Friday, June 1, 2018

Getting enough sleep when getting married ...tossing at 4am. The Camellia, Thunder Bay Wedding florist.

Brunelli bedding The Camellia

You're getting married! Congratulations! As your Big Day draws near, you have so much to do, you drop into bed absolutely DONE, exhausted, finito. You wake up during the night, a bazillion things start floating around in your head, and you CANNOT GET BACK TO SLEEP. Does this sound familiar? Click on the link below for some great advice. 

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You start worrying about how can you know how many centrepieces to order for the Tables when over half of your invited guest have not RSVPed. 

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Did you order enough wedding flowers, are these colours going to look weird? 

wedding signs The Camellia

And then you remember about what is really important, being Happy together. At the Camellia, we carry essential Oil of Lavender, which has been proven to help with relaxation and sleep. We also have Lavender Sleep wands, from White Oak Lavender Farm, these are so easy to use, no messing with oil, just roll-on, and small enough to keep 1 in your handbag. 

lavender flowers The Camellia Thunder Bay

Lavender bushes at White Oak Lavender Farm, in Virginia. 

sleep pillow Thunder Bay

Here at The Camellia, we make Lavender sleep pillows, which help you have a better sleep. They are stuffed with lavender buds. 

lavender Thunder Bay The Camellia

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At White Oak Lavender Farm & Winery, they have beautiful grounds and a Wedding gazebo, where you can hold your wedding ceremony. 

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The view from inside their Wedding gazebo. 

Visit us here at The Camellia in Slate River, Ontario for Wedding flowers, and Lavender sleep products. Open Wednesday through Sunday.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Royal Wedding Bouquet, Prince Harry & Meghan Markle.

Photo via Pinterest: My

Just over a week ago, the world was eagerly awaiting the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Most of us are fascinated with the Royal Family, and Great Britain used to own many countries in the Commonwealth. Guyana was a British colony, at one point, it used to be called British Guiana. My parents entertained the Duke and Duchess of Windsor in Guyana, and I vaguely remember an autographed photo of them, which they presented to my parents, in Guyana. 

Photo via Pinterest- how to be a Duchess. 

Florists all around the world speculated about what her flowers her bouquet would contain, I thought David Austen roses, for sure. It was as bridal bouquets go, quite small, and simple. Every flower has a meaning, dating back to the reign of Queen Victoria.  
And for those who are wondering:
ASTILBE: Meaning 'I will be waiting for you' or 'I'll still be waiting', symbolizing patience and dedication
LILY OF THE VALLEY Latin name- Convallaria. Symbolises sweetness and the return of happiness. It is also the birth flower of May.
ASTRANTIA: Symbolises strength, courage and protection.
Forget-me-nots: Diana's favourite flower
MYRTLE: A royal custom going back to the reign of Victoria
SWEET PEAS: Meaning 'delicate or blissful pleasure'

Click on this link  to This is Glamourous, for  a full account of the Royal wedding. 

Are you getting married, and you would like to use similar flowers in your Bouquet? Lily of the Valley smell wonderful, the blooms last a day, the same with forget-me-nots. These would have to be picked just before the bouquet is made, which is not practical for most of us. You can substitute silk lily-of-the-valley, and silk forget-me-nots. 
 Come see us here at the Camellia, for beautiful wedding flowers. 
We are at 30/32 Hacquoil Rd. Slate River, Ontario. Open Wednesday through Sunday, you can also call us at 807-475-3551 and make an appointment. 

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

How to plan a fab backdrop for your wedding..... Dreamy Greek location wedding.

You're getting married....and you want your Wedding photos to look beautiful. You pore over Pinterest and start fantasizing about a wedding in southern Italy, on the Amalfi coast. Then this shows up in your feed, from Green wedding shoes, California Boho meets coastal Santorini. You check your budget, and there is no way you can hold your wedding in this location. A girl can dream though... 

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wedding in Santorini
photo via Pinterest

This location makes for an incredible backdrop, the photography, and the Bride and Groom are breathtaking. 

greek wedding
Photo via Pinterest

So you cannot travel to Santorini. What's a Plan B? You can install a backdrop, i.e. a large wall photomural from KOMAR. This is quite a process, these cost around $200.00.

komar photomural

Here is a mural which we are installing on a closet wall, so we have 3 sliding panels. It is quite a process, and requires some patience, if you are planning on installing a mural, it will be much easier to do it on a bare wall ( i.e. not on 3 sliding doors ).  

Komar photomural

Komar wall mural, Thunder Bay, On,Superior Coatings

Looks like the real things, doesn't it?  If you think long enough , a Plan B will appear. Need exotic wedding flowers? Visit us here at for Tropical-inspired  wedding bouquets and decor. 
The Camellia, 30/32 Hacquoil Rd. Slate River, Ontario
Open Wednesday through Friday. 
To view samples of our work, go to

green and purple wedding bouquet, Oasis floral

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

How to DIY a Suspended Floral Installation for your Wedding.

You're getting married . You may spend hours on Pinterest looking at Decorating ideas, and you've decided you would like to have a hanging floral thingy above your Head Table area. You've done some floral pieces before and think you can do this yourself. Watch the video below. 

Canada Blooms 2018

Look around you, there are so many ways to design something unique that has a lot of impact. This design is done on an old film reel. 

Canada blooms 2018

Air plants by themselves are ho-hum, but pair them up with manzanita branches, and mosses, and you have an interesting centrepiece. 

Canada blooms

This design has a huge impact, using a few spring blossoms. 

floral design Canada blooms 2018

Of course, if you want to DIY, you will be sure to visit your venue a few months ahead of your wedding day, and check into details such as ceiling mounts, height of ceilings, rules of venue regarding ladders, take-down times and so on. 
Need help in the Thunder Bay area? Book a consultation with Camille, we can help you with planning, floral design supplies and mechanics. 
The Camellia, 30/32 Hacquoil Rd. Slate River, On . Head south on Hwy. 61, left on Hacquoil Rd. we are 1.6km. on left. 

peony wedding flowers, The Camellia, Thunder Bay

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Simple succulents for wedding decor

Succulents and Air plants are very in vogue at the moment. Maybe you are thinking about a small succulent as a Thank you wedding favour. How about using something like the centrepiece above, which is simple, yet effective. It consists of 3 Rose bowls, green muslin ribbon, and small succulents, all kept in place with oasis bindwire.  

Photo from Oasis Floral. 

Do visit us here at The Camellia, for unique Wedding decor and Flowers. We also offer DIY wedding Flower classes. 
The Camellia, 30/32 Hacquoil Rd. Slate River, On. 
p . 807-475-3551

Friday, March 2, 2018

Thunder Bay Wedding Show 2018, The Camellia & Your Perfect Catch.

The Thunder Bay Wedding show happens this Sunday, March 4th. 2018.  We have overbooked ourselves, and cannot be at the upcoming Thunder Wedding Show which is on this Sunday at the Victoria Inn. No worries..we are sharing with you our amazingingly real-looking Wedding Bouquets, and Unique Fishing lure wedding favours.


At The Camellia, we create for you the bouquet of your dreams, with Fresh-Look Faux Botanicals! Brides always tell us that their guests could not believe their Bouquets were not real. Best of all, no worrying about wilted, droopy Flowers, you can get them done well ahead of your big day, and you get a keepsake of your Wedding! We also design Brooch bouquets, purse bouquets, shabby chic, and Vintage.
Love to DIY? Take a Class at The Camellia and DIY your headpiece, bouquets, reception decor and more. Try out Cottage/Chalky Paint to revamp old furniture for photo props, redo vintage frames, and do Pinterest projects such as painted mason jars. We carry dried lavender buds for making your own Lavender throws, and check out Tammy's Wedding at the very top of the photo collage, she got married on Feb. 14, and we designed her Lavender bouquets right here at The Camellia. 
To find out more about our services,  visit The Camellia at 30, Hacquoil Rd. Slate River, Thunder Bay. Phone us at 807-475-3551, visit our websites at and

Your Perfect

Your Perfect Catch has the HOTTEST trend in wedding favors of 2018!  Our hand tied lures are a perfect favor that is both unique yet so practical, your guests will actually use them.  These fishing lure wedding favors are a great addition to your outdoor rustic wedding or wedding by the lake or camp. You can present these lure favors to fit any wedding reception d├ęcor whether rustic or elegant. Ryan and Katie in the photo above ordered fishing lure wedding favours for their wedding celebration. 

Thursday, February 15, 2018

What's in style for Wedding Bouquets in 2018? the Camellia, Thunder Bay Wedding Florist

wedding bouquet at The Camellia

Wondering what's in style for wedding Bouquets in 2018? One word...Cascade Bouquets. Beautiful, free flowing, cascade Bouquets. Flowers are the most important part of a Wedding. 

wedding design at The Camellia

Magnolia leaves are my can make the most trendy designs with them. 

wedding bouquets at The Camellia

wedding bouquets at The Camellia

soft pinks and ivorys wedding design at the Camellia

Here is a simple, but beautiful design from the Camellia. Faux flowers mixed in with fresh flowers, giving you the best of both worlds. Stop in at The Camellia  for the best in Silk flower wedding bouquets. The Camellia, 30/32 Hacquoil Rd. Thunder Bay, Slate River, On. 
p (807)475-3551