This past June I was asked by my cousin, Becky, to make a hairpiece for her daughter's grade eight graduation. Becky is one of the most enthusiastic floral lovers I know & has been a huge encourager for me over the years. I was really excited to make something special for her. Becky's daughter, Kendall, is a very important part of our family & they spend their summers just a few doors down the lake from us. I remember the excitement we all felt the summer Kendall was born & it has been a joy to watch her grow up into the beauty she is.
In Canada your grade eight grade is a big deal & it's a fun time to determine your own style. Most girls wear a traditional corsage but Becky wanted some more unique for Kendall. We decided on what we wanted to do the week of the graduation so I had to create with what I had on hand which is always a fun challenge. Becky told me that Kendall's dress was blush with pearl & ivory accents. I used spray roses, peach hypericum berry, wax flower & lots of glitz on a comb for her to wear in her braid. I really wanted it to be feminine & classy but also whimsical & young.
I think it was a great fit for Kendall's personality & she looked so beautiful in it. As I often say, it's so rewarding to make something for the people you love & I really enjoyed this one.
The day we had been waiting & planning over a year finally came on May 30, 2015. My little sister Hannah (sibling #4) married her teenage sweetheart & our lake neighbour, Kyle. This year marked Kyle & Hannah's 7th summer together on our lake. We were all incredibly excited to welcome Kyle into our family & it was extra special considering he shares our love of the north.
The couple's love of water is part of the reason they decided to have a dock wedding at Port Cunnington Lodge in Huntsville, ON. It was a weekend affair for their guests who all stayed in charming cabins at the lodge. The weekend started with a barbecue, bonfire & firework show on the Friday evening as everyone arrived. On Saturday morning everyone enjoyed a laid-back brunch with plenty of time to enjoy the lake & relax before getting ready for the ceremony. It was important to the couple for their guests to have a little getaway while helping them celebrate this special day.
Large wedding parties seem to be on trend, and in this couple's case it was a necessity! With our family's pack of 6 siblings & Kyle's history of epic bromances, the wedding party of 17 was the bare minimum. Kyle's little cousins acted as Flower Girl & Ring Bearer while every sibling stood beside them along with their closest friends. Our cousin, Danielle, was the Lady of Honour & Kyle's brother, Alex, was the Best Man.
The Groomsmen all donned navy suits with a floral bowtie, blue suspenders & brown leather shoes. Hannah had said for years that she wanted all of her bridesmaids in white along with her, & after shocking a few people, they were a hit! We had originally planned on each wearing a different white dress until we went in to choose & all wanted the same dress. Emma wore a similar dress in a shorter length as a Junior Bridesmaid while Destiny picked out her own Flower Girl dress. Hannah's dress stood out from ours with a deep V in both the front & the back with beautiful beading on the top. In the end they couple loved the outfits on their party while everyone was comfortable, could move & dance all night.
Early afternoon before the ceremony, Hannah wanted Kyle to see her in her gown & for them to have that special moment captured. I was so excited to make her a flower crown for this & show a different side of the wedding day. Katelin Barkey who is a Huntsville local & was a Muskoka bride herself did a wonderful job as a photographer. Along with her second shooter/husband, Jake, they helped everyone share & remember this beautiful day.
In our house, growing up, it was always a struggle to have everyone ready on time amongst the chaos & this day was no different. We had people (mainly our brother Buzz) running from cabin to cabin making sure everyone was where they needed to be. I had a very short time to get myself ready & with the help of the amazing Jessica Manninger on hair, Amy Marcelli on make-up along with childhood friend, Katie Toronchuk, helping with dresses we all were ready to walk down the aisle.
The men looked sharp all on their own & didn't even need assistance with their boutonnieres. I was highly impressed & jealous that they got a swim in before it was time to be all suited up.
Then the forecast that makes all brides, planners, venues & floral designers develop some low-grade anxiety... rain! Unfortunately that forecast added to the nerves during preparation & fear to a couple who just really wanted to get married on the dock. In the end they decided that no matter what, they wanted the dock. The dock is what they got & it was perfection!
We stood outside our cabin waiting, all ready to walk down the aisle to the dock as the first sprinkles of rain started to fall. Hannah glanced at us with some disappointment so we decided to do the only thing we knew to do... we sang "My Humps" & danced on the porch until she laughed. Kyle didn't even seem to notice as he was shaking with excitement waiting for her.
As I stood at the end of the dock looking at the couple under the arch & all of the guests watching with big smiles, it was clear that a little rain only added to the magic of the day. I love how you can see the droplets in the photos. The colours were so vivid & the fresh smell with the vows went better than anything you could have planned. It was definitely a sign of good luck!
Being able to create what I love for my own family meant the world to me. It meant a crazy weekend without much time to relax but I wouldn't have it any other way. It is so fun to make someone's personality take form in an arrangement or in the little details. To see how excited Kyle was when he saw evergreens in the boutonnieres & watch the bridesmaid choose their bouquets was so emotional & rewarding for me. Even the kissing tree whose planning caused the most stress in the preparation but worth every moment of work. In most cases floral designers do the flowers for weddings because they are asked to but this one was a straight-up pleasure.
What more can a girl ask for than sisters who are your best friends, a brother who often beats us at our own games & a new brother-in-law who seems to have always been part of the family. The "Beck Kids" are growing in size along with growing up & I'm so glad for it. I hope that for the rest of our lives we laugh together as much as we cry together & most of all that we never give up on each other. So for now this is us... my crazy & wonderful family.
There are few things in this life that excite me more than being able to create beautiful things for the beautiful people in my life. It's even better when you get to make each one unique for the person & have creative freedom. When you add some of my favourite flowers & an incredibly fun day... you pretty much have designer heaven.
My sister, Hannah, asked me to do the flowers for her wedding this past may & I was so looking forward to it. I must say I was the most excited to get my fingers wet making the bouquets. When the day finally came, it was so busy & there was so much to do that I just whipped them together. I had planned to obsess & take my time but it didn't work out that way. Instead each bloom just fell into place in the most organic way possible. In fact I didn't even make the bouquets with a specific bridesmaid in mind. I made them all different & let each one choose.... I think that was one of best decisions I could have made.
In the end each bridesmaid ended up with a bouquet that suited her shape, style & personality.
So I know I said I wasn't going to post any most wedding for 2014.... but then we got these photos back & I can't help myself! This wedding was mid-September in Toronto & it was as unique as they come. It was vintage, rock-in-roll themed with tons of colour & personality. Ashley & William so perfectly chose the vendors to suite the needs of their wedding & that went with their style. It's so clear what a fun couple this is by just a few photos.
This is a perfect example of why I so enjoyed my first summer with Tanya List Design & getting to know these couples through their flowers. Each one is so personalized & creative. If ever I have a gloomy day these bouquets will be a pop of sunshine.
(This wedding was also recently featured in Wedding Bells Blog!)
The creatures little girls dream of being & the fantasies of the fashion industry. This photoshoot was a fun & inspirational day with many incredibly talented people. The cake was the canvas for an amazing artist as was the hair & make up on the beautiful model. The flowers screamed colour & a huge variety of texture. Decoding an arch with moss & fish nets was a first but so much fun. All of the little details were endless. An inspiration like this was something that could only come from the mind of the very talented Lynzie. Everyone did an amazing job & I found myself wishing we could somehow make that day part of our everyday reality. Perhaps I can convince someone to do an 'under the sea' event sometime soon.
Cheers to seashell bras & beach hair!
Florals by Tanya and Jessy of Tanya List Design
Concept/styling/creating by Lynzie of Love by Lynzie
Photography by Mango Studios
Cake by Nadia & Co
Dress by Peal Bridal House
Stationary by Beet & Path
Hair/makeup by Julia & Julia
Rentals by Exclusive Affair & Tanya List Design
I just had to share this one last wedding from 2014 before we dive head first in the 2015 season. Cassandra & Andrew has an amazing wedding that was fun, spunky & so stylish. They had some of my favourite flower combinations of the whole year & some really fun touches. It was one of those wedding were you felt like you got to know them as people by just seeing what they chose to include in that day. Everything just poured out personality & class. I can not wait for more weddings like this one in the future!
P.S. They definitely had the best suits of the season in my books! Bravo!
Florals by Tanya List Design
Photography by Lushana Bale
Venue by Windermere House
Scott & Andrea added some variety to our wedding season with a chic wedding in Toronto. After so many rustic & wilderness weddings it was fun to get creative for a simple city wedding. An incredibly beautiful bride & a fun venue makes this wedding stand out in my mind as a favourite. I'm so thankful for the variety & beauty that surrounds us in the studio.
Sydney & Ryan had an incredible
Some of the flowers included in this wedding were:
Jenn & Kirk were married on a private island in muskoka in a simple & elegant way. The ceremony was held in the boathouse with a garland of greens hanging from the rafters, The dinner was served in an open room overlooking the water with the head table on the deck. The whole event was so natural & laid-back that it spoke perfectly to the type of living we all strive for in cottage country.
There are not too many flowers that naturally grow blue in color & perhaps that is why I'm not wild about very many weddings with blue flowers. Kevin & Jennifer chose well when they decided to go with creams & peach with just a touch of blue delphinium. They looked like they came straight from the garden to thier outdoor ceremony. The added touch of navy berries & rosemary made these bouquets look unique with lots of texture! I love when something is done so right that it changes my mind! Beautiful wedding!
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