#STYLESESH with Hooray Magazine!

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Last month I was lucky enough to be involved with the #StyleSesh class that Hooray Magazine hosted in Melbourne.

It was so much fun! Not only did the amazing Amber from Sweetpea Darlingheart teach a class full of keen bakers/party planners/desert enthusiasts about how to bake and create a stunning sweets table for their party or wedding, there were also a handful of talented people working behind the scenes making the day one to remember!

The class was held in the gorgeous Raw Materials Studio in Footscray. A big industrial type space full of recycled wood and old wine barrels, this place is literally the ideal wedding venue. Elizabeth was such a gracious host and truly went out of her way to make sure the day ran smoothly.

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The wonderful Sooti Events styled the venue, making sure it was full of colour, sparkle and most importantly: confetti. I loved the way Thetis just came in with her team and worked her magic!

Neiyo from Neiyo Photography is responsible for all these stunning images your eyes are seeing. She was a true whiz with the camera and captured every moment beautifully. What a pro.

And last but not at all least, C2 - Wedding Videography were there to catch it all. And did so perfectly.

What an awesome day and I'm so happy I was a part of it. Thank you to everyone involved as it went so smoothly.

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P.S After the class finished I went back and wrapped all the flowers for the students to take home - I would have to say that was the highlight of my day, seeing the smiles on everyones face!

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D.I.Y - Tips and tricks for flower arranging

I often get asked about flower arranging and how to do it. It's something I struggle to answer as I have been doing it for so long its just second nature (pun!).

The first things you need to decide when arranging your blooms are 1) what look/style do I want to achieve and 2) what do I have to work with.

If you are going for a more contemporary, modern look stick with three to five different types of flowers/foliage and the idea is to "group" the materials. If you want that rustic, "I just threw this together with flowers from my garden" look then go wild. Use as many blooms as you can get your hands on and just tell yourself "there are no rules". The look is messy, wild, organic, so you can't really go wrong!

Now where to start? Get your materials together and start to imagine the look you are wanting...

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Make sure you re-cut any stems that you use. Flowers and foliage seal over and need to be snipped to let fresh water up the stem. (TIP- Always recut stems every 2 days to ensure you get the best life out of your blooms, cut on angle and if you are using hard stems, figs, hydrangea etc bash the ends to allow them to drink easier)

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I always find it best to start with your fullest foliage or flowers first. Imagine it's like a base. You need to have a good base to start anything and this goes for flower arranging too. From here you work in your other flowers and they will sit where you want as the base stems will help to secure them in.

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And we are done! As you can see I have grouped my flowers yet they also travel through slightly into each other. But thats just me and how I felt it looked best with the materials I had.

Now for the opposite look - jam jars and bottles! Very popular at the moment and anyone can do this. Its literally just "cut and shove". However when starting out, try making little cluster posies in your hangs then putting them into the jars. Even tie them off if you need too.

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Now it's your turn, have fun!

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A Few Of My Faves...

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So at the minute, these are all my favourite blooms!

I've never had a "favourite" flower. I have too many! Each season brings a whole new batch of yumminess and it still gets me excited and inspired, nearly 10 years in!

Whats your favourite bloom?

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Zinia: Full of bright "pops" of colour and last surprisingly well!

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Fishbone Fern: Slightly tropical and great for bit of texture

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Veronica: So wild and pretty, love to use this one in bridal bouquets, adds something a little "extra".

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Sedum: Such a soft bloom with great texture, looks amazing in anything bridal and complements grey foliages beautifully.

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Lisianthus: Another one for the brides! so soft and elegant, looks gorgeous paired with a David Austin

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Strawberry Flower: Almost paper like, this is such a sweet flower and looks cute in jam jars. Will last & last!