New beginnings...

The past year was a great one for us business wise and personally.  We met a ton of gorgeous couples, styled some amazing weddings and I had my first beautiful little baby girl.

Having a baby changes things in the most unexpected and sublime way.  She brings with her a source of pure joy and a million tiny challenges.  There’s only so much room in a day for styling weddings and playing with flowers (I say playing because it never really seems like “work”) now that I have a little face I could simply stare at for hours on end.  So we have had to make a few changes.  This year we plan to take on fewer weddings.  We are scaling back on styling and starting to look at expanding our hire range.  I hope by doing this that I am able to give each bride the attention she truly deserves and to also not miss a single special moment with my daughter.  Time is already flying by as it is. 

So this year I will...

Stop and smell the flowers I “play” with
Be kinder to everyone I meet
Take lots of photos of my baby girl
Learn to say no
Realise that some things are impossible
Be forgiving to myself
Strive to inspire and not just to be inspired

(Photo by ngg studios)

Real Wedding - Mayumi & Steven

We were introduced to Mayumi and Steven by Danielle from White+White Weddings and Events.  It is always such a pleasure to work with Danielle and her team.  Mayumi had so many incredible ideas for her flowers and styling.  We worked on creating a real fusion for her of traditional japanese culture and old world romance.  The flowers included, roses, ranunculus and blushing brides with dusty miller to highlight.

From the bride...
After seeing many wonderful ideas, I realized that one of the most important things was to infuse my culture, Japanese tastes. I always love beautiful Japanese origami and Chiyogami papers (papers of different patterns and color layers). To reflect Japanese culture using origami papers, we started a 10-month BIG & FUN DIY project – fold 1000 colorful cranes and put them through strings. In Japan, it is said that holding 1000 cranes makes our wish come true (happy and long marriage).Thanks to my mum and friends, we could completely finish just few weeks before the wedding. With the help of our planner, they were hung at the pre-drinks space. Guests had a fun time taking photos with the poraloid camera for the guest book in front of our proudly made 1000 cranes.We also made Chiyogami paper cranes for each guest on their napkin. As bon bons, we prepared macaroons filling the wooden Sake Box that was tied with Japanese patterned ribbons sourced from Japan and a name tag on each one.
Because of various colors of cranes, we had softy-pastel colored spring flowers such as ranunculus, david austin, blushing bride and cherry blossoms. It was also important for us to incorporate with vintage chic style and personal touches. We were lucky enough to meet talented stylists, planners and vendors who introduced vintage vases, centerpieces, birdcages, tealight bowls, seating charts, welcome board and our “MUST ITEM” gorgeous chandelier. They were all incorporated in the reception restaurant. Big thanks to our photographer Karen, we could add a personal touch on table numbers of engagement portraits. Since we saw her photos, we could not think about other photographers. Her natural and delightful photos remind us a beautiful wedding and we enjoy seeing wedding photos every day!

(All images Karen Buckle)
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