For her August 2017 wedding, Gillian Hewson envisioned décor that reflected her low-key personality. However, her florist father — the owner of Monte’s Place in Guelph, Ontario — (naturally) wanted the big day to look like a floral wonderland. “I think we found the perfect blend,” said lead designer Anne Leeson, CAFA, AIFD, CPF. “We followed the bride’s mandate of ‘simple, pretty, and elegant’ but made sure we didn’t skimp on the flowers.” Here, she discusses some of her favorite designs from that wedding, which took place at Cambridge Mill.

The bride adorned her hair with flowers. We used unusual greens, brunia berries, and dusty miller in shades of grey and green to complement the peach roses in the bouquets.

For the bride’s bouquet, we went for a soft combination of ‘Patience’ and ‘Juliet’ David Austin roses, white peonies, and dusty miller. For texture, we used brunia berries, various eucalyptus foliage and seeds, and tiny air plants. We accented it with trailing jasmine vine, supplied by the bride’s favourite uncle.

We used a romantic combination of peach, blush and ivory flowers to soften the stone pillars and walls in the chapel.

Overlooking the river, the Cambridge Mill Chapel was a stunning setting for the ceremony. We didn’t need to do much to accent the vista — just three tall glass vases with mixed foliage and white orchids. We placed about 30 Boston ferns around the entrance, seating, and stage area.

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This was a special young guest from Norway, made to feel at home with hair flowers.

The bride had requested low designs down the middle of each table. We achieved this look by combining three low designs and attaching end garlands that draped down to the floor, which we accented with silver votive candles and hurricane lamps.

Stunning grouping of vases and low designs, starring hydrangeas and peach garden roses, flanked the head table. These were all used previously in the chapel. In front of the place settings, we set the bride’s and bridesmaids’ bouquets in glass vases, accented with a eucalyptus garland.

Grooms always want a masculine look. To fulfill that request and keep the style in line with the rest of the wedding, we used grey-green eucalyptus and dusty miller, accented with peach hypericum berries and tiny succulents bound with peach raffia.

Katie Hendrick
Katie Hendrick is the editor-in-chief of Canadian Florist.
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