When did your love of flowers begin?
Very early on. I was one of those quiet little kids who spent a lot of time staring lovingly at plants, planting seeds and willing things to grow. My mum’s mum had such an incredible green thumb. She used to have a lush tropical rainforest-garden full of begonias, ferns and birdlife in St Ives in Sydney, and later had a stunning cold climate garden in Bowral. Her admiration for plants and flowers rubbed off on me, and I feel like I can hear her sage advice ringing in my ears when I’m in the garden or arranging flowers.
Describe your floristry style.
Romantic, unstructured, loose-style arrangements, which are (hopefully) evocative of a slightly willful garden.
What are the most popular?
Peonies are always one of the most requested flowers, followed closely by ruffled scented David Austin garden roses. Both of these softer flowers are gorgeous, but I find my clients are often drawn to adding in unique specimens with weird and wonderful textures, like fruiting pomegranate branches, lotus flowers and bearded iris.
What are your favourites?
I have a soft spot for rambling scented garden roses, flannel flowers, begonia foliage, scented geranium, waterlilies, dogwood flowers and blossoming apple branches.
Are there any ‘rules’?
I don’t think there should be! It’s the one day you get to walk around holding flowers and have a room or two styled specifically for you and your loved ones. It’s a great idea to just choose things you both love as that will work cohesively in the end.
Tell us about the most popular wedding trends at the moment.
Clients seem to want beautiful unique and locally grown f lowers arranged in a way that highlights the beauty of each stem. I also feel as though outdoor ceremonies are getting more interesting with great pillars and structures being used to create great backdrops.
What’s an average day for you like?
There’s a lot of admin, site visits and bridal consultations, but the most exciting part is a market day. Getting up at 4.20am to drive though the (mostly) sleeping city and arrive at market where the growers have been up since before midnight prepping and wrangling flowers. The bustle is thrilling! At 5am, the doors open and everyone weaves in and out, scooping up armfuls of flowers, loading up their vans. I preorder about 50 per cent of what I need and choose the rest on the day so I can really make sure my palette is spot-on as there are subtle shifts in flowers week to week. Then it’s back to work in my studio!
What do you love about styling?
It sounds cliché, but I adore how flowers can transform a space. They are so emotive. I still get a spark of joy when I’m delivering flowers and a sweet old lady tells me how wonderful flowers are and how happy they make them. I find it so rewarding to work on weddings and events. I love how creative you can be with flowers and it’s a pretty ideal job to be involved in such an important day in people’s lives.
From weddings to special events, this passionate florist transforms flowers into magical displays of romance and love