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Here is one of my colour combo favourites from this season….

Michele and Jason got married at the Wharf, the beautiful venue on Auckland harbourside this month. We created these arrangements of pink and red peonies, roses and calla lilies to compliment the beautiful cherry red dresses worn by the bridesmaids. I cant wait to see the shots of the girls with the flowers!

Here is Michele’s bouquet, in which we used a several different tones from very pale pinks, to brighter pinks, to deep reds.

For the bridesmaids we subtracted the paler pink shade and went with the rich tones of mid pinks and deep reds, bound in a cherry red to match their dresses.

The ladies wore corsages of all the mixed shades and the gents wore deep red roses.

The Wharf is such a cool venue. It is very chic with its attention to detail from the ginormous chandelier on the ceiling to the layout of tables around the cylinder shaped room.

The views are what its all about though as the full glass walls give you a stunning outlook over Auckland City from the North Shore side, including the Harbour and the bridge.

The floating rose bowls worked beautifully to encapsulate the meeting of the natural landscape of water and bush and the modern city views.

Congratulations Michele and Jason!

Coffee and Cream

I’ve been looking forward to creating the flowers for Theresa and Sam’s beautiful wedding for months. Theresa brought me a beautiful palette and collection of lovely details so it was a pleasure to create something to compliment their beautiful aesthetic.

Peonies were the obvious choice for Theresa, these stunning cream ones look like lace with their ruffly petals.

The bridesmaids were wearing a gorgeous pale coffee shade so we used the exquisite rose varieties ‘metalina’ and ‘something special’ to accentuate the colour

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Sam wore a cream rose to match Theresa’s bouquet and the Groomsmen wore coffee roses to match the bridesmaid’s flowers.

The Mothers and fathers wore simple and elegant cream roses.

I am so excited and honored to be able to show you the beautiful photos from my lovely client’s Amber and Hamish’s wedding last month.

Amber was such a beautiful bride and how stunning is her gown with the delicate lace detailing. The bridesmaid’s dresses are very chic too and all the little elements from the dresses, to the shoes, to the flowers, to the venue were the perfect collaboration of vintage and chic.

I adore the pallette of white, black and grey/silver, this looks magic together and has been captured so exquisitely by their talented photographer Carolyn Haslett.

They were such a lovely couple to work with, I am so pleased for them that they now have these beautiful photos of their happy day to treasure.

When Amber and Hamish came for their first consultation and we discussed the shabby chic cut crystal vase idea I showed them a picture I had just been eying up in the latest wedding Magazine and was pleased to find that Amber had been eying up the same one! So we knew straight away we were on the same page with the look of everything.

Thank you so much for sharing your gorgeous photos with us Amber and Hamish. Congratulations to you both and may you have long and happy lives together!

Oh Pink Peonies….

…how I adore thee!

Yes I am extremely happy that Peony season is back again. They make such classically beautiful bouquets and arrangements and fit with both modern and vintage looks.

These precious baby pink bunches were for our bride Natalie last weekend who had her heart set on baby pink peonies and we managed to get her the first ones of the season, hooray!

Here are the buttonholes, corsages and flower girl petal basket:

…When you have 34 table centerpieces to set up for a wedding!

This is what Averil and I decided mid way through the set up of this lovely wedding reception at Alexandra Park last weekend.

Also, the perilous nature of guiding a heavy, half-filled glass fish bowl vase gently in the center of a very large round reception table, through the wall of delicate wine glasses and neatly onto a thin glass mirror tile is quite exhilarating!

The effect was worth the effort however, very classy indeed! And Congratulations to the lovely couple Fili and Vincent, we trust they had an amazing day with such a big celebration.

Sometimes when I’m putting together the bouquets for a wedding there is this moment of magic when I just know that everything is working perfectly… the colours, the shades, the textures, the shapes, the style… everything. It is such a great feeling because I know that I’m helping to make my brides day very special.

Putting together Louise and Clint’s florals was just like that. The roses pre-bouquet were beautiful in themselves, but once I started placing them in their cozy spots within the arrangements I got gradually more and more excited and in love with the synergy of all the elements working together, the shades of soft lavender, cream, pale and dusky pink in the roses, together with the soft silver green lambs ear foliage were just exquisite as a combo.

The roses are:

cream – vendella

lavender – ocean song

pale pink – sweet avalanche

dusky pink – old dutch

Here are the bridesmaids bouquets, they were wearing a shade very similar to the lavender rose.

Here are the flower girls posies:

Here are the ladies corsages and gents buttonholes:

And here were all the bouquets all snuggly packaged up in tissue and ready to go… I didn’t want to say goodbye… sigh

I am a strong believer that there are no ugly flowers, that every flower is beautiful if it is styled in the right way.

I feel I have demonstrated this with the Baby’s Breath Bouquets (see Amber and Hamish’s Wedding below) which are so glorious in all their dainty beauty.

My next project had to be the carnation which has gone under-appreciated for a long time due to its unflattering use in tacky bouquet combination’s.

Carnations are actually really beautiful when you take time to appreciate them, so ruffly and lacy looking (honest!). I think they could be the winter alternative to the Peony if people started treating them with some much needed respect.

Determined as I am to bring the carnation back into fashion I created some designs using delicate baby pink carnations.

I explained to AverilĀ  that I had done this, and she was understandably underwhelmed and doubtful, having also seen the worst of carnations in her career with flowers, as we all have. BUT then I showed her the pictures I snapped of these beauties and I think I gained my first convert as she exclaimed “Wow really, are those carnations?”

So you heard it here folks, carnations are chic!

To prove my point I present to you Exhibit A: Cluster of Baby Pink Carnations, bound in ivory Satin and detailed with vintage crystal brooch.

What do you think? Are you a carnation convert too?

These are the buttonholes detailed with swarovski crystals, I think they are so amazingly beautiful with all their soft ruffly petals, like tissue paper flowers when you snip the edges jaggedly and get the beautiful lacy effect.