Who or what inspires your work?
Nature and working with the seasons is a great inspiration to me, I love how flowers and foliage change as the year goes by. Also a huge inspiration and role model for me is Constance Spry, the British educator, florist and author of the mid-20th century. One of the many ways Constance brought innovation to floristry was in the way she used balled chicken wire to hold plants and flowers in a way that resembled their natural growth. Her unconventional designs continue to be a massive influence on today’s florists, and the fact she even used vegetables and weeds in her work fills me with joy – I love a bit of dock flower in a design!
Do you have a minimum spend?
No, but we always ask if you have a budget in mind. As a rule of thumb you should allow 10% of your overall wedding budget for flowers, we will then work with you and your budget to create something beautiful! We work on weddings of all sizes from small intimate weddings of 30, woodland weddings & large scale events.
Do you have a sustainability policy?
Yes! Sustainable floristry can be a bit of a minefield – I have certainly lost sleep of over what’s right, what’s wrong and whether we are buying from the right sources – so we have given ourselves some rules. We will (and do) buy seasonal flowers from Holland to get the choice and the quality we require. The overall impact is far less than flying flowers halfway around the word and probably not much greater than buying from Cornwall or Scotland. We support local growers including Flowers by Season, Yorkshire growers with the most beautiful blooms and foliage that are reminiscent of the flowers in the garden of my childhood home: Antirrhinum majus, Alchemilla mollis and Eremurus stenophyllus – lots of cottage garden favourites. We forage from the woodland at the Broughton Sanctuary, which throws up an abundance of foliage, twigs, sticks, berries, cow parsley and grasses. As from 2022 we will be growing some of our own flowers too! We never use floral foam, instead we opt for chicken wire and moss mechanics, with baked bean tins, fresh soup containers and jam jars placed as a water source. Our business cards are made from recycled T-shirts and the paper we use to wrap our flowers is recycled and recyclable even our plant-based sellotape contains zero plastic. Even the cleaning products we use in the studio are from Bower Collective, which vets products and suppliers according to sustainability criteria.
Do you just do weddings at Broughton Hall where you are based?
No! We are happy to work at all the beautiful wedding venues and churches across Yorkshire and some of Lancashire, we can even create something beautiful in your garden!
We had the best day ever, everything looked perfect and beyond our expectations. I really can't thank you enough for your creativity, kindness and input in making our day look so beautiful!
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