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!

 

We had the pleasure of working with Christiane & Jesse, providing them with their wedding flowers

Christi was not afraid of colour & we think her colour pallet of blue & purples was so beautiful

Ceremony & Reception was held at the beautiful Fantasy Farm in Toronto

Groomsman

Jesse, the Groom waiting patiently for his beautiful bride

Bridesmaid making her way down the aisle

Adorable flower girl & ring bearer

We added orchids & greens to the flower girl basket filled with beautiful purple rose petals

Here comes the bride!

Her bouquet was a vibrant mix of purple roses & lisianthus combined with blue dendrobium orchids & cascading greens for that “garden style” look

Saying “I do”

It’s official

Group shot

It was a perfect day for a stroll

First dance….

Time to party! Groom & his mom kicking it!

Photography by: Shelly Kowalski

If you would like more information on our Wedding Flowers and/or Wedding Day Management services, contact us today!

Happy Planning!

 

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

 

Ever wonder why your wedding flowers are so darn expensive?

Florists must be rich, as they charge such outrages prices, especially for a wedding!

Want to know why we charge what we do?

Lets start at the beginning, our training (assuming your florist is a certified floral designer), floral design school is not cheap (but so worth it) and that’s just the “basic techniques” course. Then there is all the extra training, books, videos, conferences & more courses…..

Now that we’re certified, we need a company name, logo, website, marketing materials,insurance, floral tools, flower cooler, vases, ribbon, floral foam, pins, glue, a workshop/office or a storefront, and so much more………

Now we need clients!

How do we find clients, or should I say, how do they find us? Bridal shows, print ads,certification courses, networking events, social media, SEO,blogging, vendor/venue referrals, continuing education, etc, etc…….

Ok, ok……we  now have our business up & running (Est. 2011), we receive an inquiry from a potential client

We set-up a complimentary consultation (many cases we will come to the client ~ a location close to their home/business or  the venue to meet with them). After our consultation with a potential client, we research pricing/flowers so we can provide the client with an accurate quote (sometimes this takes several emails back & fourth with many adjustments,etc.) Knowing this potential client has meetings set-up with other florists, we still continue to research & source out decor items for potential clients ~keep in mind we have not made 1 penny at this time

Wahooo! We just received an email from the potential client saying they would like to book us for their wedding!! We immediately draw up a contract for the client to read/confirm,sign & then send back to us along with a deposit (to be officially booked)

We DO NOT take a large deposits from our clients when they book, but our deposit ($250 initial payment) is non-refundable

We create a “client file” for all our booked clients. We encourage all our clients to send us pictures of bouquets, centerpieces, etc. that they like & we keep them on file & refer to them when we create their floral designs

We will contact our clients 4-6 weeks prior to their wedding to confirm ALL details before we order their flowers from our suppliers. And yes, flowers are expensive  (even wholesale) and they are perishable, therefore extra blooms need to be purchased incase of damage, spoilage or those naughty blooms that do not want to open in time for your big day, not to mention all the other items that most people do not even consider such as vases, floral tape, foam, deliver boxes & tissue, pins, wire, flower food, sealing sprays, cold glue, bouquet holders, corsage bracelets, tools, ribbon, broaches, etc, etc, etc.

THIS IS WHERE THE FUN BEGINS!

5-7 days before the wedding, we will pick up all flowers, vases, etc. from our suppliers (in Mississauga). All flowers are packaged to protect them during transportation & trust me when I tell you, it’s a lot of packaging!

All flowers need to be processed once we get them back to our workshop. This includes removing all packaging, lower foliage, thorns, etc. All flowers MUST be re-cut (so they can rehydrate) & “quick dipped” in a hydrating solution, before being placed in a bucket of fresh, clean water (with flower food) Some flowers need to be left out of the cooler for a few hours, while others can be placed in the cooler right away & tropical flowers such as orchids cannot be placed in the cooler as they need to be kept in a warmer climate.

This process can take anywhere from 2-6 hours (depending on the size, & # of weddings)

Floral designers do not have beautiful manicures. We usually have short & broken nails, not to mention cut fingers from those pesky thorns. Our hands can be stained from certain flowers & itchy, watery eyes from pollen is very common too

Then we need to get things prepped for designing. All vases for the centerpieces will need to be cleaned. Depending on the design, they may require floral foam (that needs to be cut to size, soaked & taped in place) or a grid (a cris-cross pattern on the vase to keep flowers in place) & then they need to be “greened” w/ foliage  x’s  the # of centerpieces (10 -25+) & placed back into cooler until ready for designing

Then all boutonnieres & corsages need to be made ( we once had a wedding that required over 80 boutonnieres for family)

Followed by centerpieces, ceremony florals & bouquets (the average wedding will take up to 40-60 hours of researching, ordering, processing, prep & design, delivery & set-up/tear down time) When you break it down into what we actually make an hour, sometimes we barely make minimum wage

On the day of the wedding, we will ribbon wrap all bouquets & package all flowers for delivery. We deliver all personal flowers to our clients as per their requested location & preferred time. We will then proceed to the ceremony/reception location & set-up all flowers as per our clients request

We make sure all flowers are fresh & we always have “back up” blooms just in case we discover a wilted hydrangea or bruised rose

We give all our clients that personal touch by making sure all of their flowers & decor are perfect before we leave the venue. Better yet, if we are providing you with Wedding Day Management as well, we will make sure your Special Day runs as smoothly as possible, allowing you, our client, to enjoy every (stress free) minute of your wedding day that you worked so hard planning!

Don’t take our word for it, see our “Reviews” on WeddingWire from some of our past clients

 

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 

 

Laura was referred to FCL Weddings by the Event Coordinator at Mill Run Golf Club

She said she  had no real idea of what she wanted for her flowers & that she was in need of suggestions

Laura stated her colours were black, white & red…….”what do you suggest”?

Do you like feathers? Why not have all white flowers & I can use black feathers as a coller. She loved the idea!

Here are a few pics from her wedding

“Tracy,

Thank you for doing an amazing job on the flowers & your suggestions”

Tom & Laura

We wish them a lifetime of joy & happiness!

 

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!

 

Photo Credit: Wedding Day Memories Photography

We loved working with this couple! They were the most calm & coolest clients we have worked with

Nothing phased them, even when they had to stop in the middle of the ceremony to call 911 because one of their groomsmen passed out & hit his head

Thankfully, he was alright & returned to the reception after a brief visit to the hospital

The venue of choice for their Winter Wedding was the gorgeous JW Marriott~ The Rosseau in beautiful Muskoka

We provided all Wedding Flowers & décor for this wedding. The B&G put us up in the stunning hotel for the night. Our room was a gorgeous suite complete with a full eat-in kitchen, fireplace & balcony which overlooked the snow covered property

We had so much fun, we stayed an extra night!

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