Monday, 29 October 2012

flori e casa and linda

the shop: flori e casa

location: 127 blues point road mcmahons point
contact: 02 9929 8005
signature style: picked from the garden gorgeous

the florist: linda

number of years in floristry: 5

best thing about being a florist: the flower market and watching my talented team create magic.

favourite flower combination: pretty pinks with lambs ears, fully bloomed just joeys!

most memorable event/occasion you have done flowers for: my niece's picnic wedding with an abundance of peonies in full bloom.

you are inspired by: seeing and discovering new things and happy, gorgeous customers.

you are passionate about: combining unique, vintage homewares with beautiful blooms.

home of flowers...and more

rustic love

precious in purple

a free spirit

"bring beauty into your life"

nature's shapes and patterns

pretty garden style

wild and rambling

wonderful in pink

nestled greens

the beauty of age

fragrant and pretty

graceful dangling

blue and white tableaux

the nature of elegance

little bursts of joy

a pot of blooms

Monday, 22 October 2012

myra, from my violet and a wedding

the florist: myra, from my violet

location: 4/17-21 george st redfern
contact: 02 9319 3556; 0405 910 029

the event: a wedding

favourite bridal bouquet combination: my favourite combination generally changes with each season. spring is closest to my heart and without fail, i lose it over hellabore... just adding a few stems to a posy or arrangement, adds a touch of the wild and whimsical and makes me melt.

favourite colour palette for church and reception: the girly-girl in me is a sucker for pretty pastels and love the whole marie antoinnette palette, but the latina in me can't pass up fuchsia tones, watermelon, lime and!

three top tips for successful wedding styling:
- think outside the box
- work with what you have
- attention to detail

best thing about doing wedding flowers: i have been lucky to have met brides who share the same love for all things garden and vintage, together we chat for hours and lose ourselves in the endless options for their wedding. the end result is always crazy beautiful, tears, lots of hugs and a new friend.

most memorable moment from a wedding you have done flowers for: it would have to be at my own wedding, and my husbands speech. he thanked all our guests for coming and added how beautiful he thought the reception looked (he hadn't seen it prior to us arriving nor had he any idea of what I was going to do) - "everything you see here around you, my wife thought up, it all came from her mind...her imagination.  we are all pretty much inside myra's brain and this is what it's like". my friends still remind me of his speech and how much it moved them.

do bridezillas really exist :).....yes!

the day before the big day

dreamy weddings are made of these

handpicked best of the best

no thorns, please

something old

pastels for the tables

glorious blooms for a joyful day

the bride's bouquet, before

the start of something remarkable

magic happens

to bind and to hold

the bride's bouquet, after

the bride's bouquet, after

working her magic

for the bride's maid

the art of making pretty

for a little princess

for the men

here comes the wedding box!

sweet smiles are made of these

dressing the tables

a garden in a bottle

the cake, before

at work, a beautiful mind

the cake, after. time to party!

Monday, 15 October 2012

mandalay flowers and louise

the shop: mandalay flowers

location: 6 cross st double bay
contact: 02 9362 5000
signature style: lavish and lovely

the florist: louise

number of years in floristry: 30

best thing about being a florist: the constantly changing pantheon of flowers.

favourite flower combination: just can not drill down to one. favourite at the moment is stripy red and green hippeastrums with green roses.

most memorable event/occasion you have done flowers for: a wedding- we decorated a ferry with life size bride and groom dolls at the front. lined the venue(fort denison) with 1.5m tall gardenias. we dropped $5000 worth of rose petals from a helicopter while guests sipped champagne. sprayed a wall of water against the setting sun to create a rainbow and had an old fashioned biplane fly through. then there were fireworks for the cake cutting. marque was absolutely packed with flowers. lots of fun!

you are inspired by: art. fashion. things japanese. sculpture and shapes.

you are passionate about: colour.

a sumptuous welcome

pops of colour

elegance in a vase

a rich colour palette

lavish and lovely

fairy tales are made of these

phaleonopsis heaven

ruffled pretties

all time classics

captivating forms

no ordinary bloom


a decadent bunch

shades of autumn

layers of gold

pinky abundance

wondrous wall

wonders from nature

florist's hands- 30 years in the making