April Already

Lizzie & Luke braving the snow on their wedding day at Trevenna Barns

Well, here we are in April already. Don’t know where February and March went.

I hope you’ve all had a good Easter break. Not sure about the weather you’ve had as I know some people have had more snow 😮 but here in cornwall it’s been the horrible rain.

And talking about the snow, I was fortunate enough that I didn’t have a wedding in the first ‘Beast from the East’. Some of my florist friends did, and had quite a stressful time worrying about getting their flowers delivered. Having fabulous suppliers, all flowers got through the snow; even though a day later than the day they should have been delivered and gave my florist friends that extra bit of pressure. However they all got their flowers to the brides on their wedding day.

Team Floral Creations did have a wedding at the lovely venue Trevenna Barns; which is located on Bodmin Moor. Unfortunately the weekend of the wedding saw the part two return of ‘The Beast from the East’. We were lucky that we had delivered the bridal flowers; set out the flowers for the ceremony and tables; returned back to the studio; cleaned up and home before the snow started to fall. The photo on this blog is one from the wedding and captured by Lucria Creative Photography  –  http://www.lucria-creative.com

We have been at wedding fayres this year. The first at Wadebridge Pavilions; the second at the beautiful Alverton Hotel in Truro and the third at the Knightor Winery in St Austell. What busy times we had talking to brides, grooms and mums. Looking forward to making some beautiful wedding designs. Dates are starting to get booked up for next year already, so don’t leave it too long to book your date. I can’t believe how many couples I have had to say No to for some dates this year. But unfortunately this happens as dates get booked up early.

We’ve had Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day nad now Easter. The clocks have changed by an hour and the Spring season has begun. All we need now is some good weather to enjoy the coming months.

This week is busy, as we’re preparing now for a wedding on Wednesday at the stunning venue Tredudwell Manor, out near Lanteglos by Fowey. Followed by entering the Floral Art competition at Boconnoc Spring Show this coming weekend. So as you can imagine lots of behind the scenes work.

So that’s all for now, until my next blog. Stay safe and well.

What’s happening in January

Spring flowers

So here we are already over half way through the first month of the year. How quickly January is passing by. Quite a mixture of weather too, so I hope you’ve all stayed safe. Have you noticed how the evenings are starting to get a little lighter? Spurts of green poking up through the ground looking to grow into spring flowers.

It’s been a mixed month of planning and creating flower designs. My diary is filling up fast with wedding dates. This year sees me returning to venues as well as visiting new venues. I’m looking forward to visiting the Knightor Winery; Boconnoc; Trudwell Manor; St Ives Harbour Hotel & Spa; Pendennis Castle; Trenance Lodge; Lusty Glaze and Polhawn Fort. Some of these more than once and some I’ve probably forgot to mention.

It’s also been a time where we have to say farewell to loved ones. Myself included, losing a long standing friend taken unexpectedly at the beginning of the month. Losing loved ones is such an emotional time for all of us. For one family I have been able to design a biodegradable tribute planted with bulbs. This will be planted in the family garden and when the bulbs flower memories of the good times will be recalled.

If you are looking for wedding flowers I will be attending the Art of Weddings show on Sunday 28th January at Wadebridge Pavilion. Please stop by and have a chat.

Winter Weddings, Christmas and New Year

Christmas Wreath with pine cones; berries & fruit

Well here we are on New Years Eve already. Where has December gone? I hope you had a lovely Christmas and enjoy tonight’s celebrations wherever you are in the world.

The first of December saw a Winter wedding at the Old Quay House in Fowey. It was a lovely sunny day but slightly chilly. Nicki & Greg had a small, family intimate wedding day. Nicky had a hand tied wedding bouquet with a Christmas feel to it. A big Thank You to photographer Tracey Warbey for the photographs.

The run up to Christmas Day was busy. Lots of Christmas wreaths and for those of us unfortunate not to have loved ones with had memorial designs. Wedding consultations too, meeting brides and grooms to be and designing wedding flowers. At one of the local churches I displayed a Christmas tree decorated with photos of my work. However, I had the three main days off and spent it with family loving every minute of quality time with them.

Then it was back to work after Boxing Day with preparations for the last wedding of the year. This winter wedding was at the Alverton Hotel, Truro. Sophie & Bugs had a very large wedding, and here I also say Thank You to my team. Sophie chose a shower bouquet, the bridesmaids had hand tied bouquets and the flower girls had small gold metal baskets. The photos will follow in the New Year.

Wedding dates are filling up fast for 2018. I will be delivering wedding flowers and designs to lots of beautiful venues in Cornwall. If you are still looking for your wedding flowers come and have a chat to me at the Art of Weddings, Wedding Fayre on January 28th at Wadebridge Pavilion.

So for now, enjoy the celebrations and a Happy, Healthy New Year to you all.

 

Excited To Share This News

 

So here we are on Halloween eve already. How quickly October has passed by. So for those of you who have not seen or heard about my exciting news: when at Fleurex during the gala dinner I was presented with my certificate for the becoming a British Master Florist. This is such a prestigious title to be given, along with initials to use after my name M.D.P.F.

The photo that I have used for this blog is of myself; Amanda Winsor and Victoria Lawrence-Turner. Amanda and Victoria are two florists that I met when I first started training at the Academy of Floral Art. Since meeting, and over the years we have become extremely good friends and had a fascinating floral flower journey during our studies. We have had some wonderful ‘road trips’ to various floral events; attended masterclasses with some of Europe’s top Master Florist’s; had emotional tears at various times, but best of all tears of laughter. It maybe the end of one such floral journey, but its not the end for flower fun and friendship.

This photo was taken after the presentation of our certificates by the B.F.A (British Florist Association). Victoria was presented with the cup and flowers too. This was because Victoria had the highest  scoring marks in the theory paper that we sat.

The wedding season has slowed now, so I will have time to upload wedding photos that brides and grooms have given me. This will enable you to see what bridal bouquets and other wedding designs I have been creating.

Although I do not have any weddings to design flowers for this month, I am extremely busy with wedding consultations and dates are filling up very fast for next year. I am looking forward to returning to some venues too.

That’s all for this blog, is Happy Halloween. Stay safe and enjoy

A garden inspired bridal bouquet

A country inspired bridal bouquet. Photo shoot at Cornish Tippi

Really can’t believe that October is here already. The month has started with some of my wedding bouquets being featured in Pure Weddings Magazine with Cornwall Life. Copies came out on the shelves ready to buy at the beginning of October. This is from the shoot that took place back in July with a very talented team of Cornwall’s wedding suppliers. I have made an album on my Facebook page if you would like to see all of the photos; unless of course you have purchased a copy of the magazine.

Although key dates for weddings next year are getting booked up already. I have attended the wedding fayre at the Alverton Hotel, Truro and the wedding open day at the Headland Hotel, Newquay. Two very beautiful wedding venues. I still have two weddings left to deliver to the Alverton Hotel this year. One later in October and my last wedding for this year will be there on 29th December.

This weekend see me off to Fleurex which is a big BFA (British Florist Association) event being held for two day at the NEC. I do have some really love to news to tell all of my readers, but I will make the announcement after this weekend. Therefore I will leave this blog quite short.

A month for beautiful wedding flowers

The start of July saw me delivering my large urn and filling it full of various flowers to celebrate the marriage of Lisa and Kevin at Llanhydrock

I was delighted to work with Pure Weddings magazine and a fantastic team of industry specialists for their new edition of the magazine due out in Autumn. Unfortunately you’ll have to wait until then to see the bridal bouquets. The photo shoot took place at the beautiful venue Cornish Tippi, with some wonderful photos on the lake.

The wedding of Mary and Colin saw us traveling to Lands End, where they had their wedding in the Lands End Hotel. It was an absolutely, stunning day with the weather. Of course I had to get a photo of the signpost.

Can’t believe how quickly the year has past, as I was back at Charlestown for their annual Flower Festival. This year’s festival was music related and my title was line dancing, and I was given the pulpit area to decorate. Every year there are amazing flower designs so if you didn’t get to see it this year, you must go next year.

Still some weddings to design bridal flowers for later this month. I will be back to St Ives Harbour Hotel for Emma & Kieran’s wedding. I’d love to tell you what flowers will be in her bridal bouquet but I can’t, so you’ll just have to wait until I post some photos.

Large urn of flowers for a centrepiece for Lisa & Kevin’s evening reception.

Sun & Rain in June

Menheniot Church, Liskeard

‘Flaming June’ as the old saying is for this month. It’s been quite a mixture of weather. Hot sunny spells bring on the flowers in the garden then torrential downpours with brides and grooms under umbrellas.

I was able to make some lovely floral pedestals and pew ends in Menheniot church for Tessa & Richard’s wedding. Unfortunately, at the time of the wedding the weather was totally against them but cleared up beautiful in the afternoon. Tessa had a wild and free-form bouquet with Ivory roses; blue delphiniums; lime green hypericum berries; viburnum and hydrangea. They had a marquee set up in private grounds and their table centres were themed with flowers giving a woodland feel. When dressing a marquee with flower designs it is team work and a big thank you to my team in helping me create the vision that Tessa and Richard had.

However, it was good to us for Royal Cornwall show this year. Did any of my readers manage to visit the flower tent and see all the wonderful displays on show. I entered three pieces for the floral art competition which was very competitive. No high awards this year but it’s the pleasure of taking part and making flower designs to theme within a title.

The day the Liz & Danny got married at St Ives Harbour Hotel was blue skies and sun. Liz had a wedding bouquet with Ivory roses and gypsophila. Table centres were lanterns set on a base of Ivory roses and gypsophila. Both mums received a brightly, coloured flower bouquet.

I took a little ‘me time’ out as my Christmas present from my sons was to go and see Robbie Williams. He certainly is a showman and I enjoyed every minute of watching him. Erasure was his support group and I’d forgotten how good they were.

 

May

I so love the month of May. Longer days, more sun and two bank holidays. Peonies just starting to appear in bridal designs. Sketches for designs underway for my entries in the Floral Art competition at Royal Cornwall next month.

It was lovely to return to @AcademyofFloral last week to keep up with my CPD and attend a workshop with @gilles.didier a renowned French floral designer and trainer. I picked up many new tips and made two very trendy creations. It was great catching up with my florist friends from Devon. On Sunday I attended my local flower club workshop with Lucy Smith from Branching Out Floral Design and so lovely just to have a “play with flowers” and create a handbag. Again new tips and tricks learnt.

Although only a couple of weeks in to May, it has been busy with finalising wedding details. A final visit to Menheniot Church, Liskeard for fixing and positioning of flower designs for a wedding in June.

Towards the end of the month I will be delivering wedding designs to @thegreencornwall Upton Cross, Liskeard. A small private wedding @BedruthanHotel with a celebratory reception @theScarletHotel and St Johns Church, St Austell with the reception at St Austell Golf Club.

There has been quite a bit of ‘behind the scenes’ work here at Floral Creations. A new logo designed by @MedlinDesign and a new looking website with thanks to talea.co.uk

Although the weather is a little against us at the minute, the gardens needed the rain for our flowers to grow. It will soon blow up country and we’ll be basking in sunshine enjoying our Cornish climate with all our views, sea and sand.

April News

What a lovely month we are in. Spring flowers in full bloom and the gardens are now coming to life

with green shoots appearing in the ground and hedgerows. During the period of Lent no flowers are seen in any church. At Easter when Lent has passed the churches will be filled with yellow and white flowers.

The Spring Garden Show 2017 @BoconnocEstate was full of life. Lots of stalls and so many people visiting. With my love of competition work I entered three classes and I was given two commended awards.

It was a busy start to the month with a wedding @knightorwinery St Austell. The bride having a garden inspired shower bouquet. This I created from when I met her for her wedding consultation finding out her love of white scented roses.

I found myself back to @Polhawnfort Rame, meeting with a lovely bride and groom, planning their wedding for later this year. This wedding has such an exciting theme to it but obviously I can’t say anymore so you’ll have to wait a few months.

In the middle of April I was in Mevagissey on different days; delivering two very different styles of wedding flowers for two lovely couples getting married @Polpeir_Penpol One of the couples had a sea theme and hand made sea shells in the wedding designs (see photo). The other couple’s theme was hot and tropical. The weather was good so they had lovely views over the harbour and it has been whispered that they danced the night away.

Towards the end of this month – 27th April – Holland celebrates the Kings birthday and South Africa celebrates Freedom Day. Both being public holidays and I hope they have a great time in their celebrations. Whilst we in the U.K. enjoy the lighter evenings and look forward to good weather arriving

March Events

How quickly March has come around. A busy start to the month with the wedding fayre @HeadlandHotel Newquay with the beautiful views out to sea. Even if it was a little blustery outside; inside was buzzing with brides and grooms planning their weddings. I spoke to many couple about their wedding day flowers and designs. My diary is filling up fast for next year with key dates being taken.

March also saw International Women’s Day, where all different floral designs around the world were given as gifts to women as appreciation.

I was back at @AlvertonHotel Truro for the Regional meeting of the @The_BFA British Florist Association. It was lovely meeting up with regular florist friends and meeting new florists too. So nice to share ideas and talk flowers all evening.

Keeping up with trends and learning tricks of the trade was spent @YarlingtonHouse Somerset as part of @SabineDarrall team decorating the wedding marquee and tipi supplied by @AbbasMarquees1. A sneaky photo of #behindthescenes in the tipi. I will post professional photos as soon as I receive them.

It was a privilege to meet a bride and groom for a private tour of @Polpeir_Penpol Mevagissey, deciding on where floral designs would be positioned. Such a beautiful house with spectacular grounds. I am so lucky to be delivering to two weddings and both so different next month.

On an overcast Sunday I met a lovely bride and groom at Pendennis Castle, Falmouth talking through all their wedding designs. I am looking forward to decorating the keep next year with a floral arch design.

Towards the end of the month is our British Mothering Sunday (- don’t forget to order your flowers) as well as the clocks changing to British summertime.