Hello Tallulah! My first day at the flower school

Succulent wreath

Decorative wreath: ivy, succulents, moss and twigs

This has been my first week at the Tallulah Rose Flower School and what a fun packed, busy week it’s been. The founder Rachel Wardley is lovely and really knows her stuff.

In the first week we’ll cover hand ties, sympathy flowers, succulent wreaths, letters, urn arrangements, meadows and business planning. There are 11 of us on the course from all around the world. We’re all similar in the fact we’re there to learn the same skill, but we’re all different in our styles – it’s really nice to see. I love looking at other people’s arrangements; I think by the end of it, I’ll know whose is whose.

On day one we got to know the names of the flowers (still need to master that one), conditioned them and made hand tied bouquets out of the most beautiful flowers. Rachel really does pick the best stems for the school. The smell was insane, walking in every morning instantly makes you happy – what a lovely way to start each day.

I found the conditioning really therapeutic and relaxing, I could’ve spent the whole day doing just that! I felt I got to grips the spiral straight away and thought, ‘I must be a natural’. Once I’d finished that, I then made a smaller one to sit along side it in my photos. We were told to snap the hell out of every day as we only get once chance, so I did. I think I still need to practice my photography skills, but I’ll get there. Rachel has this amazing dark wall in the school, which is a great spot for photos and brings out the colours in the flowers. Perfect!

I left feeling content, happy and wanting to get back as soon as possible. Roll on Tuesday!

Our local wedding florist: Ivory Flowers

Ivory Flowers

I’m one of those girls that has to have fresh flowers at home; I absolutely love them, and I’ve always wanted to be a florist – one of my resolutions for 2017 is to go on a flower arranging course. Someone who inspired me was Xanthe Ivory, who sold flowers and beautiful plants outside our local restaurant bar, and went on to open a flower shop on North Street in Bristol.

Working with brides to create beautiful bouquets and arrangements is absolutely one of my favourite parts of my job.” — Xanthe Ivory

Xanthe has 10 years experience in the art of flower arranging. Her bouquets range from full and wild, to tight perfect designs, and everything in between. All of their boutonnieres, corsages and headdresses are individual and styled to suit each brides wishes and desires.

So, if you’re in our wonderful Southville area of Bristol, pop into Ivory Flowers, or take a look at their website: www.ivoryflowers.co.uk

Beautiful wedding bouquets for beautiful brides.

BouquetsBouquet

Here are a couple of beautiful bouquets I found after a quick browse of the internet.  I loved the originality of the tulips – they almost look like sweets and will go with any theme or colour. 

My favorite flowers are hydrangeas, roses and peonies so I couldn’t help sharing this bouquet as well. Without the peonies it’s still very fresh and again will suit any colour or theme, but I see some lovely green bridesmaids dresses going perfectly with either of these wonderful bouquets!

The bouquets above we’re found at Petals Floral Designs.