• Emma Soulsby

Dramatic Romance at Hedsor House

I wanted to write a post for you to explain exactly what it is that I do, and why I’m so happy doing it. I thought about it for a while, then figured the best way to explain it would be to show you, rather than tell you.

Jack and Lauren’s wedding at stunning Buckinghamshire venue Hedsor House is an absolutely beautiful example of why I love my job quite so much! The couple planned a laid back yet luxurious wedding celebration, and wanted a real statement ‘wow’ for their guests as they entered the house.

My team and I created an enormous half arch that sprawled the full height of the house. I used fragrant eucalyptus and lots of foliage to give it depth and a real feeling of the wild having taken over this beautifully elegant manor house. Ranunculus , anemones and roses in shades of white, dusky pink and deep crimson nestled among the leaves like little jewels. The finished piece was dramatic and romantic…. and enormous! It definitely fitted the brief I’d been given, and lovely bride Lauren had the best reaction I’ve ever seen when she saw it – she ran over and gave it a hug! Needless to say, that had me grinning from ear to ear for the rest of the day.

High Impact Installations

Large arrangements with a sense of the spectacular are my speciality. These sorts of sculptural, high impact installations are at the very heart of my business, and I’m happily cultivating a reputation for flowers that wow. I find flowers exceptionally calming, and adore being surrounded by blossoms and petals day in and day out. But it’s the fantasy and the challenge of building something jaw dropping that’s never been seen before that gets my heart beating faster and keeps me feeling inspired and in love with this job.

I approach every commission with totally fresh eyes. It doesn’t matter if a wedding is taking place at a venue I know inside out, I’ll be seeing it in a new light, with my couple’s vision for their wedding imprinted on my brain.

At Lauren and Jack’s wedding at Hedsor House, I asked Chris and the team at Perfect Moments to film my set up, and they did a fabulous job. Have a look at the little film below to see me in action:

A Dream Couple

Lauren and Jack were incredible to work with. Relaxed and friendly, they both clearly have a passion for flowers, and it was wonderful to see them getting excited by my ideas for the spaces at their venue. Once we’d discussed varieties and colours, they were happy to let me get creative and design something spectacular for them.

I love the collaborative aspect of a wedding brief. Taking your vision and being allowed to run with it and create something that will surprise and delight you (and make you want to hug it!) will never get old.

Floristry is hard work both mentally and physically – I never thought I’d spend quite so much time teetering at the top of huge ladders, given my fear of heights. However, it really does make my heart sing in a way that my previous career in finance never ever did. All of the early mornings, heavy lifting, thorn spikes and scratches, time pressured take-downs and sometimes muddy, mossy, messy work is so worth it, and I wouldn’t change a thing.

If you’re planning your wedding and want to create a floral spectacular that will leave your guests feeling wowed, then why not get in touch? I’d love to hear about your plans for the day and how we might be able to work together.

Image Credits:

Helen Warner Photography

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