A friend lost her son & asked if I would do flowers for the beach service. I made an eco floating floral wreath, in masculine colors, sent out to sea…
As a rule, I specialise in wedding, event & high fashion flowers only but this week amongst a wonder-whirl of love-filled Valentine’s Day events & funtastic photo shoots I did something a bit closer to my heart.
A dear friend of mine sadly lost her son earlier in the week. She asked if I would do flowers for the service… I took this as an honour (I knew her son from my high school days).
Her son was an avid surfer so she wanted to incorporate things from the beach to make the floral pieces more personal.
How To Make A Bio-degradable Floral Wreath
I ordered a unique collection of flowers in the masculine & neutral tones of orange, red & green. Using the orange & red to keep the design bold and strong, and the green to neutralize my color palette.
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I chose flowers that created a lot of movement through texture eg. lotus pods and orchids… for a more robust & unrefined look.as well as going to the beach and gathering items for this special occasion…everything from large palm berries and seed pods to drift wood.
This wreath had to float and be completely biodegradable (as it was being placed in the ocean) so I was unable to use your traditional “oasis” foam wreath and had to think outside of the square…
This piece is a floating floral wreath – completely biodegradable – made from a large collection of dried out sticks twigs and leaf matter, bound with vines. It is approx 65-70cm across. Featuring a collection of beachy, sophisticated, arty flowers in more masculine colors – including orchids, roses, disbuds, sims & lotus pods.
Earthy and Wild with a Freshness To It
Recently here on the Gold coast we had Cyclonic weather, so there were lots of fallen branches in my backyard from the high winds. I put on my “Hunter & Gatherer” cap and wrangled up a large selection of dried sticks, twigs & vines.
I manipulated them into a large wreath frame, all the little twigs and sticks poking and scratching me … my arms looked as if they had been scratched by a cat!!
The morning of the service all of the flowers were placed into the frameworks and the piece looked every part of a beach wreath. Earthy and wild with a freshness to it.
The floating floral wreath was specifically for a ‘paddle-out” as part of the farewell ceremony, here on the Gold Coast. (A paddle-out is when a lot of surfers paddle out to the ocean, beyond the waves, and join as a large circle. The wreath is placed in the centre of the circle.)
Julia-Rose specialises in flowers for weddings, events, runway & advertising campaigns. She’s been featured in Gold Coast Wedding Magazine, The Courier Mail, The Sun, ABC news & Fashion TV. Julia also teaches floristry at the Gold Coast TAFE and writes for various floral publications. Her love of flowers stems from a childhood spent playing in her grandmother’s garden, spending hours hidden inside the cavernous branches of the beautiful hydrangea.
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