For twenty years or more I have ducked January by heading off to the tropics.This year a combination of children having left home, no dog care and a much needed new website kept us local.
We have not been idle ! The dogs have been on a walking weekend in Yorkshire, the website is done and I have reconnected with some truly creative friends and forged new bonds with other like minded professionals, whose industry sits sweetly along side my own.
It actually feels more rewarding than a month in the sun ! When I first started out in floristry others in the business kept their cards close to their chest; how times have changed for the better. Largely, I believe, through social media businesses are supporting each other and working together.
This months blog is a shining example of what a creative, talented, enthusiastic and let’s face it probably a bit unhinged group of people can achieve !
So, it all began just before Christmas when a young man popped into our Hove shop and ordered a room full of flowers to accessorise his wedding proposal. Naturally we gave him the third degree and insisted on hearing the romantic details . When he told us he was popping the question overlooking their favourite Sussex view at sunset, a little seed was sown in my subconscious. I knew just who I had to share this with ! Fresh home from her adventures styling fabulous weddings and events across Spain and brimming with fearless enthusiasm my lovely friend Claire @butlerwhiteweddings began to weave her magic. The iconic views at The Devils Dyke seemed like the logical place for a wild wedding proposal styled shoot to take place. With Elena and her incredible eye for atmospheric photography @elenapopaphoto invested a plethora of talent and goodwill fell into place. Every girls dream best friend Poppy Tallulah hair and make up @poppytallulah_hairandmakeup, Bridal gown connoisseur Alex from Wild Heart Bridal @thewildheartbridal and my old mucker Rosie Odette Jewellery @rosieodettejewellery combined resources to ensure that our beautiful model Lilly looked breathtaking in her rue de Seine wedding gown and gems.
The vibe….a Moroccan style picnic setting in the shadows of the gnarled hawthorn trees defied the freezing temperatures and while brass lanterns flickered with golden candle light and persian rugs lay under foot our iPhones froze !
Our beautiful couple @oliver_bone_ @lilyfullstop slipped effortlessly into character. Whilst the lovers indulged in their Laurent Perrier and grazing board picnic Emily and I slid our way down the icy gorge with our beautiful cast iron arch frame hand crafted by the fabulous @madebymoore.
Several journeys up and down later and with burning quads we set about creating the ultimate setting for Ollie’s marriage proposal.
Lush foliages including olive and fern encased our foam free moon gate , cleverly leading the eye into the long distance. The moon gate looked as if it had been there since the Devil started digging , blending effortlessly into the staggering beautiful backdrop. As the happy couple embraced each other before their glorious view groups of ramblers and over excited dogs looked on misty eyed.
Elena’s stunning images tell this love story better than I ever could, it is one thing to have the imagery but the point here is that none of us could have achieved this without the others.
So, now we all want to do it again ! Whose next ? We can’t wait to hear about your iconic setting and create a back drop for your intimate occasion …..10 percent discount on venues 25 degrees Celsius or more 😜