Buttonholes and Corsages for Family: Is This Still a Thing?

Everyone knows that the bride and bridesmaids will typically have a bouquet, and the groom and groomsmen will typically wear a buttonhole on their suit. But if you’re unsure whether you need to buy a buttonhole, corsage or other ‘wearable’ flower for your parents, grandparents, close relatives or friends, then you may just find this blogpost helpful.

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Styled Shoot: Inspired Tuscan Romance

An ‘Inspired Tuscan Romance’ styled shoot, planned in the heart of the Scenic Rim, Queensland. With a muted colour palette, minimalist styling, beautiful textures and billowing silks, this photoshoot provides effortless elegance and stunning inspiration for those planning their country luxe wedding in South-East Queensland.

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Three Years Married: Reflecting on our Wedding Day, and What We’ve Learned Since

Brisbane-based Wedding Florist - Gwen Floral Co. Specialising in bespoke, wildly romantic wedding flowers for Brisbane weddings, Sunshine Coast weddings, Gold Coast weddings, Scenic Rim weddings and beyond. It’s been three years since I married my cheeky, kind, supportive husband. I thought I’d write a blog post sharing a bit about our wedding day, and also some lessons we’ve learned (and continue to learn, because hey, no one is perfect!) along the way.

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2019 Floral Trend Predictions

Read about real weddings, trends and tips for your wedding flowers. In this blog, I share all about my predictions for the floral industry in 2019!

Brisbane-based Wedding Florist - Gwen Floral Co. Specialising in bespoke, wildly romantic floral design for weddings in Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Scenic Rim, Toowoomba and beyond.

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2018: Reflections & Thank Yous.

My annual wrap-up for 2018: reflections, thank you’s & more.

Read about real weddings, trends and tips for your Wedding Flowers. Brisbane-based Wedding Florist - Gwen Floral Co. Specialising in bespoke, wildly romantic floral design for weddings in Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Scenic Rim, Toowoomba and beyond.

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Real Wedding: Kim + Ty

When Kim approached me to do her wedding flowers, I instantly fell in love with her vision. Her words were 'I'm really liking the floral studio/french/soft romantic' kind of vibe', and I was immediately sold. One thing that I loved about Kim's vision was that it was so individual, and not just a replication of the same 'Pinterest-famous' photos. Together we spent hours emailing back and forth, chatting on the phone & conducting a venue walk-through, drawing sketches and collating inspiration, to ultimately create something that was perfectly suited to their wedding.

Kim's bridesmaids wore stunning silver satin cocktail dresses, meaning that we didn't need to colour-match to a particular colour - we essentially had a 'blank canvas' to create a unique colour palette! We decided on a fairly neutral palette - creams, beige, dusty pinks with burgundy and plum accents to tie in with Ty's dark burgundy suit.

Kim and Ty's ceremony was held at the beautiful High Church in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane. Kim wanted to utilise lots of flowers and greenery to fill the large white space. We created beautiful garden-like floor installations to line the back row of chairs, creating a stunning statement as guests walked in. For the ceremony backdrop, we utilised the stone dry bar, creating a large curved installation to sit on the edge of the bar, with various heights and levels of vase arrangements strategically placed on the floor to create an elegant yet random look, complemented by some gorgeous draping Frou Frou Chic silk fabric.

Other vendors who helped pull Kim + Ty's spectacular wedding together include: Roxy Hotten Celebrant,  Eilish Ellen (Musician), Mitch Birchall Studios (Videography), Vanilla Pod Specialty Cakes and Victoria Park Golf Complex (Reception Venue).

This wedding is definitely one for the books. Thank you, Kim, for choosing us to be part of your day x

Check out these incredible photos by the amazing Lover of Mine.


My Flowers, My Husband & Me.

I love adventures. I love flowers. I love my husband. These things all combined last week when we went on an especially sweet adventure to Mount Glorious, and the lovely Amy from About Time Co. came and captured some gorgeous moments + images. (side note: you should absolutely check out them out. Amy and her husband, Chris, are an absolute power couple who take the most incredible photos!). I was following About Time Co on Instagram for quite some time, so when the opportunity came up to have a photoshoot with them I just could not resist! We had so much fun hanging out with Amy. She is kind, passionate, hilarious, and made the afternoon so relaxed and fun. We walked barefoot through a stream hidden amongst the trees, showcased my florals, had a few giggles, and created memories that will last a long, long time. 

Since these photos feature myself, my husband and my flowers, I thought I'd share a bit about each of them!

My Flowers: I don't often play the florist and the model. I'm so used to creating a bouquet and handing it to a bride for her wedding day (which, by the way, is one of my favourite parts about this job) so it was really fun to be able to make something for myself. I wanted to create a huge, luscious bouquet in a palette that is both feminine and pretty, but also bold and strong. I chose whites, vibrant pinks and magentas with dark burgundy accents and pops of apricot to tie in with my skirt. For me, texture is paramount. I love to use a variety of elements to create a rich canvas of texture, which is why there are 9 types of flowers + foliage used in this one design! I'm loving the wild and wayward concept that is ruling the flower industry at the moment. But I must admit, I also appreciate designs that include an element of 'put together-ness' amidst it's wildness. I like to think that my style uses a balance of the unstructured waywardness of nature, yet a tasteful and classy aesthetic simultaneously. I finished the bouquet off with some chiffon fabric that I purchased and ripped into long lengths to create that soft, ethereal, trailing ribbon that everyone (including myself) adores.

My Husband: Dave is one of the reasons I'm doing this. He encouraged me to pursue this hobby that I loved and turn it into a career. He is my greatest supporter in the most wonderful ways. He gives honest encouragement and advice when it's needed, he will prepare a delicious spread of snacks for me when I'm busy with flowers (and might even bring me a sneaky glass of wine... shh I didn't say that), and will set up my workspace for me just to make my life a bit easier. He is cheeky, strong, thoughtful, passionate, and I'm so thankful to be able to share life with him. 

Me: Well, obviously flowers are my world. It amazes me that there are just so many incredible varieties and colours available to us. I feel incredibly blessed to be able to do this as my job. Some other random facts about me: I really love dogs, I'm a big fan of seafood, I write songs, I love tea AND coffee (I'm not one of those tea OR coffee gals, both are equal in my books!) and I've watched F.R.I.E.N.D.S all the way through 6 times.

So, there you have it. I hope you enjoyed reading this blog post and getting to know me (and my flowers and husband) a bit better. I'd love to get to know you a bit better too! If you'd like to discuss flowers for your wedding or event, or simply just want to say 'hello!' please shoot an email to info@gwenfloralco.com