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A Moment With 'Sonder + Stone Boutique'

ABIA meets Bronte Packer-Hill, owner and head floral designer at this Brisbane-based wedding florist


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Ask Bronte Packer-Hill what she loves about artificial flowers and her fascination with everlasting blooms immediately becomes clear.

“Unlike fresh flowers, they won't wilt, bruise or die, so they can be reused for other occasions, gifted to family and friends or kept as a timeless keepsake,” she explains.

She goes on to list the many other benefits of Sonder + Stone Boutique’s high-quality faux flower arrangements, which side-step the complication of seasonal considerations and simplify wedding day decoration and setup.

ABIA sat down with Bronte to discover more about her collaborative design process and how couples across Australia are benefiting from her beautiful bouquets and floral displays.


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Tell us about your business and wedding services.

We offer the beauty of flowers, without the expiry date. Our everlasting wedding flowers are an ideal choice for any couple seeking beautiful, fuss-free blooms that rival nature's best.

Our highly-personalised process uses the finest-quality artificial blooms to create individually-designed floral arrangements and bouquets to suit each wedding and theme.

How did you get started in the wedding industry?

We started out as an online homewares business offering artificial floral arrangements to complement the pots and vases that we sold. That was where my passion for floral design bloomed. We had a lot of interest in our flowers for weddings though, so branched into wedding florals and found our niche — artificial wedding flowers are now our main focus.


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Where are you based and what locations do you service?

We’re based in Brisbane, but send our blooms Australia-wide.

What sorts of wedding arrangements do you offer?

From bridesmaid and bridal bouquets to table centrepieces and arbour arrangements we design wedding flowers to cater to every aspect of the wedding ceremony and reception.

Following a collaborative design process, we send out preview photos to our couples, then ship our artificial blooms nationwide after everything has been approved. Our arrangements come ready-made, allowing for easy setup on the day and saving time and hassle during wedding preparations.


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Where do you source your flowers?

We source our everlasting florals from Australian wholesalers, and they’re carefully curated to ensure only the best quality artificial blooms are used.

Why do you suggest couples opt for artificial flowers for their wedding day? What are the advantages over fresh flowers?

There are so many reasons to choose everlasting flowers for wedding arrangements.

  • Unlike fresh flowers everlasting blooms won't wilt, bruise or die, so they can be reused for other occasions, gifted to family and friends or kept as timeless keepsakes.
  • Artificial florals are available year round, so there are no seasonal restrictions or availability issues to consider and couples can get their preferred colours and flowers, regardless of the time of year.
  • Our artificial arrangements can be shipped across Australia and come pre-arranged, so they allow for fuss-free accessorising and decorating on the wedding day.
  • Faux florals also offer an allergy-friendly alternative to fresh arrangements, making them an ideal choice for anyone with sensitivities.

At what stage of the planning process should couples be looking at wedding flowers, and how far in advance should they book?

We take bookings around 18 months in advance and prime wedding months book up quickly, so it’s a good idea to consider flowers early.


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