Our Story

Hi, I’m Alida.

I’m a mama of two beautiful girls, and one cutie doodle dog (Lily). My wonderful husband, myself, and our girls live along the Thames River in Southwestern Ontario (hence my business name). I’m a wedding and workshop floral designer, and have owned and operated my business since 2017.

Up until now, I’ve done the floral designing myself. And while I LOVE designing weddings, I notice a huge gap between what a bride comes to ask me for, and what their budget is. For example they want a floral arch, ceremony urns, and other pricey items. I say we’re going to have a “property brothers” moment where I tell them what they want costs 3X their budget. They have to scale down their vision and make compromises. I’ve come up with a solution where brides can fulfill their vision, they just need to grab a couple friends to help make it come to life with our DIY Wedding Packages.

MOST (like 9/10) of my Bridal Consults start with my bride saying “I don’t know anything about flowers”. We usually have a laugh and I explain, “That’s okay you don’t need to. I have the knowledge you just show me the vibe you’re going for in Pinterest”. My concept with DIY Wedding Packages are the same; I’ll take care which flowers go with that vibe, how many you need, and show you what to do with them.

If the year 2020 taught us anything it's to savour in time with loved ones, take nothing for granted, and make life as BEAUTIFUL AND FUN as you can. This is what Lily on the Thames is all about. 

I am so excited to shift my floral design business into this new venture of selling DIY packages to brides, and showing them how to create their own stunning wedding flowers. I’m thrilled to finally to share with you!

My goal has always been to get flowers to brides at a reasonable price point. These DIY packages not only get my brides florist grade blooms at a stellar price point, but they’ll make so many memories creating their arrangements that will last a lifetime!

Thank you for being here, and welcome to Lily on the Thames!

xx A