Vintage and modern, sunshine and rain, a proper March mix


Spring is in the air and once again it’s a busy time with floristry workshops, weddings, consultations, and wedding fayres packing out my diary.

The first of these was the Big Wed Meetup for some networking with other professionals in the wedding field, then a trip to Bristol for a special skills workshop with renowned floral designer Sabine Darrall. Sabine’s courses aim to bridge

the gap between a traditional college course and the practical industry knowledge needed to survive in today’s changing floral world… classes are small and friendly with lots of individual attention” 

I find these workshops ideal for extending specialist techniques and the new discoveries always feed back into my work keeping styles current and fresh. The venue was The Forge in Bristol, a new shared workspace for creative professionals and freelancers. The open, light space was perfect for our purposes, and the modern industrial feel of the building provided an interesting backdrop for the colours and softness of the flowers on the day.

On from there, I attended a workshop with Jane Cowling from Eden Florist in Taunton, Somerset, which was another contrast again, with commercial and practical common sense industry tips and the flair of a Level 5 Master Florist with that rural ‘Eden Florist’ house style. The mixture of ideas from both workshops were fantastic top-ups to take home.

Back to earth, I’m planning three weddings, one at the Headland Hotel, one at Alverton Manor, and another at The Knightor at the end of the month. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for the weather for each of these three lovely couples, but the good thing about folk who choose spring weddings is, not only do they have a wonderful choice of fresh flowers, but also (my observation) couples who marry at this time of year seem to be well prepared for sunshine or rain!

This Sunday, I have a stand booked at a wedding fete at Ta Mill, in Launceston, so if you’re Westcountry based and shopping for your wedding, come and say hello and browse of some of my designs.

Sunday 20-03-16 at Ta Mill, St Clether,

Launceston, Cornwall, PL15 8PS, (11am to 3pm)

Last up, for heritage venue hunters, this Saturday and Sunday, 19th & 20th March, there’s an open weekend at the newly renovated and restored Trenance Cottages, Newquay. The Grade II listed buildings, including parts dating back to 1800, with themed decor, allow guests to ‘step back in time to experience the way our Cornish ancestors lived‘ for a vivid vintage experience, and if you are looking for vintage themed wedding, this charming new venue also holds a wedding licence.

I will be leaving flowers for the display there – in milk churns provided by Kelly’s Sweet Treats. Pictures to follow….