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January 14, 2021
There's nothing quite like a fireplace in a room to give you that cozy, you're so welcome feeling. Here in Australia, since we are not a cold climate country, fireplaces are more often just used for decoration. I get really excited to bring a fireplace to life with florals and can decorate them with flowers that have been repurposed from the ceremony. Here are some images from my wedding work.
I find the asymmetrical design works best. For further inspiration, I have pasted the link to my Pinterest Board for Fireplaces.
Let me know of any great fireplaces you have come across.
January 13, 2021
Do your research with Pinterest and wedding magazines - both print and online. Some of my favourites include Wedding Sparrow, Polkadot Bride, Magnolia Rouge, Martha Stewart Weddings, Hello May. Save your favourite images to a Pinterest board and you will start to see a theme and colour palette that you are drawn to. Then find a florist who suits the style that you love. For me, designs are best when they are created spontaneously. It is important for me to create authentic, beautiful, passionate, elegant, intimate and timeless design.
Inspiration can start with a venue, to bring life to a room, to enhance existing architectural details such as a fireplace or window frames. Then I layer in ceiling height, natural light and statement furniture pieces.
Get a feel for how much you would like to spend in total on your flowers. Be realistic though - flowers aren't cheap and COVid has resulted in increased pricing due to the cost of shipping and freight. Once you understand your budget, your florist can guide where best to spend it to get the most impact.
Working with the seasons - such as embracing the quiet winter months to warm a room, or entice a sense of cosiness - I rely heavily on feelings to design. Creating through emotions results in a completely individual style that is authentic and not easily emulated. How do you want to feel in the space, and how can I reflect that in the mood - gentleness, calm, romance, nurturing and serenity. I think this quiet, organic style is my preferred design style.
Best, Catherine x
January 13, 2021
No.1 - Let your florist choose the flowers.
Yes, you will lose control over the blooms, but your florist is a specialist in knowing where to find the most beautiful and lush seasonal stock. He / she is generally at the flower market at 5am chatting to all of the growers and wholesalers and knows where the good stuff is, not to mention the best value and freshest stock. I can't stress enough, but this is the key to getting your wedding flowers at an affordable price. From a design perspective, it is so much more enjoyable to choose blooms and textured foliage based on a colour palette. You just never know what you will see until that particular market morning and there are so many amazing surprises when you shop by colour palette.
No. 2 - Understand what your budget is.
There's no point getting quotes off florists if you don't know how much budget you are working with. Let your florist know upfront what the budget is and he /she can toss some ideas around. Work out what your 'must haves' are. Your flowers are going to be in most of the photos that you will look at. Do you want to remember that rambling ceremony arch and ceremony space or would you prefer to remember your reception bridal table and guest tables? Once you know what's important to you, you can scale the floral design to suit your budget.
No. 3 - Choose your florist based on their design aesthetic.
Understand what ticks your boxes. Is it garden inspired, loose and a bit on the wild side? Or is it modern and refined? Is it lots of amazing colour or is it soft and romantic? Not all floral designers are created equal. Look at their portfolio and you should be able to get a feel for consistent good quality design that suits your look. If my style doesn't suit you, odds are, I will know a floral designer who can help you.
No. 4 - Floral packages can save you a bomb.
OK, so I'm going to selfishly plug my little business. I have created an online menu of the most popular items that will save you a ton of time on research. These items represent the best value for money and bang for your buck. So if you've read this far, and you like the look of my designs, I would love to chat further with you.
No. 5 - DIY some or all of the Reception Flowers.
I've worked on a few weddings now, where the bride looks after the reception flowers. They have either bought the flowers from me (so that all of the flowers match) or they have sourced the flowers from the market themselves. Then they grab their besties and family and create the table centrepieces.
Best, Catherine x
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