Wedding Flowers

5 Minutes With Geraldine from Bouquet Boutique

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We joined the New Farm locals (and a couple of brides!) picking up blooms from Geraldine Hore’s gorgeous Bouquet Boutique shop.

How did you get your start working with flowers?

From studying horticulture I stemmed into growing native flowers which we exported straight to Japan – this gave me a great insight into the other side of floristry and gained valuable knowledge about sourcing product and care for flowers. I also had a very creative streak studying art and had a passion for design especially interiors so the combination of the two led me to study floristry!

What do you love about working in New Farm?

We love New Farm and the great diversity of community! People love their flowers here and we have so many wonderful regular flower lovers that come in and purchase flowers to brighten up their spaces!

Geraldine Hore from Bouquet Boutique

Tell us about a typical work day for you…

Up early sourcing flowers from multiple different suppliers so we can start to prep them up for the shop – strip foliage, de-thorn, fill vases, hand make arrangements for all the orders that come through the day, send and coordinate deliveries.Then, liaising with clients for upcoming events and weddings with concept designs. On weekends we are doing all of the above and also at venues delivering and setting the florals displays for all of our brides – bringing the visions to life!

What can a professional offer that can’t be done DIY?

There are many skills and techniques which are needed to be able to create some floral designs. It is not just putting flowers into a vase and ta-da! Many flowers have specific needs and requirements so a good florist will know how to care and condition the flowers.

What are the most memorable florals you have seen?

The Dior runway shows’ wall of massed flowers – just amazing!

Bouquet Boutique in New Farm

What exciting floral directions are you seeing for 2015?

Over the past few years we have seen an unstructured look coming through bouquets which is leading into the trailing, longer- style bouquet to be back in vogue.We are also seeing larger floral feature pieces within a room rather than on each table and the combination of high and low table arrangements across the room.

Can you recommend a ‘living gift’ bonboniere idea?

Instead of a lolly buffet I have set up an amazing rustic ‘bulb’ station of different winter flowering bulbs and guests can fill a little bag with a selection to take home an grow. Also, delightfully wrapped miniature plants (gardenias) are on trend along with succulents in little clay pots.

Photography: John Downs

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