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Lisa and Sean McDonald’s wedding at Farnham Castle, Surrey, 5th Nov 2019

This was only the second time I had made flowers for a wedding in a castle, and what a wonderful venue Farnham Castle is! An English Heritage site in Farnham Surrey, standing on its hill for nearly 900 years, the castle is one of the few remaining great medieval houses of England, and now used as a romantic, exclusive wedding venue. From lofty high ceilings, grand staircases, leaded windows and the Great Hall, my breath was taken away by its beauty and amazing surroundings.   Lisa and Sean had chosen such an awe inspiring venue, the flowers had to match! I first met Lisa and Sean for their wedding flowers consultation nearly a year before the big day. Lisa wanted a bouquet that was loose and natural, that complemented her stunning wedding dress, and equally stunning venue. We discussed lots of different bouquet styles, and eventually Lisa chose a hand tied shower bouquet. I love to work with seasonal flowers as much as possible and our discussions led us to wintery shades of white Ammi, Alpe’ de Huez roses, sweet smelling freesias, the delectable Earl grey and blush Charmant roses, white hypericum berries and gorgeous, lush British foliage. Seeing Lisa with her the bouquet was stunning, and her bridesmaids looked equally gorgeous with hand tied bouquets of the same flowers. Sean’s buttonhole was a trio of the sweet smelling freesia and a hint of eucalyptus and Lisa’s mum had an elegant wrist corsage of freesias. Lisa and Sean had a very clear vision for their table centres, and wanted biodegradable/ no waste designs. We looked at different options and...

Welcome to my first ever blog!

Well, this is a first for me….I have been well and truly dragged into the 21st Century! Everyone who knows me knows I’m not the greatest at technology, my teenage son set me up with Instagram a year ago as Facebook was ‘so last year’. So here goes…. A bit about me. I’m chatty, headstrong, driven and love a challenge. I started my floristry business six years ago, no business experience, but a background in visual merchandising and retail design and a real passion for flowers, working from my kitchen, whilst also working at my main job as a community midwife in Harlow, Essex.  Roll on to 2016 where I was to take the plunge and hand in my notice as a permanent midwife. A couple of years working from home, a fair few weddings and funerals later, I came to realise my company had got too big for my kitchen, and with that in mind, I headed out to find a workshop to fit my needs. In January 2018 I got in touch with a wonderful man (William, my now landlord) who was buying Crumps Farm, a run down farm house with gorgeous stables, barns and out buildings on West Road, Sawbridgeworth, in the beautiful Hertfordshire countryside. I just fell in love with my ‘workshop’ the minute I saw it. Originally two stables, used for foaling mares, overgrown with ivy and holes to let the rain in, I knew this was for me. Next to convince my husband (worried about expanding) and my accountant (worried about money). But, persuasive as always, I got my way! In June 2018, I...