Robin & Craig : Autumn Jewel tones

 My beautiful cousin, Robin married Craig last October and I was so honored to be able to design the flowers for their special day. Robin is an Edmonton- based wedding photographer  (view her work here), so she has seen her fair share of weddings! I love that she chose jewel tones for her fall affair, the deep colours are a welcome departure from the more popular soft tones.

While Robin and I came up with the concept for the flowers, Green Petal's lovely manager Sarah, executed them so beautifully (as my sweet babe was only two weeks old at this wedding!)

PS: Doesn't Fernie offer such an amazing photo backdrop in the fall? Photo Credit:  Kirsten Buyer .

- Carmen


Wedding Trends of 2016

As florists we like to keep up on popular decor blogs, follow our favorite flower ladies on Instagram and absorb as much inspiration as we can from Pinterest. Now that we've got the summer wedding season coming up we have taken note of some of the Wedding Trends of 2016.

Dramatic Ceremony Florals 
This year has come with many requests for high impact floral arches, flower walls and statement arrangements at the ceremony. Brides have been choosing a more organic style, lush greenery with lots of texture.

Choosing In-season & Local 
Brides are drawn to natural and organically inspired floral arrangements this year. We have had many requests for in-season and local flowers, most of our ladies are looking for that "farm to table" style and we LOVE it. Most of our flowers are shipped from the coast and we try to source as many BC grown blooms as possible. As far as locally sourced flowers, we've been having a bit of trouble on that front, someone open up a flower farm already!
Credit: Photography Brandi Smyth/ Florals by Bows and Arrows/ Ribbons FrouFrou Chic

Family Style reception set-up
We're talking long tables, that cozy shoulder to shoulder feel where you can mix and mingle with your guests and have great conversations all night long. We love the idea of keeping things intimate when it comes to your reception decor, try low compact centerpieces or greenery garlands and top that off with some warm lighting once the sun goes down.
Credit: Logan Cole Photography/ Florals by The Petal Pusher via Green Wedding Shoes

Goodbye Neutrals, hello Color
Brides are in favor of vibrant color combinations this year. Choosing bursts of blue, yellow or deep purple and incorporating them into botanical floral designs. The past few years we have had a lot of blush, white, pastel blues and other muted tones whereas this year, brides are choosing to follow their color dreams and step outside the box!

Metallic Palettes
It's all about glitz and glitter this year, more brides are choosing to go with brass, gold or silver accents throughout their event. Whether its a gold ribbon to accent their bouquets, metallic centerpiece vessels or adding a bit of shimmer to their invitations and menus, brides are on metallic this year. Don't be afraid to mix and match by adding a bit of gold here, a bit of pewter there or even some rose gold accents to your table settings. Metallic is on trend this year, there's no doubt about it.
Credit: onelove photography via modweddings.com