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Fresh and Fuchsia

Late last year I decided it was time for Just Fresh Concepts to branch out into decor.  As excited as I was about the idea I never expected that our first full decor and floral wedding would fall only five days after the due date of my second pregnancy.  Of course I had lots of support and nonetheless I was there in full gear, five days overdue setting up and taking down.  Thank you to all of my helpers, this was one incredible wedding.

Our bride and groom are beyond perfect for one another and have quite a romantic story of how they’ve know each other since childhood, in the end were reunited and are now married.  Cindy had only a few specific requests for her wedding she wanted fuchsia and silver after several meetings the rest all magically came together.  Just about everything for Cindy and Jason’s wedding was custom made, from the napkin rings to the seating chart, the candle holders,  table numbers and all other decor.  Nothing was overlooked.  When you entered the venue on your left was the guest book table accented with flowers and a chair for guests to comfortably sign their congrats and well wishes.  On the right was a customized seating chart with pink and white mints for guests.  The hall was dressed with ceiling decor including a floral chandelier  lined with cascading crystals.  The tables were draped with silver pin-tuck linens and topped with bronze charger plates, napkin rings each hand made and every other different, table numbers with different frames for each table but all blending well together.  And of course no wedding is complete without lots of candles.

The centerpieces consisted of white hydrangea, fuchsia stock, roses, garden roses, spray roses, anemone, wax flowers, and cascading tulips.  The center of the over 30″ tall vases were filled with interesting kiwi willow that was designed to look as though it extended through to the top where fuchsia dendrobium orchids sprouted.  The ceremony flowers were all reused at and around the head table and a fresh thick layer of rose petals was placed in front of the bride and groom.  Dendrobium orchids were placed next the napkins for all of the wedding party and apothecary jars were used to hold the bridal and bridesmaid bouquets but in the meantime were accented with floating dendrobium fuchsia orchids.  To the right of the head table on the floor sat a basket with fuchsia and pink flip flops with custom made size tags and a sign marked “Dancing Shoes – Are your feet sore? Kick off your heels and get back on the dance floor – Compliments of Cindy & Jason”.  The bathrooms were even accessorized with useful products for the ladies and men.  Although I love how fresh and vibrant the room turned out my favorite part was later in the evening when the sun went down, the fuchsia backdrop uplighting appeared at its brightest, the light in the middle of the floral chandelier was dimmed and the crystal candleholders sparkled throughout the room.

I loved designing this wedding.  I feel honored to have been given the opportunity to help pull together Cindy’s vision and look forward to all the brilliant weddings we have to come this year.



Calm & Elegant

This table setting was designed for an elegant bride and groom with a touch of vintage glam.  Just about everything involved in this table setting is custom designed and can be made to match any colour.  You’ll notice a lot of little details as you can never have too much detail in a wedding.  The centerpiece uses an apothecary jar with mason jars accented by custom fabric, the flowers used in this piece are stock, hydrangea, garden roses and rice flower.  The flowers are all muted tones and candles are brought in to add to the calm atmosphere.  The table number adds a touch of fun vintage and had been made using the same lace as the wide satin sash.  For the table setting I’m featuring my newest bronze charger, complemented by the napkin with a buttoned napkin ring and a touch of rice flower for each guest.  Just for fun I designed a little boutonniere and used the same fabric in the napkin rings and table number to wrap it.  I added a polka-dot feather and a couple of pearls as an accent.  I had a lot of fun putting it together.

And please feedback is always welcome.

Rose Coloured Champagnes

Every now and then I like to create a table setting for fun.  I am constantly exploring new designs and searching for new product.  I’m a big fun of vintage classic and a lot of what I create ends up leading back to that style.  Although, I do have a few contemporary weddings this year that have really pushed me to think outside the box to come up with unique creative concepts that won’t leave the bride and groom feeling regretful.

Recently I have come across some beautiful rose coloured sashes that I just couldn’t resist.  I combined them with a light toned champagne runners and some gorgeous beige chair covers.  The colour palettes seem to tie in together really well.

Please leave your comments.  I’m open to all suggestions.

Grumman Makeover Continued

My old school delivery truck with it’s logo on it.  I’m so proud.  It is still in need of a lot of work but at least now people will know the purpose it serves.  Eventually I’d love a very old restored Dodge pick up to cruise around in… just for small deliveries of course.

Grumman Makeover!

Last year before wedding season struck I purchased an old grumman as my delivery truck.  I had plans to come out with a new logo and shortly after have it placed on my truck.  Jen the talented owner and creator of Kreatid Photography and Design helped me come up with a beautiful design.    The logo is just the way I like it and Jen’s design had no flaws, but I was loosing sleep worrying that I hadn’t added enough colour.  I really want this logo to stand out from a distance away.  So I sat down with a local graphic artist and we took a few minutes to tweak it a little to brighten it up.  I am really excited to get it up on my truck at last, I hope it gives it the look and feel I was hoping for.  All is left is some reupholstering, a little paint… and a new cup holder.  I may even get some new rims.  Wedding season was so busy last year and the truck had to be put on hold, but now it is catch up time and the truck should be ready today!  Today I’m also off to the fabric store to have some sample chair covers made and then I have a meeting with a new bride!


Creme de la Creme Cocktail Reception

This year is going to be the best yet for Just Fresh Concepts.  Of course there is so much work to do still and a few details that I need to cover, but I am thrilled with our decision to start on decor.  It is so important to me to provide not only exceptional service but quality products.  I will be collecting some of my favorite decor items and the rest will be strictly custom designed.  I have two months to go before the new addition to our family arrives and hope to have my inventory updated in full by then.  We currently carry vases, gorgeous crystal candelabras, candle holders, a back drop, an arch, easel as well as a few more decor items.  Also soon we will be providing some neutral tones for chair covers and table cloths and the rest will be completely customized.  I may also have some charger plates in stock, other items will also be purchased by demand.

I wanted to share a few photos we took from the VIP cocktail party at the Creme de la Creme wedding show back in November where I had the privilege of meeting one of my greatest inspirations Preston Bailey.  He was originally expected to stay for the full weekend but had to fly out early to India to oversee one of his very large scale events.  Preston’s blogs had helped me push myself harder and get passed the tough days that I wasn’t sure I could (my very supportive husband had a lot to do with this as well).  His work is breathtaking and I adore the passion he has for flowers and design.  I was also happy to learn that he was very down to earth and had a great humorous personality.  I am honored to have met him and even more excited to have received an invite to meet him for lunch or coffee at his office in New York…. I suppose he must have noticed how star struck I was.  For the next year or so I’ll be somewhat “tied down” here with a new baby but one day soon I would love to see New York and get some one on one pointers from Preston.











West Coast Wedding

I wanted to share a few photos I received from Jennifer Dodd Photography of a West Coast wedding I designed the flowers for.  The wedding was on Sechelt at the West Coast Wilderness Lodge.  The Venue was so beautiful and peaceful.  You had a beautiful view on the patio at the ceremony site  of the ocean and the nearby islands.  And best of all the bride and groom had the venue with their friends and family for the entire weekend.  What a great place to relax with your family and then celebrate one of the most memorable nights of your life.







Elegant Pinks and Champagnes

My first wedding this year used some of my favorite colours.  I was really looking forward to putting these flowers together.  I knew exactly the vision that we were going for and was so eager to get started.  For the ceremony I designed four large arrangements of equivalent sizes in different rustic urns.  I used a combination of pink and cream roses, garden roses, lisianthus, stock, and spray roses.  The arrangements were then moved to the reception and stood on either end of the head table.  I find that the head table is where more of the focus on flowers should be made.  This is after all the focal point of the room where most of the pictures will be taken and where the bride and groom sit for a majority of the night.  How nice it must have been for this lovely couple to be surrounded by so many flowers on their wedding day.

The centerpieces were designed using my tallest fluted vases.  They created symmetry in the room and tied in perfectly with the head table.  It was one of my favorite looks and what a great way to kick of the new year.  I’m looking forward to the many weddings coming up this year.  I can’t wait to reveal some new designs and a fresh look for Just Fresh Concepts.











Rich Creams and Candlelight

I enjoyed every moment of this wedding.  It was designed for a truly amazing bride and groom who have a very sophisticated sense of style.  The bride saw a vision of cream roses for her wedding with willow centerpieces.  Her bouquet however was deep red flowers.  Throughout her wedding I used a combination of cream roses, garden roses and ranunculus.  I added some texture to the designs to give it a softer look and added gems to the branches and candlelight everywhere.  I used my newest tall fluted vases and my brand new stunning crystal candelabras.  The candelabras were placed only on the head table to really make it the focal point in the room.  And as guests entered the venue they were greeted by the bride and the groom near the fireplace that was decorated with more roses.  It was a beautiful setup and the bride was gorgeous!  I can’t wait to see some professional shots.  Congratulations Jasi and Johnny!  Lots of loves, I wish you all the best.  Can’t wait to celebrate your endless anniversaries to come.


Winter 2011 Weddings

I have been waiting for my new blog to post my latest winter weddings and am glad that there’s still snow on the ground to keep with the winter spirits while I post these pictures.  One of the winter weddings this season that really stands out to me is Candis and Ryan’s.  It was spectacular.  I went with an idea that the bride and groom had and expanded it to truly fit their vision.  I used a lot of red flowers in deep and lighter shades.  Flowers included rich black bacarra roses, red mums, garden roses, ranunculus and red amaryllis.  The branches were designed to look like they had been snowed on and the base of the vase was lit up to truly showcase the table arrangements.  The ceremony tree arrangements were covered in snow, I layered them with crystals and hung candles where they were needed.  It was so beautiful… I only wish i could have stayed for the party.