Wedding Inspiration: Summer flowers

We’re all about bringing you wedding inspiration, especially when it comes to flowers. When you think of summer, what comes to mind? For me, it’s the abundance of colours and textures that take over landscapes from the side of the road to farm fields and home gardens. One lovely summer morning we paid a visit to Amy in her magical flower field at Sideroad Farm in Walter’s Falls where she grows the most beautiful flowers. Supplying an abundance of blooms through their own farm store, the Collingwood Farmer’s Market and to floral designers like myself, she really knows how to grow them! She kindly shared a few of her beautiful flowers with us to play with, all organically grown with love and care of course! Read on to see some of the beauties that you might find in your summer wedding bouquets.


With their vibrant colours and soft fluttery petals, cosmos are a lovely cut flower throughout the summer season. They are a hardy annual plant that thrives in full sun and produces an abundant amount of blooms. Though it can be tedious, a little bit of time spent deadheading fading flowers will encourage plenty of new growth and keep the flowers coming all summer long. With their delicate stems and light blooms they float gracefully in arrangements and work well in both a rustic or more upscale, romantic design.

Summer ontario local flowers cosmos


A relative of delphinium, larkspur are an annual flower in a range of colours from white and pink to purple and blue. They are an early summer bloomer with a tall spike-like shape and clusters of flowers. They are beautiful for adding height to an arrangement and are also lovely for drying. Though you might be tempted, these should not be used near any food as they are toxic.

Summer Ontario local wedding flowers larkspur

Sweet peas

One of my very favourite early summer flowers, the sweet pea is the epitome of elegance. From it’s delicate fragrance to the most graceful petals and whimsical tendrils they are a true delight. With many varieties and a wide range of colours, chances are they will be used in everything I design while they are in season.

Summer ontario local flowers sweetpeas


Dahlias are truly an essential summer flower. Blooming in mid summer, they are a cut and come again kind of plant. Meaning that when you harvest the flowers, more will continue to bloom right up until the first frost. There are so many varieties but the ever popular Café au Lait dinner plate dahlia is perhaps one of the more sought after varieties for weddings because of it’s impressive size and soft velvety petals often ranging from creamy blush to a more colourful pink.

Summer Ontario local wedding flowers dahlia


Words: Ashley Elaine
Photographer: Frances Beatty Photography
Flowers: Sideroad Farm

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?