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When Melissa and Kiel met as strangers on a bus, they had no idea they were on a journey headed towards marriage eleven years later. Amongst friends and family and overlooking Sydney’s Middle Harbour, the couple exchanged their vows in an intimate ceremony right by the beach. With the sea breeze on their backs and happiness in their faces the two twirled their way to the reception at the Boathouse at The Spit, a relaxed and rustic venue with ritzy gold-leaf painted ceilings, where they continue their journey together, now as husband and wife.

Lovereel’s videography team was there to capture the memories of the wedding day on film – the destination these two arrived at as One.

Ms Zebra Says: Such an amazing setting for a wedding – and so beautifully captured. Truly special!

About Lovereel: With various wedding video options to choose from and all the raw footage at your fingertips, Lovereel offer an affordable yet highly professional wedding videography experience.

Photographer: Derek Bogart / Cinematographer: Lovereel / Ceremony Officiant: Long Ho / Venue: Zest, The Spit / Flowers: Willow Flowers By Design / Wedding Cake: Heidis Dream Cakes / Hair & Makeup Artist: Anna Poshe / Band: The Baker Boys

Image by Figtree Pictures via Eliza & Tristan’s Gorgeous Garden Party Wedding in Byron Bay

Bouquets… there’s nothing to them, right? You walk down the aisle holding them, pose with them for a few pics and job done, right? Wrong!

I’ve been a bridesmaid five times and a bride once, so I now know there’s a number of important things to consider about bouquets to avoid disaster on wedding day.

  1. Ensure your florist knows the exact location you and your bridal party are getting ready at and the time you are leaving so they can deliver the flowers to you with plenty of time to spare. Confirm logistics well ahead of the wedding day to save yourself unnecessary stress on an already busy day.
  2. Your bouquets will most likely arrive in water-filled buckets or vases (to keep the flowers looking fresh and vibrant). Make sure someone thoroughly towels them off just prior to you departing for the ceremony. You don’t want excess murky water trickling onto your dresses just before the ceremony begins.
  3. Don’t forget to take the bouquets to the wedding! It seems simple but it nearly happened to me when I was a bridesmaid at my cousin’s wedding. The florist had stored the bouquets in the garage to keep them cool, and it was only as we were rushing through the garage to be whisked off to the ceremony that we realised the bouquets were there. The bridal party was about to head to the wedding bouquet-less – it was a very close call.
  4. The maid of honour or one of the bridesmaids should offer to hold the bride’s bouquet on the car trip (or horse and carriage – whatever you fancy) to avoid any excess water dripping from the stems onto her wedding dress.
  5. The maid of honour needs to be ready to hold not only her own bouquet but also the bride’s bouquet at a moment’s notice during the ceremony.  E.g. while the bride hold hands with her partner declaring her vows and also signing the registry.
  6. Arrange for there to be water-filled empty vases on the bridal table so the bride and bridesmaids can place their bouquets in said vases throughout the reception. It will keep the flowers alive and will add to reception decor.
  7. Consider ahead of time if you want to keep the bouquet for yourself or throw it over your shoulder for a guest to catch. The wedding night flies by so fast, so if a tradition such as throwing the bouquet is important to you then you should mark it on the schedule and let your MC and/or DJ know your plan.
  8. Want your bridesmaids to keep their bouquets as a memento? Why not give them a gorgeous vase as a bridesmaid gift. I’ve been guilty of kicking off my heels and throwing my bouquet onto the kitchen table after an exciting but exhausting wedding, only to wake up and see my flowers looking as dried out and droopy as I feel myself the morning after a big celebration. I think giving a vase to your maids is a thoughtful present that they can use on your special day and long after!

Image by Henry Paul Photography via Lauren & Carlee’s Simple & Beautiful Bathurst Wedding

With these tried and true tips in your back pocket, your bouquets will be nothing but a beautiful blessing, rather than a burden on your big day.

Ms Zebra Says: These are fantastic tips and reminders of things to think about on an already crazy day – as no one wants dead flowers walking the aisle!!! Thanks Ms Zig Zag for these wonderful flower hacks to ensure a beautiful array of bouquets. 

All images via Miss Ladybird Cakes

One of my absolute favourite things to do (aside from make cakes) is to work with flowers! For bouquet month, I thought I would explain a little bit about how we prep the flowers for the cakes, because let’s be honest, some of these cakes pretty much have an entire bouquet on top of them!

It is very important to us to make sure that the flowers we use are made food safe, they aren’t eaten of course but any parts that are inserted into the cake for stability need to be prepped. I have come across some of the industries best who think it’s okay to place the stem directly into the cake, but I feel very strongly against this. We go to great lengths to make sure our cakes are made in a hygienic and clean kitchen, that is council approved and monitored. It shouldn’t stop there when it comes to the flowers. If you are ordering a cake or hiring a florist for your event, there is nothing wrong with asking, or requesting this attention to detail and hygiene.

  • We take the flowers and get them as clean as possible without harming the bloom itself. A damp cloth or run under water. When using pieces like succulents make sure you get into every tiny little crevice as those guys can hide little pockets of soil.
  • Remove any dead or wilting leaves away from the stem and calyx.
  • Trim stems to around 5cm long.
  • Cut a piece of florists wire, I like to use the thick ones so its nice and sturdy. You want to make sure the wire is longer than the stem.
  • If its a nice, strong flower like a Dahlia, you can insert the wire into the under side of the flower, being gentle not to go straight through the flower as you push in (and into your thumb…it happens a lot). If you are using something delicate like a Lysianthus, you can make a hook at the end of the wire and thread the hook through the base of the flower instead. This also works well with foliage.
  • Using clean hands, take some Parafilm (available from your florist.. and not to get mixed up with Cake Decorator’s floral tape that is used for sugar flowers) and stretch to “activate” it between your fingers and wrap around your stem and wires, with a stretch, wrap, twist,  stretch, wrap, twist action. Working all the way down to the end over the stem and over the wire. The parafilm has now covered the stem so there is no contact of the stem with the cake once inserted.
  • Your flower is now ready for placing on the cake!

If you are at all worried about using this method for placing flowers on your cake you can opt to use a toothpick instead and remove the stem completely. This method is also great for things like succulents. However I find this slightly clumsy when working with some blooms and I cant always get the “Movement” I want with the final decoration.

Ms Zebra Says: Who knew there was so much that went into including flowers on a cake?! Thank you Miss Ladybird Cakes for not only informing, but teaching too on how to include them at home!

About the author Miss Ladybird Cakes: With 10 years experience in creating beautiful cakes,
Miss Ladybird Cakes aims to make something that is both beautiful to look at, and beautiful to taste.