Sunflower Tag

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Rules

  • Share the logo of this tag (the sunflower picture)
  • Thank the person who nominated you and share their flower picture
  • Share your flower picture
  • Tell us one thing that made you happy today or tell us your flower story
  • Nominate as many people as you want

Anni (who also created the award) nominated me for this! Thanks Anni!

I thought for a while about a flower picture to share. I have many that I really like. Finally, I settled on this.

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I took it recently on a trip to Botanic Gardens. I chose it as the daffodil reminds me that spring is coming up. With that means warmer weather which I am so excited for! It also means that I’m getting closer to lots of exciting things coming up (moving, sister’s wedding, birthdays, Christmas, summer!!). All of which makes me really happy!

Nominees

As always, feel no obligation to take part 🙂

Angela.

Wedding Flowers

Wedding Flowers

I talked a little about this in my latest Pinspiration video about weddings. I wanted to share with you guys a little more about my wedding flowers. It was one of the parts that I really loved planning. From looking at Pinterest for inspiration, then talking to my florist, to the final result, it was all fun! I did tinker with the idea of DIY at the beginning, but I know myself too well. I would not have the energy for it, or the patience. I would rather work with someone who knows what to do.

First off, when I first investigated what kind of wedding flowers there were. Things got insane. There’s almost too much information out there. To all the kinds of wedding floral arrangements, what flowers are in season, colour of flowers, types of bouquets and arrangements, I was confused.  So I stuck with the basics first, a bouquet. I looked at all the different types of bouquets (there’s a lot), and decided on a posy. They’re the smallest types, and what with me being small too, it just made sense.

Globe thistle and hydrangeas are stunning blue accents to the peach flowers in this wedding bouquet.
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I found a few pictures that fit with the blue/peach/rose colour scheme I liked. Then I emailed a few wedding florists around town, asking for general costs and sharing my current idea.

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Centrepiece ideas

I ended up going with Emma, from Em’s Flowers. This was in June. She’s a new, smaller vendor who does this just as a side hobby. But she is already well known and came recommended by both Sweet Bakery and Cakery (who did my cake), and Sally Eagle (who made my dress). We met up at a cafe and got to talking. We got along straight away. She knew her flowers (always a good sign) and talked to me about which flowers would be in season for the time of the wedding, what could go well together, how her costs worked, and so on. She was also happy to make mocks along the way, so I could get a look and feel of how the floral arrangement would be.

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Ceremony floral arrangement idea

As we met on and off during the eight months (I booked people earlier than I needed to), we finalised the floral arrangements. There were a few scrapped ideas along the way. Boutonnieres for the guys. Flower crown for me. More floral arrangements. These were mostly due to me finally realizing that the floral budget was getting more extravagant than it needed to be. Even with Em’s reasonable prices. The flowers we agreed on in the end was for bouquets, one for me, and three for the two bridesmaids and groomswoman. A floral arrangement for the ceremony, on top of the fireplace mantelpiece. Small loose flowers in jars for the centrepieces. That was that.

Enough talking, let’s look at pictures.

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A mock of my bouquet

So these were the final bouquets. We all had the same style, with mine being slightly more full. I’m so happy with them! The flowers were a mix of peach avalanche, sweet avalanche and solsy roses, blue hydrangea, lisianthus, hypericum berries, sea holly, chrysanthemum and greenery. Tied together with lace ribbon from my dress.

Our little centrepiece flowers. We didn’t fuss too much on decorating the reception tables. Pinterest led me down a rabbit hole, and in the end, we realized that it didn’t matter too much in the end. Just a few jars of flowers, a table runner, some tealights (that we forgot to light till the last minute), and we were happy.

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For the head table, we brought out the A & R block letters I bought on a whim. We also reused our bouquets, since we figured we don’t need them during the reception, we had them placed in jars and decorated our head table with that. Originally I was thinking of getting a separate floral arrangement, but Em suggested this, as it saves money (which she knew I wanted to stick to a budget as much as possible).

This collage I took off Em’s Instagram page. Funnily enough, the wall hanging and floral arrangement for the fireplace took me the longest time to be happy with. Throughout the planning, this was the part that I kept umming and ahhing about. On the day itself, I literally didn’t even see it until after the ceremony. I only had eyes for my future hubby, that I didn’t even realize how everything looked till I was munching on some nibbles after the ceremony, talking with friends.

Now of course, is the question of what to do with the flowers after all the wedding. Some of the girls kept their bouquets. I asked Em for help with drying mine. She took out the flowers that wouldn’t dry, and made them into a smaller arrangement. We hung them upside down for a few weeks, and now I have a small memento from the wedding. The rest, my mum kept (even though I told her she didn’t need to), she dried the ones that would dry, and now has them in a neat arrangement in a basket. I personally would have probably chucked them all, as I said before, DIY, not my forte.

That’s the long tale about my wedding flowers. I am trying to keep these short, but I’m having too much fun writing and reliving all the wedding adventures. So I hope this was entertaining to read, it was very entertaining to write!

How did you guys go about with the flowers if you got married? Or if you’re not married, what kind of flowers do you guys think you’d go for?

Angela.

Evanescent

The theme of this week’s photo challenge is Evanescent.

I’m going to be totally honest. I had no idea what that meant. My  first thought was of that band Evanescence, but I figured that wasn’t right. It took reading the definition a couple of times to finally figure out what photos I wanted to share.

e.v·a·nes·cent [evəˈnes(ə)nt]
adjective

  1. Soon passing out of sight, memory, or existence; quickly fading or disappearing.

So for my interpretation, I thought about Pohutukawa. For those not in New Zealand, the Pohutukawa is a native flower and a kiwi icon.

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During summer, the trees go into full bloom, the red flowers bring the promise of summer, and for us Christmas! Red and green are traditional Christmas colours, and who needs Christmas trees when you have Pohutukawa lining the streets.

My family often spends Christmas in the South Island, and in our grandparents front yard, they have a Pohutukawa tree.

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I don’t think I’ve ever seen that tree not in bloom. Then again, we only ever visit in summer. Every year, we know we will see that tree. I love these flowers, the colour is so vibrant, and their association with summer and Christmas doesn’t hurt my opinion of them either.

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But too soon, the flowers fall on the ground, making somewhat of a mess. But decorating the ground with their colour. It’s a reminder  that summer is at an end, and soon it will be cold again.

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Then everything is back to just green, and we wait.

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Wait for those red flowers to come back, reminding us of the arrival of summer.

That’s my interpretation for this week’s photo challenge. A moment in time that passes or disappears quickly. Evanescent.

Angela.