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

 

We just loved this couple the first day we met them!

Jenna had a very clear vision of what her wedding should look like & she nailed it. J&C wanted a vintage wedding but instead of using the typical “mason jar” they chose mis-matched vintage vases for their  centerpieces & arrangements

She wanted all her centerpieces & bouquets to feature a single bloom of white flowers

Jenna’s biggest request was that her bouquet had to have peonies! Only problem, peonies are not in season in May….BUT, we found them for her & she was absolutely thrilled!!

Not wanting to spend countless hours & weekends shopping at  antique stores & flea markets, J&C decided to rent all their vintage vases & decor from an amazing vintage rental company located in Whitby~ Southern Charm Vintage Rental

And there is no better venue than Berkeley Church for a vintage wedding!

Here are a few pics we took of Jenna & Collin’s stunning wedding

Ceremony located on the upper level of the venue with its gorgeous stained glass windows

A very special touch. The B&G wanted to have a chair reserved for family members who have passed away

Head table arrangement that featured peonies, cabbage roses, astilbe,vandela roses, hydrangea, tulips, lisianthus & wax flower

in an antique silver footed bowl

Sweet table….yum!!

Each guest table had 3 mis-matched vases on a silver tray & each vase featured a single variety of white flower

here you have hydrangea, ranunculus & gypsophilia ~aka”baby’s breath”

This table had tulips, astilbe & stock

Each bridesmaid carried a bouquet of a single  white bloom, here is a lovely ranunculus bouquet

White rose bouquet

Here we have a hydrangea bouquet

Here comes the bride!

A closer look at the brides bouquet ~ peonies, cabbage roses, vandela rose, silver brunia and wax flower

The “I do’s”

and they live happily ever after……

We wish them both a lifetime of love & happiness!

 

We were contacted by the owners of this amazing venue & we were invited to come out & tour the property

WOW! Is all I can say

The Carvers Cottage is going to be one of the most sought after outdoor wedding venues in Durham Region, mark my words!

Conveniently located in North Pickering on Con.9 & Lakeridge Rd. ~ 3400 9th Conession Rd. 905-649-8000

The owners, Luke & Sandy Andrews are super nice & talented as they are both chainsaw artists, which you will see their amazing work throughout the property

They are currently working on making The Carvers Cottage an all-in-one wedding venue

Tented weddings/events, full on-site catering & several of Durham’s top wedding vendors will all be included in their packages

including WPICC Wedding Planner~ Tracy Nolan, Photographers, DJ’s, Cakes & Sweets, Officiants, Florist and many more from our “Preferred Vendors List”

The rustic beauty of this venue with it’s mature trees & ponds complete with bow & covered bridges is the perfect setting & backdrop for all you nature lovers!

For more information on booking for 2015/2016 weddings/events, please contact Sandy or Luke Andrews at : luke@lukeandrews.com

Here are a few pics of the property (which is still under construction)

Currently a garage but will soon be converted into an indoor ceremony site complete with windows all around so you don’t miss out on the stunning nature in the event of rain

One of the ceremony sites. A covered bridge complete with rustic bench seating & carvings (that can be removed)

I see this space with lots of beautiful floral arrangements!

Handmade (by the owners, of course) signing table & benches

We are planning on doing a Styled Winter Photo shoot at this location in January 2015

Can’t wait to share those photos with you…..stay tuned!

 

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 great pleasure of being asked to participate at the Mill Run Golf Club Wedding Open House!

We are one of their preferred vendors for Wedding Flowers

We love working with their amazing staff  & wedding coordinators as they are passionate, friendly & very professional, not to mention they are also  certified by The Wedding Planners Institute of Canada (WPIC)

Mill Run Golf Club is one of Durham Regions hidden gems

Located in rural Uxbridge, approx. 30-45 minutes from Ajax/Pickering /Whitby/Oshawa/Port Perry/Markham & Stouffville, Mill Run is set on a beautiful golf course with it’s stunning gardens & gorgeous gazebo, perfect for outdoor/garden style wedding ceremonies

Not to mention that when you book MR for your wedding, you may qualify to receive a FREE 1 year golf membership!!

If you’re not a golfer, the membership is transferable to anyone of your choice (what a great gift idea for your soon-to-be father-in-law ~ wink)

For more information on Mill Run Weddings, please contact Amy Stevenson~ WPICC ~ astevenson@golfmillrun.com

Here are some photos from the February Open House

Photography by: Brooklin Photography

Decor by: In-Style Weddings & Decor

Flowers by: First Comes Love Weddings & Floral Designs

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