So, you know what First Comes Love Weddings & Floral Designs is all about?

We offer Wedding Planning, Wedding Day Management (aka: Day Of Coordination), Consultations, Wedding & Event flowers, everything from bouquets, boutonnieres, corsages, centerpieces, ceremony & reception flowers

We also offer full Wedding Decor such as backdrops, luxury linens, chair covers, chair & furniture rentals and so much more!

We are Certified by The Wedding Planners Institute of Canada (WPICC), the Canadian Institute of Floral Design (CIFD) & we are Gay Certified, by 14 Stories Gay Wedding Institute

BUT……..who are we?

Let me introduce you to our amazing & talented team of wedding planners, floral designers & decorators

Andrea Macina ~ WPICC Lead/Assistant Wedding Coordinator

I first met Andrea when she volunteered to be an assistant coordinator for one of our weddings

The wedding was held at the stunning Royal Ambassador in Caledon

first time I layed eyes on Andrea was at the wedding rehearsal. She was a cute ‘lil thing with a squeaky, girly voice

I gave her a few instructions for the rehearsal & from there she owned it!

She was confident, took charge & never was afraid to voice her opinion!

The next day at the wedding she took control & impressed me with everything she did

When we finally sat down to dinner, that’s when I asked her if she would like to join my team on a regular basis & thankfully, she said yes!!

I trust her so much that I immediately made her a lead coordinator, knowing that she would represent FCL Weddings like it was her own company & she gives 110% at every wedding, whether it’s just delivering flowers, doing set-up or coordinating a clients wedding from start to finish

I am so proud & very lucky to have Andrea on the FCL Team!

Amy Stevenson ~ WPICC & Gay Certified Lead/Assistant Wedding Coordinator

I first met Amy when I was the WPIC Durham Region Representative. My responsibility as a Reg. Rep was to organize events & learning seminars for WPIC alumni

My first event was a boat cruise for WPIC’ers! It was a wonderful & fun evening. I had vendors that I was promoting, a DJ, food & a 1 hour cruise around lake Ontario with 40+ wedding planners

I needed some help with organizing the event & Amy volunteered her services. She helped with set-up, registration & organizing vendors

Of course she did an amazing job!

Amy was also the Event/Wedding Manager at Mill Run Golf Club located in Uxbridge. The venue is only 10 minutes away from me, so of course we stayed in touch, not to mention we carpooled alot (since we were neighbors) when we attended networking events

Amy left Mill Run to pursue a job offer with EventSource. Amy really enjoyed working for them but was missing planning weddings & events and I thought wouldn’t it be great to have another amazing wedding coordinator on the FCL Team, so I popped the question & she said yes!!

I am so looking forward to working with Amy this season as I know my company is in great hands with her on the team

Andrea Reid ~ WPICC Wedding Decorator & owner/operator of Style Statements Wedding Decor

Andrea is a very talented decorator. We met a few years ago when I assisted her at a bridal show. After spending the day with Andrea, we hit it off & I began referring her to my clients for their wedding decor

We worked with each other several times in the past so it was a no-brainer when I asked her if she would like to colaborate in business. I wanted to offer my clients not just wedding flowers but decor as well, as flowers & decor go hand-in-hand

Couples really appreciate when they can discuss their wedding flowers & decor in one meeting

I truly feel our talents compliment each other not to mention we work very well together

When meeting with clients, Andrea & I will meet clients at their venue (if desired) so we can all discuss the over all look of their wedding. Andrea & I will design everything from ceremony to reception

We are so happy that Andrea has joined the FCL family!

And finally……….Me! Tracy Nolan ~ WPICC, CIFD & Gay Certified

Owner, Lead Coordinator & Floral Designer

I honestly never thought I would own my own business but I do & I absolutely love it!

For many years I had a desire to become a wedding planner but never followed through. Then one day I lost my job as a restaurant/bar manager & the rest is history!

I finally decided that this was the time to follow my dream & it was now or never

So I signed up to take the WPIC Certification course but before I did that, I realized I wanted to persue floral design as well & that it would be another service I could offer

Well….it turns out that floral design is my true love!

Don’t get me wrong, I love wedding planning but my true happy place is in my workshop creating beautiful bouquets & centerpieces

I became certified as a floral designer in January 2011 then 2 weeks later took the WPIC course & was certified in February 2011

First Comes Love Weddings & Floral Designs was born & we have been going steady & strong ever since!

To date, we have worked with many incredible couples & have done over 70 weddings

Photo Gallery of some past weddings

We have over 30 client reviews on WeddingWire and you can find us on many Social Media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest & Instagram just type in @fclweddings & follow us!

The 2015 Wedding Season has just begun & we are getting ready for another wonderful season, working with more amazing couples

Truly……the BEST job on earth!

Thank you & Happy Planning

“There is only 1 true happiness in life. To love & be loved” ~ George Sand

 

What a beautiful bride!

Ashley wanted her bouquet to be a soft pallet of blush pinks, ivory & silver. It had to be very pretty with a touch of rustic

We created her bouquet with gorgeous roses, freesias, astilbe, silver brunia & dusty miller

We added a ‘lil sparkle to her bouquet by placing diamond pins in some of the roses & a pretty broach to the handle which becomes a lovely “keepsake” after the bouquet fades

We wrapped the bouquet handle with burlap for a rustic twist & softened it with a touch of lace

Ashley & Liam had  perfect weather for their late summer wedding & a perfect venue that tied in with their rustic/garden theme ~

Bloomfield Gardens

OMGosh! How adorable! We made these two ‘lil cuties floral crowns to wear down the aisle

Pretty in Pink

Ashley & Liam provided all the watering cans & we filled them hydragea & roses for their guest table centerpieces that 1 lucky guest per table was able to take home

Photo Credit: Bloomfield Gardens

 

Lisa & Brandon’s wedding theme was “rustic” as they had their ceremony & reception in a barn

Lisa wanted her bouquet to look like she picked the blooms from the garden, she also wanted a bit of colour too and she requested to have her bouquet wrapped in lace

The bridesmaids bouquets were a mix of white/ivory flowers & succulents wrapped in burlap

One of Lisa’s biggest requests was to have “craspedia” aka: Billy Balls (yellow round flower balls) in her bouquet & all the groomsmen’s boutonniere’s

We also included silver brunia, coral snap dragons & spray roses, succulents, “quicksand” roses, vandela roses, veronica, aster & seeded eucalyptus

Lisa & Brandon had a beautiful video made of their special day!

Watch Video Here

Enjoy!

Photography provided by: Taylor Clark Photography

Video provided by: Matt Wiebe

Venue: South Pond Farms 

 

Christine & Tyler ~ Sept. 14, 2013

We had the pleasure of working with this lovely couple. We provided Wedding Day Management

They had perfect weather conditions, thankfully, as their wedding ceremony was held at the historic Parkwood Estates~ Oshawa in the beautiful garden

The reception was held at Royal Ashburn Golf & Country Club

Click on the link to see a few pics of their special day

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.527008777375306.1073741835.126356857440502&type=3

Candace & Andrew ~ Sept. 21, 2013

Another lovely September bride! This amazing couple also had their wedding at the stunning Royal Ashburn Golf & Country Club

We provided their wedding flowers, a wonderful mix of rich fall colours

Photography by: K Thompson Photography

For more pics of these weddings & others, Please visit our Facebook Page

 

Whoa! The month of September was a crazy, busy month for us. September & October are proving to be the most popular months to get married. That being said, if you are planning a Fall Wedding, may I suggest you book your ceremony/reception venue & vendors ASAP as they will be booked well in advance

We just completed our last wedding of 2013 just this past Oct. 26th

Now it’s time to get ready for the 2014 Wedding Season & we are booking up fast!

A look back at September 2013

Sept. 1, 2013 ~ Jill & Greg’s Wedding~Malaparte Toronto

FLOWERS~ Coral & ivory roses & succulents

 

 

We have been pretty busy with weddings this year, with many more to go! September has proven to be the busiest wedding month for us, as well as many of my fellow wedding professionals. Maybe it’s the beautiful colours, or the cooler but still warm temperatures?

Thought we would take this opportunity to share with you our most recent wedding. Amit & Preya’s wedding day was a gorgeous day. They celebrated with a traditional hindu ceremony on the Friday, then had a very elaborate wedding reception with over 400 of their closest friends & family at the beautiful Le Jardin~Woodbridge

This is where we come in! We created 46 centerpieces with many shades of pink roses, hanging pearls & 1 floating pink rose in each vase

Not to mention the 2 floral arrangements with pink hydrangeas, stargazer lilies, & hostas flanking the head table, 5 smaller arrangements for the receiving area & all the bouquets, corsages & boutonnieres for the bridal party & family members

Here is a peek of what we did

It was a long day & a lot of work but it was worth it!

Head table décor by: Dream Party Décor Inc.

Cake design by: Fabulous Cakes and Confections

 

You’ve seen it in magazines, at another wedding, you may have even seen it in a friends garden……but what is it? I LOVE it & just have to have it in my bouquet. Does that flower come in pink, yellow,purple?

Now you know! Hope this helps….

 

One of the biggest questions I get as a floral designer, aside from “how much” is “what are my flower choices for my wedding date”

I have Fall brides wanting peonies and Spring brides looking to have Amaryllis. I have to be the bearer of bad news and tell them their beloved blooms are not available at that time of year. So what is available for your wedding? Let me break it down for youSpring: Peony, daffodils, lily of the valley, ranunculus, sweet pea, tulip, hyacinthus, muscari, anemone, forsythia, cherry blossoms

Fall:Dahlia, hydrangea, protea, star of bethlehem,tuberose, sun flower, delphinium, sedum, amaryllis, snowberry

Winter & All Year Round: carnations, rose, gerbera, anthurium, eustoma, dendrobium orchid, stephanotis, lily, cymbidium orchid, freesia, calla lily, chrysanthemum, gypsophila, daisy, hypericum

Summer: the posibilities are endless….No matter the season, you will have a great selection of blooms to choose from….

Happy Planning!

 

Choosing your wedding flowers can be a daunting task! How do you choose, when there are so many options? Going with your favorite flower(s), can  seem the way to go, but those gorgeous blooms can be very expensive! Here are some tips on how to choose your wedding flowers….without breaking the bank

First, set a realistic flower budget. You are kidding yourself, if you think a $500 floral budget is going to give you the look you saw in that bridal magazine. So what is a realistic budget for flowers? Consider approx. $1000-$1500 as a moderate budget. That should get you flowers for  the Bride & Groom, bridal party,  parents, ceremony, reception & centrepieces

Second, keep an open mind, when choosing your flowers. You should choose your colors, then look at all your options within that theme. If you have your heart set on orchids & calla lilly’s, you may want to bump up that budget.

Trust & allow your floral designer to  make suggestions on using other (gorgeous) flowers, to create that “look” you want. Think about using seasonal flowers, as they would be less expensive. If you do insist on a certin  bloom, use it sparingly. You can still create that lush bouquet, using less of the “feature” flower, by adding in “filler” flowers & greens.

Also, think about your flowers doing double duty. Use your ceremony flowers at your reception. Lining the aisle with floral designs, for that dramatic look, then using them as your centrepieces & the larger designs can be used to flank the head table.

And last…..have a consultation! Don’t ask your floral designer to give you a quote over the phone or via email. If you simply email them, asking for a quote on your flowers, giving them only basic information, you will not get an acurate quote, nor will you get suggestions on how to keep  within your budget. You are doing yourself a dis-service.

I want your Wedding Day to be as beautiful as your are going to be!

If you have a question or comment, please respond below….Happy Planning!

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