BANJUP florist Jappalin Manning is a finalist in a national competition for a wedding bouquet bursting with red and pink, including roses, carnations and tea tree flowers.
Mrs Manning was one of 500 entries to the ‘RockStar Florists’ Competition run by Melbourne-based national flower wholesaler Tesselaar.
A public vote on Facebook will select three category winners and the judges will determine the overall winner.
“We first wrote about the rise of the floral rock star on our blog back in 2011, and we’ve been supporting it every step of the way,” competition co-creator Seamus Anthony said referring to a renaissance in the floristry arena that has seen florists gain fame and fortune thanks to their followers on social media.
Mrs Manning’s handiwork is in the Flowers to Carry category.
She submitted a photo from a wedding shoot with a bridesmaid dressed in a black knee-length Jonte Designs dress – the bride was in a black gown with black veil so the flowers had to ‘pop’ to colour against the gowns.
Mrs Manning moved her Flower Talk business to the 5-acre property in Banjup with a studio and workshop nearly two years ago and hopes to offer training workshops in the future.
She started out as an in-house florist for Coles in Booragoon and through her business now specialises in wedding and corporate flower arrangements.
Current trends include a desire among brides for peonies – which she gets from as far as New Zealand – and David Austin roses to create bouquets that feel like they’ve been picked from the garden, she said.
Follow Tesselaar Flowers to vote.