• Emma Soulsby

National Wedding Florist of the Year 2019

I’m going to start this post with a quick apology, because things are going to get emotional and probably a bit gushing, so please bear with me. It’s been a bit of a big week, you see. On Wednesday night, I won the coveted title of National Wedding Florist of the Year at the 2019 Wedding Industry Awards. After spending the awards evening on the dance floor in a slight state of shock, the rest of this week has been an emotional one – I’m over the moon, humbled, proud, excited and so damn thankful.

Flowers exploded into my life when I was looking for a creative outlet while working in finance. They soon went from a hobby, to an all-consuming love, to a full-time career. Winning on Wednesday really made me stop and properly reflect on the last few years – on how far I’ve come and how much I’ve changed. No matter where you are in your business journey, I heartily recommend you do the same. Take a minute, stop, and look at what you’ve achieved. We spend so long belittling ourselves, comparing ourselves to others and feeling like we’re not good enough, so make time to be proud. Proud of yourself, proud of your growth, proud of your mistakes and your learnings. I’m going in to 2019 feeling properly proud of the business I’m growing here, and being able to put ‘Award Winning’ in front of my job title is the cherry on the cake.

Thank You!

2018 was a rollercoaster, but I got the chance to meet and work with some truly exceptional people. To all of my couples, thank you. Thank you for your votes and your lovely words that helped me to win this award, but more than that, thank you for letting me be a part of your weddings. Flowering a wedding and knowing that the arrangements and installations I’m designing will be forever linked with someone’s happiest memories is an incredibly special feeling, and it’s one that I cherish.

So before I go back to my happy dancing, here’s a round up of some of my favourite weddings from last year.

White Jasmine and Floating Foliage at Syon Park

Juyoung and Rob’s wedding was on one of the hottest days of the year, and the greenhouse effect was in full force in the beautiful conservatory at Syon Park. However, a little bit of melting around the edges for my team and I was entirely worth it for this stunning end result: An enormous floating centrepiece of vivid green and white, packed with roses, peonies, stocks and Singapore orchids, and threaded with little starry jasmine blossoms.

Something a Little Different At Cowley Manor

I could stare at the images from Hannah and Ben’s wedding at Cowley Manor for hours! This colour palette was an unusual one for me, but I absolutely love the creamy purples, corals and oranges, and the way they work with the eclectic glamour of Cowley Manor. This wedding was all about being contemporary and stylish but playful at the same time, and it was a total joy to flower.

Clean White Luxury at the Savile Club

I have lots to say about this wedding – enough to fill at least one blog post, so check back soon to find out more about it. Suffice to say, it was one of my last weddings of the year, and it sent me into Christmas on a complete high. Clean, bright, white, abundant and luxurious – Frances and Andrew’s wintry wedding was simply beautiful.

Roses for Days at Hedsor House

The lovely Becky and Jamie were a dream couple to work with. I loved creating their suite of romantic, fragrant florals at stellar venue Hedsor House, and was unbelievably touched and happy to receive the following testimonial after their big day:

Emma made the whole wedding planning process so enjoyable. She listened to what we wanted and then came up with a concept that absolutely blew our minds. She was always available for a chat and she’s genuinely a wonderful person who I’ve loved working with. When she gave me my wedding bouquet on the day I burst into tears at it was better than I could have imagined. When I saw the ceremony hall and the reception area I couldn’t believe it, our guests are still talking about the flowers now!

I’ve got so much up my sleeves for 2019, with some absolutely wonderful weddings on the cards. If you’re newly engaged and looking for meaningful flowers with serious impact from your wedding day, then I would love to hear from you.

Image credits:

Helen Warner Photography | Gyan Gurung Photography | Modern Vintage Weddings | Victoria Murray Photography

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