NZ Flowers Week - celebrating NZ grown flowers

This year we jumped at the chance to get involved with a floral project alongside some talented (and slightly bonkers) florists from around NZ.

We had to create 3 different designs that represented our Past, Present and Future in Floristry.
Keep scrolling to see what I created and the inspiration behind each one...

A whimsical blossom cloud represents the dream I had of leaving my day job and becoming a florist. My business name ‘Rose Tinted’ came about because I see the world through a rose tinted lens, everything is erring on the side of positive. I took that positive energy, taking my dream and making it into a floral reality.

Contemporary chaos.
I’m forever coming up with different ideas, juggling lots of jobs and responsibilities all the while trying to keep on top of everything. My days are full, varied and never predictable. This floral represents the different directions my brain and body are constantly moving in, while trying not to topple over. 

There are several storylines in my floral future. The one you can’t see is the sustainability; instead of using floral foam, I used sphagnum moss in the small floral 'gardens' and the large structure was created using dried flora and wire instead of foam or plastic. It’s really important for me to be challenged creatively by the shifts in our environmental conscience and embrace the change which benefits the world we live in. 

Overall the design embodies what has grown from a thought to a fully functioning, self sustaining business and I couldn't be more grateful to the people who helped me get there. Within the setting there are smaller gardens, springing fourth, representing the continued growth of the business and the next stage of my career which will hopefully continue to inspire me and those around me.

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Alex and Corban Spring Workshop

Sending a massive thank you to everyone who came along to the Spring Floral Workshop we hosted with our friends Alex and Corban last week.

It was so lovely meeting you all and seeing the incredible bouquets you made. Thanks to Over The Mood Dairy for the yummiest cheese & Lilli Spritz for the delish (and only moderately alcoholic) drinks.

Make sure to keep an eye out for the next of our Spring Series Workshops at the A&C Homestore ...

If you can't wait that long, we are hosting a bouquet workshop on October 4th.

Buy tickets here ~ https://bit.ly/2CnNAi7

(Use the code FLORALFUN and get a sweet $20 off when you buy 2 tickets).

 

    

 

 

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Nick and Tiff

On Easter weekend I was lucky enough to combine a long
weekend in the Coromandel with a a beautiful wedding for a lovely couple, Nick and Tiff.
Originally from Hamilton, the pair had been living in Guatemala for a year so the initial planning stages were done remotely (very remotely). Tiff had a beautiful vision for her day, no soft sorbet colours but a delicious combination of muted pastels with burgundy and rust to compliment the colour palette of her maids' dresses (Tiff gets style bonus points for this to die for colour palette).
They said their 'I do's' on the clifftop at Oura, just outside Hahei in the Coromandel. The clear marquee was beautifully styled with hanging greenery, festoons, brass vases, candle sticks and linens. 
Style credits go to ~
Dress by Judy Moughton
Hair by Jennifer Keightley 
Make up by Florence brow and Makeup Studio
Captured by: Rambo Estrada
Decor: Twelve Tables

 



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Xenia | Alan | 4 eva

Possibly the most photogenic couple you will ever meet and their Mudbrick wedding did not disappoint. These kids are super stylish with the bride's Rue De Seine Gown and his slick tux from Megs Tailoring. She carried a bouquet of seasonal white and green summer flowers, bound with ivory ribbon.

The bridesmaids wore ivory with garlands of babys breath and roses in their hair.

Mudbrick doesn't need much dressing but we decked out the tables with florals in a classic palette of green and white; nestled amongst candles and place-settings styled by Two Foxes.

This classic wedding will go down as one of my all time faves x

All beautifully captured by the talented duo at Bubblerock.

 

 

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Your Seasonal guide to wedding flowers

Whether you’re planning your bridal bouquet or wanting a little pick-me-up to fight the mid-week blues, getting seasonal flowers are always the best way to go. Not only is going seasonal less expensive, but you’ll also be drastically reducing the carbon footprint of your purchase! In spring and summer - the most popular times of the year to get married due to the weather - flowers are abundant. However, many people don’t realise that there is also a large variety of autumn and winter blooms as well, especially if your florist works with local growers - not to mention the lovely berries, herbs, and flowering foliage available all year round. To make it easier for you to discuss the more sustainable floral options with your florist, here is a New Zealand seasonal flower guide for you to peruse. 

SPRING

AQUILEGIA

Aquilegia flowers, or more commonly known as granny’s bonnet or columbine, are some of the less well-known blooms used for floral arrangements. The spurred petals of many aquilegia variants add a visual component of interest, whereas the double-flowered hybrid variants are perfect for adding that romantic ruffled look to your arrangement with flowers of a smaller size. 

CLEMATIS

Image by Seattle Wholesale Growers Market

Clematis aren’t at the forefront of many people’s minds when they think about the kinds of floral arrangements they’d like at the wedding. However, this beautiful flowering vine is found in many a floral masterpiece. Its availability in numerous shades including white, pink, burgundy, and dark purple means it’s an incredibly versatile flower that can be used to construct any aesthetic you want, and its longevity makes it as practical to use as it is pretty. 

CORNFLOWER

Cornflowers are one of those flowers that evolution engineered perfectly for the ‘just-picked’ garden or wildflower bouquet - they strike the stunning balance between wild and formed. The most common cornflower colour is blue, however less common colours such as lighter pinks, lavender, white and dark maroons can also be found.  

LILAC

Much-loved members of the olive family, lilacs are a fragrant, stunning option to include in your wedding arrangements. They are known for their iconic purple colouration, but if it’s just the texture you’re in love with, they’re also available in a bridal white. 

MANUKA

It’s a prolific scrub-type plant in New Zealand, and definitely one we could be using more in our wedding floral arrangements. Branches of manuka look stunning as bouquet foliage that doesn’t just take the role of ‘filler’ - manuka not only occupies space but steals some of the limelight too. It offsets ruffly flowers like roses with the hardier bristly character, but its white/pink colouration keeps things looking gentle and romantic overall. 

NIGELLA

Nigella damascena goes by a few other names, including the whimsical ‘love-in-a-mist’ and the not-so-whimsical ‘devil-in-a-bush’. A member of the buttercup family, this flower most commonly comes in various shades of blue - ‘Blue Midget’, ‘Cambridge Blue’, ‘Oxford Blue’, ‘Dwarf Moody Blue’ - but can also be white, pink, or pale purple. 

PEONIES

A regular best-seller in florists worldwide, peonies are gorgeous quintessential wedding flowers that brides can’t seem to resist including in their arrangements. They can be used either when the petals are tight and snug, or when they’re wider and more open for a slightly more relaxed, carefree feel. Available in shades of white, off-white, yellow, and numerous pinks and reds, there’s a shade that would complement any style of bouquet. 

POPPIES

Pretty and happy-go-lucky, the charms of poppies as wedding flowers are hard to miss. The most iconic shade would be that of bright red poppies, but these flowers also come in orange, yellow, white, and purple. One shortcoming of these delightful blooms to keep in mind is that they are very short-lived out of water and in warmer temperatures, so your floral designer will have to make any arrangements including poppies soon before their use. 

SWEETPEA

A posy of sweetpeas exudes youthful simplicity ideal in wedding bouquets. But these flowers also look fantastic mixed in with other blooms. Their frilly petals come in a rainbow of colours from pastels to vibrant plums, as well as white if you want to opt for that classic bridal palette. 

SUMMER


AMARANTHUS

Amaranthus is one of the key players in constructing the perfect cascading bouquet - their trailing, gentle figures evoke a sense of love, overflowing. But they’re not just great for the bridal bouquet - their ‘tails’ of floral clusters draping downwards will add a sense of dimension to any floral arrangement. Make sure to ask your floral designer about ways you could incorporate this plant, especially if you’ve planned a bohemian or rustic wedding with a focus on lush natural aesthetics. 

ANTHURIUM

Anthurium, also known by other names such as the tailflower and flamingo flower, are heart-shaped flowers that are particularly great to use in summer wedding floral arrangements as they endure well throughout the day. The spathe (the single leaf-like structure surrounding the ‘tail’ which is called a spadix) comes in different colours - white, pink, and green being popular shades for weddings.

COSMOS

Cosmos are whimsical flowers with daisy-like petals that bring an ethereal charm to arrangements. There are many types of cosmos with distinguishing features like picotee edges, but one of the most sought-after variants for wedding arrangements would be the chocolate cosmos. With a decadent, burgundy hue, delicious sweet scent, and lush, velvety texture, this particular bloom brings so much to the table. Irresistible. 

GARDEN ROSES

What flower is more perfect for a bridal bouquet than this enduring symbol of romance? Some brides assume that roses are too cliche for a modern wedding and request for alternative blooms from the get-go, but they’re probably thinking of the kinds available at your nearest dairy. Garden roses have been bred and cultivated to yield lush, ruffly petals that swirl around the centre for an effortlessly romantic look. 

SCABIOSA

Scabiosa, also known as a pincushion flower, are cute and quirky blooms that work particularly well in ‘just-picked’ garden bouquets (think bohemian or garden weddings). They do tend to be delicate, however, making them poor candidates for buttonholes (unless you opt for scabiosa pods instead). 

TUBEROSE

Tuberose is well known for its fragrance; extracts are frequently used for notes in perfumery. However, their charms extend beyond the olfactory domain - the lovely white flowers are commonly used in wedding arrangements as well as for general floral art compositions. A note of caution if using tuberose is to be mindful of the scents of other flowers in the planned arrangement, as not all smells will mix well. 

TWEEDIA

A member of the milkweed family, tweedia are notoriously tricky for floral designers to work with due to the messy sap and irritant effects on sensitive skin. However, the consensus is that these trials are worth it - blue flowers are much rarer to source in the commercial cut flower market, and tweedia come in a variety of stunning shades that could easily work as your ‘something blue’. 

AUTUMN 

BERRIES

Berries can be an excellent bouquet filler alternative to simple foliage - they provide texture, colour, and unique form that makes them visually striking accents. There are many many different types of berries including (but not limited to) hypericum, pepper, berzelia, viburnum, elderberries, snowberries, and tallow berries… so finding berries that will complement and enhance the beauty of your blooms will be incredibly easy. 

DAHLIA

 

In the language of flowers, dahlias symbolise dignity. They are the perfect way to add some colour to wedding arrangements. They come in all manner of colours, as well as shapes (there are 14 different ‘groups’ of dahlia flowers identified by the Royal Horticultural Society). They do tend to be a bit more delicate with a tendency to bruise if not handled carefully.

ECHINACEA

Echinacea is a group of plants belonging to the daisy family. They’re commonly called coneflowers, but the name echinacea originates from the Greek word for hedgehog due to the spiky look/feel of the flower heads. Florists often remove the petals from echinacea specifically so that the heads can be used in arrangements such as bouquets, boutonnieres, and even table decor. 

MICROMYRTUS

Endemic to Australia, micromyrtus plants are shrubs that often have little, perfectly-formed flowers like in the image above. They’re a graceful addition to provide texture and variation in size to floral arrangements. 

PROTEA

YARROW/ACHILLEA

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Achillea millefolium goes by many names including yarrow, plumajillo (‘little feather’), and thousand-leaf. It’s a useful plant that has many properties such as wound healing for which it has been used in the past, but one of our favourite uses is as a filler flower in wedding bouquets. 

WINTER

ANEMONES

The anemone is a wedding bouquet favourite, and it’s easy to see why. The relaxed, flowy petals feel romantic; the structured black centres add an element of the dramatic. The most popular variety tends to be the white petalled anemone with black centres (so crisp and especially perfect for monochromatic wedding palettes), but they do come in a variety of hues including red, pink, purple, and blue. 

FLOWERING PIERIS

Pieris is a little bit like amaranthus in that it will add some textural diversity and a more flowy look to your floral arrangements. The trailing clusters of flowers tend to be shorter with pieris, but the flowers have a softer look making it particularly suitable for complementing other flowers in classically romantic looking arrangements. 

HELLEBORES

Hellebores are beautiful blooms that come in numerous colours including (but not limited to): black, purple, pink, white, and green. Many types will have unique features like speckling, veining, or variegation which adds points of interest to any arrangement. They can be used for either traditional or more modern styles of bouquets, but also look great when woven into the bride or bridesmaids’ hairstyle. 

KING PROTEA

The sheer size and architectural intrigue of the king protea makes it a statement bloom like no other. Sufficiently striking to feature in a single-stem bouquet, but versatile enough to work with all manner of more conventional blooms, these exotic ‘sugarbush’ flowers of South African origin are perfect for the bridal or bridesmaid bouquets. 

MAGNOLIA

Magnolia is the floral paragon of elegance. Their luxuriously large petals make them captivating, but not visually overpowering - depending on the arrangement, magnolia flowers can either blend in or stand out. If you have a particularly stunning bloom, a single stem magnolia bouquet will look stunning but unfussy in wedding photography sessions. If you are considering magnolia, don’t forget about their leaves - with a distinct, structured personality they are great fillers in arrangements, and individual leaves can be used as reception table place cards if you add some gold calligraphy.

RANUNCULUS

 

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Bridget and Nick

Being a creative, you're always longing for the day when you get a brief from a client who says, do whateeeeeever you like. Bridget was this bride and I absolutely love her for it.

We worked closely with the creative minds at Wildernest and One Lovely Day and our dream team of 7 florists over 4 days to to put together the jewel of the crown in our wedding season.

At the breathtaking Jonkers Farm, Bridget and Nick had a wedding of epic proportions...300 guests, lots of whiskey (to celebrate Bridget's Irish heritage) and a party that went through the night.

In the marquee we created 5 metre high gardens, cascading down the poles to our 'gardens' below. A whimsical floral arch was suspended above Bridget and Nick while they said their vows and a 7 metre long garland hung above them during the reception. Bridget's bouquets were created to look as thought they had been plucked from a meadow ~ cosmos, anenomes, achellia and flox to name just a few.

We worked alongside the talented guys at La Lumiere, Shupepe Tents, Eddison Project and Jo and Greg Jonker. The biggest shout out goes to the team of florists who worked all hours of the day (and night) to get it looking spectacular. I couldn't have done it without you x

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Nat 4 Max

Planning a wedding from Poland can't be easy, but Natalie had a vision and along with her lovely mum, we helped bring it all together.

Natalie and Max were living in Europe while planning their wedding...but the joys of modern technology means it was NBD. Nat had a clear vision for her florals ~ a palette of pink and peach sorbet with bursts of raspberry to compliment the Miss Crabb bridesmaid dresses.

They chose Kauri Bay as their venue (why wouldn't you) where we framed that breathtaking view with wild and dreamy florals on their driftwood arch. Her aisle was lined with floral clusters which she strolled down, meeting Max at the end.

Nat and her maids carried bouquets of dahlias, garden roses, flox, scabiosa, delphiniums, berries and beech.

Inside, we dressed Kauri Bay's famous fireplace in a wild, cascading floral garden and had trailing green garlands along the trestle tables.

Photography by Anna Kidman weddings

Nat's dress by Hera Couture

Nat's maids by Miss Crabb

Their venue was Kauri Bay

Hair & Make up by Fiona Clare Beauty

 

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Nik and Bones

Nik is a radiant woman. She radiates kindness, warmth and gratitude wherever she goes. I feel so incredibly honoured to have been part of her and Bones' (aka Jase) wedding in January this year.

The rain came down, the roads were closed and people were walking 2km up a water logged road or being brought in via boat (between the downpours of rain and gusts of wind).

It seemed nothing could go right, the entire wedding party was moved inside, away from the elements but then the clouds parted and everything was perfect.

📷 Jared Donkin

💍 Zoe and Morgan
👰 Rue de Seine
💄 Samantha & Frank and Daisies
Nik's Landing, Bay of Islands
🌬 Severe weather warnings
💫 Absolute magic

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Bridgid and Mark

Remember those blustery days in early January? Bridgid and Mark had to fight those elements on their wedding day but it didn't manage to dampen their spirits.

Less than a week into the new year and the wild was howling and the rain was coming in sideways but Bridgid, being the darling that she was, still had a huge smile across her face. We delivered her bouquets first, she came bounding to the door, full of excited energy and her eyes lit up (best authentic response ever). All wildflowers, dahlias and pops of bright against tones of treacle, butter and sand.

From there, we set up her florals at Orakei Bay...lush, trailing garlands, wild archways and petite vases of flowers dotted around the venue.

There were momentary gaps in the rain which made for beautiful outdoor photos, a moody sky against the brightest of smiles.

Bridgid and Mark, you were such a treat to work with, you let us unleash our creativity and make something amazing...we wish you both all the happiness in the world xxx

Photography: Kimberly Elizabeth

Dress: Anna Schimmel

Hair: Beauty on Demand

Make up: Rouge and Scout

Suit: Crane Brothers

 

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Faye's Urban Meadow

When flora takes over and a romantic woodland emerges at an industrial loft wedding, the result is nothing short of breathtaking. We created bouquets for Faye and her maids in a romantic palette of muted blush and creamy white. Her cascading meadow had hints of lilac, grey and buttery peach, enveloped in lush greenery. The inspiration behind this installation was a romantic, dream-like woodland, a world away from a bustling city. 
It was beautifully captured by Rachel Soh.
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Celebrate International Women's Day

This day comes just once a year. And each year I'm confronted by at least one moron who complains 'why isn't there an International Men's Day'. I've stopped responding to those mouth breathers and instead celebrate women, their achievements which act as the catalyst towards positive change.

Part of that is celebrating the women who make my life better, who make coming to work an absolute joy. Read on for a little profile on my flower femmes and what makes them so special to me. 

 These pics and posts are also over on our Instagram

Izzy

My darling friend Izzy. She's been bossing me around for nearly 2 year now and with countless brain farts and derpy moments, she is an absolute pleasure to be around. Nine times out of ten, she's the brains behind the wedding set up, making sure everything is just right, using her critical eye to create the perfect flora for our brides.

Alice

Our green fingered Alice is a gal of many talents (some of you might remember her making some of the best coffee at Eight Thirty but we stole her). Sorry bout it. She is now honing her skill and putting the trained florists to shame with her natural eye and whimsical aesthetic. 

Ruby

Our young Sunday gal has more sass and talent than you can shake a stick at. She can whip up a bridal bouquet in moments without breaking a sweat, she's just that good. She is more skilled and stylish at 17 than I could have dreamed (her 18th birthday which is in June BTW, you'll have to help us celebrate). Next time you're kicking around in Ponsonby Central on a Sunday, stop by and say hi to Ruby, her cheeky English wit is stellar.

Me

I don't do a lot, not compared to the other girls at least. They're the ones coming up with the ideas, telling me what to do and making things a reality. It's nearly 3 years since a 'silly idea' led me to quit my job in advertising and be a florist. I can't tell you how glad I am that I made that step. It's been 3 years, one pop up shop, one studio, two permanent shops and one broken hearted meltdown that I didn't think I'd recover from and I'm still standing. The women who work for me aren't employees, they're friends / confidantes / therapy / sidekicks / drinking buddies and sisters who make this dream so special. 

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Amanda and Nick's Mantell's Wedding

In September this year, Brazillian beauty Amanda married her top notch Kiwi bloke Nick at Mantells, Mount Eden.

She wore a beaded, lace Rue De Seine gown and was joined down the aisle by Nicks' daughters. As she walked down the aisle, ever staunch Nick shed a tear or two.

Their florals were fun and vibrant with subtle colour pops keeping in line with the classic surroundings.

Their day was a mix of classic kiwiana, blended with Latino flare and captured by Lara from Soul Sister's Photography

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