Bride’s Open House
Saturday April 25 & Sunday April 26
At our NEW Stone Cottage Floral Studio
1261 Dundas Street South
(the laneway directly across the street from Branchton Road)
Did you or someone in your circle become engaged recently? Good timing !
Our next Bride’s Open House is – Saturday April 25 & Sunday April 26
– and it’s FREE
Flowers, bouquets, boutonnieres, ideas galore for Children at Weddings, Guys, Mother of the Bride, Gifts for your Wedding Party and Guest Favours!
Our Designers will show you how we hand-tie and French-braid our bouquets and boutonnières. And Elaine will be on hand to offer up ideas on how to create your look while keeping in your budget!
Set up an appointment for an on-the-spot consult!
You can even make your own mini-bouquet (we call it a nosegay) to take home – on the house, as well as a complimentary sachet filled with Lavender Confetti!
If these dates do not work for you – no worries! You can book your own private complimentary wedding plan consult – evenings or weekends. firstname.lastname@example.org
It was so fun getting to know Katie & Lee and their families! Everyone was involved – you will see when you read on!
We all became friends (i.e. Katie’s Mom Nancy quickly became Elaine’s new BFF – gotta love it when that happens!)
When we first met, Katie had some pretty clear ideas about her wedding florals & décor – garden, relaxed elegance, sophisticated yet welcoming – soft colours.
Number one being – her venue was to be Graydon Hall – in the GARDEN!!! – with her reception outdoors on the stone patio under the stars! YA! How do you spell
If you have ever been to Graydon Hall you’d already know this was going to be spectacularly beautiful! Katie wanted to carry the garden theme throughout her wedding – all drop-dead-gorgeous garden flowers – elegant – but natural looking – like a garden! With lots of flowers (and Nancy added in even more flowers, garlands and a little lavender surprise!)
Well ! We were definitely her girls for this! Like a match made if Floral Heaven!
LOVE – like crazy love!
Katie, like many young women of her era, finds herself in a blended family.
For most in this situation, a wedding can be an exercise in family diplomacy (we usually recommend that a wedding is a great opportunity to err on the side of kindness – like deciding who gets a corsage or a boutonnière etc.)
– but with Katie – no worries!
Meet her sisters & step-sister, Mom re-married, Dad re-married
– and what really struck us was LOVE !
Everybody gets along – not just gets along
– really really a whole lot of love going on – impressive!
Flowers for “the Girls”
Check those pretty dresses! At Katie’s Flower Party (something we do for every wedding – about 3 or 4 weeks prior) – we hauled out those dresses – and got to work selecting lovely soft colours – looking for “subtle” – and decided to French-braid with a beautiful double-sided satin ribbon that complimented the soft lavender of the bridesmaids’ dresses.
Each sister was to have a different Floral Crown, so we decided to have a smaller nosegay style bouquet – so as not to overwhelm. We left the stems of the flowers a little longer to go for that just picked-from-the-garden look – and to avoid looking like a bouquet for a little flower girl.
That brighter purple in the nosegays & floral crowns is called Agapanthus – a spring to early summer flower.
And mixed with full-blown garden & spray roses is one of our fav roses – the smokey purple rose “Amnesia”.
On the morning of her wedding, we met up with Katie in King City at her Mother’s home. The stylists were there ready to weave our Floral Crowns into everyone’s hair. And the photographers were having a great time too! Very fortunately, our videographer was invited, so now we have lots of little “How-to” clips to share with you over the next months on You Tube!
For Katie’s head-table we created a hand-woven garland, with beautiful foliage, herbs, roses & hydrangea – all designed to dry to become French Everlastings – so that Katie could take it home afterwards and place it over her fireplace mantel – a wonderful keepsake for an amazing day!
The guest dining tables each featured a different French-reproduction, hand-crafted stone garden urn, over-flowing with flowers – beautiful gifts for Katie & Lee’s guests at the end of the evening.
For a behind the scene glimpse on how we make those gorgeous garlands – click here!
Tastefully (& cleverly), Lee selected a handsome calla lily for the boutonnières – with a touch of wax flower to add that fresh-from-garden-look. A Calla Lily boutonnière is always elegant, and also a wise choice for a hot summer’s day, as it can hold up to the heat without a water source! We matched up the Bridesmaid’s ribbon – and French-braided the stem of the Calla Lily
– for a very handsome look indeed!
Surprise !!!! A Lavender Confetti Toss!
Nancy arranged for soft purple organza sachets, filled with Lavender Confetti, to be placed on random guest chairs – with a note attached “Lavender Confetti
– you know when” !!!
Everyone loved this part of the ceremony!
Lavender confetti is a great choice – it is kind to the environment and
not harmful to birds (as rice is).
We sell Lavender Confetti in the half pound and bulk one pound bag for DIY’ers.
As well, we offer the sachets ready-made. See here below, on our website, FB, and also on our Etsy profile