Sunday, December 16, 2018

Hobart Wedding in October

For this simple Hobart wedding in October, the brief was for burgundies and pinks with a relaxed style.  I love October for natives - the Waratahs are always a treat to use.  For the bride's bouquet, I used a White Waratah and a deep red NSW Waratah.  

Adding to the Waratahs, I used a hybrid protea called Pink Cream, which has soft pink bracts surrounding a cream centre.  Cream Lecuadendron Discolour were added too.   I love their colour in October, when they're at their lightest.  Their pink tinged tips are so pretty.  Hot pink Boronia was added too, which adds a beautiful fragrance to a bouquet.  

Burgundy was added with the Safari Sunset Leucadendrons.  

I also added some of the variegated Leucos - Jester which are burgundy with a green stripe.    To cool the colour palette down, I put in some gorgeous Isopogons or Cone Flowers in pinky-purple, as well as some rich purple misty.  

Berzelia and Phylica added some gorgeous texture.  For foliage, there was some silky Silver Tree Leucadendron, and some blue-green gum.  

The rich clear colours and textures are one of the things I love the most about spring natives.  
Nina Hamilton Photography captured the day, using historic Battery Point as the back drop.  Gorgeous colour and iconicly Hobart!

I made some simple, lush table decorations for the reception tables at Peppermint Bay.   

Simple glass vases were filled with Waratahs, Pink Cream Proteas and more of the smaller flowers and foliage.  I love the feathery Phylica which adds texture and softness.

Such a joyful colour combination for these table decorations!

Nina Hamilton Photography
And so much joy in the photos too!  Congratulations to the bride and groom.  I hope the memories will be fresh for years to come.  Thanks for including us in your special day.  

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Winter Wedding at Ratho Farm

I love winter weddings!  Its such a treat to be able to use the beautiful natives that are available in winter.  The colours are clear and bright, and they seem somehow fresher.  For this July wedding at Ratho Farm the bride wanted the colours to work with her beautiful deep blue-green velvet gown. 

Red as a contrast colour is fantastic in winter.  I teamed pinks, reds and whites with some Bluegreen foliages to create large bouquet for the bride.  

The main flowers were Protea White Ice, a creamy white protea with purple tips, and Red Compacta, a warm pink protea with a deep red centre.  I added in some dark red roses and Safari Sunset Leucadendrons.  

Other Leucos included were the purple and silver swirls of L. Galpinii, and green Leucadendron Discolour which have purple blush and silvery edges over winter.  Some Thryptomene, early Berzelia and Sea Holly were also added.  

For foliage, there were two types of Gum, both with a lovely trailing habit and a deep blue green colour.  Some variegated Pittosporum, silvery grey tea tree foliage and the luxurious Silver Tree can be seen too. 

For the little flower girl, in her silver sparkly dress, there was a special little basket to carry.  

Gorgeous Red Protea Compacta look so good in winter.  Everything in the brides bouquet was included except the Silver Tree.  

And for the groom there was Gum, Tea Tree, Sea Holly, Safari Sunset, rose and Berzelia.  

Photo by Love Jennifer Photography

Ratho Farm is full of Tasmanian character.  I wish the gorgeous couple all the very best and hope the memories of their Tassie wedding linger happily.  

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Battery Point Wedding in March

This March wedding was held in Battery Point, an historic inner city suburb of Hobart.  The ceremony was held in the courtyard of the beautiful historic house, Narryna.  Battery Point community Hall was the reception venue.  

There was a bridal bouquet and a little flower girls bouquet in  pinks, reds, and creamy whites with blue green foliages.  Protea Compacta Red is a large velvet pink protea with a red centre that looks great in bouquets.  For the bride's bouquet, it was teamed with an early creamy white Repens protea, a black fringed white Neriifolia and some creamy flowering Brunia Albiflora.

For the reds, there were Banksia Occidentalis, new seasons Safari Sunset Leucos (burgundy) and Jester Leucos (striped burgundy and green).  I also used the first of the fine leafed Leucadendron Tall Red in rich maroon.  Masses of budded gum and Agonis Flexuosa foliage provided the structure. 

Other Leucadedrons added were the dusky red tinged Orientale, and the pure and sage Discolour with its silvery edges.  Some Leucadendron Pisa foliage, which is a soft silvery green, was also included.  Lastly, there were dark mahogany coloured dried Leucadendron cones.  I love the texture and depth of colour they add.  

Blue Sea Holly was sprinkled through the arrangements and the groom had a Sea Holly "thistle" in his boutonniere, surrounded by Brunia gum foliage, Pisa foliage, a Jester Leuco and some sprigs of Thryptomene.  

The little flower girl wore a crown of L. Pisa foliage, gum foliage and sprigs of thryptomene. 

I love using the soft green Pisa foliage.  Its soft and silky like the Silver Tree but much finer leafed.  

For the bride, a floral comb featuring a red Banksia and some Jester Leucos, Sea Holly, gum foliage, Pisa foliage, Agonis foliage and more Thryptomene.

There were a few late flowering gum buds and lastly, a dried Leucadendron cone.  


The ceremony took place in a sheltered courtyard in the garden of Narryna House.  Floral arch decorations were made with masses of foliage and flowers.  The standout were some huge flowering Brunia heads. 

The courtyard walls are full of character and the ground is paved with huge old flagstones.  It was a lovely, intimate spot for this small wedding.  

The gorgeous cake was made by Coal River Farm and was decorated with giant blackberries.  More matching flowers and foliage decorated each tier.

For the reception at Battery Point Community Hall, there were vases full of flowers and foliage to match the bouquets.  Flowering Brunia, Protea Pink Ice, Banksia Occidentalis, masses of gum, and Pisa foliage, and some Agonis, as well as a variety of Leucadendrons.  

The venue has beautiful light that streams in through the windows.  

The lovely bride and groom sent this picture, admiring the cake.  I love that you can see her bouquet and hair flowers and how everything ties together.  It was such a pleasure to help in the celebration of this couples' special day.  

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Tasmanian Native Wedding in March

Tasmania is a place known for its pristine wilderness and many people come here to experience that. For this wedding, the bride was a tour guide for the new Three Capes Track wilderness walk that shows off some of the spectacular coastline of the Tasman Peninsula.  Being a tour guide she wanted plants that were native to the Tasmanian bush that she worked in.

In spring there are a multitude of wildflowers available in the local landscape, but in March not so many.  I was able to use some gorgeous native coral fern, and the beautiful Tasmanian Myrtle Beech foliage to create the structure of the bouquet.  I also used some lovely wattle that flowers throughout the year in our local area.  I love using wattle in bud, when its little flowers are still little green balls that sit at great angles along the stems.  

The other two local native ingredients were creamy pale yellow Banksia Marginata.  These grow all around the local area and will flower at different stages throughout the year, given the right conditions.  The real standout, colour-wise, was the Pink Mountain Berry which grows profusely in patches around the Tasman Peninsula.  

Pink Mountain Berry or Leptecophylla Juniperina is native to New Zealand, Tasmania and Victoria.  It is not often used as a cut flower because its very prickly!  But I was lured in by the amazing hot pink colour so I got out the rose de-thorner tool and handled it carefully.  

The remaining ingredients were some red Banksia Occidentalis, a Birdsnest Banksia or Banksia Baxterii, and two different coloured flowering gums.  The result was a bright, native bouquet designed to go with the brides dress which had red Nothofagus leaves embroidered over it.    

For the groom, some myrtle beech, coral fern, wattle, Pink Mountain Berry, flowering gum and a red Leucadendron.  

I enjoyed the challenge of coming up with something "local" and "native" for this special wedding.

Do yourself a favour and check out the Three Capes Track website for some truly amazing Tasmanian Peninsula Wilderness.  (I'm not biased at all!)

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

November Beach Wedding at Stewarts Bay

Photography by Jon Jarvela
November catches the end of spring and there are so many beautiful flowers available.  For this beach wedding at Stewarts Bay on the Tasman Peninsula, the theme was the bride's favourite, red and white.  
Photography by Jon Jarvela
The red and white were teamed up with grey for the suits and bridesmaids dresses.  A classic colour combination.  

The bride's bouquet had the last of the NSW Waratahs and Tasmanian Waratahs,  both in rich red.  There was also a Banksia Coccinea, a Scarlet Ribbons Pincushion and a Protea Compacta which is a soft pink with a red centre.  

For white, there were white Peonies and creamy leucadendron Lemon Spice with its pink blush tips.  The Berzelia Lanuginosa was flowering and the little green balls are all covered in tiny white flowers making them look fluffy and gorgeous.  They looked great in the bouquets.  

There were gum nuts too from the Corymbia Ficifolia.  For foliage, there was Agonis Flexuosa and Risdon Peppermint eucalyptus.  

For the bride, I made a floral hair slide with a Tasmanian Waratah as the main focus, surrounded by fluffy Berzelia, creamy Leucadendron Discolour, ruby Jubilee Crown cones, and bits and pieces of foliage.  

These can work really well with a range of hair styles and add colour that perfectly matches your bouquets.   They're a lot of fun to create too! 

The ceremony was held on Stewarts Bay beach which is a small sheltered beach in Port Arthur.  When you're standing on the beach, you can see nothing but pristine bush and can imagine that it has looked this way for thousands of years.  Its a special spot, and only a stones-throw from Stewarts Bay Lodge where the reception was held.  

The arch was decorated with red, white and pink and really made a statement in the sunshine.

A gorgeous red King Protea was the standout flower, surrounded by the Waratahs, Berzelia,  Scarlet Ribbon pincushions and masses of foliage and leucadendrons.  

For the groom and his men, gum nuts, Waratahs and leucadedrons.  

Photography by Jon Jarvela
The restaurant at Stewarts Bay Lodge was where the reception was held, just a short walk up through the bush from the beach.  

Little collections of jars and vases with plenty of red and white sat on top of log rounds to decorate the tables.  

NSW Waratahs, Tasmanian Waratahs, Banksia Coccinea and Protea Compacta with leucadedrons, Berzelia, gum and Silver Tree.  Little ruby coloured Jubilee Crown cones were added too.

And for the cake, more Waratahs, Berzelia, Leucadendrons and foliage.  

Photography by Jon Jarvela
The gorgeous photos by Jon Jarvela were shared by the lovely bride - Thankyou!  I love being able to see how things turn out on the day!.

It was such a pleasure to be involved in this special wedding, almost a year ago!  Congratulations to the bride and groom who will soon be celebrating their first anniversary.