How working together with a Floral Designer really does make your wedding unique.
Jess contacted me whilst I was back in the UK in February 2014 after Jess had seen on my website that I had arranged flowers for a school friend of hers four years ago. Jess met me on a very cold, snowy day in Broadway, Worcester in a lovely hotel to have coffee and to discuss her ideas for her wedding at the 5 star Columbia Beach Hotel in Pissouri Bay, Paphos Cyprus. Jess and I instantly got on well, I understood her vision and really wanted to help design her perfect wedding in Cyprus. We set together with the help of Jess’s Mum (an interior designer) a “Bo Ho” styled wedding.
Jess created a mood board with a drawing of her wedding dress, the brides maid dresses, head dresses, buttonholes and the venue dress. This was made through drawings, cuttings from magazines, pictures of the girls,everything on one display board. Fantastic now I had something to work with, keep looking at and put ideas and prices together.
I met Jess in March just before I left to come back to Paphos, Cyprus for my first wedding of the season. Jess wanted a hand picked natural wedding, bouquets with long stems, head dresses made of Gypsophilia for the 3 bridesmaids, a compact head dress of spray roses and Gypsophilia for herself. A little flower girl of only two and a half held a wand which was made from a small ball of Roses, Gypsophilia and Lizianthus. I had attached long flowing ribbons and a small gold bell-however I think her Mum held it most of the time!! The lads looked very smart with their boutannaires of small flowers from the bouquets-these were tied with jude cord.
The table settings were very very important to Jess and her family-they simply loved foliage-on the top table two tall glass vases held mixed evergreen stems at either end of the table, jam jars were filled with mixed flowers tied with jude cord and large glass hurricane lanterns were filled with Gypsophilia and Church candles. The main table-like a medieval banquet had a runner of Ivy running down the center with three tall vases of foliage. The table then had solar lights, jam jars filled with mixed flowers and containers filled with battery fairy lights and Gypsophilia.
The chairs were decorated with lace sashes and bunches of Gypsophilia for 50 guests.
Most importantly Jess wanted an arch decorated with foliage and lace which was at the chapel and then moved behind the top table for everyone to see and enjoy. As Jess came from Worcestershire and so did I, I mixed rose petals from The Real Flower Company (based in Pershore, Worcester) and heavily scattered them down the aisle for when Jess arrived.
Jess also employed me to put all the place cards and favours on the tables as well as the placement of all the floral decorations.
The flowers included the beautiful “Faith” Rose-Maeve in colour, Spray Roses, Astilbe, Gypsophilia, Lime green Lizianthus, Freesias and Scabiosa. My husband and I even went on a long walk so I could collect bits from the “hedge rows” to include that rustic hand picked look but also to introduce a bit of Cyprus countryside!
As most people know I also teach floristry and knowledge with wedding flowers/foliage is so important-what is in season, what can I buy in minimum quantitys to create such a mixed country look, what will give me texture and interest and what will stand up in the Cyprus heat in July? Delicate and “more blue flowers”was the request for the bridesmaids flowers-so I really needed to know my industry and work with good suppliers here in Cyprus and Holland.
I must say I loved being Jess’s floral designer and to see it all come together on the day. I must also thank my wonderful Husband Tony for working with me in 30 odd degrees of heat, to moving stock from one place to the next. The thought of a Keo after kept us going and of course I had to treat him to dinner!!
Jess has send me the most wonderful thank you and written a testimonial within 12 hours of being married 🙂
Weddings like Jess’s make me the floral designer that I am and I thank her for trusting in me to be such a big part of her day.