Tell us a little about yourself. How long have you been in business?
I have been in the wedding business for over 32 years I worked on my first wedding when I was 17 as a seamstress I was designing and altering wedding gowns and Bride’s Maid dresses. After a few years I started working with silk flowers and designing wedding flowers, shortly after I decided it was time to educate myself on fresh flowers so I spend 8 months in a floral design program and graduated with honors. In the 90's I had a family member who was a caterer and would often ask me to decorate the weddings, so I started designing décor items. In 2004 I opened a retail flower and wedding shop A Beautiful Bouquet Floral Designs and Decor I have had the privilege to work with over 2500 couples in making their wedding dreams come true. My shop was voted best florist in the Valley in the Best of the Valley awards 5 years running.
In 2015 I closed my shop after a 47% rent increase and started working from home again and focusing on mostly wedding and events. I no longer work on 7 or 8 wedding per weekend and now limited myself to 3 or 4 depending on requirements.
What sets you apart from other Florists/decorators?
I feel my experience and attention to detail set me apart from my competitors. For most of my adult life I have been involved in the wedding industry. I know most of the local venues like my own house I know what works and what doesn’t, I have fantastic relationship with the local venues and am often highly recommended by them. I am very committed to my clients and I treat each wedding like it is a member of my own family. I am also co-producer of The Annapolis Valley Merchants Wedding Showcase. I have been involved with the show for 18 years and have a very good relationship with most local wedding vendors so if you need a service I don’t provide I can help you find what you need.
How would you describe your design style?
I would describe my design style as classic with a real commitment to current styles and trends as they change.
Do you offer delivery, setup & tear down services?
Yes we do
Do you have a minimum floral budget?
Can you give recommendations to help me maximize my floral/décor budgets?
Are you able to help me preserve my flowers after the wedding?
Unfortunately, as far as I am aware there is nowhere in the province you can freeze dry your flowers. Some flowers can be preserved with silica gel or air died it will however change the look ….I would be happy to advise.
Do you offer full décor packages or is everything a la carte?
We offer several full service décor packages as well as some budget friendly flower packages
Can I rent your décor items and decorate myself?
Many of my items you can.
Do you service all of Nova Scotia or just the Valley area?
We service all N.S.
“A Beautiful Bouquet did the most amazing job on my wedding! It was better than I ever imagined; just perfect. Not only were the decorating and flowers fabulous, but Carol Ann was invaluable when it came to helping me figure out all the details and the best way to have things done. She is truly a professional and should be charging for services as a wedding planner on top of everything else she does. She treats each wedding as if it were her own and it shows in every detail. My husband calls her the Mike Holmes of all things wedding related. Not only did she do the decorating and the flowers, but I also was able to purchase my jewelry and veil from her shop at a very reasonable price... and it's all gorgeous!” - Melissa Nickerson
" A Beautiful Bouquet made our wedding dreams come true! I grew up in the valley in Nova Scotia, but I now live in Ontario. Last October my husband and I got married in Kentville and we hired A Beautiful Bouquet to do all of the flowers and decorations for our special day. Carol Ann (owner) met with me on many occasions and ensured that every detail of our day was perfect. I had to plan my wedding from across the country and Carol Ann and everyone at A Beautiful Bouquet ensured that this was incredibly easy! People still comment on the stunning decorations and impressive flowers. Thank you all so much!!” - Peggy O'Flaherty
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