I met with Kristina and Michael over coffee and pretty much right away, I got a sense of who they are. They got engaged in Greece and I knew this couple was an adventurous one. Michael and Kristina had a clear vision of what they wanted, but were still open to creative interpretation (hello, dream clients!). Their vision – summer vibes with tropical colours. As soon as I heard that, I was hooked.
I obsessed over creating their mood board, more than I normally do when it comes to designing mood boards. I was so inspired by their peach, coral, hot pink, and orange colour scheme. Don’t get me wrong, an all white and green wedding is beautiful, but this, this was something much more different than the inquiries I typically receive. Not to mention, the weather wasn’t so great at the time, so this had me looking forward to well past Spring. Bring on the summer heat! I was beyond inspired and this vibe completely sung to my half Polynesian heart.
Michael and Kristina were both (yes, both!) wonderfully super involved with the process and their excitement got me even more excited. They had so many ideas with one of them being to use darker vessels, sort of an oil rubbed bronze look. I found a vessel that was similar form to what they were looking for, spray painted them, and was completely over the moon with the results. I knew right away that having a darker vessel would make the centrepieces absolutely pop with their bold and bright colours, and boy, did they ever POP! Kudos on this brilliant idea, M & K!
The venue, Liuna Gardens, is such a gem of a venue, located here in Hamilton, Ontario. Situated right on the lake, gorgeous grounds, a fountain, and intimate banquet space – what’s not to love?
I created an arch between the two existing lamp posts that overlook Lake Ontario. It wasn’t originally in what we discussed, but I added in some tropical greens to incorporate that “tropical nod” into the installation. My husband built a custom aluminum frame arch that anchored down perfectly into the planters. After their beautiful ceremony, removing the arch was a breeze. We just picked it up and carried it off. Easy peasy.
So, couples getting married at Liuna Gardens that are looking for an arch, I’ve got you!
My most favourite part of creating these amazing pieces for Kristina and Michael was definitely the centrepieces. My aesthetic is typically garden style and I knew I wanted to incorporate some tropical elements. One is much more classic than the other which can come off as quite modern at time. I found a way to marry the two (Hah! Get it?!) and the outcome was my absolute most favourite centrepiece I have made to this date. The peach anthurium and orange cymbidium orchids lend that tropical flare in a way that’s obvious, but yet still subtle. The ruffles from the garden roses and ranunculus petals nestled amongst some delicate greenery helped bring in that garden feel and connect everything together.
And that darker vessel I had talked about before, I mean, come on! How gorgeous!
The tables were accented with our gold mercury glass votives and marble table numbers, which were customized to suit this adventurous couple with the names of places they had travelled to.
I really could not have asked for a better day with this wedding. From the weather, to the fact that the venue was only a ten minute drive from home (bonus!), to the mother of the bride almost being brought to happy tears when I delivered the bouquets to their hotel suite where the bridal party was getting glammed up. Not going to lie, I almost cried too because, I’m a sap.
Kristina and Michael, thank you again so much for having me as your florist. It was an absolute pleasure to bring your floral vision to life and still having that creative freedom was so amazing. I’m so thrilled that you both loved what was created for you! Your vision combined with my interpretation of it was a match made in heaven, if I do say so myself! All the best to you both and wishing you years upon years of happiness and adventure.