Back in October, I met the lovely Heather for an Autumn compote and bridal bouquet workshop. We had the most wonderful day together. We started off with a cup of tea & biscuits (quite rightly so!) and chatted about our love of flowers. Heather, has set up her floral design business; Lily and Bray Floristry along side her day job as a radiographer, following some previous flower classes she had attended. During our one to one she was keen to learn a more natural and organic style to arranging flowers along with any advice I could offer her with regards to running a start up floral design business. We had a lovely mix of ingredients to play with including; Salmon Pip Blooms, gorgeous dahlias in coral and burgundy tones. Caramel Antique garden roses (one of my favourites) dusky pink carnations, black dill, Princess Caroline Delphinium.
Less common then other varieties, hence more expensive but worth it as they are such a beautiful colour. Mixed Autumnal foliage’s including contenester, seeded eucalyptus, mimosa, parvi and viburnum. First up was mastering Bridal Bouquets and I demonstrated to Heather how I create a bridal bouquet using my front facing technique. I adore creating bridal bouquets, in fact as a floral designer I think these are one of my favourite designs to create. Seeing the shape, the mix of different textures and colours come together is something I will never tire of. We finished the bouquet with beautiful hanging silk ribbon from Silk and Pearl. I most definitely have an obsession with silk ribbon! Although I like to say it’s healthy, a florist can surely never have to much silk ribbon after all?
Ta da! The finished bridal bouquet demo, such a pretty yet Autumnal colour pallet and I adored the softness that the mimosa gave to the design. Now it was over to Heather to create her very own bouquet, I like my students to choose whichever ingredients they would like from the selection leaving them to feel free to experiment and be creative. When creating a bridal bouquet, the beginning is often the trickiest part! You don’t have as many stems to hold and support each other. However the more you create, the easier it gets, practice makes perfect as they say!
How stunning is Heather’s bouquet?! She did such a fabulous job, the burgundy tones really pop against the softer pinks and caramel colours. Once we were happy we had enough images of the bouquets (you can never have too many images of your work to share on social media etc. hence why my the storage is constantly full on my phone and I spend half my time constantly deleting old photos!). We stopped for some lunch before getting started on our Autumn compote arrangements in the afternoon.
The majority of my centre piece designs I like to create using chicken wire, as it creates natural and organic style designs. I also feel it’s easier to use and it’s more environmentally friendly then the floral foam which isn’t bio degradable. Another very handy tool I recently purchased from Ikea, the lazy Susan a must have for all my flower workshops! What is a lazy Susan I hear you say? It’s a wooden turntable that allows you to easily spin your design round so you can work on it at different angles, genius!
With the finished designs (my demo and Heather’s) we created a tablescape and styled the arrangements with pretty finishing touches. Not only did we manage to get some wonderful images, thanks to Claire’s photography talent too. It also showcases how the centre pieces could look in situ at a wedding or event. Plus who doesn’t love all the pretty?!
This was Heather’s beautiful compote design, I was so impressed with what she created on the day, during our Autumnal compote and bridal bouquet workshop. I loved at the end when we were photographing, Claire didn’t know who’s was who’s! Very much looking forward to following her floral journey.
Our next seasonal masterclass; Bridal Bouquets and Styling is taking place on the 16th May for more information or to book check out the website. If you would like to book a one to one masterclass email us to book your spot. One to one classes are completely tailor made to you and what you would like to learn.
Here’s to the first day of Spring and warmer sunny days ahead with all the blossom on the trees!
Image Credits: Claire Graham Photography