Big Leaf Boutique
I started my floral career in Mayfair London with Kenneth Turner,and was lucky enough to be involved in the most spectacular events, such as a Moroccan party for The Rolling Stones, Trudi Styler’s birthday party, Ivana Trump’s three month boat party around the Mediterranean,weekly flowers for Elton John and Lady Diana was also a regular customer. A lot of this work involved making props for upcoming events which I really enjoyed.
I moved to Australia where I had my own successful florist in Double bay, Sydney. I found myself getting involved in a lot of window installations, events, functions, corporate parties and weddings. I transformed the Museum of Contemporary Arts in Sydney into a magical winter wonderland wedding theme. I have also worked on various film sets (one being Mission Impossible) installing plants and foliage to enhance the sets.
I made the move with my wife Jo Mills, Owner/Hair and Make-up Artist from Coastal Brides, up to beautiful Byron Bay, where we have a very successful 100-acre tropical flower and foliage farm up in the hinterlands, where we supply to flower markets and florists throughout Australia.
We specialise in tropical flowers and lush green foliage, so why not order all of your flowers and foliage straight from the grower, ensuring the best quality and freshness. Having worked in all aspects of the floral industry and having a wealth of knowledge and experience, I have always been drawn to the big lush tropical plants and foliage and exotic blooms, which I use to create striking contemporary installations.
I also love using unusual materials like sticks, vines from my jungle, rare palm husks, moss, bananas, unusual seedpods, succulents, bamboo, natural wood and drift wood to create eye-catching arrangements or sculptures which can be hired as wedding props.
I designed a Christmas tree for Baz Luhrmann out of sticks, which he said was “the best he had ever seen”. Over the years as well as a grower I have been doing as I do best, which is Installing huge installations in marquees, tipis, halls, and barns, creating tropical hanging gardens, jungles and rain forests.
We also hire a variety of the most stunning and unique plants and my very own designed pots to enhance your wedding venue. I will work with you to develop a unique style for your wedding, better still just let your imagination run wild and let me take care of the rest.