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Two Brookes winery styled shoot – Wedding Inspo


Its been some time since I last posted. I guess I’ve been busy and have neglected my blogging. but hopefully that is a thing of the past. I’m endeavouring to send Real Life wedding posts and Wedding Inspo your way. So here we go ………

Lets start with a styled shoot I was involved in some months back to bring you some instant wedding inspo. Several talented wedding vendors collaborated to show just what can be done with a space for a wedding.  Two Brookes  is just over an hours drive from Melbourne in the picturesque town of Silvan in The Yarra Valley. A quiet vineyard set amongst farmlands of the Yarra Valley, it has both indoor and outdoor spaces that can be dressed to make your day a memorable one. With the help of these vendors , this is what we did for this space. We were lucky to have the whole day captured beautifully by the talented Amanda Kilbourn Photography 

Outside has a gorgeous area overlooking the vineyards. The girls from A Day To Remember Event Hire applied their magic and added an arbour adorned with draping lace and dream catchers blowing in the wind. Florals by us Wedding Flowers Etc added that extra touch of colour and texture. For the guests – rustic wooden chairs were arranged facing the arbour with shepherd hooks and florals lining the aisle.Two Brookes wine barrels also added to the rustic feel.

Inside is the Barrel Room. We arranged a timber trestle table in front of the barrels , using them as a fantastic back drop to the bridal table. Mixed timber chairs at the table keeping with the rustic theme.

The table was dressed elegantly with gold candlesticks and gold cutlery. A floral garland of blue gum and roses stretched the length of the table. Place cards designed by Nat from A Tactile Perception completed the look.

Our bride was dressed by Thafnis Dressmaking and her hair and makeup by the talented Jane from Ava Jane Makeup Artistry .

Jewellery by Valerene Bespoke Jewellery .

And how would you like to arrive in a mustang ? Cars supplied by Mustangs in Black Great photo opportunities with these sensational cars.

Then to get the party rocking – Matt Jefferies Entertainment set up some awesome lighting and great entertainment to keep everyone happy!

With the help of all these vendors you too could put your dream wedding together. Checkout all their sites and see just what can be achieved.

Dreams can come true !



Erin & Dan – 20th May 2017



The power of social media – a photo on instagram sparked the romance for this couple. Through a mutual friend Dan saw a photo of Erin and this prompted him to ask for her number.

And so the love story began!

Their first date in Chapel Street was followed by many more.

Dan surprised Erin on the Gem pier in Williamstown with a romantic proposal and followed it up with a lovely dinner to celebrate. Erin had no idea that he was about to propose – but she knew at once her answer would be YES !

The wedding was held at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Middle Park in front of family and friends. Followed by a celebration at the gorgeous venue Encore in St Kilda.

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Erin wore a flowing ivory gown with lace appliqué sleeves and bodice which suited her perfectly. She carried a lush trailing bouquet featuring shades of blush pink, latte and ivory. Tulips , roses and flowing foliages complimented her dress perfectly.

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Bridesmaids wore beautiful feminine, blush pink dresses, incorporating  lace sleeves and bodice complimenting Erin’s gown perfectly. They carried romantic ivory and pink roses teamed with lush greenery. Tahlia the flower girl wore ivory and looked ever so angelic carrying her flower wand down the aisle.

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I asked Dan and Erin what their favourite moments were………………..

It’s hard to pick just one !  We loved our photo locations, the autumn sunshine ,our first dance and sharing the day with all our family and friends.

I am now officially step mum to Dan’s daughter Tahlia ( our adorable flower girl) and we couldn’t be happier as a family of three!

And what better way to honeymoon than to jet set off to Hawaii !

Congratulations Erin, Dan and Tahlia x

Photo credit – Jon Tinkler Photography, Millgrove


Kayleigh & Troy

KAYLEIGH & TROY – 8th October 2016

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This gorgeous couple said their “I do’s” at The Willows in St Kilda amongst family and friends.

They had a perfect cloudless day in between awful rain and winds. The wedding Gods were looking down on them and they managed to get the perfect photos of their day thanks to @coreywrightphotgrapher.

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I asked them what they loved most about their day ………………..

Our ceremony and reception were held at The Willows on 8 October 2016 – hands down the best day of my life !!!

The best parts:

– we couldn’t stop laughing when our celebrants mic cut out right when he was about to quote Troys take on love

– we opted not to have a first dance, but Troy surprised me with our fav song as the last dance of the night

– we had a cocktail reception as this seemed best for us given we have friends in a number of circles – we were stoked that everyone made friends with everyone and partied the night away … we wanted more of a party and that’s what we got

And obviously…

– I got to marry my best friend and become Mrs Malthouse!!! I absolutely love that I have a husband now ❤

We were soooo lucky that each of our suppliers listened and helped !! The flowers were exactly what I wanted based on the photo I sent to you, Corey captured the shots we wanted, dream ceremony decor matched our aisle flowers to the colours that you were putting in our bouquets, the cake was sensational…. we were honestly so lucky. Little things are always going to potentially go wrong, but none of that matters in the scheme of things or in the long run. We were so so lucky to have found the people we did to shape (and capture) out big day!

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The happy couple are a prime example of Happily Ever After. So glad we were invited to create some of their story with bouquets of lilac and white roses . Kayleigh looked stunning in a strapless gown and the bouquets completed her look.

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Tamara & Danny


What a wonderful wedding day Tamara and Danny had. In Tamara’s words ” It honestly was one of the most amazing days of my life. I have never had such a love filled, fun exhilarating day ! Danny and I soaked up every moment and loved every second” The bridal party was a real family affair with all 5 of their gorgeous children Tom, Katie,Patsy,Jen and Jarrod included. Tamara and Danny had so many highlights it was hard to choose just one.

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” Having my family and close friend is a highlight. Our kids hilarious speech is probably a highlight. Also the fact that we were the last to leave on the night is a favourite memory. Not to mention how many times my Dad cried from happiness says Tamara , which is always something to see”

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The bridesmaids wore full length navy dresses with lace bodice. They carried hot pink oriental lilies teamed with soft pink spray roses and ivory roses. Tamara carried a traditional tear drop bouquet of pink orientals, ivory and soft pink roses with sweet blue singapore orchids to compliment the girls dresses.

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Danny and the boys wore dark grey suits and looked equally as schmick as all the girls.

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Tamara loved her flowers –

“The flowers were absolutely amazing and complimented our outfits perfectly, Thank you”


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“We had one of the best photographers you could ever have. I don’t think there is a picture I don’t like. The creative handy work was captured by Sean from @A Touch of Flash.

How to choose table centrepieces for your wedding


Table centrepieces are a key element of your wedding decorations. Its important to create a wow factor and a great impression for your guests. You should also keep in mind your style and the vibe you would like to create.

Is your wedding theme – romantic elegance, rustic charm , bright and summery, antique vintage or modern contemporary ?


Start with the the shape of the tables in mind.  Round tables suit a centred arrangement , a clustered vase arrangement or several vases clustered and centred. If you would like a tall centred arrangement, make sure it is tall enough to allow guests to see around and converse easily.

A long rectangular table lends itself to several vases dotted down the centre or a long garland of greenery and flowers trailing through the centre.

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Bare in mind you don’t want your arrangements to be too small and insignificant, but at the same time not too large that they block the guests view.

They need to look good on every angle and add visual impact to your reception tables. Steer clear of flowers with strong scents as some guests may have sensitive noses!

Choose colours to link to your theme. A rustic look may include interesting foliages , nuts and berries. And a romantic theme could include old world charming roses in soft muted tones.

You could also consider adding candles to your tables for  soft lighting and a romantic feel.

Whatever you choose, make sure it portrays the mood, theme and colour you would like for your wedding day that will leave a lasting impression to you and your guests.

Anthiriums,cymbidium and singapore orchids

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Daisy Wedding

Renee & Matt – 28th March 2015

Renee and Mark were married on March 28th at Canterbury Christedelphian Hall with a reception following at The Karralyka in Ringwood surrounded by family and friends.

“Wedding Flowers Etc” had the privelidge of providing the wedding flowers for their special day. A lovely bride to work with , Renee chose to have 5 bridesmaids and 2 sweet flower girls to escort her down the aisle. Her ideas were to incorporate daisies  through her bouquets to create a fresh , simple bouquet to compliment the Emerald green of the bridesmaids dresses


Renee gleamed in a gorgeous gown carrying her dream bouquet of white and yellow roses teamed with fresh daisies. Her Daisy wedding was truly a sight to behold. Her smile in all the photos says it all !

The sweet flower girls wore white frocks and had  matching bouquets and a  halo of daisies and roses giving them a garden fairy like appearance.


The boys looked equally as handsome in grey suits and vests with  white shirts. They looked very smart with their roses adorning their attire.

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Here’s what Renee had to say about her special day………………………………………

Our wedding day was exactly how I wanted it to be, surrounded by beautiful friends , family and my prep/1 class also came to look!

As I walked down the aisle it was hard to take everything in, the brilliant, bright yellow roses, the expectant faces of the guests,the serene music, the flashing of cameras and the best part of the day-looking into Matt’s sea blue eyes at the end of the aisle and saying “I do.” The atmosphere was so joyful, I just couldnt stop smiling. At the end of the day when we climbed into Matts ute decked out in toilet paper I just wanted to relive our wedding day all over again!

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We at Wedding Flowers Etc love to hear the happy endings of our weddings and to see how the whole day has come together from the wedding dress to the wedding flowers, reception and all that in between.

I bet if you ask most brides out there we all wish we could relive our wedding day!

The build up to the big day , the organising, and adding all those finishing touches is really worth it. It takes a big effort to pull it all together but the beautiful memories created will stay with you forever.

So my advice is………………….take the time to breath in every moment of the day. Smile, love, laugh and enjoy !

Melinda 🙂

Winter Weddings

Winter Wedding – June , July ,August.

With somewhat fewer flowers to choose from in winter , why not consider seasonal greenery, colourful berries and bare branches to reflect the season. Hot house grown flowers are also a great option but can be expensive. Think about some non traditional flowers and plants. Succulents and berries combined with a favorite flowers, such as roses look great for a winter wedding.

Succulents,Anenome’s,Australian Natives,Daphne,Cymbidium Orchids,Hellebores,Hyacinths,Queen Anne’s Lace,Silver suede foliage,Hypericum Berry,Privet Berry,Blue Gum and Gum nuts are all good examples for winter weddings.

Loose natural arrangements have been popular for a few seasons now. Hand picked loose bouquets of winter flowers in clusters create naturally beautiful bouquets. Adding texture and interest with doda vine and berries  reflect the season and give the bouquets a warmth.


Lovely mix of roses,lisianthus,thrypt and berries

Lovely mix of roses,lisianthus,thrypt and berries

During the cooler months,weddings tend to move indoors. This creates more formalk ceremonies rather than the simple garden weddings in spring and summer. Deep purples and burgandy tones tend to create an air of sophistication. You can make a statement using bare magnolia branches in tall glass vases or masses of Australian natives at the church or venu. By using a mass of the sae flower you can make a dramatic impact.

If you select flowers that are available all year round such as lisianthus,roses,carnations or gerberas not only are they long lasting but they wont blow your budget.Single colouired displays of just one flower will intensify the shape and style of your bouquet or arrangment.


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Outdoor weddings

1.Remember to make your guests as comfortable as possible. Keep in mind the time of year and think about what the weather might be like at that time of year and the time of day. You could have your ushers giving out cold water bottles for guests on a hot day. Or you could consider hiring some umbrellas to hand out as extra shade from the hot sun. Don’t forget to have plenty of sunscreen on hand as well. For a very warm location, look into renting large electric fans (don’t forget a generator) and/or a tent to shade the suns rays. If it will be cold and damp, make sure you tell guests that so they can wear extra layers. You might want to have small blankets on hand, or rent portable heaters.
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2. Have a backup plan What will you do if it rains? The ideal outdoor wedding location has an indoor location waiting just in case. A marquee is another option, but only for light rain. Heavy rain would soak the ground and make it ver wet and muddy for guests and the bride and groom! Also remember outdoor areas can get very windy. Plan for wind and avoid light materials in your dress and the bridesmaids dresses.Let your hairdresser know it is an outdoor wedding so you can plan a suitable hairdo or extra product to keep it in place.
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3.One of the bonuses of an outdoor wedding is the natural beauty around you, lessening your need to decorate for your ceremony. Depending on the season you may need to supplement the natural beauty with extra decorations. You could consider an arch or trellis to focus the ceremony and frame the bride and groom as they say their vows. Or a lovely heart of flowers hanging from the above branches over the happy couple. Aisles can be framed with fresh rose petals or jars of fresh blooms.
4.Be sure to put out citronella candles or a bug zapper so that your guests won’t spend the whole ceremony swatting at the air.
5.Consider the timing of your outdoor wedding for sunset where your guests will see you take your vows surrounded by the warm glow of the sun. Or if you are having a day time ceremony be sure to have the guests set up so they are not looking directly into the sun !

6. Don’t forget to contact your city parks department or other local government to get a permit for an outdoor wedding. Be sure to ask about rules concerning flowers,rubbish removal and anything else that may effect your day.

Tips for choosing wedding flowers

Choosing your flowers is one of the most exciting parts of wedding planning. But before you make any decisions, there are a few points you’ll want to consider. Use this step-by-step wedding flower guide to get started.Tips for choosing your wedding flowers…..

1. Find the Right Wedding Florist
Before you venture out and start the meet-and-greets with selected florists, think about the type of person you work well with. The most important aspect is that you feel comfortable with the designer and you feel you are being listened to. If you have that connection with the floral designer, they will be able to bring to life floral designs that execute your vision, even if you can’t articulate it or know nothing about flowers.

2. Consider Your Wedding Flower Budget
This one is a no-brainer. All weddings can get blown out by a hefty price tag on everything. So set a budget and try to stick to it. Speak with your florist and make sure you both know your limits. A good florist will direct you to flowers within your budget and come up with ideas to suit.
But try to remember that flowers play an important role in your big day. They can link a colour theme together with all the wedding party. They can bring your reception and ceremony to life. So dont skimp on flowers, just make sure you and your florist are on the same page.
3. Establish a Vision
Have a general idea about your taste. Are you looking for a vintage theme? A simple , minamalistic style or a true romantic styled wedding.
Pick a colour and style for your wedding and then pick the flowers to suit. Don’t even think about visiting a florist without knowing what your bridesmaids, groomsmen, and mothers are wearing. There’s literally no point — you can’t pick any flowers if you don’t know what colours will work. On the flip side, you won’t know what colours your flowers come in without knowing which flowers you want. First tackle the attire, then choose your ideal colour palette and make a list of your favourite flowers, and then see if your florist can accomplish both. Any good florist can come up with great ideas to accomodate budget along with your style and colour theme. Collect pictures,colour samples and ideas to take along to your florist. Together you can then create a vision and incorporate flowers to suit. Look through our gallery to get inspired.
4. Consider Your Wedding Dress
At this point, you should have already picked out your gown, seeing as that will dictate what kind of bouquet you should carry. While you might not think so, florists base many decisions on the bride’s gown — how ornate it is, whether it’s white or cream, if it’s classic or contemporary, and so on. Most florists think of the wedding dress as the centrepiece of the day, so this will give them a good idea of where you’re going with the wedding style.

5. Map Out Your Wedding Style
Your style is different than your vision. Are you looking to carry a very dramatic, long bunch of flowers or a tight posy of blooms instead? Do the same thinking about the other people in the wedding party: Should Mum wear a corsage or have a wrist corsage? Should the bridesmaids carry a single stem or a tussy mussy? Style will also affect price accordingly, as well as the choice of flowers that will or won’t work in the type of bouquet you’re eyeing.

6. Size Up Your Crowd
Don’t listen to your groom — size does matter! How many people are you planning on having to the wedding celebration? That number will determine how many tables and, consequently, how many centrepieces you’ll require. How many attendants will you have to outfit with flowers: groomsmen, bridesmaids, flower girls? This will dramatically impact the price. On the other hand, if you are requiring fewer than average centrepieces, you may be able to get those orchids flown in from China that you swore you couldn’t live without.

7. Get Everything in Writing
All the work you will do to get this far will mean nothing if you don’t have it all in writing. So make certain that your florist drafts a contract, specifically stating the flowers you’re going to have, how many bouquets you’ll need, price, and what time you can expect them to arrive on the day of the wedding. Don’t hesitate to include the things you absolutely don’t want, as well. That way, you’ll have recourse if your florist doesn’t come through for you.

Flower choice by seasons ,colour and theme

The Popular Wedding Flowers – Flower Choice by Season, Colour & Theme
Here is a general guide of the most trendy wedding flowers, to help you decide your wedding flower choice by season, colour and theme, please note that the flower availability is highly weather and climate dependant, so can not be guaranteed:

By Season
– Spring (September-November)
Anemones, Arum lilies, Azalea, Baby’s breath, Blackberries, Daisies, David Austin roses, Delphiniums, Dodda Vines, Freesias (till mid Oct), Gardenias, Hyacinths (till mid Oct), Jasmines, Jonquils, LA lilies, Lavender, Lilac, Lily of the valley (mid spring), Lisianthuses (late spring), Narcissus, November lilies, Pansy, Peonies (mid to late spring), Poppies, Ranunculus, Snap dragons, Sweet peas (late winter to spring), Tulips (till mid Oct), Waratah
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– Summer (December-February)
Agapanthus, Berzillia, Bird of Paradise, Bouvardia, Cattleya orchids, Calla lilies, Cornflowers, Dahlias, David Austin roses, Flowering Gingers, Frangipanis, Garden roses, Gardenias, Hydrangeas, Jasmines, Lavender, Lisianthuses, Peonies (Nov/ Dec), Spider orchids, Stephanotis
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– Autumn (March-May)
Amaranthus, Arum lilies, Baby’s breath, Banksias, Berries, Bouvardia, Calla lilies, Cyclamen, Dahlias, David Austin roses, Delphiniums, Freesias, Gardenias, Gloriosa lilies, Gumnuts, Hyacinths, Hydrangeas, Kale, Kangaroo Paws, Lisianthuses, Lilac, Lavender, November lilies, Pomegranates, Poppies, Siam tulips, Slipper orchids (late autumn & winter), Tulips, Waterlilies


– Winter (June-August)
Anemones (Jul/ Aug), Arum lilies, Apple blossoms, Banksias, Camellia, Cherry blossoms (Jul/ Aug), Cymbidium orchids, Daffodils, Erlicheers, Freesias, French lavender, Geraldton wax, Helleborus (Jul/ Aug), Hyacinths, Jonquils, Magnolia flowers, Paper whites, Parrot tulips, Poppies, Proteas, Ranunculus, Stocks, Sweet peas, Tulips, Violets

– All year round
Anthuriums, Carnations, Chrysanthemums, Dancing lady orchids, Gerberas, Gladiolus, Irises, Molucca Balm, Natives (e.g. Leucadendrons), Oriental lilies, Phalaenopsis orchids, Roses, Singapore orchids, Succulents, Tiger/ Asiatic lilies, Twigs/ Willows, Vanda orchids

By Colour
– White
Roses, bouvardia, stephanotis, gardenia, hydrangea, peonies, ranunculus, freesias, sweet peas, lilies, orchids, dahlias, tulips, hyacinths, blossoms, frangipani, delphiniums, erlicheers, gerberas, hellebores

– Pink
Roses, sweet peas, lilies, dahlias, hyacinths, tulips, ranunculus, bouvardia, stephanotis, anemones, peonies, lisianthus, anthuriums, blossoms, orchids, gerberas, helleborus

– Red
Roses, lilies, dahlias, vanda orchids, cymbidium orchids, tulips, ranunculus, gladioli, anthuriums, poppies, stephanotis, sweet peas, carnations, gerberas, helleborus

– Purple
Roses, vanda orchids, tulips, gladioli, sweet pea, hydrangeas, lavender, anemones, gladioli, delphiniums, hyacinths, helleborus

Bright arrangement
– Green
Succulents, green Goddess Arum, cymbidium orchids, anthuriums, Singapore orchids, lotus, gladioli, lisianthus, hydrangeas, molucca balm, helleborus

– Bright (orange, yellow)
Roses, lilies, orchids, tulips, poppies, billy buttons, freesias, anemones, ranunculus, gladioli, dancing lady orchids, gerberas
By Theme

Vintage themed bridal bouquet
– Classic
Roses and lilies are great for a classic theme, keeping your flower options simple and streamlined will help you create this. Try and stick to a maximum of one to two colours.

– Vintage
Lilacs and dusty pinks roses, dusty miller and softer flowers such as dahlias, lisianthus and freesias. Adding beautiful filler flowers like lavender and wax flower will give depth to your arrangements. Adding lace to the bouquets and vases is a nice effect.

Rustic bridal bouquet with succulents and billy buttons
– Rustic
The ‘just picked’ look is great for rustic style. A variation of flowers can be used in this theme. Also keep in mind dried flower, billy button, native flowers, husks and sticks are great for texture and having the arrangements in tins and terracotta pots just adds to the effect. Bouquets can be tied with hessian or twine.

– Fairy Tale
Follow ideas from ‘Vintage’. Add sparkles and feathers.

– Country Garden
Any colour option can be used here, keep everything unstructured. Dahlias, roses, hydrangea and hellebore flowers are beautiful and very full looking. By adding plant pots, plants such as: cyclamen, succulents, lavender and even herbs gives a great outdoor effect.

– Beach wedding
Most flowers are great for beach weddings just be careful not to use really delicate flowers such as hydrangeas it can get quite windy on the beach and you do not want to lose the petals. Adding seashells to the vases is a nice effect.