What is your most memorable wedding?
Wow, so many gorgeous weddings and lovely couples. One stands out for comedic purposes. An inebriated mother in law (few too many celebration champagnes) who had decided to iron the Brides veil and made a gigantic hole in it. I ended up stitching fresh flowers onto it minutes before the wedding party was due to set off. Everyone was in tears when I arrived with the flowers, but it ended happily with lots of thanks for the help and the nifty stitching. Will always keep a needle and thread in my toolbox in future! Later, the Chauffeur of the wedding car told me that the mother in law fallen out of the car on arrival at the Church. Oh my. :)
Describe your style in 5 adjectives.
Natural . Meadow-fresh .Loved. Wildish
What about your business are you most proud of?
Our commitment to making your wedding flowers the highest quality possible, as well as the glowing recommendations we receive from happy couples.
What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?
Use #Bride Book and book your suppliers as early as possible to secure your wedding date and ensure you get the best personal service. There are some great planning apps (Hitched is just one) available that will break down your budget for you and give you reminders when to book things.
What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?
Red rose petals, on the floor - spelling LOVE as the Bride walked into the honeymoon suite.
I also love it when the Groom has put little presents on the top table for the Bride to find. Hint hint! :)
Describe your typical process with a couple.
A relaxed consultation either at the venue or at our office. Lots of note taking (us) and listening (us). Sharing of ideas and discussion around seasonal flowers and budget. A propsal of the floral kind is then sent to you, with suggested flower for the season you are getting wed. A second meeting or phone call to finalise numbers etc. 2 months prior to the wedding. Great communication throughout so you can relax about the process.
What is the most interesting thing you have put in a bouquet?
Sweets, Chicken nuggets... fruit... some interesting additions. One of my favourites was an Australian bride who shipped lots of foliage from her own garden to the UK to include in the bouquet. How incredible!
Is there a flower that has specific symbolism that you would recommend for couples?
Peonies are a favourite at the moment. Peony meanings include romance, prosperity, good fortune, a happy marriage, riches, honour, and compassion - what could be better! Choose the peony season to get wed - its very short in the UK May - July.
What is the most romantic flower and why?
Its lovely to know the Victorian language of flowers and its something we use if a couple want special meanings for their flowers. The most romantic? Something that has been picked for you on a lovely walk on a sunny day...
What should you do with the flowers after the wedding?
Give to a relative who couldn't attend the wedding would be nice? However, if you want to keep the bouquet forever, we can recommend excellent flower preservation companies who can make jewellery or paperweights from your bouquet, as well as freeze drying the whole bouquet or buttonholes. Some couples like to put the flowers on a loved ones' grave. If that's too sad and you would like to keep them, hang your bouquet in a warm airy spot to air dry as soon as possible after the vent. Freshness is the key to successful saving of a bouquet. If will last a season or two. Alternatively its possible to dry the flowers in silica in the microwave or just press a few flowers in kitchen paper in a heavy book. A new trend is flower smashing - ask me for details :)