Jun 07, 2011
The last days of our three-week stretch in New York City were spent either having long brunches (Sarabeth’s and Nice-Matin we loved) or long walks near or in Central Park. This 843 acre oasis, a lush oxygen-rich haven for Manhattanites, is as spectacular from Rockefeller’s Top of the Rock as it is disappearing inside it. May had just arrived and spring flowers were beginning to bloom - anemones, hyacinths, muscari, daffodils, hydrangea and tulips of every colour. I was falling in love with this city indeed.
A few in-flight movies and many unaccounted hours of sleeplessness later, we were suddenly home. The promise of warmer days was abruptly taken away.
As I cowered under layers of thick woollies and an oil heater beneath my desk, I must admit it was hard to accept, at first, that our incredible US adventure had come to an end.
I met Simone just days later to discuss floral styling for her June wedding. Thank you Maggie for the introduction! It didn’t take long for her infectious bubbly personality to rub off on me, and by the end of our meeting, all I wanted to do was get straight to work! Simone bestowed upon me two things for which I’m thankful ~ creative freedom, and inspiration through her gorgeous colour palette of plum, purple, lilac, pink and lime green. How stunning for a winter wedding! Thank you Simone, for helping me get my groove back! :)
Simone’s natural stem bouquet consisted of two shades of pink David Austin roses, lilac, deep pink and white roses, white lisianthus and mini green chrysanthemums. For her three bridesmaids, we made smaller posies in more neutral tones, adding one of my favourite shades of cream - the Pacific Pearl. I am also particularly proud of our consistently beautiful pearl-band wrist corsages, made for Mothers of the Bride and Groom - a perfect dome of white and pink spray roses, accented by a single green chryssie.
Our couple’s wedding ceremony and reception took place at Arlington at Wattle Park Chalet, a cottage surrounded by beautiful parklands. Concerns for the weather proved unnecessary as the rain resisted throughout the late afternoon ceremony held in the private garden.
The wreath we designed for the ceremony backdrop exceeded our own expectations. Large, striking, bold and romantic all at the same time, I couldn’t believe my luck when I came across the loveliest oversized hand-made butterfly, just two days before the wedding! It finished the wreath perfectly.
Butterflies, symbol of new life and new beginnings, were a prominent feature in the wedding as you’ll see next.
For the centrepieces, we settled for a rustic timber vessel to complement Arlington’s high wooden beams and floorboards, filling it with an abundance of roses, lisianthus, stock, green chryssies on a bed of heath myrtle, emile and box hedge. The original idea was to place one thick pillar candle in the centre of the box, but instead, I went with three lilac tapered dinner candles specially ordered from Sydney, and adding my little handi-creation - a delicate paisley butterfly pick. Simone absolutely loved it!
Sometimes, for no reason other than I can, I seek out areas I could twinkle with just a few more stems of flowers. Styling is all about the little details, and I like to think that people do notice these things - pretty flowers in unexpected places. On this occasion, I threw rose and emile into cube glass vases to accompany the lonely menu on the bridal table. I also left a jar of blooms in the ladies’ bathroom.
Have a look at Ying Photography for intimate, heartfelt photos of the wedding!
A very special thank you to Sarah David for assisting me in the creation of these floral pieces. Your efforts, attention to detail and creativity are much appreciated.
Images by Gavin Luu for One Wedding Wish
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