When you meet Caroline for the first time one of the first things you notice is how her eyes light up when she talks about her craft, floristry. Her store, Wilde Flora, is tucked away in South Brisbane, and stocks all means of lovingly chosen floral goodness, beeswax candles and crystals.
Caroline dropped by today to share what inspires her, how floristry became her passion and also some tips for brides meeting with a florist for the first time.
Tell us a bit about yourself and how you got into the world of floristry
I was blessed to have been born with all creative bones intact…every since I can remember I have either been drawing, painting or creating something. Floristry for me is an art form, so I don’t really consider myself a florist, but more an artist who uses nature as a medium. Flowers also have this magical quality of making someone feel special and thought of when they are given. I like the idea that I can spend my day creating things to make people happy!
What inspires you?
Nature is so inspiring to me. There is so much beauty to be found, in the intricate veins of a leaf or the design of a seed pod, I am constantly in awe of Mother Nature. My son Kai is also a huge inspiration to me. Children have such a beautiful way of reminding us to come down to earth and appreciate the small things; his excitement over a flower he hasn’t seen before or him telling me about the moon and the stars warms my heart.
Describe the most memorable wedding you’ve worked on
A most memorable wedding was a recent one and that of my sister. She is also a lover of nature and really appreciates natives, so we decided to use those on the tables and in her bouquet. Her flowers were so special, not only because of the amazing waratahs we were able to get, but because friends and family all got together and help foraged for other natives and greenery, some indigenous to the area where the wedding was held which was the hinterland of the Far North Coast of New South Wales. It was just a beautiful experience being part of something that we all put together as a community for someone we loved.
What should a bride take with her when meeting with a florist?
When meeting a florist, brides should be armed with everything that inspires them – photos, colours, music, fabrics, flowers – anything that helps communicate their vision. They must also bring a willingness to be open, and to build a relationship so that the florist can better understand their dreams for their day.
When you’re not working on floral designs what would we find you doing?
You’ll most probably find me working on some other creative endeavour – painting, gardening, making raw chocolate, puzzles with Kai – that or doing yoga.
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