Undone Handtied Bouquets WORKSHOP

1 October 2016 at Goldie Estate vineyard on Waiheke Island.... images by Sonja Read Photography 

We were so lucky that our friends at Goldie Estate let us festoon their tasting room with armloads of foliage and an abundance of blooms supplied by Nourish Gardens on Waiheke, and Bloom Brokers...roses, anemones, ranunculus, stock, snapdragons, proteas, waratahs, irises, echiums, wisteria, orchids, granny's bonnets, viburnum, tulips and even native clematis

Roz, gatherer of greenery extroadinaire, began with some tips on foraging- and our lovely workshop women contributed some of their own foraged goodies....

I began the handmade bouquet making demonstration by stripping and preparing some blooms...and had to show everyone the latest issue of Together Journal with Wildflower's arrangement photographed so beautifully by Greta Kenyon. 

I made a whimsical"undone" posy, a rustic gathered bunch and an architectural bouquet- and after demonstrating some tying and wrapping techniques, set everyone free to select their flowers and greenery and start creating!

Wow! Some amazing work and all set amongst Goldie Estates gorgeous vine covered fields- with the iconic pothutukawa topped hill (where so many of our bride's have been married) right in front of us. Lesley and both Victorias looked after us so well- delicious platters and glasses of wine to reward us at the end of our floral exersions 

Thanks SO MUCH to Sonja Read Photography for all these amazing images....and thanks to all the lovely women who took part in our workshop- we had a blast xx

Winter Workshop at The Annex


It's hard to believe it has been 2 years since the last workshop....so many weddings in between- time has flown! So it was lovely to be invited back by my firend Jane (Jane Burn from Island Coffee) to run another workshop yesterday at The Roastery's baby sister cafe- the Annex. Such a cute little all white space- perfect for a small group of women escaping from the rain to play with flowers and foliage foraged by Roz!

It reminded me how much fun it is to share our flower knowledge...and made me even more excited that Wildflower is setting up a flower school. SSSH! Don't tell anyone yet...all will be revealed about the "undone florist" courses at The wildflower School soon...


we made fragrant smudge sticks from rosemary, sage, thyme, eucalyptus and rose petals...

we made fragrant smudge sticks from rosemary, sage, thyme, eucalyptus and rose petals...

weaving garlands of locally foraged greenery

weaving garlands of locally foraged greenery


On Sunday 6th of July, The Workroom took over Island Coffee's Roastery (thanks to my lovely friend Jane Burn for allowing us to use this gorgeous space- and to fill it to bursting point with to-die-for blooms and greenery!)

Roz and I had loads of fun showing a lovely group of women how to make loose, overflowing arrangements and twisted grape-cane wreathes. Here are some photos....

moss, pots, string, and handmade notebooks...

moss, pots, string, and handmade notebooks...

Photo by Sonja Read

Photo by Sonja Read

Keep an eye on the Workroom blog for more information on upcoming workshops...or email me on vicki@wildflowerwaiheke.com and I will add you to the list of interested participants.

Lots of thanks to our first Workshop group- hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!

And a big thanks to Mark for Cauliflower Soup with Truffle Oil and Toasted Almonds- and for the rest of the delectable lunch!

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Vicki x

Cute wedding video on Green Wedding Shoes blog...

I was just browsing through wedding blogs today and discovered a great wedding video made by one of my brides from a couple of years ago- check it out: it's in the post "Friday Favours with some sparkle" (FRI 13 April, 2012)- search under Nikki and Graham, Waiheke Island in "Real Weddings". Great music- very cool!

Nikki wanted very rustic "gathered from the garden" style blooms.  Vintage crystal vases with wild posies were clustered on top of burlap runners on the Stonyridge tables- and we tied burlap around the bridal bouquets too. 


Magnolia Rouge blog....May 2014

have a look at lovely Levon's wedding at Heartsong Retreat and Plumbago Hill.... styled by Sophia Hoadley from My Waiheke (love the weddings we get to work on together- they are always stunning!) and with gorgeous photos by Alice Doig

I loved using old-fashioned garden roses,dahlias, peonies, daisies, Queen Anne's Lace and veronica in peaches and pinks to create a whimsical vintage-style posy for the bride

we clustered an eclectic mix of vintage vases, jars, bottles and silverware along the rustic tables - and created a large wreath of olive and blooms behind the Bridal table


NZ Weddings Summer 2014

Also recognised these ceremony flowers from another lovely Wildflower wedding- Katie wanted an abundance of gorgeous blooms in neutral tones at Lavender Hill. Dahlias, roses, hydrangeas and lisianthus were nestled amongst olive branches that festooned the arch and draped in a heavy garland over the antique signing table. We tied posies in jars to the aisle chairs and scattered rose petals on the lawn....

Wildflower bride in latest NZ Weddings mag!

It's always exciting to see our Wildflower brides in the press...check out lovely Katherine and Andrew's wedding on pages 38 and 39 of the Autumn 2014 NZ Weddings magazine.

We had lots of fun working with the styling talent of Sophia Hoadley from My Waiheke to create a beautiful ceremony location in a glade of overhanging trees...we festooned the bamboo arch from Figment Event Hire with dahlias,  filled large rusty urns with olive, and hung jars with tiny posies from each aisle chair. In the marquee,  the tables were filled with posies of roses and lisianthus and herbs in amber mason jars and with vintage crystal vases with loose dahlia blooms. 

I especially loved designing the "vintage glamour" style posies to go with Katherine's romantic lace and her bridesmaids' gold sequin encrusted dresses...peach David Austen roses nestled amongst dahlias, lisianthus and tendrilly tweedia - from ivory through blush to deep bronzey -gold tones. 

Here are some of Emma Hughes' gorgeous photos below...and grab a copy of the magazine if you can!