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Meet Cathy Martin Flowers - Niagara-on-the-Lake Wedding Florist
What inspires you?
I?m inspired by art, music, photography, and architecture ? floral designer Jeff Letham, the architecture of Frank Gehry, the jazz guitar of Lenny Brough, abstract impressionist paintings and my daughter?s photography.
One of my favorite places to visit is Bartel Organic Garden ? it?s a 3 acre property with a beautiful mixture of mature trees, veggies, perennials and flowers ? I get many of the flowers for my designs from there.
Give us three words to best describe your business.
Experienced. Versatile. Passionate.
Talk about your design philosophy.
Our design esthetic is very versatile. From clean, bold, modern designs to soft, romantic, vintage-inspired designs ... the final outcome really depends on the client?s request.
It?s important to design floral décor with the venue in mind, taking notes from the space and incorporating the style into the floral arrangements.
Everything from the style of the wedding dress to the choice of linens, vases, and flowers should all work together to create a cohesive look.
What do you love most about the wedding industry? ?
Being part of the most exciting time in someone?s life is so inspiring and fulfilling! I love working with my clients every step of the way and helping them realize their wedding day vision. Also, because Cathy Martin Flowers is located in downtown Niagara-on-the-Lake, we?re lucky enough to work with some of the most talented wedding vendors in the area.
Talk about current trends ...
I love that long tables are more of a trend for wedding receptions, it allows for a big impact with flowers.
Flower trends in the last couple of years include succulents, dusty miller, garden roses and a lot more yellow. Baby?s breath is also back in a big way, but the look is more up to date with it being gathered in mass amounts to create more impact.
What advice would you like to give to people when they are investigating your services?
Have a budget in mind when you come in for a consultation and photos are always a great idea! I can sit down with you and help you figure out a strategy for design, but the more research you do beforehand, allows me to give you clear recommendations and suggestions. Visit my Facebook page, website and blog to see what kind of work I?ve done in the past and see if we are a good fit
What scenario brings out the best in your work?
When a client trusts my ability to design, my eye for detail and when they are happy to have me create a look for them, this tends to bring out the best in my work. Working with a beautiful venue and with minimal restrictions is always inspiring and allows my work to shine.
What is the consultation/creative process like?
Our complimentary consultations allow us to get a better sense of each client?s specific needs, and bounce ideas back and forth. We?re happy to hear a client?s ideas and guide them in the right direction to achieve the look they want within their budget. Every client is different, some people have a very specific vision for us to execute, but many clients love to give us more design freedom.
Just because we’re nosey ... what?s on your iPod?
Lenny Breau, Susie Arioli, Madeleine Peyroux, Adele, Feist, Amy Winehouse, Ingrid Michaelson, Mumford & Sons, Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James, Eric Clapton, Colm Wilkinson
Niagara is becoming a destination wedding mecca for couples in love! What do you think draws them to our corner of the world?
Niagara has such a fantastic combination of natural beauty, theater, and vineyards it?s just the perfect combination to host the most important day of your life! With an abundance of places to see, and things to do here, it?s great for out-of-town guests and for such a small population we have world-class wedding vendors catering to your every need!
Share your latest fun project ? a chance to stretch your creative muscles!
We recently worked on the ?Coast to Coast Chef Series? dinner hosted at Stratus Winery, which was a lot of fun. Award-winning Indian chef Vikram Vij from Vancouver’s Vij’s served dinner at a 70-foot long table in the winery?s ?Press Alley” amongst the stainless steel and oak casks. This setting allowed us to create some fabulous bold florals to match a table runner using traditional sari material.
Finally, what’s your most memorable wedding story?
We?ve been lucky enough to have some really stand-out experiences over the years! From a week-long luxury event for Audi cars where we designed modern arrangements for a massive tent at the airport, to designing a tablescape to host His Royal Highness Prince Edward, there are a lot of fond, fun memories!