That's precisely how I felt when I looked at Beth's wedding photos.
This wedding had everything right. The lakeside ceremony, the outdoor tent complete with clothed tables. The absolutely stunning bride alongside (how dare he!) an equally stunning groom. Pure magic; that's what it was. Love was in the air, regardless of where Elton John was that night.
"Cobble Beach is on Georgian Bay, just north of Owen Sound. When Ronnie and I first became a couple we spent a lot of time at a mutual friend's cottage in Muskoka, so we decided for that reason that we would like to get married in the area.
We toured many resorts on Georgian Bay and in Muskoka, and we liked Cobble Beach the best! It also was perfect because my Grandma lives in Owen Sound, and it's where my Dad grew up. It was an amazing venue!"
At first, I looked at a lot of wedding websites to get ideas. Once I bought my dress (and the girl's dresses) I knew that I wanted the flowers to have a soft and romantic feel. I wanted them to look fluffy and colourful.
It was important to me that they coordinated well with the girl's dresses, while adding a pop of colour to the photographs."
" I first came to Janice with the feel that I wanted, and the general colours.
She then put an amazing amount of effort into finding colours that coordinated with the dresses perfectly! Once we found a flower that was the same shade of pink, we went from there to build the bouquets.
I will admit that I desperately wanted peonies!! Unfortunately they were out of season. Janice was (miraculously) able to get a small number, which was perfect for my bouquet.
I'm so happy with the way it turned out - it was my favourite part of the flowers! The girls each had one peony, and we used garden roses to get the same romantic look."
The groomsmen wore a blush flower, which was the only way in which they coordinated with the bridesmaids.
So the colour was by far the most important part of selecting their boutonnieres.
"Janice had only a fabric swatch for the bridesmaid dresses, and she chose the flower based on the best match. My nephew, our ring bearer, had the same one. Both of our fathers had a white boutonniere made with the same type of flower."
For instance, the tall and elegant arrangements on either side of the wedding aisle were a statement in and of themselves.
It was not by accident. "It was my Mom's idea based on something Janice did for my brother's wedding in 2009. Janice made large arrangements for them, which were displayed on the same pedestals as an alter. Since we had the arboretum, we decided to use them at the beginning of the aisle instead. They were later moved into the tent on either side of our head table."
The bride and bridesmaid bouquets themselves were placed on the head table in water-filled vases.
Such a simple yet elegant touch.
"I knew I wanted one larger centre piece on each table, but not something tall that would block the guests from each other. We used similar flowers as the bridesmaid bouquets.
We gave a lot of the flowers to Cobble Beach to keep.
Our family and wedding party all took centre pieces home.
My Grandma lives in Owen Sound, so she also took a lot of flowers for her home and her friends."
"I didn't throw my bouquet in the traditional fashion, but did toss it directly to my best friend (and she got engaged 5 months later!). She kept my bouquet.
I would have loved to keep it after the wedding, but we left for our honeymoon immediately so I figured someone else should be able to enjoy it."
Flowers at any wedding signify the love, joy and beauty of the occasion. During Beth and Ronnie's ceremony, their flowers being captured as they were by their photographer, it adds a sometimes forgotten element
" I loved the colours and feel of the flowers and I think they add so much to the pictures. They portray the entire feel of the day and the theme I wanted for the wedding."
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