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Welcome to the Simply Rose blog! I am so glad that you have found your way here. This is where you will find my latest work and musings, anything from weddings to what my son has been doing lately.  There is lots to look at, so grab a cup of something warm and yummy and maybe a blueberry scone to go with it and stay a while. And don't be shy ~ leave a note ~ I'd love to hear from you!  

Vegetable Wedding Bouquets

I’ve had flowers a lot on the brain lately and was thinking about different kinds of wedding bouquets ~ perhaps ones you could eat? There are some very pretty vegetables out there, like the Veronica variety of cauliflower for example that might work in a bouquet. So I did a little bit of sleuthing about and found all sorts of goodies!

Would love to see more of this kind of thing this year!

Top left: Gala apples, nito twigs, calamansi leaves, and dried filler. Image taken from http://www.weddingsatwork.com/

Top middle: Romanesco broccoli. Image taken by JennyGG Photography

Top right: Green asparagus and calla lillies. Image taken by Caroline Ghetes

Bottom left: Broccoli, cauliflower and green peppers (siling tagalong). Image from http://www.weddingsatwork.com/

Bottom right: Mayana leaves, pasta, sponge gourd, dried lemons, rattan fruit, eucalyptus leaves. Image taken from http://www.weddingsatwork.com/

  • Jacqueline Quiring: Creative! The apple one is adorable! (January 5, 2024 7:11 pm)
  • Simply Rose: I love them all! It's such a good idea... (January 6, 2024 9:17 am)
  • @WeddingMusicPro: Wow, what a brilliant concept! The broccoli & cauliflower are perfect fits for the bouquet, love the photography too! :) (January 7, 2024 4:10 pm)
  • Simply Rose: Isn't it great? Although, just as a note, I didn't take any of these pictures, please follow the links to where they came from! (January 7, 2024 10:08 pm)
  • Shona Dion: Thanks for sharing Rose. What a great idea! (January 11, 2024 1:10 pm)

Grassroots Wedding Fair

I am excited to announce that I will be a vendor at the only Green Wedding Fair in Vancouver ~ the Grassroots Wedding Fair ~ held at Heritage Hall on Main St. on February 12th, 2011!

This will be my first wedding fair and even though it’s still 2 and something months away, I’m already getting a little nervous for it. I’m already thinking and planning away for it and I know it’s going to be a really great event! There have been a lot of really neat vendors in the past (and I believe that this is only the second year for the fair) so it’s still quite new but with the green movement, will likely gain momentum rather quickly.

The organizer, Shona Dion of sweet earth photographics, put together the event in response to a void in the green wedding side of things. I met up with Shona for a guest spot on today’s Green Wedding Wednesday’s focus ~ Green Wedding Fairs!

Simply Rose: How did Grassroots start?

Shona Dion: The Grassroots Wedding Fair started for a few reasons. To grow my photography business, I needed to have access to couples-to-be. I started searching out wedding fairs to participate in. As an earth-conscious individual and as a photographer, I had a hard time coming to terms with what I saw at the large wedding fair venues. I could not imagine myself as one of so many vendors vying for the attention of so many brides (because at those events, it is about the brides).

I wanted to reach a certain target audience. I wanted to find those couples who share the same values as myself. I also could not find vendors who shared the same values as myself. The idea struck me. It I wanted to find those eco-friendly and off-the-beaten-path brides, I would have to start my own wedding fair! If I wanted to feature local and sustainable businesses and artisans, I would have to start my own wedding fair. It was very exciting and a little overwhelming. Could I begin a wedding fair that was so transparent in its eco-friendlieness that we could even imagine a zero carbon footprint? When I think back to those initial meetings with other green businesses, taking the risk with me on this adventure, we would part with hugs. I remember thinking what good karma we are creating. (I do not believe most sale meetings end in hugs.)

Simply Rose: What can we expect to see at the 2011 show?

Shona Dion: The 2011 show will have many favourites from last year but also many new exhibitors. We will have a fashion show with exquisite bridal style on display,  gourmet vegetarian catering throughout the day and music to keep us in the mood. As it is Valentine’s Day weekend, our vendors will have many products to walk away with from jewelry, chocolates, soaps, candles  and other goodies.

Simply Rose: What is the future for green weddings looking like?

Shona Dion: Green weddings are becoming more common as people realize that many small decisions can have a large impact on the community around them. Whether this is choosing conflict-free diamonds, locally desinged wedding gowns instead of overseas mass produced ones, recycled wedding invitations, or consumable wedding favours, so many options do exist, especially in B.C. One the West Coast we have a strong connection to the environment. We are reminded every time we look out at our beautiful mountains. We are also a hotbed for talented artisans and craftors. We have many eco-friendly businesses to choose from with a wide ranging services. It is so easy to put on a green wedding.

One thing I noticed from our first event was how many couples came together. Unlike many other wedding fairs that see brides-to-be with their mothers or maid of honour’s, so many of our guests were paired with their future partner. I see this as a very healthy trend for green weddings. Both are engaged in making decisions about their wedding day and this can only be a good thing.

Simply Rose: Where can tickets be bought?

Shona Dion: Tickets can be purchased online at a savings at: http://thegrassrootsweddingfair-efbevent.eventbrite.com/or at the door on the day of the event for $15.00. $2.50 from every paid entrant goes to Western Canada Wilderness Committee.

If you live in other parts of North America, however, there are other Green Wedding events and some of these websites even have some helpful info. Here are a few that I know of….

EPIC ~ May 13-15, 2011
Vancouver, BC
EPIC is all things green. It’s not a wedding show perse but there is a Green Wedding showcase displaying catering, local gown designers, florists, photographers, jewelers and more.

The Mid-Atlantic Green Wedding Showcase ~ February 27th, 2011
College Park, MD

Elegantly Green Wedding Showcase ~ February 14th, 2011
Boston, MA

Indie Wed Chicago ~ January 29th, 2011
Chicago, IL

There also used to be a Green Wedding fair in Toronto called Eco Wedding & Lifestyle Show, but the account is suspended at the moment and I could not find any current info about it.

And I’ll leave you with a lovely video taken of a past Grassroots Wedding Fair to give you an idea of what the event looks like. I hope to see some of you there next year!

  • Shona: Thank you Rose! (December 28, 2023 10:26 am)
  • Simply Rose: Anytime, Shona! I am so excited to be a part of the Grassroots Wedding Fair in February! (December 28, 2023 10:37 am)

Green Wedding Blogs

Welcome to Green Wedding Wednesdays! I was going to do this weekly series on Thursdays, but I sort of liked the new name and it just didn’t sound as good on Thursday. So Wednesday it is. And without further ado, on to the goodies for today…..

I really like weddings.

A lot.

I place a great deal of value on marriage and believe it is a commitment for life with your family and friends standing by in support of one of the biggest decisions you’ll ever make. And after planning my own from scratch, I also appreciate and value the time, effort, thoughtfulness and finances that go into a wedding event.

Nowadays, there are so many amazing and fantastic resources out there for brides ~ especially wedding blogs. I’m not sure if these existed 5 years ago, they probably did, but I don’t think to quite the extent that they do now. I have a few favourites that I read on a fairly regular basis, for inspiration in general, any new and innovative ideas and to see what’s up and coming in the trend department. There are many flavours out there, but today I’m going to focus on some of the green wedding blogs that I like and a few others just because I think they’re fabulous. And if there are any others that you like to read, please leave a comment at the bottom of the post!


Eco-Beautiful puts their magazine online and you can leaf through it ~ like you would a magazine.
It’s well put-together with interesting articles and adverts for super green products.
I really like reading the blog too; it’s full of real green weddings, Do-It-Yourself (DIY) projects which is
so hot right now and links to tons of other resources.


This is the green bride staple and is by far the most complete site I have found on the web
in regards to green wedding planning. It’s got it all from real green weddings to creating your
very own online green gift registry.


I go to this site when I want to feel peaceful. It’s fresh and pretty with great blog postings on everything
from flowers to real wedding ideas.


There are some cute DIY ideas on this blog, although some of the menu links appear to not
be working at the moment.


Crafters and DIY’ers rejoice! I love, love, love this blog! Everything on here is pretty and some
of the best ideas I have come across are on this site. So if you are planning your wedding and
thinking about incorporating some cute, fanciful touches, I highly suggest taking a peruse here ~
you won’t be disappointed!


This is one of my favourite go-to sites for wedding inspiration. Their real wedding repertoire is extensive
and ranges from green weddings, barn weddings, backyard weddings, vintage weddings ~ you name it.
There are also galleries on engagements, styled photoshoots and wedding trends.


So. Pretty. I love the design of this blog and the imagery is wonderful.
I mostly visit this one for eye-candy. I especially enjoy little kisses ~ it’s
a gallery full of lifestyle family and portraiture. Check it out.


Another blog similar to Green Wedding Shoes but this one has a Recycle Your Wedding
where you can purchase or sell used wedding goods. There are also tons of real
weddings, DIY and design ideas.


Style Me Pretty has been around for quite some time so this is a really wonderful resource.
There is a Fashion LookBook with an extensive list of wedding designers.


This is another really pretty, peaceful site that I enjoy browsing and chock full of goodies.
Tons of elegant DIY, a carefully selected vendor list, real weddings and a place where
real brides can post their own wedding experiences.

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