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A Boho-tanical Wedding

My husband and I met working in a lab studying plants together in Ottawa, so despite living elsewhere now, we found it fitting to get married in the city where we met. We were limited in our options for venues since we had a large wedding and were very lucky to book The Horticulture Building - the size was perfect, the industrial warehouse style of the venue was beautiful, and the name was a nice bonus!

I've never been particularly interested in wedding "themes", but the plant theme was unavoidable for two plant biologists getting married at The Horticulture Building. The flowers were a very important part of creating the boho/botanical look I had envisioned for our wedding day. My mother-in-law used to work as a florist and with the help of my sister-in-law, made bouquets that were beyond my wildest Pinterest dreams. The rest of the ladies did a great job helping me to arrange flowers in the old beer bottles and science-store bottles we had been collecting over the last few years in anticipation for the wedding. I also put together some larger arrangements for around the venue. A close family friend did a fantastic job adding flowers to the eucalyptus garland we ordered to drape over the front of our chuppah (that my husband built himself with birch trees he cut down from his parents' property!).

While there was a bit of scare with the flowers arriving on time (there were some delays and hold-ups at customs), they made it in time for us to get all of the flowers done and the flowers had enough time to take up sufficient water that they looked great at the wedding. We did have other flowers along with what we ordered from fiftyflowers.com, but the roses and ranunculus were the basis of the floral colour palette I wanted, and they were amazing. The roses were huge when they opened up and so lovely, and the range of ranunculus colours in the peachy watermelon order were stunning. I always wanted to have a garland draped over our chuppah and the seeded eucalyptus was the perfect choice.

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