Tuesday, May 24, 2016

February Wedding at Avalon Coastal Retreat

February is a busy month for weddings here in Tasmania.  The warm weather makes Tasmania's beautiful landscapes and beaches a perfect backdrop for a summer wedding.  This February I was privileged to provide flowers for a wedding held on the Tasmania's East Coast at a special award winning venue called Avalon Coastal Retreat.  

Avalon Coastal Retreat
Right on the edge of the ocean at Swansea, the venue has breathtaking views of the coastline and the Freycinet Peninsula.

Avalon Coastal Retreat
Avalon Coastal Retreat won a gold medal in the Australian Tourism Awards for the best self-contained accommodation.  Its not hard to see why, judging from the photo gallery on their website. 

The colour of the bridesmaid's dresses was a soft pink, with accents in the men's ties of rich pink and orange.  The colour scheme of the flowers came together well, complimenting those colours with lots of native texture.

Pink Ice Protea, Fountain Pincushions and Banksia Occidentalis are the 3 main flowers used.  

The pink, red and orange colours were held together with a burst of soft pink from a gorgeous Corymbia Ficifolia or Flowering Gum.  It really tied the colours together.  Other flowers used were some Leucadendron Silvan Red with its rich new season red, some Leucadenron Gandogeri, Kangaroo Paw in red, Leucadendron Jubilee Crown cones, and some green Corymbia Ficifolia nuts.

The bride's bouquet also featured a small red King Protea.

A bridal hair piece was made by attaching the flowers to a comb which sets well at the back of the head  (also useful above a bun).  I used more of the Corymbia Ficifolia in that gorgeous soft pink, and added some pink wax flower and some local native tea tree that grows in coastal areas here in Tasmania.  It's soft grey leaves and white flowers worked well on the hair piece.

Simple little floral picks were also made for the bridesmaid's hair.  

The floral comb worked beautifully as an alternative to the traditional veil.

The suits were a rich blue with a white shirt that had subtle accent colours through it.  

For boutonnieres I used more of the fabulous Corymbia Ficifolia teamed with Peppermint foliage, Leucadendron Silvan Red and a L. Jubilee Crown cone.  

All the bouquets and boutonnieres were bound with jute twine for a rustic, earthy feel.

The grooms boutonniere had added wax flower and a small green gum nut.  

Wholesale flowers for decorating the venue where Protea Pink Ice, Banksia Occidentalis, Leucospermum Fountain, Leucadendron Silvan Red and Risdon Peppermint foliage.  

It's always such a treat to see a photo of the bridal party, showing all the effort come to fruition.  It was a pleasure to provide flowers for this wedding.  I really enjoyed the colour combinations of the pinks, reds and touches of orange.    

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