Renee & Justin, Evedon Park Bush Retreat, November 2018

Our gorgeous friends Renee & Justin were married at Evedon Park Bush Retreat in November last year and we were also lucky enough to be guests. It is such a special part of the world, and Renee & Justin wanted the natural bush textures to continue into their flowers, combining beautiful proteas and natives with roses which bought the pink and burgundy tones.

It is such a delight creating flowers for friends!

Photographer: Carving a Giant
Venue: Evedon Park Bush Retreat
Cake: Stella & Spoon
Flowers: The Wild Stem

Lisa & Anthony | Stonebarn Lodge, March 2019

Lisa and Anthony were married in March 2019 at Stonebarn Lodge in Pemberton. I had the pleasure of creating their wedding blooms, which featured gorgeous native flowers and proteas with plenty of texture and bright pops of colour. Thank you to Lisa for sharing these photos with me. The flowers complemented the natural location of Stonebarn perfectly, and pop against the beautiful dusky pink bridesmaid dresses and Lisa’s gorgeous wedding gown.

Photography: Gordon Becker
Venue: Stonebarn Lodge

A change...

A bit of an update around here. I’ve taken some time off over the past few months, only taking on a handful of weddings this past season. I’ve been trying to figure out what I want The Wild Stem to be, to balance my love of flowers, but not taking on so much that I end up burnt out ( like last year…). Its a tough balance for a florist. So, I have scaled back, which gives me much more room to be passionate about what I do, whilst also having time to pursue other things I love. I’m making this online space more of a blog, where I can document my journey with flowers and gardening. I’ll be also documenting the weddings that I have the privilege of flowering, so you can keep up to date with the work that I’m doing (I will be doing a big update very soon).

I am still taking on limited wedding bookings, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch for enquiries.

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Creating a wicking bed

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So I’m not going to claim I personally created this wicking bed or else my husband won’t let me live it down… so definitely full credit to the Hubby before I even begin :)

We were gifted a half-wine barrel and it has been sitting empty in our patio for about a year or so, and we have finally put it to good use! Originally we were thinking about putting a citrus tree in it, but we have wanted to dip our toes in veggie gardening without fully committing as we don’t have the right ground space at the moment. So this is where the wicking bed comes into it.

This diagram below by The Little Veggie Patch Co explains how a wicking bed works. Essentially it is a ‘self watering’ garden bed.

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You can see above the fill point, down pipe and overflow valve at the bottom. The wine barrel is on wheels so we can move it around depending on the sun

You can see above the fill point, down pipe and overflow valve at the bottom. The wine barrel is on wheels so we can move it around depending on the sun

The pipe in the middle is a mini worm farm. Veggie scraps go in, and there are holes in the pipe under the soil for the worms.

The pipe in the middle is a mini worm farm. Veggie scraps go in, and there are holes in the pipe under the soil for the worms.

Below are the first cherry tomato harvest (Jan 2019)! We have also had an abundance of basil, dill, lettuce and we have also successfully grown one full capsicum (!!) and we have not so successfully grown spinach (too much sun). It is really satisfying growing your own herbs and vegetables. A wicking bed, whilst it seems complicated at first and does take a bit of work to set up, is a really great way to grow your on veggies if you don’t have much space, if you don’t have the right soil or are too scared to commit to growing in the ground (like me!)

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Lauren & Jorgen | Nanga Bush Camp Dwellingup, September 2018

Lauren & Jorgen got married amongst the bush in Dwellingup at the beautiful Nanga Bush Camp in September last year. They kept the flowers simple; with just a bouquet, buttonhole, arbor and cake blooms, they allowed the stunning setting to speak for itself and the focus to be on them and their nearest and dearest.

Absolutely stunning photography by Amy Skinner. See the full post here.

Venue: Nanga Bush Camp
Photographer: Amy Skinner
Dress: Made With Love
Hair: Honey Beez Hair Design
Makeup: Made Up By Simone
Cake: Tam Bakes Cakes
Celebrant: Celebrations By Candice
Chairs And Table: Maisey Collection
Flowers: The Wild Stem