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Sunday, July 8th, 2012

It’s time for another wedding post… this time I will focus on our flowers, arrangements, and floral design. It’s funny — before we got engaged, I was not a big flower person at all. I always told Allan not to worry about getting me flowers for special occasions. Well, I’ve done a complete turnaround. I love flowers now. Haha.

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I spent a lot of time investigating various flowers and flower designs, and researching what would fit with our wedding. I didn’t want our flowers or our designs to get in the way of any guests, or take away from our other designs. I knew I wanted our flowers to be almost all white for the same reason I wanted all our decor to be transparent — I wanted it to be all about textures, the natural backdrop, and our love for each other.

We very carefully sourced our floral vendor from all around Vancouver Island and decided on Crab Apple Floral from Tofino. Crab Apple went above and beyond our expectations. We spent a lot of time considering different vendors and Crab Apple had everything we were looking for — they had fantastic customer service and a visionary with flowers (thanks Tiiu!) who could make things work that others thought were impossible. I can’t thank them enough for making our dream come true. They did it despite a ton of complexities, including how far the flowers had to come, our multi-day setup, our custom holders and boxes, and very specific designs. Thank you Crab Apple!

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All our flowers followed a consistent visual theme: ivory with lots of textures that worked well with transparent decor. Our flowers mostly consisted of large full white roses, white hydrangeas, white phalaenopsis orchids, white dendrobium orchids, and white lisianthus. The bridesmaids’ bouquets featured above were also wrapped in ivory ribbon.

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My bouquet was made up of 36 very full large white roses, and ended up being quite large. It was quite the armful! I spent a lot of time working with Crab Apple to select the perfect roses as I wanted them to be extremely large and open, and it was difficult to get these kinds of roses to Tofino/Ucluelet. Crab Apple sourced them well in advance, and were very careful that they were handled gently, and made sure they were as open as possible for the wedding day. They turned out exactly as I hoped. You can see the round shape of the bouquet in the first photo in this post.

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The boutonnieres for the groomsmen were white freesia with looped grass to create an interesting shape on the lapel, as well as compliment the formalwear that the groomsmen were wearing. The corsages for the mothers were made of roses and white lisianthus and some greenery. My dad wore a large white phalaenopsis orchid to stand out against his black tux. It’s the most I’ve ever seen him dressed up and I thought he looked very handsome out of his workman clothes :) And of course, last but not least, Allan wore a beautiful white open gardenia on his lapel.

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A lot of planning, though, and effort went into the floral design of our wedding. A few months after we were engaged, I started a sketch book and started drawing various designs for our floral arrangements and decor. Eventually, I decided on the ones you see in this image. I drew out the ceremony and reception flower designs, and also laid out the ceremony and reception seating plans with markers for where each arrangement should go. I also provided reference photos and exact flowers in a separate sheet. I’m amazed by how true Crab Apple Floral was able to stay to our designs and how they were able to bring it to life. They really did transform an ordinary hall into a beautiful room just with the flowers. Their attention to detail was impeccable.

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For our ceremony, I wanted flowers in tall vases to flank the wedding arch. On each side, we had tall vases with large white hydrangeas and large bunches of white roses. We also used a clear custom built acrylic pillar to place a cascading arrangement of orchids and roses on in a tall ‘V’ vase. There were 3 arrangements on each side of the arch for 6 arrangements in total.

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We designed the exact specifications for this custom-built acrylic wedding arch and Allan and I hauled it to and from Tofino in a giant moving truck. More on this later ;)We made sure there was a big trough on the top of the arch to fill with flowers for the ceremony. Crab Apple did a beautiful arrangement of hanging phalaenopsis orchids that trailed down the front from a bed of white roses and hydrangeas over the hanging glass ball chandelier we constructed ourselves with dozens of glass balls filled with white dendrobium orchids. More on that contraption in a future post. :)

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Now onto the evening dinner reception! For place cards, each guest had their own individual glass ball/hanging ornament filled with a single white dendrobium orchid that they could take home as a favour (as well as the chocolate favours mentioned in a previous post). We also put round name tags on each ball, but I’ll include that photo in the decor post coming up!

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We had a mix of long tables and round tables for the evening reception. The longer tables were filled with groups of our friends, each long table seating about 26 friends! The long tables had multiple rows of long skinny flower vases filled with roses, hydrangeas and white lisianthus. These long narrow vases were bunched up with enough flowers that they looked like mounds of flowers. The long tables also had candelabras of flowers and smaller vases of roses and lots of candles.

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Photo by Sam R.

The round tables had a mix of low and high arrangements so people could still see each other but there would be enough height from the arrangements to make an impact. I had these laser-cut acrylic candelabras custom designed and we had them full of flowers. There were also large mounds of flowers on either side to provide a variety of height for the flowers. These ended up being some of my favourite arrangements. It was especially tricky for Crab Apple to glue, balance and work the flowers around the candelabras which didn’t actually hold the weight of the flowers very well after all, so I’m stoked they were able to pull it off!

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One of our bigger floral displays was at the parents’ table. We custom designed large acrylic boxes that varied in height that were clear so they could still see through them, but also was one of key visual statements in the room. The boxes were piled with tons of flowers including big white phalaenopsis orchids trailing down the front consistent with our floral theme. I’m really happy with how this display turned out!

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And lastly, my favourite floral design piece of the entire wedding was our “waterfall” of flowers at the head table. We wanted something stunning that our guests would be able to enjoy all night, and this display worked perfectly as it was right in front of the dance floor and visible from all angles of the room. Allan and I sat right in front of it and were also able to enjoy the flowers from our view, as they gathered in a large mound in front of us, and then spilled over the front of the table and cascaded out on each side on the floor. Seeing this display when we walked into the room for the first time exactly as I pictured it in my mind was really magical for me.

SO! Those are our flowers for our wedding. Hope you enjoyed this post! Still a few more wedding posts to go until we are back on our usual content on VancityAllie :)

All photos copyright by our amazing wedding photographers JONETSU Studios unless otherwise specified.


Monday, December 12th, 2011

Hanging Christmas Ornaments

For the very first time since we’ve moved in together (that’s 4 years now!), Allan and I decided to decorate our little apartment with Christmas decorations. And let’s face it, when I say “Allan and I”, I really mean me, since Allan would much rather be playing video games than doing holiday decorations ;) Plus, I’ll be honest — I’ve been suffering a little bit from wedding withdrawal, and I’ve been dying for an excuse to do floral arrangements, place settings and entertaining :)

Hanging Christmas Ornaments

Over the past two weeks, I’ve decorated our home space, the common room at work, and my parent’s house. I’ve been elfing it up this year for some reason! Normally we do Christmas completely over at my parent’s place as they have space to do the big tree… and while Christmas will most definitely still be over there, we are having my folks over for Christmas breakfast this year and wanted to prep the apartment in advance. I decided to do a silver and champagne Christmas theme with red accents.

Festive Flower Arrangement

Champagne and Silver Place Setting Starting to arrange flowers


We hosted a holiday dinner party this past weekend with Trev & Crista and Mat & Ali and managed to find some space for our pop-up table. Seating 6 around this table in our apartment is difficult, so swapped our normal computer desk for a “rolly” desk that we can roll into a different room when we have people over. Awesome! Then it was time for new place settings! I also did all the floral arrangements with fresh roses and Christmas greens.

Low Festive Flower Table Arrangement

Low flower arrangements with large red roses and berries.

Christmas Table Setting

I really like the way our place settings turned out and I think they are versatile enough to use all year round. Or do you think it would be too much for normal entertaining?

Silver Wreath

Here’s a silver wreath we used to bring some festivity to our kitchen.

Fresh Pines and Peppercorn Wreath

And my favourite… a fresh wreath with peppercorns, pinecones and tons of greens… smells so good!

Christmas Decor

Our side table was replaced with some silver Christmas trees and mercury glass candle holders…

Christmas Decor Christmas Decor and Wine

… a couple other accents here and there with reindeer and more candles.

Aftermath of Festive Dinner Party

The aftermath of our dinner party with some holiday decor on our coffee table and a festive throw blanket.

Clarifying Butter Roasted Pumpkin Seeds Making Chocolate Decorations Making Spinach and Beets for Pasta Colouring

I find cooking for 6 people really hard to do with plated dinners, so we did quite a bit of prep the previous night. I learned how to clarify butter for the first time (awesome for searing scallops at an extremely high temperature). I also toasted the pumpkin seeds, prepped the chocolate decorations and the veggies to give the pasta some colour.

Kobe-Style Beef Short Ribs Butternut Squash Cooking Brown Butter Sage Sauce Peas and mint for the puree

The next day, we put the kobe-style marbled beef short ribs in the oven for four hours and got the butternut squash soup going. Some photos of our prep with making the sage sauce, and the minted pea puree.

Making Striped Ravioli Spinach and Beet Striped Ravioli filled with Wild Mushrooms or Butternut Squash

Allan did a really nice job with the striped raviolis. We did beet-coloured ravioli for the butternut squash filled ones, and spinach-coloured ravioli for the wild mushroom filled ones.

Butternut Squash Soup with Pumpkin Seeds and Pumpkin Oil with a Parmesan Crisp

First course: Butternut Squash Soup with Roasted Pumpkin Seeds and Pumpkin Seed Oil, finished with a Parmesan Crisp … we always seem to make this one when other people come over! (recipe)

Seared Scallops with Pea Puree and Double-Smoked Bacon

Second Course: Seared Scallops in a Minted Pea Puree with Applewood Double-Smoked Bacon

Braised Beef Short Rib with Cauliflower Puree and Wild Mushroom Ravioli and Butternut Squash Ravioli

Third Course: Braised Beef Short Rib in a Red Wine Reduction with Cauliflower Puree and duo of Wild Mushroom and Butternut Squash Ravioli in a Brown Butter Sage Sauce (recipe)

Tiramisu Cheesecake with Chocolate Decoration

Fourth Course: Tiramisu Cheesecake with Chocolate Decoration and Strawberries (recipe)

Our Festive Apartment

Overall I think our dinner party went well and our apartment is looking festive! I think we’re all set for the holidays…. can’t wait for Christmas! Can you believe it’s only 2 weeks away now?

What are your holiday plans this year? Are you going to decorate your place?

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