Can you believe the heat wave we experienced last week?! Crazy hot weather for April but still it was lovely to have some sunshine! The weather this week, not so great, which is a shame. Hopefully today’s Spring brights for a one to one flower workshop we had recently will help cheer you up. The lovely Carmela, who works in the wedding industry herself as a designer and stylist had flown over from Hong Kong for a week and had decided she wanted to attend a floral workshop to learn some flower skills that could help with her own business in the future. We spent the day creating hand tied bridal bouquets and centre pieces, it was a wonderful day.
The demo bouquet created during the class, very much channelling those Ultra Violet vibes. The 2018 Pantone colour of the year, which I would like to say was intentional but the honest answer is it wasn’t! I was drawn to this mix of colours when I was at the market buying the flowers. I must admit they do work beautifully together, (if I do say so myself!). The varieties include; Anemones, Lisianthus (a variety called black pearl which is one of my current favourites) Blushing Bride Lilac, Scabious, Peonies, Cappuccino Ranunculus (which were just dreamy I might add) and the start of the show those small but mighty Fritillaria aka Snake’s Head. The beautiful grey silk ribbon which finished the bouquet perfectly is from Silk and Purl.
The bouquet created by Carmela, didn’t she do a superb job! Especially as it was her first time learning this technique too. She opted for the lighter shades of the colour pallet and also incorporated some Nerine that gave the bouquet a pretty and delicate look along with hints of Clematis and Genista too which smelt lovely. Finished with more gorgeous hanging ribbon from Silk and Purl.
Next up (once we had stopped for lunch followed by homemade carrot cake and coffee of course!) were centre pieces. These were created using a foam free technique in my favourite compote vessels. Carmela’s beautiful design, consisted of an array of different ingredients including; Hellebores, Carnations which a lovely dusky pink shade, Lisianthus, Ranunculus, Roses, Genista (a favourite of Carmela’s) and of course those Fritillaria’s. As part of the workshop Carmela also wanted to do some styling. So with the aid of some of Claire’s gorgeous props we had a fun styling session too.
My demo centre piece, one thing that always amazes me about flowers is how each person can be working with the same variety of flowers and yet each design will look so different! That’s what I love about flowers, each design is so unique. No two floral designs will ever look the same!
The finished centre pieces, side by side. When Claire came in to photograph them at the end she had no idea which one was mine, which just goes to show what a brilliant job Carmela did! We hope you enjoyed today’s Spring brights for a one to one flower workshop post. If you would like to book one of our seasonal masterclasses or one to one masterclass check out the website.
Image Credits: Claire Graham