This week She Said Yes sat down with the lovely Rosie behind Auckland’s prettiest florist company Rose Tinted Flowers. Since we met at the launch of her pop-up store last year, I’ve wanted to feature her advice, her flower subscription service, and Rose Tinted Flowers beautiful bouquets which are romantic, natural and ‘freshly foraged’ style.
Rosie created Rose Tinted Flowers a year ago, inspired by years of helping her botanical mother bind bridal bouquets. Her heritage is English, like mine, and her flowers have a very ‘English country garden’ feel – not too structured or constricted, rather they appear freshly picked and put together by someone who loves flowers in their natural form.
For those who love flowers as much as I do, it’s hard to go past Rose Tinted Flowers’ floral subscriptions – which would make the most thoughtful gift too – a weekly, fortnightly or monthly delivery of fresh flowers. Each bouquet is unique, all styled in Rosie’s signature style of rustic, dreamy romance. Of course, a large part of Rose Tinted Flowers ‘business is wedding flowers, for which she caters the full realm from bridal bouquets and flower crowns to floral installations. She also offers floral workshops, a unique idea for a bridal shower or bachelorette where the group learns to create their own floral crown or bouquets.
I asked her a few questions to pass onto brides-to-be.
When it comes to selecting a florist, what sets you apart, and why should brides approach you to discuss their weddings?
I feel like I have a point of difference, I don’t offer a one size fits all wedding package. When a bride gets in touch with me, I’ll chat to her about what she wants, her vision for the day and together we create the perfect florals for her wedding. Sometimes it takes a while to figure out what that might be but when you do, it’s pretty exciting.
What about money-saving tips, how can a floral-lover decorate with beautiful blooms without breaking the budget?
Avoid getting married around Valentines / Mother’s Day or right before Christmas. This is when flowers are most expensive. Things like placing bouquets from the bridal party on the bridal table instead of another arrangement or if you’re Pintrest obsessed and want floral garlands, try getting one made from foligage instead of flowers? This will cut down the cost SO much.
Where do you suggest brides look for inspiration?
Pinterest is an obvious choice but try blogs and other websites if you want something slightly more unusual. Searching hashtags on Instagram is a great way to find floral inspiration too.
What do you most enjoy about styling wedding flowers?
Working with a bride to help her create florals that suits her and her groom to a tee. Weddings are such a major life event, there’s a lot of pressure to get it right but when you love what you do, it’s all part of the fun.
What can we expect to see this SS16/17 wedding season, do certain flowers go in or out of style?
I think 2016 will see us move away from pastel shades to more rich vibrant colours in jewel tones such as burgundies and plums. Last summer we saw a mix of these deep masala and burgundy colours mixed with the soft pastel shades that are really popular. Floral walls and garlands have been really popular but people are now moving towards suspended or hanging florals like chandeliers and hanging floral walls or curtains. In terms of containers and props, mason jars have had their day, brides are leaning more towards geo shaped containers and terrariums for centrepieces. In terms of bouquets, unstructured styles are still a favourite. The teardrop bouquet is a thing of the past but long cascading bouquets are still popular with many brides loving trailing jasmine and asparagus fern trailing down almost to the floor.
I can’t think of many things more joyful than receiving a flower delivery, but why do you think your floral subscription service has been so well ‘received’?
People have such busy lives and have become quite time-poor so in the past few years we’ve seen a huge increase in subscription services…first magazines, then food and drink so why not other luxury services like flowers?
First gallery Photography: Samantha Donaldson Brides dress: Rue de Seine | Shoes: Minetti | Rings: Blue Nile | Make Up: Amber Carroll | Hair: Chantelle Healy | Flowers: Rose Tinted Flowers | Cake: The Pick Up Store | Venue: St Marks Remuera and Mantells Mt Eden. Second gallery Photography: Paterson Brown | Venue: Kinder House Parnell | Florals: Rose Tinted Flowers | Botanicals: Flora and Fauna Styling | Bridal: Alma J Bridal – new mix and match collection | Cakes : Bites | Styling: Miss.S.Walker | Make up and Hair:Olga Gill Make up | Model: Natasa Unkovich