On the 12th of May the shop celebrated it’s 10th birthday. We thought it worth celebrating so we gave 10 bouquets away, lonely bouquet style, left at locations all around our village with notes attached to say take me home or give me to someone in need. We had some lovely phone calls and emails to say who had found them and where they went to. Our fabulous high street neighbours Lucy Lou’s created a magnificent balloon structure and Mrs Lyons baked perfect Wild flower style cup cakes. Of course we poured a little fizz and got many cards and messages from well wishers. 10 years may not seem a lot to some folk, yet as a small high street retailer in a village it’s a miracle to survive in this day and age. We have withstood a brutal recession, months of road closures outside the shop and an upsurge in “at home” florist competitors that just don’t have the overheads we do and don’t even get us started on supermarket flowers! We have had to make changes to compete in such a difficult environment and Kerry doesn’t mind to admit that on three occasions it’s all nearly been given up. Yet the passion for what we do and how we sit within our community gives us that drive to continue. We have simply the most amazing customers, some of you have weird requests, some of you are predictable in your choices but you have become part of our floral family. You make us smile, laugh, cry and give us such happiness in our work so thank you, for sharing our journey and making it special. Oh, and keep bringing your dogs in, we love a visitor with paws!
So, Sunday 29th October we well and truly welcomed the Autumn season with our first full day flowers and photography workshop in collaboration with Robyn from Bobtale Photography. Robyn and I chatted about what we wanted to achieve for the students and our aim was for them firstly to have FUN. Secondly, create something they didn’t know they were able to and thirdly, know how to take better pictures and get the most out of social media.
On a personal level I loved pulling this class together. Making a Pinterest board to get my inspiration helped my develop what style I wanted to teach and opted for a wild natural compote container arrangement. In the class we discussed the floral foam V’s chicken wire debate for their mechanics and touched on principles and elements of design because the style we wanted to create was all about texture, movement, space and colour. It’s so exciting going to the market to choose what we are going to use. We added in pomegranates, apples and dried coral fern that had been sprayed with rose gold paint, ahhh lush!
The students were so enthusiastic and really went for it creating some stunning arrangements. Only needing a few tweaks here and there.
After the hard work we relocated to The Allotment where they sectioned off our own area and provided us with an amazing vegetarian platter of tasty food, drinks and the most delicious Victoria sponge cake. After refreshments Robyn got us focused on photography, discussing how to take better photographs using a camera or phone camera. Such simple tips can really aid getting the most out of your equipment and ultimately making your subject really shine on the image. The students really got into the groove seeing them setting shots up, outside in the leaves on the ground and Robyn even told us about flat/stack lays. The pictures we now see on Facebook and Instagram are a testament to how good she was at teaching her knowledge.
Easiest way to describe this fantastic workshop is to show you some photos. Enjoy whilst we get thinking of new workshops for 2018!
What is a styled shoot? Errrr..... yes that was actually me wondering where all these amazing images flashing up on social media came from. How do you do that? Well, basically you find some like minded individuals who are on your wavelength and fly by the seat of your pants! Our fabulous friend Emma Jones who owns Love and Lace styling company suggested I meet one of her friends, Lucy. She has been creating those amazing Macrame hangings that just scream Ibiza boho vibe chic. Lucy popped into my shop one day and we just clicked instantly. I very cautiously, without too much hesitation muttered "what do you think about doing a styled shoot"? Enthusiasm and excitement took over and within a few weeks we'd got it organised. Naturally wanting Emma to get involved with her unique props and style advice we all waited to hear back from our desired photographer Robyn of Bobtale Photography. Wild Flowers has created Robyn's wedding flowers a few years ago and both Emma and Lucy were friends, Bobtale has been soaring with success and we knew that Robyn would share our vision but could she squeeze us in?
The lady said yes and here are just a few snap shots of our styled shoot.
Welcoming Autumn with open arms by embracing our first amaryllis, lots of gorgeous hydrangea in brown, green and russet tones and the beautiful rosehip. A trip to the pumpkin farm ended with a van load of the biggest haul we've ever had resulting in the most stunning flowered pumpkin arrangements todate.
The month kicked off with a fabulous wedding for Angela and Simon at Wrightington country club. Fabulous colour scheme of white and teal with a tiny hint of silver. We adored using Angela's own collection of vintage crystal cut glasswear. October ended with a huge wedding celebration for Amrita and David at St Mary's Church in Newton-le-Willows followed by a 30 table reception at Kilhey Court. Calling in the classics Amrita wanted an elegant look that was full of flowers in white, ivory and taupe. 220 stems of white Hydrangea, Avalanche and Quicksand roses, double lissianthus, ivory calla's and ivory dendrobium orchids but the show stopper was the Brides bouquet that was sprinkled with the heavenly scented Lily of the Valley. Absolutely cannot wait to get the professional images from these two weddings.
On Thursday the 20th and 21st we were invited to provide autumnal arrangements with a splash of gold to feature on counter at Bobbi Brown cosmetics in Harvey Nicholls store, Manchester. This event celebrated the launch of their Christmas collection. So exciting to see out flowers featured in such a prestigeous place.
Enjoy the warm nights cosying up by the fire while it's slowly growing dark outside. Light candles, eat comfort food and always smell the velvety roses. Happy Autumn everyone.
Wild Flowers has had it's mix of events in September.
Weddings at Hope Street Hotel Liverpool, Spring Cottage at Rivington, The Pendle Inn at Barley and The Old Courts in Wigan.
Two collaborations with the super talented Emma from Love and Lace event styling.
Finally, a fabulous Autumn flower school were students created the most exquisit door wreaths. Awaiting photo's from them to be sent to us and we'll post soon.
So, the Bank Hol weekend had us all wrapped up with a gorgeous wedding at Ferraris for Claire and David. Stunning plum and apricot colour theme. Can't wait to get some professional images. Sunday was a complete contrast for Beverley and John at the magnificent Samlesbury Hall, all things bright and beautiful with Birds of Paradise and Vanda Orchids.
This weekend Wild Flowers endulged in the Great Gatsby themed 1920's affair at Hope Street Hotel, Liverpool celebrating Katherine and Pauls marriage. Emmersing ourselves in the sheer glamour of it all with rich plum cymbidium orchids, mustard coloured craspedia and tumbling asparagus ferns.
Collaborating with Emma from Love and Lace event styling today on a beautiful and pretty English countryside affair in Parbold. So excited we managed to get our hands on the perfect cornflowers.
Finally.......our window was stripped of it's Rio carnival and replaced by the cutest vintage bicycle adorned with ribbons and flowers.
Hooray, finally our shiney new website goes live after months of tweaking, adding and removing. This week in the shop we had a great time at Holly Woodcock's hen party teaching floral crown classes down on the farm in preparation for their hippy party round the camp fire. Such fun.
This weekends wedding is also an exciting teepee affair. This Bride is wearing the most stunning gown and the bouquet is a one off special creation, can't wait to get creative. Photographs to follow.