Poppy In April is a boutique floral studio founded by Tessa, a dreamer and floral lover with over 15 years of experience in the industry. From working with thousands of customers to learn about every type of occasion imaginable, Tessa has now created a brand that embodies her unique style and vision. Fun, quirky and always a splash of colour.
Drawing inspiration from international and other talented local floral artists, always giving a good indication of what new flower trends are on the horizon. Tessa says this year, we can expect to see a lot of bright pops of colour, shades of pink, and en masse bouquets and arrangements. Bud vases and smaller table florals are also coming back.
If you’re looking for beautiful blooms to bring your wedding day vision to life, read along below and get to know a little more about Auckland based wedding florist Tessa from Poppy In April.
Please introduce yourself and tell us what you do?
I’m Tessa, owner, founder and visionary of Poppy in April. Before starting my own business, I spent over 16 years in the floral industry, working with thousands of incredible customers on every type of occasion imaginable. In 2021 I took the knowledge, experience and trust gained over those years and turned that into my own boutique brand and floral studio.
How long have you been a florist?
I’ve bee a florist and in the industry for 16 years. I’ve worked along side some amazing well known florists who have not only taught but shared their experience and skill.
How would you describe your style?
My style is very relaxed, I prefer to let the flowers make the rules and love working with quirky unusual florals.
Do you have a favourite flower or floral combination and why?
There’s always a favourite flower.. or two per season. Spring is my favourite time of year. The Poppies, Aneomones and Tulips are an all time fave. As you may have guessed, pink is our colour! If I had complete vision of a wedding, it would include tones and shades of pink, complemented with other pops of colour. This season is all about bright bold tones, and I’m all for it.
Tell us about what the process is for a couple starting to plan their wedding day florals?
The best place to start with planning your wedding day florals is find the style you’re after. Start a folder or mood board with your preferred style and colour palette, this way when we meet for a wedding consultation we are all on the same page with your vision and turning that into reality.
Any advice on choosing flowers/floral arrangements for couples getting married?
The best advice I can give to brides is to set a floral budget. This eliminates disappointment when we meet as prices can be indicated from the start and we can bounce ideas off each other to work within your budget.
What floral trends do you think we will be seeing this year?
This year we are already seeing a lot of bright pops of colour, shades of pink and en masse bouquets and arrangements. Bud vases and smaller table florals are coming back.
What keeps you inspired?
I follow many international florists. This is a good indication on what’s in fashion and new trends are on the horizon. There are also several NZ florists I follow that give me a huge amount of inspiration and desire to follow in their footsteps.
If you aren’t setting up florals for a wedding, where would we find you on a Saturday morning?
When we’re not setting up a wedding, you’ll find me on the sideline of swimming lessons for our 2 year old daughter. Weekends are for family and we make the most of the precious family time we have.
What’s coming up next for Poppy In April?
We’ve teamed up with some big brand names this year to bring wedding florals to their venues across Auckland and the North Island. We’ve got fingers crossed for better weather this coming season, to make the most of the beautiful outdoor venues across the country.