I love flowers, love them. All summer I tried my hand at various arrangements from my garden. I became very very good at the bed-head equivalent of floral design. “Oh I like it looking a bit messy” I would tell myself. Not quite true, I just didn’t know what I was doing. One recent friday afternoon I had the great delight of stepping behind the scenes at Victoria’s newest and I have to say cutest floral design boutique Rook & Rose. The shop is owned and directed by the lovely Erica, who studied floral design in Australia, and she has a team helpers like Cara and Nora to assist. I was so excited for this shoot because I always see the finished product but have no idea how it all comes together. The day of my visit was quite busy with buckets of ranunculus, tulips, anemones, and peonies all being turned into beautiful little teacup centre pieces and bouquets for a wedding. Erica’s inspiration comes from a lot of different sources – little inspiration boards in antique frames highlight vintage, retro, high fashion – all with her own twist. Erica puts so much heart into her work. Like us, she has an old Smith Corona handed down to her and aptly named Daphne – she hand types the little price tags and notes for around the shop and for clients. I loved looking at all her little fabric swatches and style articles pinned up on cork boards – if I had a flower shop I would imagine it just like this and with these exact people. I had such a fantastic afternoon watching them create, listening to The Shins, and laughing. I am so happy to be sharing these images of this little shop – and for all you brides out there – if you like what you see you better call her quick because word has gotten out about the unique style of The Rook & Rose and wedding bookings fill up fast! Many thanks to my new friends Erica, Cara, and Nora for letting me share the afternoon with you!!