Kate's Garden DIY Weddings
It is no secret that I am crazy for weddings. When allowed to create their wedding flowers, I am privileged to share one of the most joyful days in the lives of a couple. This year was over-the-top for me as SIX of our current or former Kate’s Garden staffers got married in 2017. And guess who got to do the flowers? My cup runneth over. John, our two Lauras, Shirley, our son Evan and Madisyn all tied the knot and each of them chose our Kate’s GardenDIY Wedding “Posse” approach for their respective weddings.
DIY Wedding Posse Service
Our DIY Wedding Posse service is unique here in the GTA but it is actually common in England. We’ve offered this service for over fifteen years and the concept is simple. The bride (or groom) is allowed to bring along a gang of up to four helpers to the teaching room of our Main Street Markham shop. They become instant floral assistants, are provided step-by-step guidance and assistance by our talented floral team and use all of our equipment for free. Our posses enjoy a big advantage in terms of learning and creative control with significant savings as an added bonus.
Winter Wedding at The Doctor's House
Laura E. kicked it off in February with a wintry evergreen theme for her wedding to David at The Doctor’s House, an historic venue in the heart of Kleinburg. Laura is depicted here with her posse.
Rustic Chic Wedding at Herongate Barn Theatre
John married his smiling Marissa this past June. The beautiful country setting of The Herongate Barn Theatre was the perfect venue for their rustic chic wedding. We added celtic flair to the bouquets of daisies, lisianthus and hydrangea by interspersing tartan leaves and the button cuff with ribbon from their Scottish clans. Marissa is depicted here with her new mother-in-law Bernadette.
Last year, our long-time employee Laura M. moved to Prince Edward Island to marry her “Gilbert”. (If you love Anne of Green Gables as much as I do, you will know what it means to meet your Gilbert. Laura found her perfect match, kindred spirit and soul mate in Sheldon). Talented photographer and artist Laura and Sheldon, pastry chef extraordinaire styled a whimsical, outdoor wedding that took place on a perfect island day in Tignish. My husband Jim and I loved helping with the wedding prep, event styling and flowers. Alberton Florist was kind enough to procure the patience garden roses, blush astilbe, blue thistle, pinks alstros, seeded eucalyptus and tiki fern. Jim and I also enjoyed one of the most delicious wedding banquets ever with lobster and veggies and PEI potatoes fresh from Sheldon’s family farm; the Clohossey Farm. The meal was topped off by a scrumptious wedding cake created by the groom himself.
Estates of Sunnybrook Sunday Afternoon Wedding
Our social media guru Shirley married Michael on a gorgeous Sunday afternoon recently at McLean House at The Estates of Sunnybrook. To match the charming garden setting and historic ambience, Shirley’s posse created bouquets that looked freshly picked. It was the perfect setting for their dog Tibby the Corgi to make her entrance. Tibby, Toronto’s most popular dog with a website and over 250000 followers, had a collar made of spray roses and salal tips.
Thompson Hotel Friday Evening Wedding
Our blogging expert Madisyn runs a blog called The Restless Worker which is all about millennial travel. Madisyn and Ben’s blog inspired their travel-themed wedding which took place on the rooftop of the ultra chic Thompson Hotel on a recent Friday night. Madisyn's family and friends posse had an amazing time creating the flowers for the wedding and reception.
As an aside, for the past few years, many of our weddings have been on Fridays and Sundays. Savvy brides and grooms know that alternate dates are appreciated by guests and sometimes offer price-savings as well. Friday night weddings are a personal favourite as they seem to both more relaxed and party-oriented; giving a great kick start to weekends. Though more sedate, Sunday afternoon weddings are genteel and charming.
For me, the icing on the most delicious wedding cake ever took place at the end of July when our son Evan married his darling Joanna. Their cake is called the Signature Mille Crêpes created by Lady M at World Trade Centre 4; unbelievably delicious. Our wonderful son Evan married his darling Joanna at an intimate, stylish wedding in New York City. We kicked off our NYC floral adventure by visiting the New York Florist Market; a must see for flower lovers located in the heart of the city. Ubering home our glorious array of hot-coloured flowers (including mini-hellebores!) and fantastic foliage was actually easy. It was a treat creating the flowers for their Tribeca wedding and rooftop reception followed by a mouth-watering dinner at neo-bistro and natural wine bar Rebelle in Nolita.