DAN & ANDREA – HANOVER BACKYARD WEDDING

This dreamy backyard wedding in Hanover was such a pleasure to be a part of! Seeing Dan and Andrea’s vision for the day come together was so great. I hope to see more photos of this beautiful day! But here are just a few gorge shots, taken by the talented Susannah Vander Zaag ( view her website here )

Thank you Dan and Andrea, you lovely humans, for including me in such a special day! Wishing a lifetime of goodness together ! xo

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Mike and Jaime – Malaparte Wedding

Working with Jaime during the months leading up to the wedding was such a pleasure. Jaime’s clear and tasteful vision was easily translated– classic whites and greens, with a touch of natural whimsy.

The venue, Malaparte/TIFF Lightbox, in the heart of the bustling King Street of downtown Toronto, is bright, white, modern and elegant. Decorating the space with flowers was a breeze, as everything came together so beautifully.

The (absolutely STUNNING) photos that follow are highlights of what appears to be a beautiful, perfect day. The bride and groom are just glowing and their love for each other and for their family and friends is evident.

View more of this photographers work here: http://www.visualcravings.com

It was truly a pleasure to be part of such a lovely and memorable day for Mike and Jaime!

Wishing you all the love, laughter and joy in your lives together! XO

 

Venue – TIFF Lightbox/Malaparte
Photographer – Visual Cravings
Cake – Crumb and Berry
Florals – Wildernis

 

 

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Shop Vibes w/ Jenalle Los

A few months back, I had the privilege of spending an afternoon with Toronto-based photographer, Jenalle Los, for a creative glimpse into what I’ve got going on here at the Wildernis Studio.

Between my computer crashing and the busy-up-to-my-eyeballs-in-flowers-chaotic-whirlwind that is wedding season, I have not had a proper chance to get these amazing photos up on the blog.

Going through the images again, I’m reminded of the journey that I’ve been on — the years of dreaming this business up, the prayers, the lists upon lists of to-do’s, the collaborations, the meetings, the financial reporting and bookkeeping (GACK!) the hours of sleep I’ve lost, the thrill of booking new clients, and the realization that I can, in fact, make my dreams a reality. I’m grateful for a community that has supported me, encouraged me, and has helped me get Wildernis off the ground… and for creatives like Jenalle who come alongside me and take dreamy photos of my little space.

Jenalle has an amazing gift for photography, and she just got me: my taste, my vision, everything. Working with her was easy, natural, and a lot of fun. We talked almost 2 years ago about working together, and it finally came to fruition.

She has captured the personality of my floral studio. I’m thrilled with the way the photos have turned out and I hope to work with Jenalle again soon because that woman is on FIYAAA!

Here’s a little peek into my shop!

Enjoy xx

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Songs for Christmas

I’m having a hard time getting into the Christmas spirit when there’s no snow… Not that I’m complaining. I’m pretty okay with no snow. But it definitely changes the feels. I’m dreaming of a white Christmas.

I’m working from home today, getting to some emails, working on some of my current creative projects and sipping a delicious cup of Kicking Horse coffee. In order to shift things into Christmas-mode, I’m listening to one of my favourites!

 

The Week’s End

Hey all, I’m loving today. I’ve had a slow morning. Pour over coffee, a crisp morning walk, yoga, tinkered around on my piano, and did some serious pinning on Pinterest.

This week has been relatively uneventful, so I’ve had time to think about the new year, and some things I want to cross off my list. I’m getting really excited to finally get my website up in the next couple months, and for all the upcoming photoshoots I’ve got brewing. It’s gonna be really good. Can’t wait to share with you all!

For now, here is a cute little leaf I snipped from my philodendron.

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Happy Saturday, everybody!

x J

In My Own Little Corner

I am on a journey of becoming more established in the pursuit of my dreams. I’ve been taking little steps, bringing me closer and closer to where I would like to be — all the while keeping my hands open in surrender to what’s around the corner — because, really, I haven’t a clue! That’s the adventure of life, isn’t it?! I am so grateful for the people around me who have spoken life to me, encouraged me when all seems rather dim and bleak.

Though I don’t yet have a studio or designated workspace for my floral design, it doesn’t stop me from creating and getting messy in my own little corner, my home. This is a creative place for me. It is where I create, where I worship, where I let my guard down…paint, draw, sing, dance, whatever it may be. It’s a haven for me, where I am completely myself and there are no expectations from anyone else.

As much as I would like to jump ahead, to be established, to have my own little flower space to work out of, I am content. I don’t despise the day of my small beginnings!

I am learning now that dreams unfold so delicately overtime; they are fluid and become as we become. I am learning patience in the process of waiting, faithfulness in the small things, and contentment in the wee steps that I take–the accomplishments so tiny only I can see them. But they are there!

A few weeks ago, Corynn Fowler, a new friend and extremely talented photographer came to my home and photographed me as I worked. I am so blessed by Corynn and the gift she has shared with me. That girl is on fire!

Here are some of Corynn’s beautiful photos that she so graciously shared with me.  View her work here ! She is such a pleasure to work with!

 

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Again, I am so excited to work with other artists over the winter months and see what comes of it all!

Hope everyone is having a week of fullness and rest, and all the good stuff.

 

x J

 

Crowned

 

Last month I had the privilege of designing a flower crown for a photo shoot by the extremely talented Toronto-based wedding photographer, Christine Lim, deemed one of 30 most inspiring photographers of 2015 by Wedding Bells Magazine. Find her website here.

Here are a few of her stunning shots:

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Love creative collaborations like this one, and look forward to more over the winter months.

 

xo

THINGS TO COME

Today was somethin’ else. I had the privilege of being part of a local bridal shoot at The Tremont in Collingwood. I cannot WAIT to see the shots from the very talented Corynn Fowler Photography.
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Its amazing how something so simple can breathe new life into my dreams again.

I will be posting some photos of the shoot as soon as I get my hands on them 🙂

Stay tuned!!

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Parker Fitzgerald/Riley Messina
Parker Fitzgerald/Riley Messina

“let it go — the
smashed word broken
open vow or
the oath cracked length
wise — let it go it
was sworn to
go

let them go — the
truthful liars and
the false fair friends
and the boths and
neithers — you must let them go they
were born
to go

let all go — the
big small middling
tall bigger really
the biggest and all
things — let all go
dear
so comes love”
E.E. Cummings

Oranje

Orangie

Hope. I have so much of it stirring within me. Autumn is upon us, and this is a time of harvest, of work, of determination, preparation for the winter months. There is an energy in the air, I can sense it. There is anticipation for the next. I feel hopeful for the things ahead. As the season of abundance and heat, sun and bloom comes to a close, and the vivid reds and oranges and yellows of autumn awaken again in all their glory, they usher us through the door into quiet preparation.

(Orange represents enthusiasm, fascination, happiness, creativity, determination, attraction, success, encouragement, and stimulation)

left to right : Michael Cusack, Erba Floral