Entries for our annual floristry competition are open now (until the end of October) and I was itching to get into the office this week to see the entries pouring in. This year we’ve named our competition “RockStar Florists” as fashion-forward Aussie florists push the boundaries to create amazing floral pieces limited only by imagination.
We have three categories again, Flowers to Carry, Flowers to Wear and Flowers to Decorate. Plus, three expert judges, Holly Hipwell, Julia-rose and Melanie Stapleton. Prizes this year include one-on-one masterclasses with our 3 expert competition judges, each of them genuine floral industry rock stars in their own right.
So, here are some of my personal favourite submissions into the competition so far.
Flowers to Carry
Gorgeous setting, tick. Gorgeous gown, tick. Insanely gorgeous floral bouquet, tick! This beautiful bouquet from Nicole Trewin-Tooley of Ruby & Ivy takes my breath away.
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Classic white and green is such a gorgeous combination for a wedding but the combination of blooms in this design by Deborah Loves of Botanic Art, NSW is a little unexpected. I love the contrast between the green tinged waratahs and cymbidium orchid against the white flannel flowers and andromeda.
Abi Devries from the botanical heart, VIC, uses red waratahs this time as a pop of colour in this fun whimsical bouquet of poppies, scabiosa, helleborus and jasmine.
I absolutely fell in love with this exquisite bouquet by Katherine Chamberlain of Moss N Stone Floral Design, QLD. The combination of flowers and the colour palette is just so beautiful. Not to mention some of the most divine dahlias I have ever seen! As you can see in our Flowers to Carry category there is a definite trend for the more relaxed and carefree style of bridal bouquet this year.
Flowers to Wear
Flowers to Wear would have to be my favourite category because it is where we see the most creative designs that push the boundaries. I admire florists who have a vision and just go for it. This full, overflowing skirt created using all different textured foliage and flowers is by Suzi Pike of Petalcore, NSW is A-MAZ-ING! I could look at the textures all day long…….
Flower crowns often feature in entries, but this sweet design, worn to one side by Amy Harrison of Art of the Flower, NSW caught my eye. I have a soft spot for ranunculus and it is used so well here with gum, andromeda and cute little succulents add texture and interest.
This floral headpiece uses all succulents and as someone who has made an entire bridal bouquet of succulents I can appreciate the amount of time that it would have taken to create this design by Rhi Tomholt of Flowers by Rhi, VIC. Succulents are fantastic, they come in a range of colours, shapes and sizes but they can be heavy. So there is a great art to how this piece has been put together and literally balanced on the models head. Very cool indeed.
This floral hat by Wendy Drury of Pick of the Bunch, QLD also caught my eye. I quite like how the circular base of the hat compliments the circular clusters of ranunculus and the circular wire embellishments. A great design for a formal event or even the races.
Flowers to Wear includes even the smallest designs like these cute buttonholes by Natalie Foley of Wallflower. Remember any floral design that can be photographed can be entered from a small buttonhole to a large scale floral installation.
Flowers to Decorate
In this category we often see large scale pieces, from ceremony arches to hanging installations. Leah Hazell of Blooms and Grooms, VIC (love that name btw!) has created this fabulous floral backdrop using recycled timber for the frame. I love the shape of the overall design and the pop of colour from the flowers.
Two tone brown and green magnolia foliage, rusty chrysanthemums, green buttons and hanging amaranthus combine to create a very pleasing colour palette against the rustic timber ladder in this hanging installation by Connie Rhigas of Adelaide Flower House, SA.
Remember, Flowers to Decorate can include table centrepieces. This metallic urn is filled with beautiful blooms full of colour by Courtney Lakstins of Willow Lane Creative, WA.
Entry is free and open to all floral creators. It’s great fun and great exposure on social media and also our website where each entry is posted on our gallery of entries and every florist entered can be profiled with links to your business and website. Even as I write this blog, more and more entries are pouring in, so don’t delay, get your entry in today!