Sunday, July 17, 2016

Early Autumn Wedding in the Huon Valley


Photography by Michelle Dupont
 Early March, summer is coming to an end, and the Huon Valley is filled with orchards laden with apples.  The Apple Shed, an old packing shed from earlier days, has been transformed into a cider house with an historical flavour, show casing mementos of the Apple Valley in its hey day and home to Willie Smith Cider.  Its the scene for a wedding that I was thrilled to be involved in.  I was equally thrilled to see the beautiful photographs taken by Michelle Dupont.  


The bride was after an eclectic style with lots of colour.  


Late summer provided plenty of colour choices.  Leucospermum Fountain, the peachy orange Pincushion added warmth to the bouquet.  Three different banksias make an appearance, the creamy Banksia Baxterii or Birdsnest Banksia, The warm yellow Banksia Praemorsa,  and the red Banksia Occidentalis.  


Protea Pink Mink, a Nerifolia with black fringing adds a luxurious touch.  Also making an appearance is a stunning rich red Calla Lily, native to South Africa and a first for me.  I was given some bulbs in a gorgeous range of colours and have been enjoying them in my garden.  

Photography by Michelle Dupont
 Leucadendron Jester, a variegated Leuco is in season in March.  It was sprinkled throughout the floral designs for this wedding.

Photography by Michelle Dupont
The foliage used includes Myrtle Beech, a tasmanian native foliage which grows in the rain forests of western Tasmania.  I also used Irish Juniper foliage, a stunning blue-green that really complimented the colours of the flowers.  For highlights I used some Pittosporum berries.   I like the textural effect they created.    


For the boutonniere I used Myrtle Beech foliage, Irish Juniper and more of the pittosporum berries.


I just the love colour of the Irish Juniper.

Photography by Michelle Dupont
The leucadendrons are Jester, a variegated form of Safari Sunset.  There rich red was great agains the blue of the suits.

Photography by Michelle Dupont
 Each boutonniere had a green Corymbia Ficifolia gum nut.  The green nuts are the previous years fruits.  The trees also retain older fruits but they loose the green colouring and look more woody.  I think the green ones really worked in this instance.

Photography by Michelle Dupont


The Mother of the Bride wore a Gum Nut corsage too, also using Myrtle Beech foliage, more Irish Juniper, pittosporum berries, Sedum, and a sprinkling of yellow fennel flower.  
Photography by Michelle Dupont
 I think the photographs from this wedding are some of the best I've seen.  It's worth checking out the website of this talented photographer. 

Photography by Michelle Dupont
 No Autumn wedding in the Huon Valley would be complete without some orchard shots!  These are just beautiful!

Photography by Michelle Dupont
 The autumnal colours of the bouquet are enhanced in the beautiful afternoon light.

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Love this shot of the groom holding the bouquet!

Photography by Michelle Dupont
Just stunning!


Floral decorations for the Apple Shed reception venue were carefully planned by the bride who collected around 60 glass vases and vessels in all shapes and sizes to create groups of arrangements.


Large vases were grouped with smaller bottles and jars, all will a profusion of late summer colours.  


I loved playing with the rich red and orange tones. The additions of juniper and pittosporum berries, and Brunia added texture.  


Some of the little vases were vintage glass.  This little jug looked lovely with a Banksia Occidentalis, Leucadendron Jester, Brunia Albiflora and some Irish Juniper foliage.


The vases and smaller vessels looked so gorgeous and colourful en masse.  It was a pleasure to work on these.  


For a cake topper, I used a Pincushion Fountain as the central flower, surrounded by Sedum, Fennel, Pittosporum berries, green gum nuts, Funiper, Hebe, and Leucadendron Jester.  

Photography by Michelle Dupont
The bride was keen for the cake topper to reflect the bridal bouquet.  
Photography by Michelle Dupont
Such a stunning looking cake!


Photography by Michelle Dupont
This wedding was a pleasure to be involved with and I think you'll agree that the stunning photos really  capture a special day.  

Monday, June 20, 2016

Sundrenched March Wedding at Port Arthur

Photography by Fred and Hannah
On a beautiful warm Tuesday in March, this lovely couple tied the knot at Port Arthur Historic Site on the Tasman Peninsula.  The world heritage listed site is a really special place for a wedding.  The ceremony was held in the ruins of the old church and then photographs were taken in the wonderful gardens that cover the site.
Photography by Fred and Hannah
Photography by Fred and Hannah really captures the day so fabulously!  That golden sun drenched glow perfectly highlights the playful yellow touches that the couple chose for their day. 

Photography by Fred and Hannah
I made the bride a simple bouquet with plenty of lush foliage and texture.


Main flowers used were Protea Pink Ice, and Brunia Albiflora in flower.  A Leucadendron Silver Tree cone peeps through in the centre of the bouquet, surrounded by a fine-flowered white hydrangea.  


The small touches of red are the variegated Leucadendron Jester.  Yellow touches were added with Leucadenron Inca Gold,  Leucadendron Pisa and a fine leafed hybrid Leucadendron.  Eucalyptus Risdonii,  a lovely lemon scented Leptospermum, and a blue green cyprus are the foliages used.  For some added texture I used some pittosporum berries which are a great creamy colour and for a finishing touch, some gum nuts from Corymbia Ficifolia.  

Photography by Fred and Hannah
The grooms boutonniere combined all of the foliages with the yellow Leucadendrons and a gum nut as the focal point.  I love it with that yellow tie!


Fresh and Australian!

Photography by Fred and Hannah
The lovely bride wanted a floral crown to match her bouquet.  


I used more of the Eucalyptus Risdonii, and wove in some of the flowering Tea Tree.  The fine leafed yellow Leucadendron added warm touches.  I also added some of the Leucadendron Pisa to the front of the crown.  


You can also see some deconstructed Brunia and some flowering gum woven into the crown.  

Photography by Fred and Hannah
The bride wore it well!  

Photography by Fred and Hannah
The amazing photography by Fred and Hannah captured the day so well.  The golden glow of the early autumn light was just magic.

Photography by Fred and Hannah
It was, as always, a pleasure to be involved!

Monday, June 13, 2016

Natives for a Beach Wedding in March


thanks to the lovely bride for sharing this image

Tasmania's beaches are some of the most beautiful in the world.  We are surrounded by sea so our coastline is vast.  There are so many beautiful beaches we are spoilt for choice and when we do visit, we often find that we have the beach to ourselves.  So it's no surprise that beach weddings are popular during the warmer months.

thanks to the lovely bride for sharing this image

  March is early autumn here in Tassie, and can be a brilliant time for weddings.


  This March was warmer than usual and there was plenty of variety to play with to create some native bouquets.  

thanks to the lovely bride for sharing this image

The lovely bride wanted green, orange and cream with gum nuts.  Her attendant was her mum, wearing a salmon coloured dress.  


For the bride I used a late flowering Pincushion variety called "Fountain",   Protea Pink Ice, and Protea Repens in a rich salmony pink.  


Beautiful Birdsnest Banksia or Banksia Baxterii in creamy yellow, and Brunia Albiflora which had started flowering were the other large flowers used.  You can also see some smaller creamy Banksia Marginata, a locally occurring Banksia.  


Flowering Eucalyptus Cordata, a gorgeous Tasmanian blue leafed gum which is usually used as a foliage plant, was budding and blossoming at just the right time to be used as a detail flower.  You can also see Grevillea foliage, Leucadendron Silver Tree foliage, Inca Gold Leucadendrons at their rich bronzy green stage, sprigs of lemon-scented Leptospermum or Tea Tree, and of course the gum nuts that the bride requested.  They are Corymbia Ficifolia nuts, beautiful urn shaped woody fruits that really make a statement in an Australian Native bouquet.


Mum's bouquet was slightly smaller, leaving out the salmon pink Protea Repens.  

thanks to the lovely bride for sharing this image

I love the orange tones against that blue suit!  Great colours for the beach-scape.

thanks to the lovely bride for sharing this image

Beautiful!  They look so happy, and thats what it's all about isn't it!  Such a treat to be involved!

Saturday, May 28, 2016

February Wedding at Stewarts Bay Lodge

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"I love all foliages"  said the bride.  Great for a wedding at Stewarts Bay Lodge, set in the bush right next to Stewarts Bay on the Tasman Peninsula, a gorgeous natural setting!


The lovely bride was after pinks and softer tones to compliment the "nude" colouring of the bridesmaids dresses.  Protea Compacta, Protea White Ice and Protea Pink Ice were the main flowers used.  Secondary flowers were Banksia Marginata, a local native in soft creamy lemon, Brunia Albiflora and some rich pink Corymbia Ficifolia or Flowering Gum.  More difficult to see is Leucadendron Pisa with its silvery cones, Poppy pods, and some soft pink wax flower.


Foliages used include Myrtle Beech, a native Tasmanian foliage, 2 different types of Eucalyptus, one in bud.  Native, locally growing coral fern is also used.  Beautiful Leucadendron Silver Tree foliage is also used, giving shiny highlights.  There is also some Eucalyptus Crenulata, a blue foliage with a slight purple tinge to the tips.  

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Big cascading bouquets full of foliage can be tricky to package for transport!  

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The colours worked well with the bridesmaids dresses.

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I love candid wedding shots! They really show the emotion of the day.  


For the boutonnieres I used the native coral fern, wax flowers, some deconstructed Brunia and for the groom, some of the pink flowering gum.  

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The boutonniere for the Father of the Bride was slightly different using a poppy pod, myrtle, gum and flowering gum.


The floral comb for the bride used similar ingredients - native coral fern, wax flower, flowering gum, deconstructed bruina, Eucalyptus Crenulata, and some eucalyptus buds.


Wax flower is such a popular filler flower and you can see why in this hair piece.  It is so delicate but it also lasts well.  

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I love making hair pieces and its always wonderful to be able to see how they're used.  
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This one sat so well into the hairstyle.  
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The combination of a great hair stylist  (Ben O'Brien) and a great photographer (Island 26 Photography) gives great results!  Its such a privilege to work with talented people.  The beautiful bride looked amazing!


Simple aisle decorations were the only ceremony flowers - a simple mix of foliages and leucadendrons.

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Table decorations included rustic log rounds with a trio of vases filled with proteas, foliage and flowering gum.

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Twisted willow gave the centrepieces a lift.  

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Its always a pleasure to be involved in a couple's big day, especially when there are so many other great providers to work alongside.  This beautiful shot of the lovely bride just goes to show the results that can be achieved when you have great people to work with.