My floral career, like that of most floral designers, had generally meant a strong reliance on wholesale imports. Increasingly, this did not sit well with me (namely their carbon footprint, the pesticides used, and the packaging waste generated); but my local flower grower did not have plentiful or diverse enough supplies to fulfil the requirements of most of my couples. Now, I'm in the privileged position of having not just one, but three local growers, which has opened up further avenues for using locally-sourced fresh flowers.
I am now pleased to offer fresh, seasonal wedding flowers for small to medium sized weddings (typically up to 120 guests) between May 1st and October 31st (as well as dried and faux year round!). There are a few important considerations to bear in mind:
specific flower types cannot be guaranteed;
your colour choices and balances must be reasonably flexible;
we are entirely at the mercy of the vagaries of the seasons.
However, these points also apply to wholesale orders (albeit to a slightly lesser extent), and I'm sure you'll agree that the benefits by far outweigh any of those potential negatives.
Enormous arrangements around arches and giant hanging installations are not something that I am personally keen on undertaking - it all still seems rather wasteful! Don't get me wrong, I'm definitely not adverse to a statement bouquet; but if you like the idea of carefully crafted arrangements in bottles or small vases (namely because local flowers tend to come with shorter stems, and prefer a constant water source), or even potted centrepieces for your reception tables, then I'm definitely your girl!
Below is a gallery of some of my bespoke locally-sourced flower creations - please do get in touch to discuss the possibilities!