Every now and then we work in a venue that is so naturally full of charm that we deliberately design florals around it. Black Barn, next to Lake Tarawera, is one such venue. We didn’t want to compete with beautiful native bush around there, so for Charlotte and Andrew’s Spring wedding we deliberately pulled in the natural elements and colours we were surrounded by. We matched their florals to the setting (one of our all-time favourite things to do).

Using white peonies, white roses and white lisianthus as a fresh contrast to sea holly, old man’s beard, smoke bush and cream roses with apricot undertones, we created a very rustic, natural look. We also made sure to use white and green hydrangeas from Charlotte’s father’s farm. The venue’s exterior backs onto one of their gardens, which was completely full of natives, so we only used natives and mostly foliage-based florals, including seedpods, in the exterior installations, so it created a beautiful extension to what already was there, making a lovely statement in the process.

Our team fully styled the tables for the reception, using Tble. linen and Royal Laboratorie’s plates, cutlery and glassware. Again, we created natural looking foliage and kept it simple, but super-elegant. The garland behind the bridal table was a late addition, an added bonus if you will. We finished setting up and realised we had both time and some spare materials so created the garland free of charge – this is something we love to do if we can, as we hate to see good florals go to waste. Part of what makes our service different is not only that we’re happy to create more where we can, but we also set it all up and take it all away – meaning you literally don’t have to worry about a thing and can focus on what’s most important.

Supporting cast:

Photographer: Bayly & Moore

Linen: Tble. Linen

Table settings: Royal Laboratorie