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A Wedding In The Woods


 The morning of Emma and Patrick’s wedding opened with a brooding sky of threatening rain clouds. But this would not dampen the celebration for this winsome couple.  If anything, it added to the lush and verdant theme of the day.

Every detail reflected the fresh natural surrounds of Clinton Hills which created a handsome backdrop for the enchanted gathering.

From broad expansive views to charming footpaths leading to a cathedral of towering trees and mossy forest floors.


Emma’s bouquet was an endearing combination of David Austin garden roses, lisianthus, dahlias, sweet pea and mint, accompanied by other darling garden textures.  Her bridal party carried sweet nosegays of similar flowers.

Sweet and simple scabiosa pod coupled with myrtle for the boutonnieres; wrapped with hemp twine in keeping with the fresh natural theme.

I use the word lovely a great deal…but this wedding was indeed one of the most enchanting and most lovely weddings to be a part of.


Thank you Emma and Patrick for letting Gatherings Flower Studio be a part of your amazing day!

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Thank you to the ever talented:

Photography : Len Currie ( )

Wedding Planner: Kiss The Bride ( )

Venue: Clinton Hills ( )


Last of summer’s blossoms ~ Emma & Derek

September is that time of year when we are greeted with crisp air and mornings wrapped in cosier clothes.  We still have a scattering of warm days but we know they are fleeting.  The threat of frost on local flower fields are a constant concern but the beauty that fills the rows makes it worth the worry.  As each season turns, I vow the new sprouting season is my absolute favourite.  My love of late summer and early fall weddings are steeped in my love of textures and big romatic garden dahlias.

Lucky for me, Emma felt the same way.  Her bouquets were bursting with all of the best parts of the season. Created with lovely earth tones, blushes and frosted greens (to hint at what’s to come) with an abundance of textures, lush dahlias and adorned with succulents.

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A Breezy Cottage Wedding


A fresh sea breeze greeted guests to Jennifer and Terry’s intimate cottage wedding.  The day was perfect, with the billowing clouds that lingered after the previous day’s rain.  The sun shone bright as the couple celebrated with their closest family and friends.  And I am delighted to say that I also had the privilege of attending this charmed event.


The boutonnieres were created with dahlia buds, sage, dusty miller and button ferns.


It was a pleasure to work with Cheryl MacKinnon from Five Design on making Jennifer’s vision come to light.

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As owner of City View Bakehouse,  Jennifer knows a thing or two about fine details.  Guests were graciously treated to her amazing artistry; which is always pleasing for your eyes as much as your taste buds.  You can experience it for yourself at the Charlottetown Farmer’s Market every Saturday!

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With much thanks to Rachel Peters / for the outstanding photography!


Chantel & Jason ~ An August Wedding in Full Bloom.

Dare I say that Chantel and Jason’s wedding was one of my favourites to work on?  We created bouquets with the season and the Island in mind; from texture-driven bouquets to the finely detailed vintage lace and burlap. Locally sourced textures and flowers always make our hearts swoon as these bouquets truly reflect what is growing on the Island in late August.  Many, many heartfelt thanks to Chantel and Jason for letting Gatherings be a part of their spectacular day.


The Bride’s Bouquet



The Bridesmaid’s Bouquets


Vintage crochet and lace details.


Dahlia boutonnieres with textured tucked in for the groom and his men.


Corsages; fresh picked from the garden.


So many beautiful flower and textures.



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Flower design and photography by Marcella Ryan.

Breaking Ground

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This week brought the excitement of tractors pulling plows through the fields.  It seems our Island is waking up to spring and stretching its arms in a collective sigh of relief that we made it through another winter.  But rarely is there time to sit and contemplate; there are fields to be turned over and cultivated for this years crops and flower beds, seeds and tender bulbs prepared for the final frost to whisper his last goodbye.  Every morning as we make our way to daycare, my 3 year old son says the same thing as we pass tractors ambling along the highway. “We are all waiting for the last frost.  You can’t plant flowers until the last frost, mom” And this is sage advice from my little farmhand.  And so we wait patiently but plan and prepare in the meantime.


I have so many brides enchanted by dahlias that I thought a dahlia garden was in order.  There are so many types of dahlias from the single petalled varieties to the richly romantic dinner plate dahlias.  I can see this turning into a new obsession.  This year we are planting the pink and white verigated candy club and sultry dark timmo.


This year we are starting a new zinnia garden as well.  I think our biggest challenge with these fun loving flowers is to keep little hands from constantly picking them.  My absolute favourite Zinnia is Envy and it may be hard to keep my own fingers from picking this green charmer when it starts to fill the garden.


There is nothing very difficult about growing these humble flowers.  They need only the basics in terms of care.  But when they are tucked into a lavish bouquet dripping with textures such as raspberry, scented geranium, lady’s mantle and oregano, they become stunningly romantic, infinitely charming and utterly vintage.

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