Shane, what did you want to be when you grew up and why?
I was going to be a tradesperson because that’s what was expected and the example my father had set. I always wanted to go to University and do Journalism, but no I started out on a sand blasting & welding apprenticeship! Ha! Ha!
So how did a Sandblasting Apprentice, become a Florist?
I had a friend who had a store when I was 15 and she said I should give it a try. I hit it of straight away and she offered me a job. I think I just came from a background where you we’re not expected to ever make a living from anything creative, so it just was never something I thought of, but I knew straight away that I loved doing this.
When it comes to Botanics and the work you do, what are you passionate about?
I am passionate about meeting great people. We do between 5-10 weddings and events a week and I love reinventing the wheel. Every season we try to come up with a new way of doing things, something new and exciting and unique to the client, because when we’re excited, so are the people that work with us. We’re known for our large structural pieces often suspended from a ceiling!
What can a couple considering your services expect when they first approach you to discuss their wedding?
We’ve been doing this for many years, I think there is a lot of pressure on couples, they become overwhelmed by what there is to do and organise, it’s great when you can meet suppliers who already know what to do and guide you easily and stress free through that. We work closely with couples to get the best possible result for their budget.
What are couples loving when it comes to floral styling right now?
Things are becoming more and more individual. I used to be able to pick a colour palette for a particular season, but not anymore. It’s coming down to what you can do differently and that exhibits the couple personally rather than following a trend.
Is there an interesting trend you see headed our way?
We have some amazing projects in the pipeline, your only limited by your imagination.
Photo Credit: Lichstein Imaging
I was very interested to read that you employ green-friendly processes in your work. I believe this will be important to a lot of the couples considering your services. Can you explain a little about what this means and why it is important to you?
We recycle where we can, reuse water, turn some of our green waste into mulch, reuse boxes and are always looking for ways to make a difference in that area. We are connected to nature in so many ways and I think we all want to contribute somehow so future generations aren’t impacted.
You use the word, daring on your website. I know from my experience that sometimes couples can feel conflicted between traditions and family expectation, versus expressing their own sense of daring on their wedding day. Do you have some advice for embracing creativity and daring on your wedding day?
Yes!! Never live with regrets, if there is something you really want to do on your wedding day, then do it! You don’t want to look back and wish you had, this is where your individuality and what makes your wedding different to everyone else really works. In my experience parents/traditionalists get upset but soon get over it when they see the impression it makes on others. So many people are worried about what others think, the more genuine you can be as a couple, the more that will shine through.
Photo Credit: Ashton Jean-Pierre
We love what we do! The amount of amazing people who have come into our lives through this shop is just incredible, I wouldn’t change it for the world!