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Jess

Hi I'm Jess - welcome to our blog! Having been in the industry for 26 years, I’ve worked on countless weddings and events and I’ve honed a style that is abundant, generous and utterly romantic. 

Amy and Paul wed on a stunning Winters day at the utterly romantic Montsalvat in Eltham. 


Grooms buttonhole at Monstalvat Eltham, Yarra Valley
Succulent and ranuncula buttonhole

newly wed couple hold holds Winter Bridal bouquet Florals by Sassafras Flower Design.
newly wed couple hold holds Winter Bridal bouquet Florals by Sassafras Flower Design.

Bride holds Winter Bridal bouquet
Bride holds Winter Bridal bouquet Florals by Sassafras Flower Design.
Newly wed couple, bride and groom at Montsalvat Eltham Yarra Valley
Richly detailed floral hairpiece with andromeda, ranuncula and roses. Montsalvat Eltham Florals by Sassafras Flower Design.

As the preferred florist for Montsalvat in Eltham I have the pleasure of decorating and styling on site for the Wedding Open Day. I met Amy originally at the open day and I was struck by her enthusiasm for all things forest-y and floral. Amy was studying floristry and loved loads of texture and copper tones to compliment her dress and gorgeous red hair. 

For Amy’s winter wedding we talked about really playing with interesting elements like berries, moss, succulents and unusual foliages to enhance the space for her ceremony and reception and add warmth and light. 

Hellebores were blooming in my cutting garden and they were the perfect chocolate burgundy tone to pair with open peach garden roses, white ranunculas and white anenomes. Other elements from my garden were the succulents, foliages and queen anne’s lace. I loved how the burnt autumnal shades worked with Amy’s latte dress with lace overlay. 

To finish the bridal bouquet, I wrapped the stems with matching silk ribbons and offcuts from Amy’s dress. I made a floral comb with loads of andromeda and mini roses for the bride and a matching buttonhole for the groom. 

Montsalvat is such an utterly romantic venue in the Yarra Valley and I love using mixed pillar candles and my soft draping silk linens with simple open blooms for the weddings that I style here.

For the wedding ceremony in the Upper Gallery I placed clusters of candles and lush draping foliages down the aisle and to frame the space, copper lanterns and moss gardens featuring brown orchids and berries.

The tables in the Great Hall were laid with ivory silk and moss runners and clusters of pillar candles, birch wood tealights, open blooms and berries. The room looked amazing with all the warm candlelight and warm autumn tones.Mel, from Cherrytree Bakehouse, made the most magnificent cake and I added draping andromeda, orchids and succulents. 

I think the images of the couple, shot by photographer Emma Wiseman, another of Montsalvat’s preferred suppliers, are my favourite.


Bridal bouquet at Monstalvat Eltham, Yarra Valley

Amy and Paul’s Romantic Winter Wedding. Montsalvat, Eltham

Bridal bouquet at Monstalvat Eltham Featuring helebores, ranuncula, andomeda and ferns. Florals by Sassafras Flower Design.


Tablescape reception styling at Montsalvat Eltham in the Yarra Valley

Amy and Paul’s Romantic Winter Wedding. Montsalvat, Eltham

Tablescape reception styling at Montsalvat Eltham in the Yarra Valley. Florals by Sassafras Flower Design.


Grooms buttonhole at Monstalvat Eltham, Yarra Valley

Amy and Paul’s Romantic Winter Wedding. Montsalvat, Eltham

Succulent and ranuncula buttonhole at Monstalvat Eltham. Florals by Sassafras Flower Design.


Clusters of candles and copper lanterns to frame the ceremony space

Amy and Paul’s Romantic Winter Wedding. Montsalvat, Eltham

Copper lanterns and moss gardens featuring brown orchids and berries to frame the space. Florals by Sassafras Flower Design.


Cake florals and flower decorations at Montsalvat Eltham in the Yarra Valley

Amy and Paul’s Romantic Winter Wedding. Montsalvat, Eltham

Cake florals and flower decorations at Montsalvat Eltham Florals by Sassafras Flower Design.


Tablescape reception styling at Montsalvat Eltham in the Yarra Valley

Amy and Paul’s Romantic Winter Wedding. Montsalvat, Eltham

Tablescape reception styling at Montsalvat Eltham in the Yarra Valley. Florals by Sassafras Flower Design.


Tablescape reception flowers and styling at Montsalvat Eltham in the Yarra Valley

Amy and Paul’s Romantic Winter Wedding. Montsalvat, Eltham

Tablescape reception flowers and styling featuring moss, grevillea, open roses and orchids. Montsalvat Eltham Florals by Sassafras Flower Design.


Floral styling and flower bridal bouquet at Monstalvat Etlham in the Yarra Valley

Amy and Paul’s Romantic Winter Wedding. Montsalvat, Eltham

Floral styling and flower bridal bouquet at Monstalvat Etlham in the Yarra Valley


Bridal bouquet at Monstalvat Eltham, Yarra Valley

Amy and Paul’s Romantic Winter Wedding. Montsalvat, Eltham

Bridal bouquet at Monstalvat Eltham Featuring helebores, ranuncula, andomeda and ferns. Florals by Sassafras Flower Design.

Dress: Andrea Gorrie Bridal Couture
Flowers: Sassafras Wedding
Make up : Makeup by Sophie Knox
Location: Montsalvat, Eltham
Photographer: Emma Wise Photography
Film: Zephyr Productions

Newly wed couple, bride and groom at Montsalvat Eltham Yarra Valley
Richly detailed floral hairpiece with andromeda, ranuncula and roses. Montsalvat Eltham Florals by Sassafras Flower Design.

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