FloraFolk’s floral arch installation from Natalie and Geoff’s wedding was featured today on The Lane under Daily Inspiration. Read the full post here: http://thelane.com/Daily-Inspiration/post/2015-02-23-cascading-blooms
When I was asked to work on the David Jones Flower Show this year by Seed Flora I was beyond excited. I was warned that it would be long days to the wee hours of the morning at times. I always knew how amazing the show was, but boy I think I will always appreciate it so much more now that I’ve seen the amount of hard work that goes into it.
Basically David Jones, Elizabeth Street became my home for three weeks straight… working in tiny window spaces and up ladders after the store closed at night time, running up and down the stairs and lifts to the basement where all of the flowers and plants arrived.
I can’t believe that Seed have been doing it for over 20 years?? I really take my hat off to them for all of the planning and creativity that goes into this. It was a 10 day straight bump in with some days totaling over 18 hours. And then close to 2 weeks of looking after the arrangements and flower change overs. It got to the 10th day the night before opening and I thought to myself, never again am I doing this, I couldn’t even string a sentence together.
But after the show opened and having a day of rest, I felt rejuvenated and so rewarded looking out the windows to see the smiles on peoples faces, taking photos (sometimes of my butt in the window - yes now I know how it feels to be a zoo animal) and grannies taking selfies in front of the displays. It brought so much joy to know it made so many people smile with amazement. What was lovely too was that a lot of potted plants were used in the displays this year meaning that they could then go one to be loved after the show.
Will I do it again? Perhaps ask me next year. Time rejuvenate, until this weekend, first wedding of the wedding season. Eeek
Bold & the Beautiful
Are you a bright and bold kind of bride? Flora Folk designed and crafted this bright and bold floral headpiece for a photo collaboration with the talented Emma Leslie. The recipe consisted of cyclamen, camellia, violets. roses, poppies, jasmine and an abundance of berries. Hair and Make Up by Angela Brookes.
Last month I was staying in New York with my family when I had the opportunity to be part of an amazing wedding in Red Hook, Brooklyn for one of SAIPUA’s leading ladies, Ashley. It was in this cool ass warehouse venue called Atelier Roquette. Red Hook is still quite an industrial area of Brooklyn but it sits right across from Manhattan on the water, but saying that you feel like you are in a completely different area to New York. It is a bit of a mission to get to from the city but is definitely a cool must go area.
SAIPUA’s shop and studio is also based there and I had the pleasure of meeting all of the team and they were really awesome, inspiring people. Sarah is an absolute character, flower creative genius and so generous in sharing her vision and tips. I wish I could have had the opportunity to attend her workshop with The Little Flower School in Portland on the Bearded Iris Farm.
Seriously, flower arranging to Salt ‘n Pepper blasting is a must. Definitely an experience I’ll never forget.
The first thing that came to mind when Brooke asked me to do her engagement flowers was a ‘wonderland of colour’. Probably because they are both such lovely people and Brooke has such an amazing sense of style. It was a good thing that Brooke was on the same page when it came to the colour palette and had complete trust in what I chose which is any florist’s dream client.
Because I was overseas I didn’t get the chance to do much planning with my flower buying. I knew what I had in mind but with the weather being so warm it was quite unpredictable what would still be available at the markets. That’s the great thing about following florists and growers on Instagram, even though I was out of the loop I could still keep an eye on what was coming in.
Regardless, the alarm still went off at 3:45am on Friday ensuring I arrived at 4:45am to the markets to make sure I could secure the most beautiful local garden roses I could find as my hero flower. And I was pretty damn happy with my score. Bucket loads of them. You should have seen me trying to steer the temperamental trolley through the totally unpractical car park full of dips and crazed forklift drivers. If you needed a licence for pushing one of those I would have failed.
Did I mention that my car handbrake completely snapped the night before? So I had to borrow my Mum’s hatchback and boy you’d be surprised by what you can fit in the back of a hatchback. I kept telling myself if there’s a will there’s a way!
The next two days were filled with mad hatter flower arranging and just want to say a big thanks to my gal Aimee for being my flower assistant for the day. I think she now knows what I mean by being in the 'flower zone’ when arranging, especially when you haven’t had the chance to mock anything up prior.
The engagement party was held at Manly Winesuites part of Manly Wine and had the most spectacular views. The arrangements were made up of lush greenery, cumquats, the most colourful garden roses you will ever see, delphinium, poppies, sweet pea, lemon lisianthus, frilled tulips and begonia.