Camille and Malone were an incredible couple with incredible taste. Their brief was to create florals that were wild and unkempt but linked to the setting for their nuptials – Poronui Station, which is a hunting and fishing lodge 40 mins from Taupō, on SH5. Bearing in mind that it was a beautifully desolate forest setting, we used a base of kanuka and eucalyptus.
Guests were welcomed by two urns, the contents of which were largely foraged from the site, so they would echo the landscape around them. Camille is Jewish, so got married under a chuppah, which was made from kanuka on-site by the venue staff, so our team used plant-dyed silk chiffon fabric over it. The loveliest part is that Camille and Malone are now using that silk in their baby’s nursery! Not only that but for the ceremony they also stood on the persian rug from their lounge. Details. We. Just. Love.
For the bouquets, we used amaranth, banksia, millet, toe toe, olive, sage, bay leaf, eucalyptus, dried yellow roses and wheat (Camille requested a few of these as they held personal significance for the couple). The bouquets were an expression of New Zealand and Australian natives to match all the eucalyptus at the venue. We dried stems in advance to get more antique tones, and loved playing with the Italian influence – Camille and Malone love to cook and had travelled Italy together, so we included lots of Italian herbs in her bouquet. It’s always so special when we get to create florals around a couple’s own story, as it adds such a depth of meaning.
The reception was held in a marquee on the lawn, so we kept things really earthy. We gathered a huge range of foliage in muted, dark greens and silvers, to complement lots of dried blue hydrangeas and golden roses, which gave a lovely pop of pearlescent blue and mustard. We also used gypsophila, in a wispy, crazy way, alongside Royal Labratorie’s black plates, gold cutlery, spanish tumblers and lots of candles – which gave it a really romantic feel.
Photographer: Bailey Vedelago
Tableware hire: Royal Laboratorie