It takes a team, sometimes an army, to put together and execute the beautiful events we have the opportunity to be a part of. I’m excited to be introducing you to a member of our Spread Love Events team who has played a valuable role in our clients celebrations for many seasons now.
Tahnee and I first met while learning to design florals at Celsia Floral. Tahnee had just moved to Vancouver and decided to hit pause on her journalism career and explore her love of flowers interning at Celsia. I was getting hands on experience learning just how much work goes into each floral design we request, to better understand what was possible for our clients. A year later Tahnee, who was working full time in the wedding industry by this point, joined us as a wedding day assistant for our summer season and quickly grew to become a valuable asset to our team.
Tahnee wears many hats on the Spread Love team. When the event calls for it, we’re able to offer floral design right from our studio, or a Gulf Island with Tahnee’s direction. An experienced event stylist, Tahnee directs vision in the lead up and on your event day. She may also be the one to stand with you before you walk down the aisle, adjust your train and support your bridal party. Her calm and graceful approach with each of our clients makes everyone’s day more enjoyable!
Day to day Tahnee is involved in the marketing strategy for Spread Love Events, planning and developing our brand as well as supporting the businesses we work with to connect them with their ideal clients. She also works with respected wedding industry brands including Once Wed and If I Made, and as the creative director for Boheme Workshops.
From the “glamorous” to the basic tasks, our Spread Love team works with a boutique sensibility and an “all hands on deck” approach. I’m so grateful to Tahnee for all she’s contributed and look forward to celebrating with her as she welcomes a baby to her family, and our tribe soon!
I asked Tahnee a couple of questions so you could get to know her a little better. Here’s what she had to say:
What inspires you: I find inspiration in so many different aspects of life, but most frequently it’s when I’m outdoors. I find myself forever creating floral arrangements or installations in my head based on the way I see a tree or flower growing in nature. I want to replicate the beauty in a vase for others to enjoy! I’m also inspired by new places, new people and new experiences. I particularly enjoy learning how different cultures celebrate and I love to walk down streets of cities I’ve never seen before and imagine the stories that would be told if the walls could talk.
Highlight experience with SLE: Not being from Canada (I moved here from Australia 5 years ago), I most enjoy the opportunity to explore BC and our surrounds. The Pacific North West has such a spectacular natural environment. I consider it a privilege to help design events from the mountains to the coast, showcasing some of the most beautiful settings I think I’ve seen. I particularly enjoy seeing the excitement on out-of-town guests’ faces when they experience our scenery for the first time, whether it be during a gondola ride up a mountain, a ferry ride to one of the islands or the Sunshine Coast, a drive along the Sea to Sky Highway or a ceremony overlooking the ocean.
Favourite part of a wedding: I really enjoy a great garden party cocktail hour as you can have so much fun with it! Lawn games in the sunshine, live music, signature drinks and canapés for your guests to enjoy, plenty of photos of the newlyweds with all of their friends and loved ones – I think it sets the tone for the rest of the celebration to come throughout the evening. And flowers – I love everything about wedding flowers!
Anything else to share: I’ve often been asked why I left journalism and ventured into the wedding world. I think at the heart of it, I just really love telling stories. For many years I did that through written words, but when I discovered floral and event design it was like finding a new medium for storytelling. I now get to use elements like flowers, colors and textures to craft stories in new and different ways and I love it! (It looks and smells a whole lot better as well!)