Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The Floral Fixx is on Pinterest!

If you aren't on Pinterest (especially if you're a soon-to-be bride), you need to get on there now! If you haven't heard of Pinterest, the website describes itself as a "virtual pinboard". Think about it as a virtual way to find photos from magazines or wherever and pinning them on different bulletin boards that are organized by category.

From the website:

Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favourite recipes.

Best of all, you can browse pinboards created by other people. Browsing pinboards is a fun way to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests.

As of now, you have to be invited by another user to get started on the site. You can request an invite as well but it takes a couple of days for it to come through.

Not only can you follow friends and people you know on the website but you can also simply browse by category. For someone getting married and looking for ideas for their wedding, it's a great place to get started.

The Floral Fixx recently set up an account where we will be sharing our favourite wedding and floral ideas as well as just general things we like. Click here to follow The Floral Fixx on Pinterest.

Happy Pinning!

Julie - Featured in the Winnipeg Free Press!

Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION

StreetStyle: Julie Pritchard

Julie Pritchard
Between her roles as shop owner and a mother, this lead designer at The Floral Fixx keeps very busy. Her shop specializes in floral arrangements for weddings and events, and requires keeping up with the trends and staying current with the latest fashions. Pritchard told us, "Part of what you're selling is yourself; the client needs to feel comfortable in you and that you're going to portray the look they want. So I feel if you can't dress yourself and look presentable then maybe they won't trust in you." Pritchard managed to carve out an afternoon for herself with a shopping trip and recent splurge at Swarovski Crystal at St. Vital Shopping Centre.

What she wore...

Jacket, leggings and boots - "Le Chateau is definitely one of my favourites. They have a bunch of different sizes; I'm a little bit more on the plus size, so their sizing isn't just for size 6 or 7 clothing. They're very current, trendy and modern and they have a big selection."
Tank top -- "It's a tank top with a scoop neck and I think it was from Ricki's."
Necklace -- "The necklace is Stella & Dot from the home jewelry parties. I've had this one for a year and I wear it tons."
Earrings -- "Earrings are Lia Sophia, from another home jewelry party."
Sunglasses -- "The sunglasses are from one of my friend's store. They're Oakley glasses, and I got them from Linden Ridge Eye Care. She has the most amazing selection of sunglasses."
Purse -- "I got this at a spa here in Winnipeg."
Ring -- "My ring is my newest purchase. Today I wanted a little pick-me-up. My five-year-old daughter isn't with me today, so I decided to go out shopping. I walked by the Swarovski Crystal store and saw it in the window and fell in love and thought I should have it. I wore it right out of the store," says Pritchard, laughing.

Fashion essential

"Jewelry is my go-to item. I always try and find some unique jewelry and then a matching bag to go with the jewelry. Like today, I'm wearing all black -- it's a pretty simple outfit but I think the jewelry really dresses it up and gives it a little bit of sparkle."

Fashion tip

"I always find putting heels on makes your legs look long and slender. And then for myself I probably wouldn't go around with just a tank top. I would put a little shell or jacket over it. I just feel for my size and body type, that's what suits me best and looks most stylish."

Friday, February 24, 2012

Ode to the White Bouquet

We're seeing more and more all white bouquets (with some green, of course) so I thought I would compile some photos of some gorgeous white bouquets. There's something about the clean palate of whites and greens that adds something extra special to the wedding decor.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Photos: Susan and Brian

It's time to share some beautiful photos with you from our immense wedding library! We had a wonderful time working with Madeline's on Susan and Brian's wedding and we did the flowers for their reception in Gimli following their nuptials in Banff, AB. Thank you to Blair J. Photography for the fantastic photos! Our flowers look great in person but it's always wonderful to see a photographer capture that beauty in a photo (it's harder to do than you would think!)

Anyway, enough rambling. On with the photos! 

Here's a shot from their ceremony in Alberta. What a spectacular view!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Testimonial: Jocelyn & Tim

We received this lovely email from Jocelyn (along with some pictures) and I just had to post them. We had such a blast doing her flowers; they're so unique and different (see below) and we were so happy to hear that she loved them! Thanks to Sugar and Soul Photography for the photos.

Ceremony and Reception were both in Niverville, MB - at the Niverville
Heritage Centre in the Atrium.

Julie was awesome to work with!  I knew as soon as I met her that she was the person to do the flowers for me.  She understood exactly what I was looking for and showed a ton of enthusiasm in adding additional touches to them to make them even more unique.  I didn't want flowers that were "bridal and expected" and I think she nailed it!

I worked weddings for years (about 10) so I have seen a LOT of weddings.  To me, weddings start to look the same and I wanted something more unique. That is part of the reason we chose winter.  We chose to do as many outdoor pictures as we could in the beautiful Timber Frame Atrium in Niverville. We even did a little bit of snowmobiling that day!  

I knew that with a white dress out in the white snow we were going to need flowers that had a real punch.  We had decided on a black/white/silver color scheme and I knew we needed to add a bright color to that mix.  Purple has always been a favourite of mine (I had my purple shoes and purple boots even before I had the dress) so I started to do a lot of online searching for purple flowers. I found about 15 pictures or so of things that I liked and took them to Julie.  She combined the aspects that I liked and came up with something truly amazing!

I LOVE bling (we had acrylic diamonds all over the place at the reception) so I didn't hesitate at all to go big and loud on the flowers.  My friends would have been disappointed if I had wimped out!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Wedding hairstyles (with and without flowers)

Adding a hair flower or two has become very popular with our brides. Just like corsages and boutonnieres, when hair flowers are wired and taped, they last well for the wedding day and night. We found a few photos of hair we love and different ways flowers can be incorporated!

 I can't tell exactly what kind of flowers those are; I think maybe they're garden roses but this look would work with orchids as well. They look like they're kind of sitting on the braid. They're very natural and romanic.

I think those are silk but again, orchids, daisies or anything flat would look great with this look. I love the asymmetry of it. 

This is a neat look. The cymbidium orchid is pinned very low in the hair, making this a more modern and unique look. 

This one doesn't have a flower in it, but a flower or two or even three could be incorporated into the twist on either side of the hair. 

This is such a classic and sleek look, a subtle orchid would look fantastic tucked behind her ear or even a sprinkling of stephanotis on the bun would be beautiful. 


This look is quite funky with the curls pinned in every which way and I love the way the little jewels are poking through from behind. You could do this with a few blooms of stephanotis or even baby's breath. 

Friday, February 10, 2012

Say Yes! (to the dress)

I can't believe that I have a wedding blog and I haven't done a post about dresses yet! I found a bunch of fantastic photos on bride.ca that I thought I would share with you.

There are a lot of thins to consider when choosing a dress for the big day. How much comfort are you willing to sacrifice for your dream dress? What is your budget? Can you afford to blow that budget? How many people are you going to take with you when you go shopping?

Whether or not you know the answers to these questions, I thought I would weigh in on a few of the dresses I found.

I love the flowy fabric mixed with the lace on this one. There really isn't any bling but the flowers and lace provide just enough detail and interest.

I LOVE one shoulder dresses. I'm super into anything asymmetrical so that's probably why I really love this look. This dress would be amazing for a destination wedding.

Super cute and quirky. That's what I think of when I see this dress. It's very vintage looking and it's full of elegance and class.

To me, this one is a more formal version of the dress above it. It's super figure flattering with the tight bodice and poofy (but not too poofy) skirt.

This dress is more on the traditional side. I've never been a huge fan of ivory dresses but I really think this one works. The subtle detail of the sparkly belt compliments the dress perfectly.

This dress keeps growing on me the more and more I look at it. Upon first glance, it looks a little weird with the buttons on the front but I absolutely love the polka dot fabric of the skirt.

This dress is perfect for the bride who isn't afraid of anything. The skirt has a ton of texture and the bodice has a beautiful sparkle. I love the neckline too!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Christie and John wedding photos

We'd like to take this time to share some more beautiful wedding photos with you! It's so nice to be able to share our work with potential brides and with our blog readers out there! Thanks to Palma Photography for the photos. We had a fantastic time (as always) working with Madeline's on this wedding! They did a spectacular job.

Friday, February 3, 2012

More Wedding Show photos - Courtesy of Madeline's

I promised I would share some more (professional) photos from The Wonderful Wedding Show so I've taken to Madeline's blog and grabbed the images from her. Hope she doesn't mind! Also, thank you to Esther Kelly Photography for some of these shots!

Here's what she had to say about the looks of the day:

Our yellow and charcoal section was the perfect design for modern couples! We used a yellow floor length pintuck linen with black satin chair covers and matching black napkins. For an extra special touch, we featured black floral patterned place settings.The Floral Fixx created a tall centerpiece that was simply amazing! Tall dark branches filled the center glass vase while fresh lemons and hydrangeas set the tone for this modern setting. Madeline’s custom designed the reception stationery to include menus, place cards and matching favours. We also added an extra special detail with a framed table number! The pintuck graphic design matched the table linens perfectly!

Our white section featured a dazzling crystal theme! The table design complete with gorgeous flowers and plenty of sparkle was simply to die for!! Here we used a white floor length pinched linen accented with our new ruched chair covers. Another fabulously tall centerpiece graced the table which was filled with smaller bouquets. Floating candles in glasses vases were were wrapped in rhinestone detailing adding that extra sparkle. To finish the look, we used a silver table runner and matching silver napkins. Sparkle-inspired reception stationery included menus, place cards and another beautifully framed table number. This table featured plenty of glamour and textured layers perfect for couples looking for the WOW factor!

Our final table featured a plum and charcoal design. Here we used a plum satin floor length linen and complimented it with our plum satin chair covers. A silver table runner lined the table while matching silver napkins added an extra touch of colour to each place setting. Madeline’s created modern reception stationery in plum for the menus, place cards, framed table number and favours. The Floral Fixx featured a tall cylinder vase filled with bright purple feathers! What a fabulous detail for any reception!!

Thanks Madeline!