until production starts again in May. And it’s the one time of the year when clients seem more accepting of nature’s intrinsic imperfections. Speckled leaves, uneven petals, discoloured berries… I try to celebrate these all year, but for some reason they just seem to find their place in a fall bouquet….