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

 

We all know that weddings can be very expensive! Many couples will consider doing  DIY projects to save them money. Now, I am a DIY fan, in fact at my own wedding I did just about everything myself. I made my own cake…4 tiers!! Made my bouquet , boutonnieres, & centerpieces, all before I became a certified floral designer. And I coordinated my wedding day, it was easy……or was it?

I am sharing my experiences with you as both a DIY bride & a professional wedding coordinator & florist

Now I am not a professional baker, nor do I ever want to be, but I did enjoy making my own wedding cake! It was a project that my father was involved with ( he took up baking as a hobby) & it was a special moment between the two of us. We made a lemon poppy seed cake & it was delicious! We prepared it a month prior to the wedding, we froze it until the day before the wedding. It was covered in yummy butter cream icing & decorated with fresh flowers. Now truth be told, I forgot to buy flowers for the cake & was forced to go to a local convenience store to buy flowers. Of course their selection was horrible & expensive!

Speaking of flowers, as I mentioned I made my own bouquet & boutonnieres. I woke up very early on the day of my wedding, ran accross the street to Loblaws to purchase flowers for my bouquet. I had the flowers I wanted in mind, of course what I wanted, they did not have. With no time to look elsewhere, I had to make do with what they had. I used beautiful blue hydrangea for my boutonnieres, not knowing (as I was not trained at that time) that hydrangeas was a bad choice for boutonnieres. They didn’t even make it to the ceremony  :(

My centerpieces were flower pots that I planted early in Spring, by the time my wedding day rolled around, they were all fully bloomed & lush….thank goodness! They made for a great centerpiece giveaway  ;)

I didn’t hire a professional photographer, as I didn’t want to spend all that money on pictures. So I hired a “friend” who was a “so-called” photographer…..worst decision ever!!! The pictures were HORRIBLE & I don’t even have any pictures of my wedding day on display. You know that old saying “you get what you pay for”, so true!

I didn’t hire a professional wedding coordinator…why, I can do it myself! Why pay to have someone do what I can do? It’s your Wedding Day….enjoy it, Do Not Work through it! I didn’t relax or enjoy my wedding day at all. In fact, I don’t remember most of it. So sad!

It will be 7 years this June that I was married. I have decided that on our 10th wedding anniversary we will renew our wedding vows & this time I will enjoy every minute of it!

After my wedding, that’s when I realized I wanted to be a part of the wedding industry. I became a certified wedding planner & certified floral designer. Now I can help other couples on their Special day, allowing them to enjoy a stress free day that they worked so hard on & spent a lot of money on

DIY projects is a great way to save money on your wedding. Choosing them wisely is key. Their are many things you can “DIY” but their are certin things you should not attempt yourself & should hire a professional to do

 

Here is a great blog post from “The Knot” about choosing the right DIY projects to do & which ones NOT to do!

http://wedding.theknot.com/live-tv.aspx?bf=http%3a%2f%2fwedding.theknot.com%2fwedding-planning%2fdiy-do-it-yourself-weddings%2farticles%2fdiy-wedding-dos-and-donts.aspx%3fMsdVisit%3d1

Happy Planning!

 

 

 

 

 

 

What a beautiful couple! We had the pleasure of working with Tracy & Cory, they were married August 18, 2012 & the weather man was in a fantastic mood, giving them nothing but sunshine & perfect temps!

The couple were married at their local church in Courtice & held their reception at Octaviens Banquet Hall in Oshawa.

Here is a look at their Special Day……

The bride was so excited about her red shoes!

Shades of purple was the colour theme for their wedding

Cory, looking calm & relaxed, waiting for his bride to arrive

I love this moment…..seeing her for the first time!

Making it official

Instead of the traditional limo, Tracy & Cory decided to go with this hot red ride instead!

It just so happens to match the brides shoes….Nice!

What a sweet guy….he’s carrying her shoes…atta boy Cory!

They had their photo’s taken at the gorgeous Childrens Arena in Oshawa

Group shot with the girls….stunning!

The brides bouquet had a few red dahlias to play up her red shoes & red hot rod

The seating chart for the guests

Love this picture….I think it says it all!

Tracy & Cory were such a delite to work with. We wish them all the best, a life full of love & happiness!

We just heard, the newly weds just purchased their first home, Congratulations!

“First Comes Love, then come Marriage, then comes a baby in a carriage”? Well….lets not rush things, but we’ll keep ya posted….

Photography by: Artifacts For Life

Wedding Flowers & Wedding Coordination by: First Comes Love Weddings & Floral Designs

 

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!

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