It was a beautiful late Summer’s day with Mother Nature giving us an extended summer season with temps in the mid twenties

Andrea & Daniel had their wedding at the Old Mill in Toronto

They exchanged vows in the venues chapel then had a wonderful celebration in the Guild Hall Room complete with a beautiful outdoor patio as the guests enjoyed the stellar weather & cocktails

We helped A&D plan their wedding from the early stages &we also provided them with all the florals & decor to make their special day beautiful

Here are a few pictures from their wedding day

Getting ready to walk down the aisle

Our Lead Coordinator, Andrea Macina fluffing the brides dress as she enters the chapel

Saying “I Do”

It’s Official

The B&G’s adorable son. I guess he wasn’t quite ready for this photo…..Smile, Jackson  :)

The brides bouquet was a mix of ivory & blush garden roses, ranunculus, dahlias, anemones, dusty miller & wax flower

Group shot

Cheers!!

It was a wonderful night full of love & happiness & we wish them a lifetime of it

Congratulations from FCL Weddings & Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your Special Day!

 

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 

 

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our past clients for an amazing 2014 Wedding Season!

We worked with so many fantastic brides, grooms, same-sex couples, families, vendors & venues

A big thank you to those who took the time to write us a review, sharing your experience working with FCL Weddings with others!

Reviews are very important for our business. To read our reviews, click here

Not only did we work with couples on their weddings, whether we provided wedding flowers and/or wedding planning/wedding day management, we also worked with great vendors, helping them with their events

We had the pleasure of providing floral decor & favours for a learning seminar put on by the talented, Jennifer Maxwell of The Wedding Coach

We also provided flowers for Mother’s Day for Mill Run Golf Club. guests treated mom to a delicious brunch & mom was able to keep the flower centerpiece!

Not to mention a couple of milestone events to happen to us personally

First, my son graduated from Grade 8 & we provided all the grade 8 grads with a boutonniere or corsage for photos

The graduation ceremony & after party was held at the lovely 4 Season’s Golf Club

My sister got married in June! Not only did I provide my sister with all her flowers (my wedding gift to her), I also helped her plan her wedding, which we planned in 12 weeks!

I had the honour of being my sister’s maid of honour, it was a very special day!

All wedding photos provided by: Lini Campbell Photography

My MOH speech…….I made both my sister & her husband cry!

Best speech of the night!

We were very busy with weddings in 2014 & we are so looking forward to 2015!

Over the next several weeks we will share a few weddings with you. Unfortunately we don’t have pictures form all of our past weddings but will share the photos we do have

That being said, we always appreciate when photographers and/or couples send us photos of our flowers and weddings we planned/coordinated as we don’t always have the time to take any of our own

To see more photos (professional & “not so” professional) of  past weddings, please visit our Facebook page & while you are there, give us a “like”

And Remember……

 

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

 

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!

 

Our next September Wedding

Victoria & Daniel~ Sept. 7, 2013~Royal Ambassador

Not only did we provide all the flowers for this lovely couple, but we also provided Wedding Day Management

The bride & groom chose the Royal Ambassador as their wedding due to the gorgeous outdoor ceremony site. The gazebo & stunning manicured gardens overlook a tree lined pond.

Unfortunately Mother Nature did not co-operate & she rained, hard all day!

Victoria called my cell phone just as she was en route to the venue, hoping I was going to tell her that it was not raining & the sun was shining……um, no

I had to be the bearer of bad news. I had to tell her, her dream wedding wasn’t going to be exactly as she dreamed, we had plan B (inside) set-up & ready to go

All 300+ guests have arrived & are seated, waiting for the bride to walk down the aisle……..then……the rain stopped!

Daniel insisted that his bride was going to have the wedding she dreamed of & myself, my assistant & the amazing RA staff sprung into action & we flipped the ceremony site. All the guests moved outside, after the staff dried off all the chairs, moved all the flowers & lanterns & the DJ moved all their equipment, all in 15 minutes!

Mother Nature kept the rest of the day/night dry from that point on & our couple was so happy as they surprised their guests with an awesome fireworks display!

Here are a few photos of Victoria & Daniel’s wedding

This was the moment the bride was told that we were going to flip the ceremony & move it outside. I think she was happy, no?

To see more photos of this wedding & others, please go to our Facebook page

Photography by Natural Flash Photography

 

We are proud to announce that we are now “Gay Certified” by 14 Stories Gay Wedding Institute!

The Gay wedding Institute certification course focuses on the nuances & details relevant to the gay wedding ceremonies & weddings. The course covers language, terminology, laws & policies, gay wedding trends & traditions, wardrobe, invitations, marketing & much more.

The 14 Stories Gay Wedding Institute is the nation’s first same-sex wedding research & think tank. The GWI was founded in 2009 by 14 Stories founder Bernadette Smith, who leads workshops for wedding professionals around the U.S. & Canada on the nuances of same-sex weddings.

Bernadette is the author of the book Gay Wedding Confidential & developed the world’s first app for gay wedding planning. Her expertise has been sought after by the Today Show, the BBC, New York Times, CNN, the Wall Street Journal, NPR & much more

I was amazed at how much I learned from taking this course. I am so happy that I made the decision to become a “Gay Certified” wedding vendor. I truly believe in equal rights & that everyone should have the right to marry. That being said, it would be my honor to work with gay/lesbian couples, helping them plan their dream wedding

“Tracy showed true commitment to understanding the ways wedding professionals need to be sensitive to the unique needs of same-sex couples. she took the time to complete homework to ready her business to truly be equipped to meet this  emerging market,” said Bernadette Smith, founder & president of the Gay Wedding Institute

FCL Weddings & Events services the Greater Toronto Area: Toronto/ York Region/ Durham Region/ Halton/Peel/ Muskoka/ Kawartha’s & more……

Happy Planning!

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