Friday, December 31, 2010

Best of 2010....April, May, and June

Spring....The BEST time of the year!
Spring 2010 was full of so many beautiful weddings, and so much PINK! We were featured in Grace Ormonde wedding Style magazine which was truly an honour and one of the highlights of my career....followed by a bouquet editorial feature in Wedluxe Magazine.
Brix Restaurant courtyard...the fabric, the flowers, the chandelier. It all just sets the mood for the wonderful Nicole & Jamie
This Tabletop design was featured in Grace Ormonde wedding Style Magazine.
Fall/Winter 2010 Issue. Shot in April, it involved hundreds of feet of strung Hyacinth, hundreds of Peonies, and a whole hell of a lot of white Rose petals.
The Bouquet featured in Grace ormonde wedding Style Magazine. A luxurious train of strung Hyacinth, with white Peonies and Roses. Delicious scents..... Me and my colleague & co-designer of this table....Simon Cooksley.
For the Winter/Spring 2010 issue of Wedluxe Magazine. I still think this is quite possibly the most beautiful bouquet I have ever made... Cattleya Orchids and deconstructed Mokara Orchids.
This strung Hyacinth Bouquet was also featured in Wedluxe Magazine. Hyacinth is available locally from December through April....I am so looking forward to working with Hyacinth blossoms again this year!
Another one of my favourite bouquets from Spring 2010...
Stephanotis, Peonies,Roses, and Hyacinth Blossoms all in juicy fruit colours.
This bouquet was one of the Bridesmaids bouquets from the above wedding....again, these colours just make me happy to work with flowers!
It doesn't get better than Peonies. The colours, textures, and scents continue to astound me with their beauty, even after 35 years of working with flowers! Every year we all eagerly anticipate all the local varieties available, usually from April through June.
Here, white Peonies, pink Hydrangea, and Birch, are used along the length of the dining tables. I Love this organic and casual look on longer narrow tables....
Peonies and Stephanotis Blossoms.
My theory with wedding flowers is that they should be BEAUTIFUL. Not trendy or overly manipulated, just romantic and beautiful, reflecting the Bride's personality and style....
These are just a few of my favourite images from Spring 2010 Weddings....We have already booked some really exciting weddings for Spring 2011 and I can't wait for all the Spring flowers to start arriving, it really is my favourite time of year!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Best of 2010....January , February, and March.

2010 was a very good year! After the global meltdown of late 2008 and 2009...January 2010 started off with a boom! Olympic related corporate accounts, private parties, our regular accounts, TV shows, and preparing for Valentine's Day. Yikes.
I love this photo of the white Tulips & Seashells. it is just so restful and feels like peace.

February was the start of The 2010 Winter Olympics, during which we were privileged & honoured to be the IOC florist, decorating the IOC Olympic Club, a private club for members and visiting dignitaries. The freedom we had in designing for the IOC was particularly exciting,allowing us to showcase locally grown product...

An Olympic ring of white Roses crowning a mass of locally grown white Orchids, all displayed in a Martha Sturdy spun brass vessel, on her uplit resin table. We used martha Sturdy vessels throughout the club, and we have developed a wonderful relationship since, selling her beautiful resin at the store.

Mounds of white Roses line the formal dinner table.
An Olympic ring of white Roses crowns a lush mix of locally grown Cymbidium Orchids.
Another great client was Shaw week it was Carnation Balls....
Next week it was masses of Orchids.
Just LOVE all these textures.
2010 was such a great year for us.....I had to split it up into 4 quarters!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

I Love Winter...Part 4. WINTERGREEN.

Crisp Chartreuse & Deep Winter Green.
This is Winter in Vancouver.
I love these different shades and textures of green...mossy Green Trick Dianthus, Evergreen Pine and Cedar, Chartreuse matte baubles and Chironne Mums, all arranged in Birch Bark.

Here we added green Brazillia Berries & used white glass vessels.
Love it.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

I Love Winter Part Three

I Love Winter... Part Three
One word...
When it's cold & grey outside, nothing warms up a room like a touch of bright red.
To create this ambience I have used masses of red Orchids & red Roses.
Spun steel vessel and glowing resin/steel table is from Martha Sturdy.
Photo courtesy of Tristan Casey.
Venue: The Vancouver Club.