Friday, September 30, 2016

Rustic Farm Wedding in North West Tasmania

An old machinery shed in the middle of an apple orchard!  Sounds like the perfect place for a Tasmanian wedding in March.   The bride wanted vibrant reds and pinks, and some King Proteas with  foliage and nuts.   

So that's what she got!  Beautiful Compacta Proteas with silky pink outer bracts and a rich red center, along with red mini king proteas were the main flowers used.  I also added some Banksia Occidentalis which are a stunning pinky red colour in March.  

Nothing can compare in richness of colour to the new season growth on a red leucadendron and the Silvan Red Leucos were ready to pick early for this wedding. They added a darker rich red conrast.  Brunia Albiflora were in flower and looked great adding highlights.  They're such unique flowers - one of my favourites.  

For foliage, I used some lovely Eucalyptus Cordata which was heavily in bud, with some of the white fluffy blooms just starting to burst.  I also used silky Silver Tree Leucadendron, which is always wonderful in a bouquet.  It's luxurious foliage adds wonderful glowing highlights.  The other foliage used is Irish Juniper, a blue green foliage with variegated stripe on its fine foliage.

Dried Corymbia Ficifolia gum nuts were added too.  I like the way the colour of the nuts went with textural fibre I used to surround the bouquets.  I like the nest-like quality of the fibrous posy holders.  They add a rustic touch to a bouquet.  

The boutonnieres combined Juniper, Myrtle and E. Cordata foliage with some Cordata gum blossom and a Corymbia Ficifolia nut.  

The groom stood out with a rich Silvan Red leuco added to his.  

The bride and her bridesmaid wore floral hair pieces.  Juniper, Myrtle and some smaller leafed Cordata were the main foliages used.  The Cordata blossom was mixed with a spindling of wax flower, and some rich red Leucos added colour.  

The pieces were built on metal combs to slide into the hair style.

The comb provides a structure to built the hair piece around.  Those gum blossoms are so pretty!

Stunning photo - looks like something out of a fairy tale!  It was a pleasure, as always, to be a part of this couples special day. 

Friday, September 9, 2016

"Birds Nest" Bouquets for a Cradle Mountain Wedding in February

In February I provided flowers for a wedding held at Lemonthyme Wilderness Retreat in the Cradle Mountain - Lake St Claire National Park.  

Cradle Mountain
The Cradle Moutain area is World Heritage listed with stunning scenery and pristine wilderness that draws tourists from all around the globe.  What a beautiful place for a wedding!

Lemonthyme WIlderness Retreat
 The bride had chosen a rich strong purple for the bridesmaid's dresses and had the idea of adding some yellow as a contrasting colour to really make the colours pop.  

Its called a complimentary colour scheme, using colours which are opposite each other on the colour wheel.  It works to accentuate colours and make them stand out.  The bride also wanted natives to go with that beautiful backdrop of the Tasmanian wilderness that the venue offered.


Banksias were the focal flowers in this wedding with each bouquet having a Banksia Baxterii as the main flower.  Baxterii are a beautiful late summer banksia here in Tassie, and are often called Birds-nest Banksia because of their unique shape and the way the styles open from the bottom upwards.

I continued the Bird's Nest theme using posy holders made from natural fibrous material in a great chocolate brown.  I love the textural quality they created and the addition of the deep brown which enhances the colours in the flowers.  I also loved the bird's nest feel they added, with the flowers nestled into the "nest" and the foliage spilling over the edges.  

Other flowers used were the beautiful rich red Banksia Occidentalis, Leucadendron Safari Sunset, a deep burgundy in late summer, and Brunia Albiflora.  Little pops of purple to tie in the bridesmaids dresses were added with Hebe.  

Vibrant yellow was added with Kangaroo Paw, Bronze Fennel flowers, and Leucadendron Pisa.  Foliages used include the gorgeous native coral fern called Gleichenia Dicarpa, Myrtle Beech,  a beautiful burgundy tea tree foliage, and some Smoke Bush leaves.   

The bride requested all the boutonnieres be different designs, all with the same theme.  Music to my ears!  Its such fun to play with the colours and textures and find different ways of putting them all together.  Banksia Baxterii leaves, deeply zig zagged and fabulous, form the backing for each Boutonniere.  

In front, different mixtures of the foliages including the burgundy tea tree and myrtle, and then more of the other flowers featured in the bouquets.  

The grooms boutonniere had some of the coral fern added.  I really love working with the coral fern.  It can be very difficult to store and work with as it tangles very easily, but the lovely angles that it sits at make it a wonderful, whimsical addition to a bouquet or boutonniere.  

The colours and textures of this wedding were wonderfully satisfying to work with.  I hope the bride and groom enjoyed the results!

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.