Mrs Gibbons Flowers blossomed from a deep love for nature and the sheer joy of bringing people's dreams to life through the magic of beautiful floral arrangements. The passionate duo behind the business, Amber and David Gibbons, are committed to crafting experiences that leave you with a warm heart, not just on your big day but every time you reminisce about it. Servicing the Illawarra, Southern Highlands, South Coast, Hunter Valley, Sydney and beyond, Mrs Gibbons Flowers is dedicated to spreading floral joy far and wide. We recently chatted with Amber to learn more about her journey, what sets Mrs Gibbons Flowers apart, and why it's crucial to book your florist early.
Tell us a bit about your journey in the industry. How did you get started in the floral business, and how long have you been involved?
I have been in love with flowers since I was a small child. My grandfather would spend hours upon hours showing me all the beautiful and unusual plants in his overflowing greenhouse. Whatever he touched blossomed, he would hybridise orchids and all manner of plants. My Mother and Father were also keen gardeners and our home growing up was an overflowing jungle of big leaves. I fell into floristry at the age of 14 (while on work placement for school in 1994). I started off looking after the deliveries, watering plants, bleaching buckets, dusting shelves (you name it I did it), but what truly made me fall in love with floristry was handing over a bunch or vase of thoughtful blooms to the recipient. I will never be able to truly describe the look in someone’s eyes or the smile that beams off a face or the way flowers can dry up a river of tears. I wanted to create these day changers and I was hooked. I still am. Seeing the reaction on my client’s face is priceless, the tears of joy, the squeals. My heart is truly overflowing at that point, knowing that the months of meetings, phone calls, mood boards have blown you away!
How would you best describe your aesthetic when it comes to florals?
I would describe our aesthetic as minimal opulence with a twist.
For couples looking to collaborate with Mrs Gibbons Flowers for their wedding, what can they expect? What sets Mrs Gibbons Flowers apart from others?
We have a strong focus on quality and craftsmanship, while keeping our couples' aesthetic and vibe at the forefront of our minds. What truly sets us apart is that we exist for our clients. We are here to see your dream come to life. With over 25 years of experience, we are confident in producing anything our clients need for their florals, as well as having the experience to deal with any last-minute hiccups that come up to make your day run smoothly.
What serves as your main source of inspiration when creating floral arrangements?
The main source of inspiration for each client is very different. Some of our clients have a piece of art as inspiration, while others have a beautiful piece of music. For example, one client grew up in Singapore, so we sourced florals and foliage to pay homage to their childhood.
Finding the right wedding florist can be quite the challenge. What advice do you have for couples to help them make the best choice?
Find a designer who truly understands you as a couple and your aesthetic, a designer who listens to you and is invested in your journey. Don't be afraid to ask your florist about the last minute hiccups they have handled; this will give you peace of mind, knowing that your day will go smoothly. Also, don't hesitate to ask about their relationship with floral growers as this will reassure you that you're getting the best blooms for your day.
In terms of timing, when do you recommend couples begin searching for and booking their wedding florist?
Ideally, it is best to start searching and booking a favourite florist 12-18 months before the wedding date. This way, you are almost guaranteed to have your dream team on board with you. That said, if you absolutely adore a certain floral designer's aesthetic and feel they align with you, it is best not to assume they are not available. Always send through an enquiry. You just never know if they have your date available without checking!
What are some creative ideas for where couples can use flowers in their ceremony?
I adore ceremonies where the aisle is designed as a runway, this truly creates movement and drama as you walk into the space especially paired with an epic soundtrack.
After the big day, what do you usually suggest couples do with their floral arrangements?
I always suggest our couples encourage their guests to take the flowers home or to their hotels.
Lastly, for couples seeking inspiration for their wedding flowers, where would you recommend they look?
I would recommend looking at incredible wedding blogs such as the WED, Instagram is a great source of inspiration as well. Pinterest is another good option.