A modern wedding for Bethany + Michael


Being the bride and the florist, the concept of planning and executing my own wedding was a memorable experience. I wanted to design a concept that not only made my wedding feel unique and set apart from all other weddings we have designed previously, it also had to capture the heart and style of my business, Viva The Flower Store.

The Viva team had installed weddings at every venue in the Barossa Valley many times, and so finding the perfect venue that felt both special and personal, was the first, and an equally important aspect as the flowers themselves.

Being Barossa born and bred, Michael and I were fortunate enough to have a great working relationship with the team at Yalumba, who do not publically offer to host weddings and functions. We were incredibly lucky to be welcomed to host our wedding there, as it was an absolute privilege.

The lush and picturesque private gardens of Yalumba were the perfect complementary backdrop to our ‘White on White’ theme. So, the planning began to prepare the crispest, whitest wedding we could ever perform.

White textures upon white textures began to emerge seamlessly, and appear everywhere, from my ‘Alex Perry Gown’ to our cake, the flowers, and every detail in between.

Our styling was simple but remarkable, with highlights of brass detailing. It began with our stationery, white cotton letterpress with white foiling detail, white vinyl lettered acrylic place cards, white groom’s suit, white ceramic vase ware, white linen and an incredibly textured white Swiss meringue cake. The touches of brass were shown in the vase ware, cutlery, and flower pedestals, emphasising the crisp white of the entire wedding.

Naturally, every effort went into sourcing the whitest and crispest flowers. Our main focal point was four enormous white mesh screens adorned in white blooms sourced from Kenya, Malaysia, Holland and even custom, local grown stems. White flowers en-masse appeared everywhere else one could see, from pedestals to centerpieces, bouquets and buttonholes.

The bridal bouquets included various fresh white roses, gardenias, and carnations with a splash of an over-hanging Phalaenopsis orchid. The floral headband, which was worn after the ceremony, consisted of the same white flowers, accompanied by the softest delphiniums.

The band, The White Keys, set the scene for the most wonderful party we could have hoped for. The guests were invited up on to the dance floor to end the most incredible night we could ever have imagined.


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