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:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/641839145834700/  .


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 friends....and......you 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:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1FbyyuYglQA



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







Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Holiday wreath ideas for a Winter Wedding in Northern Ontario


Winter has settled upon us here in Northern Ontario. Snow looks pretty and makes a beautiful backdrop for Wedding photos. 



Lake Superior in all its Winter glory. Spectacular and cold. 

Here at The Camellia, we make beautiful and unique hand-wired wreaths. Click on this link to see some unique Wreath ideas, along with DIY instructions. 




Shown above is one of our mixed pine wreaths with Magnolia leaves. 





Head into Slate River for a Drive in the country, and visit us here at The Camellia! We are open Wednesday through Sunday, and are located at 30/32 Hacquoil Rd. Slate River, Ontario. 
p (807)475-3551

Monday, November 5, 2018

Winter bouquets, Thunder Bay, Ontario, the Camellia


You love Winter, you love cold weather, so why not get married in the Winter? At The Camellia, we design faux botanical Wedding flowers which will not freeze in  our cold temperatures. Fresh wintergreens can be added and these last beautifully. 




We can make you fresh winter wreaths, which smell lovely and can be used to decorate the Church,  Reception or Home. 









Snow makes a beautiful backdrop for Wedding photos. 



Come visit us at The Camellia in Slate River, Thunder Bay, Ontario. 
30/32 Hacquoil Rd. 

p 807-475-3551

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Southern Spring wedding - how Flowers enhance a wedding celebration.

 You're getting married and in an effort to stick to your budget, you may make the decision to axe the Floral budget, after all, how important can Flowers be in a Wedding? Click on this link to see an incredibly beautiful wedding celebration. 






Ok, so Flowers are an impotant part of a Wedding. How can you afford them? Read on for some ideas. A few blooms in a vase looks lovely.




What about some greenery? This could be a more cost-effective solution. 



Potted Muscari plants are great for a Spring wedding. 




Amaryllis blooms are so showy, one or 2 stems is all that's needed. 




Gerbera daisies come in a wide assortment of colours. Getting married in the Thunder Bay area? Visit us here at The Camellia for faux botanical floral bouquets. We have some of our bouquet packages on 40%off. 
The Camellia, 30 Hacquoil Rd. Slate River, On
Open Wed. through Sunday. 
p (807)475-3551

Friday, September 21, 2018

Drama and more drama, please can someone give me a Normal family?

sign University of Virginia

Do you have a close member of your family getting married in the near future? Does it feel like the department of Drama in your Home....? You walk in the door, and ask: how are things? and you get this....I feel like killing myself!!!  You try to remain calm, but on the inside, you're screaming...WHAT NOW? Can I please have a "normal" Family?  In today's world, there is no "Normal." 

Birch archway

Are you spending a lot of your time sighing? That is a sure sign that you need to back off, and allow everyone in question to sort out their own affairs. All you want is a calm, peaceful life, which is usually not the case with a Family Wedding. Just like the archway in the above photo, simplicity is what your desire. Reality is that you will be yelled at, You don't care about me! It's my wedding! etc. 


red van and high rises

On the surface, everything is under control, and then you get sent across town, to pick up something that isn't ready yet. You're fuming as you have wasted 2 hours in downtown traffic. It's all 'normal' and part of having a Family wedding. The perfect Wedding with no glitches happens on Pinterest. This is real Life. Your Life. 

wine bottles

You're tempted to start drinking the Wine you were sent to pick up for the Rehearsal Party. 


chocolate cakes

You may also be tempted to stress eat, just give me one of those small chocolate cakes, they're so cute! Chocolate!! 



event venue California

We often hear family members say..." We will be so glad when this wedding is over!!" Finally the Wedding day arrives, and everything is wonderful, the weather is great, and all that drama is forgotten.  

bedding at the Camellia

Good luck with dealing with your Drama King or Queen, and visit us here at The Camellia for Wedding Flowers. We are Open Wednesday through Friday. 
30/32 Hacquoil Rd. Slate River, Thunder Bay, On
p (807)475-3551             www.thecamellia.com

Bridal bouquets at The Camellia