Rui & Faranaz, NGV

Recently I had the pleasure of assisting a very special couple with their wedding to be held at the sophisticated Persimmon Restaurant at the National Gallery of Victoria.

Faranaz hails from Singapore/India, while her groom Rui has roots in Portugal. The flower choices were clear from the beginning – orchids for Faranaz and lavender for the groom – each honouring their heritage with the national flower. Immediately I knew this would be a heartfelt occasion.

It is not the custom to carry a wedding bouquet in Singapore – so Faranaz instead chose an ivory cymbidium orchid for her hair – and Rui wore a boutonniere of lavender and eucalyptus. The bridal party and family members wore matching cymbidium orchid corsages and boutonniere.

orchid and lavender bridal flowers corsage buttonholeAs they timed their wedding with the beginning of Autumn, Faranaz and Rui wanted to echo the change of seasons at the reception. To create height without obstructing the guests’ view of each other, I recommended James Storie orchids. Alternating each table with flashes of red and gold, the orchids glowing mysteriously beneath floating candles.

The bridal table piece was a foam-free arrangement, which included fragrant eucalyptus to honour the couple’s new home. The guest tables were all named after exotic spices – which are what first brought the Portugese and Indians together hundreds of years ago. So sweet!


I truly enjoy working on weddings as individual as this one – especially when the couple incorporates their own language of flowers!