Round-up : Bridesmaid Style

Gone are the days of having your bridal party all wear the exact same, probably unflattering dresses. (thank goodness) The new tradition is a little closer to anything goes. Bridal parties are much more creative in their styling, and allow for more flattering outfits that are often better suited to individual personalities, and even encourage couples to include men in the bride tribe. This is amazing, but it can be a bit overwhelming. There are no wrong answers when it comes to your bridal party style, and if you have been struggling with what your bridesmaids (and/or bridesmen!) will be wearing we’ve got some inspiration for you in our round-up this week. From jumpsuits and classic elegance to unique individuality and stylish accessories we’ve got something to suit your wedding style.

Five events happening in July in the Georgian Bay area you don't want to miss!

We’re back with five more events you’ll want to add to your calendar for July. We’ve already added a couple of these to our calendars, so maybe we’ll see you there!!! We’ve got everything from pop-up oyster bars, to axe throwing, to yoga & vino, to Elvis. We want to make sure you’re in the know. Whether you’re a local, or just visiting, make sure to check out some of these amazing events. Let’s be real, no one likes a case of fomo.

We can’t take credit for any of these cool events. We’ll just be partaking in the merriment, or wishing that we were.


July 1 -Canada Day Cruise

Monday, July 1

Island Queen, Parry Sound

Come celebrate Canada Day on the beautiful Island Queen. You’ll be treated to live music by End of the Road and a stunning fireworks display.
Can you imagine getting to enjoy fireworks right over the bay? Magical!


July 11 & 25 -Yoga & Vino

Where: Coffin Ridge

Two things we find extremely relaxing: Yoga & wine.
Combine those two for a real treat. Join Tanya Grace for a 45 minute yoga class followed by a glass of wine and a sunset across the vineyard.

Axe Throwing at Coffin Ridge

July 19- Axe Throwing

Where: Coffin Ridge Boutique Winery

Back by popular demand.The third round of axe throwing at Coffin Ridge! The Axed Mobile Throwing Club will be joining the Coffin Ridge crew from 6:30-8:30pm for a one hour training session, followed by an hour long tournament.


July 25-

Oyster Pop-up with The Bivalve

Gibson & Co.

The Bivalve Oyster & Libation Co. has teamed up with Gibson & Co. to present an oyster and raw bar pop-up. With a menu and wine pairing to follow.

It’s already in our calendar.
We’ll see you there.


July 26-28 —

Collingwood Elvis Festival at Blue

Where: Blue Mountain Village

An annual favourite in the area, Elvisfest is back! We’ve heard rumours that this may be it’s last year. Let’s hope not, but be sure not to miss it just in case!

Round-up : Best Boutonnieres

This week we reached out to a few Georgian Bay wedding florists to round up a selection of their favourite boutonnieres, because guys can wear flowers too! From classic and romantic to colourful and full of texture, there is sure to be a boutonniere in this list for you to love.

Five events happening in June in the Georgian Bay area you don't want to miss!

There’s no shortage of awesome events happening all the time in the Georgian Bay area, especially in the summertime. We’ve decided to pull together five events happening locally that we’re super excited about and know you will be too! Anything from pop-up restaurants, to dance parties, to concerts, to cider release parties. We want to make sure you’re in the know. Whether you’re a local, or just visiting, make sure to plug these into your calendar so you don’t miss out. Let’s be real, no one likes a case of fomo.

We can’t take credit for any of these cool events. We’ll just be partaking in the merriment, or wishing that we were.


Sat & Sun —

Farmer’s Market

Where/When: Saturdays 8-1pm Second & Pine St,

Saturdays 8-12:30pm -
114 8th St E,
Owen Sound

Sundays 11-2pm -
30 Mill St,

Who doesn’t love a farmers market? Fresh food, talented artisans, open air, live music, and local, seasonal produce. Make sure you hunt down some Ironwood Coffee while you’re there.


June 7-16 —


Where: Multiple locations

Ciderfest is a 10 day event with 7 stops offering cider pairings. Get your passport and head to each venue at your leisure, or arrange to hop on the bus. Some ciderstops are also offering meet the maker sessions. Check ahead of time to see when and where to meet your makers.

3 pigs 1 chef at coffin ridge

June 8 —

3 Pigs

1 Chef

Where: Coffin Ridge Boutique Winery

An annual party, 3 pigs 1 chef is one you don’t want to miss. Stunning scenery, delicious food by The Flying Chestnut, live music by Higher Funktion AND you get to be one of the first to enjoy the new Tropical Hopped Cider made by award winning cider maker, Joel Loughead.


June 14 —

Fake Prom

Where: Heartwood Concert Hall

Haven’t you always wanted to re-live your glory days? Get your hair did, dust off your dancing shoes and get ready to shake a tail feather.


June 19 —

Sumac + Salt Public Dinner

Where: Good Family Farms

Foraged, locally grown and farm raised food brought together for a culinary experience like no other. Join chef Joel Gray for an intimate dining experience.

A moody sunset wedding inspiration shoot at Coffin Ridge Boutique Winery

The first time I arrived at Coffin Ridge Boutique Winery the very first words out of my mouth were “please tell me you host weddings here!?”. It’s a reasonable question, and one they were asked quite a bit. The location is off the beaten path, and it is magical. Rolling hills as far as the eye can see, cascading lines of vineyards, an old stone foundation, and the Niagara escarpment in the distance. To top all of that off, they have excellent wine and ciders so you don’t need to go far for booze selections for your wedding.

2019 will be the first year Coffin Ridge hosts weddings and we are beyond excited to have them as a new wedding venue in the South Georgian Bay area, for all of the reasons mentioned above and so many more. There is a beautifully appointed home on the property for getting ready, that has a magic garden tucked in the back with loads of ivy. There are multiple options for ceremony locations depending on the size of your wedding and the view you’d prefer.

An extra special element is that you get to work with Amanda Jerome of Amanda Jerome Events as she is their go-to wedding coordinator. Amanda put together a team of local wedding professionals to showcase what Coffin Ridge has to offer as a wedding venue and the multiple ceremony sites they have available. Ashley & I were lucky enough to be part of that team.

The variety of views don’t disappoint but this one, overlooking the valley and the vineyard makes for a stunning and dramatic backdrop for a ceremony.

With such a vast, beautiful green covered landscape the vibrant corals, peaches and pinks of the flowers really shine. Summer blooms like dahlias and gomphrena fill the bouquet and the trailing ivy and reaching stems of lisianthus add movement to the asymmetrical design.

There was no shortage of places to take portraits but the garden at the back of the house with it’s lush, ivy covered walls and tall shrubs create a magical and private space to share a moment or two with your partner.

One of the many stunning spots Coffin Ridge has to offer is the old stone foundation, or ruins. The space is maintained and complete with a coy pond full of toads, but still remains wild with virginia creeper climbing the old stones.

What’s not to love about vineyards? They are typically in the most stunning locations, perfectly straight lines of rich greens cascading down hills. Coffin Ridge’s vineyard is no exception. We love the farmlands in the distance and the seemingly neverending greenery.

Follow the winding stone lined path past the tasting room and you come to another beautiful ceremony location. The stone lined path creatives a natural aisle that leads to a view of the vineyard. We created an alternative modern arch with copper pipe and dried grasses to give the space a focal point.

The stone foundation ruins provided a beautiful spot to set a table for an intimate dinner under the stars. Cafe string lights and candles provide a soft romantic glow as the light fades. Sunset peaches and pinks pop against the neutral table linen and the smoky grey plates add contrast and interest to the tablescape. Little bits of ivy and pink pepper berry placed amongst the copper votive candles add texture and tie in the lush greenery surrounding the ruins.

As the sun sets over the escarpment, this beautiful landscape becomes even more picturesque. Would you ever consider a golden hour ceremony with these vineyards and escarpment as your backdrop?

Spring flowers

Spring. It’s the time of year we yearn for everything green and new and fresh. It’s the season of new beginnings and the reminder that warm summer days are on the way. Between the budding apple trees and lilacs, bright yellow forsythia and many other signs, the Georgian Bay landscape is showing lots of promise. To celebrate this beautiful shift in season, here are a few of my favourite spring flowers to design with.


No spring arrangement would be complete without tulips. With so many kinds of tulips out there, the options are seemingly endless. There are tulips with double the petals, ones with frilly edges, exotic looking parrot tulips, single tulips and many more. To enjoy tulips in your garden, plant the bulbs in the fall once temperatures start to drop for a beautiful show of blooms come spring. Though they are also loved by animals such as deer so if you are in a spot frequented by tulip loving animals, be prepared to lose a few blooms. When it comes to arranging with tulips, my favourite is the double tulip. They are full of petals, also known as peony flowering, and put on quite the show as they continue to open and change.

double tulips spring flowers in ontario


Typically blooming in mid spring, muscari stems are made up of little bunches of blue bell shaped blooms. Also known as grape hyacinths, the bulbs multiply easily and will provide flowers in your garden year after year. As a cut flower, these blue beauties may be delicate in size and shape but they pack a colourful punch when paired with other favourites like narcissus or poppies.

muscari spring flowers in ontario


Grown in a wide range of colours, ranunculus are known for their long vase life and layers on layers of delicate petals, making them a must have for many floral designers. While they aren’t seen as often in home gardens as other bulbs such as tulips, they are a very popular and highly sought after cut flower. I like to use them as an accent, floating gently above heavier focal flowers or feature them in a more minimal style arrangement and let their beauty truly shine.

ranunculus spring flowers in ontario

Whether you’re looking for inspiration for your bridal bouquet, your kitchen table or for what to plant in your garden, these three beauties are lovely options. Tulips, muscari and ranunuculus will add that extra pop of colour we’re all craving by April & May.

Do you have a favourite spring flower? Leave a comment and share with us!


Words: Ashley Elaine
Photographer: Frances Beatty Photography