What is your most memorable wedding?
One of my most memorable weddings was creating tropical designs for a couple getting married in a tipi. They had two moongates covered in tropical leaves, fresh pineapples filled with tropical blooms for their table decorations and a sailing boat outside filled with ice and beer! It was a colourful, chilled out day and most definitely a highlight for me!
Describe your style in 5 adjectives.
Wild, natural, organic, luxury and unique
What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?
Enjoy the planning and make sure the day is for you! Your wedding is ultimately about the two of you getting married, so whilst you can get caught in all the frills of the day make sure you have designed it to be the day you want for yourselves.
What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?
One of my most favourite which I have seen a few times, is when the bride wants a picture of a loved one who can't be with them on their day tied to the handle of their bouquet. You will be holding your bouquet as you walk down the aisle and near to you when saying your vows so it's a lovely way of having them extra close to you on the day. I have also tied mini photos to buttonholes for the gents also, visible or hidden for them.
Describe your typical process with a couple.
My first contact with a couple is through email or phone to take down the details of day, venue etc. After that I like to meet with my couples or arrange a phone call, skype etc if we can't meet in person. We will go through everything they would want for the day, colours, styles and flowers. Once we have had a chat I will send over a proposal and we take it from there!
If a couple would like to book then we take a deposit and will be in as much contact as needed leading up to the day. You then have a final consultation 6 weeks before the wedding to finalise the details.
Then the day itself! All designs will be set up and delivered as planned! Bouquets and buttonholes delivered, table centers laid and any large installations created. Then it's time for you to enjoy your day!
The next day and if needed, we will be back to collapse any large designs and collect any rented items.
What is the most interesting thing you have put in a bouquet?
Vegetables!! I had a bride who was a nutritionist so wanted to add something different to her bouquets so we added in artichokes, brassicas (cabbages on stems!) dill and herbs. It smelt amazing and she loved it!
Is there a flower that has specific symbolism that you would recommend for couples?
Each couple may have a certain bloom that is symbolic to them. Maybe a loved one grew peonies in their garden or your Nan always had cut freesia in a vase when you visited her. Even though there are symbols around flowers I think the ones that matter are the ones that bring memories to you.
What should you do with the flowers after the wedding?
You can take all the flowers home, give them away as gifts or donate them to a local charity or care home.