We spoke to the green thumb of our Dream Team about the top trends in flowers for the coming wedding season, and how to craft a bouquet you’ll love .
How did you first get in to floristry?
Following on from my studies of floristry in Tauranga, I relocated to Auckland and started my journey as a junior florist. That was 15 years ago now and I’ve never looked back!
How do brides to be book you in for a consultation?
Start by emailing me your wedding date – I can make sure I’m available and we can go from there!
What are your favourite designs to create?
The stunning array of blossoms we have readily available in New Zealand makes it so hard to choose! I love them all – I couldn’t possibly choose a favourite.
How early should a bride order her flowers from you?
I would recommend placing an order as soon as you have decided on what bridal arrangements you love. I have some organised brides book me 18 months in advance!
What are three things a bride must do before deciding on her wedding flowers?
- Do your research. Pinterest is a great place to find inspiration and decide on a particular style.
- Check availability. Some flowers you find online may be hard to source in the lead up to your wedding. Avoid disappointment by arranging a consultation with a florist to check before you get your heart set on blooms that may not be available.
- Sort out your budget, must haves and a wish list. You can be clever and save in some areas. For examples, forgoing buttonholes or corsages could mean that you are able to dedicate more of your spend towards ceremony arrangements if that’s a bigger priority for you.
What was something unique you’ve seen a couple do recently that made for amazing wedding snaps?
I recently flowered a Moroccan-themed wedding and created a canopy of saris and flowers using the most incredible deep jewel tones. The clash of colour and textures made for a stunning result!
What are some fragrant flowers that are currently in season?
Freesia, stock, lillies, roses and peonies.
Are there any trends in wedding flowers at present?
A recent trend is to mix different textures in a loose, unstructured design. The result is less vintage, more Bohemian-whimsical.
Any advice for brides to be?
Be realistic about your budget and seek out the best services you can afford. The detailing and quality of the products used will show in your photos – and these ones will last forever!