Manzanita Branches: An Exotic Accent

With the 2012 wedding season fast approaching, we know that many brides-to-be have already started to think about their table centers and wedding decor. At the 2011 Bridal Expo, we featured a table centerpiece of stunning sandblasted manzanita branches, white dendrobium orchids stems, and white phaleanopsis orchid stems.  The base of the arrangement was laced with roses, cymbidium orchids, hydrangea, and calla lilies. Along with the design expertise of the Creative Weddings and Occasions team, we created an exotic focal point that would enhance any wedding decor.  We fell in love with manzanita…

Also known as ‘mountain driftwood’, manzanita branches make a great statement and can be used in many different ways. These wild and twisted branches are available in their natural deep reddish-brown, or sandblasted for a lighter color.  They are indigenous to the western United States, most commonly in the northern region of California, and come in a variety of sizes.  Although shipping can be  expensive, manzanita branches create beautiful focal pieces and are extremely versatile.

Suspend orchids from the many branches to create a canopy of exotic blooms or hang whimsical pomander balls at varying heights for a more playful look.

image from Koyal Wholesale

Phaleanopsis Orchids

Manzanita branches also make stunning ‘wishing trees’ as there are many smaller branches on which to attach crystals and personalized wedding cards. The branches can be lacquered to suit any decor theme and are available up to five feet in height!

photo credit Jerry Yoon Photography

While you may find it difficult to locate quality manzanita branches, the effort is well worth it! Mandala Floral recently secured a reliable source for quality branches and we were so excited to display them at this year’s Bridal Expo.


CPR Pavilion: Pewter And Pink Elegance

Our September 3rd wedding at the CPR Pavilion was definitely a favourite of 2011. With its glass dome and array of windows overlooking the heart of downtown Calgary, the CPR Pavilion lands itself on Mandala Floral’s Top 5 Calgary Venues list with ease. Accessible via the historic Palliser Hotel, it boasts one-of-a-kind architecture, plenty of light, and a unique view of downtown Calgary. The CPR Pavilion is the perfect backdrop for any event.

Our September 3rd wedding featured light pink gerbera daisies and light pink roses, with touches of light pink oriental lilies. These soft hues were accented by touches of pewter and a dramatic punch of black.

The altar arrangements needed to be very tall  to offset the high ceilings so we used lacquered curly willow and pink oriental lilies in tall pilsner vases. The vases were filled with crushed glass and pink LED lights, and set atop white stone pillars for extra height.

The CPR Pavilion is a uniquely intimate setting that lends itself to weddings with smaller guest lists. We loved the use of black table linens with the full posie of soft pink gerbera daisies and roses in pewter vases.  The romantic and lush look was topped off with black damask linens and the candelabra on the head table. In our candelabra arrangement we added a few pink oriental blooms for extra texture, and cascading pink dendrobium orchids.

A special thanks to Muriel MacRae for the wonderful photos,  Adeline Schickedanz for her wedding planning expertise, and The Palliser Hotel for their excellent service! It was great working with you!

2012 Color Trend Poll!



Have any other ‘2012 color trend’ predictions? We’d love to hear you comments!

Stay tuned for results on our next post!

Greens as accents

Our wedding this weekend was a beautiful mix of white flowers including freesia, lisianthus, waxflower, veronica, and callas.  But the most breathtaking aspect of the bride and bridesmaid bouquets was by far the silver dusty miller accents throughout, prompting me to write this piece about using unique greens to highlight floral bouquets.

We have such a wide variety of foliage at our disposal, with unique shades and textures to choose from, greenery can be a great way to add an unexpected element to any floral arrangement. An  interesting greenery mixed in with  your floral choices can enhance the flowers and also create visual depth, increase fullness, and sometimes even keep costs lower! Some of our favorites to work with are:

Cotinus : Dramatically dark purple/red leaves, great for adding depth and in bouquets with fall hues.

Dusty Miller:  Soft leaves with silver tones that pair well with structured focal flowers such as callas or casablanca lilies. Dusty miller adds a gardeny touch and softens strong flowers with its delicate leaves.

Pink Ti leaves: Large exotic leaves with fuchsia streaks. This vibrant leaf works well with most tropical flowers like birds of paradise, ginger, protea, and orchids. Use it rolled to add a punch of color, or as a collar to frame a bridal bouquet.

Nandina: Smaller fall toned leaves, best for accenting larger flowers like sunflowers, callas, and gerbera daisies. Create fall trees or garlands with it’s tall stems, or feature the delicate leaves in boutonnieres and corsages for a hint of color.

Simple Tablecentre Ideas

Finding an affordable yet stunning centerpiece for your wedding can be a difficult task! You want your guests to be wowed, and your floral choices to reflect your personal taste and style, but what are your options if you want to stay on budget? Can you achieve that wow factor and not break the bank? We think so!

There are always options. First and foremost, we recommend incorporating flowers from your bouquets or other wedding arrangements into your centerpieces. Choose a flower and really showcase it with a creative vase, or use repetition for high impact. We’ve come up with a few examples that can be tailored to any style of wedding and made to suit any decor.

A posie of hot pink hydrangea in this elegant Eiffel Tower vase adds a splash of color to the room.  Beaded bear grass is a great way to incorporate an accent color into any arrangement without overwhelming the focal point.

Dendrobium orchids are affordable and contemporary.  With an assortment of varieties to choose from, including green, white, and a wide range of purples, dendrobiums add a unique twist to the simplest arrangements.

For our cranberry and orange wedding, we used deep red gerbera daisies stacked in tall pilsner vases to accent the burnt orange table linens.  With their large blooms and vivid colors, they are a sure way to draw the eye!

Beautiful July weddings

To get started, I thought we’d share some photos from our latest weddings.  July is a great month to say’ I do’! There are so many flowers in season, it seems as though the choices are unlimited!

Sunflowers Galore!

These beautiful sunflowers are simplistic and radiant. Perfect for a midsummer country or backyard wedding!

Stunning whites and greens...

Elegant and sophisticated, whites and greens are always a hit. We love mixing textures with clean-lined callas, soft lisianthus, and exotic cymbidium orchid blooms.

Luscious Lavenders

We adore this stunning mix of lavender freesia, purple hydrangea, lavender lisianthus, and purple tulips.  The bear grass loops throughout and the aspidistra leaf wrapped handle add an extra touch of interest…

Stay tuned for updates on upcoming weddings and wonderful budget-friendly table center ideas!

Wedding season is in full swing…

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