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August 2014 Newsletter

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August - The calm before the wedding storm!

We're gearing up for the start of Canberra's wedding season, so we thought why not have some fun and look at the flowers celebrity brides carry down the aisle - the good and the truly outrageous! 

August certainly started with a bang - snow fell around Canberra much to the delight of children everywhere!   Mother Nature is definitely showing us that winter is far from over.  But every frosty morning gets us one step closer to the wonders of spring and in Canberra that means the start of wedding season, a crazy but wonderful time for all of us at Jamison Flowers!  We've been meeting with lots of lovely brides over the last few months and finalising all their wedding flower plans.  The diary is certainly filled with wedding bookings and we're looking forward to being involved in all those exciting events!

Everyone loves a wedding and there's nothing better than an amazing, over the top, flower filled bonanza of a wedding.  In the celebrity stakes, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West did not disappoint when they tied the knot in May!  Everything about the celebrity couple is larger than life and that certainly included their wedding flowers.  The pair said "I do" in Florence in front of an enormous wall of white flowers including gardenias, peonies and roses that were brought in from Paris and Belgium for the occasion.  Apparently it was so hot on their wedding day the flowers had to be sprayed almost continuously with water to stop them from wilting.  It wasn't the first flower wall they've posed in front of, Kanye also bought Kim a flower wall for Mother's Day.  It was soft pink, green and white and included peonies, roses and hydrangeas. 

From completely over the top to elegant and classic - who could forget the Royal Wedding in 2011 of Prince William and Kate Middleton?  Kate Middleton's flowers were as elegant as the rest of the wedding and fitted in perfectly with her desired wedding theme "unpretentious, simple and natural."  Her beautiful bouquet included lily of the valley to symbolise return of happiness, Sweet William for gallantry, hyacinths which symbolise constancy of love, ivy for fidelity, friendship and affection and myrtle which is the emblem of marriage and is traditionally used in all royal wedding bouquets.  The myrtle was taken from a descendant of a sprig used in the Queen's own wedding in 1947.  Kate left her bouquet on the grave of a WW1 soldier after the reception which followed a tradition started by the Queen Mother in 1923.

While we've certainly got lots of bridal bouquets to design and make this wedding season, we don't have many wedding flower walls booked in this year…..I'm sure it's just a matter of time!!

In other shop news, our flower school is now finished for 2014.  More than over 30 budding florists spent time in the shop over the last few months learning some of our flower tips and tricks!  We all hope everyone had a fantastic time, it was certainly a lot of hard work but well worth the effort to see all of the amazing arrangements that were created by our students!  If you missed out on our classes, or you're interested in doing some more, make sure you like our Jamison Flowers Facebook page and we'll let you know about future classes. 

We have had to say another goodbye at Jamison Flowers this month, farewelling the lovely Louise, but luckily it's only temporary.  She has gone on maternity leave and we can't wait to help her welcome her beautiful baby into the world in September.  We will certainly miss her in the shop but we are all looking forward to lots of baby cuddles soon!

Wishing you all warmth and cuddles for the rest of the winter! 

Love Rosie