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when a floristry disaster threatened to darken Jessica and john Skermer’s wedding, members of the local community cut up their gardens in the name of love. By Lauren McKellar, photography Danielle Thomas

The landscape provided inspiration for the floral arrangements at Jessica and John’s wedding.

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It’s often referred to as one of the most important events in life: a wedding, a day when love is celebrated, signed and sealed. Emotions run high and errors that seem tiny can quickly take on Ben Hur-like proportions. However, as Jessica Skermer was preparing to walk down the aisle, she really did have a form of bridal disaster on her hands. Twenty-four hours before the wedding, she discovered that her florist had forgotten her booking. “I was attending the wedding as a guest and I received a call from my good friend Jess just as I arrived in Melbourne,” Christine Campbell says. “She told me the florist hadn’t registered her booking — and, being a small town, they only stock so many flowers. Jess was very distressed.” Luckily, Christine has a florist and event styling business, Wild at Heart Flowers, and she was more than happy to come to the rescue. “I said, don’t panic,” she recalls. “I’ll do them for you.” Christine arrived at the small country town located just outside Hamilton in Victoria’s western district and set to work immediately. She called Jessica’s friends and family to enlist their assistance in gathering materials for what turned out to be a stunning floral display. “All the guests went through their farms and gardens and cut up their foliage and flowers and delivered them to us,” Christine says. Wedding venue Chatsworth House quickly became

clockwise from opposite: Thanks to Christine Campbell, Jessica and John’s day ran smoothly; even the ‘‘cheese’’ cake received some floral treatment from Christine; the donated flowers were used to decorate the venue, both inside and out; Jessica visited antique markets to source glass and silverware to help present the flowers at

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their finest; massed natives including flannel flowers at the entrance; the floral table design really popped against a simple lace and hessian; wild roses were among the heroes of Christine’s designs; after a spot of door-knocking, Christine was able to find hydrangeas for all the party’s bouquets.


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a floral drop-off centre of sorts with agapanthus, baby’s breath, wild roses and all sorts of gorgeous native foliage being donated to the cause. In her original florist booking, Jessica had requested hydrangeas for her bouquet. Sadly, no one delivered any of this hardy bloom — but that wasn’t going to stop Christine. “We door knocked, looking for people who had hydrangeas and we mustered just enough for the bouquets,” Christine says. “The outpouring of love from everyone in the community, people who didn’t even know her but were willing to participate, was just amazing.” Taking inspiration from the native landscape and the venue itself, Christine gathered and sorted the blooms into different floral arrangements. In the lead up to the wedding, Jessica had been to several antique markets and collected glass and silverware, perfect for Christine to use as accents to her gorgeous creations. “It was a short period of time in which to achieve magic,” Christine says. “Fortunately, the sun was shining and it was a beautiful day.” For more information on Christine’s floristry skills, visit wildatheartflowers.com.au

clockwise from above: The bridal party; the hessian used in the bonbonniére tied in nicely with the table settings; Jessica’s statement neckpiece and shoes gave the rustic wedding a modern touch; these days Jessica and John share their love not

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just with the pet dog, but also a newborn baby; congratulations to the Skermers. A mix of natives and exotics shone in the simple arrangements; thanks to the local community, Christine found enough flowers to dress the entire venue in style.


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