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behind the scenes...
I'm so excited to share these "behind the scenes" pictures taken by my
close friend, Samm Jayne of Paper Angel Photography.
It dawned on me recently that while my couples
LOVE that I cut their flowers a matter of days before their wedding...
they've not actually seen me in action. So here are the results- enjoy!
Arriving at Carol's cutting patch in Eckington is heaven- awesome views and a heap
of flowers to chop. This particular cutting session was for the gorgeous, Tess and Gareth,
who married a few days later in Redditch. I was also asked to create something
special for a photoshoot with local dress designer Sophie Wynne-Owen,
so there'll be lots more photos to share with you at a later date!
So, as you can see, it was a belter of a day- in fact even at 8am it was probably a little too
hot for the flowers to be cut... I could have done with an earlier start to be honest but my
trusty assistant was in tow with a poorly tummy.
Whenever I go to cut for my couples weddings, I like to first identify my key flowers
and "must-haves"... building the colour palette and overall look as I continue to cut.
Tess and Gareth's design brief was a for a colourful and relaxed Summer picnic
so I wanted to build on that with a variety of colour and textures.
Below you'll see me cutting key blooms including Gaura Lindheimeri, Nepeta Nuda (cat mint), Echinops (for the buttonholes and Dahlias. Other fab additions included Cosmos,
Verbena Bonariensis, Roses, Scabious and Ami Visnaga.
Once I have everything cut and I'm happy the trolly gets loaded and the car filled...
lunch happens at some point if there's time... but I am usually itching to get the flowers back to my workshop so I can get them fully conditioned and stored in the cool and dark.
Conditioning the flowers is a key part for any florist- it's a process that helps prolong the life of the flowers. Of course, when I cut at the patch the flowers go straight into water but once back at the workshop I systematically go through every stem, removing lower foliage (preventing water pollution from rotting leaves) and re-cutting stems at an angle to enhance water up-take.
Off shoot stems are also cut in order to maximise overall stem count.
Once conditioned (ideally for 12 hours), I allocate the flowers according to the quote.
I mentally label the Brides bucket of flowers and those for the Bridesmaids,
table arrangements, thank you bouquets, Buttonholes etc etc thus ensuring
that the wedding flowers have an overall balance and look.
Once I've divvied up the flowers I can set about creating!
Every designer works differently... but for me... I like to create a base shape using minimal foliage,
adding focal flowers and then building on the overall look by threading in with
transitional and textural elements until complete.
The inevitable mess... means only one thing... finished flowers!
So, I hope you've enjoyed this post and feel a bit more clued up about how I work
and go about creating wedding flowers for my couples.
Being part of someone's wedding day is an absolute pleasure and privilege for me
and is made all the better working with locally grown British flowers!
Let's call it a Labour of Love !
Photography: Paper Angel Photography
Silk Ribbons: Heirloom Silk AND Lancaster and Cornish,