There is something about a little touch of country charm that tickles our fancy! Natasha had a beautiful bouquet, complete with rustic elements such as butter solidego, white stock, yellow garden roses and succulents. Her vision came together beautifully and we loved being able to make her flower vision come to life. Wishing so much love and happiness for these adorable newlyweds! Thank you to Janique Tessier Photography for the beautiful photos!

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Emily had a lovely vision for her wedding day. It was an intimate ceremony followed by a small reception of 50 of their closest family and friends. She wore a stunning dress with lace detail and a linear arm bouquet to match with her savvy style. We were thrilled to see these beautiful images from Kamp Photography that captured the elegant affair perfectly.

Location: St Charles Country Club

 

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Marissa had a beautiful vision for her bouquet. A simple palette married with eye catching texture and beautiful draped pieces. She was such a sweet bride to work with and we were happy to be part her’s and Brendan’s wedding day. Thank you to WJB Photography for the photos! We loved seeing her dream come to life! Her bouquet was a mix of white dendrobium orchids (full stems), sahara roses, quicksand roses, white stock, white lisianthus and multiple varieties of eucalyptus.

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This editorial was one we began looking forward to as soon as we saw the inspiration board. The florals came together in a beautiful way. It truly was like a breath of fresh air seeing such a subtle yet striking palette. The soft blue tones with a touch of red was elegant and fresh. Like a cool breeze in the summer. As seen in the Summer 2014 Issue of It’s Love Magazine.

In Collaboration With|| Brittany Mahood Photography, One Plus One Designs, Laugh Love Cakes, Bliss Bridal, Eph Apparel, Two Chicks & A Bag of Makeup, Aspire Studios

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So,  you have picked up the flowers on your wedding, now what?! Is there something you need to do to take care of them? Is there something not quite right about an aspect of your bouquet? What do you do if you spill something on the ribbon or if someone sits on your bouquet? Our goal in creating and designing your wedding flowers is to have them at their prime for your wedding day. Your bouquets and centerpieces are designed to look perfect, but what if something happens during the day?

With that in mind, caring for your wedding flowers is something to consider. There are many kinds of flowers, some more finicky then others. Here are a couple tips to consider once you have your flowers in possession on your wedding day:

Have them in water as often as possible: It might seem like a no-brainer to keep your wedding bouquets hydrated but in the hustle and bustle of a wedding day it can often be an afterthought. Some flower varieties like baby’s breath, calla lilies, mums, carnations and berries will do better out of water than others, but in any case, flowers LOVE to drink. Flowers like roses, peonies, hydrangea and daisies are much more likely to wilt without a water source. If you have your flowers out of water, left sitting on a table, in direct sunlight, in a hot vehicle or just roughed around during photos, it is likely that come reception time, your once beautiful bouquets will be slightly less stunning. Keeping them in water will prevent this and give them the best chance to stay beautiful throughout the day.

Something happened to your bouquet during the day and there are flowers that look broken or damaged: Even though wedding bouquets are somewhat a work of art that floral designers spend a lot of time on, they are not as extremely fragile as they seem. They are made to stay together and we go to great lengths to fasten them tightly together. If there is a rose the has been damaged or a bloom that has wilted, take a second and simply pick or cut that flower out. Don’t be afraid to do this. The flowers and greens will be able to slightly adjust if you need to move something around. Don’t be afraid that it will fall apart!

How do I hold a bouquet?: You would be surprised how many different ways you can “display” a bouquet. Either the bride is holding them up to her chin or down to her knees. Neither of those ways display you (the bride) or the flowers in the best way. Hold the flowers at about your belly button when walking down the aisle (this goes for bridesmaids too!). Also, look at your bouquet from all sides. Often a bouquet will have a front and back or a “good side”.

How do I pin a boutonniere?: More often than not, come the wedding day when the men’s flowers arrive, there is a moment of desperation as they try and find someone who knows how to pin on a bout. The boutonnieres will come with 2 pins. Find the place on their suit’s lapel on the left side (often where the little button hole is) that looks nicest and pin the bout from behind the fabric as to not show the pins. Push one pin up the stems through the suit starting at the bottom of the bout, and the second pushing down from the top of the stems through the suit. This should secure it nicely. Don’t be afraid to try a couple times to make sure it’s secure.  Doing it this way will also ensure you don’t poke anyone!

How will the weather effect my flowers?: The weather on your wedding day could effect your flowers in a positive or negative way. In the summer, a really hot day might wilt your flowers, especially if left in a hot car or in direct sunlight. In the winter, anything below zero degrees will freeze your flowers in moments due to the high water content in the petals. They may look nice in a couple outdoor photos but as soon as you bring them inside again they will brown. Don’t bring your flowers outside on a cold day unless you’re willing to pay the consequences!

Im picking my flowers up the day before my wedding, what do I do?: If you opt to pick up your flowers the day before your wedding, keep in mind that it is at your own risk! Like I mentioned, your flowers are meant to be perfect and in their prime for your wedding day. Having them out of our cooler for 24 hours will effect the flowers and allow them to open up. You would be surprised how quickly this happens! If you pick them up early, make sure you have a space cleared in a fridge to keep the bouts and bouquets cool. This will ensure their freshness.

Have any questions about caring for wedding flowers? Give us a call! (204)-488-4822

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Amanda was a special bride from the beginning when we started her flower plans with a bang! She was the winner of our “Bouquet of Your Dreams” give-away from the Wonderful Wedding Show last year. She really did get a dreamy bouquet with a cloud of peonies that any girl would be ga ga over. The rest of the wedding flowers followed suit. The vision Amanda and Danny had came together on a beautiful sunny day! Thank you to Red Photo Co. for the beautiful photos!

 

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Hello beautiful brides! This is Tessa writing, the Wedding Consultant here at Academy Florist. It was almost a year ago to the day that I married my sweet hubby. I decided (being the traditionalist that I am) that I wanted to change my last name to his after we got married.

To say that changing my name was simple would be a lie. It was not simple and it was not easy. It took me so many tries at different government buildings and it left me very frustrated. That is why I am writing this post! If you are a girl in Manitoba that wants to change her name to her hubby’s, I am going to be your self-proclaimed saving grace. Here, is a STEP by STEP guide to changing your name here in Manitoba:

STEP 1:

You will need 2 things in order to start the process:

1) Marriage Certificate: When you get your marriage license (the document you signed during your wedding ceremony) you must bring it to a Vital Statistics Agency and then fill out a form to receive your official marriage certificate (Yes, they are different things!). The cost is 30$. The certificate will be mailed to you within a few weeks. (Ours came in 3 business days)

2) Birth Certificate: If you don’t already have yours you can pay to have it mailed to you. You will need a piece of photo I.D. (2 to be safe) to do this.

The Address to do both of these things in Winnipeg is 254 Portage Avenue.

STEP 2:

The first document you should officially change is your driver’s license. You can’t change the name on your passport unless you have a document with your new name and your new signature.

To change the name on your drivers licence bring your old licence and marriage certificate to any auto pac or insurance company. I had to take a new photo with it, so put on some lip stick before hand! I didn’t need an appointment, I just walked in.

STEP 3:

Next change the name on your Social Insurance Number. Bring your S.I.N. card, birth certificate and marriage certificate to a Government of Canada Agency (there is one in Portage Place Mall in Winnipeg). It is a “take a number” type of thing, so I wouldn’t go in on a Saturday afternoon if you know what I mean!

STEP 4:

Next change the name on your passport.

You’re required fill out a form to apply for a new passport that requires a guarantor signature. Either bring someone with you (your spouse if they’ve known you for more than 5 years) or another person. That or take the form home to fill out.

Once your form is filled out, bring your old passport, birth certificate, marriage licence, S.I.N. and new drivers license. The temporary license the insurance company would have given you until your new one comes in the mail is enough to change the name on your passport. Just make sure it’s signed with your new name.  I received my new passport approximately 3 weeks after my form was submitted.

The passport building in Winnipeg is 433 Main St. on the 4th floor.

There are a few more things you will likely need to change along the way. Your bank information, your health insurance, etc. Each of these things is much simpler once you have the more official documents. I think you can take it from here. :)

Please share this with any gal you know getting married. They will love you forever!

Tessa

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It is ever so often that we have a bride request dyed florals for their wedding. From blue roses to blue tinted orchids, daisies and more, dyed flowers are something that we often see. Many people don’t realize that these flowers don’t naturally come this way.

As floral designers and appreciators of a flower’s natural beauty and imperfection, dyed flowers are not something we particularly like to recommend.

It could be ethics, it could be snobbery, all we know is we cringe at the thought. A few reasons for that is; 1) Dyed flowers have the potential to dye clothing if rubbed together (Imagine a blue splotch on your beautiful white wedding dress!) , 2) Dyed flowers color the water that they sit in, 3) Dyed flowers are a way to modify something that is already naturally beautiful the way they are. Flowers are a living thing that look best and flourish most when they are left the way they are, the way they grow from the ground.

There are a few different processes to dying flowers. The first and most common is when a stem is cut and then submerged in water polluted heavily with a colored dye. It doesn’t take long for the flower to slowly begin to take on the shade of the water it’s sitting in. They use special floral dyes as to not effect the health of the flower.

Another process used to color flowers is to dip the flower’s head in the colored water, much like dying eggs at Easter time.

In the very end, if you have a dream to have a certain variety of flowers that happen to be dyed, we will make sure that dream comes true. That being said, if you are open to suggestions, we would love to walk you through an array of flower options that come naturally that way in the colors that you’re looking for.

After all, when you’re happy, we’re happy! Below are a few examples of dyed flowers.

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Jennifer and Matt’s wedding was the perfect color pallet to ring in spring. It was so refreshing to arrange florals that were so bright and cheerful. Perfect for a wedding day! We loved the purple and yellow color combination and couldn’t get enough of the mix and match bridesmaids dresses! Thank you to Sugar & Soul Photography for the beautiful captures.

 

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Every once in a while a bride and groom come along and we think to ourselves, wow, this couple truly blows us away. Erin’s beauty couldn’t have been complimented any better than with a stunning bouquet in her hand and a dashing man by her side, Colin. This picturesque couple not only exude beauty but love. The perfect combination for a gorgeous wedding. Thank you to Kamp Photography for the gorgeous photos!



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