Saturday, August 27, 2016

Late Summer Wedding at Avalon Coastal Retreat

In late February, I provided flowers for a wedding at Avalon Coastal Retreat at Swansea on Tasmania's east coast.  Its a stunning  location with views of some of Tassie's most picturesque coastline.  The bride loved flowering gum and wattle, and February delivered on both counts.  

I created a bouquet for the bride using three different shades of Corymbia Ficifolia, a popular flowering gum that blooms in late summer here in Tasmania.  A rich, hot pink, candy pink and baby pink formed the bulk of the bouquet.  Acacia Retinodes is a wattle native to the southern states of Australia that flowers periodically throughout the year.  Some long arching branches from a local tree provided the wattle blooms.  Acacia Retinodes keeps its form quite well when picked, unlike some species of wattle which last only a short time.  I also love the foliage of the Acacia Retinodes, which falls happily.

The pastel tones of the bouquet included a Protea Pink Cream, an orange Pincushion Cordifolium, and a touch of blue with a Nigella flower from the garden.  The olive-green berries are a pittosporum berry. I also used Leucadendron Pisa which at the end of summer has large silvery white cones surrounded by yellow and lime green bracts.  

Other bouquet ingredients include Brunia Albiflora, Leucadendron Silver Tree, Bronze Fennel flowers, Eucalyptus Cordata foliage, and Irish Juniper foliage.

For the groom's boutonniere, I used Corymbia Ficifolia in hot pink, with a large Corymbia leaf at the back.  A sprig of eucalyptus, some Acacia Retinodes, Leucadendron Pisa and a Nigella bud where the other flowers used.  

The bride wanted a floral crown to match her bouquet.  Local coastal tea-tree foliage dotted with Brunia balls made the circlet.  

Flowering gum, wattle, L. Pisa cones, eucalyptus and Nigella were added as a focal point.

The design of the other boutonnieres was a simpler version of the groom's, showcasing the just the wattle.  

I loved using the Acacia Retinodes.  

The bride ordered wholesale flowers for some DIY fun, to make up the bridesmaid's bouquets.  What she saved on costs, she used to order wrist corsages.

They were a lot of fun to make, using tea tree foliage, eucalyptus, different shades of flowering gum with a Leucadendron Pisa cone.  I also popped in some sprigs of wattle, and some of the olive green pittosporum berries.  

I think they were a great alternative to the traditional pin-on corsage.  This was a great wedding to be involved in.  I really loved the colours the I got to play with and was really happy with the results, particularly the brides bouquet.  

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Early Autumn Wedding in the Huon Valley

Photography by Michelle Dupont
 Early March, summer is coming to an end, and the Huon Valley is filled with orchards laden with apples.  The Apple Shed, an old packing shed from earlier days, has been transformed into a cider house with an historical flavour, show casing mementos of the Apple Valley in its hey day and home to Willie Smith Cider.  Its the scene for a wedding that I was thrilled to be involved in.  I was equally thrilled to see the beautiful photographs taken by Michelle Dupont.  

The bride was after an eclectic style with lots of colour.  

Late summer provided plenty of colour choices.  Leucospermum Fountain, the peachy orange Pincushion added warmth to the bouquet.  Three different banksias make an appearance, the creamy Banksia Baxterii or Birdsnest Banksia, The warm yellow Banksia Praemorsa,  and the red Banksia Occidentalis.  

Protea Pink Mink, a Nerifolia with black fringing adds a luxurious touch.  Also making an appearance is a stunning rich red Calla Lily, native to South Africa and a first for me.  I was given some bulbs in a gorgeous range of colours and have been enjoying them in my garden.  

Photography by Michelle Dupont
 Leucadendron Jester, a variegated Leuco is in season in March.  It was sprinkled throughout the floral designs for this wedding.

Photography by Michelle Dupont
The foliage used includes Myrtle Beech, a tasmanian native foliage which grows in the rain forests of western Tasmania.  I also used Irish Juniper foliage, a stunning blue-green that really complimented the colours of the flowers.  For highlights I used some Pittosporum berries.   I like the textural effect they created.    

For the boutonniere I used Myrtle Beech foliage, Irish Juniper and more of the pittosporum berries.

I just the love colour of the Irish Juniper.

Photography by Michelle Dupont
The leucadendrons are Jester, a variegated form of Safari Sunset.  There rich red was great agains the blue of the suits.

Photography by Michelle Dupont
 Each boutonniere had a green Corymbia Ficifolia gum nut.  The green nuts are the previous years fruits.  The trees also retain older fruits but they loose the green colouring and look more woody.  I think the green ones really worked in this instance.

Photography by Michelle Dupont

The Mother of the Bride wore a Gum Nut corsage too, also using Myrtle Beech foliage, more Irish Juniper, pittosporum berries, Sedum, and a sprinkling of yellow fennel flower.  
Photography by Michelle Dupont
 I think the photographs from this wedding are some of the best I've seen.  It's worth checking out the website of this talented photographer. 

Photography by Michelle Dupont
 No Autumn wedding in the Huon Valley would be complete without some orchard shots!  These are just beautiful!

Photography by Michelle Dupont
 The autumnal colours of the bouquet are enhanced in the beautiful afternoon light.

Photography by Michelle Dupont
Love this shot of the groom holding the bouquet!

Photography by Michelle Dupont
Just stunning!

Floral decorations for the Apple Shed reception venue were carefully planned by the bride who collected around 60 glass vases and vessels in all shapes and sizes to create groups of arrangements.

Large vases were grouped with smaller bottles and jars, all will a profusion of late summer colours.  

I loved playing with the rich red and orange tones. The additions of juniper and pittosporum berries, and Brunia added texture.  

Some of the little vases were vintage glass.  This little jug looked lovely with a Banksia Occidentalis, Leucadendron Jester, Brunia Albiflora and some Irish Juniper foliage.

The vases and smaller vessels looked so gorgeous and colourful en masse.  It was a pleasure to work on these.  

For a cake topper, I used a Pincushion Fountain as the central flower, surrounded by Sedum, Fennel, Pittosporum berries, green gum nuts, Funiper, Hebe, and Leucadendron Jester.  

Photography by Michelle Dupont
The bride was keen for the cake topper to reflect the bridal bouquet.  
Photography by Michelle Dupont
Such a stunning looking cake!

Photography by Michelle Dupont
This wedding was a pleasure to be involved with and I think you'll agree that the stunning photos really  capture a special day.  

Monday, June 20, 2016

Sundrenched March Wedding at Port Arthur

Photography by Fred and Hannah
On a beautiful warm Tuesday in March, this lovely couple tied the knot at Port Arthur Historic Site on the Tasman Peninsula.  The world heritage listed site is a really special place for a wedding.  The ceremony was held in the ruins of the old church and then photographs were taken in the wonderful gardens that cover the site.
Photography by Fred and Hannah
Photography by Fred and Hannah really captures the day so fabulously!  That golden sun drenched glow perfectly highlights the playful yellow touches that the couple chose for their day. 

Photography by Fred and Hannah
I made the bride a simple bouquet with plenty of lush foliage and texture.

Main flowers used were Protea Pink Ice, and Brunia Albiflora in flower.  A Leucadendron Silver Tree cone peeps through in the centre of the bouquet, surrounded by a fine-flowered white hydrangea.  

The small touches of red are the variegated Leucadendron Jester.  Yellow touches were added with Leucadenron Inca Gold,  Leucadendron Pisa and a fine leafed hybrid Leucadendron.  Eucalyptus Risdonii,  a lovely lemon scented Leptospermum, and a blue green cyprus are the foliages used.  For some added texture I used some pittosporum berries which are a great creamy colour and for a finishing touch, some gum nuts from Corymbia Ficifolia.  

Photography by Fred and Hannah
The grooms boutonniere combined all of the foliages with the yellow Leucadendrons and a gum nut as the focal point.  I love it with that yellow tie!

Fresh and Australian!

Photography by Fred and Hannah
The lovely bride wanted a floral crown to match her bouquet.  

I used more of the Eucalyptus Risdonii, and wove in some of the flowering Tea Tree.  The fine leafed yellow Leucadendron added warm touches.  I also added some of the Leucadendron Pisa to the front of the crown.  

You can also see some deconstructed Brunia and some flowering gum woven into the crown.  

Photography by Fred and Hannah
The bride wore it well!  

Photography by Fred and Hannah
The amazing photography by Fred and Hannah captured the day so well.  The golden glow of the early autumn light was just magic.

Photography by Fred and Hannah
It was, as always, a pleasure to be involved!