ABOUT WILLOW BUD

Willow Bud is a design studio that specialises exclusively in wedding floral styling. We are a team of qualified and professional floral designers who have been passionate about weddings and wedding flowers since 2012.

We are innovative thinkers, with each team member providing unique ways to bring your floral ideas to life. Our style is bountiful, timeless and feminine, and though we acknowledge evolving wedding trends, we ensure that we include them while still maintaining our signature style.

Our work is an artistic extension of our hearts and we approach each wedding with thoughtfulness and care, using only the industries finest natural produce guaranteeing we exceed your expectations on your wedding day!

We understand many of our brides are professionals who have selected the Sunshine Coast to be a destination wedding, therefore we pride ourselves on prompt and stress-free communication during the planning process. We also provide guidance on how to maximise your floral budget.

Willow Bud is highly respected among wedding industry professionals and recommended by many of the top wedding venues on the Sunshine Coast and Noosa.

We look forward to taking this journey with you.


OUR TEAM

SANDI SHANKSTER

Owner | Head Designer

I always knew that flowers would be an important part of my life. After attending fashion design school, learning about style, colour palettes, textural elements etc. (and making my own wedding dress!) entering into the floristry world felt like a natural transition. When I moved from Sydney to the Sunshine Coast in 2008 I enrolled to study floristry. 2 years later Willow Bud was born! Named after my daughter who was (and still is) my little flower buddy, the name stuck and all these years later I am now a mum to a tween with sooooo much sass and a thriving business that I absolutely adore! In my spare time, I love to spend quality time with my husband Grant and daughter Willow. I also love travelling (I especially love France and Morocco), dabbling in interior design and searching for beautiful and unique design pieces as we renovate our forever home.

SHERII MOTT

Lead Florist

A fully qualified florist with a Graphic Design degree and a diploma in freelance photography and boasts over 13 years experience as an event florist. Sherii is also our admin superstar, assisting in customer service, flower ordering, and forward planning so everything is organised. Sherii always delivers and installs our wedding florals with a smile and often easy to spot with her crazy coloured hair and ever ready smile.
Sherri loves, oversized statement pieces and delicate and refined wired floral accessories and has a soft spot for Orchids, kale, and daphne. When she’s not in the studio or onsite Sherii is spending time with her adorable boys Teddy and Felix and partner George.

SUSA WRIGHT

Senior Florist

Throughout Susa’s amazing 24 year career in floristry she has worked in some of the world’s most incredible locations as a high-end event floral designer designing and delivering many floral designs for international celebrities.  Before joining the Willow Bud team in 2015 Susa owned a very successful florist shop in Noosa. Her calm and supportive nature is an integral part of why she is such a loved part of the team.
Susa loves to create lush hanging installations and oversized and ethereal style bridal bouquets.  Her favourite blooms are; Snow Ball Viburnum, Water Lillies and David Austin Roses.

When she’s not busy in the studio Susa is spending time with her adorable twin girls Scarlet and Charlotte and husband, Ian.

COURTNEY BROWNE

After graduating from floristry school in 2015, Courtney has freelanced with us over the years on many of our most amazing weddings. She has extensive industry knowledge after working at one of our selected flower wholesalers, and is a positive and fun team member to have around. Courtney loves being on site, assisting with the wedding set up and helping to install all of our large arrangements, always with a smile and a joke. Her style is relaxed, romantic and lush, and her favourite flowers are ranunculus, hydrangea, tulips & David Austin Roses.

 

When she’s not flowering in the studio she’s travelling Europe (hit her up for some honeymoon locations!), having wines with friends or relaxing at her 2-acre property with partner Cam and puppy Banjo.

Homepage images by Jennifer Oliphaunt Photographer.