“Because I like things to be very symmetrical and neutral I thought it would look really great to have all of the same flowers for all of the girls. I didn’t think that the flowers needed to be different from each other to stand out. I love how it looks in the photos to have everyone’s flowers the same, as they really stood out in front of black dresses. “
It’s interesting that while the flowers were front and centre of this wedding ceremony, Melanie herself never actually met her florist, Janice. “My work hours are pretty unpredictable and I work in Toronto so my Mom went to see Janice a few times to talk about the look of the flowers and then she sent me pictures. My Mom was in the same Chamber of Commerce group with Janice a few years ago in Kitchener, so it was my Mom’s idea to contact Janice as our florist. I’m so glad she did!”
Speaking of centrepieces—in a word, they were outstanding. Melanie wanted the flowers to be the absolute focus and they were. She found the extraordinarily tall glass vases at a wholesaler. Then she left the rest up to Janice. “I absolutely loved how they turned out. The flower arrangements were HUGE. I was so blown away when I walked into the room and saw everything put together. There were 12 centerpieces in total, which is a lot of flowers, and they suited the venue perfectly.”
Janice met the challenge of the venue without even seeing it in advance. Plus, Janice not only oversees every flower detail, she personally delivers and sets up everything day of, so nothing is left to chance.
There are a lot of venues to look at but nothing modern and clean and with a parking lot for guests. In Toronto there is a lack of parking at all venues. I really wanted something neutral (of course) and this was just the place. When I went to visit The Doctor’s House I fell in love instantly. A small church on the property set in a beautiful garden, a reception room on the same property with hardwood floors, white walls and a wall of doors that opened to our own private space. Since we got married in June it was really great to be able to spend time outdoors and indoors with all of our guests. I also wanted to find a venue that made food in house.”
Since all of Melanie’s floral budget went into the bouquets and centrepieces, rather than a duplicate bouquet or corsages, there were a lot of blooms to make people happy after the ceremony and dinner. “The morning after the wedding a few family members took some of the flowers and we filled two vans with the rest. We brought the flowers to an old age home in hopes that they would enjoy the flowers after us. If I wasn’t leaving for my honeymoon the next day I would have wanted to fill my house with all the beautiful flowers.”
Gorgeous wedding photography by Bryan Capporicci who says "I believe that photography is about people, relationships, and the moments that they share together."