Flashback to a few months ago when it was Winter in Sydney and my friend David from We Are Origami came over to snap a few photos of this Winter arrangement. I kept it simple with an earthy toned palette using only hellebores, tulips and a few poppy pods. Some of my most favourite arrangements use only 2 or 3 varieties...plus those mushrooms, which were a last resort decision when I couldn't find grapes! I incorporated them to add some interest and texture to the table and I ended up loving the way they looked.
It's the best time of year to be a florist! All my favourite blooms are popping up at market and the temperature is still cool enough that we don't have to worry about them wilting. A few weeks ago my friend David from We Are Origami Photography stopped by to capture the season. In celebration of Spring I chose a very saturated and happy palette to play with. Earlier that morning, I stopped in at the fruit shop and they had these mini papayas sitting at the cash desk that I had to incorporate. They were a great compliment to my favourite terracotta candle votives that I found while in Canada.
Narrowing these images down was a challenge because they all came out so beautifully! I have Kerstin Auer from Lilli Kad Photography to thank for that that. She came by while I was teaching this 1:1 workshop to capture some behind the scenes teaching and arranging, as well as final product images of what my student created.
I've been getting a lot of enquiries lately for teaching workshops, so when Olivia approached me about teaching a 1:1 I thought it would be a great way to start. I loved the entire process of planning, organizing, prepping, teaching and shooting this workshop. My mind was busy for weeks prior creating inspiration boards, collecting styling bits, vessels and props. I wanted the atmosphere to feel relaxed but informative, beautiful but realistic. Olivia and I focused on creating loose, lush and unstructured bouquets and arrangements. I talked her through my process, creating a demo bouquet and arrangement and then it was her turn to create. We had a styled tablescape set up and a model so that she could get some really beautiful images for her portfolio. It was a really lovely day.
There are so many different styles of workshops and classes out there and I plan on holding more casual, larger group workshops in the near future. However, with 1:1's I love that that we have time to focus on the details, ask a lot of questions, give personalized instruction based on the students needs and include styled components for some great portfolio images. If you are interested in attending a 1:1 workshop please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Special thanks to Elizabeth from Wild Aesthetic Flowers. All the foliage, berries, roses and hellebores you see came from her garden. Thank you also to Kerstin from Lilli Kad Photography, you are such a talent and so easy to be around, and thank you to beautiful Lynn who was our model.
I've been meaning to get this shoot up on my blog for months. It was featured on Magnolia Rouge a little while back and you can see the full story if you click this link !
This shoot was dreamt up by lovely Meg over at Style Palette Co. She was inspired by the idea of drinking lemon cello in Italy and found the perfect location to evoke that feeling. Redleaf has got to be my most favourite venue. Those terracotta walls are beyond beautiful.
Brides, please book Redleaf as your wedding venue and then hire me to do the flowers!
Photography by Lilli Kad Photography, Styling by The Style Palette Co, Florals by Trille Floral, Hair & Makeup by Abbey Love, Calligraphy by Written By Hand, Venue - Redleaf , Long Gown - Mira Mandic, Short Gown - Anna Sui, Jewelery by Bond Street Jewelers, Silk Ribbons by Song Bird Silk, Model Rachel Kim Cross, Linens by The Lost and Found Department, Glassware by Riedel , Ceramics by MH Ceramics
Just received the images from this beautiful ceremony set up. Full post coming soon!
The second palette in our Colour Stories Series was citrus. There are, of course, many directions you could take this but I decided on grapefruit and tangerine purely because that is what caught my eye at the market that morning. It's important to be adaptable, to be able to work with what you have, even if it wasn't what you planned on using. That's what makes a great florist and what I'm trying to get better at. My friend Myra always says a good florist can make anything look good and since here in Sydney we work with so much local product everything is very weather dependent. You absolutely must be adaptable and able to think quick on your feet if the flowers you planned on aren't available.
Working with brights doesn't come naturally to me. I love using colour but tend to gravitate towards muddy, pale or rich tones so this was a bit of an experiment for me. To keep the brights from getting overwhelming I softened things up with soft apricot and nude roses which really complimented the beautiful ingredient tags Michaela made us. I had to buy three bunches of multicoloured zinnias just to get those 3 orange stems...because when I saw them I knew I wanted them and that is just what you do to make it work.
David of We Are Origami, Sandra of Sandra Chau Design, Michaela Mcbride of Michaela Mcbride Calligraphy and Amy Chan of Amy Chan Hair & Makeup.
Insomnia strikes again. Or maybe it's jetlag. Or maybe there is no excuse and it's just me, the new me who cannot sleep properly, ever. I even took the sleeping pills my doctor gave me, had a hot shower two hours before bed, did some deep breathing exercises and turned off all electronics (lol I definitely did NOT do that last one), and yet here I am...
My mind is racing with ideas and especially colour palettes I want to explore once I get back to Sydney. I'm happy to be visiting family and friends here in my beloved Toronto, but I'm missing the flowers and eager to get back to work.
The shoot below was one of my favourites. The concept was really simple, mostly about working with different palettes and textures and creating beautiful images for our portfolios. Lately I'm loving simple, minimal studio shoots. I find you can still tell a really pretty story this way. We had three different colour stories to play with and this is the first of them.
These photos of Natalie and Derrick's engagement session were taken by my friend David from We Are Origami. When I first moved to Sydney and discovered David on instagram, I put it at the top of my list to work with this guy! His images are just so soft and beautiful and filled with light. Turns out he's actually one of the nicest guys I've ever met and I'm so thrilled that we have become friends and that we've had the opportunity to work together on a few creative projects and weddings this past year. If you are a Sydney bride I would highly recommend getting in touch with David...look at how beautiful he managed to make two of the most photographed tourist sites in Sydney look like fine art! I really loved creating a bouquet for this shoot. Any time a bride wants to use colour I jump at the opportunity.
Now that the temperature has finally cooled down, I wanted to share a few Autumn inspired arrangements and bouquets from the past couple weeks.
These first few were from an elopement! Those always feels really special and exciting. This bride wanted to use colour, which I was very enthused about. I tend to use a lot of softer palettes for most weddings so when a bride is open to using richer tones or unique colour palettes I get excited to work with something different! In the past, I found red to be quite harsh and difficult to work with. But lately I've been so drawn to it and was really hoping I would get the chance to arrange with red while the dahlias are still with us. I still wanted the bouquet to have some softness and dimension to it so I incorporated my favourite nude carnations and a few different pale pink roses.
These next few were for an engagement session by my friend Dave at We Are Origami. I used deep, rich tones of burgundy, plum and purple. Sweet peas made their first appearance for the season so I had to include a few of those (nothing more exciting then when new flowers start showing up at the market). These were just taken with my iphone so I'm looking forward to seeing the professional images from Dave once they're ready!
I'm teaming up with my friend and fine art film photographer Kerstin, of Lilli Kad Photography to offer Sydney families and couples a styled mini session. On Saturday July 1st I will be creating an installation to use as our backdrop and Kerstin will be shooting each 30 minute session with film. Sessions are $450.00 and have limited spots available. This would be a really great opportunity for small families to update their family photos.
What is included in the session fee:
- 30 min photo session
- styled studio backdrop
- 20 high resolution images
- printing rights
- client gallery
Sessions are for couples or small families with one or two kids. These sessions are for a maximum of 4 people at a time. If you have a larger family please contact us directly.
Session fee is non refundable due to the limited spots available. The studio will be in Sydney and exact location will be confirmed closer to the date.
We are also offering $50 off the first 2 sessions. Just enter 'earlybird' in the coupon section.
To purchase a session head over to http://www.lillikad.com/product/portrait-mini-session/
This shoot was recently featured on Once Wed (!!!!!!)...but actually, that is a massive deal to me. It was a really special day and I'm still so grateful that I was asked to be a part of it. I feel inclined to say that it was a "dreamy" day but I feel like that word is so overused in this industry and it's starting to sound cheap but I can't stop using it because it works and my vocabulary has severely suffered since completing my degrees and living off only a few hours of sleep a night. I can't remember anything I learned in University, which is really sad because as with everything, I tried really hard all those years.
My friend Sandra Chau, who is a Sydney based stylist had reached out to talented American stylist Ginny Au. An accurate word to describe Ginny would be innovative. She is so good at what she does and see's beauty in a really natural and exciting way. Ginny mentored Sandra and part of the one on one experience was organizing a styled shoot here in Sydney. I've been a massive fan of Ginny's styling (and ribbons!) for years now, so it was really surreal to meet her and watch her work. Honestly, I was pretty nervous because Ginny has worked with the best of the best...essentially ALL of my florist heros have worked with her before. On the drive out I found myself wishing I felt more prepared. Then again, everything I've ever read on the topic of business has been about taking opportunities even when you don't feel you are ready. Just jumping in and doing your best...or simply put, fake it till you make it. That's hard for me because generally I like to prepare 110% for everything I do and find comfort in collecting a piece of paper that costs thousands of dollars and takes years of study to tell me I am ready for something. Sounds pretty female doesn't it? Elizabeth Gilbert has a lot to say about this and I suggest if you feel the same to read "Big Magic" and then get on with it.
I learned a lot from this shoot and I'm really proud of everyone involved. And as always I had a blast working with my pals Sandra and David. I've included a few behind the scenes shots from this day because it's always interesting to see how these things come together.
It's been raining non-stop the past few days. I actually really like it. I feel more like myself when the weather is a bit gloomy. I've always been drawn to melancholy...music, movies, colours, weather--all of it. Now I'm remembering that embarrassing "Emo stage" a lot of us went through at age 13, 14....I was really good at that. Two days ago I was snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef. It was some of the most tropical landscape I've ever seen. Beautiful. Really, truly beautiful and I think I'll write about the coral I saw in another post because I can't imagine the palettes I saw there exist anywhere else. So two days ago I was in a tropical paradise and I was really happy when I checked my weather app and it forecasted Sydney for rain....and a lot of it. That's a very unpopular thing to say.
I didn't exactly mean to write about this.
People say you talk about weather when you have nothing else to talk about. I disagree. Sometimes in Australia it's all you can talk about because the heat waves or the thunderstorms are really aggressive here, I find at least.
I did want to mention the rain. Because one of my favourite times to arrange flowers is when it's raining. Something about the light and the sound makes me feel relaxed yet concentrated.
I just found out that a shoot I was lucky enough to be a part of is going to be featured on Once Wed (!!!!!). That's a big deal to me and I feel really honoured to have been a part of this shoot.
Below is an image from that day taken by David of me arranging in the rain.
Sometimes, to keep track of what is in season, I'll scroll back a few months on my phone and see what ingredients I was using in particular months. Doing this gives me an idea of what could be available for a bride getting married at a similar time. As we know, mother nature is temperamental AF so it's not exact but it does give me an idea of what we can expect to see. I came across that fleeting period where tree peonies graced us with their glorious presence and I had to include some images on here. They are so spectacular and unassuming at first...you could easily walk past them at the market because their little heads are closed up so tight and buried under long floppy foliage. But once you take them home and give them a little time they will open up as big as your face. They are one of those flowers that feel like therapy -- It has to be good for you to be around them because they do weird things to my heart (same as puppies, arrival gates and ocean swims). Below are a few images from that time.
It's summer in Sydney and I'm finding the heat makes me really agitated.. I literally googled the other day "can the heat make you angry"? because I feel like the incredible hulk over here, I'm losing it.
I worry about the flowers in this heat too. A lot of florist in Sydney won't even take on weddings in January because it's just too stressful to keep the blooms alive. I only took two and so far so good.
I'm thinking back to Spring, when all my favourites were in season...ranunculus, hellebore, anemone. Here are a few iphone images from those cooler days.
Tara & Michael : Tara is without a doubt, the most lovely woman in all of Sydney. Working on her wedding was an absolute delight and privilege. Her wedding venue needed to be changed only a few days before and she handled it beautifully. Tara loves heavily fragranced flowers so I made sure to incorporate lilac, David Austens and O'hara roses into her palette of white, blush, burgundy and sage.
Alyssa & Luigerr: Alyssa came to me only a few weeks before her big day and I'm so glad she did. I only created her bridal party florals but they are some of my favourites from last season. Alyssa's favourite flower is an anemone and I was a bit worried we were too late in the season to get them. Luckily they were available as were some of the juiciest evelyn roses I have ever seen! Alyssa was so lovely and even texted me after I had dropped the bouquets off to tell me again how much she loved them. I was so touched that she took the time out of her special day to tell me that, even a second time.
Marija & Dave: This one was a real game changer for me. At the time it was my biggest wedding yet. We had 2 vans and 1 SUV full of flowers & foliage and I had a team of 5 freelancers working for me. Lovely Marija had such a beautiful vision for her day. Since we couldn't be in the country we were bringing the country to the city. I loved the combination of tall tree arrangements mixed with shorter floral arrangements and the hanging foliage from the roof. As always, a pleasure to work with stylist Megs from The Style Palette on this one, that girl is pure sunshine. I cried the whole way home because I was so happy with how it all turned out.
One year ago I officially launched my business. By "launched" I mean, I put a photo of my logo up on instagram and changed my name from Cara Fitch to Trille Floral. The moment I hit send I immediately threw a blanket over my head! I felt so excited, so nervous, SO exposed. The outpouring of encouragement from friends and strangers was so wonderful. It was that same support that got me through the highs and a few lows of this past year. When I started, my goals had nothing to do with the amount of weddings I wanted to get a year. Since I truly felt like I was starting from scratch over here in a new country, I focused on creating a brand, navigating the Sydney flower market and making friends in the industry. I think it's so important to have positive relationships with different types of creatives in the field and I feel so lucky, a year later to have met and worked with some incredible photographers, stylists, designers, florists, bakers, hair & makeup artists, calligraphers and other creatives that I now call friends.
For years I've loved flowers deeply, but this year I feel so much more connected to them and I'm excited to keep learning with them. I feel like the luckiest girl on planet earth that I get to work with flowers so thank you to my friends, family and strangers for their support, to my wonderful brides for trusting me and special thanks to Noah and Myra, I could not have done this without you two.
This shoot was featured today on Magnolia Rouge! It's always exciting to wake up to notifications like this on my phone. Seems like ages ago now that we shot this because nearly a year has gone by. It was actually my first shoot after starting my business and my first real step in the right direction. Since I really knew no one in the industry I thought a good place to start would be reaching out to like-minded creatives and building my portfolio. I planned, styled and cold called all the vendors involved, crossing my fingers tightly that they would give me a chance. I worked haaaaaard on this shoot; sourcing props in an unfamiliar city, hand dying ribbons, site visits two hours down the coast. I dedicated weeks to this shoot, because what does a brand new business owner whose barely got their foot in the door have but time? and lots of it to perfectly plan out every detail (now, time where you at?!) . But you know what the biggest lesson was? No matter how much planning is involved things can still go awry and Mother Nature is BOSS....QUEEN....we should call her Lady Nature of infinite power and control! We ended up racing against an unexpected, massive, black cloud that stole our light too soon and some mighty strong winds. You would never know though, which is a true testament to the talent of photographer Lisa Pires.
I learned a ton from this shoot, and even though my work has developed a lot since then, I'm SO proud of what we created and I am ever thankful for the amazing creatives who trusted me with their time, talent and products to make this vision a reality. Especially Lisa, who shot this in heavy humidity while pregnant!...(Who runs the world?)
Photography Love Note Photography | Calligraphy My Creative Space | Gowns Gwendolynne | Accessories Bride La Boheme | Furniture Hire Ashdown & Bee | Hair & Makeup MJ Pro Makeup | Favours Maple Soap | Cake Elisa Pie | Model Emily Mazzottaa | Floral Assistant Nicole Willard
I wanted to share a few photos from a recent engagement session for Nghi & Henry because they are SO pretty. The session was shot on film by Amelia from Amelia Soegijono Photography and styled by Sandra Chau from Sandra Chau Design. These ladies have such an incredible eye for beauty, so I always jump at the chance to work with either one of them. Recently, both Amelia and Sandra, each reached out to one of the greats in their field for guidance, mentorship and teaching. Amelia with Jose Villa and Sandra with Ginny Au. Their talents were obvious before, but it's been so cool to see the growth in their work this past year. I've been wanting to do the same for myself for quite a few years now. I have some high hopes for this business of mine and could really benefit from improving my design and business skills, so I've decided that 2017 is it for me! Come May I'll be flying to America to learn from my all time favourite florist! I don't have the proper words yet to describe how excited I am so I'll just say this " !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! "
Most of the world has been anticipating the end of 2016. It was a hard one, globally speaking. There were certainly ugly moments I'll never forget. Like sitting on my couch, glued to the tv when it looked like Trump might aaaaaactually win. And then when he did...shock and a lot of tears. I don't really want to get into that right now though because I have a lot of feelings about it. I would just really love to see a female american president in my lifetime....would really, really, really love it. Yet, 2016 also happened to be one of my favourites. It was the year I started Trille, and as I look at my "best nine" I can't help but feel proud of what I accomplished in 2016. I won't get too sentimental yet just yet. Trille's official Birthday isn't until another few days so I'll wait until then to unleash my heart (which permanently resides on my sleeve).
Sydney just keeps getting more impressive to me. Every time I go to a new beach or part of the city I'm surprised by how beautiful this place is. I guess I shouldn't be surprised anymore, but I grew up with dreamy computer screensavers that looked like Sydney and now this is...where I live? LYYYYYFE that is what really surprises you, I suppose, because here I am living in my family's old desktop computer screensaver.
This elopement shoot was no different. I had never been to Whale beach or Jonas Restaurant before. And again, I found myself totally impressed by the colour of the ocean and the views from Jonas. Not surprisingly the team that worked on this shoot were next level talented and they are the reason this shoot turned out as beautiful as it did.
Creative Direction & Styling: The Style Palette | Photography: Bear Deer Fox | Flowers: Trille Floral | Hair & Makeup: Abbey Love | Gown: Corston Couture | Jewellery: Bond Street Jewellers | Suit: Jack London | Calligraphy: Written By Hand | Venue: Jonas | Crystal Stemware: Royal Dolton | Linen: Pure Linen | Ceramics: Woo Ceramics |
After a visit back to my homeland I stopped over in LA before heading back to Sydney. I'm thinking I'll always try to do this now as it made the long haul flight bearable. While in LA I visited one of my oldest friends Gabrielle. She is an artist and stylist who lives in the most enchanting loft in downtown LA (which is so much nicer than I remember, DTLA is on the rise, people).
We knew we wanted to create together but time was limited, and as any creative knows, pulling together a shoot with different contributors and props can be a ton of work. We decided to stay put in her loft and collaborate just the two of us. The flower market is only a few blocks away so we went down together to pick out some blooms and sort out our colour palette--the palette would play as our main source of inspiration for what we would create.
I had been missing flowers deeply and aching to arrange again. After we picked our blooms Gabi created her colour palette based off the colours of the flowers and we set to work. We wanted to see what it would be like to create side by side using the same inspiration but different mediums. She painted, I arranged, and I think what we ended up with was really beautiful.
The whole experience put me on a high, and I absolutely need to do it again. I'm really interested in the idea of collaborating with more artists in this way, not just visual art and flowers--I bet we could do this with different mediums. Please feel free to reach out if you are an artist and this sparks some sort of interest in you. I'm not sure yet what this will look like or even what to call it but stay tuned because my mind is spinning with ideas.