These fabulous bridal bouquets were designed by Claire from Thrive Bury st Edmunds and made using flowers grown in my garden and also at Somerleyton Hall. They were produced during a demonstration at Flowers at Oxford and displayed in the Wedding Marquee. Flowers at Oxford is on this weekend and is an international floral conference being held at Lady Margaret Hall in Oxford. This event was started two years ago by Judith Blacklock and Fleur Creatif.
I was there on Friday with some friends I did my floristry training with, along with fellow florists and growers from Flowers From the Farm. British grown wedding flowers were on display in the Wedding Marquee having been used in designs by some top florists and wedding flower designers. I certainly learnt new things and gained lots of inspiration for my own wedding work. We stayed the night at Christchurch College and had our breakfast in the Great Hall, which was an amazing experience. Then a full day of flowers. I came home armed with twigs, corn, wool, tape.....plus a magazine subscription to Fleur Creatif (a Belgian floral design magazine) and lots of ideas.
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.