Meet Our Partners | Academy Florist

AF logo.blacktextWhile scrolling through Academy Florist’s Instagram account, it’s easy to be in awe of their breathtaking arrangements that are overflowing with beautiful flowers and luscious greens.

Academy Florist has been a popular choice in Winnipeg for over 30 years. They manage to stay on-top by their innovative ideas when creating their stunning arrangements.

“I believe that usually whatever everyone else is doing, I do the opposite,” says Irene Seaman, owner of Academy Florist. “When everyone else catches on, I try to go onto something else. That’s been my motto all these years.”

Irene Seaman is the owner of Academy Florists and has been surrounded by flowers her entire life. Growing up, her great grandfather and father both had their very own greenhouses.

“We used to do floral arrangements and weddings out of our greenhouse and I said, ‘okay dad, if I’m going to be working and doing flowers we need to open a shop,’” says Seaman.

Because she is surrounded by flowers all day, Seaman says it is easy to be happy and says it’s one of the perks of her job.

“It’s a proven fact that flowers do affect a person’s mood, so most of my girls are always happy,” says Seaman. “If they aren’t doing well, we put their face in front of the flowers and say here make this arrangement colourful and beautiful.”

Without a doubt Irene and the girls at Academy Florist work hard and put countless hours in to make every event a success, which is why the EBE team loves working with them. We can count on them to fulfill our expectations and even go above and beyond.

We asked Irene some questions and we are sharing her answers and tips with you!

What are some of the current trends?
Right now the garden style is in and the more natural look is in. Whereas five years ago it was hardly any greenery and now there’s lots of greenery. Garlands are in right now, which weren’t in for the longest time. In the 70s every head table had a garland.

How many flowers do you usually go through per day?
We go through thousands of flowers. Just roses alone I think we go through at least 3,0o0

What is something people may not know that goes into the process of arranging flowers?
People think it’s a lot of fun. It’s a lot more work than anyone would ever think. First of all it’s a lot of work trying to get in the right amount of flowers, in the right condition. There are not a lot of flowers that are grown in Manitoba, so once they’re here, you have to process them, cut them, trim the leaves, you have to make sure the flowers are nice, and you have to treat them so they’ll open up well.

What are some tips you would give someone choosing flowers for an event? (Irene recommends knowing the answers to these questions to help make the most of your first meeting)
1. Where’s the event and what kind of event is it. (casual event, fancy affair, country and is it a wedding, anniversary, birthday).
2. How large is it? Is it going to be a lot of people or intimate.
3. What is your colour scheme or what would you like it to be? (What colour are your table clothes/what colour do you lean towards/what is your favorite colour)
4. Do you have a favourite flower?
5. What is your budget?

What is it like working with Events by Emma?
What I like about working with Emma is that  we can put our ideas together and our talents together and we can come up with something pretty fantastic. Emma often allows us to give our suggestions about the flowers we should use, and that makes a huge difference. We know what’s available and what we can do for that price, so we try our best to make it look very good.

Here are some photos from Irene’s favourite events she’s worked on with us!

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Ramdath-Rydzygowska Wedding
Photo Credit: Jason Poturica

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Photo Credit: Jason Poturica

IMG_1426 copy Reshia-Bhullar Wedding
Photo Credit: D. Singh Photography

Post Written by: Katherine Hardy, EBE INTERN

After saying “I Do”

ChantelAndrew_wedding_397The big day is over and you’re finally newlyweds. First off, we would like to congratulate you on tying the knot.

You’ve gone on your romantic honeymoon, relaxed, but it’s back to reality and routine. It’s now time to make some decisions, but we aren’t talking about what colour the napkins should be or what cake flavour you should have.

Living with a spouse is one of the biggest adjustments you will have to make.

Financial decisions and daily responsibilities need to be made. When making these decisions, it is important not to put them off to avoid all the stress that may come later.

To help you out, we have are giving you the inside scoop of what to expect and give you a few tips that will help make everything a little bit easier.

Moving in together

Choosing a place to move in together can be a long process or you can be lucky and find a place that’s fitting for both of you quickly. Either way, mortgages will have to be paid. First decide if you want to rent for a few years and try to save some money. You may just want to jump into being a homeowner right away.

Before you start looking at houses, make sure to know what you are approved for. This will help you know exactly what types and price ranges of houses to be looking at.

Tip #1: If you are buying a home, you will need at least a 5 per cent of purchase price down payment and to avoid CMHC financing, you need 20 per cent down.

Changing your name

Now that you are married, if you took your husbands name, that means you need to change anything that has your maiden name on it. Think about changing your passport, driver’s license, credit cards, and health cards. This will take a little bit of time, but know that the sooner you get it done, the more official everything becomes.

Tip #2: Remember, you can’t change anything officially until you have your marriage license.

Choosing health coverage

It’s time to choose the right health insurance plan. The insurance should provide the right coverage in any situation.

One company in the states provides the right plan. Oscar Health Insurance  in New York and New Jersey is a great choice that makes it easy to find the care you need. They specialize in providing a plan fit for you after a huge change has been made, just like getting married.

Oscar Health Insurance uses technology and design to make health care simple. All you
need to do is use their app to search your symptoms and you are able to locate a doctor. You can even track your visits, prescriptions, and lab work.

And of course, right here in Manitoba, Manitoba Blue Cross is one of the most popular private health insurance companies along with Great-West Life and CAA.

Tip #3: Download the free Misfit Flash Fitness tracker and sync up your Oscar app to earn up to $240 per year from just being active.

Having the money talk 

Hopefully you’ve had the money talk already, but if you haven’t make sure to have it and make a trip down to the bank. Choosing how to look after your finances could be a tough discussion. You can choose to have individual accounts or joint accounts, but there really is no right choice to make. It really is just personal preference. If you have a mortgage, then you will need at least one joint account for payments to come out of.

Tip #4:
Establish a budget to determine how the bills will be paid such as utilities, insurance, car insurance, mortgage, house taxes etc. This will help you stay on track.

Choosing who will do each chore

It’s now time to figure out who hates doing which chores and hopefully the other doesn’t mind doing it. Discuss who will walk the dog, do the laundry, take out the garbage and even make meals. If you truly hate doing a certain chore, discuss it with your spouse early and find a resolution before you get stuck doing something you hate.

Work with each other’s schedules. Each day may be different, so it’s important to remember when you are doing what.

Tip #5: Making a chart or putting your chores into your smartphone will help keep you on track. It takes about 21 days for something to become a habit.

Marriage will come with a lot of adjustments, but it’s important to take it day by day. You both are experiencing a lot of change and everyone reacts to change differently. But most importantly, enjoy each other’s company and the new life you both are creating.

Congratulations on your marriage from Events by Emma and Oscar Health Insurance.


PHOTOS by: Carey Shaw Photography

Post Written by: Katherine Hardy, EBE INTERN

Went to a Garden Party | Peace, Love + Happiness 2015


Events by Emma is excited to be partnering with the Assiniboine Park Conservancy to put together the Annual Garden Party. This year’s 60s inspired fundraising event will be held in the Leo Mol Sculpture Garden on August 19.

All the proceeds from the event will help support the iconic new horticultural attraction, which will be replacing the existing Conservatory.

The night will even feature a special butterfly release that guests will have the opportunity to be a part of.

We can’t wait for you to see what we have planned for the evening!

For more information about the event and details on how you can support the event, visit the website!

Variety Manitoba Gold Heart Gala 2015

Variety Manitoba Gold Heart Gala 2015

This year we had the great pleasure of producing and planning an amazing Fundraising Gala Event for Variety Manitoba.

For this event, we wanted to re-energize it and create a fun, interactive environment for guests to experience. That is why we decided to bring the Variety Gala back to their entertainment and circus roots. Guests were invited to “Come One, Come All – Under the Big Top,” and experience a night that would take them back to their childhood ways and have them feeling like kids again.

When decorating a traditional ballroom, it can present a bit of a challenge when creating a big top feel, so developing the theme to represent a circus everyone knows and loves was important. Large red and white drapes hung from the ceiling resembling the iconic circus tent, and circus ring table centrepieces were created to add some fun to the tables. They were even set with miniature circus animals.

To get guests involved throughout the night, we wanted to have them moving around and interacting with multiple elements. That meant adding a little twist to traditional gala features and using every square inch of the venue.

Upon arrival, guests were greeted with freshly baked mini donuts from the Mini Donuts & More truck, and they walked down a vibrant red carpet to lead them upstairs under the big top. They were also greeted with a little show from jugglers, stilt walkers, and contortionists.

In lieu of a silent auction, guests had the chance to play popular childhood games like Operation, balloon darts, ring toss, and Mega Wire. Who doesn’t love healthy competition? We also included a balloon pop, which guests could buy a balloon to have a  chance at winning a prize.

To top it all off, entertainers from Folklorama Talent, Dan and Kim Craig of The Street Circus/Circus Spectacle, and Dean Gunnarson performed incredible acts that had guests entertained and in awe of their talent. Later in the evening, guests were invited to snap a photo with Dean Gunnarson and ask him all the “how” questions.

The evening finished off with a Sweet Shop, sponsored by Boyd Autobody and Salisbury House where guests helped themselves to a delicious array of treats such as donuts, mini pies, cotton candy, popcorn and an ice cream bar with an assortment of toppings all to satisfy their sweet tooth.

We can’t believe another gala season has come to an end and we already can’t wait until next year!

Here are our favourite moments of the night!





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Photography by D.Singh Photography

HUGE thank you to all of our wonderful vendors and partners!

  • Planning & Production: Events by Emma Corporation
  • Event Design & Decor: Events by Emma
  • Event Rentals: Events by Emma
  • Venue & Catering: Delta Winnipeg Hotel
  • Linens: Chair-rish Your Moments
  • Draping: Dream Day Decorators
  • Florals: Academy Florists
  • DJ Music: Elite Lighting
  • AV & Lighting: Freeman Audio Visual
  • Entertainment: Folklorama Talent (various), Circus Spectacle, Dean Gunnarson
  • Games: Aquaventronics and Events by Emma
  • Cotton Candy: Swirly Sweets
  • Popcorn: Kernals
  • Desserts: Salisbury House
  • Favours: Candles from Coal & Canary

Special Thanks to all of the amazing Volunteers and Staff from The Variety Organization and the EBE Team

Blog Written by: Katherine Hardy, EBE Intern