Monday, September 11, 2017

January Wedding at Quamby Estate

Photography by Doxa Visual
Australia Day long weekend was the date for a beautiful wedding at Quamby Estate.  Natives and proteas were the theme. With the bride being Australian and the groom being from South Africa, it was meant to be!

Quamby Estate
Quamby estate is a beautiful historical homestead near Launceston in the north of Tasmania.  

Quamby Estate
The beautiful rooms create an memorable atmosphere in which to prepare for the ceremony.  

The photographer's photos capture the moody interior light so beautifully.

Photography by Doxa Visual
The gorgeous pictures are by dynamic photography duo Doxa Visual.  They've captured the day sensationally - the bride and groom must be thrilled!

Photography by Doxa Visual
The ceremony was held on the grass under the shade of a huge old tree, with vases of natives sitting on logs at the end of each row of chairs.

Photography by Doxa Visual
The happy couple planned perfectly for the day, and it shows.

Photography by Doxa Visual
The bride wanted a mix of colours combining the South African flowers and Australian flowers.  Many South African flowers are called "natives" here in Australia.  Leucadendrons, Pincushions and Proteas are all South Aftican natives.  Banksias, Waratahs, Grevilleas and Bottlebrushes are all Australian native flowers, but both groups belong to the larger collection of Proteaceae plants.

The South African flowers used were Protea Pink Ice, Protea Repens,  Leucospermum Fountain - an orange Pincushion, and Brunia Albiflora.  The leucadendrons used were L. Argentium, the Silver Tree, Safari Sunset and Jubilee Crown.  

The Australian flowers used were Banksia Speciosa, Banksia Praemorsa, Banksia Marginata and of course, Wattle, our national floral emblem.  The Banksia Speciosa has wonderful long zig-zag leaves that I love to use in bouquets.  

Other ingredients were Leucadendron Jubilee Crown cones,  Echinops or Globe Thistles, and each bouquet had a Silver Tree cone as well as the beautiful silken foliage.  Foliages used were Risdon Peppermint, and Agonis Flexuosa in flower.  

Photography by Doxa Visual
The brides amazing dress is by Gwendolynne from Melbourne.  Check out the website if you want to feast your eyes on some stunning vintage style dresses and lots of real-wedding photos.

Photography by Doxa Visual
The bridesmaid's bouquets were smaller, without the larger Banksia flowers.  

For the groom, a Globe Thistle, Wattle, Agonis flowers and a L. Jubilee Crown cone.  I also used some of those gorgeous zig zag Banksia Speciosa leaves.  

Photography by Doxa Visual
I love that pocket kerchief!  

The grooms attendants had the same ingredients for their boutonnieres, without the Globe Thistle.  

Photography by Doxa Visual
For the reception,  there were fishbowl vases bursting with proteas and natives.  

Photography by Doxa Visual

Photography by Doxa Visual
Little scattered accent vases held sprigs of wattle and other feature flowers.

Photography by Doxa Visual
I think that smile says it all - it looks like a wonderful day full of the best memories.  And, as always, it was such a privilege to be involved in the celebration.

Photography by Doxa Visual

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Early Summer Wedding at Peppermint Bay

An early summer wedding at Peppermint Bay south of Hobart called for red and white, with eucalyptus foliage.  Many of our spring blooms were still available in early December due to weather conditions, so the waratah was the red flower of choice.   

While picking some Tasmanian Waratahs (Telopea Truncata) to include for this wedding, I found some beautiful Isopogon still flowering, also known as the Cone Flower.  These are an unusual Australian native that flowers in spring.  We grow a fresh pinky purple variety called Ispogon Formosus, but they come in a range of colours with a great variation in the leaves as well.  They're gorgeous, little known Aussie wonders.    The basket full of bright red and purple really inspired the colour mix for this wedding.  

For the bouquets I used Telopea Speciosissima, the New South Wales Waratah, as the main flower.  They are large, showy and gorgeous!  I teamed them up with the smaller Tasmanian Waratah and Protea Pink Ice.

For whites, I used the gorgeous Berzelia which in early summer is covered in tiny white flowers so that it looks like clusters of fluffy white balls.  I also used Leucadenderon Lemon Spice in its creamy white phase.  It has a pink blush on the tips of the bracts, and the central cones have a pink blush too.  For the bride's bouquet I also used a Protea White Ice and a Protea White Cream, a warm pink protea with a creamy centre. 

You can see the purple Isopogon peeping out from amongst the rich pinks and reds.  I also added some darker purple Hebe flowers.  Just a few dark red Safari Sunset Leucos create some depth of colour.  And of course, there are the gumnuts - perfect for a Australian native bouquet.  

The foliage used is mostly Eucalyptus Cordata, with some Ridson Peppermint added here and there.

For the bridesmaid, the same but slightly smaller, with less of the large waratahs.  

Such a pretty, colourful combination of colours!

For the groom the colours were pared back a little.  A gumnut, Leucadendron Discolour, Leucadendron Safari Sunset, Berzelia, Ispogon and Cordata foliage.

Other buttonholes were the same, minus the purple Isopogon.  

Corsages for the mums were brighter, using a Tasmanian Waratah as the focal flower.  They also use Leucadendron Discolour, Isopogon, Berzelia and Cordata foliage.  

For the bride and her bridesmaid, there were floral combs.  Tasmanian Waratahs surrounded by Berzelia, Leucadendron Discolour,  Isopogon, Cordata foliage, and some rosy Jubilee Crown cones.  Red is a great colour for a brunette bride!    

To decorate the reception room at Peppermint Bay, the bride chose a collection of different vases and vessels filled with colour.  Her mum had collected jars of all different sizes which looked great en masse.

You can see Waratah, Tasmanian Waratah, and early flowering Scarlet Ribbons Pincushions. The red of the Tasmanian Waratahs is such an intense colour!

You can also see some White Ice Proteas, Hebe in purple, and the creamy Leucadendron Discolour.

I used Protea Pink Ice, and Safari Sunset Leucos too.  

Such a joyful combination of colours!  

Jars of more colour on the chairs for the ceremony.  What a great spot to say "I do"!  Tassie, you are so beautiful!

The cake was simply decorated with more of the same combination of flowers.  The wonderful cake was made by Natasha from Lily May Cake Design.  

Such a great venue in a wonderful location.  And early summer is a great time for a wedding, flower-wise too.  

I will remember this wedding for the intense joyful colours and of course, the lovely couple who were married.  It was such a pleasure to be involved in creating flowers for this day.  

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Hobart Wedding in February

Photography by Acoma
I provided flowers for a beautiful wedding in Hobart this February.  The ceremony was held at Runnymede House, a National Trust property in New Town.  

Photography by Acoma
The interior of the house provided a gorgeous light for photographs.  I love these photos by one of Tasmania's most talented photographers, Acoma.  Stunning!

Photography by Acoma
The colours of the wedding were silvery grey, with burgundy bow ties.  I love the classic colour combination of grey and red and the February flowering natives were a perfect fit.  

Silvery grey foliages were a must, and I used the Eucalyptus Crenulata with its silvery bloom covering the young leaves.   Leucadendron Silver Tree worked in with the silvery grey theme, with its shimmery soft silky leaves.  Risdon Peppermint was the other foliage I used.  

Brunia Albiflora is a perfect addition for a silvery grey wedding.  The balls of the Brunia are exactly that, and the way they catch the light makes them appear to glow.  I love them!

Each bouquet had a Pink Ice Protea and some red Banksia Occidentalis.  I also used some Scarlet Ribbons pincushions.

Safari Sunset Leucadendrons in deep burgundy, their summer colour, were used to add darker tones.  Highlights were added with a stunning flowering gum that has white flowers but red buds.  They came from a very large, mature tree that was completely covered with blossom this year.  

Flowering gum ... sigh!

Another lovely addition is the bright red cones of Leucadendron Jubilee Crown.  Their little cones look like berries in amongst the flowers. 

And of course, because of the silvery grey/natives theme, we had to add in some beautiful mature gum nuts, which have silvered with age.  

Photography by Acoma
Photography by Acoma
The controlled colour scheme really worked with the dresses.  Aren't they stunning!

Boutonnieres for the men included leaves from the flowering gum Corymbia Ficifolia, peppermint foliage,  Leucadendron Jubilee Crown cones and flowering gum buds around a large silvery gum nut. 
The grooms boutonniere had some added Brunia.  

Photography by Acoma
I think they went fabulously with the burgundy bow ties!

I also made a floral comb bursting with flowering gum, Brunia, peppermint, and with some Jubilee Crown cones and a little bit of wax flower. 
The hair comb was worn by the mother of the bride -  a special touch. 

Chair decorations used Brunia, Jubilee Crown, Safari Sunset, Silver Tree and Flowering Gum.  The soft grey ribbon was used throughout the floral designs.  

Photography by Acoma
The reception was held at Stefano Lubiana winery north of Hobart.  Burgundy Leucadendrons were placed on each plate and gum foliage was scattered down the centre of the tables.

Photography by Acoma
Natives work so well in a "rustic" setting.

Its really special when the bride is so happy with the flowers that she apologises for sending through too many photos of the wedding!  Theres no such thing! 

Photography by Acoma
It was a pleasure to be involved in this beautiful wedding, and to be able to share so many stunning photos with you all.