Merry Christmas dear readers! Like last year we thought we’d wrap up the final weeks of 2018 with a bit of a ‘Best Of’ series, kicking off with the most popular bouquets from the past 12 months (according to your clicks, likes and comments throughout the year).
Last year it was all about bright statement blooms and this year there is no denying the orchid has had a real moment along with wild and wonderful bouquets of varying colours and textures. It seems the running theme was no theme at all – which is just what we like to see – brides going their own way and refusing to follow trends. This non- trend-trend is something we also saw with our Top 20 Florists to follow on Instagram post, which of course you need to check out as soon as you’re done reading this one.
So without further adieu ladies and gents, pull up your Pinterest board and get note taking, here are our top ten floral arrangements of 2018 in no particular order…
DANIELLE & STUART, CLUNES, NSW
This stunning Byron Hinterland wedding takes the cake when it came to wild and wonderful floral arrangements by Rose Apple Flowers (who also made our list last year with a bright and beautiful bouquet). The lovely bride was clearly smitten too telling us that “the botanical installations were amazing. The HUGE floral installations that Rebecca did were so breathtakingly beautiful as well.” These lovely shots were taken by none other Joey from Joseph Willis Photography. You can check out more of his weddings here.
KAYLA & BEN, SUNSHINE COAST, QLD
Sure it’s a little ironic this Sunshine Coast wedding was shrouded in fog on Kayla and Ben’s wedding day – but it’s lucky that they had these gorgeous blooms by Melbourne faves Dezley Co to brighten up their day. The red tones pop out of the brides gold One Day Bridal gown beautifully. This wedding was photographed by HM fave Janneke Storm. You can check out more of her real wedding work here and in issue 23 of Hello May – on sale now and stocked in newsagents nationally. Your local sold out? Shop online via our online store.
CHLOE & TOM, NEWSTEAD, VIC
Chloe and Tom put on quite the country shindig complete with beautiful blooms by florist Katie Marx Flowers (who also happens to own the venue, Butterland), where the couple said I do. If you think these flowers a gorgeous be sure to click here to check out the rest of their stunning day, including the brides beautiful Mariana Hardwick gown. These photos were snapped by Victorian fave Alex Motta. You can check out more of his real wedding work here.
CHLOE & ALEX, CANBERRA, ACT
Seriously guys. How gorgeous are these blooms! Every shade of pink under the sun has been included by the very clever Lilygrace Flowers and we are smitten kittens with the loose structure of the bouquet itself. This laid-back day was photographed by Corinna and Dylan Photography. These guys are Canberra based but travel all over for weddings, largely shooting in NSW. You can check out more of their work here and here.
JESS & NATHAN, BYRON BAY, NSW
Byron Bay seemed to be one of the local destination hot spots of 2018 that we’re sure will continue into 2019 and beyond. You can easily see why brides flock to the area with so many talented local vendors to choose from, including the florist responsible for this bright and beautiful bouquet, The French Petal. Jess and Nath’s laid back day was captured by our good friend Shane Shepherd Weddings (one of the most in-demand photographers in the Byron Shire for anyone asking). You can check out more of his wedding work here.
JODIE & DAVE, PERTH, WA
It’s pretty damn easy to see why this was one of our most loved photos on Instagram in 2018! Featuring wild daisies, dried ferns, white roses and one heck of a statement magnolia, this screams more sculptural artform than bridal bouquet and we freaking love it! Wild Wood Floral are the humans responsible for such a creation so if you’re a West Coast bride-to-be make sure you add them to your florist shopping hit list. Jodie and Dave’s wedding was photographed by our homegirl Alexandra Cohen. You can check out more of her wedding work here and here. Oh and she also happens to have photographed the cover of Issue 22 which you can check out here.
STEPH & TOM, SOUTH COAST, NSW
Carrying on the bright and beautiful influences we saw in our best bouquets of 2017 Steph’s blooms were, well, positively blooming! Created by Floral Pines Design Co we’re seriously loving on the hint of hydrangea. This wedding was photographed by one seriously talented women, the lovely Nina Claire Photography. Nina recently relocated from Sydney to Byron Bay and shoots weddings all over. You can check out more of her real wedding work in issue 23 of Hello May, on sale now and stocked in newsagents nationally.
DANI & JAMES, BYRON BAY, NSW
Well of course when the bride is a florist you can expect that everything from the bouquet to the ceremony set up is going to be nothing short of over the top amazing! Yep – bride Dani (whose entire wedding you can also check out in our fourth annual Real Wedding Special) is the owner of The Make Haus, a floral design studio based out of Sydney. Her oh-so-elegant day was photographed by Jason Corroto.
GEORGIE & NICK, TARADALE, VIC
Another repeat offender, those talented ladies from Prunella made our best of list last year with an over the top statement bouquet and they’ve come up with the goods again this year. They also happen to own and operate the venue from Georgie and Nick’s big day – the historic Churchill. This beautiful day was photographed by photo and film wonderkids, She Takes Pictures He Makes Films. You can check out more of their wedding work here and here.
SOPHIE & JOSH, MELBOURNE, VIC
We only shared this wedding earlier in the month but the gorgeous bouquet from Melbourne faves Flos Botanical quickly shot up into one of our most loved images of 2018 and with those cascading orchids and blush coloured roses it’s easy to see why! You can check out more of Flos stunning floral creations here. This wedding was photographed by dynamic duo Tori and Sal.