It Takes A Tribe

Warning: Extremely Cute Photos Below

Mums (Moms, because I’m Canadian and this is how we spell it) & Bubs

(Disclaimer, I know this may not be the easiest blog post to read for those who have lost children or have never been able to have babies of their own.  I just wanted all of you to know that you ARE powerful, inspiring, beautiful women who deserve to be celebrated like every other woman on the planet, with or without children)

As a kid (maybe more like pre-teen, but for those of you who knew me through my adolescent years you’ll know they weren’t kind to me… I was definitely a late bloomer, so I may have been a kid… may have been 16, the only difference in pictures would have been acne and braces) I can remember going to baby showers with my mom, playing those games where you weren’t allowed to cross your legs or couldn’t say the word baby, and to be perfectly frank, I used to think baby showers were the most boring thing to be invited to ever!

(Pretty much me as a teenager – Photo Google Images)

But NOW I can honestly say that I love baby showers (even if there is still the occasional game we have to play). As I have gotten older, I’ve begun to realise that baby showers are less about diaper cakes (ps I totally want one when it’s my turn, but with cloth diapers please!) and ALL about celebrating the Mother-To-Be and giving words of encouragement. Letting her know that it really does take a tribe to raise a child, that no matter what happens she won’t be alone in what’s ahead.

There is something so powerful when women support other women. When we decide to stand together and say “I’m here for you no matter what life (or your future baby) throws at you”.

Below are a few of my favourite memories of some of the very special celebrations I’ve been honoured to be a part of!

I hope you enjoy and as always, I’d love to hear what you think, leave me a comment below!

Photos: MyMomenti Photography 

When you girlfriends throw you a surprise baby shower, with a photographer, picnic and flower crown to match.

I’ve had the privilege to be asked to create bespoke crowns and flowers for Kristina & Adele on multiple occasions, from Kristina’s baby shower, to Adele’s Dedication, to Mother’s Day photo shoots, and I’ve loved every single time!


From cakes, to hair pieces, to arrangements, to signs and cards (like the one pictured above by Little Hoot Hoot ), we have had the opportunity to do it all, to spoil special moms and moms-to-be and help them feel loved and celebrated. I can honestly say, I have the best job in the world!

Wanting to spoil a mom (MUM if your Australian)?  Get in touch with us at The Olive Branch to see the wide range of options we offer from flowers, to styling, to planning the perfect baby friendly celebration!

Peace, Love & Flower Power,




Real Wedding Alert

Loren & Bradley
Date: 16.09.2017
Venue: Peppers Manor House
Photographer: Morris Images

I first met Bradley nearly 10 years ago in Canada, at Silver Star Mountain Resort. Located in beautiful British Columbia, in the heart of the Okanagan Valley, Silver Star is one of the most versatile ski resorts. With runs ranging from green to double black diamond, an ice skating rink, horse drawn sleigh rides, and a bowling alley, it truely has something for everyone, and it is the mountain that still owns my heart to this day. Bradley was there for a ski season and I was there for life (or so I thought).

26168832_1649097835148852_823215848660978595_nPhoto: Silver Star Mountain Resort 

Turns out life and love had different plans for me, and I ended up moving to Wollongong, Australia, only about an hour away from where Bradley and his beautiful fiancé Loren lived in Sydney.

Bradley and Loren were having a small intimate wedding in the Southern Highlands, and both being very creative, were doing/making most of their wedding themselves.


Peppers Manor House 

Now I’m all for DIY projects, but I can definitely say from being in the wedding industry for years now, and trying to DIY most of my own wedding, that as the big day approaches it’s imperative that you delegate certain tasks.

With their special day being only a month away, I got a message from Brad asking for a quote for flowers for their wedding. They had realised that with so much to do, there simply wasn’t enough time to do it all alone. Buying fresh flowers from markets, transporting and storing them safely is not an easy task, making a mistake here could be very stressful, if not disastrous! With hair, make up, photos and everything else that is required of a couple on the morning of their wedding, the last thing they need is another time consuming task on the list. Well as it turned out, I still had availability on their date, so we wasted no time in setting up a consultation to discuss the overall vision for the day, as well as all the little details such as favourite flowers and colours. It was an absolute pleasure to work with Brad and Loren, and made me so happy to see them calm and relaxed on their wedding day (Side note, it is not advised to leave booking any vendor for your wedding to the last minute, as it doesn’t always work out this way!)


Below are some of my absolute favourite photos from their special day from Sydney based photographer Morris Images. I swear you can literally feel the joy and love radiating out of the photos!



Congratulations Bradley & Loren and thank you for trusting me with your special day!

Peace, Love & Flower Power,

Katlyn Stone



The Olive Branch Stylists

A Blog for All Things Love

Hi There and welcome to The Olive Branch Floral & Event Stylists’ Blog!

Let me introduce myself. My name is Katlyn, I am a qualified floral stylist and freelance writer and I love LOVE!

In this blog you’ll be able to follow all my current obsessions/suggestions, real weddings, favourite vendors and venues, as well as all the current trends that I absolutely can’t get enough of!



Jake & Chelsea 16.04.2016
Photographer: Olguin Photography
Venue: Montrose Berry Farm

But first a little bit about me. I am just your typical Canadian ski bunny who fell in love with a beach bum Aussie boy and followed him to the other side of the world (to Wollongong, Australia). Here we launched our little flourishing (see what I did there… soo punny) business in early 2017. I love all things flowers and weddings, mountains and snowflakes, poems and novels, and anything that will allow me to be creative without sitting still for too long!

Josh & Katlyn 11.13.2015 (Yes, that’s my man & I … isn’t he handsome?)
Photographer : Anna Blackman Images 
Venue: Ravensthorpe Guest House

I strongly believe that it is imperative that we protect our environment and as such, I strive to constantly be looking for ways to reduce waste and become more sustainable, not only in my business, but day to day life.


Finally, I am a helpless romantic and I always feel completely honoured when two people choose me to be a part of their special day!

So there you go, that’s me in a nutshell.

I can’t wait to share with you all that’s been happening for us at The Olive Branch over the last few months, as well as everything I am looking forward to in 2018!

Peace, Love & Flower Power

Katlyn Stone