Winter weddings are few and far between in Tasmania. The colder months are quiet times for those who provide services for weddings. This makes me a little sad at times because as a native flower grower, it seems such a waste to miss out on all the gorgeous seasonal flowers that winter brings.
I was really excited to get a winter wedding request. It was a small simple wedding with the bride and groom flying in to Hobart from the mainland. A simple bouquet and boutonniere were all that they needed, but it was such a great opportunity to "play" with some winter blooms.
The brides dress was in deep green silk with rich dark blue patterning. I decided to go with green and blue and add warm yellow and orange. The inspiration began with the banksias that were in flower. In the basket are some Banksia Marginata which grow wild on my property. The flowers are light fresh lemony yellow. Wattle was just beginning to bud and I loved the yellow hints with the great texture. I also picked some branched of Blue Spruce - what a great colour! And its structure is fantastic too.
Another banksia in bloom was the Banksia Brownii. Its flowers are less lemony yellow and have a purplish tip. Brownii foliage is just gorgeous too, and some found its way into the bouquet.
Banksia Ericifolia was flowering prolifically. I love the rich orange colour with the purple tinges on the tip. It really worked will with the other banksias.
Going all out with texture, I also added some early Berzelia, some Eucalyptus buds, some Tea Tree and, as blue green highlights, some sweet little succulents.
Winter can be so beautiful!
I love the happy little gum buds sitting proud of the bouquet surface.
You can see the purplish tips of the Banksia Brownii and Banksia Ericifolia here. I love the way the colour adds depth to the colour scheme. You can also see just a few Phylica Plumosa flowers. I picked the very first flowers just days before the July wedding. Phylica is such a brilliant flower for weddings.
The boutonniere had Phylica too, teamed with the Blue Spruce, Tea Tree and Berzelia, as well as some gorgeous blue green succulents.
It was such a great opportunity to "play" with some stunning winter blooms. I hope more couples decide not to wait for the warmer weather!