On the morning of May 22nd The Wildflower School was ready and waiting for the new batch of undone floral students.... filled with an abundance of blooms and foliage, linen aprons and boxes tied with string and packed with the Course Notes and Together Journals- essential wedding flower inspiration!
Loaded up with floral bounty we returned to flower school to get straight in to it....
Week 1 was all about bouquet work....we learnt about the language of flowers and created scented tussie-mussies, posies, garden bunches. Inspired by gorgeous books on floral designers like Saipua, Floret , Soil and Stem, Tinge Floral -and Pinterest of course!- students learnt techniques for constructing natural hand tied bouquets and created lots of different looks including rustic, seaside, architectural, boho, tropical luxe and whimsical
At the end of such a tough week we just had to visit the island's newest stunning wedding venue- Tantalus Vineyard- for some sweet treats to replenish us for Week 2....
And in the 2nd week we focussed on arranging in vessels- and learnt tips and tricks for different sizes, shapes, types. The history of flowers- and its connection to art history and fashion design- lead us to arrangements inspired by the Dutch Masters. And we planned tablescapes for weddings of different styles- taking into account the principles of design....
Once again we began with an incredible foraging excursion with Roz in search of forest, seaside and tropical foliage- and a visit to a beautiful cottage garden just a stroll further along Wharf Rd from the flower school.
And the end of the week was very exciting because the students got to work on a real Wildflower wedding: making bridesmaids bouquets (which the bride ADORED!), table centres and 2 large floral and greenery chandeliers which they then installed at Mudbrick Vineyard. Job well done!!
The final week was all about planning an entire wedding: from an initial bride's brief, through Pinterest inspiration, planning, placing a flower order, then creating a bouquet, flower crown, buttonhole and table centre. Students took part in workshops on the business skills needed to set up as a wedding flower designer- including how to run a consultation, write a quotation, price and invoice and design a mood board (a fantastic session run by our own Lara).
Their beautiful creations were then modelled by one of the students (who just happened to be a model- lucky us!- the gorgeous Zoe Southwood). Zoe was made up by the lovely Amy from Beauty Spot, and photographed by our own lovely Amanda (Waiheke Love Story)- and the students will all then take away a beautiful portfolio of their work.
Needless to say they all graduated with flying colours....just look at the work below and you will see why....!
We finished with a Graduation dinner with all the incredible women who helped with the course....thanks and love again to you all- Roz, Lara and Amanda from Wildflower, Christy from Nourish Gardens, Tanya from her Wharf Rd garden and Amy from Beauty Spot.
Thanks also again to Flowers After Hours and Lux Floral Studio for their work experience opportunities.
And most of all thanks to my lovely undone floral students- love you all lots and just know you will do incredibly well xxx