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

 

I had the pleasure of attending an Open House at one of Toronto’s most unique venues. Located at 50 Pottery Rd. Just seconds from the DVP, Fantasy Farm is a little piece of country in the big city!

Surrounded by mature trees, gardens and wildlife, all friendly I’m sure. Fantasy Farm makes you feel like you are miles away from the hustle & bustle.

What makes this venue unique, is its retro feel & decor. In fact, I had to laugh when I saw the bridal suite, the furniture brought back memories. The lamp they had, was the exact same lamp my parents had, back in the mid to late 70′s…..yes 1970! Now you know my age…lol!

I met one of the owners, Jimmy Georgoulis, he told me that they pride themselves in offering clients the best food! He claims they will pull out all the stops to ensure all their clients & their clients guests are very happy. They like to use local & seasonal farm fresh ingredients to ensure the best quaility.

Fantasy Farm caters to not only weddings but to Corporate Events, Birthday Parties, Baptisms, Engagement Showers, etc.

I do suggest going to see what Fantasy Farm has to offer. If “unique” is what your looking for, then I think you found the right place!

Here is a sneak peek….enjoy!

 rosepetal supplied all the decor for the Open House

Myself & Felicia Ma- fellow WPICC

Gorgeous & delicious cakes from Sugar Krystles Cake Design

Mr. Mark Woodland from Piper Studios standing next to their very sleek looking photoboothVincent from Just For U-DJ kept the crowd entertained with some great tunes complete with viedo!Lovely stone fireplace, perfect for a cozy fall/winter weddingSome of the friendly faces at Fantasy Farm- Jimmy & Brian Menogue Wedding & Event AssistantsThat 70′s Bridal SuiteThe memories this room brought back….had this exact lamp growing up, complete with the white vinyl furniture & stucco!

For more information on what Fantasy Farm has to offer, contact Adelade LaFontaine- Corporate & Event Sales: adie@fantasyfarm.ca  416.425.9122

Photography by Lini Campbell Photography

 

FCL is now proud to annouce that we are CSS! We can now assist our clients with their destination wedding, honeymoon, vow renewal and/or vacation to the Caribbean- Jamacia-Antigua-St.Lucia-Bahamas

*Sandals has 13 Resorts in the Caribbean*

 

Why choose Sandals for your wedding/honeymoon or vacation? Let me share with you a few facts:

Did you know that Sandals is a family owned business. They cater to ALL couples, however at this time same-sex marriages are not legal.

40% of all destination weddings are in the Caribbean. All weddings are 100% customizable!

Sandals Custom Weddings  by *Martha Stewart, lets you customize your wedding celebration with floral arrangements, ceremony decor, place settings, and finishing touches. Or you can choose from 6 elegantly-themed collections.

Only Sandals gives you a FREE Martha Stewart Wedding! When you honeymoon at Sandals for 6 nights or longer, Sandals gives you a FREE wedding or use the value of the free wedding towards creating the wedding of your dreams!

Only Sandals includes anytime dining at up to 15 gourmet restaurants per resort. International Cuisine Includes:

*Thai *Sushi *Japanese/Teppanyaki *Mediterranean *West Indian *Contemporary Caribbean *Seafood (lobster is offered everyday, but only when in season) *Bahamian *Itailian *Brick-Oven Pizza *Gelato, Pastries *Classic French *English Pub Fare *Tex-Mex/ Southwestern *Beach Bistros

Sandals hire only real authentic chefs to head their restaurants.  All pastry chefs are trained by top notch schools.

Sandals has partnerships with the following: Beringer Wines- all house wines are from California. Also Remy Martin & El Daroto Rum- the oldest & Best rum company in the world. Sandals only offers Blue Mountain Coffee at all their resorts.

When you honeymoon in paradise, you can order any drink, anytime without ever worrying about a bar tab, because the very best premium brand liquors are all included.” Feel free to toast your love whenever the spirit-and spirits-move you!”

Sandals has also renovated and referbished many of their resorts in the past few years, to ensure all guests have an amazing experience at any of their 13 resorts!

For more information on booking your wedding/honeymoon, please contact Tracy Nolan

tracy@fclweddings.ca / 905.903.5387

Your chair & drinks are ready…..

 

 

 

 

I had the pleasure of attending the Open House of Willow Springs Winery. A gem located in the heart of Stouffville, Willow Springs is atop the Oak Ridges Moraine. Established in the 1960′s, Willow Springs has perfected their wines using traditional Italian techniques. Producing award winning Merlot, Meritage & Rose wines.

This beautiful winery makes a unique & rustic wedding venue, overlooking the scenic vineyard & willow tree rimmed pond,it’s a perfect backdrop! The vineyard offers the convenience of having your ceremony, reception & photos all in one location, making Willow Springs an excellent choice for the eco-conscience!

They also offer a fabulous villa, perfect for the wedding party, family and/or out of town guests. It features 5 bedrooms, large living room, a games room, full kitchen & a beautiful fireplace.The indoor pavilion can accommodate 200 guests for a cocktail style wedding & 150 seated. Or consider having an outdoor reception with a high-arch tent overlooking the gorgeous grounds. The outdoor site can accommodate up to 300 guests.

Willow Springs offers many different wedding packages, including custom packages, to suit your wedding needs.

For more information on Willow Springs Winery, contact: info@willowspringswinery.ca

www.willowspringswinery.ca  905.642.9463  *5572 Bethesda Rd. Stouffville, Ontario L4A 7X3

*Photograghy by Lini Campbell Photography -  www.lcpweddings.com     lini@lcpweddings.com

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