What is your most memorable wedding?
My most memorable wedding was one I did back in 2017. It was the first wedding where the bride had asked me for a bouquet which is now known as my "wild style" bouquet. I had done some training in Kent in the January so that I had the knowledge and practice. It has turned out to be the bouquet that most of my brides refer to when they ask for a wild style, and the colour palette has been so incredibly popular with my couples since I made that!
Describe your style in 5 adjectives.
I am trained in all styles of wedding floristry from traditional or modern, to wild and free.
5 of the words that come to mind when trying to describe my work would be:
Flower-full (lots of variety!), natural, memorable, fresh...and I just can't help it, I know I am biased, but "beautiful"!
What about your business are you most proud of?
I am most proud of the reputation we have created and maintained. To be trusted to create the flowers for such an important time in people's lives, and play such a huge part of their big day, is something that always makes me feel so privileged even after doing so many weddings! I am so proud that in the reviews we get, not only are they commenting on how amazing the flowers were, but on how welcome we made them feel and how much fun the process was - and that is my aim!
What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?
Make sure to contact your preferred and favourite suppliers early! Even if they are not yet taking bookings for your wedding year, they will advise you as to when the diary will be open for you to then organise appointments and get booked in so that you don't miss out.
Describe your typical process with a couple.
It is quite long winded as we put a lot of time and effort into it! Our full process can be viewed at:
www.thecountrysideflorist.net/wedding-flower-guide … but the first step is always to make an enquiry on our website.
What is the most interesting thing you have put in a bouquet?
The most interesting "non flower" thing I have put in a bouquet so far would be pheasant feathers! They looked so brilliant and really enhanced the woodland theme of the day. Flower wise, I would say that I find ranunculus really "interesting" as they have so many petals and layers! They aren't an unusual flower at all, but I think they are mesmerising.
What should you do with the flowers after the wedding?
Enjoy them! Gift them out to guests, take them home with you and take care of them. Graves too, as sad as it may feel, it is a lovely way to remember those who could not be there on your special day.
You can also organise with a specific floral preserving company who will organise for you to send them your bouquet and they will freeze dry it and preserve it forever! That is a brilliant keepsake.