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Flower Porn! … well ok, maybe not.

21 Sep

When Mr Big and I began this whole wedding planning thing, I knew we’d have flowers at the wedding. I didn’t know much about flowers, but I knew we’d have them because that’s “just what you did”. Mr Big didn’t care any which way, so he left me with the task of deciding on flowers. The only thing he mentioned was that he did not want to use boutonnieres. I also didn’t want to use fresh flowers for the reception because of the cost and preferred to give my bridesmaids corsages instead of bouquets.

When I began to look at types of flowers, I found myself gravitating towards these:

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From left to right, top row: white hydrangea, freesia, red roses and hypericum berries by Flowers by Pat; cascading ribbons on a bouquet of garden roses, fuchsias, hydrangeas, phalaenopsis orchids, and foxglove, image via Martha Stewart Weddings, arrangement by Ariella Chazar, and photography by Belathee Photography. Bottom row: bouquet of orchids, image via Martha Stewart Weddings; bouquet of blue Singapore orchids and white roses, image via Kylie Meyer Flowers.

It seemed I liked orchids, roses, hydrangeas, and berries, and I liked the bouquet to look sort of “thrown together”, but in a nice way. With this in mind, I looked up what flowers were available during summer in Australia, specifically around the month of January. According to this website, orchids, roses, and hydrangeas all seemed to be available during the summer months of Australia. YAY!

I found myself drawn to flowers which – according to The Knot – are “hand tied” (you know, the “thrown together” look?).

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A classic hand-tied bouquet. / Image via The Knot, photography by Jules Bianchi Photography.

It’s simple and doesn’t look too “neat”.

So, armed with this information, I searched around for a florist. I basically took a punt and went for the florist who seemed to be the most popular: Yeng Tan Floral Designer. Yeng was recommended by our reception coordinator Lou and our event decorator Kellie (more on Kellie later guys!). When I followed Yeng on Facebook and stalked visited her website, I loved the look of her designs:

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From left to right, top row: a bouquet of Talea roses, white lisianthus, and white freesias; a bouquet of Calla lillies with roses and lisianthus; bridesmaid bouquet of white David Austen roses, white lisianthus with a few sprays of blue Singapore orchids; Bottom row: Rustic bouquet of Cymbidium orchids, roses, hydrangeas, and bouvardi; bridesmaid bouquet of sweet avalanche, white freesias, peach pink sweet peas; and a bouquet of hydrangea, succulents and peppercone. / All flowers and images by Yeng Tan.

Her work speaks volumes.

I made a consultation with her in May of this year. Mr Big came along with me, but spent most of the time looking through the Smelly Cheese Shop next door (Mr Big loves his cheese!). Meanwhile, Yeng and I discussed flowers, the wedding, and even my dress. She’s a very awesome individual and really knows what she’s talking about. When we went through what I wanted for the wedding flowers, I made sure to emphasise roses and orchids. I also mentioned hydrangeas, but she suggested the flower lisianthus instead and showed me pictures:

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Pink lisianthus – so fluffy! / Image via Oasis Horticulture.

They were fluffy like hydrangea, but had a sort of quality that just made them charming – almost rose-like.

I also mentioned I loved the idea of foliage and berries, and I wanted pops of red. The flowers chosen for the bridal bouquet also dictated what was to be brought through with the boutonnieres chosen for the father-ofs and the corsages for the mother-ofs and bridesmaids.

In the end, this is what we ended up with:

  • For the Bride: a natural hand tied round bouquet of cream bounty roses with mini red roses, light pink lisianthus, white Singapore orchids with green berries and foliage. Stems to be tied with off-white satin ribbon.
  • For the Bridesmaids: 5 sets of wristlets with white Singapore orchids and red mini roses and foliage
  • For the Mother-ofs: 2 sets of corsages with white Singapore orchids and red mini roses
  • For the Father-ofs: 2 sets of boutonnieres with white Singapore orchids with foliage

It was important to me that I have orchids for the mother-ofs, as both of them love growing orchids and have a huge collection of them. It’s Spring right now, and my ma’s orchids are looking absolutely gorgeous!

Finally, I also requested mixed colour rose petals for the ceremony.

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Sprinkled rose petal aisle. / Image via Country Bouquets Maui, LLC.

All of that, for just over $500. I think I did pretty well for myself! I can’t wait to see what Yeng designs! Next up, I’ll explain why the bridesmaids won’t be carrying bouquets and why the groomsmen won’t be having any bouts!

What do you guys think of the choices? I’m not a flower enthusiast, unlike my ma, so fingers crossed it all works out!

 

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Chaaaaaaaaaanges!

12 Dec

For some reason that brings to mind a song which my dad likes… I can’t remember the name of the song…

Anywho…

Hello all! 🙂

What’s been going on with you guys? Me? I’ve been trying to work on invitations while writing applications for different jobs. I’ve been in Adelaide for a little bit and I’ll be going back to Sydney tonight. If anyone is ever in Adelaide, try the coffee at a little place called Piazza 99 – BEST.WHITECHOCMOCHA.EVER. Also other cafes/restaurants I recommend are: The Loose Caboose (for brunch or “linner”), The Pancake House (cheap, delicious food), BTS cafe for cupcakes, and a pop-up coffee cart (whose name escapes me) who has organic, delicious coffee.

But I digress.

Wedding invitations are coming along nicely. The theme has changed so much in the past month it’s mind-blowing. GP and I originally wanted the colours red and gold (which is just… very Chinese) but because of conflicting opinions on bridesmaid dresses, we added blue to the colour scheme. From there, the invitations introduced pink and the ‘gold’ in our theme became a distant memory…

Which isn’t an issue, because I realise we actually don’t have a theme. That’s right folks.

We have no theme.

There will be a lot of cherry blossoms (because GP and I both agreed that it was a nice Oriental flower) but there really isn’t any other seamless theme. The bridesmaids will have blue dresses, my dress will have red on it (GP knows this, so it’s no issue if he reads this – I’m looking at you GP!), the groom and groomsmen will wear shades of grey (not fifty… just two), and we’ll probably grab a few pocket squares to match groomsmen to bridesmaids. Bridesmaids will probably carry parasols with hydrangea corsages (have you SEEN hydrangeas – they’re abso-fracking-beautiful!). As for centrepieces, we’ll be having cherry blossoms, weeping willows and we’re thinking of transforming wine bottles into something useful. We want candles because GP and I are suckers for candles. Red and gold will still play a major role in the Chinese tea ceremony and I’ll probably be wearing something red over my wedding dress. We’re having geeky elements into our wedding (zombie cake topper, ASCII heart love, a photo booth with Xbox-related props) but we’ll balance these out with more elegant settings.

So as you can see – there’s been a lot of change and we have no specific theme!