6/5/14

Happy Birthday Rachael!


It's our very own Rachael's birthday today! Wishing her lots of love, happy times and hoping she has the loveliest of days! 

You know when you first meet someone and you instantly know that they truly are someone special? This is exactly how I felt when I first received an email from Rach, and then even more so when we had our very first tea visit. I knew that I wanted her to be a part of my team instantly and I'm so glad that she said yes! 

She is truly an amazingly kind, hard working, and wonderful lady and I'm so happy that our paths crossed and we get to work together. 

P.S. She has great dance moves too ;) 

Wishing you the BEST DAY EVER Rach! xoxox 

Love Tam xo  

5/9/14

Flowers in Season Series - Part One - Spring


If you're like me, I'm always wondering what flowers fall into which season. I know the basics like peonies and ranunculus are spring where dahlia's can be mid to late summer and even into the fall, but really that's kinda the extent of it. Knowing what flowers are in season at the time of your wedding can help make your selection so much easier! Flowers in season are not only bigger and in their best condition, but they are also much cheaper when they don't have to be flown in from far away lands :) 

Tina of Platinum Floral Designs has graciously created a series of blog posts for me to share with all of you that will explain what season your favorite flowers fall into! So here we go! Part One.... Spring

From Tina.... 

Yes!  Hello Spring.  My absolute favourite time of year, especially here on the Westcoast.  How lucky are we to get a head start while the rest of the country is still fighting the snowy weather.  After months of rain and sunless days, spring comes with wide-open arms.   It’s incredible to see with just a couple of days sunshine how flowers and foliage begin to fill our dull palette’s with hopes of summer greens and splashes of vibrant colours.

Spring brings some of the most sought after blooms in the wedding industry.  Brides, year after year fall in love all over again with stunning peonies, ranunculus, anemone, icelandic poppies and parrot tulips just to name a few.  I don’t blame them for a minute, I too fight the same love affair every year.  In our spring time floral post, I am going to share what I hope to be very insightful information. 

To start, some of our favorite flowers and fillers available this time of year:



Highlight: Icelandic Poppy
The new kid on the block

Although the flower isn’t new, brides and florists alike are beginning to flock to these beauties for their romantic papery petals and meandering stems.

Unusual Favorites:  Hellebore


Fritillaria


Beautiful options, no?  I can’t stress enough and I am sure you've heard this a million and one times before.  However, if you are a flower lover and dream of walking down the aisle clutching a beautiful display of peony, tulips and anemone, plan your wedding in the spring months.  Sounds crazy doesn't it.  Plan your wedding around your flowers?  But of course, if you have your eye on particular blooms, that’s what I would advise you to do.  Sometimes, we’ll see spring blooms pop up in summer or fall months (thanks to the wonderful world of commercial growing), but expect to pay twice as much per bloom and often, the blooms won’t produce the same amount of display as in season.  For example, take a strawberry, in season they are plump, juicy and come at an affordable rate.  Out of season strawberries are grown with chemicals and come at a high price.  Flowers are exactly the same!

The most important piece of advice I’d love to share today are some typical price points.  So many clients are shocked when they see the  prices of flowers.   It’s just simply a lake of education.  Flowers are a luxury item! Here’s a quick run down on some of the more highly requested blooms. 

Most expensive blooms, more then $10 per stem: 

  • Peony
  • Garden Rose
  • Casablanca Lilies
  • Orchids (Cymbidiums, Cattleyas, phalaenopsis)
  • Dutch Hydrangea
  • Stephanotis
  • Succulents

Medium Priced Blooms, $5-$10 per stem:

  • Dahlias
  • Parrot Tulips
  • Calla Lily
  •  Long Stemmed Rose
  • Pincushion Protea
  • Glorisa Lilies
  • Hybrid Lilies
  • Fern Fronds
  • Viburnum
  • Snapdragon

Least Expensive, $5 and under:


  • Anemones
  • Ranunculus
  • Freesia
  • Poppies
  • Rose
  • Mini Gerber Daisies
  • Lisianthus
  • Phlox
  • Stock
  • Hyacinth
  • Hypericum Berries
  • Craspedia
  • Bells of Ireland
  • Carnations
  • Spray Rose
We hope that you found this post useful! I sure did! Big thanks to Tina for sharing her wisdom with us. 

Hope you all have the best day!