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

 

We have a new love……a love for Succulents that is!

These amazing little plants are all the rage & rightfully so. They are so beautiful, easy to grow & care for!

Succulents come in all shapes, sizes & colours such as yellow, blue/grey and a crimson so dark it’s almost black

There are sedums as dainty as sea foam, fuzzy kalanchoes & frilly echeverias to name a few

Many brides are asking for them to be incorporated into their bouquets

The best part about using succulents in your bouquet is that when your bouquet fades you can remove the succulents & simply put them in a pot of soil or in the garden & they will re-root & continue to grow! Making a beautiful keepsake from your wedding day

As you can see, succulents look amazing mixed with beautiful blooms

They also make a stunning bouquet all on their own and if you’re looking to keep your wedding day “green” succulents are they way to go!

Many people consider flowers to be expensive especially when they die a few days after the wedding

Why not use succulents for your guest table centerpieces. Whether you mix them with colourful flowers or on their own, guests will have a memento to take home that will continue to grow & provide everlasting memories of your special day

Now why stop there? When mini succulents make a fantastic guest favor!

A budget friendly idea is to have your favors dub as escort cards as well. Have them displayed on a table with your guest names in alphabetical order & their table number

The bottom line is succulents are worth the money you spend on them. Unlike flowers, they will last long after the wedding day has come & gone. With the proper care (which is very minimal) succulents can last for many years and for all of you “eco-conscience” people (which we should all be) succulents are grown locally, therefore keeping your carbon footprint at a minimum

For more information on using succulents for your wedding, contact us today! We’d be happy to answer any questions you may have

Email: tracy@fclweddings.ca / 905-903-5387

 

One of our favorite couples/families of all time!

We absolutely adored this bride & her mom. We worked with them for 12 months, planning their wedding

We met Meghan & her mom, Sandra at our office as they were looking for a wedding planner to help them with budget, design, vendors & all the little details for their August wedding

We had an “Initial Meeting” to discuss their wedding, what the needed from a wedding planner & to see if we were a good match for each other

One week later we got the call…….we were hired!!

Megan had many pictures of what she wanted for her wedding. Our job was to take those pictures & make them happen, within budget & without stress

We provided Full Planning, which includes Wedding Day Management & all Wedding Flowers

Here is Meghan & Kevin’s Special Day at Royal Ashburn Golf Club

Their beautiful wedding was featured on The Wedding Opera’s Blog!!

Floral arrangements for the ceremony

We lined the aisle with rose petals & white lanterns

It was a hot day & Meghan & Kevin wanted their guests to be refreshed during the ceremony so we made this lovely water station w/flavoured water complete with gorgeous hydrangeas, eryngium & hanging amaranthus

By the time we got the bride down the aisle, the water station was dry….I guess the guests enjoyed it!

gorgeous girls!

Brides bouquet on left ~ a mix of ivory white garden rose, spray rose, calla lily, freesia, eryngium, silver brunia & dusty miller & MOH’s bouquet on right ~ vandela & spray roses w/dusty miller

Mr & Mrs!

It was sad to say good-bye to this sweet couple & their families but we will always remember them

Wishing them both a lifetime of love & happiness!

 

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 

 

We had the great pleasure working with this lovely couple. Andrea was such a delight to work with, she has a very bubbly personality

Her wedding flowers reflected her personality perfectly!

Andrea wanted colour & she wanted to incorporate peacock feathers….that was all the instruction she gave us

She did not have any specific blooms in mind. She left that up to us

She was thrilled with her flowers!

We used white & green hydrangeas, purple anemone, tulips, ranunculus, spider mums & peacock feathers

Wrist corsages we made for both the mother of the bride & groom We used a burgundy coloured ranunculus, gypsophilia & of course added in a peacock feather

Found these adorable mini peacocks & we couldn’t resist adding them to the ceremony arrangements

What a great looking wedding party!

All photography by Liz Beddall Photography

To see more photos of this wedding or other weddings, please visit our Facebook page

 

Ah, that burning question that clients ask me on a regular basis. Which vendors do we tip? Do we have to leave a tip? How much?

Tipping is not a requirement but most vendors will expect it

When you sign the contract for the venue usually gratuities are included but make sure to check

Wait staff usually get 15% of the bill, which may be included in the contract

If you feel the staff did an exceptional job & you would like to give them a tip, $1.00-$2.00 per guest is appropriate

Limousine drivers are given tips based on service, as the company pays them 15-20% of the bill

Wedding Coordinators/Consultants, florists, cake decorators, & photographers do not receive a tip unless their work is absolutely out of this world

Live bands & DJ’s are tipped when they provide exceptional service. Each band member generally gets $25.00

DJ’s can be tipped 15% of their bill

Parking/ Restroom attendants should be paid $1.00-$2.00 per guest at the beginning of the night

Just remember that “tipping” is always at the discretion of the bride & groom and only for a job well done

You should never feel pressured into it, especially if they are not deserving of one!

 

We had the pleasure of working with Annie & Josh, providing them with their wedding flowers

The bride chose gorgeous ivory roses, gerberas & the beautiful natural blues of delphinium & hydrangea for her bouquet, bridesmaids bouquets & Josh’s boutonniere

The crafty bride added her personal touch by decorating the mason jars used for the centerpieces & ceremony flowers

The couple married at the stunning Trillium Trails, located in North Oshawa

With its natural beauty & rustic charm, it attracts many brides & grooms to this venue

See for yourself

Photography provided by the very talented Tara Graham Photography

 

 Did you (or someone you know) just recently get engaged, perhaps over the holidays? In need of a beautiful & affordable wedding venue for your ceremony & reception? I know…..it’s Superbowl Sunday but you have a wedding to plan!

Not to worry, the thoughtful staff at Mill Run has timed things perfectly! The Open House is scheduled from 11 am to 3 pm giving you plenty of time to pop by see the venue & what it has to offer, meet & chat with several of their “preferred vendors”  such as:

In-Style Wedding Decor, Your Captured Moments Photography, Mitchel’s Cakes, Step By Step DJ Services, Brooklin Photography , Mobile Productions & of course, yours truly……plus several more!

We will be showcasing 2 styles of guest table centerpieces, head table flowers, decor & a birch wood archways compliments of the Ice Storm of 2014!

Hey! Do you like to golf? If you book Mill Run for your 2014-15 wedding, you can earn a FREE 1 year golf membership ($2500 value)

Don’t golf, no problem! The membership is transferable to anyone of your choice  (maybe your soon-to-be father-in-law~ “wink”)

We know you’ll probably be heading to a Superbowl Party afterwards & you’ll be enjoying traditional game day fare but we will have some yummy samples for you to enjoy as well

All attendees will receive a gift bag that will include a copy of  Today’s Bride magazine, vendor information & 2 complimentary tickets to the Sass Bridal Show on Feb. 9th at the Oshawa Quality Hotel & Conference Centre~ 1011 Bloor St. East Oshawa L1H 7K6

For more info on the show &  participating vendors, contact Sass Events

We look forward to meeting you & answering all your Wedding Planning questions!

 

Tracy Nolan~ Owner/ Lead Coordinator & Senior Floral Designer

*WPIC Certified Wedding Planner *CIFD Certified Floral Designer *Gay Certified by 14 Stories Gay Wedding Institute

We started 2013 in lovely Muskoka where we had the pleasure working with a great couple, providing wedding flowers & décor for their Winter Wedding!

We then flew to Montreal to work with a Corporate client, helping design a Winter Wonderland Gala for over 400 people. It was my very first time flying Porter & I loved it!

Next was the WPIC Kick Off Event! In 2013, I was the WPIC Regional Representative for Durham Region. Myself & fellow Reg. Reps from Muskoka, Halton/Peel, Kitchener/Waterloo, Niagara & Ottawa all collaborated together & planned an amazing event for our fellow WPIC alumni

To see the event, click here A great blog post by WPIC!

Durham Region has a new WPIC Regional Representative, as we change it up every 6-12 months. It just so happens to be a wonderful friend & colleague of mine who is the Wedding coordinator at Mill Run Golf Club, Amy Stevenson

During Wedding Season, we were very busy! Creating beautiful wedding bouquets, corsages, boutonnieres, centerpieces & ceremony flowers for several couples. We also provided Wedding Day Management for a few of them as well

I can’t express enough the “priceless” feeling I get when I hand a bride her bouquet & she gushes!

I truly love flowers & floral design and being able to combine my passion & a business is a blessing that I never thought possible….until now

Working with couples on their Special Day & taking over the stress & management of the day so they can relax & enjoy every single, precious moment is so rewarding. Watching them smile, eat, drink, dance without a worry, is why I do what I do

I provide my clients with that peace of mind & trust that comes through in my passion

Thank you to all of our past clients who took the time to share their kind words & experience working with us! Because of that, we were just notified that FCL Weddings & Floral Designs has been awarded the WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards for 2014!!!

To read our reviews from our past clients, simply scan the QR code with your smart phone or you can view them on our “Meet the Owner” page on our website

In July, we decided to open an office in the downtown Oshawa area. We share that space with 2 other great wedding vendors,

In-Style Weddings & Décor and Your Captured Moments Photography

It’s a great opportunity & convenience for couples planning their weddings, as it is a one-stop-shop! You can book a wedding planner, florist, photographer, photo booth, wedding décor, & candy buffet all under 1 roof

Clients are not obligated to book with all the vendors & we never push them to do so, but we have discovered that several clients love the idea of booking our services & having meetings on the same day, in the same location!

We are located at 70 Albert St. Oshawa~ By Appointment Only

We had an amazing year & we are looking forward to the 2014 Wedding Season! We learned a lot from all the weddings & clients we worked with in 2013. We will continue to give all our clients the BEST service we can as we continue to better ourselves & learn from past mistakes

We will continue to network with other wedding professionals, attend conferences and seminars to provide our clients with the confidence they made the right choice hiring FCL Weddings!

See you in 2014

Happy Planning!

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