Introducing Flowers with Love!

To coincide with the launch of my new website I thought I should introduce myself to you, I’m Lisa, creator of Flowers with Love.

Picture of Lisa Walsch - Florist delivering to Canberra, Queanbeyan, Googong and Jerrabomberra.

For as long as I remember I have always been creative.

When I was 10 years old and would go to a Japanese family friend’s house after school and she would teach me to crochet which I absolutely loved! I would create place mats, doilies, ponchos, rugs or string bags, which inevitably became gifted to family members.

I designed and created my own clothes right through my teenage years. I’d spend hour after hour sketching my designs and whipping up my unique creations on my sewing machine.

I had planned to do Fashion Design although fate had other ideas and I would continue to express my creative ideas by exploring different mediums, including knitting, macramé, patchwork, smocking, folk art, jewellery making, handmade paper etc. Anything that took my fancy I’d try. I remember dreaming of having my own little shop, where I could creatively gift wrap customer’s purchases for them.

After completing an introduction to dried flowers back in the late 1980’s I worked at Pialligo Plant Farm, in the dried flower shop, where classes were held regularly.

I studied floristry at the School of Horticulture and have since attained a Certificate IV.

In 1993 Flowers with Love was born. Weekends were often spent at markets selling dried flowers, arrangements and wreaths that I had created through the week. I would also make floral arrangements and bouquets for weddings using both fresh and dried flowers.

I started designing and creating wedding bouquets and head pieces for several bridal magazines, over a number of years in the 1990’s. These were featured in their annual publications, along with their front covers.

I remember designing and creating flower crowns at this time and encouraging the magazine editor to showcase them on the front cover, which they eventually did. I worked with Lizzie Wagner, director of The Lizzie Wagner Group, who said my designs were innovative.

Business was starting to grow, through word of mouth and lots of hard work and long hours. My children have been called upon on many occasions to help in various ways, from ‘scrunching’ tissue paper to fill boxes before precious wedding bouquets can be placed in them to helping make buttonholes and bouquets to designing logos and editing photos.

My brother reminded me recently that I have wanted to have my own shop for 25 years, although back then I wasn’t sure what type of shop it was going to be. For the last 10 of those years I have been hoping to open a florist shop, which I now have and am absolutely loving it!

We now also have an online flower shop and deliver flowers daily to Canberra, Queanbeyan, Googong and Jerrabomberra.

Canberra Wedding Floral Trends

Bride and Bridesmaids holding flowers from their Canberra Wedding.

Flower trends are difficult to define. Every wedding is so very different, as is every bride. They all have different, tastes, ideas and budgets but I do believe that floral trends are a lot like fashion trends and a lot of brides these days are becoming more adventurous, they will often do a lot of their own research before approaching florists with photos and ideas.

A traditional wedding bouquet in Canberra

Brides are often looking for something different and unique to incorporate in their wedding bouquets. Suggestions include; unusual or ‘foraged’ foliage, herbs, dried materials, seed pods, feathers, a bouquet of just mixed foliage, or one large single bloom eg. a white king protea.

Roses are still a very popular choice of flower to incorporate in your wedding bouquet.

A bride holding an unstructured style of wedding bouquet in Canberra.

While we have a lot of requests for the ‘freshly-foraged’ style of bouquet where it is looser and unstructured we still get many requests for a more traditional style of look, which I believe will never really go out of style.

Something to consider when choosing the style is that you will be holding it for a long time so you really don’t want it to be too heavy and if it is too large it will also conceal a lot of the embellishments on your dress.

The shape of your bouquet has a big impact on the overall style of your wedding.

Generally speaking, a wild, unstructured or organic style of bouquet suit a boho or relaxed style of wedding, whist a rounded, dome or ‘ball’ shape suits a more formal style of wedding.

 
Wedding flowers containing eucalyptus leaves perfect for a relaxed Canberra wedding.
 

Regardless of your budget, the flowers you choose or the time of year you are getting married the flowers you choose can really transform the day. See more examples of our Canberra wedding flowers.

Images in this article provided by Mel Hill Photography.

The secret language of flowers!

How to add an additional element of meaning to your wedding day!

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In days gone by, lovers would convey their feelings for each other with the secret language of flowers. Nowadays it’s their beauty and fragrance that is admired.

Flowers are an essential part of a wedding or any special occasion and make a wonderful gift, so, with a little knowledge and thought, you can select flowers that will add more meaning to your day.

If you are not superstitious, however you can choose whatever you like!

 

Alstomeria: wealth, prosperity

Amaryllis: splendid beauty

Anemone: expectation

Astilbe: ‘I’ll still be waiting’

Babies Breath: innocence, happiness, festivity

Bouvardia: enthusiasm

Calla Lily: magnificent beauty

Chrysanthemum: cheerfulness, optimism, truth

Clematis: clever, intellectual

Cornflower: delicacy

Dahlia: innocence, loyal love, gentleness

Daisy: innocence, loyal love, gentleness

Delphinium: lightness, fun, boldness

Forget-Me-Not: true love, hope, memories

Freesia: innocence, thoughtfulness, spirited

Gardenia: secret love, joy, good luck

Gerbera: happiness, love, appreciation

Gladioli: strength of character, remembrance

Hollyhock: ambition, fruitfulness

Hyacinth: (white) loveliness, (red or pink) playfulness

Hydrangea: understanding, perseverance

Iris: wisdom, faith, friendship

Larkspur: Infidelity

Lavender: devotion, happiness, success

Lilac: youthful, humility, confidence

Lily: majesty, truth, honour, pride (yellow) falsehood

Lily of the Valley: happiness, purity of heart

Lisianthus: outgoing nature, appreciation, calming

Love-in-the-Mist: delicacy, perplexity

Magnolia: youth, innocence, joy

Marigold: grief

Orchid: rare beauty, refinement, magnificence

Peony: bashfulness, good health, prosperity, romance

Poppy: (red) pleasure, consolation (yellow) wealth, success (white) sleep (general) imagination

Protea: diversity, courage

Queen Anne’s Lace: delicate femininity, sanctuary

Ranunculus: radiant charm, attractiveness

Rose: (red) love, joy, beauty (yellow) jealousy

Stephanotis: marital happiness, desire to travel, good luck

Stock: lasting beauty, bonds of affection

Sunflower: adoration, devotion, warmth, happiness

Sweet Pea: lasting pleasure, goodbye, shyness

Tuberose: dangerous pleasure

Tulip: (red) declaration of love, (general) perfect love, passion

Violets: faithfulness, modesty, innocence

 
 
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Images in this article provided by Mel Hill Photography.

Wedding Traditions and Customs

There are many traditions and customs that are probably going to be part of your wedding whether you realise this or not, like the ones below;

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The Eternal Bond

This never-ending circle, complete union without end, is symbolised in our culture by exchanging wedding rings. It is worn on the fourth finger of the left hand, because the vein in that finger is believed to lead directly to the wearer’s heart.

Not Seeing Each Other Before the Ceremony

This came about in the days of arranged marriages to ensure the Groom wouldn’t run before he met his Bride-to-be!

The Veil

The veil is also credited to arranged marriages. To avoid the Groom backing out of the marriage, family members would ‘shield’ the bride from him until they finally met at the alter.

Something Old, Something New

The tradition of ‘something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue’ is still recognised by many brides. Something old represents the bride’s family ties and her life before marriage, while something new represents the new life she is beginning. Something borrowed represents the importance of family and friends while something blue represents the bride and groom’s faithfulness to one another.

Throwing Rice

Ancient Romans believed showering the bride and groom with rice increased their chances of having children.

There are plenty of new interpretations now including confetti and rose petals.

Carrying the Bride over the Threshold

This romantic custom is believed to have come from the time when a tribal man hit his chosen wife over the head and carried her away where her relatives couldn’t find her!

The Honeymoon

With the custom of a honeymoon a month of seclusion was said to be considered enough time for the bride’s family to call off the search for her.

Another theory is that in ancient Egypt where the bride’s father gave the groom a pot of honey in honour of their union. The ceremony always took place on a full moon, hence the word ‘honeymoon’.

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Images in this article provided by Mel Hill Photography

Canberra Wedding Planning Timeline

A helpful guide for planning your Canberra wedding!

 
Pialligo Estate Wedding Flowers - Photo by Mel Hill Photography
 

6 – 18 Months Before

Decide on a wedding date/time.
Work out a budget.
Book your ceremony and reception venues.
Book a celebrant.
Book a photographer/videographer
Choose a wedding party.
Write a guest list.
Choose a wedding gown.
Order your wedding cake.
Book DJ or band for ceremony/reception.
Decide on and book a honeymoon location.
Check your passport is still current.
Begin a health/fitness program.


3 – 6 Months Before

Book your florist.
Choose an MC for your reception.
Organise trials for your hair and makeup.
Purchase wedding rings.
Order any hire equipment, if required
Have vaccinations if honeymooning overseas
Plan the order of ceremony and reception
Shop for bridesmaid’s dresses
Organise your will


2 Months Before

Register your notice of intention to marry
Send invitations out
Decide on menu and drinks for your reception
Book accommodation for out of town guests
Discuss/plan photos with photographer
Order lingerie


4 Weeks Before

Confirm all bookings
Purchase gifts for the bridal party
Plan seating arrangements for the reception
Arrange for any changes to your name
Ask speakers to prepare their speeches
Have a hair and make-up trail
Schedule wedding rehearsals


2 Weeks Before

Confirm numbers with reception venue
Check and confirm honeymoon bookings
Pick up wedding rings
Have a wedding rehearsal


1 Week Before

Pick up your wedding dress and check accessories
Confirm equipment hire
Confirm wedding transport
Organise someone to return hired items
Get a facial and massage
Pack for you honeymoon


The Day Before

Confirm when flowers and cake are arriving
Confirm hair and make up
Have nails manicured
Pack an ‘emergency kit’ to include needle/thread, safety pins, Hollywood tape, extra stockings, bandaids
Pack essentials for the wedding night
Pack last minute items for your honeymoon
Enjoy your day and get a good night’s sleep

 
Wedding Couple in Canberra - Photo by Mel Hill Photography
 

Images in this article provided by Mel Hill Photography