A Midsummer Night's Dream

Some of my all-time favourite flowers are currently in bloom; spirea, delphinium, peonies, Scarlet O'hara garden roses - so I teamed up with my friend Julie to do a little exploring and magic making. This beautiful wooded area and the golden hour light was perfection. Hope you enjoy! 

 

 

Jane & Sean

Jane and Sean might just be one of the sweetest couples I know, and they totally took a chance on me since this was the first time I was doing flowers for a full fledged wedding! 

I was so excited about Jane's vision for the florals, whimsical, romantic and Alice in Wonderland-esque. These stunning cafe au lait dinner-plate dahlias definitely did the trick. 

Jane was so laid back and trusted me which I was so thankful for, with a few amazing volunteers and buckets of flowers we were able to work some floral magic. 

All gorgeous images are courtesy of Melissa Sung www.melissasung.com 


Ratanak's 5 KM Walkathon!

Hello my flower friends! 

Flora Symbolica is super excited to announce that we will be partnering with an incredible organization, Ratanak International to raise awareness and funds to end sex trafficking in Cambodia. This is a cause that I've been really passionate about since high school, and I'm so proud of all the incredible work that Ratanak has been doing to bring hope to Cambodia.  

When: Saturday, June 13th, 2015 (8 am check-in and 9 am walk begins) 

Where: Erindale Park in Mississauga 

Registration: $20 for adults, $12 for students and $5 for children

All proceeds will go towards ending sexual exploitation in Cambodia!

Here are some details from the organizers themselves: 

"5KM Walkathon is a family-friendly fundraising event which supports the important work of Ratanak International in Cambodia whose lush landscape and friendly faces make it hard to imagine that only 35 years ago, the country was torn apart by genocide.  

5KM Walkathon is organized by a group of passionate Ratanak Toronto volunteers who believe that - though they may be weak and insignificant individually, together with God's leading - they are crazy enough to believe that they can all BRING HOPE and freedom to the vulnerable.  We are dedicated to walking alongside Ratanak International, breaking the cycle of poverty exploitation and abuse in Cambodia." 

You can learn more about Ratanak International's work at www.ratanak.org and check out this trailer for a documentary they just produced to get a snapshot of some of the work they do.  

 

I'll be donating a voucher for a beautiful custom floral arrangement, which will be one of the prizes that will be given out at this event. So come out and walk to help shine a light in Cambodia! 

 

 

 

24 Flowers.

This past weekend I decided to throw a flower arranging party to celebrate my 24th birthday. For all my friends it was the first time they ever learned how to arrange flowers and make flower crowns, so it was such a treat to be able to introduce to them the joys of creating and designing with flowers. I loved how each creation that they made truly reflects the beauty of their individual personalities. Can't believe that it was their first times! They just jumped right in and created amazing arrangements and crowns.  The photos were taken by the wonderful Julie Anna Tang, who never fails to produce gorgeous images! 

There you have it folks! My first time throwing a flower arranging workshop/party and it turned out better than expected! I was a bit nervous about having enough flowers and if my friends would like the ones that I picked out. But I got such great feedback saying that they had so much fun.  Thank you so much to my lovely friends and floral crown models who made this day so special with their enthusiasm and presence. You all are truly such blessings in my life! 

Love, 

Janet

"Grace in Your Heart & Flowers in Your Hair"

Hello my Flower Friends! 

I had the opportunity to collaborate with the very talented Ms. Julie Anna Tang. She works in social media and marketing but is also a stellar photography with a keen eye for detail and beauty. I hope you enjoy this mini photo shoot we did for the "Ophelia" floral crown - I was especially excited to get behind the camera myself to shoot Julie's AMAZING blue/lavender/purple hair. Truly with this killer hair and floral crown she looked like a unicorn. Here is the link on the DIY for this project. Julie is available for freelance work including events, weddings etc, check out her instagram here and you can contact her directly at Julieannatang@gmail.com. Hope you enjoy! 

All images are courtesy of Julie Anna Tang. Sharing is caring, please ask for permission and link back to the original source. 

 

 

Sarah Kim, Modern Lettering and Wedding Calligraphy

Hi Everyone! 

I am beyond excited to unveil the official logo for the website done by the wonderfully talented Sarah Kim of Sarah Kim Modern Lettering and Wedding Calligraphy! www.srhkm.com 

I've been following Sarah's work via Instagram and always admired her work a la distance. I knew the website needed a logo to tie together the whole aesthetic, so I approached her and she was super responsive and excited about the project! 

The whole process of commissioning her through email was a breeze, she was quick to respond and delivered a beautiful piece of art at the agreed upon deadline, and I couldn't be happier with the results! 

What I love about Sarah's freelance business is how bold she is about sharing scripture and using her medium as an expression of worship to God. This is something that I also would love to do through Flora Symbolica. 

Here are some of my personal favourites by her, and of course they all feature absolutely gorgeous calligraphy/lettering and floral flourishes. All credit of these images go to Sarah Kim and if you click on the image it will link back to her website. 

She is available for commissions and does everything from wedding invitations, to posters, logos etc. You can contact her via this form on her website. And check out her instagram! She posts on the daily, beautiful inspirations and heavenly images. 

Thank you again for the logo Sarah! 

Lots of Love, 

Janet

 

Grocery Store Flowers.

The other night when I was flower arranging at home, my mom brought up an old memory she had of me from when I was a kid. Whenever she would take me grocery shopping, I would see the flowers near the front of the cash and wanted to buy some. She always said no because my mom isn't particularly partial to flowers - as they are not very practical and they die after a few days. 

I remember crying after she would tell me that I couldn't have any flowers. I never really cried if I couldn't get an ice cream, or a cookie, or a toy - but I cried over flowers. 

As a kid I was painfully shy, and my favourite place to be was at my uncle's library looking at hardcover books filled with paintings of flowers - Monet, Van Gogh, the Dutch Masters. Looking at the pictures in those books was like discovering a secret garden. It was a place all of my own where there was colour, beauty and light. 

This is the first year of my life where I have a steady 9-5 job post graduation and I have a bit more disposable income than I previously did. At first I debated with myself, should I really be buying flowers? Isn't it too frivolous, wasteful or obsolete? Should I be spending my time doIng other things? But the thing is - none of those reasons matter if this is what makes me happy and if I'm able to make others happy by putting together a bouquet for them. I find the greatest job about this hobby has not been about receiving the flowers themselves but about seeing others find joy in receiving something that has been crafted especially for them.

And now I can buy all the grocery store flowers I would like!

 

 

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Where It All Began.

As my first official blog post, I suppose the best place to start is the beginning. 

My first exposure to flower arranging was back in the summer of 2013, I was on a year long study abroad exchange in Copenhagen, Denmark. Which I blogged about here.  It was near the end of my stay in this beautiful little country, when a friend of mine had announced she was engaged and she asked if I could help her out with the flowers. 

I knew absolutely nothing about putting together flower arrangements. Zip. Zero. Zilch. 

But this was certainly a worthwhile cause and I was thrilled to be able to help out anyway I could. So the day before her wedding, I went to the venue and saw buckets of white hydrangeas, blush pink peonies, billy's buttons and sunflowers. My friend greeted me when when I arrived, showed me to my station and just said "go nuts". 

After watching a short demo on how to put together a bouquet and centerpiece, I got cracking and never looked back. I've got to tell you, it's definitely not glamorous - it's long, labour intensive and tiring...but I loved every minute of it. 

Here are some pictures of the final product. And also FYI, this was a super budget wedding that cost around $5000 for around 40 guests - but it was truly one of the most beautiful and inspired weddings I've ever been to. 

The adorable little tin boxes are for charitable donations made by the Danish Salvation Army.
 This was a several hours since I made the bouquet, so the edges were a bit wilted :( Hydrangeas are thirsty suckers.

This was a several hours since I made the bouquet, so the edges were a bit wilted :( Hydrangeas are thirsty suckers.

So there you go.  My first improv-ed, impromptu, whirlwind foray into floral design. The moral of this story is that if I can learn to put together flowers for an entire wedding, than it's totally possible for you too! I still have TONS left to learn and floral trends are changing every season, but this is what this website is all about  - experimenting, feel inspired, taking chances and flexing your creative muscles. 

See you at the next post! 

Love, 

Janet