King Faisal of Melbourne - Florist to the Newlyweds
I'd been asked to do the flowers for the reception of two friends of mine getting married tomorrow. The wedding will be at St Luke's Hungarian Reformed Church, in St Georges Road, North Fitzroy. Mind you, none of us is Hungarian, but it's a very cool sort of sanctuary to be married in!
On site, here's what I'd got up to half-way through. It'd taken the morning to find all the foliage I needed. I wanted to use natives as much as possible ( as did the bride, and the bride's mum ), with some succulents thrown in for their steadfastness. Colours were silver-green, with some lime. Here I've used some Banksia, olive, Centaurea, Pittosporum, 3 different Eucalypts and Dusty Miller ( Jacobaea maritima ). There were people everywhere, people doing tables, people doing food, people doing a sound system, people wandering in and out, putting up bunting, people getting exhausted, people willing.
The bluestone church was built in 1879 as St Luke's Church of England. Quite impressive. It was re-established in its current denomination in 1949 by the Reverend Francis Antal, presumably a Hungarian refugee. You can see that the autumn dusk is rapidly falling. Though it's been a mild day, tonight, the rain is coming down softly; there is thunder and there is lightning.
A true king serves his subjects, as I must do. What a lark, to be making up flowers for people you love. I could do it all day. But it's night now and I'm glad the preparations ended and I got off on a tram.
It may look a little forbidding, but inside, the church is wonderfully inclusive, exuding a rounded air, with tiered seating. Fingers crossed, tomorrow is a day of beginning new for Antony and Alica. This is my bouquet for them.