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Brooke ♥ Tom

The wedding season started early in 2015 with Zing Flowers first wedding held 9 days into the New Year at the Merewether Surfhouse.  Ceiling to floor windows lined two walls of the Surfhouse and the view of the beach was ama{zing}.  It would be the envy of many a bride in Sydney searching for her perfect venue!

Brooke and Tom are a chilled couple and wanted a wedding that was informal with a rustic-vintage theme.  Brooke is a fan of baby’s breath and wanted a few arrangements just using baby’s breath with the remainder a mix of seasonal flowers. Jars, candles, lace doilies and rose petals were the order of the day with a pink, cream and white colour palate.

The arrangements were unstructured using different combinations of hydrangea, dahlia, garden roses, lisianthus, hypericum berries, cosmos, baby’s breath, cineraria and carnations, and the end result was gorgeous.  I’m still dreaming about the fabulous spotted hydrangea that we used!

Photo ♥ My Mum and YCM Photography

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Queen of the Night

Sitting in a friend’s backyard on the second last evening of 2014, I was fortunate to witness the Queen of the Night bloom. The Queen of the Night is a cactus originating from the southern states of North America and some northern countries in Central America. They bloom once a year at nightfall and live a short but sweet 12 hours.

Over the course of a couple of hours, I watched in amazement as over 30 flowers bloomed before my eyes. As they opened their incredible perfume started to waft through the backyard. The smell is almost impossible to describe, however it did remind me of the combined scent of the thousands of flowers at the Sydney Flower Markets – not bad for 30 flowers!

Nothing can capture the experience of watching the Queen of the Night open nor the smell that filled the backyard (and house) however I did take a few photos at various stages. I am already looking forward to next year!

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Book launch

After almost 15 years in the making, my extremely talented cousin, Dr Caroline Ford, launched her ama{zing} book “Sydney Beaches: A History” at Ariel Books on 23 October.  It has been a long road for Caroline and after many conversations about the book over Christmas or family dinners, it was exciting to finally be at the crowded book launch to help celebrate her achievement.

On designing the flowers for this event, I wanted to portray the Australian coastline’s beauty and decided to use one of my favourite combinations, the contrast of soft pretty flowers with rugged Australian natives.  I chose flowers in red (waratah), yellow (tree peony and garden rose) and white (flannel flower and hydrangea).

If beaches are your thing, check out Caroline’s blog (carolinefordhistory.com) or better still, her ama{zing} book!

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Mel ♥ Mitch

It is always a lovely surprise to hear from a bride many months after her wedding.  A few weeks ago I received an email and photos from one of my gorgeous brides, Mel.

Mel wanted colourful (focusing on pink and yellow), eclectic, vintage, hippy flowers and was happy to leave all the decisions on flowers, style etc to me.  After meeting Mel and talking about her wedding over a glass of wine, I knew she would love arrangements that were a little different and I would be able to be more creative than usual.  I was excited!

I wanted to use seasonal flowers and with a rough plan, I left most of the decision-making to the morning of my market run.

I used different varieties of roses, carnations (small and large), succulents, coriander, dahlias, celosia, seaholly, echinacea, lisianthus, amaranthus, anemone buds, different varieties of chrysanthemums, daisies and a large variety of foliage.  Every arrangement, including the bouquets, were different and I had a ball creating them!

“The flowers were amazing, you did the best job! My Mum keeps saying they’re the best flowers she’s ever seen. I loved my flower crown, it smelt amazing and I had beautiful rose perfume wafting around all night. They lasted for ages after and before we left I pulled all the petals off the roses and they dried nicely. Loved the flowers you chose for the grass – have the best photo of Mitch sprinkling them.

Thanks for everything you did, you were amazing :)”

Photo ♥ Cassie Bedford Photography

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The Language of Flowers

Each year David Jones on Elizabeth Street celebrates the beginning of Spring with the David Jones Flower Show.  The ground floor and sixteen store windows are decorated with thousands of flowers in accordance with a particular theme.  This year’s theme for the flower show was “Floriography – the Language of Flowers”.

Floriography was made popular in the Victorian Era when expressing one’s emotions was unacceptable behaviour.  Giving someone a posy of a particular type of flower allowed people to secretly express their emotions or passions.

This year, David Jones displayed roses, orchids and cherry blossoms en masse.  My favourite display was the wall of pink roses in one of the store windows – it was absolute heaven.

These days we don’t pay much attention to the meaning of flowers, however, the next time you are sending flowers to a loved one, perhaps think about the emotion you are secretly expressing!

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Pink roses – thankfulness, admiration and happiness

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Carnation – you’re fascinating ♥ Daisy – innocence, purity

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Red rose – I love you ♥ pink rose – thankfulness, admiration and happiness ♥ carnation – you’re fascinating

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Anthurium – hospitality ♥ orchid – thoughtfulness ♥ cherry blossom – fragility of life

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Orchid – thoughtfulness ♥ willow – sadness

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Jacqueline ♥ Tristan

The Brief

Eclectic, soft and romantic. White, creams, blush (to match the bridesmaid’s dress) with a touch of red.  Small handheld arrangements that look like they have been picked from the garden with a variety of different flowers.  Definitely NO roses!

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The Creations

Peonies, celosia, carnations, peris, poppies, lisianthus, flannel flowers, sweat peas, tulips, cineraria

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The Response

“You did the most amazing job! I actually could not believe how beautiful the flowers were and just so spot on. Thank you so much!”

Photo love

Thanks to Richard Payne + my Mum