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Mother's Day Flower Workshop

It's March at last, which means it almost spring, and my wedding season starts back up again. I'll try to keep these blog posts going but they may get a little less frequent.

March and daffodils go hand in hand, and the gorgeous yellow flowers always make me think of spring and Mother's Day. When I was little I always used to pick a bunch of daffs for mum on Mother's day and bring her tea and toast in bed and now whenever I see daffodils I remember this.

Being a crafty kind of person I've always loved making things for people, whether it's cards, knitted bits and bobs or baking, and Mother's Day seems like the perfect time to make something for the person who made you.

This year I'll be running a workshop on Mother's Day (March 26th, 10am - 12 noon) at For Fika Sake in Partick. We'll be taking inspiration from one of my all time flower heros Constance Spry, and using Scottish grown blooms to create wild and wonderful arrangements to celebrate the arrival of spring and, more importantly, mums.

No experience is necessary and you can either bring your mum if she'd like to have a go herself or come by yourself and give your mum your finished masterpiece.

I try where possible to be environmentally friendly so this will be an oasis foam free arrangement and will teach you flower care and tips that you can use again whenever you get flowers in the future to make them look great in your home.

Pre-booking is essential as space is limited. For more information or to book get in touch via the contact us form.

Fiona and Nial's Crear Wedding

I was lucky enough to work on a really varied set of weddings last year, from bright colour pop warehouse ceremonies, to ethereal woodland weddings, pastel blooms in ancient castles to deep burgundy and marsala in Edinburgh city centre. I love that every couple is unique and while there are trends that run through wedding flower preferences, no two bouquets or arrangements are the same. 

One of my favourite weddings from last year was Fiona and Nial's August nuptials, which took place at the beautiful Crear on the west coast of Scotland. Fiona was initially attracted to my terrariums and dinosaurs with air plants in them, and succulents and tillandsia were soon added to the list of ingredients for her wedding flowers!

The muted tones of the Scottish grown flowers were inspired by the colours of the the Scottish landscape. Fiona wanted her bouquet to mirror the tones and textures of the West coast- the sea, sky and mountains. She loved Scandinavian design, clean lines and plants so I used a beautiful tillandsia air-plant as the focus of her bridal bouquet with the unusual lines and colours reminiscent of the sea shore. She could then keep the plant after her wedding as a memento.

Other ingredients included echinops, lavender, mint, dahlia, nigella (also known as love in a mist) and clematis. Her flower girl carried a giant allium head and I added a small tillandsia plant to Nial's buttonhole to tie in with Fiona's bouquet.

For favours Fiona and her mum wrapped mixed succulents in hessian and attached handwritten name tags. I love how the greenery of the foliage, the pale lavender, blue and white tones of the flowers pick out the tones of the landscape and their photographer Lisa Devine has beautifully captured the light and atmosphere of the setting.