What happens when an event stylist falls in love with a landscape gardener? Pop-Up Gardens is a Sydney-based husband and wife team using plants, flowers and greenery to add a lush natural vibe to any celebration! Whether you’re longing for a tropical oasis, modern botanical or rustic garden setting, these guys will transform your wedding ceremony and reception with their fresh installations, furniture and decor.
What’s one popular question you get?
“What is green styling?” This is a term we’ve coined to explain how we combine our expertise in plants and greenery with our love for event styling. As well as plant hire, we create green walls, hanging installations, table centrepieces, drinks stations and lolly bars, and build bespoke archways and wooden furniture.
What are couples often surprised to learn?
That all of the plants we use are real and fresh. We often get people touching our green walls and saying “Oh, they smell like real plants!” and that’s because they are!
What should couples keep in mind when styling their wedding?
Finding the right stylist is about finding someone you click with who really gets your personal style. After that, it’s easy! They take all the hard work out of bringing your ideas to life so you have time to focus on enjoying your day.
How do you create a great experience for your couples?
We offer a bespoke service – no two weddings are completely the same and we always aim to create something a little bit different for our couples! My favourite part is the consultation because that’s where we spend time getting to know their style, likes and dislikes, and get our creativity flowing. I love that we always receive great feedback about the time and care we take to create a special day for our couples.
What would you love every couple to know about what you do?
We’re proud of the fact that we source all our plants from local growers (except the ones we propagate ourselves!), and make our own potting mix and compost. Weddings these days can often be very lavish, with a huge amount of wastage, so we try to be as low-impact as we can.
What are some ideas you’ve seen and loved?
Urban jungles and #plantlove have become huge trends, and “Greenery” was Pantone’s Colour of the Year in 2017. We’re seeing more tropical-themed and Hamptons-style weddings with lots of banana leaf palms, ferns and fiddle leaf figs. Foliage bouquets have become popular, and now we’re seeing requests for big installations of hanging greenery. I’ve always had a passion for the amazing colours, textures and patterns you can find in even the most humble of potted plants, so I’m excited to be able to share that with people in ever more creative ways.
What’s your best advice for couples planning their wedding right now?
1. Don’t try to cram too much in! If you have a run sheet full of things happening all day and night, your guests don’t have time to mingle and chat, and you don’t have time to relax and enjoy the occasion.
2. Be honest about your budget with your wedding vendors. Don’t be afraid to tell them what you’re comfortable spending or what your maximum is. Contrary to what you might hear, the majority of small business owners are not out to rip you off! If a couple comes to me and tells me they have X budget and want to achieve Y and Z, it’s the basis for a productive conversation. I can design a detailed quote for them and give them options so they know exactly what we can do if they want to increase or decrease their spend. Transparency helps to build trust with your vendors.
3. Don’t forget what a wedding is really all about. I’m sure we’ve all heard the story about the bride who cancelled her wedding because her guests refused to chip in towards the cost. Set realistic expectations about what you can achieve and don’t let the stress of an overly expensive wedding ruin what should be the happiest experience of your life. You can keep things simple and fun, and still have the most memorable day ever!
Photography: (1 & 2) Alex Jackson Photography | (3) Angus Porter Photography | (4 & 5) Kristie Carrick Photography | (6 & 7) Samantha Heather
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