Summer is slowing making its way back to us, which means I’ll be very busy soon with summer weddings. I’d be lying if I didn’t say it was one of my favourite times of the year, the best part being all of the gorgeous brides and grooms I get to know as we plan their wedding flowers and style.
One of the couples I had the pleasure of meeting last year was Alice and Alex. I can’t remember how they found our floral work, but later after we had put together some designs for the day, Alice told me that she had been looking at flowers from another wedding that, by sheer coincidence, I had just done. She told me she was so happy to say “Yvette is doing my flowers, too.”
Alice and Alex chose one of the more remote locations to have their wedding, with a church service in Featherston and the reception out at Lake Ferry. Alice wanted us to create something to reflect the wild landscapes around the area. If you’ve not been, it’s pretty rugged out there and the beach is a grey/green shingle with lots of driftwood. We decided to pick up on that in the foliage in the bouquets choose a dusky Eucalyptus and in the flowers we went for a more parchment colour with soft ivory and little pop of plum.
My favourite flowers in this bouquet have to be the papery thin parchment coloured lisianthus. They are from my favourite organic grower and any flowers from her are always so special to me in my work as I am so enthusiastic about her efforts to grow beautiful flowers in this small “field to vase” way or this case “field to bouquet” way.
We also did some stunning floral crowns for this wedding. Flower crowns, or circlets if you are being proper, have been quite popular for the last few seasons but strangely I have hardly made any for Wellington brides. My brides seem to have veils and let the little ones have the circlets or sometimes the bridesmaids. They do make a great accessory for flower girls though, especially if you are worried about them holding a bouquet or scattering petals and they always look adorable in them.
Alice and Alex really wanted the flowers to be an important part of their day. They had thought about what they wanted and I helped them to style something I’m pretty sure the venue hadn’t seen before. We even managed a few blooms to mark the loved ones remembered on top of the old piano….so that was another one to add to the list: “flowered a piano – tick!”
I loved this wedding because it really was one filled with lots of love. The whole family seemed really involved and behind them having a wonderful day, they were even so welcoming to me when I delivered the bridal flowers on the morning of the wedding, I kind of wanted to stay and chat but of course we had the reception to dress and meters and meters of garlands to hang.
Alice made her own place cards, a nice detail to DIY if you are crafty because you can get them done well in advance.
Photos by Sarah McEvoy|@sarahlikesphotos on Instagram