Competition Highlights: A Look Back At Kyla’s Top Ten

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The offices at Tesselaars are a buzz as it is getting closer to one of our favourite times of year, our annual flower competition.  But it’s even more exciting this year as we are looking for RockStar Florists!

Let’s look back at past competition highlights, including my top ten favourite winners and finalists to get the creative juices flowing!

Flowers to Wear

I love this bold standout red floral headpiece from 2015’s winner for the Flowers to Wear Category, Gentle Flowers from Minto, NSW.  What an amazing way to use anemones!  This design really catches your eye.

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2015 | Flowers to Wear | 1st Prize | Gentle Flowers | Minto, NSW

2015 | Flowers to Wear | 1st Prize | Gentle Flowers | Minto, NSW

Dear Delilah Florist from Morwell, Victoria, delivered a romantic, feminine design featuring a rustic blossom collar paired with soft pastel pink feather and tulle.  Dear Delilah Florist, a finalist in the Flowers to Wear category in 2015.

2015 | Flowers to Wear | Finalist | Dear Delilah Florist | Morwell, Victoria

2015 | Flowers to Wear | Finalist | Dear Delilah Florist | Morwell, Victoria

I still look at this image and smile.  Back in 2013, Sydney florist Bodaflora Designs was a finalist in the Flowers to Wear category with this unique take on a gentleman’s bowtie.  In the years that followed we saw other similar fantastic entries like a full floral neck tie.

2013 | Flowers to Wear | Finalist | Bodaflora Designs | Sydney, NSW

2013 | Flowers to Wear | Finalist | Bodaflora Designs | Sydney, NSW

I love that our competition brings to the forefront new and interesting floral design.  Poppy Lane Flowers By Design from Maleny, QLD showed us this vibrant and textured floral necklace, earning them a Finalist spot for Flowers to Wear in 2014.

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2014 | Flowers to Wear | Finalist | Poppy Lane Flowers By Design | Maleny, QLD

2014 | Flowers to Wear | Finalist | Poppy Lane Flowers By Design | Maleny, QLD

Flowers to Carry

Texture and bright colours dominate this bouquet design from 2015 Flowers to Carry Finalist, Lilygrace Flowers from Weston Creek, ACT.  Bright colours add so much fun to one of the happiest of all celebrations, your wedding day.

2015 | Flowers to Carry | Finalist | Lilygrace Flowers | Weston Creek, ACT

2015 | Flowers to Carry | Finalist | Lilygrace Flowers | Weston Creek, ACT

I go weak at the knees when I see a divine colour palette of soft greys, white, pinks, apricots and minted greens.  The mix of flowers and textures in this design by The Bouquets Of Ascha Jolie from Prahran, VIC included some of my all time favourites like tuber roses.  They were a 2013, Flowers to Carry Finalist.

2013 | Flowers to Carry | Finalist | The Bouquets Of Ascha Jolie | Prahran, VIC

2013 | Flowers to Carry | Finalist | The Bouquets Of Ascha Jolie | Prahran, VIC

I am yet to come across a bride who doesn’t love a Peony. Sydney finalist, Kindred Floral, does this amazing bloom justice as a focal feature in this divine bouquet, paired with on-trend foliage and blooms to create a bold floral statement.

2015 | Flowers to Carry | Finalist | Kindred Floral | Paddington, NSW

2015 | Flowers to Carry | Finalist | Kindred Floral | Paddington, NSW

In 2015 we received many entries which featured fashionable native flowers.  My favourite entry, which came in 2nd place, was from Touchwood Flowers from Port Macquarie, NSW.  I just fall totally in love with a soft colour palette and the contrast between the sculptural native and pretty classic rose is stunning.

2015 | Flowers to Carry | 2nd Prize | Touchwood Flowers | Port Macquarie, NSW

2015 | Flowers to Carry | 2nd Prize | Touchwood Flowers | Port Macquarie, NSW

 

 

Flowers to Decorate

Flowers to Decorate is a fantastic category as there are really no limits, anything and everything can be decorated with flowers!  The textures mixed with metallics in this design is still on-trend and gave Naturelle from Noosa, QLD a finalist place in 2015.

2015 | Flowers to Decorate | Finalist | Naturelle | Noosa, QLD

2015 | Flowers to Decorate | Finalist | Naturelle | Noosa, QLD

Green & Bloom from Ipswich, QLD is an amazing florist that I admire from afar.  Their work is consistently breaktaking and they have featured many times over the years as finalists.  In 2014, they earnt the title of Winner for the Flowers to Decorate category with this beautifully decorated space including floral hanging installations and matching table scapes.

green-and-bloom

2016 Competition Details

This year we are proud to introduce three bona-fide Australian RockStar Florists to the competition as expert judges and mentors:

  • Holly Hipwell from The Flower Drum
  • Melanie Stapleton from Cecilia Fox
  • Julia-rose from Flowers by Julia-rose

These industry superstars will help select our finalists and the ultimate winners. They will also then offer their valuable time and expertise to train up our lucky winners! Now that’s a prize that money can’t buy!

First prize for each of the 3 categories this year will include a one-on-one, in-person masterclass with one of our 3 expert competition judges, Melanie, Holly & Julia-rose – each of them genuine floral industry rock stars in their own right!

If you want to be in the running for this years awesome prize, remember to get ready as competition entries open 1st October.

Getting involved as a competitor will be easy, fun and result in a lot of targeted publicity for your personal brand.  The 2016 RockStar Florists Competition is opened to all types of floristry (not just wedding flowers).

We have designed the entry process so that you don’t need a degree in computer science to enter, nor do you need a million dollar flower and photography budget!  So get ready to enter and we can’t wait to see all of Australia’s amazing floral designs from all the talented florists out there.

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Kyla Helgeson is one Australia's top wedding florists operating as The White Orchid Floral Design. Based in Adelaide, South Australia, Kyla has studied in New York and is a former finalist in Tesselaars floristry competition. In 2015 Kyla joined the Tesselaars marketing team as our floral content advisor and has since authored over 50 popular floral style blogs.

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