I have known Nicole and her lovely family for 24 years, her sister and I are old friends from school days and when I found out Nicole was engaged I put my hand up and said "pretty please, pick me!"
Now, there is always an added level of anxiety doing floral for loved ones, especially when they are all incredibly designy and artistic. Nicole is an interior designer, Barbara (her Mother) is a seamstress extraordinaire and Pip (her sister) is a jewellery designer - no pressure!
Little did I know, Nicole's wedding inspirations had begun much earlier. Her subconscious creative process had started on an organised holiday that she had booked with her mother when they visited France. Naturally, they had been immersed in the world of French design and investigated Parisien lace, silks and accessories ...mon dieu, when in Paris, non?! Then came the engagement and the wedding rings were made by Pip, exquisite 18 carat rose gold with pave-set diamonds and rubies. Michael's wedding ring was white gold with a romantic inscription "Love you to the moon" inside.
As creative partners, Micheal and Nicole shared the different elements that went into thier wedding. Nicole, who is used to spinning many plates in the air at one time as a result of her life in design, oversaw every detail without ruffling even a feather. Michael, who has a background in the arts, lent his experience in the choice of music and staging for the day. The result was a seamless, personal and elegant start to their life together as an 'ole married couple'!
My job was dreamy, blending their ideas and tastes into a floral design to enhance what had already started to take shape. I picked roses, zinnias, cosmos, rosemary, dusty miller, hypericum berry and climbing rose tendrils to fill Nicole's bridal bouquet.
Nicole's sweet nieces, Elise and Olivia got to play their flowergirl parts by spinning in fairytale blush pink dresses, both made by Barbara with a beautiful fabric courtesy of Paris. Their delicate silver owl braclets were made by, yep you guessed it, sister Pip. I decided to create sweet antique floral crowns for the girls, made with hypericum berry, peppercorn, sedum, privett berry, lissianthus and miniature succulants.
To find more of Pip's beautiful gold and silversmith designs you can find her at www.pkd.com.au
For Micheal and his groomsmen, I made lovely autumnal buttonholes which had a similar earthy, and faded look, consisting of sedum, privet berry, succulant, rosemary and clematis vine.
For Nicole's bridesmaids, l gathered sweet posies made of cosmos, rose, zinnia, dusty miller, privet berry and green beech.
The bridal location was at the gorgeous Centennial Parks Heritage Caretakers cottage which gave the wedding an intimate and vintage ambience. Nicole and Michael were married in the natural setting of the She-Oak Grove, and later danced all night long in the marquee situated in the cottage's private garden. Naturally, we decided it would be fun to get into the park spirit by getting a little botannical in our decoration. I used hydrangea, hanging green amaranthys, dahlia, rose, peppercorn and a star studded cast of autumn foliage from the local growers in the Southern Highlands. The end product was a large, lush archway for the marquee entrance allowing Nicole, Michael and all their guests to enter into a woodland wonderland, where two large flower adorned chandeliers hung from the marquee ceiling.
All the floristry photos were beautifully taken by the very talented wedding photographer Nerida McMurray, you can see Nerida's work at www.neridamcmurray.com.au