A Dreamy Rochester Wedding

There are some cities that don’t get nearly enough attention, simply because they are overshadowed by other bigger cities-take Hamilton, Ontario, for example. It is my opinion that Hamilton is just as (if not more) beautiful than Toronto, but almost everyone I say that to thinks I am crazy.

Another oft-overlooked city is Rochester, NY. When most people think of New York, they think of NYC, but I think of Rochester. I’ve never been to NYC, but I’ve been to Rochester MANY times because some of my best friends live there. From a downtown waterfall to a children’s museum to parts of Lake Ontario that are actually clean, Rochester and it’s surrounding burbs have never ceased to delight me.

All this being said, I was still not prepared for just how beautiful a Rochester wedding could be. My darling and absolutely gorgeous friend Jessica was married there this past August, at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School. Jessica and Lance were exchanged vows on the steps of a palatial stone building, which stands on a hill that overlooks the city. The ceremony and reception were full of special people and beautiful details-a tree planting ceremony, references to Narnia, personalized coffee favours, a reception hall that looked like Hogwart’s, and a killer dance party with a curated playlist. GOOD GRIEF CHARLIE BROWN. SO AMAZING.

I will let the pictures do the rest of the talking (they are by me, and my Mom!). I should point out that I designed all the flowers and hand-tied the bouquets myself, but I had lots of help. This was a God-send because I also had important matron of honour duties to carry out. Hooray for helpers!!

The venue.
The venue.
The stunning beauty.
The stunning beauty.
The bride and her backup.
The bride and her backup.
Close-up on those flowers.
Close-up on those flowers.
Ready and waiting.
Ready and waiting.
The bride asked for texture.
The bride asked for texture.
So many beautiful pictures. Thanks Mom!
So many beautiful pictures. Thanks Mom!
The ceremony. And that view!
The ceremony. And that view!
Awww.
Awww.
Bridesmaid bouquet.
Bridesmaid bouquet.
Groomsman's boutonniere.
Groomsman’s boutonniere.
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Goofing around.
I love these two so much. Congratulations Lance & Jessica!
I love these two so much. Congratulations Lance & Jessica!

A Little Corsage and Boutonniere Love

Boutonniere is still an almost impossible word to spell. But back on point, this summer has been such a flurry of weddings for me that I’ve hardly had time to take pictures, let alone post them! And somehow in the midst of this flurry, September has already arrived and with it the mellow still summer days that I so dearly love. I just got back from doing flowers for one of my best friends in Rochester, NY, and this week the hubby and I are leaving for an adventure on Canada’s East Coast (SO EXCITED!!) I will have to make up a blog post for the wedding when I come back, so in the mean time, here are some delightful snaps of some of the dainty work I have done this summer: corsages and boutonnieres!

These first few photos are from Sarina and Dan’s wedding, which was a gorgeous celebration that highlighted two very different cultures. I made only the corsages and bouts for this wedding because Sarina made beautiful bouquets of crepe paper flowers for her and her bridesmaids. Photography courtesy of Jon Yan Photography.

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This bout starred “Sydney the succulent”.
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Rosemary, ruscus and waxflower for the groomsmen’s bouts.
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The mothers’ corsages were made of stunning fuschia ranunculus. I love this picture, for many obvious reasons.
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Such a sweet and spirited couple. Thank you for letting me be a part of your wedding day, even in a small way!

I made countless bouts and corsages while working for Princess Weddings this summer. My time there has come to an end, but I am so glad I was able to gain new skills and confidence while working there! Here are some more little lovelies (photography by me, unless otherwise noted):

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A fluffy corsage of dendrobium orchids and lavender.
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Sweet blush spray roses, lavender and seeded eucalyptus.
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Succulent, seeded eucalyptus, lavender, and dusty miller bout.
Three very different bouts for three very different weddings.   On the left, succulents and seeded eucalyptus, in the middle  spray roses and lavender, and on the right, a magnificent garden rose with ruscus.
Three very different bouts for three very different weddings. On the left, succulent and seeded eucalyptus, in the middle spray roses and lavender, and on the right, a magnificent garden rose with ruscus. Photo by Princess Weddings.

Stay tuned for more wedding loveliness!

It’s Pretty!

Sometimes when I’m at work, the unthinkable will happen: a gorgeous flower head will get snapped off at the top of it’s stem, leaving it unsuitable for arrangements. It kills me to throw these beautiful things away, so I stuff them in my lunch bag and take them home with me. My boss thinks I’m silly, but oh well. My boss is amazing. 😀

How ere it is, with a little imagination, these otherwise forsaken blooms can be displayed and enjoyed. I usually just hunt around for an interesting container to float them in. If I have some greens to go with them, like this lovely seeded eucalyptus, even better!

So simple, but so elegant! Give it a try yourself-even if it means hacking off flowers heads on purpose.

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