With all this talk of Burlap and Lace for weddings lately, it's nice to clean it up a bit and take a different twist. Lets introduce Mad Men Style Wedding.... influenced with a early 60's vibe, it has many different elements influenced by today's trends.
Cocktails, glamour, and memories of the good old days....The time when men were men and women were gorgeous, mysterious creatures moving ahead with the whole world in front of them. Don't you think the red lips are fabulous!?!
Florals: Stems Flowers & Cafe
Photography and Sationery: Candy Koated Design Studio
Location and Food: Boulevard Restaurant + Lounge
Decor: Special Event Rentals, Elegant Event Rentals and Paper2Petals
Dress: Novia Mia Red Deer
Tuxedo: Black Knight Tuxedo
Macarons: Sweet Art by Nicole
Make and Hair: Beauty by Sara
PhotoBooths are a wedding trend we have been seeing for the last few years, and I think they are here to stay for a while. We are always on the hunt to bring you fresh and creative ideas to punch up your special day. Here is a fantastic easy to make idea if you are having a PhotoBooth at your wedding! Created entirely with different foliage and large focal flowers, we simply pinned them onto a plain background. Using Burlap, lace or any fabric that coordinates with your theme can change the overall look to better flow with your design. Creating lasting memories that will last a life time.
Thanks so much for the photos CandyKoated Design Studio
Congratulations Grad 2016!
This years graduating class is all about expressing your own personal style and personality. What does your corsage say about you? Here are a few of our most popular designs.
This has been a long time a coming and we apologize for the delay. In April of 2016, we were invited to join a few of our friends at Novia Mia and had the opportunity to meet a few new ones.
The ladies at Novia Mia put together a fantastic Bridal Fashion Show that featured some of the newest trends in Central Alberta's most favorite styles. The Style was Not-So Shabby Chic, it was paired with lace and chiffon and everything pretty. It still pulled from the back home feel that we know is so popular in Central Alberta. Picture burlap and mason jars done absolutely beautiful with lush full blossoms of peonies, roses and lilies. We were able to combine it with some cutting edge floral designs using succulents and various foliage along with a very beautiful composite designed out of lilies. The smells were incredible and the night was delicious.
Our biggest trick of the night was combining silk flowers with fresh! This allows SOOOOOO much more flexibility for what we can offer you! Want ranunculus in August? You got it!
All photos were done by Candy Koated Design Studio
It has been over a week since the Fort McMurray fires. My heart is truly saddened by the amount of destruction and pain it has caused so many people, hard working people who have given their sweat and blood just trying to provide a better life for their family. And as a result have given so much to not only this wonderful province but also to this country as a whole. This is the city that open its arms to a struggling province, the Newfoundlanders after their cod industry was dried up. A city and a people who provides work for everyone who was willing to work. My heart goes out to you today.
However in all this destruction it fills my heart with joy, and my eyes with tears to see how much support and love there is in return. How many people want to help by sending supplies and money to this city and the people that it housed. I heard a man who wanted to donate his camper trailer to a family so they had some where to live. Home builders donating empty homes to the homeless. Celebrities and large corporations donating and giving and recognizing what happened to our Northern Community. The list goes on. It truly is humbling to say the least.
I'm not sure where exactly I'm going with this post... But my heart is telling me to address it. I guess what I'm trying to say is that our heart here at Stems Flowers & Cafe goes out to you, and we send our support in anyway we can. Sending hugs and best wishes to you. xox
-Stems Flowers & Cafe.
We had so much fun working on this stylized bridal shoot and collaborating with some amazingly talented ladies. The concept all began when Candice from Candy Koated Design Studio approached us to help her develop a concept. Her and Nicole from Sweet Art by Nicole (and sweet art it is!) had come up with a plan to do a photo shoot at the Allen House in Kerrywood Nature Center, Red Deer. They then joined forces with Novia Mia, Red Deer, about getting a few dresses and Something Borrowed for all the fun little props. We were so happy when they asked us to do the flowers especially since it gave us a perfect excuse to take one of the most popular trends and freshen it up with something up and coming. Re-introducing ROMANCE REVISITED with a little Gemstone Glimmer.
Burlap and lace is one of those tried and true trend, and i believe when I say this has definitely passed the fad period. It is a style I think we will be seeing for quite some time especially in Central Alberta with our country roots. We did want to show how you can take parts of this trend and add fresh new ideas to it to make it your own. Traditionally burlap and lace has been paired with neutral flowers, it is very common to pair cream garden roses, white peonies with hints of blush. Taking what we love and making it fresh involved popping those core foundation flowers with pops of colors inspired by gemstones. We added purple stocks to complement amethyst, and pinks for rose quartz. We wanted to brighten it up for spring but still keep it as pretty as flowers should be. Tones of fresh greens and pops of corals complimented authentic depression glass and rose gold china (that we stole from our mothers).
I think the best part about the entire shoot was that it took place on the models' one year anniversary! They got married in a whirl wind and so never had time to plan for a "typical" wedding. She had bugged him for years about setting a date and then one day she came into the room and he surprised her by saying, "We are getting married in 3 days"
And so it was.The bride borrowed her sisters white leather mini dress because that's what she could get. And her parents made her a cake. Sometimes when it happens it just happens. We were super happy to be able to recreate them a Beautiful Romance Revistied wedding.
"Every Flower is a soul blossoming in nature."
- Gerard De Nerval
Choosing flowers for your corsage can be a bit overwhelming. Your best option is to talk to your florist directly about the style of your dress and your own personal style. Then let your florist choose the specific flowers based on what you discussed and what is available.
However it is always good to familiarize yourself first with some of the most common flowers. This way if there are any that you aren't super cool with you are able to let your florist know. There are also lots of flowers that are beautiful, but are just too delicate to last a night or even a few hours at graduation, especially in this Alberta climate. Our climate is so dry that once the flowers lose their water supply, the air literally sucks the moisture out of them. Within a short amount of time your beautiful corsage looks like it was rode hard and put away wet. And nobody wants that. Definitely not us! So here is a little sample list of some of the best flowers for corsages, boutonnieres, hair pieces, and floral crowns .
Congratulations on your upcoming Graduation. This is the time many of you are beginning your life and is the transition period from being a child to becoming an adult. Welcome to the first day of the rest of your life.
All seriousness aside the best part is getting all dolled up and expressing your own personality. We are here to give you some fresh ideas to compliment that. Flowers are a great way to incorporate a touch of natural beauty into your look, with so many different styles and looks for you to choose from. Your hair stylist will know how to fasten each style and they can work directly with your florist to create a look just for you.
Naturally I am all about a floral punch of color! So if you want to get a little creative and do a little craft with the kids (or just with yourself) over the Easter weekend, stop by your local florist (preferably us) for some supplies and take some time to play. Lets learn how to make your very own napkin ring holder.
Supplies you will need:
Cut your aluminum wire into 4 inch strips using your wire cutters. Then roll ends using the end of the needle nose plyers so the ends of the wire form clean, neat ends that won't scratch your guests. Hook them into each other to form a ring. Use your judgement on the size you need for the napkins. Feel free to get creative and bend the ends how you like. I like to form a figure 8 that way it gives me a solid base to glue my flowers and embellishments on.
Determine how you want your flowers and embellishments to lay on your napkin ring. I always set it up first on the table to pre-plan my design. After you get everything the way you like it you can begin gluing it in place. Glue it onto your "seams", this is the ends that you bent into place. Please be careful not to get glue on your hands, this glue is very sticky and you will have one hot mess if you do especially if you use feathers.
We used anemones, hydrangea blossoms and feathers to decorate ours, but you are welcome to use whatever you have available.
Roll up your napkin and place it inside your napkin ring. There you have your very own, handcraft flower napkins for your tablescape.
Sorry I didn't have nicer napkins... Next time I will be better prepared.
Here we are, St. Patty's Day. This is the day we all go out to Irish Pubs listen to a little Celtic music and drink green beer. But do you know where the celebration originated? It originally started way back in the 17th Century and celebrates the arrival of Christianity in Ireland focusing on Irish heritage and culture.
Today we have translated this to mean shamrocks, wearing green and drinking beer. But why beer?
Because the drinking restrictions put in place due to Lent were lifted for this one day. This has encouraged drinking for the occasion.