I adore working on weddings, and this was one of my absolute favourites from the summer of 2015.
The Auckland-based couple were in love with Hawke's Bay - who isn't! - and decided to have their wedding here, in St Paul's, Napier - the exact same church where my parents were married.
It was so very moving and special to work in situ where they had stood, over 50 years before, creating two grand-scale arrangements which were later transported to the reception at historic Ormlie Lodge.
Image by Kirsten Simcox - Photographer
Working from a piece of coral-colured chiffon fabric, my brief was deliciously open. Stylish and whimsical. I based my design for the bride's bouquet on the beautiful teardrop bouquets of yesteryear, with a contemporary twist. Hypericum and blackberries. Bobbly brunia. A succulent or two. Roses and more roses. Delicious David Austin Juliet, Miss Piggy and Avalanche to name a few. Lisianthus. Gum leaves and other gorgeous grey foliage..
Weeks of planning and hours to create.
When I went to collect my vases the following day, the newlyweds had left a lovely bottle of Central Otago pinot with a note that said
..."thank you for the AMAZING job you did on our flowers, they were absolutely
stunning...we had so many people comment on them at the wedding...
I kept pausing in front of them to smile..."
Now that made me smile too.
Still does xx
The following images are also by Kirsten Simcox - Photographer