June 25, 2022
One of my favourite things about working in this industry is meeting all sorts of talented people that are integral in bringing everything at a wedding together. Recently I spent a day photographing Kathleen from River & Eve Flora behind the scenes as she styled a wedding at Redleaf Wollombi. Usually on a wedding day I’m photographing the bride getting ready while the florists are busy working their magic setting up the ceremony and reception space so getting to spend this time with Kat was great to see the work behind the scenes and learn more about her ethos to floristry.
Can you believe Kat grows some of her own flowers? Using sustainable methods is a central value at River & Eve so part of keeping her work as eco-friendly as possible, Kat and her grandfather started an organic micro flower farm together. As well as growing her own flowers, she works with local growers to create intimate and romantic flower arrangements that evoke a sense of connectedness to nature. Supporting local farmers over imported flowers and limiting the use of toxic floral foam are two of the biggest ways florists are making a gentler impact on the environment. The next step is collaborating with clients on colour and different flowers available throughout the seasons to create that magical atmosphere.
Witnessing the change of seasons in her garden is a big source of inspiration in creating intentional florals that mimic the textures, shapes and colours of the natural environment to complement the emotions of each event perfectly. Working in the garden is not only a mindful practice but is a process that encourages her to embrace imperfections and see beauty in them. This daily inspiration from the beauty of the garden is where River and Eve Flora began. It’s this passion to create with nature that continues on with each wedding.