Some of you will know that I have just been on a wedding creative collaboration at Bocconoc House in Cornwall with a group of wonderful tutors including The Garden Gate Flower Company, Tinge Floral from Utah, Taylor and Porter Photographer, Wedding Sparrow, Lancaster and Cornish Ribbon and Lesley Lau Styling.
Bocconoc is a beautiful house and wedding venue with a pastoral setting of rolling hills, streams, deer and sheep. There is a church on the estate and lovely stonewalls and stables which make for wonderful backdrops for photographs.
The workshop was held over two days and with participants coming from America, Spain, Scotland and England this made a great environment to share information and ideas about styling wedding flowers. Most of the flowers used were British but because of the cold start to the growing season some of the Tulips were Dutch. We made wild bouquets, urn and bowl arrangements. From my perspective probably even wilder than usual...which is saying something. We incorporated twigs into the bridal bouquets which I generally haven't done before despite my using lots of twigs in my arrangements and gift bouquets.
I came away with many ideas as to how I might change the way I work. Incorporating a more artistic approach to the design process, improving my photography and drawing inspiration from a wider range of sources.
After a career in the Health Service and then time bringing up my family, I qualified as a florist and trained in horticulture. Developing a passion for growing and arranging British garden flowers, I planted a Suffolk cutting garden. Having become increasingly concerned about where and how flowers are grown coupled with a love of British flowers. I now specialise in growing and using beautiful British grown flowers to make artistic designs. for weddings, events and gifts.