What goes into the wedding process? A look from our side,

A new inquiry in the inbox is where the excitement begins.

A conversation begins and so does a relationship. We love getting to know our client, while talking about ideas and inspiration: slowing down to hear what’s being hoped for amidst the details, requests, and questions.

With that new relationship and those ideas, we take it a step further and begin to connect with local flower farmers. We get to learn from the experience and knowledge of the farmers, while getting to know both the Earth and one another. We share our hopes and learn about the season’s harvest- both its challenges and where its thrived the most.

Taking all that we learn of the harvest, we begin to calculate our recipes. We take a detailed look at each design element and decide how many flowers of each type it will take to bring it to life. These recipes help us to avoid the waste of over-ordering and enable us to secure our flower orders with the farmers.

The waiting period before we receive the flowers is filled with anticipation and preparation. We wait as long as we can to preserve the flowers’ lives and to ensure they will be fresh and lasting for what’s to come.

One joy of working in the flower industry is the community we get to work with.  We make connections with local farmers, and we also connect with event planners, other vendors involved, and potential freelancers to join our team. This community brings together a beautiful cycle of learning, growing, creating, and collaborating.

Joining together, we anticipate the event to come, confirm we are all on the same page, and make sure all of our details are in order. This includes venue measurements, rentals, schedules, etc. We double check and communicate many times in lead up to the event. This communication loop keeps us on our toes as details shift and change, yet brings us confidence as we experience the support of one another and learn from each other’s experiences and expertise. We work hard to build our team up to feel confident, ready, and excited.

Being a studio that focuses on caring for our planet and people through our work, we are continually brainstorming, expanding our knowledge, and testing ideas to come up with the most practical reusable solutions to make dreams come true. If a design idea is new to us, we assess our inventory and look at how we can use what we already have to construct it. We want to guarantee that we can continue to reuse our mechanics again. We forego the easy answers that come with both convenience and waste, and we get creative to find new, sustainable-minded solutions.

When the studio begins to fill with flowers, just days before the wedding begins, something special happens. Flowers from local farms and foraged blooms from the garden combine into an eye-catching array. Fragrance fills the air, colours flow from one bloom to another, and the anticipation builds as we begin to process and prepare the flowers to be ready for design. By the end of the preparation, flowers are ready, greens waste is composted, and any paper and rubber bands that held the bunches together are piled and saved to be reused again.

 

Wedding day has come, and the air fills with energy. We bring coffee, cast vision, unload our van, and get to work. Hands and blooms are everywhere in what almost looks to be a dance- designing individually, yet in sync as a team- to bring it all together. Our team is one of many, working with the other vendors to set the scene for the day.

Before we know it, the wedding party arrives filled with excitement and sharing smiles. Bouquets, boutonnières, and little floral details are passed to those whom get to celebrate with their custom designed blooms.

Love, a never ending story, is celebrated.
We hold our breath, take a moment: nothing but beauty.

Quickly and quietly, we blend back into the story, as some weddings include moving the flowers from one space to another during transition moments in the day. Others remain as is. Each carrying it’s unique touch and an even greater beauty than when the day began.

As the event settles into the quiet of its end, members of our team arrive for our specialized tear down. In an intention to honour the Earth and continue the joy, we save our design mechanics and all of the gently used blooms. The floors are swept, green waste composted, and with flowers back in hand, we return to the studio.

The next day, with smiles of contentment and lingering whispers of the magic, we properly clean our vases, organize the mechanics, and redesign the saved flowers. These new floral bundles have so much joy left to give, so they are donated to local hospices and shelters.

At the end of it all, we walk away with gratitude and nothing but a small ball of waterproof tape and maybe a few zip ties to throw away. (Even this little pile has us testing and searching for more alternatives. Have you found a zero waste solution to waterproof tape? We are all ears).

To all of the stories of love who have welcomed us in, we are grateful.

Wedding day has come, and the air fills with energy. We bring coffee, cast vision, unload our van, and get to work. Hands and blooms are everywhere in what almost looks to be a dance- designing individually, yet in sync as a team- to bring it all together. Our team is one of many, working with the other vendors to set the scene for the day. 

Before we know it, the wedding party arrives filled with excitement and sharing smiles. Bouquets, boutonnières, and little floral details are passed to those whom get to celebrate with their custom designed blooms.

Love, a never ending story, is celebrated.
We hold our breath, take a moment: nothing but beauty.

Quickly and quietly, we blend back into the story, as some weddings include moving the flowers from one space to another during transition moments in the day. Others remain as is. Each carrying it’s unique touch and an even greater beauty than when the day began.

Photographer: Blush Wedding Photography
Designed for: Monika Hibbs