Who is Tegan AKA The Lillipillian?
Ooh this is a hard one! I am so many different people all wrapped up as one. I am the mumma of a beautiful threenager, a lover of chocolate (maybe a little too much), and totally obsessed with all things floral. I am a wedding and event florist who loves to style and create epic set-ups for my beautiful couples and love nothing more than big floral installations.
When and how did you find a love for floristry?
It was a sunny day back in 2013 and I was having coffee with a friend when I looked at an empty shop space and thought, ‘that would be a perfect space for a flower shop, hey, I’m going to become a florist.’ Of course at that point, I thought that floristry would be an easy job, regular hours and steady pay, nothing too demanding. Oh, how wrong I was, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
I have always worked in creative industries but for me, finding flowers was finding my medium. Once I picked up my first rose I have never looked back.
How much do trends and seasons influence your work?
Trends and seasons definitely influence my work as it is ever-changing. Over time I have definitely settled into my own style and love to work a particular way, but this I know will change with the demand of my clients as well as my developing tastes. I try to stay true to myself while adapting and creating for other people at the same time.
Is there a wedding you’ve been a part of that you’ll never forget? Describe it to us.
My favourite wedding to date was for Hope and Jake. They contacted me a year before their date and it was just a breeze to work with them. They trusted me and my vision entirely and put full faith in my ability to create something incredible for them.
The ceremony was in The Pinegrove at Centennial Parklands with the reception at Porteno Events in Surry Hills, one of my favourite venues. We went for a really bold colour palette in pinks and reds with fuschia, plenty of lush foliage and I snuck in some giant cacti as well. I added loads of black in the form of candles and styling items to make everything pop. They had a brilliant neon sign that we surrounded with flowers and complimented with a vintage red velvet couch. Hope let me make her a giant flower crown to wear to the ceremony where they made their entrance with a mariachi band. Just perfect!
If you weren’t a florist what would you be doing and why?
I honestly have no idea. Once I started working in flowers, everything else just disappeared; that was it for me. I know physically I won’t be able to do this job forever but I still love design and the wedding industry so maybe a wedding stylist or something completely different, I’ll open up a homewares shop!
What’s your guilty pleasure?
Malteasers.. On the couch with my girlfriends, something crafty and a crappy movie!