What is your most memorable wedding?
This is such a tricky one, every wedding and every couple I work with is so unique and memorable in it's own right. My couples tend to have very distinctive ideas and I love to interpret what they have in mind into stunning displays. I especially love creating installations and wild meadow arrangements, the wilder the better really :)
Describe your style in 5 adjectives.
Untraditional, relaxed, wild, painterly, creative
What about your business are you most proud of?
I am my business and I am most proud of the connections and relationships I have developed both with clients and fellow suppliers since starting Dove & Myrtle. My business was borne from a love of flowers and the wild and I believe that shines through in everything I do
What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?
Be yourselves. By that, I mean don't be coerced into planning elements just because you think you should. If you'd rather not... don't. Find the suppliers who will listen and be excited by your ideas. Be brave and feel free to be as creative as you wish, make your own traditions!
What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?
Homemade botanical liquers at a tipi wedding last year. The gorgeous bottles and labels were so fitting. Oh.. and pets, always a fan of a doggy guest of honour
Describe your typical process with a couple.
I create bespoke wedding flowers so the first stage is a consultation either over the phone or in person depending on what's easiest for the couple. Once I know a bit more about them and their preferred style etc I put together a proposal and quote created especially for them. Once happy, I take a small deposit to secure the date and then we continue the conversation, sharing ideas, meeting at the venue etc right up until the time my final invoice is due. Up until then as many changes can be made as they like so couples feel confident they can book ahead even if they're not 100% decided on certain details such as the final colour palette etc.
What is the most interesting thing you have put in a bouquet?
I put a lot of what some people may see as "interesting" ingredients into my bouquets! Seedheads, herbs, dried grasses, wild foliage, sweet pea vines.... the list goes on
Is there a flower that has specific symbolism that you would recommend for couples?
I love to include rosemary for love & longevity but on the whole I recommend using seasonal blooms. Aside from being the freshest and at their best they will remind you of your wedding day every year when you start to see them blooming in the garden or appearing in displays at your local florist shop
What is the most romantic flower and why?
Myrtle, hence the use in my business name alongside my grandmother's name Dove. Myrtle has a rich history as a flower of love and marriage and has played a key part in Greek mythology and royal weddings as well as being the Hebrew symbol for marriage.
What should you do with the flowers after the wedding?
I always suggest giving flowers to your guests to take home and enjoy. By all means dry your bouquet should you wish but better still, take some good photos and consider asking someone to create a beautiful illustration for you to frame and enjoy forever... makes a great 1st Anniversary (paper) gift idea.