Styled Shoot – Into the Wild Woods

There is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonely shore, there is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar; I love not Man the less, but Nature more.- Lord Byron

Starting to notice the slight chill of autumn in the air knowing winter will come soon, our inspiration for our styled shoot was to set out a scene that would enchant and feel warm and safe going “into the wild woods”.

On the day of the shoot the weather was amazing until out of nowhere we were reminded that we are in Gauteng with a thunderstorm that could ruin the entire shoot and the amazing furniture sponsored by Earthbound Interiors.  Fortunately, we came prepared and had bubble-wrap to cover everything.  Mia from La Mia Foto was just amazing and did not stop shooting, our models were brave and we could push through the storm.  “Which made everything amazing… by the way”

Our aim was to make this look easy to recreate and we chose models that could be the girl next door to make the entire shoot seem reachable for any bride.  Warm winter blankets and rugs scattered the forest floor and our beautiful bride and her flower girl danced through the most magical thunderstorm under the Gauteng sky.  This shoot produced a feast for the eyes from start to finish.

Models:  Alexandra Van Der Westhuizen (Bride) & Lea Brits (Flower girl)

Make-Up:  Studio Odette – Odette Prinsloo

Dress:  Bride – Elbeth Gillis

Dress:  Flower Girl – MoiNoi

Photography:  La Mia Foto RSA

Decor & Styling: Scent Flower Studio

Flowers:  Scent Flower Studio



The Pretoria Wedding & Wine Show 2017

So… here’s what happened…  Our stall was breathtakingly greenery and we loved it!

We had a blast at the Pretoria Wedding & Wine Show, we had a few glitches setting up but everything worked out in the end, our model was just to die for,  ëasiest bride we ever worked with”.  We loved playing around with an updated ideal for the corsage bringing in pieces of jewellery and playing with textures and colour to put a more modern spin on it.

A bit shout out to all the organisers and all our new industry friends from Pretoria, see you all again soon!



Saskia’s Flower Crown & Engagement Shoot

We were very lucky to create this absolutely gorgeous flower crown for one very pretty and lucky lady.  Saskia planned her engagement shoot at the beautiful protea farm just outside Hartbeespoortdam  – Harmonie Proteas.

We worked with gorgeous shades of hot pink, purple, and burgundy with fine shades of green. The most amazing red and blush roses were imported from Kenya and to make it even more spectacular we added a few Cymbidium orchids.  This crown is definitely a favourite of mine.

Saskia, you looked amazing and you are one lucky girl, enjoy every second of your engagement and the journey ahead planning your special day!



Off to the capital… Pretoria Brides, are you ready?

I am really excited for the weekend! I get to be creative, meeting new Brides and may even have a wine, what more could a girl ask for! You see this weekend I will be showcasing my wedding flowers at the Pretoria Wedding & Wine Show, my first Pretoria expo. It is only going to be a great one so I jumped at the chance to be involved as I thought it would be a great way to start off the New Year.

I really want to create something really special to show potential brides, I have been watching the trees from my bedroom window, thinking of ways to draw inspiration from the greenery and blooms in my own garden’s natural beauty. I have been kloofing in the Magaliesberg, driving over the rolling hills, visiting the quaint villages of Cullinan and Hartbeespoort . I have been looking for new cottage gardens (and no not to pick flowers from!) to feel inspired by.

And right now I have a plan! My floral designs are going to be elegant and romantic, rustic and charming. The colour pallet is going to reflect our natural surrounds. Brides will have the opportunity to hold the bridal bouquets and imagine what it will be like for them to walk down the aisle in the not too distant future! This is why I love what I do, how exciting! X

The Pretoria Wedding & Wine Show will be held at the Heartfelt Arena in Pretoria on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th March 2017 from 10am-5pm. I hope that I will be able to see you there!

For all wedding flower enquiries for the Gauteng and surrounding area or for more info regarding the wedding event feel free to email me at , call me on 073 060 4807 or check out my website


How to Spend Your Wedding Flower Budget

“I just want my wedding to be beautiful”. If you are a future bride and you have heard yourself say this at least once, then we would like to help you out (at least a little, we hope!)

Planning a wedding is hard. In fact, it can be downright daunting at times. You have your budget and you have your dream wedding in your mind and somehow you need to make those two sides meet amicably in the middle. And this is where that little thought from above comes in; “I just want it to be beautiful!”. So, no matter your budget, large or modest, where should you spend your money?

We can’t speak for every aspect of your wedding, but from us your floral friends, here is our personal advice for how to get the most ‘bloom’ for your buck ;).


When it comes to weddings and making them stand out, your first port of call is the bridal bouquet. Need we say more? Your bridal bouquet should be extra special as it will be essentially holding your hand for most of the day! It accompanies you down the aisle allowing you to grip onto it to ease your nerves. It is your little floral friend throughout your photos and then will sit right in front of you for the remainder of the evening.

As corny as it sounds, your bridal bouquet is something that should reflect your personality and your spirit. Not only this, but it will be in the majority of your wedding photos! So you definitely want to invest in something personal and timeless that you will cherish and look back on lovingly forever.


Your second port of call should be, hand’s down, your statement pieces. It could be a floral archway full of blooms to backdrop your ceremony, an overhead hanging garden to crown the bridal table, a cascading floral garland to lie across it, a hanging floral chandelier above the dance floor, the list is endless. It is these pieces that help create the ‘wow’ factor for your wedding and make it so memorable.

Many of our brides in the past have told us that these were the arrangements that they were so happy they included in their wedding and, after seeing their many, many wedding albums, we couldn’t agree more! Beautiful flowers with beautiful couples captured forever.

So, if you are planning your dream wedding and you are wondering where to spend your flower budget, make sure you look to include these first. Your wedding day is one of the most special days of your life and can sometimes feel like a bit of an emotional roller coaster. But we promise you that when you see these beautiful florals on the day, like our other brides from the past, your excitement level will absolutely soar through the roof. And what could be a better reason than that?


Color of the year 2017 – Pantone Greenery

A refreshing and revitalizing shade, Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings.

Greenery is a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew. Illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors, the fortifying attributes of Greenery signals consumers to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate.

Greenery is nature’s neutral. The more submerged people are in modern life, the greater their innate craving to immerse themselves in the physical beauty and inherent unity of the natural world. This shift is reflected by the proliferation of all things expressive of Greenery in daily lives through urban planning, architecture, lifestyle and design choices globally. A constant on the periphery, Greenery is now being pulled to the forefront – it is an omnipresent hue around the world.

A life-affirming shade, Greenery is also emblematic of the pursuit of personal passions and vitality.

What is the PANTONE Color of the Year?
A symbolic color selection; a color snapshot of what we see taking place in our global culture that serves as an expression of a mood and an attitude.



Creative styling for Wedding, Event and Lifestyle projects

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What is styling?

Styling is essentially creative ideas and bringing together all the visual and decorative elements from an event or project so that they communicate the desired feel or theme.

Styling can also incorporate the development and creation of themes or concepts. Stylists make very good storytellers.

Styling can give a project; continuity, creative flair, a sense of style and the feeling of completion.

A stylist can often be confused with a wedding or event planner but we are very different species. An event or wedding planner assists you in the management, budgeting, and logistics of a project. A stylist provides ideas and creativity.

What do we offer?

We offer our Styling services for weddings and events, from creating or assisting you in developing a theme and color palette, putting together mood boards and visuals, deciding on all the decorative details and guiding you in selecting the right suppliers from our extensive little black book.

We can also use our Styling skills and services for a number of lifestyle projects, from photo shoots to films. If you need a wonderful window installation or an enticing product display then you’ve come to the right people.

Why not use Scent Flower Studio’s Styling skills to transform your tradeshow display or wedding fair stand?

If your project requires something custom made, at Scent Flower Studio we are able to create many of the ideas or props required, here in house at our studio.

If you require something really unusual for your project but the thought of trawling the internet for hours or searching at boot sales and antique markets fills you with dread then we can take this burden from you too.

Where do I start?

Enquires great or small, here at Scent we are always happy to help. Being visual people we do like a photo so any images make great inspiration for new projects, send them our way and then we can begin to make the magic happen. A consultation is always great and something we would highly recommend. It’s an opportunity for us to really get to grips with the project at hand.

Pick up the phone or drop us an email, give us a wave on Facebook or Instagram. We’d love to hear from you… it all begins with hello.


Wedding Flower Inspiration Irresistible Dahlias

There is something absolutely irresistible about dahlias!

Like roses, peonies and hydrangeas, dahlias are a sophisticated bloom that will bring an air of elegance to your wedding day theme. They’re also perfect additions to your wedding bouquet, as their dynamic shape—round petals with points—can mesh well with many types of floral components.  They have the fullness of a peony and yet they also have a geometric whorl that mesmerizes like its relatives the chrysanthemum, daisy, and marigold.


If you love a bouquet or centerpiece with volume then these flowers will certainly provide that. Dahlias can grow to dinner-plate proportions! There are thousands of species of dahlia and they are available in an astounding variety of colors, from vibrant and saturated to soft and subdued.


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Get the most out of your fresh flowers

Spring is here finally, and the flowers are blooming everywhere and you want to get the most out of those beautiful blooms.  Sure you could just put them in a vase with some water and call it good.  But those flowers will probably die a week earlier than they could have lasted.  Some cut flowers can last up to three weeks (or more!) if you take care of them right.

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Here are 10 ways you can get the most out of your cut flowers.

1.  Put them in water as soon as possible.  This may seem like a no-brainer, but as soon as you get home or as soon as your bunch has arrived, don’t just let them sit on the counter while you put your groceries away.  Do the flowers first.

2.  Before you put them in water, re-cut the stems.  You will probably have to do this anyway so they fit in the vase, but every second cut flowers are out of water, their stems start to ‘scab’ over and close up.  Re-cutting the steps helps to open up the stem again to take in water.

3.  When you cut the stems, cut them at an angle.  This allows for a wider base at the stem and allows the maximum amount of water to go up the stem.

4.  Remove most or all of the leaves.  I like to leave a couple of leaves on the stem just for looks, but any leaves below the water line will make the water get nasty quickly.  Plus they absorb a lot of the water, taking it away from your blooms.

5.  Mix in the flower food packets.  Almost every flower bunch you buy will come with a little packet of flower food.  Please mix this in with the water!  It extends the life of your flowers so much more.

6.  Use lukewarm water.  Don’t use hot or cold water for your flowers, it’s too shocking and/or damaging to them.

7.  Don’t put them in direct sunlight.  They need some light for the flowers to open up, but being in direct sunlight will cause them to die faster.

8.  Remove wilting blooms.  When some of the flowers start to die but others still look good, remove the dying ones immediately and throw away.  Dying flowers produce more ethylene gas than the others and ethylene gas is a ‘ripening’ agent.  It is the same way with fruit–that’s why bananas get ripe faster when they are together…they produce more gas and ripen each other.  Dying flowers produce more of the gas that causes the other flowers to begin to wilt faster as well.

9.  Re-cut the stems and change the water.  After about a week, or a few days, depending on how your flowers are looking, you will need to re-cut the stems and change the water.  The water will get more bacteria that is feeding the flower, so fresh water and stems will help a lot.

10.  Be careful where you buy your flowers.  Some stores have higher quality than others.  Supermarkets don’t always keep flowers at ideal temperatures and the blooms are open before you take them home, this only  allows the flowers to last a few days. At Scent we buy only the highest available quality flowers, this allows us to provide our clients with blooms that will last for weeks if properly cared for.



15 Wedding flower mistakes to avoid

Flower Mistake 1: Not seeing the big picture

Couples tend to see the centerpieces and the table setting but do not visualize the whole reception room with their guests in it. For example, couples pay for a room with a wonderful view of the lake or scenic surrounding and want tall, large centerpieces that will obstruct this view.

Flower Mistake 2: Not trusting your florist

Communicate your vision, likes, dislikes, and expectations but have a little flexibility and be comfortable with substitution. We want to make your wedding absolutely breathtaking. So relax, put trust in your vendors and remember why you hired that amazing talent!

Flower Mistake 3: Not reusing ceremony arrangements

Aisle flowers can become centerpieces and altarpieces can be moved to the buffet table. The ceremony usually only lasts about half an hour — it’s a shame to see so many flowers only being used for that amount of time when they could easily be incorporated into the reception decor!

Flower Mistake 4: Booking your florist last

Couples should begin the process of booking vendors by speaking to one vendor from each category before booking anyone. This way they can get an idea of what things cost and perhaps they could budget better.

Flower Mistake 5: Refusing to compromise

The biggest mistake is for a bride to have her heart set on specific flowers and not be flexible. A florist can do a much better job if the bride asks for an overall look, feel, and color scheme and let the florist create it.

Flower Mistake 6: Ruling out pricey blooms

Don’t be scared of the expensive flowers. Flowers like cattleya orchids and peonies are more expensive, but they also cover more space and have a greater impact. One cattleya orchid can have a greater impact than a bouquet of roses.

Flower Mistake 7: Not communicating with your florist

Knowing what you like is just as important as knowing what you don’t like. Bring lots of pictures — it is the best way to help convey what you do and do not want your floral designs to look like.

Flower Mistake 8: Using only one colour

A lot of brides try to match the flowers to the bridesmaid dresses. A bridesmaid in a lavender gown with lavender flowers will make for very disappointing pictures. Flowers are a great place to choose an accent color — for example, a lime green against a lavender gown will bring out the best in both colors and make for fabulous photos.

Flower Mistake 9: Choosing strongly scented flowers

Choosing highly aromatic flowers for centerpieces may sound like an amazingly romantic idea, but it will drive your guests insane if they are prone to allergies. For highly aromatic arrangements — stick to your bridal bouquet and the altar arrangements.

Flower Mistake 10: Not taking care of your blooms

Everyone loves hydrangeas, especially in bouquets. However, hydrangeas need to stay hydrated, and the average lifespan out of water in temperate conditions is about three hours. They might not even make it through your ceremony if you’re out all day taking pictures.

Flower Mistake 11: Forgetting to budget for flowers

Most brides find that flowers are an important part of their day but forget to include them in the planning from the start. When I have a budget and a theme, I am really able to advise them better right from the beginning.

Flower Mistake 12: Taking on too much DIY

Brides [who try to DIY their flowers] will purchase dozens of glass vases for centerpieces, only to become overwhelmed. We receive many frantic calls, asking to take over the stress of these DIY projects, which oftentimes becomes more expensive than hiring a professional from the start.

Flower Mistake 13: Ordering your flowers too late

Most of our flowers are sourced locally but some come from all over the world, so it is very hard to contact farms across the world and have flowers arrive within one or two weeks. Leave at least a six-week window ahead of your wedding week to be able to line everything up. Your flowers will be cheaper if you can give us the time that we need to order.

Flower Mistake 14: Choosing an oversized bouquet

Brides often think: ‘The larger the better!’ What they don’t realize is that the larger the bouquet, the more it covers and fights with the overall design of their dress. Further, do you really want to carry something that is huge and heavy? Think about the size and comfort when it comes to your bouquet.

Flower Mistake 15: Overlooking the reception table linens

What’s underneath a centerpiece is as important as the arrangement itself. Linens don’t just complement the look of your centerpieces; they complete them. From runners to underlays and overlays, the right ‘undergarments’ can make flowers flourish on a table.

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