A Midsummer Night's Affair at the National Arts Centre

Yes, I have a soft spot for the O’born Room at the NAC. So here’s another incredible gallery from an unbelievably beautiful charity event at the NAC.

The inspiration for this event was Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and that is all Matt Beal had to say to book me as their florist for the event! When we met for a coffee to talk more in depth about the design, he said they were hoping to make this event the best one yet and showed me a picture of and large installation they wanted to showcase on the large doors of the O’Born Room, I immediately said YES! And that how this beautiful 14ft x 18ft floral installation came to be (that and a whole lot of chicken wire and greens!).

The more I thought about the beautiful design for the event the more I realized we needed to put this into perspective for our wedding clients so I decided to call a few Friendors and see if they wanted to take this opportunity and make something beautiful happen! Stacey from Sinders Bridal was a dream to work with, she arranged for a model , hair and make up and sent an incredibly romantic Nicole Espose Gown that matched the the scene perfectly! And Charlie from The Barnett Company captured every detail with such grace and completely transformed this beautiful downtown event into the most romantic modern day Midsummer Night!

Floral Details

Door Installation

Italian ruscus, plumosa (plumosus), tiki plumosa, leather fern, green pittosporum, and foraged leafy branches (from my front lawn), adorned with quicksand and vendela roses and hanging nude carnations


Amnesia and quicksand roses, white parrot tulips, blush spray roses, nude carnations, pink heather, italian ruscus, cinerea (baby blue eucalyptus), leather fern sitting on a bed of moss and moss rocks


White peonies, amnesia roses, blush/peachy garden Spirit (garden) roses, white parrot tulips scabiosa pods, pink heather tips, leather fern, cinerea (baby blue eucalyptus), explosion grass, italian ruscus and foraged leafy branches.


Event Concept: Matt Beal x Algonquin College Event | Photography: The Barnett Company | Venue: O’Born Room, NAC | Florals: Capital Florist | Hair: Courtney White Hair | Gown Designer: Nicole Espose | Bridal House: Sinders Bridal House | Make Up: Make Up by Gill | Model: Gillian Desarmia | DJ: DJ Little Fever | Emcee: Hot Flash Jenni, Hot 89.9

Carla Carbajal