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Choosing a wedding florist can be hard, with so many beautiful blooms and so much inspiration out there, it can get a little overwhelming! Fortunately this week on Behind the Door, I’m chatting with someone who believes that it all comes down to passion – Rebecca Nobel from Little Lady Blooms.

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Bec started Little Lady Blooms three years ago but says that this year it has really flourished!

Growing up in the wild New Zealand country side, Bec was delighted to find that working with flowers makes her feel very connected to the environment and reminds her of home. “I wanted to share my passion and love for creativity with others” says Bec “I get such a kick out of making something original and epic for my clients”.

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The studio is located in East Brunswick in Melbourne’s trendy inner north, but Bec says Little Lady Blooms also loves to travel. This is the space where Bec meets clients, cleans flowers, orders stock and creates beautiful blooms with the help of her floral obsessed staff.

When I ask Bec what she loves most about the neighbourhood she says ” My next door neighbour Vito the hairdresser, he has been there for 30 years and is the essence of what it means to be a community”.  Bec loves all the people who stop by for a chat and just to look in the window and see what she is up to – and even sometimes does the odd little pop up posy sale.

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Bec has fitted out the studio herself with some gorgeous vintage pieces, shelves full of her ever expanding collection of vases and luxury silk ribbons. I love the pink wall as a bright pop of colour, it really sets the tone that this is a florist who isn’t afraid to be a little daring!

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Little Lady Blooms love getting creative when it comes to wedding flowers. Bec says her flower choices are influenced by shape, texture and seasonality and that she loves the uniqueness of locally grown blooms.

Known for making stunning bouquets, arbours and table centrepeices, Bec says her absolute favourite pieces to create are wild installations. “I love getting to create something BIG” says Bec “It’s just so fun to watch a shed, or a wooden beam, hall or ball room being changed into a wonderland of flowers”.

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I love that one of the reasons Bec loves what she does is how it works with her family. ” It’s important to me that my daughter understands that having a job is not just about a pay cheque, it’s about working hard at something that makes you smile and knowing that you can achieve great things when you set your mind to it” says Bec.

“I also love the flexibility of my work and being able to make decisions for myself is awesome!!”. If you are looking for a super passionate florist in Melbourne, I think many lucky brides have found one in Little Lady Blooms!

Ms Zebra Says: WOW! What a divine business, built from passion and love! It must be the best feeling creating beautiful floral designs and constantly working with beauty! Thanks Amelia for sharing with us!

About Amelia Waddell of Moonstruck Bride: I’m a proud bridal store owner with a love of exploring creative spaces. Whether it’s an office, event space, workshop or retail store I love seeing how other wedding businesses create their own special magic! When I’m not fitting brides I love immersing myself in everything wedding, in the name of “research” of course.

 

 

Once the ceremony is over, the other things that make a great wedding, fall into place at the reception. Entertainment is key to everyone having a memorable evening and with Lily Road you can be sure that everyone’s toes will be tapping. Based in Sydney and Melbourne but playing all over Australia and internationally, their mix of tunes spans the decades ensuring that everyone will be up and dancing. Reliving the good times through music and bringing them to the present at a wedding of someone dear to you creates new memories and what better way to do this than on the dancefloor. With professional singers featured in The Voice, X Factor and Australian Idol, Lily Road is your go-to band for the best night of your life! Let’s chat to Greg of Lily Road to find out more.

Is there any significance in the name ‘Lily Road’?

This description below best describes what inspired the ‘Lily’ part of the name:

“The Romans used lilies to fill pillows and quilts because of its lovely scent. Lilies thereby became the source of the fragrance of love. If a lady was given this sweet-scented flower, she knew: ‘This is my lover’.”

The ‘road’ part symbolises a new pathway together.

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Where are you based?

We are based in Sydney and Melbourne.

Are you able to perform Australia wide?

We travel all over Australia and overseas for functions. This year we performed in a beautiful location in Bali for a destination wedding. Next year we will be heading to the Maldives!

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How have you selected your band members to ensure that your band members gel and play the best music possible?

Each singer has their preferential musicians they like to work with. This ensures you are always getting the best lineup possible.

Are we able to see you perform regularly at venues in Sydney and Melbourne?

Yes of course! It’s best to check this link:

https://www.lilyroad.com.au/wedding-singer/live-shows/

We perform regularly at:

Side Bar

509 Pitt Street

Sydney NSW

AND

The Post Hotel

304-306 St Kilda Rd

St Kilda, VIC

 

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What is Lily Road known for?

Our lovely couples say it all here:

https://www.easyweddings.com.au/WeddingMusic/Sydney/LilyRoad/Reviews/

When booking their entertainment, what should bridal couples consider when choosing their band?

It’s best to always look for quality, experience and 5 star reviews. Not settling for the cheapest option is important. You pay for what you get! Meet a few of the band members, have a chat, watch a live performance.

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When planning our music are there any ‘rules’ to make our entertainment pop?

1) Look for experience – choosing a friend’s band cause it’s a cheap option can make or break your wedding. You want a band that can read the crowd and have the repertoire to make quick change to the more suited songs on the fly.

2) Ask for musicians in a band lineup that play together regularly

3) Word of mouth – ask your friends if they had seen a band at a wedding they have attended where things ‘went off’.

What other factors should we consider?

Imposed noise restrictions is the biggest one. Always ask the venue specifically and ask them to provide details. A venue will not always come forward with this information as they are trying to look after the interests of the venue.

It’s best to visit our blog page for more on restrictions.

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How would you describe Lily Road’s style?

Authentic, groovy, funky, powerful/energetic, sweet, soulful

Do you offer flexibility with musician numbers so couples can match a band to their venue size and budget?

Yes indeed.

It’s best to visit this link: https://www.lilyroad.com.au/wedding-singers/

You offer different packages which offer music for different aspects of the wedding day. Which is your most popular package?

The most popular is the Silver Package with add-ons i.e. Ceremony/ Canapes music.

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What excites you about being in the music industry right now?

People still love live music! There’s nothing quite like a live band. Every year there are awesome new tracks that come out and we try to get them in our sets.

You recently performed for us live on a Monday night instagram takeover – which we all loved. What is it about performing live that you enjoy?

Thank you! We had a real blast 😉 We enjoy expressing emotion and making people feel.

(Take a look at this fun performance here: https://youtu.be/7H6OWF5HVUw)

What other skills do you bring to your wedding performances?

1) Reading the Crowd – knowing the right songs to play at the right time

2) Interacting with the Crowd and getting them to clap, sing, mosh, crowd surf and generally just go off!

How do ensure that even the most conservative ‘2 left feet’ person is up and dancing?

The key is to mix up time eras and genres to make sure demographics are covered. Usually around bridal waltz time everyone is up dancing. The alcohol has had enough time to take affect by this stage in the night 😉

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How do you judge when the night’s been a success?

Everyone is up dancing and having a wonderful time including the ‘2 left feet’ person.

Does your life off stage revolve around music too – or do you pursue other interests?

Individually we all have separate interests. Some of us have kids, some of like the water and some of us have other businesses. We keep busy!

What is next for Lily Road?

We are focusing on continually providing great live performances and service for Sydney, Melbourne and surrounding areas this year with an interest in other cities in the future.

Thank you Greg for sharing your story. The best memories of your life are often associated with songs that bring back the memories long since tucked away. Reliving the good times with music and dancing is so much fun! To find out more about Lily Road visit the website.

Headshot courtesy of Lily Road.

Entertainment: Lily Road

We aren’t quite sure how January flew by, but with February at our doorstep, this means that the most love filled day of the year is here – Valentines Day! Who doesn’t’ love the thought of romantic love letters, bunches of flowers and buzzing with those Friday Fuzzy Feelings for your special person! So, with all the feels in the air, we’ve asked Black Avenue Productions what does being in a marriage or long term relationship mean to you?

Lowina and Philsy Blackman from Black Avenue Productions have been together since 2006, married for 8 years, here’s what they have to say:

Lowina: “Happy wife, happy life! As long as I’m in charge of the relationship.” (laugh)
Philsy: “Yeah as long as she thinks she is in charge of the relationship.” (laugh even louder)

Joking haha.

We accept that we are two individual people living together, growing together, achieving goals together, sharing life experiences together, in a similar pace.
As long as we share similar morals, values and ethical principles, and accept that these will also be changed from time to time, being in a marriage is so much fun for us.

Marriage is fun, life is fun!

About the author Black Avenue Productions: We’re a team of passionate Wedding Photographers and Wedding Videographers based in Melbourne who are hopelessly romantic and truly care about creating love stories of real couples. We’re a small team of like-minded friends working within a professional collective of creative storytelling.