From bouquets, boutonnieres and corsages to ornamental hanging installations, you’ll be surprised how much of your wedding day revolves around the tapered petals of a delicate flower. Get to know your local florists.
farewell fiancé tip: Once you have picked your venue begin to research and interview florists. Take careful note of the florists portfolio and the blooms in their studio in order to gauge the health and vitality of the flowers. Social media is a great way to view your favourite florists’ work, for their most impressive work will almost always be on display online.
Rose Apple Flowers (Northern NSW)
This ex pharmaceutical rep found working with beautiful blooms was the perfect outlet to express her creative side. Rebecca Uhlmann’s floral studio, Rose Apple Flowers transpired from her love of painting and drawing and her need to channel negativity into something positive.
We’re quick to learn that a day in the life of Rebecca is completely manic. Between dropping her three young children off at school, attending to wholesale orders, stylised photo shoots and the day-to-day workings of her Northern New South Wales store there is not one minute of solace.
Every botanical configuration Rebecca produces is bespoke and incorporates organic materials sourced from her Northern Rivers surroundings. “There is so much sentiment and emotion involved in a brides bouquet and flowers on her wedding day. Things like type of flowers, colours and even ribbon types can have a historical meaning in a family and I really value these traditions.”
There is a certain richness and warmth that surpasses each and every one of Rebecca’s floral arrangements. Whether it’s garden roses, peonies or the discolouration and texture of driftwood, there is no accident when it comes to placement. Each flower is thoughtfully styled and considered.
Inspired by the works of Nicolette Camille, Ariella Chezar and Saipua, which are reminiscent of the Dutch Master paintings of the 17th Century, Rebecca says she endeavors to create arrangements that are “loose, rambling and romantic.”
Twig and Grace (Noosa Hinterland, QLD)
Noosa hinterland based floral stylists and vintage prop collectors, Twig and Grace are a dexterous bunch. Cascading table foliage over foraged items of furniture and head pieces of disheveled petals binned with kindling are reason enough to add this creative team to your list of prospective wedding florists.
Rich colour and curated combinations of offbeat textures are what set each one of their detailed designs apart. The whimsical, avant-garde style of their creations has the proclivity to leave you trounced with nostalgia. Led by chief florist Dezley Hughes, horticulture plays a large role in the lives of this family run business.
farewell fiancé tip: If you opt for a flower garland, you will need to work collaboratively with your florist and hair stylist. Choose flowers that won’t discolour or wilt too quickly as you will have hair product and weather to contend with.
Just Because Blooms (Gold Coast, QLD)
When we last spoke to Emily of Just Because Blooms, she was running her creative floral business from her bedroom. Oh, how things have changed. With the rising success of her little side project, came space and a lot more at that.
Emily works best in fleeting, sporadic moments of time (moments that usually occur when she is hurriedly working to process late orders) to design arrangements that breathe a trans-lucid sense of modernity that is delightfully irreverent. “There is no procedural way to designing blooms, I run with how I’m feeling in that moment.”
An essence of tranquility and studied nonchalance are bestowed on each of her designs which more often than not feature airy sprigs, wispy fronds and palettes of minty pastel hues.
Primula Floral Styling (Brisbane)
Recently we’ve noticed a change in flower fashion and structured, rigid bouquet designs seem to be a thing of the past. Eliza Rogers of Primula Floral Styling has tried and trialed unique arrangements in order to perfectly reflect the personality and vivacity of each individual flower and the bride and groom involved.
Eliza’s arrangements are known for their wild bearings. Each beautifully uncontrived bouquet and floral composition pay reverence to natures untaught, billowing temperament. Simply focusing on the beauty found in imperfection. Hauntingly ethereal, evocative tones and myriad textures are used to create centerpieces prevalent of a romantic, old English era.
farewell fiancé tip: There is a difference between a floral designer and event floral designer. A full-service event designer/stylist will supply flowers, décor concepts and items of furniture and props for hire. Retail florists are your go-to for small, specialised orders. Get to know your local retail florist for your engagement party blooms or boutonnieres.