After such lovely feedback last time, the event styling side of our business, What Peggy Did Next, is returning to create another Inspiration Station at the next Bridal Boot Sale this Sunday!
This time round we have the super talented Laura Smith gracing our set up with her innovative designs. Although fresh to the floral market, Laura's skills are already a force to be reckoned with!
We caught up with Laura over a glass of bubbles to discuss the trends we will be showcasing on Sunday and to find out more about what made her take the leap into floral stardom!
Tell us how it all began?!
It was all quite spontaneous really; I have always loved flowers but becoming a florist hadn’t been something I had given much thought to. I decided to enroll on a floristry course, more so as a hobby, but a year later and after lots of hard work I decided it was definitely something I wanted to pursue, I absolutely loved it! Since qualifying I have had the pleasure in working with some wonderful brides to create their perfect wedding flowers.
You must get to work at some beautiful venues and locations - which are your favourite?
St Margaret’s church in Wellow is absolutely beautiful and full of character. I love quaint little churches and this is definitely one of my favorites. A couple I worked with very recently had their reception in East Meon, they had a stunning marquee located in the grounds of Meon Springs Fishery. It was a very secluded location and the views were spectacular.
Have you spotted any bridal and/or wedding trends this season?
The ‘just just picked from the garden’ look has been very popular this year using lots of colourful wild flowers. Romantic ivory and blush wedding flowers have again been a favourite, with lots of avalanche roses and stunning garden roses.
Flower crowns have been a big trend; one I think will continue to be very popular in 2015. A personal favourite of mine is a wax flower crown.
What are your top tips for a beautiful 2015 wedding?
Search the garden, yours, relatives and friends. You may find some amazing wild flowers that can be incorporated into your big day. One wedding I’ve been to, the bride’s parents grew all of the flowers; it was such a lovely personal touch.
Jars and bottles will again be very popular for 2015, whether they are used as tablecentres or hanging from chairs. Start collecting them now and ask friends to as well so you have a large and varied collection.
A flower wall can provide a gorgeous backdrop; I think we’ll see a lot of these in 2015. Remember a flower wall doesn’t have to be as lavish as Kim & Kanye’s, there are some great and more economical alternatives out there! Just taping individual stems onto a wall is one idea that looks very effective.
Don't tell the others I've let one of the secrets out of the bag, but my favourite trend so far are the Terrarium Wedding Centerpieces! You must, must, must come and check it out on the day!
Laura also has a wonderfully thought provoking Instagram page, follow her here @laurasmithflowers
See you on Sunday at The Manor Barn!