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Spring florals for a wedding at the Family Farm

Free flowing, Spring florals in soft pinks - peach - watermelon - oranges with a hint of blue and purple was the given brief for this Sydney, NSW based couple who married at the Brides family farm in Keyneton, Barossa Valley SA. 
An abundance of Roses, Sweetpeas, Ranunculis, Poppies, Dogwood, Delphiniums, Vibernum Snowball, and Tulips were used to create the bouquets and table centres. These were arranged loose, organic and wildly free flowing.

The star of the day were the Bride and Mother in Laws hand selected, hand polished brassware all sourced from NSW and driven over especially for their wedding. We were honoured to adorn these with a mass of flowers in between the romantic candlelit table at Hentley Farm as far as the eye could see. Proving that when it comes to flowers, more truly is more!

Photography: Bentinmarcs
Gown: GretaKate
Ceremony Venue – Family Farm, Keyneton SA
Reception Venue- Hentley Farm

Wedding Photos || A Florist's Choice

When it comes weddings, one photo is usually chosen to send out as a thank you to all your attendees, to post on your social media accounts and to hang up on your grandparent's wall. Summarising your entire day into one photo can be a lengthy and difficult task.

As florists, it's an extensive process to pick and choose the best photos to use on our website, our social media accounts and our advertising. We spend hours on end compiling the photos into the best and most unique album we can, for each bride and groom. We firstly showcase our work, but also ensure that we illustrate the happiness felt by both the bride and groom, as well as all the loved ones who surround them on their special day.

Throughout all the weddings the Viva team has had the privilege of being involved in, there is always one shot that we truly believe is the one, amongst all others, that is the true embodiment of the raw and unfiltered feelings between bride and groom.

What is this shot?

Once a bride and groom have shared their vows, exchanged the life-changing 'i do', signed their certificate and had the kiss of a lifetime, they walk down the isle; hand in hand, with the widest smiles, as their friends and families shower them in rose petals; this is the perfect photo that highlights the happiness felt by all on the day. The smiles and atmosphere shown in just one photo is, without a doubt, one of a kind. The rose petals create a picturesque frame around the newly weds that one cannot even begin to describe!

 

If you are a newly engaged couple on your way to sharing those vows with the person you love, ask us for rose cones when visiting for your consult, and make sure your photographer gets that shot! It is, without a doubt, the most heartwarming photo that you will share with your soulmate, family and friends forever! 

images supplied from top to bottom;
Evan Bailey Photography
Jessica Clark Photography
Jesse Hisco Photography
White Wall Photography
I got you babe photography
White Wall Photography
Evan Bailey Photography
Bentinmarcs 
Christopher Morrison
Katherine Schultz Photography

Fabulous Flower Girls

 

I think most young ladies go through a stage where they are absolutely obsessed with weddings and romance and getting married - imagining the big white dress, prince charming and all the flowers. But before we pictured ourselves living happily ever after, and when the thought of boys was still ‘yucky’, a dream to be a flower girl kept many little girls’ hearts fluttering. 

When it comes to planning your own big day, there are a number or wonderful and thoughtful ways to include the littlest members of the family; from attending preparation days such as mani/pedi appointments to formally inviting them to participate in the ceremony as ‘flower girls’.

As florists, some of our favourite wedding florals to make are those designated to the junior attendants - little boutonnieres for the boys are especially cute, and beautifully delicate flower crowns and tiny posies for the girls.

See below a collection of images that are sure to make you smile: some of our most loved pictures of gorgeous flower girls whom we were lucky enough to supply flowers for. Enjoy!

Our Winter Favourites

Winter florals present us with a range of fresh, perfumed blooms and an abundance of colourful gems that are not to be missed during the colder months. Bright and fragrant flowers are perfect to lift those gloomy winter moods in the frosty weather.  Many of our selected winter picks have been exhibited within our store, included for functions and in a splash of winter/spring weddings. As the cold winter months come to a close, the Viva team want to share a few of many of their favourites this winter.

Daphne Spurge Laurels

A girl’s name, but also a collection of small white/ pink flowers that cluster together on a thick branch. Accompanied by the brightest green leaves, this favourite smells like the candy cereal, all kids love; fruitloops! It is native to Asia, Europe and North Africa, where it is known for its enchanting fragrance and poisonous berries.

Vase life – 3 to 5 days

Hellebore Helleborus

This dainty feminine flower lives up to its informal name of the ‘Winter Rose’, seen in their beauty and delicate open blooms. Unknown to many, the Hellebore are available in store as both a potted plant and cut flower. Viva features our favourites of the dusty pink, dark green and of course white. All beautiful and fragrance free, making for an easy gift for any who nurse an interest in the slightly more exotic. The potted Hellebore is must have, ‘pick-me-up’ for the duration of winter.

Vase life – 5 to 7 days

Earlicheer Erlicheer

Known as the double jonquil, this intoxicating bloom is certainly one we cheer for due to its ability to grow easy during those cold winter months. The Earlicheer flower is small, however joined by its friends, this favourite lifts any room with its pleasantly invigorating and garden-like perfume. Earlicheer is seen in our posies in store and dashed through the copious functions we perform during Winter. A perfect addition to any arrangement to give that special someone a smell to remember.

Vase life – 5 to 7 days

Peach Frill Tulip Tulipa

These funky tulips receive their name from the distinctive frilled edge that lines their petals. This type of tulip come in colours of blue, green, orange, red and white, however Viva’s favourite and most common is the pink, peach tinged bloom. The Peach Frill Tulip exhibits a white frill that is unusual to any eye. It is elegant and soft, yet its delicate frills give it a kick of fun. These blooms are gorgeous and a stand out in any arrangement, but nevertheless are mesmerising en masse. Continue to see these happy tulips until the cold weather ceases.

Vase life – 5 to 10 days

Sweet Pea Lathyrus Odoratus

A favourite by all. The Sweet Pea is the daintiest of all flowers. It features delicate blooms that arrange themselves in a bell-like way on a tiniest of green stems. In store, Sweet Pea is available in an array of the softest pinks, whites, creams, and the most vibrant reds and purples. This perfumed favourite adds a feminine touch to any arrangement. Also seen in pots, this quaint plant is a climber that adores full sun and their own garden, where they can prosper and flourish into their name, a sweet pea.

Vase life – 4 to 7 days

Hyacinths Hyacinthus

Chunky yet delicate, these bulb flowers also offer a distinctive perfume that is both sweet and fresh. The Hyacinth’s star-like flowers bloom in clusters of pastels tones; white, pink, peach, ashy blue and mauve. These elusive flowers are native to the Eastern shorelines of the Mediterranean, however are commercially grown and mainly cultivated in the Netherlands. The tiny delicate flowers cling to a thick, fragile stem that is easily crushed in arrangements, and is therefore most commonly used in vessels alone or en masse.

Vase life – 5 to 7 days

Poppy Power

Baby, it’s cold outside!

The Winter months can be long and tedious; shorter days, darker nights and cold drizzly weather can bring on the Winter blues. Thank goodness for all the stunning (and often overlooked) flowers that bloom during this otherwise relatively drab time of year.

A perfect way to bring some sunshine inside is with a bright bunch of one of our top winter favourites; the Poppy!

image || Viva Flowers

The absolute joy and delight of the Poppy comes from watching the tight, furry buds ‘pop’ open revealing delicate, paper-thin petals which quickly unfurl. They are mesmerising to watch; whether they’re sitting pretty in a vase on the dining room table or blowing in the breeze scattered amongst the garden, the spectacular shades of pinks, apricots, yellows and whites are simply heavenly.

image || www.floretflowers.com

Mother & Daughter Flower Workshop

On Sunday 4th June Viva held a flower workshop for Mums & Daughters.

Bethany & Karina were joined in-store by 8 lovely ladies to sip bubbles and chat all things florals. The group were introduced to the basics of hand-tied flower arranging with a demonstration of bouquet construction and some insight into how a Florist might go about selecting the best blooms. 

With some guidance from the lovely Viva team, all participants were then invited to get their hands dirty and 'create-their-own' arrangement to take home. 

What a fun and inspiring way to spend a Sunday afternoon!

Bethany's Hen's Day

White and green are one of Bethany’s favourite aesthetic combinations. The exquisite mixture highlights the organic beauty of flowers and the pure joy of our natural world. 

It was truly fitting that her Hen’s Day boasted gorgeous women cloaked in white, atop a sea of rolling green hills and vines. 

Lining the long lunch table were huge clear vases filled with remarkable cactus leaves and radiant white orchids.

Customised cookies, plates of fresh oysters and gin and blueberry cocktails were happy at home amongst lustrous floral settings of cacti and ferns. 

Guests dined, laughed, danced and enjoyed a glass or two of champagne (O.K maybe 3 or more!) amongst the dream-like setting that is the Barossa Valley.

Sweetest baby girl names, INSPIRED by FLOWERS

Choosing baby names is HARD. We know a few babies but we know lots of flowers! Girls are awesome and their names should be too! Drawing inspiration from our natural world, we’ve put together nine beautiful and unique baby girl names that are inspired by flowers and foliages.

Julia & Michael's Gorgeous Barossa Wedding

Last year we had the honour of creating the stunning flower arrangements for Julia and Michael's wedding.

The weather was perfect, the blooms beautiful and plentiful and the magnificent Chateau Tanunda was dressed to impress.

We loved contributing to the magic of the day; bringing in over four hundred bunches of roses to create the 250+ flower arrangements for the day. Months of planning, three days of constructing, 230 candles and votives, 2 delivery vans and a full day's set-up culminated in this spectacular occasion.

Check out all our behind the scenes action below, and pop over to our wedding gallery here to see more photo's of Julia & Michael's breathtaking day!










PHOTOGRAPHY: Meaghan Coles

 

Valentine's Day and the meaning of Flowers

Most people recognise Valentine's Day as a date to celebrate romantic love and affection toward your partner. But did you know that, historically, the date of February the 14th presented as a chance to express feelings of appreciation to family, friends and children?

Red roses are a traditional choice when it comes to sending flowers attached to messages of love and desire, but why not choose flowers that reflect your significant other’s personality - whether that be classic and sophisticated, or bright and fun. Below we’ve listed some other seasonal favourites and the meanings behind those:


Dahlia

The Dahlia represents celebrating what makes you different, seeking adventure and moving past challenges. The Victorians used the Dahlia to signify a lasting bond and commitment between two people, making it a perfect Valentines gift.

Key ideas associated with Dahlias are the following:

    • Grace and inner strength
    • Power
    • Seeking adventure and travel
    • Commitment to another person  


Lily

Having such an elegant look, it’s no wonder the Lily flower means royalty, rebirth, and purity. There are hundreds of different true lilies, but the most commonly found cut-stem lilies are the orientals. With their striking shape, the large blooms open to either pink or white.

The Lily Flower means:

  • Royalty and excellence
  • Motherhood and fertility
  • Purity
  • Passion and drive


Chrysanthemum

Also known as a ‘Mum’, the Chrysanthemum was first cultivated from wild blossoms by the Chinese, with the first breeding efforts dating back to the 15th century. It is a common cut flower used for bouquets and flower arrangements, and the traditional pick for Mother’s Day.

What does the Chrysanthemum Flower Mean?

  • Lasting friendship
  • Support in the face of obstacles
  • Cheerfulness and positivity
  • Loyalty and devotion, both romantic and platonic

 

 Lisianthus

This distinctive bloom that looks similar to a rose has a great vase life and is available in a range of pretty pastel shades. It’s also a popular wedding flower due to its link with devotion and long-lasting bonds. 

Lisianthus has plenty of different meanings to explore, such as:

  • The birth flower for Sagittarius
  • Lifelong bonds
  • Expressing gratitude
  • Showing someone appreciation
  • Traditional values and old fashioned morals. 


Rose

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” - William Shakespeare

The Rose is one of the most loved of all flowers has been widely recognised for hundreds of years as a symbol of love, sympathy or sorrow.

In mythology the Rose is associated with Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love who was often depicted adorned with roses around her head and feet.

What does the Rose Flower Mean?

  • Love and Faith
  • Honour
  • Beauty
  • Passion and devotion
  • Timelessness

Roses come in a vast array of colours and there are over 100 species. Did you know that the spikes on a Rose’s stem are technically called prickles, not thorns?

Each coloured Rose offers a distinct and different meaning. The following are some commonly associated meanings for each colour:

Red: The red Rose has come to be the ultimate symbol to express romantic love. Though the red Rose has a long and storied history, it still reigns as the ultimate symbol of passionate affection.

Pink: Pink Roses are your ultimate go-to multipurpose colour. They are appropriate for sending thanks, cheering up a friend, or recognising a romantic occasion.

White: The pure white colour of white Roses conveys respect, pays homage to new beginnings and expresses hope for the future. Historically, the white Rose symbolised innocence and purity.

Order your flowers for your loved one here

Bethany's top 7 INDOOR PLANTS

Bethany's top 7 INDOOR PLANTS

I just love filling my home with indoor plants, always making it feel so fresh and happy. Having them in the house is ideal, as you can consistently watch them grow which makes them feel like part of the family.

Indoor plants do wonders for your health.  It has been proven that the benefits to you are outstanding by providing cleaner air, reducing stress and improving your wellbeing.

See below some of my favourites; 

Fiddle Leaf Fig || Ficus lyrata

Keep your fiddle leaf fig in bright, indirect light. Water when the top few cm are dry. 
Dust and keep your leaves clean.
Photo via Bentinmarcs in our own home in Angaston

 



Rubber Plant || Ficus elastica


The Rubber plant needs bright indoor light. Allow potting mix to dry out between watering. Keep the leaves dust free, repot this plant as needed.
Photo via Pinterest


Phalaenopsis Orchid  
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Phalaenopsis

The Phalaenopsis Orchid has long-lasting flowers. Provide bright light, shelter from cold draughts and grow in well-drained orchid mix. Mist once or twice a week. Let flower stems die back before pruning off dead growth.
Photo via Bentinmarcs in our own home in Angaston

Peace Lily || Spathiphyllum

The Peace lily is one of the best indoor flowering plants for a bight indoor spot. Water when dry and remove spent flower and leaf stems. Note: Poisonous to pets
Photo via Pinterest

 

Devil's Ivy || Epipremnum aureum

Devil's ivy is a climber that grows in bright to low light away from draughts. Water when dry and dust leaves. Prune to control the size. Note: Poisonous to pets
Photo via Pinterest

 

Mother in Law Tongue || 

Sansevieria trifasciata

Mother-in-law's tongue is a tough indoor plant for a well lit spot out of the direct sun. Water when dry.
Photo via Pinterest

 

Monstera Plant || Monstera deliciosa

Monstera likes a well lit spot indoors away from direct light. Allow potting mix to dry out slightly between waterings. Mist and dust leaves. Remove dead growth and repot when it grows out of its container. Support any of the climbing branches.
Photo via Pinterest

Go to our online store or call the Viva girls to buy yours today

Don't have what your are looking for, enquire today and we can order it in for you.

 

New Beginnings - Viva 2.0 Website Launch

Spring is finally here to lift us up and out of the depths of winter. The birds are singing, the flowers are blooming and Viva is celebrating 2 years with owner and Barossa local, Bethany Rothe. With an incredible team by her side, Bethany has poured her impeccable taste and flair into this business.

With a love for the natural beauty of flowers, Viva buys fresh flowers from the markets everyday. No matter the occasion, our designs reflect the individuality and desires of our clients and we also go the extra mile to source flowers from interstate and overseas if needed. 

In the true spirit of spring, we thought it was the perfect time to give life to our new website. Not that we need an excuse to drink delectable wine and eat delicious cheese, but on Thursday 22nd September we hosted a website launch party. 

Viva's page now reflects our style and aesthetic and is a lot easier to use! Ordering flowers online is simple and we offer a range of perfect gifts and plants that can also be found in our shopfront in Angaston. 

Surrounded by beautiful blooms and the best of company, Viva had a blast showing off our new online look. Thank you so much to everyone that came along. We have also started this blog and look forward to sharing post with you from Flowers in Season, to Care Tips, to Wedding Features. 

A gorgeous time of year is upon us and we can't wait to share in your memorable occasions. We specialise in weddings, bridal showers, engagement parties and corporate events and are happy to handle any crazy, creative idea you might have! Whether online or in-store, we hope to see you soon. 

A special Thank you to Hentley Farm for donating the amazing Sparkling Blanc de Nor we enjoyed on the night. Its now a great addition to our wine list you can add on to any order online.
 

 

Emmica and Andy’s Vibrant, Rural Wedding

Over the Easter long weekend, Viva had a blast creating floral designs to match Emmica and Andy’s bright, quirky and down-to earth personalities. Within a scenic nook of Bethany Reserve, guests sat on upcycled, mismatched chairs - hand-painted and upholstered by the bride’s mum! The couple wanted their flowers to be lively and to reflect this beautiful, rural setting.

Nigel Parsons Photography

As Emmica and Andy walked down the isle together, hand in hand, the guests began an impromptu cheer. The couple could not stop smiling as Love Me Do by the Beetles danced through the leaves of the tallest gumtree.

Emmica’s bouquet was wild and unstructured with wattle, grand jubilee red rose, pink lace roses, gum nuts and red dahlias. The colours were inspired by Emmica’s favourite shade of lipstick, Russian Red. For Andy’s buttonhole we used red spray rose and gum nuts. We placed mixed gums and natives in tins beneath an arch of handmade bunting strung between two fallen branches.

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The couple exchanged endearing vows like Andy’s - “I promise to continue telling you random factoids that you don't care about” and Emmica’s - “I promise to never do the dishes or rinse out the coffee plunger in the morning”. A reflection of their light-heartedness and their wish for the day to be filled with laughter, love and happiness.

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Looking around Stockwell Hall, it was easy to see that Emmica and Andy took DIY weddings to a whole new level. With the help of family and friends they made a backdrop of paper flowers, sewed over one hundred metres of bunting and put together an incredible collection of op-shop glasses.

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To suit their eclectic theme, we crafted bright posies of reds, oranges, pinks and purples and used found tins as vases. The couple wanted over-the-top colour but still in keeping with their love of Australian nature. To achieve this we complimented the flowers with an array of mixed gums and arranged them next to Andy’s potted succulents.

Shawnee Willis

When the bride entered the reception in sequinned, gold pants the guests knew it was time to turn up the music and tear up the dance floor! Viva had an incredible time creating joyous floral designs that truly matched the beaming hearts of the happy couple.

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Murray Street Vineyards Open Day

It was such a pleasure to be exhibiting with some great wedding vendors who are creative, experienced and all at the top of their game. 
So important to have professionals around you that are experienced, inspiration and are able to do what they say they can do. 
We also love working with such amazing vendors, and appreciate their expertise.

 

Tulips

Tulips

Tulips are a personal favourite of ours when it comes to winter/springtime blooms, despite the fact that they are quite often considered the ‘misbehaved child’ of the flower world. There’s just something magical about a flower that can sprout from a bulb tucked beneath the surface, as if from nowhere, and present such a vibrant array of colour. An intriguing trait of the tulip is that they continue to grow even as a cut flower (sometimes up to 2cm per day), which is the main characteristic behind their unruly yet loveable nature.
      
However, this can be both a blessing and a burden (mainly a blessing).
In all of their wildness, the tulip is one of the most elegant and beautiful flowers out there – the way they bend and droop their heads shows a certain degree of grace, don’t you think? If, say, a rose was to slouch toward the ground as the tulip does it would come off as lazy and way past its prime, but the Tulip, in all their elegance, somehow gets away with this laziness scot-free while still managing to keep their refined appearance.

"quite often considered the ‘misbehaved child’ of the flower world"

Undoubtedly, this behaviour can cause some issues when using tulips and means that they are at times excluded from arrangements that are designed to stay perfectly in-shape. However this doesn’t discourage us flower lovers from manipulating and embracing their ever changing size and shape whenever we can.
The benefit of having access to greenhouse- grown flowers such as the Tulip now means that we can trick many seasonal varieties into flowering for many months of the year. For us, that means we don’t have to wait for spring to see bunches of tulips available for sale, with the Australian season running from April through to October.
      
If you love having Tulips in your home and want to keep them from wilting for as long as possible, ensure you pick a vase that is tall enough to cover at least half the height of the stem, this way the top heavy flower head can lean against the vase without bending over. Help your Tulips last as long they can by avoiding contact with direct sunlight and keeping them in a cool room of the house. Re-cut the stems every other day in order to keep their height down and prevent their heads from drooping and top up the vase with clean, fresh water.
By following these simple steps, you can enjoy the brightly coloured blooms for up to 2 weeks!

"Re-cut the stems every other day in order to keep their height down and prevent their heads from drooping and top up the vase with clean, fresh water."

 

Michael and Bethany Engagement

Bethany and Michael’s story started….

It all began when Michael and the Viva Team secretly devised a make-believe order that was to be delivered to a suite at Barossa Pavilions. Bethany was forced to undertake the delivery.  When she arrived, she entered a room full of the freshest, whitest flowers and had no idea that this very moment would be the next step in her relationship with Michael. The beginning of a new and exciting chapter of their lives together.  

   
Fino at Seppeltsfield was the perfect setting for Bethany and Michael’s engagement party.
Located in the original bottling hall of the winery, the evening was filled to the brim with Barossa ambience and stunning floral arrangements. 
Rectangular vases filled with wheatgrass introduced a twist on traditional table settings that was both endearing and wholesome.
An abundance of white and green made for a stunning flower table and striking backdrop to the room.
Not only did guests enjoy the best of Barossa fine foods (and wine!) but hundreds of hanging tulips were a feast for the eyes.
It was a magical evening marking this exciting new stage of life together.

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