Updated: May 12, 2020
Why you do what you do?
I have always been creative and felt when I left school, I needed to follow my heart and find something I love and am passionate about. I sort of fell into floristry in a bit of a fluke but haven’t looked back since!
I am able to create such amazing designs with something so delicate as a flower! My job is pretty exciting as you have so much creative freedom when creating designs for shows and photoshoots, as well as so much variety! Stunning flowers and foliages to play with that are forever changing with the season. You can never get bored.
My favourite thing about being a florist is being able to make peoples weddings so personal. That’s why I dedicate myself toweddings and events. It’s those days that matter the most to me, and what makes my job so special!
What I love most about the industry
Being surrounded by so many amazing and talented suppliers from singers to cake makers is so inspiring! We are an industry filled with small businesses that all come together and support each other.
When you book your wedding suppliers it’s probably likely that they know each other or have even worked together before as it’s all such a lovely tight community. That’s why it’s always a good idea to ask your suppliers for personal recommendations, they will always know the best in the business!
It’s also amazing to be able to create a relationship with all of my couples, from the wedding planning to their big day! Even to see how everything is going in the months and years after their wedding day. from the honeymoon to starting a family. It’s such an amazing journey to follow and be a very small part of.
This is such a difficult one, but I always love creating the bridal bouquet. For me that’s almost always the most important part. I will always take inspiration from the bouquet to decide on the flowers, foliage and style used in the rest of the wedding designs.
Last year I had the amazing Sophie and her now Husband Alan come to me looking for something a little different a unique. Which I love! She wanted it all in her bouquet, loads of lush foliage! Pheasant feathers, cotton, succulent plants and beautiful summer blooms. All finished off with organic silk ribbon! It all came together into one of my favourite bridal bouquets. This theme run throughout the rest of the wedding from the bridesmaids bouquet, to the table and even two tall free standing tipi designs full of beautiful summer foliage and flowers!
(Picture credit - Harry Michael Photography)
Choosing a theme
I think there are so many ways to find your wedding inspiration these days, it almost makes I even more difficult!
Dare I say it? Pintrest! The wedding planning social media platform of choice. It’s amazing for finding colour schemes that work together with colour wheels and inspiration showing flowers, dresses, suits and décor all to match in those chosen colours. I do always say please be careful though, from a florist’s point of view. I am always seeing heavily edited photos and heavy filters showing fresh flowers in some unnatural colours.
Look around your house for inspiration. You will be able to see themes you’ve chosen in your own home and take ideas from that! It might be a specific colour scheme or your love for travel or food you can use in your wedding theme.
Find some inspirational suppliers in Instagram. So many wedding suppliers use it as another platform to show their portfolio as well as their website. It’s an amazing place to see the best of the best!
Don’t be drawn in by the latest trends. Just because everyone else is doing it, doesn’t mean you have to! Don’t be afraid to be unique, have your wedding your way.
The tip I will always share with anyone booking their wedding and finding suppliers is to find suppliers you trust and really have a strong rapport with. It will make your wedding planning journey go so much smoother and stress free. Most importantly, you won’t be worried on your wedding day as you will trust your chosen suppliers to give your exactly wat you imagine.
My biggest floristry tip is to allow your florist to have some freedom when choosing your wedding flowers and foliage varieties. 100% tell them what you love and definitely say what you don’t like! But be flexible and let them add to the list. Not only will you end up with something totally beautiful and unique to you. You will also get far better value for money and therefore more flower for your buck!
Thank you to Sophie for writing this blog out for me!