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A Day in the Life || Academy Florist

A sweet little visitor came into the shop a few weeks ago and snapped a few photos of us on one of our busiest weeks. Simply Rosie Photography came to pick up a beautiful bouquet for a gal that was getting engaged. We made up the beautiful bundle for the new bride-to-be in exchange for a few captures of what a day in the life looks like for us.

Floristry is messy, dirty and can be rough on the hands, but what we get to do every day is design moments. A proposal bouquet, a way to say “I love you”, a way to share sympathy, a way to connect with loved ones.  We are invited into the lives of people and get to have a small part in delivering something fresh, something happy, something alive.

We love what we do at Academy Florist. We invite you to join us in sending moments to the people you care about.














































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Spring Time is our Happy Time!

We are grinning from ear to ear at the spring florals lining our coolers. Whether it be a fresh cut bouquet, a large arrangement or a simple centerpiece, flowers are guaranteed to brighten your home! Administrative Professionals week is coming quickly, and Mother’s Day is soon to follow. Get some fresh ideas at our Academy Florist Facebook page, Instagram and Twitter. Oh, and get your orders in early! Our Academy Florist Elves are ready to make flower magic!
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Featured Products

We are crazy about these beautiful Rifle Paper Co. products. We have cards and notebooks with lovely floral designs that we know you will LOVE! Perfect to go with a little bouquet or arrangement of your choice. Ask about our Rifle Paper products in your next order!

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A Special Birthday Party

Once in a while, we get asked to do flowers for a special event that makes us really excited. We love our everyday flowers – the kind you order for sympathy, get well soon, to say a word of thanks or happy birthday – and because we work on these every day, trying out new techniques, different styles, and playing with different types of flowers, it’s a whole lot of fun when we get to put together all of the different things we’ve learned into something extraordinary.

We were asked to do the centrepieces for a surprise birthday party a few weeks ago by the wonderfully talented Soiree Event Planning. The party was being planned by the husband, who wanted to do something extra special for his wife’s big day. The event was planned for the family cottage at Victoria Beach, on the deck (which unfortunately had to be moved inside due to rain) with a garden style all in shades of pink and purple. Soiree asked us to do three long centrepieces in our favourite mirrored vases, and to fill up the table we added in individual cube vases and varied height cylinder vases with floating candles interspersed throughout. The final request? To include the birthday girl’s favourite: gerbera daisies.

We used an incredible abundance of fresh flowers in shades of pink and purple to get a real garden fresh style: hydrangea, several varieties of roses, gerberas and germ inis, lisianthus, wax flower, stocks, and peonies. Here are some shots of the beautiful pieces we put together!

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Winnipeg Event Florist

Birthday Flowers Winnipeg

Looking for more inspiration? Check us out on Facebook and pinterest!

CAA Manitoba – Gala Event

This has been a busy week – in part because of CAA Manitoba! Over this past weekend and the beginning of this week, CAA has been putting on large events and getting some great floral arrangements from none other than…us! Here’s a peek at some of the things we put together for them.

We started off the week with two beautiful welcome bouquets at the Winnipeg Airport (alas – we forgot to take pictures of them. But take our word for it – they were bright and colourful and just lovely!). The opening dinner event took place at Terrace 55 in Assiniboine Park. This night was a bit more special, a bit more high style and elegant, so we decided to go for all white flowers with lots of texture and adding in a little bling.

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For the two entrance arrangements, we used white hydrangea, mums, lisianthus, and freesia – a beautiful, fragrant combination of whites with lots of texture, wrapped the vase in diamante wrap and added in a few over-sized faux crystals for even more sparkle.

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The guest tables were a simplified version of the entrance arrangements, using white hydrangea and diamante ribbon.

The big event was celebrating different cultures, and we were given a few different cultures and historical backgrounds that CAA wanted incorporated. Among the list were Asian, Caribbean, French Canadian, and Native American.

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Winnipeg Event Flowers

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We had so much fun designing these arrangements – thank you so much CAA for putting your trust in us!

Looking for more inspiration? Check us out on Facebook and pinterest!

Spring Craze!

We have had a crazy spring so far, and would like to THANK each and every one of you who has made this wonderful spring so successful for us. With Mother’s Day, Secretary’s Week, Nurse’s Week, an exciting photo shoot (more to come on that soon!), launching our new wedding website, and weddings, we have had such a wonderful time putting together flowers for you and your loved ones.

Plus, with spring has come beautiful spring flowers, in all shapes, sizes, and colours! Take a look at some of the things we’ve been working on!

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AND… coming up next: GRAD! If you’ve got a graduate in your family, make sure you stop by one of our stores for all the details on corsages and boutonnieres!

Brighter IS Better

For all of you colour-loving brides out there, we’ve got great news for you: brighter IS better when it comes to your bouquet! We are absolutely thrilled when brides bring in requests for tons of colour and texture because to us, brighter is better. Why, you ask?

1. It makes a statement. A beautiful red bouquet against a white or ivory dress is always stunning. Always.

2. There are way more varieties of flowers that can be used. If you’re sold on using only white, it becomes hard to match whites so things can look a little bit off. But if you want shades of yellow or green, there are plenty of different things that can be used all in one bouquet.

3. A bright and bold bouquet is the quintessential summer bouquet. In our minds, if you’re getting married in summer, we want you to throw in some bold hues!

4. Just because you’re using lots of colour doesn’t mean your flowers won’t suit your style – bright corals and pinks still look romantic, while deep reds will always give a classic look.

5. On a tight budget? There are plenty of colourful blooms that are way more cost-effective than your classic white flowers. Plus, a small cluster of bright flowers will create a way bigger impact than a few white flowers – you can go for a smaller bouquet and get away with it!

Here’s one of our favourite bright, bold bouquets that we did for our bride Stacie last summer (photo by Ramona Garbald Photography). We LOVED designing this bouquet because we got to play with a lot of texture and colour – what do you think?

Looking for some bright blooms? Academy Florist can help! We’d love for you to join us on our new weddings facebook page or give us a call to set up an appointment: 488.4822. Happy Planning!

Featured Wedding Designs Part 2

We’re back with more of our designs from the Madeline’s Weddings wedding show back in February! Today we’re going to show off the designs that we did for the Inspiration Room… The team at Madeline’s created some linen designs that they asked us to create amazing floral displays for… and that we did! Check out the looks we put together and the ways they can be personalize or re-vamped to suit your style and budget better! Photos courtesy of Dwayne Larson Photography.

Look 1: Beach Haze
Madeline’s wanted a sea-inspired look, so to go with their colour scheme we thought it would be fun to start off with a non-floral centrepiece (even though we’re florists…. we can do other things too!!). We created a terrarium style bowl filled with sand, cylinder vases filled with blue tinted water, and added in seashells and floating candles. To finish the look we scattered sea shells around the table as well as mini votives with blue water.

Look 2: Classic Glamour
For a classic red and black look with a bit of a sexy twist, we knew we had to use red roses and black lace, with lots of candlelight. We chose three different height cylinder vases, wrapped them in black lace, and topped them with a hand tied bouquet of red roses. Next we added shorter cylinders with submerged red rose petals and topped these with a floating candle. The overall look is very sophisticated, but keep in mind that this look is so easy to customize with different coloured roses and lace, bling additions, and minimizing the style to include just one vase or even the submerged rose petals for a different look altogether.

Classic Glamour - Academy Florist

Classic Glamour - Academy Florist

Look 3: Old Hollywood
To show off their damask linens, Madeline’s chose a black and white colour scheme. We selected a tall jet black lacquer vase and filled with large white ostrich feathers. We also added a few black vases at the base with tight bunches of white carnations.

Old Hollywood - Academy Florist

Look 4: Purple and Green Fiesta
For a fun, fresh style using purple and green linens and funky detailed stationery, we decided to buck tradition and use some fruit in our centrepieces. This look features 3 cube vases (although it could easily be just 1 for a simpler take!) that are lined with sliced limes and topped with an amazing bouquet of green hydrangea and spider mums, green dianthus, purple mokara orchids and deep eggplant mini calla lilies, as well as green mini cymbidium orchids and scabiosa pods for texture. We also added a single purple mokara bloom to each of the favours (mini jars of honey!) as the perfect finishing touch.

Purple and Green Fiesta - Academy Florist

Look 5: Head Table
Typically for head tables, the bride and bridesmaids will line their bouquets along the head table in glass vases (which we provide to all of our brides). But for something a little bit different, we like to do a similar arrangement to the bouquets but in a lower vase, giving more visual impact. This white ceramic cube vase really popped off the bright red linens Madeline’s chose, and we filled it with a lush green and red arrangement that doesn’t look Christmas-y!

Head Table - Academy Florist

Look 6: Vintage Romance
For a vintage look that incorporates pink and silver tones, we knew we had the perfect vases. We LOVE our mercury glass vases (which we have is several different sizes and shapes) and they were ideal for a simple bouquet that we would place on this table. Madeline’s used grey and pink linens as well as lined the table in paper doilies to give a lace vibe. We created three hand tied bouquets of quicksand roses and placed them in our mercury glass bouquet vases – again, one bouquet would work equally as well, surrounded by mini mercury glass votives (which we also have)!

Vintage Romance

Look 7: Garden Style
With a palette of coral and charcoal, we decided to do something a bit different. Using a faux manzanita tree, we created a lush floral wreath to place at the base and really bring the focus of the design to the table, and not to the ceilings like some tall arrangements do. This wreath was one of our favourite designs, using garden roses, spray roses, lisianthus, wax flower, and lots of greenery. For another twist, we’re doing a similar wreath for a bride this summer but switching out the branches for cylinder vases with floating candles. Love!

Garden Style - Academy Florist

Looking for more inspiration? Check out our Facebook page, which we are constantly updating with new photos!

Featured Wedding Designs Part 1

Here’s a little eye candy for a tired Monday morning back at work… Back in the beginning of February we were invited by Madeline’s Weddings to take part in their inspirational wedding show. Take a peek at the designs we put together!

First up are our bouquets! We created 5 beautiful bouquets all inspired by pink. The bouquet pictures are courtesy of the amazing Michelle Zerr Photography.

1) Loose and Romantic: This bouquet is perfect for the bride who wants a very romantic, garden-style affair and looks for her bouquets a bit looser with lots of texture. It features an array of pink and purple tones, thanks to hydrangeas, lisianthus, O’Hara garden roses, and wax flower, and added in dusty miller and seeded eucalyptus for greenery. We love the loose shape and all of the lush textures.

Loose and Romantic - Academy Florist

2) Classic and Simple: This clean hand tied bouquet is composed of our favourite quicksand roses – sometimes pinky, sometimes ivory, sometimes sand hued, the rose has a stunning bloom and soft petal. We wrapped it up in dusty miller and added a big beautiful bow to it.

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3) Pink and White and A Little Glam: Hot pink roses mingle with white roses and white hydrangeas. We added in oversized faux crystals to the mix for a little extra glam.

Pink and White and a Little Glam - Academy Florist

4) Garden Luxury: This style is another bouquet perfect for a luxurious garden-inspired wedding. A base of white hydrangea and pink O’Hara garden roses is accented with scabiosa pods and white phalaenopsis orchid blooms. The overall feel is very lush and fresh.

Garden Luxury - Academy Florist

5) Simple Romance: We love our garden roses! Here we used pink garden roses (but the style can be replicated with any shade) and packed them together to create a dense cluster of ruffly petals. We added in beautiful crystal-accented pins for a little sparkle.

Simple Romance - Academy Florist

We also did up a little centrepiece that corresponded beautifully with our bouquets. This is something that could be used on every table, on either side of the head table, or at the altar. It’s in our beautiful clarinet vase, with white hydrangea, white and pink garden roses, trailing seeded eucalyptus, and long stems of white dendrobium orchids. Love this look!

Centrepiece - Academy Florist

Centrepiece - Academy Florist

Get ready, because there’s more to come – amazing centrepiece designs! Part 2 will be hitting up the blog tomorrow! Our last peek is of our wedding consultant Lauren modelling some of our bouquets!

Modelling Bouquets - Academy Florist

Personalizing Your Bouquet – Featured on the Madeline’s Weddings Blog!

Good morning all! It was great to open up my computer this morning and find… we’ve been featured again on the Madeline’s Weddings and Events blog! We love working with the amazing team over at Madeline’s Weddings, and this post all about personalizing your wedding bouquet is one of our favourite ways to make our brides feel special. Check it out over on their blog, or here!

How to Personalize Your Wedding Bouquet
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With wedding season coming up, it’s likely that you’re getting married and will be a guest at one or two (or more!) weddings all in the same year. Being a guest at other weddings means you’re likely going to be comparing your own wedding to those of your friends, which means you’ll be looking for ways for your big day to stand apart. And when it comes to flowers, there are lots of ways to stand out. Check out Academy Florist’s favourite ways to personalize your bouquet with pictures from local weddings that we’ve done!

Blingy bride? Lucky for you, your style is all the rage right now. Diamante ribbon is a popular way to wrap the handle of your bouquet, or we could add diamond pins or over-sized crystals into your bouquet to give it a little glimmer. Check out this bling ribbon (photo by luckygirl photography) and some diamond pins in action (photo by Jeremy Hiebert Photography).

Winter wedding? One of our favourite ways to personalize a winter bouquet is wrapping the handle in a warm wool—it’s like a mitten for your flowers! This can be done in any colour you want, and it’s all about the texture of the wool that works beautifully for the winter. Other touches that are easily used are pine cone and gold or silver sprayed wicker accents or pods, like in this winter white bouquet photographed by blfStudios or this pinecone bouquet photographed by Tinholt Photography.

Going for a classic style to perfect your day? The traditional white/ivory bouquet is always beautiful, but to make it a bit more special, why not add in some pearls? Whether they’re oversized single pearls or a strand entwined with flowers, this is a simple and sweet way to add a little bit of elegance. This bouquet, from one of our wedding designer’s own wedding, includes oversized pearls along with tulle and lace flowers. (photo by Artography by Jodee Pedersen)

It’s all about the ribbon… or not! This year, we’re seeing a lot of brides getting creative with the way their bouquet handle is wrapped—and we are EXCITED about it! Big floppy bows in a dramatic colour, adding a brooch or heirloom piece, using lace or twine accents, buttons, or vintage handkerchiefs are all finding their places on wedding bouquets. Here, bride Jill asked us to create rosettes out of the ribbon on her handle to bring in a different element (photo by Moore Photography).

Other special touches? Feathers are still going strong, non-floral elements like paper and fabric flowers are being handmade and inserted into bouquets, and shells and fruits are being added into the mix along with flowers. Wire accents (or a wire cage, like this bouquet we did for bride Michelle, photo by Ramona Garbald Photography) are also popular, and are a great accent for boutonnieres as well.

Top Tip From Academy Florist? If you really want your bouquet to stand apart, it doesn’t need to be hard. Spend some time thinking about unique touches that you like, and ask your florist to incorporate it—while most brides are going for the typical ribbon, one little touch can make your bouquet memorable.

Looking for wedding flowers and some unique ideas? Call Lauren at Academy Florist to book your free consultation, at 488-4822 and check us out online at academy-florists.com.

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