Today is the third part of our Dream Job series and we’re meeting Tracey aka Mrs Bouquet who loves all things flowers and floristry. Here’s the green fingered lady to tell us more…..
How did you become a Wedding Florist?
After working in London for 17 years, my kids arrived and I wanted a job I could fit around them. I always loved working in the garden and had one of those ‘light bulb’ moments! I enrolled in Hadlow College, which was amazing – it’s full of great teachers with great energy, knowledge and a passion for the craft. After four years of training I was ready to start out myself.
What’s your floristry style?
As a keen gardener I’m always inspired by garden flowers. The UK is fantastic for flowers as we have the changing seasons. My style is influenced by these factors and has an English Country Vintage vibe. I really love to push the boundries with flowers and colour to create beautiful bouquets and displays.
What makes a good florist?
Passion, creativity and colour confidence! You also need to be organised and work well under pressure. And don’t be scared to do something different – you usually produce your best work when you’re taken out of your comfort zone!
What’s the best and worst part of your job?
The best part is working with my clients to produce bespoke designs for them. I find the whole process really exciting, from the first consultation to the Wedding Day, it’s great to look back and see how everything has come together. I also love giving the Bride her bouquet – it’s that mix of being nervous and excited at the same time. The worst part is working in freezing conditions! Your workshop has to be cold so the flowers are kept at their optimum condition, but it does mean you end up pretty cold yourself!
What’s the three things most couple’s ask first?
Usually what flowers are available around their Wedding Day. I always make lots of recommendations on availability and then go through what they like and what they don’t like. The next is about visualising their flowers. It can be difficult to imagine what your flowers will look like on your Wedding Day so generally I create a mood board for my couples. The next is Colour. Most Brides pick just two colours but three can work so much better.
Top tips for making the “Big Day” run smoothly?
Remember to be flexible with flower choices and go with what’s in season as they are generally the best option and better value for money. Flowers are a natural product and not always available when needed so have an alternative option ready. Also don’t drive yourself nuts trying to get exact colour matches! The more shades you have the more natural and better it will look!
What would be your advice to aspiring florists?
The hardest part of running a business is getting yourself out there. Keep networking, go to Wedding Fairs and ‘show off’ your work. You’ll start to be recommended and your business will take off. Be patient, it will happen! I can’t remember how many times I wanted to give it all up but I’m so glad I didn’t as I love what I do.
What’s been your best moment as a wedding Florist?
It’s always when I give a Bride her bouquet and they are so happy they burst into tears. It happens a lot and I usually end up crying too!
Thanks to Mrs B for answering all our questions and if you want to know more pop over and say hello – she’ll be pleased to see you!
Today we have a discount offer for you from the fantastic Florist in the Forest. Katherine Craft is offering 10% off all bookings for weddings taking place in October and November 2013. Already booked up for the summer you’ll need to be quick if you want her for your wedding.
To receive the discount just book before the end of February 2013 and there’s a minimum spend of £300. Here is just a selection of some of Katherine’s fabulous work but you can find out more by checking out our previous blog post.
We know that some Brides love a bit of DIY when it comes to their wedding and if you fancy picking your own flowers and having a little go at arranging them yourself then this week’s Fantastic Find, will be just for you.
Jen and Bek, owners of Blooming Green, work their flower magic over in Linton, near Maidstone, specialising in producing organically field-grown cut flowers. If you go for a visit they promise you can “run wild in an acre of flowers and fill your buckets as full as you like.” If you do need a little help along the way they run courses to show you how to make bouquets, buttonholes and table arrangements.
If, like me though, you love the idea of Kentish flowers but are missing even a hint of green fingeredness then the ladies offer a full wedding service. Jen tells us “
We provide everything from your bouquet, buttonholes, table decorations to flowers for the church. Because we only use our fantastic Kentish flowers and are not using a global flower supply we can’t promise specific flowers, however, we do guarantee that they will be gorgeous and will be freshly picked. We can of course work to a general colour scheme.”
The cutting garden will be open again in April 2013 but if you need a trial run then they are holding Christmas workshops so check out their website for more info.
Bek and Jen, Blooming Green
Want something in common with Victoria Beckham and Jennifer Lopez’s wedding day? Well now you can, as celeb bridal designer, Vera Wang brings her unique designer style to Kent this month through beautifully designed wedding flowers.
Katie Jane in Paddock Wood, is only one of a few Interflora florists across the UK to offer this bespoke designer service. Owner, Valerie Wiltshire told us “I feel very privileged to be able to offer this exquisite brand from my shop as Vera Wang represents a top of the range label that is recognised across the world.”
There’s three distinct looks created by the iconic designer, including Modern, Traditional and Romantic. Some of the new designs have been created by the designer herself, about which she said, “having experienced weddings from both a personal and professional perspective, I can truthfully say that no one is more dedicated to brides than I am.”
The Vera Wang Wedding Collection is also available to view at the Interflora Inspiration Gallery or pop down and see the team at Katie Jane for more info.
Sniff sniff…..the wedding is over and now you don’t know what to do with your gorgeous bouquet that you simply can’t throw away…
Josh Spencer Photography
Well thanks to one of our gorgeous brides-to-be who was worrying about this exact problem we have a solution!
The Flower Preservation House not only preserve your wedding flowers but make them into a really special keepsake. What’s great about this company is that the flowers aren’t pressed so maintain their natural 3D appearance and look fantastic. Your preserved flowers can be mounted and framed in various designs and frame types. It’s up to you what design option you pick and prices start from just £85.
On the hunt for pink flower inspiration this week we sourced the help of Katherine Craft, owner of Florist in the Forest. We had been meaning to catch up with Katherine for sometime as we’d heard so much about her gorgeous flowers. Along with her husband, Katherine not only creates her designs but also grows her own flowers at her studio and cutting garden in Broadwater Forest on the Kent and East Sussex border. This means the flowers she uses are the freshest and most beautiful they can possibly be.
Katherine tells us” as with all brides I have a no obligation consultation where we can discuss the flowers and styles for their day. This means I get to know the bride a little, which is key in creating designs that will best suit their wedding. During the growing season I take them around the cut flower garden so they can see the flowers that they might want to have. This consultation also allows us to talk about getting the most from any budget and plans for the big day.”
Katherine’s designs have a natural, country-style which will make any wedding feel relaxed and timeless. For more about her work visit her blog and be inspired!
Images 6 & 9: Victoria Kaye Photography, all other images by Florist in the Forest.