Gorgeous golden roses from Coriander Girl. (Image courtesy of Instagram @ellecanada)
By Caryn Ceolin
Peak wedding season might be upon us, but something old and something new isn’t just a lyric for the brides. This week’s #FlowerMonday florals, crafted by Toronto’s Coriander Girl, are picture perfect because they’re inspired by both old and new aesthetics — a decorating scheme that works for any occasion.
“Our niche is garden inspired arrangements that date back to Dutch paintings giving it a timeless appeal,” said Alison Westlake, owner and operator of Coriander Girl, which is known to curate its collection of seasonal blooms, hand picked antiques, and locally made craft with a touch of whimsy. “I’m also constantly inspired by new designers. Everyday there is a new opportunity for inspiration to strike and the more open I am, the more beauty I see all around me.” Though Westlake spent her childhood surrounded by wildflower meadows and a field of dreams, her first foray into floral design didn't come until she was in her thirties. Yet, within six months of opening Coriander Girl’s doors, the Parkdale shop was named one of the city’s top ten wedding florists. “The irony is I wasn't entirely sure I was going to do weddings. Little did I know, it would become the most exciting and fulfilling part of the business,” she said, adding that this wedding season has seen a trend towards supporting locally grown greenery. “More and more brides are considering where their blooms are coming from. Just like our food, we want to know how far they’ve travelled and we want to support local farmers. It’s so amazing.” This #FlowerMonday kept with the essence of the Coriander Girl, who Westlake tells me is organic, has an affinity for floral crowns and, of course, embodies their signature vintage-meets-modern feel. “The inspiration came from our love of nature, all things beautiful and romantic, growing locally in our spring Canadian gardens,” said Westlake. “Never too contrived, always lush and wispy.”
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