Thursday, January 18, 2018

Spring Cocktail Wedding at MONA


November - spring flowers!  Such a great time for a wedding.  For this couples cocktail style wedding at MONA the bride asked for colour.  Music to my ears!  And there is so much colour to play with in November.  


The bride's bouquet was a combination of waratahs, banksias, proteas and pincusions.  


NSW Waratahs (Telopea Speciosissima) are readily available in Tasmania in November.  They are such a goregous showy flower in a range of rich reds.  I also used red Banksia Coccinea.  The first Pincushions (Leucospermum) of the season were just starting.  They are called Mardi Gras and have yellow styles with red ribbons, and silvery furry little tops.  I also used some Berzelia, a gorgeous spring texture plant with creamy white/green balls.


I also used a Pink Protea with black fringing called Satin Mink, which flowers in spring and autumn.  Blue Sea Holly took us to the cooler end of the colour spectrum.  Purple Isopogon or Cone Flower are a gorgeous spring flowering Australian native that I also added.  


The foliage used is a Tasmanian native rainforest plant - Myrtle Beech.  


For the groom, there were spring Leucadendrons - a female Discolour Leuco, creamy white with pinkish tips, and the yellow cones of Golden Fireworks.  




A purple Isopogon, blue Sea Holly, and a golden, shiny Dryandra/Banksia Formosa which as well as its distinctive flower has gorgeous zig zag leaves that sprout out at fun angles.


Its a joy to play with fresh spring flowers in such happy colours!  For the simple table decorations the bride decided on wooden box arrangements with candles to light for extra atmosphere.


For the boxes, the main flowers used were Banksia Coccinea, Protea Satin Mink, Mardi Gras Pincushions, and Tasmanian Waratahs (Telopea Truncata).


  Leucadendrons used were female Discolour, Safari Sunset and Golden Fireworks.  


Other flowers were blue Sea Holly,  Dryandra/Banksia Formosa, and Isopogon Formosus, with Myrtle Beech foliage.


There are some who think that "native flowers" mean "brown" .... but I think you'd agree this is far from colourless and drab.


Lastly, we did a great big bunch, using the same flowers as the bouquet to use for a vase at the reception room.  
It was such a fun wedding to work on, and a treat to be involved!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Garden Wedding in December


The last wedding for 2016, bringing in the New Year!  I had the pleasure of providing flowers for a local wedding held in a beautiful garden.  The vibe was rustic but pretty with the bridesmaids in navy lace.  To work with the blue, the bride chose pinks, whites and some peachy tones, and wanted a cascading bouquet.  Agonis Flexuosa is a gorgous native foliage that is in flower mid-summer so it was perfect to use. 


The main flowers were a peachy pincushion called Fountain, White Ice Protea and Pice Ice Protea.  Pink Ice Protea are very difficult to find in mid summer but here in Tasmania, conditions mean that we can harvest them in varying numbers almost all year round.  


Other flowers include flowering gum, gum buds, rosy leucadendron cones called Jubilee Crown, green leucadendrons with a pink tinge called Lemon Spice, and pearly white leucadendron cones from Leucadendron Pisa.  


The bridesmaids bouquet was smaller, but with similar flowers. 


I love the idea of these little wreath-style boutonnieres that the bride came up with .  Such a great idea which really suited the theme of the wedding. 


Little wreaths of budded gum were decorated with peppermint foliage, flowering gum and leucadendron cones.


Such a great idea!



For the flower girl, there was a larger wreath.


It was decorated with Agonis foliage, peppermint gum foliage, a Pincushion and some leucadendron cones.


Extra flowers and foliage to match the bouquets were used to decorate the cake and the venue.  


Such a pretty way to end the year!  And, as always, it was a pleasure to be involved in the bride and groom's big day.


Monday, January 1, 2018

February Wedding at Saffire Freycinet

Milton Gan Photography
Last February, I was privileged to provide flowers for a special wedding at Saffire Freycinet.  Saffire is an amazing luxury resort on the Freycinet Peninsula on the East Coast of Tasmania. 

Saffire Freycinet
With spectacular views and amazing architecture, Saffire is an a very special place.  

Saffire Freycinet
My lovely bride and groom had planned their day to a tee, and it really was a treat to be involved.   


The ceremony took place on the private beach at Saffire, looking across the water at the Hazards mountains.  Such a special spot!  



Setting up was a challenge due to the tides, but with everyone on deck to help, we made it in time.


Decorations for the ceremony included chair decorations, and flowers to decorate the arch.


I loved the chair decorations, using Brunia, Silver Tree, Banksias, and lots of foliage, with navy ribbon to match the bridesmaids dresses.




The boardwalk heading down to the beach was dotted with little signs, with floral decorations.


I loved the details for the ceremony.  



There were flowers for the drinks table at the ceremony.


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The stunning photographs by Milton Gan show how everything looked, all set up.  So beautiful!

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All the details!

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And beautiful signage by Ashdown + Bee


For the bouquets, the colours were kept low key.  There were lots of silvery greens, with Silver Tree foliage, Risdon Peppermint foliage, Irish Juniper, and Banksia foliage. Each bouquet also had some Lambs Ears - such beautiful soft foliage which seemed to contrast so well with the spiky zig-zag Banksia leaves. 


The bride's bouquet featured Banksia Baxterii at the front (Birdsnest Banksia), Banksia Speciosa to the left of it,  a shimmering Silver Tree cone next to it, and Brunia Albiflora at the top of the picture.  A creamy white Protea Repens was also used.  


The bridesmaids bouquets were similar, but without the Banksia Speciosa and Protea Repens.  Leucadendron Pisa, a green leuco with silvery white cones was used throughout the arrangements for the wedding.  There were also touches of blue with Sea Holly.  Special creamy white Hydrangea Paniculata were used in each of the bouquets too.  And you can see other details like Nigella pods, white Hypericum berries, and poppy pods.  Lots of wonderful textures!


Simple boutonnieres for the men using the zig-zag Banksia leaves, Lambs Ears, Sea Holly and Hypericum.

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What a dress!

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So elegant!

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There were boutonnieres for the dads too. 

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I really loved these bouquets.
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The reception was held inside the amazing central building at Saffire.  The view across the landscape is amazing.  


Table decorations for the centre of each table carried on the limited colour palette.  Brunia, Banksia, Leucadendrons, native foliage and Peppermint gum, with little splashes of blue from the Sea Holly.


Each centrepiece had lichen covered twigs to bring the landscape inside.



For the bridal table, a runner with more of the same ingredients. 


It looks a bit different in the flower shed, the day before!  


And then when it's in its place - ah!

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Each place setting had a navy napkin.


And on each plate, the name of the guest with a little floral flourish!  



A Pisa Leucadendron with its silver cone, and a zig zag Banksia leaf - they really do grow like that.  We didn't sit and cut them all out!

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Glimpses of the landsacpe through the glass as the sun began to set - so beautiful!

And finally the cake - a beautiful simple semi-naked cake by Cake Chaos with just a few floral touches.


It really was a treat to be involved in this beautiful wedding.  I enjoyed every minute of it!

Make sure you have a look at the amazing video by Light Noise Films, which shows more of the Tasmanian landscape and this special day.  Thanks to the lovely couple for choosing me to be involved. 

JK + Rachel // Saffire Freycinet Wedding // Tasmania from Light Noise Films on Vimeo.