Flying in a forest of roses
June 24, 2006
TAKE all the roses supplied to the entire Sydney area on any given Valentines Day – and multiply that by three.
That's how many roses Nicole Kidman will have at her wedding reception tomorrow.
A massive 150,000 pale pink and white roses will decorate the walls of the exclusive Lower Harbour level room at the Royal Motor Yacht Club in Point Piper where she and Keith Urban are set to celebrate their wedding.
The roses, with an estimated wholesale value of more than $100,000, have been imported from Europe.
They arrived on Monday and are being stored in a cool-room in Mascot large enough to fit 10 trucks.
For the past three days a team of more than 20 women, led by a flamboyant American, have been working round-the-clock to decorate the room with the roses.
Transported to the venue by water, as all access to the marina has been blocked off, the florists are then moved via an underground route to the function room.
They have been cutting the stems off the roses and inserting them into green florists foam which covers all four walls of the room.
While many weddings may feature a single feature wall of flowers behind the bridal party – costing around $20,000 at the club – Kidman has asked for the entire room to be decorated.
"It's the most stunning, staggering thing I have ever seen," a source said.
The roses have been delivered for 18 hours a day in a three-tonne truck.
They should all be in place by today.
Nobody associated with the event is entering through the front door, with staff and deliveries being dropped off by boat or in the underground car park.