Flowers by Janie- Calgary Wedding Florist
Sunday, November 06, 2016 10:28AM
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Our team at Flowers by Janie has been privileged to design wedding floral arrangements for some of the top hotels and wedding venues in Calgary and the surrounding Rocky Mountains. One of our favorite places to add fresh flowers is on top of fireplace mantels; and the grand fireplace at The Lake House Calgary is a perfect spot to highlight fresh floral designs. Fireplace mantels can serve as ceremony and head table backdrops and make a stunning floral backdrop for bridal, family and guest portraits. If your wedding venue has a fireplace that will be included in the ceremony and reception, a fresh floral arrangement or floral garland can really add some interest to this space and will look lovely in photos!

Scroll down to view fresh floral mantel designs from recent weddings at The Lake House Calgary designed by Flowers by Janie.

An early October wedding ceremony at The Lake House Calgary complete with romantic candlelight, white pumpkins and a feature floral arrangement of Polar star roses, White O'Hara garden roses, navy eryngium thistle, lotus pods, olive leaves and mixed eucalyptus' on the fireplace mantel. Photos by Heart & Sparrow Photography.

For a July wedding reception at The Lake House Calgary the fireplace was adorned with a loosely arranged garland of seeded eucalyptus, silver dollar eucalyptus and feather eucalyptus and blooms of Quicksand roses and blush Majolika spray roses, which brought the summer freshness indoors. Photos by Oscar Lima of Flowers by Janie.

This May wedding was featured on Bridal Musings blog and we love how full and lush the fireplace mantel looks with these sweet blush peonies, Juliet garden roses, ivory hydrangea and mixed eucalyptus foliage! Photos by Kristyn Harder Photography

The fireplace mantel design was for an August wedding reception at The Lake House Calgary. The bride provided the two windowpanes and floating candles and our team added fresh foliage and loose blooms of Oceans song and Geraldine roses. Photos by Oscar Lima of Flowers by Janie.

For more photos from a previous candlelit wedding at The Lake House Calgary view here.

Tuesday, November 01, 2016 10:12AM
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This past August Flowers by Janie had the pleasure of providing the fresh floral designs for K & J's white tented wedding at Meadow Muse Pavilion located in Fish Creek Provincial Park in South East Calgary. Our team worked alongside Calgary and Rocky Mountain wedding planner Mountain Bride to convert Meadow Muse into their clients' dream wedding. The team at Mountain Bride had the tent covered in soft white draping and even built custom wood doors for the ceremony entrance. Our favorite aspect of the floral design was adding fresh foliage along with white larkspur, delphinium and stock to create three lush, hanging floral chandeliers from the chandeliers already installed at the venue. The floral chandeliers looks spectacular along with the strings of cafe lights that were hung from the white draping.

When choosing your wedding flowers it is nice to be able to repurpose flowers from the ceremony at the reception. The lantern aisle decor and wooden floral boxes served a dual purpose as ceremony decor and then as centrepieces for the guest tables and head table. The hand crafted head table boxes and wooden ceremony pedestals can also be rented from us. 

All of the dreamy photos below were captured by the talented Miranda Weston Photography! Photos are limited to the ceremony and reception decor only to respect the privacy of our couple. It was wonderful to work with K & J and the wedding vendors listed below.

Wedding Vendor Team:

Planning & Design: Mountain Bride

Floral Design: Flowers by Janie

Venue: Meadow Muse Pavilion

Photographer: Miranda Weston Photography

Stationary: The Social Page

Linens & Chairs: Great Events Rentals

To see more images from this real Calgary wedding, visit the blog by Mountain Bride.

The ceremony and reception were both held at Meadow Muse. Once the ceremony was complete the team at Mountain Bride transformed the space into a beautiful seated dinner reception. The ceremony florals were reused as centerpieces.

Thursday, October 27, 2016 11:54AM
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With November fast approaching, the winter wedding season in Canada will soon begin! Many couples choose to stay local and get married during the "low season" between November to March to take advantage of the beauty of a winter wonderland wedding!

Weddings in nearby Canmore and Banff, in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, are lovely as the snowy mountain peaks make for great photos; plus it's ski season so guests coming near and far can enjoy the fresh mountain air and activities that Calgary and area have to offer! With the days getting shorter and the weather colder the warmth of candle light can be appreciated and venues with romantic fireplaces are perfect choices! There are fewer people who choose winter nuptials so it is usually easier to book the venue of your dreams or your favorite vendors (unless you plan your wedding around a busy holiday like Christmas, New Years Eve or Valentine's day).

From a florist's perspective, winter weddings are great for textured and local foliage! Some of my favorite foliages {Carolina Sapphire & blue berry cedar} are in ample supply and provide beautiful texture to winter bouquets, centerpieces and other statement floral arrangements. Other foliages available this time of year, especially plentiful in November and December, are cedar, gold tipped cedar, leyland cypress, Douglas fire, hemlock, silver fir, white pine, magnolia tips, holly, pepper berry and more! Why not opt for minimal flowers and carry a bouquet of mixed winter foliage and berries or have this same combination as a head table garland or centerpiece? Berries can look absolutely stunning mixed together with foliage and flowers; besides, winter berries are in abundance! For a listing of berry varieties and their availability read more here. Roses are also a classic choice as they are available year round. Looking for an in-season flower; the amaryllis is a show stopping bloom! Late fall to early spring is also the season for the beloved anemones and ranunculus and Star of Bethlehem is another lovely option. Besides winter foliages, berries and blooms; brides look so gorgeous in faux fur capes and shawls!

I can sum up my love for winter weddings in 10 thoughts:

1. Snowy winter wonderland for romantic outdoor photos

2. Ski season- great for guests traveling near and far as Calgary & area have lots of outdoor winter activities to participate in

3. Candle light- oh so gorgeous

4. Cozy fireplaces to say "I do" in front of

5. Fresh winter foliage- mmm love the smell of cedar!

6. Berries- which make for great texture and provide pops of colour amongst your wedding flowers

7. Ranunculus and anemones!

8. Cute faux fur and knit shawls, boleros and capes for brides

9. Low season rates for hotel bookings- great for years to come when celebrating anniversaries!

10. You have more options for choosing the vendors you love and them being available for your wedding date!

It's probably fairly obvious that I love winter weddings! Oscar and I renewed our vows last year for our 5th wedding anniversary at Spray Lakes near Canmore, Alberta a couple of weeks before our actual anniversary on December 4th (so yes we celebrate a winter wedding date too)! Read more about tips for choosing flowers for your winter wedding in our blog post titled "9 Winter Wedding Bouquet Tips".

May the winter wedding planning begin! Scroll down to see photos from previous winter weddings in Calgary, Canmore and Banff that our team at Flowers by Janie had the pleasure of flowering!

Oscar and I celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary last year by having a photoshoot and vow renewal at Spray Lakes. The mountains always look incredible but even a little more so with fresh snow! They make a lovely backdrop for wedding portraits in the winter and year round! Photo: Tara Whittaker Photography

A winter wedding at Azuridge amongst snow covered roads and vistas. Photo: Studio Lumen

An indoor ceremony in front of the grand fireplace at The Lake House, with fresh cedar lining the aisles and boughs of cedar tied with satin ribbon to the aisle chairs, makes for a quaint wedding day. Photo: Cedna Photography

Panda anemones are in season and oh so pretty! I love our bride's faux fur bolero too! Photo: Cassie's Camera

Loads of freshly scented cedar, Carolina sapphire and mixed eucalyptus in this head table floral arrangement for a wedding at  Sunshine Village! Photo: Kim Payant Photography

Pretty blue privet berries cascade down from this winter bridal bouquet. Photo: Cedna Photography

Sweet white ranunculus tucked together with pinecones, red roses and eggplant mini calla lilies for a Canmore wedding at Silvertip. Photo: Anna Michalska

March weddings are a little more mild and you might even be able to take photos outside without freezing! This wedding took place at Pinebrook Golf & Country Club. Photo: Genevieve Renee

Thursday, June 23, 2016 12:54PM
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If you have been engaged for sometime, no doubt you've come across countless glossaries of options for bouquet styles with their shapes and descriptions available to you on Pinterest and wedding blogs. There are numerous styles of wedding bouquets for brides and bridesmaids to choose from, probably 10 or more!

The classic round bouquet (or the smaller nosegay or posy version for bridesmaids and flower girls) has always been a favorite. The classic round can be tight and compact with one or two feature blooms, or it can be designed loosely with more foliage and a variety of different blooms. The more traditional cascade or shower bouquet, where flowers gracefully flow down over the bride's hands, was popular in the 1970s & 1980s and is starting to come back into style.

The newest trend in bridal bouquets and corresponding maid's bouquets is the oversized free-form or unstructured bouquet. This bouquet is hand tied and is somewhat a hybrid between the round bouquet and the cascade bouquet. The free-form bouquet is larger than all of the other bouquet styles and is loosely arranged for an airy, whimsical feel. It is round but not completely, and instead of cascading downward over the bride's hands, it can cascade upward, downward and/or out to the sides of the bouquet. Thus, it gets the free-form; hence the combination of both the classic round and the cascade style of bouquet.

The free-form bouquet trend started in early 2015 and has been gaining momentum in 2016. It will likely carry on into 2017 and 2018 as well. A key element to this type of bouquet is its "picked from the garden" look and feel. These bouquets are often quite expensive because of the size and amount of flowers and foliage required for the design. They need an assortment of different varieties of flowers (think 5-10+ types of flowers) and foliage (3-5+ types of foliages) to make it look like it was picked from the garden. It is also possible to create these bouquets using only foliage for a more avant-garde type of free-form bouquet!

If you are a bride who absolutely adores flowers and wants to make a statement with them at her wedding, this could be the perfect bouquet for you! Below you can find a few images of oversized free-form bouquets our team at Flowers by Janie has created along with a couple of infographics that describe other bouquet styles. 

Please visit our website bouquets galleries to view more images of bridal bouquets or contact us today to inquire about booking us for your upcoming wedding! Flowers by Janie is a boutique floral studio located in Calgary, Alberta serving Calgary and the Canadian Rocky Mountains.

An oversized, free-form, english garden style bouquet designed with anemones, ranunculus, peonies, garden roses, lilacs, lisianthus, flowering scabiosa, sweet peas, hellebores and thlaspi with mixed foliage and vines. The colour palette included soft pastels in pink and lavender shades with a touch of deep purple. The trailing silk ribbons added a beautiful touch!

Photo: Amanda Dumouchelle Photography

Another english garden style, oversized, free-form bouquet with mostly British grown blooms. Created during the Chapel Designers floral conference in London, England; I (Janie) used Romantic Antike garden roses, lilacs, french tulips, hellebores, sweet peas, eucharis lily, tuberose, flowering scabiosa, spray roses, flowering jasmine vine and fountain grasses to achieve the shape and design of this hand tied bridal bouquet!


Photo: Modern Vintage Weddings

Bouquet charts sourced from Pinterest

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 5:05PM
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Congratulations on getting engaged! You have your wedding venue, your bridal gown, your photographer and! How do you know which flowers to choose for your wedding and how do you know what is in season? Pinterest is a great place to start researching flower varieties but keep in mind that certain flowers you may see might be hard or impossible to source for a Canadian wedding. Here are our top 5 tips for choosing your wedding flowers.

1. Pick flowers that have a special meaning for you and your partner. Think back to your childhood or to your first date. Are there any flowers that hold a special place in your heart? You may want to consider including the favorite bloom of a loved one who is unable to attend the wedding or a flower that your mom used to grow in her garden.

2. Choose blooms that are in season. You can research the growing season for the flowers you are wanting online and your professional wedding florist can also tell you if your chosen flower(s) will be available. 

3. Choose blooms that are suitable for the climate & time of year. Even if a favorite flower is available extreme weather conditions and temperatures could pose a threat. For example poinsettias are available in December but aren't a hardy choice if you are planning an outdoor winter ceremony in the mountains as they don't like cold weather. Some flowers last longer out of water and are more resilient than others. 

4. Be flexible. If your favorite flower isn't available your floral designer will be able to offer ideas of other similar flowers that could work in place of the specific bloom you are wanting. We often substitute garden roses for peonies when peonies are no longer in season or pomponi gerberas or commercial mums in place of dahlias.

5. Hire a professional. A professional floral designer with years of experience and education will be able to help you pick blooms that are suitable for your wedding style, colour palette and time of year. Purchasing flowers from a professional ensures you their expertise as well as high quality fresh flowers and a beautiful, original design. If you are still in need of a wedding florist please contact us today!

Flowers by Janie is a boutique floral studio providing fresh floral design for weddings and events. We serve Calgary, Canmore and the Canadian Rocky Mountains!

Photos below by Chloe Buie