Sunday, August 12, 2018

March Wedding at WIllie Smiths Apple Shed


For this March wedding at Willie Smiths Apple Shed in the Huon Valley, south of Hobart, the brief was "colour".  What fun!  I love to play with colour.


The bridesmaids were wearing Burgundy and the bride requested little pops of yellow, and well as some burgundy to tie in with the dresses.


March means lots of variety with natives.  There are still some late summer blooms but usually, the autumn flush has begun too.  I used red Protea Compacts and and white Protea Nerifolia.  Orange Pincushion leucospermums called Fountain were still flowering after the late summer.  Red Banksia Occidentalis, an autumn flower, had already begun.


I loved adding the pops of blue to mix up the colour palette.  I used blue sea holly, or Eryngiums and flowering Echinops.  Dainty green gumnuts were also added, from a Corymbia Ficifolia  For the pops of yellow, the cheerful native Billy Buttons.  


I loved the eclectic colour mix of these bouquets.  White statis made its way into the bouquets too.  For the burgundy, I added the first of the new seasons Safari Sunset leucos, and some fine burgundy Tall Red leucos.  The foliage used is juvenile Eucalyptus Cordata, a beautiful blue-green gum with a warm spicy fragrance. 


Flowering Brunia Albiflora and dried leucadendron cones completed the mix.  


I just love these soft Nerifolias.  I love the pink/black fringes on the bracts, and the soft creamy centres! 


For the simple cake topper, a combination of the bouquet ingredients.


For the Groom and his men, green gumnuts, foliage, leucos and statis, with the groom standing out with the addition of a Billy Ball.

Photography by Rosie Hastie
Talented local Tasmanian photographer, Rosie Hastie took pictures to remember the day.  I love the atmosphere of this shot - classic, casual and "arty".  Very cool!

Photography by Rosie Hastie
And this photo of the beautiful bride!  Wow!  What a fun wedding to be involved in.  Thanks to the bride and groom for choosing me to be part of their special day.  
(Makeup by Liv Rodgers MUA
Dress by Lover)




Saturday, August 4, 2018

Summer Elopement Style Wedding at Stewarts Bay Lodge

Photo by Sarah Eliza Photography
This special "secret" wedding was held in February at Stewarts Bay Lodge on the Tasman Peninsula with only close family and friends in attendance.  The couple surprised everyone the following day at their "engagement party" which became a "surprise, we're married!" party.  Fun!   


The colour scheme was muted pinks and neutrals with a pop of colour.  The beautiful bride was wearing dusky pinks and the attendants were in soft dusky neutrals so they wanted something to work in with that theme .   Early February meant I had some great pastel colours to work with using flowering gum, pincushions and proteas.  


Soft velvety pink Protea Compacta and Pincushion Fountain were the main flowers.  The bride's bouquet had a gorgeous Lillium too.  Creamy white hydrangea with pink touches of were also added and the beautiful pastel purple of alliums. The gorgeous foliage, soft and pastel coloured, is Eucalyptus Risdonii, or Risdon Peppermint which is a Tasmanian native gum. 


One of my favourite February natives is the wonderful Corymbia Ficifolia, a variety of flowering gum that comes in a wide range of colours from very pale pink through to hot pink, coral, peach, orange and intense reds.  I used a couple of different colours here - a hot pink, still mostly in bud, and a soft fluffy pink.  


What a stunner!  Fluffy and magical.


Other ingredients included Brunia Albiflora and cute little poppy pods.  


For the flower girl, a simple posy.  


Both the bride and the flowergirl wore crowns of flowering gum and peppermint foliage.  I loved the soft colouring and texture they created.  


And for the groom, more peppermint foliage, flowering gum and a poppy pod.  


For table decorations, I created some boxed arrangements with the same soft pastels.  I love the mix of pink, orange and purple pastels with the creamy white and the gum.  A surprising but satisfying combination.


The boxed arrangements were dotted along the centre of long tables.


Each simple place setting had a sprig of peppermint gum.

Photo by Sarah Eliza Photography
The beautiful photos by Sarah Eliza Photography really captured the joy of the day.  

Photo by Sarah Eliza Photography
I love the Tasman Peninsula and its pristine beaches - a perfect backdrop for making beautiful memories.  Congratulations to the bride and groom - thanks for choosing me to be a part of your day.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

November Wedding at Willie Smiths Apple Shed


November is one of my favourite months for native flowers.  Just look at the colours in these bridesmaid's bouquets from a wedding in November 2017!  All the colours!  


The wedding and reception were held at Willie Smiths Apple Shed at Ranelagh in the Huon Valley area south west of Hobart.  Its a great venue, created by repurposing some huge old wooden apple packing sheds which gives it a unique atmosphere.  


The Waratah would have to be the first flower to mention for this wedding - such a beautiful native with a stunning colour and texture that makes a bouquet really special.  I used the larger New South Wales Waratah (Telopea Speciosissima) as well as the Tasmanian Waratah (Telopea Truncata) which is smaller but more intensely coloured.  


Each of the bouquets also had the beautiful velvety red and pink combo of the Protea Compacta variety that we grow here at Swallows Nest Farm.  


I also used some Protea Satin Mink, a light pink protea with black fringing.  


Other gorgeous spring flowering natives included the hot pink Boronia which smells amazing.  Soft fluffy purple flowers from a native Melaleuca were also added.  I love adding Berzelia to my bouquets too.  Berzelia is a gorgeous "flower" that resembles lots of little pea-like berries in clusters.  The berries grow over the cooler months and by November, they're at their largest and have started to lighten in colour.  Eventually they "flower", becoming covered in tiny white flowers which give them a fluffy appearance. They're so gorgeous!


Other ingredients were the Dryandra Formosa (recently reclassified as a Banksia) which has a gorgeous shiny old gold colour and beautiful finely zig-zagged foliage.  Leucadendrons used are Safari Sunset and the gorgeous spring colour of Lemon Spice which is creamy coloured with a pink tinge.  I also used some lovely blue sea holly or Eryngium. 


The foliage used throughout this wedding was Tasmanian Myrtle Beech.  I love the glossy green leaves and the structure of it.  



For the groom, I used a gorgeous golden Dryandra Formosa teamed up with a Leucadendron Lemon Spice, some hot pink Boronia, sea holly and myrtle foliage.  



I love making boutonnieres.  Such sweet little mini bouquets!



For decorating the venue, we used lots of little jars and bottles filled with bright colour.  More myrtle foliage teamed with waratahs, Tasmanian waratahs, proteas of different varieties, dryandra, boronia, and leucadendrons.  


The venue really suits the long-table set up.  


I love the pinks and reds against the dark tables - it really makes them glow.  


Natasha from Lily May Cake Designs always does an impeccable wedding cake! I love getting to work with such talented people. 

Acoma Photography
November provides some amazing natives which are a delight to use for weddings.  I really enjoyed putting these special flowers together.  

Monday, July 30, 2018

Summer Wedding at Bangor Vineyard Shed

Photo by Smitten Wedding Photography
This beautiful summery wedding was held at Bangor Vineyard Shed in January.  Bangor is a set on a hilltop overlooking the Dunalley area at the gateway to the Tasman Peninsula region.  There are stunning views in all directions.  Dunalley Beach, right next to the highway, is perfect for summer wedding photos.  


The bridesmaid's were in peachy blush tones, so we went for pinks and peach with the bouquets.   For the bride, the central protea was Protea Pink Cream, with its warm soft pink outer bracts and creamy central mass.  It was surrounded by Leucospermums or Pincushions called Fountain. 


The bridesmaids bouquets were smaller versions of the bride's.  


As secondary flowers, I used a very pale pink flowering gum, purple Hebe, blue sea holly and silvery Brunia Albiflora.  


For foliage, I used beautiful Eucalyptus Crenulata, and some native coral fern that gives the bouquets an extra summery feel.  


For the boutonnieres, there was more eucalyptus foliage, flowering gum blossoms and buds, Hebe, sea holly and for the groom, some extra coral fern.  


The dad's wore these little boutonnieres.  


And for the mums, some wrist corsages with the peachy Fountain pincushions.


The ceremony was held at the bottom of the vineyard, overlooking Boomer Bay which is to the east of Dunalley.  The was a floral arch, which we dressed up with a central decoration filled with summery colour and texture.  



Such a great spot to tie the knot!


Looking up towards Bangor Shed from the ceremony were the rows of vines, looking summery and lush.  


For the reception, we made some large urn arrangements, chock full of more Pincushions, Protea Pink Ice, flowering gum, coral fern, Brunia, Hebe, sea holly, and eucalyptus.  


I loved the summery prettiness of these arrangements.

Photo by Smitten Wedding Photography
It's always a privilege to be part of a couple's special day and this wedding was no exception.  I wish them all the happiness!