And with a blink of an eye, summer left and autumn wafted in...

Two weeks away and I find myself back home in autumn. My favourite month,  full of sunshine, colour and transitions. It is always busy too.

In the office once again with two weeks worth of admin / emails / to do list to wade through before I begin a busy seven days of flowering. We have two show case events this week as well as a wedding to arrange and deliver. Two weeks in Italy seem but a distant memory already.

I've been teaching this summer too. I teach florists, budding florists, as well as those who just want to feel more confident around flowers - arranging them for pleasure rather than to pursue a career or perfect a particular technique or style. I really enjoy this side of my work, sharing as well as watching the realisation dawn on a students' face that with an explanation and a demonstration, they too can arrange beautiful flowers thus giving confidence to tap into a creative side they might not have realised they truly had.  

The Christmas wreath workshops will be on my workshop page shortly, here you will be able to click a link and book, a few tweaks to the running details of these and (I hope) by the end of today you can get in touch with the three host venues I shall be teaching at. Over the past three or four years, make your own wreath workshops have become very popular and there's a great many to choose from. Well aware of the vast price differences in these classes, I remain steadfast in my response that you get what you pay for, we are not all the same, not by a long shot and not judging by the feedback I receive each year from my own classes. As always TWHFCo. workshops are at the higher end of this growing market with ingredients and experienced teaching to match. Do bear this in mind when considering where you book.

I've received some beautiful pictures from a few of the glorious weddings we have worked on this summer recently and seeing as I've an inbox full of enquiries for 2018/19 to reply to, I thought what better time to show and tell some of our recent work. 

So, no more blathering, here are the pictures you really came to look at - enjoy. I can assure you  we really enjoyed creating them.

Linz x

Photo credits: Benjamin Stuart Photography, Guy Hearn Photography,  Studio Rouge and the final six images were my own. 

 

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The ubiquitous sofa shot of my flowers! Love these.. 

The ubiquitous sofa shot of my flowers! Love these.. 

Jam jars. 

Jam jars. 

Nick and Andrea 

Nick and Andrea 

Tom and Rachel 

Tom and Rachel 

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This is Clock Barn. I have strung flowers along the back wall which makes for a pretty back drop if you decide to have a ceremony here, it also provides a pretty backdrop for the drinks reception and looks mighty fine when the disco begins! 

This is Clock Barn. I have strung flowers along the back wall which makes for a pretty back drop if you decide to have a ceremony here, it also provides a pretty backdrop for the drinks reception and looks mighty fine when the disco begins! 

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Bridesmaids

Bridesmaids

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At the wedding of Francesca and Martin we made a garland and wrapped it around a frame to form the backdrop to their ceremony. 

At the wedding of Francesca and Martin we made a garland and wrapped it around a frame to form the backdrop to their ceremony. 

We then took it down and refashioned it as the table garland for their top table. 

We then took it down and refashioned it as the table garland for their top table. 

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Monique's and Grahams 35th wedding anniversary wedding vow renewal celebration

Monique's and Grahams 35th wedding anniversary wedding vow renewal celebration

Another atypical ceremony option. Crates of flowers.

Another atypical ceremony option. Crates of flowers.

A beautiful all foliage wedding at Long Barn, Hampshire. We made garlands and squiggled them across half of the tables as tall vases filled with silver birch and contorted willow drew the eyes upwards. Add in lots and lots of candlelight -pillar, tea lights and floating candles and you have a simple but incredibly stylish look.   

A beautiful all foliage wedding at Long Barn, Hampshire. We made garlands and squiggled them across half of the tables as tall vases filled with silver birch and contorted willow drew the eyes upwards. Add in lots and lots of candlelight -pillar, tea lights and floating candles and you have a simple but incredibly stylish look.   

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July. The Story So Far.

After all that effort  we didn’t win the competition after all! Not to worry, it was only a bit of fun and as a rule, I don’t really bother with competitions but as the saying goes, nothing ventured nothing gained and all that! 

I have not had much opportunity to blog of late as we’ve been super busy with lots of weddings and events every week, until this one just gone. So I thought I'd spend a moment looking over a few images I've been sent lately. It's always so nice to take a moment to reflect on recent work we have completed, to see the final details. 

Next week we are back on track with three beautiful events to flower up and so it continues all the way through to the last Bank Holiday in August when I shall be finally taking a proper break and a holiday. The summer just seems to be flying by, before we know it, it will be autumn and I shall be thinking about the ‘C’ word and wreaths (no, I am not even going there)!

I have had some fabulous photos sent through by both photographers and brides of late as well as a few I have taken myself (you will of course spot the latter - the grainy blurry ones).

My working year is punctuated by the seasons, one often overlapping another and the pictures I think you will agree show this so beautifully.

There has been just one issue I've found increasingly difficult to overcome this year and that is my British wholesale supplier sadly went out of business and ceased to reopen after the seasonal winter closure.  Previously they were able to gather from multiple sources across Sussex, Hampshire and Surrey delivering to me the most glorious flowers and foliage, as a result of this closure I find myself driving around collecting smaller quantities from numerous  growers which is proving to be uneconomical and environmentally unsound, each trip can be two hours there and back. I am faced with taking the easier and more economical option of buying a guaranteed quantity of quality Dutch flowers instead. Life throws these curve balls at us and we have to work our way around or through them. I could write about this subject ad infinitum because I whilst love using local flowers,  I do not choose them at any cost.

With this unsolved issue with no resolution in sight, let us focus instead on some of the loveliness TWHFCo has created thus far this spring and summer.

Here are a few images to show and tell about,  I hope you agree we have had some cracking weddings to flower up, I extend my thanks to the A team that is Megan and Saranna working alongside me this spring/summer. Here's a little taste of our summer so far...

 

Jo and her maids. Gorgeousness from last month at Wasing Park and captured by Studio Rouge 

Jo and her maids. Gorgeousness from last month at Wasing Park and captured by Studio Rouge 

Pretty corsages from this June wedding 

Pretty corsages from this June wedding 

I recently taught a one to one workshop, during which we discussed TWHFCo. signature style bouquet. These multi textured bouquets are one of our most popular styles for several reasons: firstly they are not overly large, which in turn means not overpowering for the bride to carry as she makes her way down the aisle and importantly they do not obscure her gorgeous dress.  Some of the Pinterest styled oversized bouquets which feature in many magazines are often viewed by clients here at TWHFCo as a little O.T.T and it is reassuring to know that our signature - not to structured, reasonably tidy but abundant, multi-textured hand ties, remain one of the most popular looks we make (this is one that my workshop co-florist Megan made). 

I recently taught a one to one workshop, during which we discussed TWHFCo. signature style bouquet. These multi textured bouquets are one of our most popular styles for several reasons: firstly they are not overly large, which in turn means not overpowering for the bride to carry as she makes her way down the aisle and importantly they do not obscure her gorgeous dress.  Some of the Pinterest styled oversized bouquets which feature in many magazines are often viewed by clients here at TWHFCo as a little O.T.T and it is reassuring to know that our signature - not to structured, reasonably tidy but abundant, multi-textured hand ties, remain one of the most popular looks we make (this is one that my workshop co-florist Megan made). 

Since making the first of these hanging planks a year ago in June 2016, they have proved to be very popular at Wasing Park.. here's one we made in June 2017 the seasonal combinations are endless.. 

Since making the first of these hanging planks a year ago in June 2016, they have proved to be very popular at Wasing Park.. here's one we made in June 2017 the seasonal combinations are endless.. 

Pretty bridal bouquet for Anya in May. A classic loose, multi textured hand tie with lots of colour, scent and movement.

Pretty bridal bouquet for Anya in May. A classic loose, multi textured hand tie with lots of colour, scent and movement.

We used tall poles along the aisle to flower the church at this gorgeous Hampshire wedding in May, the flowers were then transferred to the tables and placed on top on tall trumpet shaped clear vases. 

We used tall poles along the aisle to flower the church at this gorgeous Hampshire wedding in May, the flowers were then transferred to the tables and placed on top on tall trumpet shaped clear vases. 

Aisles in churches or civil ceremonies always look better with flowers - here at Clock Barn we often tie pretty scented posies on to the chairs, tying them with a ribbon or raffia. Photo credit to Lydia Stamps photography  

Aisles in churches or civil ceremonies always look better with flowers - here at Clock Barn we often tie pretty scented posies on to the chairs, tying them with a ribbon or raffia. Photo credit to Lydia Stamps photography  

The gorgeous  Laura at Clock Barn in May - this was a stunning bouquet very delicate and floaty. 

The gorgeous  Laura at Clock Barn in May - this was a stunning bouquet very delicate and floaty. 

The maids bouquets from Jo and Spencer's wedding in May - I'm hoping we get  to see some gorgeous pro shots of this wedding soon! 

The maids bouquets from Jo and Spencer's wedding in May - I'm hoping we get  to see some gorgeous pro shots of this wedding soon! 

April. when the English sweet peas are grown under glass and we get  some summer scent in earlier than expected, when the tulips are at their best and when all that glitters is actually gold sequins. I do love a bit of magic and sparkle and we combined a loose pastel combination of spring florals with gold sparkly runners for this beautiful wedding at Tithe Barn near Petersfield the flowers were in pretty pale blue Kilner jars. 

April. when the English sweet peas are grown under glass and we get  some summer scent in earlier than expected, when the tulips are at their best and when all that glitters is actually gold sequins. I do love a bit of magic and sparkle and we combined a loose pastel combination of spring florals with gold sparkly runners for this beautiful wedding at Tithe Barn near Petersfield the flowers were in pretty pale blue Kilner jars. 

Glitter & pastels for a wedding... yes please! 

Glitter & pastels for a wedding... yes please! 

One from April Melissa's gorgeous bouquet with lots of spirea and forget me not. Textural and heavenly scented. 

One from April Melissa's gorgeous bouquet with lots of spirea and forget me not. Textural and heavenly scented. 

Vote for The White Horse Flower Company in the Berkshire Muddy Stilettos Awards 2017!

I’m so excited that The White Horse Flower Company has made it into the Finals of the Muddy Stilettos Awards for Berkshire 2017 in the Best Florist category. If you were kind enough to vote for me in the first round, thank you so much. However, all first round votes have now been cancelled out so voting starts again from zero.

Voting in the Finals is open until midday FRIDAY 16 JUNE.

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Thanks so much!

Lindsey

Kind Words. (Just married - April 29 2017).

Linz,

You floral wizard, you are a creator of pure magic! The flowers, centre pieces, button holes, EVERYTHING was absolute perfection. My bouquet and my bridesmaids bouquets were more beautiful than I could ever have imagined, I was completely blown away. 

Thank you, thank you, thank you for making our wedding outstandingly beautiful. I honestly can't express how much I loved every single element you created. 

Lots of love,

Bethan xx

 

Bethan's bouquet. What you cannot appreciate from this image is the scent and movement this bouquet had. From every angle it looked completely different. 

Bethan's bouquet. What you cannot appreciate from this image is the scent and movement this bouquet had. From every angle it looked completely different. 

Mentha Rose stealing the show in this particular bridesmaids bouquet. 

Mentha Rose stealing the show in this particular bridesmaids bouquet. 

Bethan's bridal bouquet. All of spring tied up in silk ribbon. We had discussed using Coral charm peonies - suitably faded (that means a week old to you and me) but I thought La Belle Epoque tulips that I'd watched blooming in the gardens of Little Park flowers these past few weeks were even more suited to the look we were aiming to achieve; the colour was spot on too. Best of all they were British grown jsut down the road from me. 

Bethan's bridal bouquet. All of spring tied up in silk ribbon.

We had discussed using Coral charm peonies - suitably faded (that means a week old to you and me) but I thought La Belle Epoque tulips that I'd watched blooming in the gardens of Little Park flowers these past few weeks were even more suited to the look we were aiming to achieve; the colour was spot on too. Best of all they were British grown jsut down the road from me. 

The ubiqiutous studio floor shot: Six maids bouuqtes, packed in tissue, in a splash of water and ready to be delivered.

The ubiqiutous studio floor shot: Six maids bouuqtes, packed in tissue, in a splash of water and ready to be delivered.

One of nine individual buttonholes. This one has a touch of thistle, brunnia, hen pheasant feather, some tiny dried poppy seed heads and to smidge of Osmanthus (the little grey/white balls).

One of nine individual buttonholes. This one has a touch of thistle, brunnia, hen pheasant feather, some tiny dried poppy seed heads and to smidge of Osmanthus (the little grey/white balls).

One of the six bridesmaids, they were all different but I particularly loved the one huge green and white ranunculus in this bouquet!

One of the six bridesmaids, they were all different but I particularly loved the one huge green and white ranunculus in this bouquet!

Four of the six maids bouquets in my ancient gardening trug. 

Four of the six maids bouquets in my ancient gardening trug. 

The Buttonholes.

The Buttonholes.