The National Wedding Industry Awards 2018…

I decided to take the plunge and enter myself into the National Wedding Industry Awards 2018…

The awards its self is one the most prestigious out there which is a little intimidating! I went through a rigorous selection process which involved answering honest and difficult questions about you and your business on which you score points from the judges… then asking every bride from 2017 to take time out of their day to vote for me… with out votes you quite simply don’t get through… Months of waiting and anticipation were repaid when I received the email announcing i’d made it through to the south west regional finals… I let out a little shriek of joy to which my dog barked the house down thinking I was being attacked! The weeks after this I was floating on air so happy to just get through…

Supplier friends in the industry also got through… we ditched our work clothes and popped on our posh frocks and heels for the night taking the two hour trip to deepest darkest Wiltshire for the awards ceremony… We were greeted by red carpet, dancing flames and prosecco… It was wonderful to meet lots of new suppliers and make new friends during the warm up to the ceremony… The evening got tense as we all took our positions waiting in anticipation for our category to be called… I was up against some amazingly talented florists and previous winners… I never thought in a million years I’d win… When they called my name out I couldn’t believe it! I was so shocked, tearful and above all so happy… I think my face say’s everything in these images… Thank you to all my brides who voted for me and gave rave reviews… with out you this award would never have happened… It’s an hour to call my self an award winning florist :)

Christmas at Bodega…

Textured rustic Christmas decor at the fabulous Bodega wine bar in Christchurch… This uber trendy wine bar with is bare brick walls, reclaimed woods and barrel tables requires a certain touch when it comes to Christmas..

They love all things natural and earthy, obviously with a bit of glittery sparkle to it… Textured foliage wreaths with dried hydrangea and fruits adorn the windows with twinkly fairy lights…

Above the bar wrapped around their rustic beam ran a eucalyptus foliage garland packed full of dried purple hydrangeas, pine cones, whole oranges and dried pink pepper corns…

Rose gold glitter was added to the hydrangea heads and pines cone, catching the light in the evening creating a sea of festive sparkle!

Emma & Matts wedding flowers Coombe Trenchard Devon…

Emma had been following me on Instagram and got in touch last winter to have a natter about her wedding flowers… She lives in London and had chosen a beautiful wedding venue in Devon called Coombe Trenchard… This place has such a Victorian vibe to it which inspired her entire wedding…

Her bouquet consisted a mass of glossy tropical leaves with textured floaty ferns and olive foliage. Burgundy chrysanth blooms and peach rose’s were grouped here and there with baby succulents and touches of dainty wax flower running through out…

Emma had a stunning backless dress and veil complimented by a delicate foliage crown with a cluster of peach roses and wax flower at the back. The perfect look for a messy half up half down hair style…

The marquee was the main event… hanging foliage garlands using tropical glossy leaves and textured ferns…gold and white paper lanterns finished the look with copper urn table centrepieces on each table packed full of flower from the bridal bouquet really embracing that awesome Victorian vibe!

Lulworth Castle Wedding….

This Lulworth Castle wedding was all about wild textured foliage and copper… First of all my bride Danielle asked for a show stopper, over the top, big as her head bouquet… I could only oblige by combining plump hydrangea heads large white dahlia, peonies, rustic wax flower, blousy spray roses & a medley of woodland and glossy tropical foliage…

Awesome rose gold bridesmaids dresses were the perfect look for these wild textured bouquets, each styled slightly different for an eclectic look…

The church was packed with romantic candle light & textured glossy & woodland foliage everywhere… tied from the pew ends along the aisle & on every window ledge creating a tropical wonder as you enter the church…

After the ceremony guests where ushered to Lulworth castle where they were greeted with champagne on the steps… as you enter guests were further wowed by a luxury floral arrangement with twinkly fairy lights  & romantic candles all nestled on a bed of woodland moss for an enchanted look…

To finish this awesome look the bride collected lots of eclectic copper terrariums, candle holders, bud vases & bull dogs for a her table centrepieces which where packed with blousy white blooms & tropical foliage..

Sopley lake garden wedding…

Now this is one of my weddings well worth giving a shout… I love all kinds of colour variations but I must admit I don’t often get to do a wedding as vibrant as this at Sopley Lake… Kelly and Stuart came down from London to have a natter about their wedding flowers… their brief was pretty clear from start… ‘It’s got to be vibrant Clair, I want colour everywhere!’ Well I think we nailed the brief don’t you…

All eyes were on these awesome floral swings provided by Coastal tents along with their sale cloth tent… as you walked in all you saw were these giant floral displays hanging from the ceiling with enough vibrant flowers to pack a punch… I was completely in love with the look!

With all attention paid to the floral swings Kelly wanted to keep things quite simple on the rustic wooden trestle tables with quirky beer bottles filled with a few stems of vibrant flowers from the chosen theme…

After the ceremony these cute little floral jam jars were re-located to the tent and used to decorate the top table chairs. If only every chair in the room had these, it looked really indulgent and added even more vibrancy to the overall look!

To finish Kelly requested a whopper of a bouquet and boy did she get it, I thoroughly enjoyed creating this little bad boy… a little bit wild with lots of textured foliage and just look at that colour combination! You couldn’t be a shy bride walking down the aisle with this fella!

She is an extremely talented artist

Even after my own wedding over a year ago I still follow Clair on all her social medias... seeing her new work with other brides and feeling like she keeps re-investing herself, nothing is ever alike! She is an extremely talented artist.

An excellent creator of floral masterpieces

Clair instinctively knew what flowers to use based upon my brief... She is calm, relaxed, professional and discrete... An excellent creator of floral masterpieces which brought tears of joy to my eyes.

Very responsive and flexible

Clair is extremely passionate about what she does, which is highly infectious... She knows her craft and is very responsive and flexible to additional ideas... Everyone commented that they were the most stunning wedding flowers they'd ever seen!