This time last year my folks were celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary! Intrigued and in awe of their love for one another I asked them ‘What’s the Golden (Wedding Anniversary) Secret?’
I remember stating that I wasn’t about to tie the knot myself any time soon… But let’s say, if I was to be persuaded, I know that there would be only one Artisan Florist I would choose to decorate my wedding with flowering blooms of envy… And that would be the amazingly talented Suzy of Blooming Divine.
Here she is taking over my blog this month to tell her story about all things ‘Blooming Divine’!…
I discovered my love of flowers at an early age, in fact one of my earliest childhood memories is the smell of the beautiful Old English Roses in my parent’s garden. A scent which is still my absolute favourite!
My journey into the wonderful crazy world of floristry began in ‘95 when working for world renowned designer florist Sylvia Bird in her Surrey shop. It was then that I realised there was more to flowers and arranging them than meets the eye!
Whilst discovering my passion and artistic flair to create breath-taking designs through Sylvia’s mentoring, I completed my formal training at a college in Surrey before moving to glorious Somerset, a county offering such beauty and inspiration.
Somerset is not only the birthplace of my three incredible children, but also my ‘fourth child’ Blooming Divine…
I wanted to show my kids what mummy ‘can do’ and that anything is possible with passion, determination, strength and hard work.
This is the ethos at the very heart of ‘Blooming Divine’.
Blooming Divine occupies a beautiful studio at Flaxdrayton Farm and this is where I first met Julia, my wonderfully creative studio neighbour!
Julia designs and creates the most beautiful comtemporary jewellery from recycled silver and fairtrade gold, she also runs Civil Ceremony / Wedding Ring Courses for those who wish to create their own. What a very special way to start your new life together!
‘Old Bridge’ Wedding Venue
A two minute drive from Flaxdrayton Farm, brings me to ‘Old Bridge’ and the wonderful John and Liz! I first visited this venue in the early days of setting up the business and received a very warm welcome. I believe this was the first time I sampled Liz’s famous cakes, I blame her for my weight gain!
I think its fair to say that ‘Old Bridge’ stole my heart from that very first moment, the magnificent house, the beautiful grounds and owners who are warm, friendly and go above and beyond for their couples. It really is a magical combination!
In 2016, ‘Old Bridge’ held their first open day and I got the opportunity to showcase all that is ‘Blooming Divine’ including flowering the much loved swing!
Since then I have flowered so many weddings (and swings!) at ‘Old Bridge’ that it now doesn’t really feel like work, more like my second home! How lucky am I?!
What’s trending in Wedding Flowers for 2018?
Over the years, I’ve seen many a flower trend come and go and come in again! I remember in my shop days in the 90’s how Gypsophila was all the rage, customers couldn’t get enough of the stuff and loved it with a good old peach Carnation! Its been on trend again for a number of years, partly due to the ‘shabby chic’ phase of upcycled jam jars and ladders but also thanks to Pippa Middleton’s wedding… those flower girl circlets have a lot to answer for!
So what’s new (or old…but new again!) for wedding flowers in 2018?
My top three picks…
– Pantone colour of 2017 was ‘Greenery’. Unless you’re super organised and wait for Pantone to realise their colour of the year before organising your colour scheme/theme, its likely you’ll be playing catch up, but that’s ok!
Foliage is BIG this year, with more and more Bride’s requesting lush green foliage within bouquets and arrangements, and some opting for all foliage bouquets (florist eeks with excitement!).
In this hectic day and age more and more Brides are turning to nature for inspiration for their big day, bringing a sense of tranquillity and the ‘outside, in’.
2. Natural Bouquets
– The relaxed vibe continues with Bride’s requesting loose, informal bouquets. One look on Instagram and you’ll find hundreds of different interpretations of this design, some simple and classically beautiful and others which look less ‘just picked’ and more ‘dragged through’!
Each to their own, everyone is different and your bouquet should reflect what is unique about you. Of course, every florist has a particular ‘style’ but a good florist can adapt that style to suit the customer’s needs.
A top tip from me…stalk your florist (pardon the pun!), hunt through their social media, see what they can do and whether it matches your ideas. Ask lots of questions… I love a question and answer session!
3. Show Stoppers!
– Those statement floral designs that add the ‘wow’ to your day and will be remembered. These are right up my street (so is Old Bridge…ha!) and I love a challenge, the bigger the better!
Old Bridge is great for this, the marquee as beautiful as it is without decoration, provides a fantastic backdrop and gives scope to really use your imagination when it comes to putting your mark on it.
This top table runner was a real show stopper at an Old Bridge wedding last year, packed full of huge Alliums (one of John’s favourites!) with a gorgeous pink and purple colour palette, this was a real talking point of the wedding.
Full to the brim with a variety of foliages, a beautifully relaxed style and a statement piece, these floral hoops which are suspended from the ceiling are all three trends combined! The marquee at Old Bridge is crying out for these, who is keen?!
Come say hi!
On Sunday ‘Old Bridge’ is hosting its second open day, there will be a whole host of fantastic local suppliers, copious tea and coffee and if rumours are to be believed, some of Liz’s famous cake! (Disclaimer: I accept no responsibility for any weight gained from over indulging!)
Julia and I will be there, ready to get our creative minds whirring into action to give you the day of your dreams. Come find us and have a chat, we don’t bite!
I’d love to hear your thoughts on the current flower trends… Or perhaps you have a flower that reminds you of your childhood? Feel free to comment below…
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