Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Colourful Botanical Gardens Wedding in late Spring


Spring in the Tasmanian Botanical Gardens!  That was the ceremony venue for this November wedding.  The Botanical Gardens are not just a collection of beautifully designed garden spaces but also a living collection of plants, so in order to protect the collection there are some restrictions placed on the types of plant matter that can be brought in.  With a wedding, this extends to the bouquets and boutonnieres.  Currently, there is a restriction on bringing any plants from the Myrtaceae family into the Gardens, due to the Myrtaceae Rust disease being found in parts of Tasmania.  This family of plants includes all the Eucalyptus, Myrtle and many other native Australian plants including those used for cut foliage.  


I really enjoyed the challenge though, as a grower of "natives" to make sure that I steered clear of the Myrtaceae family.  The bridesmaids were wearing navy so I went for colour!  


Spring flowering protea called Pink Cream which has warm pink bracts and a creamy central mass, were the main flower I used.  I teamed it with an early flowering Pincushion in a pinky orange.  The bride's bouquet also had a creamy white Protea.  


There were lots of little spring natives to use for extra colour.  I love the purple coneflowers or Isopogons.  And in the background, you can see the hot pink Boronia which has a wonderful fragrance.  


Both of these natives were used in the boutonnieres.  I added a creamy leucadendron Lemon Spice, some little yellow Leucadendron Fireworks, and the foliage used was pittosporum and cyprus. 


I love making boutonnieres!


Carrying on with the same colours, I made table decorations for the reception, which was held at Rydges Hobart.  More of the Pink Cream Proteas teamed with pincushions, and lots of other spring colour.  There are so many leucadendrons that are looking spectacular in spring.  One the I love to use is Pisa, which has bright yellow bracts surrounding a pearlescent silver cone.  As spring turns into summer the cones swell and the yellow fades to lime green.  


Foliage was the main issue with the Myrtaceae restrictions, so I used cyprus, and a couple of varieties of pittosporum.


More colour was added with purple Isopogons, creamy white Berzelia, and Leucadendron Lemon Spice which is cream with pink tips.  The last of the hot pink Boronia was added, as well as some green leucos - Maui Sunset and Goldstrike.  The blue is Sea Holly.  


A bridal table garland full of colour and texture was made to sit along the front of the table.


And to top off the celebration, flowers for the cake, made by Carter's Cakes.  


I really enjoyed the challenge with this Botanical Gardens wedding and had such fun playing with beautiful spring colours.  I hope the lovely couple enjoyed every minute of their day!


Sunday, March 4, 2018

Wild Foliage Bouquets for a Spring Wedding


For a November wedding at Bangor Vineyard Shed, the bride wanted wild, leafy green bouquets with lots of seed pods and textures.  With so much spring goodness to choose from, these bouquets were a joy to make.  



Beautiful creamy white Proteas were the main flower.   The brides bouquet also had a large fir tree cone.  



 I added some golden leucadendron cones too.  So much texture!  The other 'golden' flowers are a beautiful native that used to be called Dryandra, but have been reclassified as a Banksia now.  I still call them golden dryandra.  Such a beautiful spring native flower.  


There are also lots of leucadendrons in the mix with these bouquets.  The creamy white ones are a female Discolour Leucadendron called Lemon Spice.  In spring they are a gorgeous creamy white with pink tips.  


The other standout Leuco is the Golden Fireworks - explosions of bright yellow on the end of pendulous stems.  I really loved using these!



Green Leucadendrons such as Goldestrike, Laureolum and Silver Tree were also included.  For foliage, there is Tasmanian Myrtle Beech, Agonis Flexuosa, and some beautiful cyprus foliage with golden highlights.  Can you imagine all the good perfumes mingling together in these bouquets!


For white, there are Bushman's Bootlace, a native with the formal name of Pimelea Nivea.  I also popped in some snowball verbena, which are so pretty in spring.  To cool the whole look down I added some beautiful blue Sea Holly.  


I really enjoyed making these bouquets - the colours, the textures, the fragrance.  Its an explosion of spring goodness!


I hope the bride and groom had a wonderful day!





Sunday, February 11, 2018

Autumn Elopement at Cradle Mountain


This elopement style wedding in autumn was held at Lemonthyme Wilderness Retreat near beautiful Cradle Mountain in Tasmania's world heritage wilderness.  The bride wanted something romantic and woodsy so I found some soft romantic colours to blend together for the bouquets and personal flowers. 


Perfect Pink Ice proteas in their autumn flush were teamed up with White Protea Repens.  Banksia Brownii and soft green Hydraneas were also used.  The wonderful colours in the autumn Leucadendrons was really important to the design - green with bronze tips from Inca Gold, and rich pinky red with a stripe from Jester.   


Foliage from Leucadendron Silver Tree was added to some budded Cootamundra Wattle foliage, and lemonscented Tea Tree.  I also used some Risdon Peppermint foliage.  


I added little blue highlights with Love in a Mist, from the garden.  A few Corymbia gum nuts completed the list of ingredients.  


I love to add twiggy textural elements, and I think it really added to the woodsy, romantic feel of these bouquets.  The flower girl's bouquet was smaller, but with the same ingredients.   


Of course, no romantic woodsy wedding would be complete without a floral crown or two!  There were crowns for both the bride and the flower girl, made with plenty of budded Cootamundra Wattle (Acacia Baileyana) and leucadendron Jester as focal flowers.  


I love the softness that this combination of colours and textures created.  I hope the day was full of happy memories!

Saturday, January 27, 2018

September Wedding at Barilla Bay


September weddings are a treat!  There are so many gorgeous flowers to play with.  For this wedding, held at Barilla Bay Oysters blue and orange was the colour theme.  The bridesmaid's were in navy and the bride in ivory.  


 The main flowers used were creamy white Protea Repens, and orange Banksia Ericifolia.  


Berzelia is a spring texture plant also sometimes called Button Bush.  It has lots of little green balls at this time of year and is a wonderful addition to a native bouquet.  


There were plenty of leucadendrons to use in their late summer, early spring colouring. Safari Sunset was in its "sunset" phase where it turns to yellow, orange and pinky red.  Another leuco that I was excited to use is Tall Red, which for most of the year is a burgundy foliage leuco.  In August and September is colours up into yellows and bright reds, with yellow central cones.  Its such a pretty, fine Leucadendron with a gorgeous range of colour.  Maui Sunset was another leuco I used,  which can turn completely white/cream at the end of winter, and often with pink tips.  Lastly, I used plenty of beautiful fresh Leucadendron Silver Tree with its blue green shimmery foliage.


The bride's bouquet also has a Protea White Ice, and a beauiful Banksia Brownii, which I initially started growing for foliage, but have since fallen in love with the delicate colouring of its flowers.  


The Banksia Brownii is a soft orange with pinkish styles and a lovely soft shape.  


Other ingredients I used were Thryptomene and Peppermint foliage and to add a touch of blue, Sea Holly.


The men wore boutonnieres made with Thryptomene, leucadendron and Sea Holly. 


For an arch decoration I used more orange Banksia Ericifolia, proteas in whites and pins, lots of different leucadendrons, Thryptomene and SIlver Tree, which shimmers in a blue-green.


Its always a joy to create a piece using fresh seasonal ingredients.  

Red Zebra Photography
It was a delight to be involved in this couples special day.   

Red Zebra Photography
I love this dramatic shot by Red Zebra Photography, showing just how spoilt we are for natural beauty in Tasmania.   

Saturday, January 20, 2018

February Wedding at Stewarts Bay Lodge


This February wedding was held at Stewarts Bay Lodge on the Tasman Peninsula.  It's a great venue where the bridal party and guests can all stay on site.  It means there's no rush, and it creates a very relaxed atmosphere.  Of course, there's also the chance to explore and enjoy the wonderful natural environment of the Tasman Peninsula.  (I'm not biased, I promise!)


For the bride, the colours ranged from creamy white, through peachy and blush tones to pink.  The main flowers used were Protea White Ice,  Protea Pink Ice,  a pink Protea Repens, Leucospermum Fountain, and Leucospermum Scarlet Ribbons.  I also used Brunia Albiflora, and some gorgeous creamy white Corymbia Ficifolia - Flowering Gum.  


The details include poppy pods, tea tree and Silver Tree Leucadendron.  


Foliages used were Risdon Peppermint, and Irish Juniper.


I also added some light coloured Misty.  


For the men, more of the pretty flowering gum, with peppermint foliage, Irish Juniper and Misty.  The groom had an added poppy pod.


Flowering gum is one of my favourite February natives.

The day was beautifully captured by Linda Pasfield Photography.


Inside for the bride and grooms table,  there was a garland of flowering gum and foliage, with Brunia and Leucospermums added.

Flowering gum!  I love it!


Each table had a trio of vases sitting on a log round, with more flowers matching the theme. 


I really enjoyed the cake decoration for this wedding.  The amazing (and I hear it tasted fabulous too) cake was made by Natasha from Lily May Cake Design.  I felt priviledged to be able to decorate it!


Lots of dried native vines were woven together with flowering gum, wax flower, misty, and foliage to create a magical looking cake. 


I really enjoyed being involved in this wedding - its always lovely to create something for a couples special occasion.  


I hope it created lots of happy memories for them!