Friday, April 26, 2019

"We can't wait until this Wedding is over....! " The Camellia, Thunder Bay Wedding Florist

Sometimes in our shop, we've overheard some customers talking to one another...and the conversation goes like this: " We can't wait until this Wedding is over!"  You may have felt this way when called upon to help with someone's Wedding. Weddings have become a huge production.....Engagement parties, Shags,  Stags, Bridal Showers, Rehearsal dinners, after-Wedding Breakfasts, and the list goes on. I'm sure you can add more events to this list. It does become overwhelming for those involved. So how can you prevent things from getting to this point? 

image via WedLuxe Magazine Flower wall

Social media doesn't of over-the-top-very-expensive-things keep popping up in your feed. You have to keep one important thing in mind..what do both of you want? 

urban barn display IDS

Conflicts arise when others offer you are fine with 2 floral arrangements at the Reception, your bridesmaid thinks you should have 1 on every table. 

bedding display at IDS Toronto

This wedding is about you and your partner-to-be. Your dreams. It's not a good sign when you hear..."We can't wait until this Wedding is over...!" It would all be easy if we all lived in the same town, or we all had holidays for a month leading up to the big event. But that's not real life. We still have to work, take care of children and grandchildren, run errands and do our day-to-day. So if you are hearing this phrase, it's time to step back, take a deep breath, and see what is essential, and what can be changed. 

rose corsage The Camellia Thunder Bay wedding florist

Here at the Camellia, we design faux corsages and Boutonnieres for your Wedding. 

peony wedding bouquet The Camellia thunder Bay

We also design Wedding Flowers..these are fresh peonies and hosta leaves.
We have a limited number of wedding packages which are on sale for 40 to 50% off. Stop in at our showroom at 30, Hacquoil Rd. Slate River, Ontario ( just outside Thunder Bay).
Open Wednesday through Sunday.
p 807 475 3551

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Plan Your Day Wedding event in Thunder Bay, the Camellia, Thunder Bay Wedding Florist

bar display at Plan your Day Thunder Bay event

Hello! In February, we were lucky to be part of The Plan your Day Wedding event in #ThunderBay at the C.L.E. ( Canadian Lakehead Exhibition). It was a great chance for Brides and grooms, and their families to get help with everything Wedding!! For more information on 'Plan your Day' visit

Haven display at Plan Your Day event Thunder Bay

We only had a small window of time to run around and snap some photos of the other vendors at Plan Your Day wedding event. 

photography booth at Plan your Day event Thunder Bay

SGM designs thunder Bay

SGM designs Thunder Bay

Jess Corbett photography Thunder Bay

faux botanical wedding bouquets at The Camellia Thunder Bay

Here at the Camellia, we specialize in faux botanical wedding Flowers, and great news, we have a limited offer of 40% off some Bridal packages! 

redo your kitchen cabinets with Cottage Paint at The Camellia, thunder Bay

Having extra guests staying at your Home? If your Kitchen needs an update, and you don't want to go out and buy new cupboards( $25,000 and up, yikes!), then think about painting your Kitchen cabinets with Cottage Paint. It comes in 60 colours, and there is no need to strip the old finish off. 
Visit us here at #TheCamellia for Classes, how-to's, Cottage Paint and more! 

The Camellia, 30/32 Hacquoil Rd. Slate River, Ontario
Open Wednesday through Sunday.
For faux botanical Wedding Flowers, visit

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Happy spring! The Camellia, Thunder Bay, Ontario

white daffodils flowering in field

It's March in Thunder Bay, and it will be  a while before our daffodils start growing, but in the meantime, we can look at cheery pics of our last year's blooms. 

flowering daffodils in field

 They are just so bright and springy! 

bouquet of spring muscari, iris from Oasis Floral
 Spring flowers are showy and colourful, like this bouquet of muscari, hydrangea, iris and other spring blooms. Are you planning a Spring wedding?  Here at The Camellia in Slate River we design bouquets of faux flowers that look real, but are not fresh. Perfect for Northern Ontario Spring weddings where the weather is unpredictable, warmish one day and freezing the next day. Yesterday it was 12 C, and today the high is 1C.

vase of spring faux flowers, the Camellia, Thunder Bay

Above is one of our real-looking ( but not fresh) Spring centrepieces, which we made for a Wedding. 

pink bridesmaid faux bouquet The Camellia

Wonder what a faux bouquet looks like? Here is a photo of a bridesmaid bouquet we designed  which is faux, and mixed with real hypericum berries and grasses. If you are someone who is allergic to pollen, faux flowers are the way to go. 

Pink flowering trees at The Camellia, thunder Bay

Come see us here at The Camellia, in beautiful Slate River Valley, in Thunder Bay. 

Hacquoil Rd. Slate River road leading to The Camellia store

We are a mere 10 minutes south of the Thunder Bay Airport, left onto Hacquoil Rd. We are #30/32 on the left side. We are open Wednesday through Sunday, generally 12-5p. 
p. 807-475-3551

Friday, February 15, 2019

The Camellia will be at Plan your Day 2019 event Thunder Bay, at the C.L.E. in the Cardinal Room

Are you attending the Plan your Day event at the C.L.E. in Thunder Bay? It happens Saturday, Feb. 16th. 2019. 

We will be in the Cardinal Room off the C.L.E. Coliseum, with a small selection of our Flower bouquets, and other Wedding decor items, at 40% off. The Marketplace is where you will find us ( Cardinal Room off the Coliseum), from 1-5. 

You can come out to our store at 30/32 Hacquoil Rd. to see our entire selection of Wedding bouquets and decor. We are open Wednesday through to Sunday. 
p . 807 475 3551. 

Thursday, December 27, 2018

2018 most best Wedding photographs - The Camellia, Thunder Bay, On

You're getting married and of course, you want to have the best backgrounds for your Wedding photographs. And maybe you are one of those lucky people that look gorgeous in photographs, but maybe you are like the rest of us, you think you rarely look good in photos, and you invoke the photoshop gods to make your photos look fabulous.

view from Blue ridge mountains NC

We all dream of exotic locations and sometimes ignore the beauty of the very place we live in. Here in Thunder Bay we have the beauty of Lake Superior, along with many inland lakes. We also have the backdrop of the Nor'Wester Mountains, and the rolling hills of Slate River Valley. Nature makes the best backdrop!

Kam River on a sunny day, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Click on the link below and take a look at the best Wedding Photographs from 2018. Then look around you and check out possible venues for your wedding photos. 

mossy forest BC

mossy tree with ferns BC

What backdrop are you leaning towards for your special Day? A Farm-inspired shoot with an old Barn? A green mossy forest...? Lake superior? 
For Wedding Flowers and special photo props, visit The Camellia, at 30, Hacquoil Rd. Slate River, Ontario. We have a special selection of wedding flowers at 40%off. 

flower bouquets on sale at The Camellia

pink wedding flowers thunder bay

wedding flowers 40 % off at the Camellia

wedding  flowers The Camellia at 40%off

The Camellia, 30/32 Hacquoil Rd. Thunder Bay, On
p (807) 475-3551

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Getting married in the Winter in a Tropical setting in Thunder Bay, Ontario

Conservatory in Winter

Northern Ontario in the winter can be very cold....if you are getting married, you may be thinking about a destination wedding in the Caribbean. There is an alternative which doesn't involve getting on a plane. The Botanical conservatory in Thunder Bay. When I first moved here from the warm Caribbean, The Conservatory was one of the places I frequented, inhaling that tropical air reminded me of Home. 

green tropical plant at Thunder Bay Conservatory

There is an abundance of tropical leafy plants, bamboo, fruit trees, hibiscus, camellia bushes, and more. There are pathways to stroll, benches to sit on, and it's a real pleasure on a cold Winter's day to 
visit The Conservatory in Thunder Bay, Ontario. 

green plant at Thunder bay conservatory

pink camellia bush at TBay conservatory

Here is a close-up of a Camellia bush, look at that lovely bloom! 

pointsettias at TBay Conservatory

There are seasonal displays for the Holidays, and while we do have Pointsettias in the Caribbean, they are more of a larger bush planted in the ground with smaller blooms. 

tropical plant

Seeing greenery and lush Tropical foilage in the winter is a real treat, and hats off to all of those who fought to keep the Conservatory in Thunder Bay, and raise funds and volunteer at events.  Here is the link to the Friends of the Conservatory Facebook page:  .

tropical plant at TBay conservatory

pink foilage at TBay Conservatory

english ivy plants at TBay Conservatory

Lush English ivy. 

thunder bay conservatory hours and phone numbers

Now if only there was an attached Banquet Hall where one could hold a Wedding Reception! For more information about the Botanical Conservatory, phone (807) 625-2941. 

wedding flowers at The Camellia Thunder Bay

For beautiful Wedding flowers, visit us at The Camellia, we specialise in faux botanicals which make sense for Northern Ontario Winter weddings. 

wedding flowers The Camellia Thunder Bay

The Bouquet above is one which we designed for a wedding, doesn't it look real? It is made from faux flowers. No chance of these freezing in the cold!
map of how to get to the Camellia Thunder Bay

Visit the Camellia, 30/32 Hacquoil Rd. Open Wednesday through Sunday. p (807)475-3551

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Relationship advice in 2018.

So you're planning a Wedding and you start cruising the internet for ideas, and looking on Pinterest, and talking to reach the point of overwhelm. You ask your partner for advice and you get a ....huh..what? I dunno know...!" 
You pick up a Bridal magazine and there are the most fabulous gowns and flowers and you want it all. But wait, what about the budget? 

A great video to watch on relationship advice is this one:

Expectations. Reality. Emotions. These all come into play when planning your Wedding. 

Here at the Camellia, we can help you with Floral decor and Wedding bouquets. We have bunches of dried Lavender & Lavender sachet supplies. 

This is a fresh bouquet of peonies, zinnias, sunflowers and roses. We specialise in faux flowers, but we also design in fresh. 

Relationships and Wedding Planning are a constant balancing act. 
The Camellia for Wedding Flowers and decor. 
Open Wednesday through Sunday. 
30/32 Hacquoil Rd. Slate River, On
p 807.475.3551