Tuesday, July 31, 2018

November Wedding at Willie Smiths Apple Shed

November is one of my favourite months for native flowers.  Just look at the colours in these bridesmaid's bouquets from a wedding in November 2017!  All the colours!  

The wedding and reception were held at Willie Smiths Apple Shed at Ranelagh in the Huon Valley area south west of Hobart.  Its a great venue, created by repurposing some huge old wooden apple packing sheds which gives it a unique atmosphere.  

The Waratah would have to be the first flower to mention for this wedding - such a beautiful native with a stunning colour and texture that makes a bouquet really special.  I used the larger New South Wales Waratah (Telopea Speciosissima) as well as the Tasmanian Waratah (Telopea Truncata) which is smaller but more intensely coloured.  

Each of the bouquets also had the beautiful velvety red and pink combo of the Protea Compacta variety that we grow here at Swallows Nest Farm.  

I also used some Protea Satin Mink, a light pink protea with black fringing.  

Other gorgeous spring flowering natives included the hot pink Boronia which smells amazing.  Soft fluffy purple flowers from a native Melaleuca were also added.  I love adding Berzelia to my bouquets too.  Berzelia is a gorgeous "flower" that resembles lots of little pea-like berries in clusters.  The berries grow over the cooler months and by November, they're at their largest and have started to lighten in colour.  Eventually they "flower", becoming covered in tiny white flowers which give them a fluffy appearance. They're so gorgeous!

Other ingredients were the Dryandra Formosa (recently reclassified as a Banksia) which has a gorgeous shiny old gold colour and beautiful finely zig-zagged foliage.  Leucadendrons used are Safari Sunset and the gorgeous spring colour of Lemon Spice which is creamy coloured with a pink tinge.  I also used some lovely blue sea holly or Eryngium. 

The foliage used throughout this wedding was Tasmanian Myrtle Beech.  I love the glossy green leaves and the structure of it.  

For the groom, I used a gorgeous golden Dryandra Formosa teamed up with a Leucadendron Lemon Spice, some hot pink Boronia, sea holly and myrtle foliage.  

I love making boutonnieres.  Such sweet little mini bouquets!

For decorating the venue, we used lots of little jars and bottles filled with bright colour.  More myrtle foliage teamed with waratahs, Tasmanian waratahs, proteas of different varieties, dryandra, boronia, and leucadendrons.  

The venue really suits the long-table set up.  

I love the pinks and reds against the dark tables - it really makes them glow.  

Natasha from Lily May Cake Designs always does an impeccable wedding cake! I love getting to work with such talented people. 

Acoma Photography
November provides some amazing natives which are a delight to use for weddings.  I really enjoyed putting these special flowers together.  

Monday, July 30, 2018

Summer Wedding at Bangor Vineyard Shed

Photo by Smitten Wedding Photography
This beautiful summery wedding was held at Bangor Vineyard Shed in January.  Bangor is a set on a hilltop overlooking the Dunalley area at the gateway to the Tasman Peninsula region.  There are stunning views in all directions.  Dunalley Beach, right next to the highway, is perfect for summer wedding photos.  

The bridesmaid's were in peachy blush tones, so we went for pinks and peach with the bouquets.   For the bride, the central protea was Protea Pink Cream, with its warm soft pink outer bracts and creamy central mass.  It was surrounded by Leucospermums or Pincushions called Fountain. 

The bridesmaids bouquets were smaller versions of the bride's.  

As secondary flowers, I used a very pale pink flowering gum, purple Hebe, blue sea holly and silvery Brunia Albiflora.  

For foliage, I used beautiful Eucalyptus Crenulata, and some native coral fern that gives the bouquets an extra summery feel.  

For the boutonnieres, there was more eucalyptus foliage, flowering gum blossoms and buds, Hebe, sea holly and for the groom, some extra coral fern.  

The dad's wore these little boutonnieres.  

And for the mums, some wrist corsages with the peachy Fountain pincushions.

The ceremony was held at the bottom of the vineyard, overlooking Boomer Bay which is to the east of Dunalley.  The was a floral arch, which we dressed up with a central decoration filled with summery colour and texture.  

Such a great spot to tie the knot!

Looking up towards Bangor Shed from the ceremony were the rows of vines, looking summery and lush.  

For the reception, we made some large urn arrangements, chock full of more Pincushions, Protea Pink Ice, flowering gum, coral fern, Brunia, Hebe, sea holly, and eucalyptus.  

I loved the summery prettiness of these arrangements.

Photo by Smitten Wedding Photography
It's always a privilege to be part of a couple's special day and this wedding was no exception.  I wish them all the happiness!