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.
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.
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!
Photography: Ben Thomas Photos (unless mentioned otherwise)
Ceremony Venue: The sculpture Garden
Reception Venue: Gandell Hall at the National Gallery of Australia.