Read below the feature write up on our wee flower studio! Here's the link to their website: http://www.newzealandweddings.co.nz/blog/2016/04/introducing-melissa-jane-flower-studioIntroducing: Melissa Jane Flower Studio
Nothing lifts our spirits quite like discovering a bright new florist, and this instance is no exception.
When asked what her favourite flowers is, Melissa Jane has a hard time narrowing it down. “I could tell you that right now, my favourite flower is tulips. Next will probably be freesias, then ranunculus, then the next will be peonies,” she says. “Honestly I change my mind day to day, week to week, season to season.”
It’s an indecisive trait that she credits for her adoration of the trade: each weather event, season, or request from a client giving her a new excuse to indulge in dissecting a new favourite in the world of petals and posies.
Melissa turned to floristry at 20 after a quick stint in the corporate sector. She embarked on a six-month training course, worked her way around Wellington florists, then set her foot to travelling, gaining experience with a range of reputable London florists before returning home.
Having been in the trade for eight years, she says her style constantly evolves just as any other designer’s would, although her current flavour of fancy is “lush garden with a modern influence”.
November 2014 saw the launch of Melissa Jane. Originally an online floristry service operating out of a small garage in Wellington, the business now runs from its own retail space in Ngaio. In the last year alone, wedding bookings have doubled.
“What sets you apart from others in the same industry is your personality,” says Melissa. “Your style should naturally reflect your personality.
“The biggest compliment is that so many former clients have recommended me to their friends and colleagues. That word of mouth growth, and knowing that people like what I do, is immensely encouraging.”
Melissa’s top flower tip
“You don’t necessarily need to email every florist in the area to get the best price. If you find a florist and love their style, be up front with your budget so they can work with you to create something that doesn’t break the bank account.”
Oh dear... Summer has well and truly come to an end.
I don’t know about you, but I have been avoiding getting my winter woollies out. I'm in denial that autumn is here and that winter is coming (you can no longer say those three words in a sentence without thinking of Game of Thrones!). But I think it's time to finally accept the fact that I must put my puffer jacket on and not part with it for another 6months or so...
So, besides for hot soups and too much pasta to keep me warm, I can also enjoy looking back on what a great summer it has been here at the flower studio. This was my very first wedding season, and I can honestly say it couldn't have gone better.
As a late comer, launching my business in November, I had already accepted the fact that there was a possibility I had missed the boat on wedding bookings for the summer. As it turned out, I had the pleasure of being involved in seven different weddings over the season!
All of my brides that I had the privilege of working with were so amazing. With their input we managed to create seven unique and completely stunning floral designs to match their individual styles. I am so proud of each and every one of them that I would like to share with you some photos from them all. There is nothing more rewarding as a florist than to see your carefully crafted work become a part of one of the most special days of people’s lives.
I would like to thank all the brides and grooms for giving me the opportunity to be involved in your wedding day and for sharing these images. I feel so blessed that I can look back on my first wedding season with such pride and I now look forward to many more seasons to come at Melissa Jane Flower Studio!
I wish you all a life time of love and happiness together.
Melissa Jane xx
Mark and Gina - December 27th 2014
Photographer: Clipic Photography
Venue: Sudbury NZ
Mark and Bev -10th of January 2015
Photographer: Fineline Photography
Wedding Planner: Charlotte Wood
Rings: Hanne Anderson
Dress: Aurora Bridal
Vijay and Jenna -17 of January 2015
Photographer: Adrian De La Fuente
Makeup and Hair: Penny Rose
Dress: Custom made by Rasha Taylor
Dion and Wendy -13th of February 2015
Photographer: Fenstar Images
Cake Maker: Cakes by Esme
Nick and Ella 21st of February 2015
Photographer: Benjamin & Elise
Dress: Sally Eagle Bridal
Makeup and Hair: Penny Rose
Jarred and Jess - 14th of March 2015
Photographer: Billie Brook
Makeup and Hair: Hair there and anywhere
Dress: Brides on Thorndon
Dan and Sophia - 28th of March 2015
Photographer: Emily Raftery
Venue: The Dowse
Melissa Jane Flower Studio had an amazing first Valentine’s Day. We were a complete sell out by 11am on the Saturday morning and we had so much fun along the way!
Valentine’s Day isn’t always about red roses and expensive gifts, it’s about reminding people that they are loved. Whether it’s a friend who needs cheering up, a mum who deserves some attention, a girl you admire or a man you desire – Valentine’s Day may sometimes feel a little over commercialised, but you must remember that it’s not all about spending money – it’s about acknowledging people that you love.
At Melissa Jane, we wanted to spread the love ourselves, so we ran a few competitions this year. The winner of ‘double your flowers’ was so thrilled to hear they had won, they said they never win anything, so it gave us the greatest pleasure knowing it went to someone deserving! Our other competitions were a bit of a laugh, who knew Wellington had so many talented poet’s out there! The real hurdle was running around the CBD on a Friday afternoon trying to beat the traffic and the clock before the lucky recipients went home for the weekend.
And finally, literally using up the last four Roses in the studio, we delivered them to random tables at restaurants and bars around the city as a wee surprise for people taking their loved ones on a romantic night out.
We hope you had a lovely Valentine ’s Day, whether it was out having a romantic dinner, fish n chips on the beach or like my evening - Chinese takeaways curled up on the couch with your favourite, watching 2minutes of a movie before falling asleep (whoops!).
I would like to say a special shout out to the people that helped me have a successful first Valentine’s Day, you know who you are and trust me when I say I couldn’t have done it without you! Your efforts were hugely appreciated!
We can’t wait till next year!
Melissa Jane xx
I am very excited to announce that Melissa Jane Flower Studio is ‘officially’ open for business.It’s been a dream of mine ever since I got into floristry six years ago - and now I am finally ready to launch. My packaging has arrived and I am can not wait to get my hands dirty again and getting stuck into creating flower arrangements. This is, after all, what I do best. Read more