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business with heart // AND PROUD OF IT

Lets get one thing clear.. Business and politics DO MIX! With my recent (and colorful) support in favor of marriage equality, I have been questioned as to why I felt it necessary to voice and all too taboo opinion on the issue as a business.  I have been told voicing a political or personal opinion as the voice of a business will result in a loss of business or divide clients opinions and cause concern for prospective customers who may not agree with my agenda and therefore not want to engage my services.

To that I say – GREAT!

I hear you gasping. But really it is OK! If someone was turned off by my pursuit for human rights and felt that aside from the skills, service and other business offerings I have to give; that they could simply no longer work with me because they don’t agree – GREAT! All politically views aside, if having a closed minded reaction to a view that is different to yours would prevent us from working harmoniously together, I feel that the result of that interaction would never have been a successful one regardless of our political polarities.

I love to work with clients on a personal level. That is what separates my business from the pack, I get to know my clients and enjoy that process as a part of my service to them. I have a ‘ONE WEDDING per DAY’ policy for a reason, it is my passion for dedicating my time and skills wholeheartedly into every wedding I do that brings out the best in my designs and in my working relationships with clients.

My support for marriage equality isn’t driven by corporate gain or a strategic business move, nor have I hitched my wagon to a campaign for the betterment of my bottom line. The single reason I actively share my support and have rallied towards marriage equality is because my conscience and heart told me that was the right thing to do and THE only thing to do!

From it’s inception, Botanic and Bloom has been a brand with conscience and integrity. From my views toward reducing our global footprints and wastage, to only using recyclable and reusable packaging materials, avoiding toxic floral foam, composting green waste and including images I post online and social channels being all of my own work instead of the more common practice of ‘borrowing’ from google; All of these daily practices stem from a place of integrity and honesty and the very core of being a good honest human, both personally and in business.  For me there is no difference. My business is a reflection of my passion and creativity, it is me – wholly owned, operated and run by me; so how could I become a part of an industry through which I would only service a portion of the population at the exclusion of all others in a manner in which dehumanizes and creates injustice and not feel at odds with that?

“Marriage according to Australian Law- Is the union between a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others”

Ultimately in order to change these laws, a conversation needs to be had. As a wedding business owner I feel I have a social duty to share my opinion on matters that overtly affect the industry I work in. As a wedding professional, I see it as a gross injustice that a community of people are told they are not worthy of a ceremonious display of their affections towards one another.

Same sex couples are legally allowed to enter into civil union partnership.. but this is not nearly the same thing as marriage. Marriage licenses grant innumerable rights to married couples, rights that are not endowed to same sex couples in civil unions.

Gay Marriage will have no impact whatsoever on heterosexual communities, just as racial integration in the 60’s had no negative impact on white communities. This is the same concept with legalization of same sex marriage, it will grant the LGBTQI community a right that has been immorally denied to them.

If age, race, culture, ability to or want to have children together and previous marital status doesn’t matter when it comes to marriage then why the hell does gender? SIMPLY PUT – it doesn’t!

As a business with conscience I will make no apologies for standing up for the rights of others and sharing in my opinion that EVERYONE deserves the right to choose to marry in the same legal capacity as is currently being given to some.


An open letter from Australian business leaders in support of marriage equality

We, the business, industry and sporting leaders of Australia, write to express our support for Marriage Equality.

We support diversity in the workforce and recognise the rights of our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) employees, clients and suppliers to live and work, free of prejudice and discrimination, with all the essential freedoms enjoyed by other members of our organisations and the broader community.

The rights and liberties of all individuals are sacrosanct. They are essential in the creation of a healthy, harmonious and open society. An equitable society, free of discrimination, also allows all employees to function at their best. Australia is a robust democracy however, we support seeing it treat all its citizens equally. Legalised discrimination in one area allows discrimination to flourish in all areas.

Australians are increasingly supportive of marriage equality, with a recent Crosby Textor survey showing seventy-two percent, believe same sex couples should be allowed to marry. We agree. Of the remaining twenty-eight percent only fourteen percent strongly opposed the proposition.

Globally, over twenty countries have passed laws to allow same sex marriage, including countries that are culturally similar to ours like New Zealand, the United States of America, Canada, and Great Britain. These countries did so with lower support for marriage equality than Australia is seeing right now.

On May 22nd, the Republic of Ireland held a referendum to sanction same sex marriage. A Yes vote was supported by the Government, all major political parties and the voters themselves.  On June 26th, the U.S. Supreme court returned a judgement in favor of legalizing same sex marriage across all 50 states.

These two events see Australia isolated amongst countries with English as a first language.

Not only is marriage equality the only truly fair option, it is also a sound economic option given, that a happy workforce is a productive one. Therefore we simply  must create a fair and respectful environment for ALL.

Equality in the workplace works; Discrimination does not.

We support the right for all our employees, clients, friends and industry associates to have equal opportunities in life. We therefore support marriage equality.

Yours faithfully,

Casey Mayne

Owner  and Florist

Botanic and Bloom Floral Design

 

­­­IF YOU ARE STILL READING – Firstly THANKS for sticking around.. and Secondly – You too can share your support and JOIN  THE 701 CORPORATIONS (including McDonalds, QANTAS, Target and Apple) & 383 LOCAL BUSINESSES THAT SUPPORT MARRIAGE EQUALITY via the following initiate from the Equality Campaign.

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published // AS SEEN ON POLKA DOT BRIDE

FEATURED EDITORIAL //
Beyond thrilled to see this incredible styled collaboration featured on Polka Dot Bride. From the editors, When botanical beauties become living art. There is so much to love in this magic editorial shoot that focused flora as an artform.

I am feeling very humbled by the support and love for this thing I do (some call it work, I call it passion) and all of the beautiful people I have the fortune of meeting, collaborating with and creating something beautiful for.

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Hosted inside the beautiful Mt.Mee venue, Entangled – Living Art, this space is oozing creativity and inspiration in every corner. The palette of wheat toned walls and character of this once butter factory was in my mind as I design this cascading phalaenopsis orchid bouquet with ranunculus, roses and delicate air plants to form a lush and romantic palette in contrast to the industrial feel of the venue.
Floral designer Casey of Botanic and Bloom Floral Design explains, “Stemming from my explorations as a sustainable floral artist and seeking a modern and interesting alternative to more traditional floral jewellery, I have been working on designing a collection of living botanical jewels, this shoot is the culmination of 12 months of creative design, testing, growing and sourcing just the right mix of succulents to bring my vision to life.” She adds “The beauty of botanical jewellery is not only in its sustainable origins but it is ever more intriguing than a standard ring or bracelet. Being fresh products, each leaf and plant is beautiful in its own unique shape and colour, creating a truly one-of-a-kind piece of wearable art. I select and place each leaf and specimen like a living puzzle of miniature proportion.”
See the feature here http://polkadb.com/2g0PhXP
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Brought to life by the following Brisbane and South East QLD Wedding Professionals:

Photographer: Susie Yang Photography / Flowers: Botanic and Bloom Floral Design / Venue: Entangle – Living Art, / Table Styling: Entangle – Living Art, / Cutlery: Gold Wedding Hire / Bride’s Dress: White Lily Couture / Wedding Cake: The Sweetest Dreams / Catering: Grate Life Cafe / Hair & Makeup Artist: Amber Clare / Model: Tyarra Nelson

making flowers last // A GUIDE

Making Flowers Last


Here are our five simple tips for making your flowers last as long as possible.

TIP ONE:
Unwrap them, if your blooms arrive wrapped, remove the paper before placing into a clean glass of fresh water. If you have received a beautiful hat box of flowers, you needn’t remove the flowers as there is a vase already nestled inside your box simply lift the flowers gently to ensure the water level is sufficient.

Tip Two:
Trim the stems about 2cm when you first get them into water, at a 45′ angle is best. Then every day or so after to ensure the stems can continue to take on the water and stay hydrated.

Tip Three:
When you trim the stems also refresh the water and clean the vase out. It’s simple but makes all the difference. Be careful not to wet your hat box by removing the internal vase first.

Tip Four:
No chemicals needed. A clean vase and fresh water every other day is essential and that is really all that is needed to help keep bacteria at bay and for making your flowers last.

Tip Four:

Keep them cool. Be sure to display your flowers away from direct sunlight or directly in the path of heating or cooling systems. A cool naturally shaded part of the house is ideal for keeping your flowers looking their best. If you wish, you can also remove any blooms as they mature to reduce additional bacteria from contaminating the water. {all flowers even of the same variety will mature at their own pace}

crowning glory //

Many years ago girls wore flower crowns and flowers through their hair in an effort to mask their smell.  Because the poor things didn’t have clean running water, they wouldn’t wash themselves for months! Thanks to significant improvements in water accessibility and the creation of deoderant, this odor issue is in the past.

So just WHY are we so obsessed with flower crowns now?

Besides the fact that flower crowns have been a symbol of love, fertility and celebration throughout history and around the world, they’re so easy to personalize. Go as over-the-top or as simple as you want to – from oversize flowers to a few simple green sprigs and mini spray roses. Have your flower girls wear mini-crowns, create unique ones for each bridesmaid, or ask your hairstylist about incorporating one into your own hairstyle for your next day at the races.

SIMPLY PUT – we love them because it’s another way to personalize an outfit, make a statement and mark an occasion with something uniquely YOU. Love is in the details and flower crowns are a detail I adore making. Every angle of my crowns hold a cluster of fresh blooms and little berries, they are enchanting to wear and guarantee to make any occasion feel all that more special.

Of late.. crowns have become overwhelmingly popular in the Botanic and Bloom studios, from over the top Frida Khalo inspired headdresses to pretty pastel demi-crowns for a gorgeous babe and mum-to-be; I’ve even crowned our pet dog Stu; because -WHY NOT (he looks pretty pleased with himself wouldn’t you agree?)  Put some flowers in your hair and I promise you will be strutting your stuff feeling a million dollars – I know Stu did!

|| One of a kind floral works are my specialty. As a bespoke florist I only make to order so you can be assured your blooms will never be more fresh as I personally hand select your premium market fresh flowers just for you. I work closely with clients to ensure that every detail, desire and design exceeds expectations.

OOAK Fresh Flower Crowns from $65 | Any occasion is an occasion worthy of a bespoke floral design on your person. For ‘I would rather wear flowers in my hair than diamonds around my neck’ If you can imagine it, I would delight in crafting it for you too!|

 

 

the lane list // BRISBANE’S TOP FLORIST

The LANE is not your typical wedding and lifestyle publication. They won’t sell you cheesy done-to-death décor styling, or scare you with pageant style gowns and kitten heels. More importantly, they promise not to promote just any brand willing to throw a few dollars our way for advertising.

The LANE is the wedding and event industry’s definitive online brand directory & style guide, carefully curated with only the best brands and services worldwide. They’re discerning about the brands they promote because they know what appeals to stylish readers. The directory is a handpicked selection of talented artists and creatives that they truly believe in and would enlist to work on their own events in a heartbeat.

“From romantic and structured floral arrangements to farm-fresh stems organically formed, Brisbane’s innovative array of wedding florists create completely outside the bounds. Working predominately with sustainable and locally sourced flowers, these florists look to the earth to bring dreamlike creations to life in their city surrounds.

We searched through a city brimming with talent to find the botanic artists who can match any wedding aesthetic and bring any brief to life.”

We were thrilled to be mentioned as a part of this list of Brisbane’s best wedding florists, to be included amongst such creative talent in this gorgeous city is humbling to say the least. Read what the LANE has to say about Botanic and Bloom.


Botanic and Bloom

Botanic and Bloom design ethereal wedding florals and always welcome a creative challenge. Focusing on custom and bespoke designs, the Botanic and Bloom team like to get to know each client, ensuring they understand a couple’s vision so they can execute with complete accuracy. Underpinned by a strong passion for environmental sustainability, they support local flower farms, use eco-friendly packaging, recycle water, compost green waste and avoid the use of toxic floral foam and chemical additives wherever possible. Operating from Brisbane’s Southside, Botanic and Bloom service the Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba, Gold Coast, Redlands and Ipswich.