Do I really need flowers at my wedding?

Type in “wedding” to Pinterest and what comes up – hundreds of images of tables with floral garlands, Brides holding beautiful cascading bouquets, seating charts draped with hundreds of flowers, and archways accented with jaw-dropping greenery and floral arrangements. But – do you really need flowers at your wedding?


Flowers don’t last

We won’t lie to you – they won’t last forever. Florists take the best possible care steps to ensure their flowers stay beautiful as long as they can, but the inevitable cannot be stopped. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t worth it! Flowers are the finishing touch to your wedding day. You won’t have your flowers forever (unless you preserve them!) but you will have your pictures forever – and what will you see in your pictures – you, your groom, your most important friends and family, and your flowers! Your wedding bouquet is your once in a life time accessory!


I don’t want flowers at all

Okay, so you want to decorate your reception space with lanterns, candles, glass bottles, wooden pieces, etc. That’s great! No one says each table has to be smothered with massive garlands or 4-foot tall vases! However, the space can start to look very rigid with these as the only item in your centrepieces. A simple touch of greenery scattered on the table or a few flowers arranged in the base of a lantern can very easily soften your reception space. Plus, studies have shown that people enjoy looking at flowers, because they are a natural element they reduce stress and bring happiness to people. Who doesn’t want happy guests on their wedding day?


They cost way too much

Yes, some flowers (specialty flowers, especially out-of-season) do cost a lot! And they will easily eat up your entire budget. But if you approach your florist with your floral dream and explain your budget, they can make suggestions for in-season local flowers that will help you create your dream wedding without going over budget. Nearly every flower has a less expensive substitute that will give the same appearance and not sacrifice cost. But if you’re set on a specific flower, arrangements can be made smaller to accommodate the budget. So don’t let money stop you from completing your wedding floral dream.

At the end of all the planning, the big day will come and go, and you will have your memories and pictures to look back on. Flowers aren’t just a tradition, they are an integral part of your big day. You and your partner have a one-of-a-kind love story, your flowers should be one-of-a-kind too!



Rustic Forest – Alan and Krista


Setting: Temple’s Sugar Bush, Lanark; February 27, 2016
Description: Rustic Forest

Love came naturally for Alan and Krista. That old saying of when you know, you know became relevant almost immediately for the pair and they decided early on that they would put down roots together near Alan’s hometown of Perth. A stone’s throw from the couple’s home, nestled into a glistening maple forest, there was no more perfect setting for winter nuptials than Temple’s Sugar Bush.  Here inside the majestic timber frame architecture, loved ones gather in front of a traditional hearth, the mantle adorned with wintry greens, magnolia leaves, natural twigs, pine cones, and cream tones of lisianthius, astilbe, mums, roses and jasmine. The design is unlike anything else that’s been seen at Temple’s before. Long, low centerpieces and clusters of elegant gold vases filled with white tulips, twigs and cedar carry the woodland décor throughout the building and lush spruce boughs form a garland overheard. Hearts are warm and the room is cozy as the Groom and guests await the Bride’s arrival. Krista enters carrying a hand-tied bouquet featuring a dreamy collection of grey roses and off-white tones of lisianthius, astilbe, tulips and jasmine. Pinecones, stiletto pods, magnolia leaves, cedar and eucalyptus have been carefully incorporated to create the natural, forest-picked feel that was envisioned for the day.

Vivid Romantic – Marie-Josee & Paul


Setting: Stonefield’s, Carleton Place September 20, 2013
Description: Vivid Romantic
The sun peeks over the roof of an old stone farmhouse nestled in amongst lush country gardens, surrounded by age old log cabins and rustic barns- all of which is framed by acres upon acres of rolling farmland. On this warm September day, Marie-Josee & Paul have travelled from Ottawa with their closest family and friends to exchange heartfelt “I Do’s” outside on the historic steps of this picturesque venue. Yearning for a unique romantic experience, unexpected combinations of colourful blooms and petals have been chosen to adorn antique wine barrels and to highlight the grassy aisle and chairs. These vibrant floral designs carry the theme throughout the poolside cocktail hour and into the reception space which is set to take place under a magnificent white tent. As the sun sets, Marie-Josee and Paul’s happily ever after is added to the rich pages of Stonefield’s history and another wedding vision is made reality by our creative team at Kelly’s.



Rustic Luxe – Ainsley & Chris


Setting: Asbury Freemethodist Church, Best Western Plus Parkside Inn & Spa, Timber Run, Perth, January 1, 2015
Description: Rustic Luxe
Its a crisp New Year's Day and the quiet snow swept streets of downtown heritage Perth await the celebration of Ainsley and Chris's new life together. It all begins with a nostalgic ceremony in the Free Methodist Church where Ainsley's mother grew up; a community in which both Bride and Groom are active members. The modest surroundings of the church have been embellished with glamourous floral designs in classic shades of cream and blush flowers. Birch bark and poplar branches add a rustic element. Once vows are exchanged, the party starts with some cocktails at the Best Western Plus Perth Parkside Inn and Spa. Here, luxe metallic toned balloons paired with cream and blush cruiser table arrangements showcase the gorgeous event space. The final stop on the itinerary is the majestic Timber Run Golf Course; a breathtaking log structure that Ainsley and Chris are mad about, now dressed to the nines with elaborate mercury glass vases filled with fresh hydrangea and blush roses. Soft cream fabric drapes frame the entrance held back by romantic floral tiebacks. It's a sight to be seen as the bride and groom make their first entrance as newlyweds, with Ainsley's stunning bouquet held high for all to see. This is the wedding's statement piece, an all rose bouquet complete with ivory pearls to achieve the luxe feel of the entire wedding vision. The talented duo of Luke & Lee Photography don't miss a beat, capturing precious moments in time for Ainsley and Chris to enjoy for years to come. Wedding planner Becky looks around at everyone enjoying what's left of this special night and feels honoured to be part of such a beautiful day


Timeless Elegant – Scott & Brooke


Timeless Elegant – Scott & Brooke
Setting: Code’s Mill, Perth  November 8th, 2014

The day has finally arrived and the hours of dreaming and meticulous planning have come to fruition. Today is the day that Scott marries Brooke. Preparation for this special day began a world away in Dubai, where Brooke lived and worked as a flight attendant. In her spare time, she drew inspiration from her travels to countries in Europe, where she fell in love with the classic elegance and old-world charm all around her. Upon her return to Ottawa, Brooke discovered the embodiment of her wedding vision- a stunning Tara Keely Ivory shantung gown with lace cap sleeves and deep V-back. Today, as Brooke walks down the aisle of St Jean the Baptiste Church with her classic all white and ivory bouquet, she is a modern day Grace Kelly. The newlyweds exchange vows and invite their guests to the historic Code’s Mill building, where vintage furniture and carefully selected antique decor enhance the heritage feel and offset the classic ivory and white floral centrepieces and standout mantle decor. Ivory satin ribbons hang from the ceiling, holding the bridesmaid bouquets overhead to create a unique and romantic vignette to feature the newlyweds.  Everything about Scott and Brooke’s day serves as a reminder that true love is timeless.


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