We all love a sneaky peek behind the scenes don't we? Before your special day this is what we're up to!
The alarms set for 4.30, It's not all glamour and glitz... All of the wedding flowers are pre-ordered, but it's always good to see what's available on the day and I'm like a child in a sweet shop. While it's exciting it's also nerve wracking, as until I see the quality I can't relax - think mother hen gathering her brood.... Yes really!
For Emily's wedding I used four wholesalers for flowers and had a team of four florists over four days. With 9 months in the planning, it's not all about the flowers: consideration for containers, lights, twigs, storm lanterns etc is also key.
Post wholesaler: All cut and conditioned and divided up into bridal party, church, reception, etc.
Vulnerable soft flowers like Sweet Peas are kept on their own. On this occasion, 14 buckets of water were sloshing about, don't worry; every one is labeled.
At the Church:
It's so nice working in a church as they can be quite cool for the flowers and 'us'. Pew ends and a pedestal really make the church say 'wedding!'
The church entrance is of soft cream stone, enhanced with our 'classic' cream planters, on hire. Cleverly moved to the marquee entrance, the twisted willow twigs have soft glow mini fairy lights. Great for the romantic evening setting.
For the Girls:
Here's one of the bridesmaids Posy where I've used Roses, Spray Roses, pretty Bouvardia, Freesia, Sweetpeas, Gyp and foliages including Soft Ruscus and Eucalyptus. I can't help sniffing when I'm making the bridal party flowers, one of my perks!
At the Marquee:
The super large Storm lantern with chunky church candle surrounded by scented flowers including the Sweet Peas, Peonies and Roses was much admired.
Hydrangea, Jasmine and Ivy in planters extra twisted willow around the walls to add to the Petersham nurseries look our bride requested.
The stunning Marquee chosen has beautiful curved sides. The pole was lowered for us to work on, don't worry Health and Safety!
Adding extra twigs with lights on the poles and the pew ends creates a great finish.
It's exciting seeing our flowers in all sorts of locations including marquees, barns, manor houses, stately homes and hotels.
Now I can't claim to have made the cake, but it was gorgeous and looked amazing floating on our flowers Less really is more and that was certainly the case with this wonderful wedding.
So all in all a lot of work but lot's of fun too! Especially when I get a chance to really get creative.
If you like anything you've seen here, or have ideas of your own which I can help bring to life, get in touch!