Thursday, October 28, 2010

Green Anthuriums

Anthuriums are a great flower to use! Like most tropical flowers they last two to three times as long as any other flower. They prefer simple designs, which let their own sculptural beauty stand out. Here I paired three gorgeous green anthuriums with folded aspidestra leaves. The leaves add a sharp, textural quality for some contrast. When I add the bouquet tag to a design it needs to compliment it. Here twigs and grass were used because ribbon just wouldn't do.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Strathcona Lodge Wedding

I know, I know, you're all thinking "Summer Wedding"?? Yes, it is autumn but I just received some pictures from a wedding this past July that I had to share! It was a four hour drive from Victoria up-island  to Strathcona Lodge, the wedding location, and I was blown away with the scenery. To be married beside a lake, surrounded by forest, with mountains in the distance is absolutely dreamy. Not to mention arriving to the ceremony in a dug out canoe is pretty romantic for a west coast wedding!

Michael the bride didn't want anything tight and formal, no roses and nothing too big. The color palette was green and ivory/white. To keep things from being too fussy I used dahlias, lisianthus, astillbe, stocks and scabiosa throughout the wedding. Her bouquet was a mass of cream astillbe, lisianthus buds and one large focal dahlia.


It's always great when the ceremony flowers can be moved and also used in the reception. These designs did double duty.

This picture of the bride and groom is one of my favorites! That dress just looks soooo gorgeous sitting in the grass and the red kilt I must say is perfect. I would like to give credit to Brawns Photography for such an amazing job of the photos.To see more of Michael and Jesse's wedding go to

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Fall Dahlias and Celosia

These dahlias remind me of the color of butternut squash. Paired with the celosia (also known as brain flower) and the yellow kangaroo paw I think it makes a nice non-traditional autumn design. Yellow and orange are always typical fall colors so it's nice to throw in a splash of pink for us pink lovers! I hope everyone had a great thanksgiving weekend.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Witch Hazel Branches

These witch hazel branches from my garden are looking so gorgeous right now! I love how you can see the color variations in each leaf. What are you enjoying from your garden or flower shop lately?

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Interview with Ivan Meade

I recently had the pleasure of doing an interview with Ivan Meade from the Meade Design Group. He has featured me in his column in Victoria's Snap Magazine and also on his wonderful design blog. I must admit I was very thrilled with how many photos he posted with the blog interview. Thanks Ivan!

Please visit Ivan's blog at and have a read.