A NEWLYWED couple have successfully sued a South Yarra florist amid claims the groom’s buttonhole bloom broke, and reception flowers were the wrong shade.
Groom Nathan Vogt, 33, claimed he was “very stressed” when a rose supplied by Alpha Fiori snapped as it was pinned on his lapel, leaving the wedding photographer to rustle up an emergency replacement.
While bride Kara, 28, loved her bouquet, she was disappointed by the $30-a-table floral displays when she arrived at Quat Quatta mansion for the reception.
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The dietitian had expected a healthy showing of white David Austin roses tinged with light pink.
But the “few stems” propped in glass jars she’d provided were dark pink.
Fuming at the alleged floral foul-ups and their perception of poor value, the Clyde North couple asked for $950 compensation.
The original bill was $1310.
Keen to nip things in the bud, Alpha Fiori co-owner Helen Memish offered a partial refund in an email, but retracted this after consulting her business partner.
The war of the roses landed in the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal this week.
Ms Memish insisted Alpha Fiori had provided high-quality flowers.
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