Next on our “get to know you” posts is Heavenly Blooms who were kind enough to not only contribute their time but also their fresh flowers to work with us on both of our recent collaborative styled shoots. Nat creates the most gorgeous arrangements that I think are simply perfect for those planning a vintage style wedding. Her style has a lovely rustic feel to it and her pieces feel so special. She mentions that fragrance is very important to her and we can certainly account for that – the rooms were filled with all of the luscious scents of her posies while we worked on our shoots!!
Can you tell us a bit about Heavenly Blooms?
Heavenly blooms was born from a passion for flowers that time has forgotten.
I am growing all my flowers organically.
I believe that after years of working in my industry as a florist we have become too obsessed with the perfect bloom, in doing so we have lost the scent in our flowers. I use lots of fragrant blooms and herbs in my posies, all my arrangements for tables and ceremony come in up cycled or recycled containers, I source vintage fabrics and laces to bind my bouquets and jars.
Each wedding posy is made with love and a message, every flower speaks a language, I try to engage my brides and understand their love story so that the flowers they carry down the aisle speak that story.
Can you describe your style for us?
My style of flowers I would say is very much vintage, also though a free form styling. I like to think that when someone looks at my work the flowers look like they have effortlessly been gathered together from the garden to make a posy.
I am very much influenced by the european style of work.
Where are you based and what areas do you service?
My studio and flower garden are based on the sunshine coast in the hinterland outside Eumundi,
I am happy to drive as far as Byron bay to make beautiful wedding flowers.
What type of bouquets do you offer?
When doing wedding flowers it is true to say that I will make any style of bouquet, buttonholes, hair flowers, decorations for church, ceremony arch ways, table pieces.
I like to be able to use all my flowers that are in season, I have over 500 roses and have just planted another 200 planted, I feel a lean towards the richer colours this year, I have lots of David Austin roses which have been extremely popular.
What advice do you have for couples choosing their flowers / bouquet?
When couples are choosing flowers it is nice to pick blooms that tell a story of your love and how this came to be, often brides have an idea of what they like from images or favourite flowers, remember to choose flowers that compliment the styling and colour scheme of your wedding, also try to keep in the seasons so every year on your anniversary your wedding blooms will be around to remind you of your special day. Also I remember years ago an industry colleague of mine said”there are only a few things you have after the wedding to show for your big day… The photos of course, and in the photo.. You have your dress, hair, make up and flowers” I have never forgotten that as it is so true. Make these decisions carefully, as you will look at them for a long time to come!
How early should couples book with you?
I am always booked up pretty much 6 months in advance, however I will try to accommodate any couple if I can. I aim to only do 1 large wedding per day as I think it is important to devote your self to the couple, on their special day. Always best to try and get organised as early as possible, I have booking now for 2014.
I have also just done a wedding last Thursday for a bride who gave me 1 weeks notice! So that said I am very flexible, also it is much easier to accommodate people last minute when you grow your own flowers.
What is your favourite flower?
My favourite flowers, goodness me.. Do I have to choose just one!
I have always loved purple tulips I think since the first day I started floristry many moons ago. I have to say though the poppy come a close second. I love lilac too,
I think it would be fairer to have a favourite for every month of the year!
I love roses ,the blousey large blooms that weigh down the stems as they form and open, it is a picture to be seen on a fresh morning when you step into the rose garden and overnight the buds have just blossomed, such a sparse thorny plant can make the most delicate, fragrant blooms. Nature is so clever… So to answer you again I think I can appreciate the beauty in every bloom I have ever encountered x
What is your favourite wedding story?
My favourite wedding story , I love them all I am a sucker for romance, shhhh it is a secret don’t tell anyone!
I did a wedding earlier in the year for a couple from Brisbane that were getting married at Yandina Station, they were so excited about their day that they had been collecting books for years (3 to be precise) these were for their table centres to stack and sit little crystal cut, coloured vases on that matched. The styling was incredible, all done by them with such detail and real enthusiasm. This I see all the time in the bride but never in the groom!
On the day he was on site setting the tables adjusting just slightly the book stacks , all because he said he knew just how much it meant to his wife to be. I have to say when they looked at each other their eyes would meet and you just knew it was a forever kind of love, their wedding was amazing mostly because of their personal input.
What do you love most about creating your bouquets?
I love to be creative, I enjoy so much going out to the garden to collect the flowers on the day of my couples weddings and putting all the flowers together, it is such an amazing feeling seeing all the planning come together and the bouquets form, I love making flowers it is my passion and life. I never grow tired of seeing my brides on the day, I often shed tears when we meet. I am truly blessed to have such a wonderful job. I love putting all my little flowers in the bouquet and using the language of flowers to tell a story to my brides. I love all the different textures, shapes, colours and fragrances that nature offers us as a palette to work from.
What do you think are the upcoming trends for 2013/2014 weddings?
I am leaning towards a trend to richer more deeper tones for the next season, I have planted a lot of burgundy, red, purple and mauve roses this week so I feel that we may enjoy a warmer , deeper colour palette to work from, there is alot of emerald green, deep turquoise and purples, lots of purple in the fashion colours going into the next year.
I feel we will still see a free form style of bouquet with loose big blooms, just deeper tones than the white, pale pink, creams, lemon, apricot tones we have enjoyed this past year.
I more bohemian styling, gypsy influence.
What can couples expect when they visit your stand?
When couples come to visit my stand at The Vintage & Handmade Wedding Fair they can expect to find a large supply of my organically grown , fragrant flowers to view.
I will try to have lots of sample bouquets in different styles also.
I am going to stage a small area as a table setting to showcase my styling work for receptions, I love to decorate so I a, excited about the stand, can’t wait to meet lots of lovely couples, hopefully help lots of brides feel inspired to organise their flowers.
Are you running any specials on the day?
On the day of the fair I am offering 10% discount to any couple that book their flowers with me, that is a great deal!