Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Colourful Native Wedding at the Palais Theatre, Franklin

For a February wedding, the brief was "colourful" and "native" with the bride's dress in a dark bottle green.  What fun!  

A beautiful White King Protea formed the centrepiece of the bride's bouquet, making sure there was a real contrast with the dark green of the dress.  The King Protea was surrounded by lots of colour and fabulous foliage.  

Long arching branches of wattle and some native Billy Buttons provided some yellow.  A Scarlet Ribbons pincushion and some stunning rich red flowering gum added red.  

Just look at that dazzling colour!  Corymbia Ficifolia is a summer gem.

There was a yellow and red Mardi Gras Ribbons Pincushion too.  

Blue was added with sea holly and globe thistles.  For foliage, there was some lush Risdon Peppermint with lovely arching branches, and some native Coral Fern.  

For the floral crown I used more Risdon Peppermint, wattle, and some flowering gum buds.  

The grooms boutonniere carried on with the primary colours of red flowering gum, blue sea holly and yellow billy balls, with the addition of Ridson Peppermint foliage and some Corymbia Ficifolia leaves.  

The reception was held at the Palais Theatre, Franklin which is a gorgeous old art deco stlye theatre.  The bride and groom were decorating the venue themselves and wanted to spread some rich colour around.  They had hired a collection of gorgeous vintage amber glass bottles and jars from Style-My-Day and I filled them with lot of colour and texture.  

For some larger vases, there were more pincushions, masses of flowering gum, wattle, Billy Balls and some more of that gorgeous Risdon Peppermint foliage. 

I really enjoyed playing with these amazing rich colours.  

It really was a pleasure to be involved in this unique celebration.  I wish the bride and groom as colourful and beautiful life together as their wedding day was!

Monday, May 7, 2018

Summer Wedding at Stewarts Bay Lodge

Photography by Katinka Smith
Summer!  This summer wedding was held at Stewarts Bay Lodge in Port Arthur on the Tasman Peninsula.  Rose gold and blush colours were teamed with reds and whites to create the bouquets and florals.  

For the bouquets, there were Pincushions in red tones - Scarlet Ribbons and a darker pinky red version of Fountain.  

The pincushions were teamed with Pink Ice protea, and white hyrdrangea.  There were deep burgundy Safari Sunset Leucos,  and the cherry red cones of Jubilee Crown Leucadendron.  Fragrant blush-coloured Clethra, Echinacea and blush Hypericum Berries were added too. 

Photography by Katinka Smith
Brunia Albirflora added some texture.  For foliage, there was anksia foliage in a warm green, and lots of cool blue Risdon Peppermint.  

For the groomsmen, there were boutonnieres with rich red Leucos, Jubilee Crown, banksia and peppermint foliage and blush Hypericum berries.  

There was also a boutonniere for the Father of the Bride ... 

and one for her mum too.  

The ceremony took place on the grass, overlooking Stewarts Bay.

The floral arch decorations carried on the theme of the bouquets with Pincusions, Protea, Hydrangea, Brunia, Leucadenron and lots of lush foliage.  

For the reception, there were colourful table decorations.

Pincushion Scarlet ribbons and Fountain, with Pink Ice Protea, white Hydrangea were the main flowers.  There were low lights of burgundy Safari Sunset leucos,  blush coloured Hypericums, Clethra and lots of foliage.  

The table numbers were laser cut and looked fabulous sitting up above the flowers.  Twisted willow added some height with its wayward branches creating lovely lines in the space.  

The table decorations were created in wooden boxes, lime-washed to suit the blush theme.  

Photography by Katinka Smith

Stewarts Bay Lodge is a wonderful light-filled space.  

Photography by Katinka Smith

The beautiful photos by Katinka Smith really capture the light beautifully.  

I really enjoyed decorating the cake for this summer wedding. The flowers cascaded down the side from the top to the second tier.  The cake was made by Annettes Cakes, a local Tasman Peninsula cake maker.  We used flowers in keeping with the theme to create this gorgeous summery look.

Photography by Katinka Smith

It was, as always, a pleasure to provide flowers for this summery wedding.  I wish the lovely bride and groom all the very best for their future together.  

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!