This Saturday I arranged flowers for a wedding in our village church. St Margaret's Reydon. It is in the process of a wonderful new reordering which involves the old dark wood choir stalls and the heavy organ being removed letting in space and light. I was so lucky that some of this has already started amd so I could use the space to fill with flowers! The couple had asked for the church to be full of seasonal flowers on a pink, white and blue theme as the bridesmaid's dresses were navy blue. So on Thursday I set to work. I met Karen who grows in Essex near Layer Marney Towers early in the morning to collect pickings from her including Gladiolus, Scabiosa Black Cat, Myrtle, Snapdragons,Roses and more. Then I went to Somerleyton Hall for Hydrangeas, Dahlia Karma Chocolate, Rose buds and Pink Achillea. Whilst out a delivery from Clowances of powder blue Cornish Scabiosa, White Gladiolus and Alstromeria arrived. I cut from my own patch on Thursday evening and Friday morning including Roses, Zinnias, Dahlias, Larkspur, Salvias. Verbena Bonariensis, Cosmos, Nigella seedheads, Lavender, Gladiolus, Fennel, Orlaya.....Last but not Least on Friday morning a trip to Mr Perkins allotment for some show stopping Dahlias.
Thursday evening my daughter and I started making pedestals, four in total, plus 2 candle arrangements.....then Friday the crack team of florists I trained with arrived and we made 58 jam jar posies and 5 large vase arrangements. The marquee for the reception was overlooking the estuary at Reydon and had stunning views. One of the things people don't tell you about being a florist other than the hard work...is that you get to work in beautiful places. I love working in churches in the evenings and early mornings so peaceful. Friday afternoon/early evening we were working at the marquee on a table outside and it was amazing. The jam jars were used along the church window sills as well as the large vases and then more jam jars on the tables at the reception. Friday evening we all ate fish and chips on the run and then started making bouquets for bride and 4 bridesmaids. Finally Saturday morning 4 head circlets and 12 buttonholes were wired. Everything delivered at 12 just leaving time to check the church and marquee before rushing back to the church to see the bride go into the service. Her bouquet contained David Austen's Rose for the Royal Wedding, William and Catherine, Dahlia Peaches, Achillea in an antique pink, Scabiosa ( powder blue), Orlaya and white Cosmos
It was a truely beautful wedding. The Bride and Bridesmaids looked stunning. I wish the couple every happiness in the future.
I had some wonderful feedback about the flowers and St Margaret's have put some more pictures on the church facebook page. This is such a lovely place to get married and with the new changes in the church even better.
.All the flowers used were British most of them grown in Suffolk, that is special!
My story in flowers started as a child growing a tiny patch of London Pride Saxifraga...also known as Whimsey or Look Up and Kiss Me! Fast forward to 8 years ago when I started a City and Guilds training in floristry. I qualified as a florist and then to deepen my growing knowledge and skills I trained in horticulture as well. I trained under a WRAGS scheme at Darsham Nurseries and at Somerleyton Hall. Developing a passion for both growing and designing/arranging British garden flowers, I planted a cutting garden. Having become increasingly concerned about where and how flowers are grown, coupled with a love of British grown flowers. and natural styling, I now specialise in growing and using beautiful British grown flowers to make romantic natural designs. for weddings, events, gifts and much more.