Real Wedding

Caroline and Johnathan

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Caroline and Johnathan were married in early autumn this year at Poacher’s Pantry, under the shade of a huge tree. During that time of year, the weather can get terribly hot during the day, but the warm nights and a lovely breeze are perfect for a garden wedding and marquee reception.

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I spent the day of the wedding setting up a floral chandelier and other floral arrangements to be ready in time for the reception. I was busy, but managed to sneak a peek at the goings-on after the ceremony (and to see how the other flower decorations I’d made were holding up). The guests were playing vintage lawn games to the sound of a live string quartet, and the flower garlands I’d made were blowing in the trees as children played around them. I felt like I was in the middle of a wedding set in a Jane Austen film.

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Caroline and Johnathan chose a baby pink and navy blue colour scheme, which worked out brilliantly. I have to admit, before their wedding I hadn’t done a combination of these colours and I had to do a bit of research to figure out the best way for them to work together. Navy blue is such a masculine, yet elegant and posh colour. It was represented in the groom’s jacket, the bridesmaids’ dresses, and the tablecloths at the reception. The baby pink was used as accents, through the flowers—which is where I came in. I made a conscious decision to use as light a pink as possible to make it less ‘serious’, and used Poeme and Bianca Candy roses. I loved the feminine innocence of the pinks against the masculine navy, and it made me think of the old saying,“Opposites attract.”

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I love the set of photos here by Thorson Photography, which really evoke the festive mood and wonderful summer feeling of the day.

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Kali and Ed’s wedding

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Kali was not your typical bride. Rather than following mainstream trends, her decisions were based on practicality that made sense for her—and I absolutely loved that. For example, she decided to have a pomander instead of a bridal bouquet so her hands would be free if she needed to hold a parasol at the ceremony, which was held outdoors in late summer. Having a pomander was a unique choice that reflected her fun and quirky personality.

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Finished buttonholes in the studio. Photo  by me 

This wedding also pushed me outside of my comfort zone, as I had to do things I’d never done before. Firstly, it was quite a big wedding so I had to call on a few extra pairs of hands to help me finish everything on time. I also had to take the team with me (four of us in total) to set up the venue on the day, another first for me. Kali also trusted me with things that I’d never done for a real wedding before: the pomanders, a flower arch, and styling a statement table and the bridal table.

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Photo by Petit Fleur 

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Photo by Petit Fleur

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One particularly intense moment for me was when we planned to move the arch from the back of the venue (the National Gallery of Australia) to the reception area. As the arch was such a statement piece I suggested we move it to the hall so that guests could continue to take photos under it. The problem was that we only had 30 minutes to do so between the ceremony and the reception. I had to ask my brother-in- law to come in for the half an hour to move the arch, which he graciously did.

Planning Kali’s wedding was quite a journey for her and I, and we bonded so much over it that when she had a few people pull out from the reception, Kali generously invited me to come as a guest. It was a wonderful night and I got a bit teary during the speeches. I will always cherish Kali and Ed’s wedding as one of my most memorable experiences as a florist!

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Photography: Ben Thomas Photos (unless mentioned otherwise)

Ceremony Venue: The sculpture Garden

Reception Venue: Gandell Hall at the National Gallery of Australia.