Tickled Floral Grand OpeningSherwood Park's Latest Floral Boutique

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on December 23, 2015

After running Tickled Floral out of her already busy home for four years, Wendy Larson celebrated the opening of her new store with friends, family and local wedding professionals in festive fashion on November 20.

The first thing to hit you when you walk in is the fresh scent of cedar emanating from every corner—from the little Whoville trees in the cooler to the cocktail server’s cedar-bough skirt.  The next thing is Wendy’s and her husband’s warm smiles as they welcome guests and point them towards the champagne tower set beneath a chandelier decorated with deep red blooms and more cedar.

The whole storefront boasts rustic touches with barnwood walls, vintage crates and mismatched pendant lights. As guests nibbled on hors d’oeuvres from Bridges Catering, they could peruse a variety of products from local entrepreneurs and a myriad of beautiful vases to accompany Wendy’s gorgeous floral creations. Those with a sweet tooth indulged in chewy salted caramels from Jacek Chocolate Couture, and a cookie bar courtesy of Confetti Sweets delighted the young and young-at-heart. DJ Sukhi Singh set the mood with an upbeat mix and Shandro Photo captured the festivities on film.

It was an absolute pleasure to meet the inspiration behind Wendy’s love for flowers: her mom, Anita. When Wendy was growing up her mom and aunt ran a flower shop out of her aunt’s basement, and Wendy learned the art of arrangement by watching them work and playing with scrap leaves and petals. Now Anita works as one of the designers at Tickled Floral, and in true mom fashion makes sure everyone at the party has had enough to eat and received a gift bag before leaving.

If the energy and creativity behind the grand opening party are any indication of Wendy’s talents, Tickled Floral will certainly wow you whether you need a small gift for a special occasion or a room full of blooms at your wedding.

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Dana Smyl Event FloristVendor Spotlight: Dana Smyl Event Florist

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on May 2, 2014

We are always raving about the wedding vendors that Albertans are so fortunate to have access to. There is a level of creativity and passion that surpasses anything we have seen before. So when vendor and wedding submissions show up on our desk we are always in awe with the originality and love put into their work. Today we are showcasing the work of Dana Smyl. You can catch some of her beautiful creations below, but before that, let’s learn a bit more about her.

When and how did your love for floral design begin? 

I’ve always had a love for weddings, I was planning weddings in my head since I was a little girl. My love of floral kind of fell on my lap about 9 years ago. After I went to Art school I moved out to Victoria and started working at a decor company as a visual merchandiser. I would set up room displays that required floral and I gradually found myself more interested in the floral design than the decor. When I returned to Alberta I was approached by a florist to work in her shop. I started designing weddings with her and I fell in love with it. I continued to work in flower shops for several years and then decided to focus completely on weddings and events.

What could a couple expect at a floral consultation with Dana Smyl?

An Open Mind. I love to hear their love story, their ideas, and their vision. I don’t focus on any certain style, I love to create a personal feel for everyone. If a couple has a clear vision I do my very best to work with it. If they don’t quite know what they want, I help them come up with something that is perfect for their style and price point. I like to gather all the information I can; from the cake to the attire, the wedding is like one giant canvas and it is my job to compliment it with floral. 

How many weddings do you dedicate to each year?

As many as I know I can handle, no more. I don’t like the thought of over loading myself with too much. I feel that its not fair to me or the couple if I cant focus 100% of myself to their wedding. I do it because I love it and I pride myself in quality work.

If you can pick one flower you’d love to work with, which would it be?

Every flower has it’s own personality. The sophisticated and romantic peony, the vibrant and playful pincushion, the wild flowers, herbs and weeds all say something very different from one another. So depending on what I’m trying to say in my work, I haven’t any favourites.

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