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With the warmer weather these days, I have been loving all of the pastels and dreaming of spring. Today I’d like to share with you Rebecca and Carl’s pastel wedding! Flower crowns, silky dresses, beautiful florals and a touch of sparkle – this wedding was a fairytale!

First, check out our beautiful bride! Rebecca carried a gorgeous cascading hand tied bouquet made with a variety of flowers in pale pink and blue tones with a pop of burgundy. Juliet garden roses, astilbe, astrantia, sweet peas, blushing bride protea, scabiosa and eryngium stood out against eucalyptus greens. What a bouquet! Rebecca’s floral crown was designed with wax flowers at the front and roses and eryngium at the back. Oh, how lovely! You know how much we love flower crowns!

Next up, the rest of the bridal party! Designed using the same flowers, the bridesmaids perfectly accented the bride. Their bouquets were smaller versions of the bridal bouquet and looked so lovely against their flowy dresses! The tie back flower crowns were designed using soft pink wax flower and greenery. As for the dapper gentlemen, mini bouquet style boutonnieres were created using small blooms that compliment the bridal bouquet. What a good looking group!

Now onto the floral decor! For the ceremony, a long green plumosa garland attached to the archway created the focal point at the end of the aisle. (Plumosa is one of those greens that adds a lot of whimsy and movement!) For a pop of floral, two asymmetrical floral arrangements were added made of dahlias, roses, hydrangeas, king protea, and astrantia. At the reception, this beautiful garland was later reused as the florals for the head table! Such a great idea! We love making multi-use pieces!

Finally, one of my favourite parts… the centrepieces! Look at those gorgeous Juliet garden roses! Don’t you absolutely love them!? I love the way the blooms spill out of the lantern. Complete with fairy lights and a bed of moss, these arrangements were so dreamy!

I hope you are able to find some inspiration for your own wedding! Please enjoy the photos from Nicole Park Photography!

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I am so excited to share with you Rachel and Duncan’s Red Deer Wedding! Elegance in the snow… seriously though! In true Canadian fashion this gorgeous couple had an outdoor ceremony in the snow! Complete with Hudson Bay Co. blankets, fur shawls and a stop at Hudson’s Pub – does it get more Canadian than that?

As for the florals, a fresh greenery garland was hung on a simple wooden arch to create a backdrop for the ceremony. Fresh blooms in ivory and pale pink tones were subtly added throughout. Simplicity at its finest.

Rachel’s bridal bouquet was a stunning compact, yet natural, hand tied bouquet. Neutral coloured florals in blush, white, and cream paired with grey toned greenery gave this bouquet an elegant feel. Blooms such as white o’hara garden roses, quicksand roses, white ranunculus, and pale blush pink astilbe stood out against a variety of eucalyptus. To complete the look, the handle was wrapped with blush pink silk with trailing ribbons. What a luxurious bouquet! The bridesmaid’s bouquet perfectly complimented the bride and stood out beautifully against her dress.

As for the dapper gentlemen, their boutonnieres were made of ivory spray roses accented by pale pink astilbe and greenery. They were wrapped in a neutral silk ribbon to match the bride’s bouquet. Classic and elegant.

Not only does this gorgeous wedding showcases some of the beautiful spots Red Deer has to offer, but also how beautiful winter weddings are! Please enjoy these photos from Ash Maclean Photography!

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Our male model, Todd Hector,  from the recent shoot with Lindsay Nickel Photography

Boutonnière is french for buttonhole, fancy! Some people can be a little intimidated when it comes to pinning them on. Left side or right side? Where on the lapel should I pin it on? What do I do with this thing? I have great news, it really isn’t complicated and we can help you feel more confident.

First of all, boutonnieres and corsages will have either pins or magnets. What are the differences? The magnets are super easy to put on and they aren’t hard on the fabric of the suit/dress of the wearer. Sounds great, right? They do have some downfalls, the magnet can act as a pivot point so that the boutonniere or corsage can end up twisting around or upside down and can need frequent adjustment to keep them in place. Adding the magnet sticky thing (technical term) to the wearable flowers can also add a decent amount of bulk to the “stem”, and, believe it or not, they can be a little dangerous. The magnets are SO strong that they can mess with pace makers, something to keep in mind for grandparents. Using pins can be slightly more tricky to get on, and can be a touch hard on some fabrics, but they are safe for everyone to use, don’t add any bulk, and keep things securely where they should be.

Both boutonnieres and corsages should be worn on the left side, over your heart. Originally they were actually tucked right into the buttonhole on the lapel, hence their name. Not all lapels will have the buttonhole so now they are just pinned onto the lapel. For proper placement you will want to have the boutonniere/corsage sit approximately 4 inches below the the top the shoulder. You will hold the boutonniere in place while you turn over the lapel to pin it into place. You may want to give the lapel a little shake or try gently jabbing the boutonniere jut to make sure it is secure. With our boutonnieres and corsages we include two pins just in case one gets lost or if you want to make sure it is extra secure, but in most cases only one pin should be needed. In the event that the man isn’t wearing a jacket, you will still want to try to keep in the general area, left side, 4 inches below shoulder. If they are wearing suspenders you can pin onto the suspenders and if they are just wearing a dress shirt and tie you can even forgo having boutonnieres to keep with a more relaxed look. You can google images to see what it looks like with and without and decide what you like best.

For women you can chose to have pin on corsages or wrist corsage. When ordering your wedding flowers and trying to decide whether to order wrist or pin on corsages for the moms, grandmas etc you will want to take into consideration what they will be wearing and what their personal style is. Pin on corsages are a bit more traditional and I find that that is what typically is ordered for the grandmas. For moms, they may have their preferences or if they are wearing a strapless dress or a dress with thin straps it would make it easier to wear a wrist corsage. If they are wearing a pin on, it is the same as the men, left side approximately 4 inches below the shoulder. There is a little more flexibility with placement as you do have to work with their outfit or may have to work around jewellery.

Hopefully this post helps answer any questions you had about how to properly pin on your wearable flowers. Happy Monday, friends!

TRAVIS MILLS ~ OWNER/DESIGNER

Red Deer, Alberta
403-352-4055
travis@calyxfloraldesign.ca

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