2014, our pledge to you….

A very happy New Year to you! Wow another year gone by and as sad as I was to take down our Christmas tree and decorations last week there is something about the start of a new year that leaves me feeling all warm and fuzzy inside. The excitement of a brand new year with its opportunities and making lots of wonderful memories along the way. With that I decided to write a list of ‘resolutions’ but I say the word rather loosely as they are more like my goals. The diet has already gone out the window (zero will power!). This list is more about what I would like to achieve over the next year, if I put them in writing I have made a contract with myself and sharing them with you is enough incentive to fulfill them. The list is a mixture of both professional and personal, this year is a BIG birthday for me, in October I hit the mile stone age of 30!! I can’t quite believe how old I am going to be but I intend to make the most of it.

“The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals.”  ― Melody Beattie

Our 2014 Goals….

Re-brand; I have so many plans for Joanne Truby Floral Design this year and I am just bursting with excitement about them all! One of our main goals is to re-brand! That’s right you heard it here first, during 2014 we will be unveiling to you a brand spanking new logo and shiny new website! The business has grown so much within the last 18 months and along with that so has our style. Don’t get me wrong I’m not unhappy with our website at all, but  I feel that we have evolved and the website needs to reflect the more ‘grown up’ version of Joanne Truby Floral Design that captures exactly what were all about. So watch this space as we will be sharing the journey with you along the way 🙂

Travel; this year I want to do a bit more travelling. More of a personal goal but I always find it so inspiring when visiting other countries and immersing yourself in their culture, the architecture, food (of course the food!) and art stir me up ready to create! Last year Steve and I moved into our first home together and I couldn’t be happier but of course the purse takes a bit of a beating. When you first set up home together adjusting to the mortgage payments and bills as well as buying all the essentials and furnishings, alas no sunny holiday. This year we intend to go on a lovely long holiday possibly visiting Steve’s cousins in California and I would love to get to Italy as it’s been on my ‘To Do’ list for the last two years!

Celebrate our birthday; yes this year not only will I be celebrating turning the big ’30’ but in June Joanne Truby Floral Design will be 2 years old! I’m so proud and thankful that we have made it through to our second year especially in these hard economic times. When I decided to start the business with my vision being to provide couples and clients with the most personal service, from their designs to the whole experience of working with us, to actually be able to fulfill this really is a dream come true. To celebrate we will be running a rather special competition later in the year, so watch this space!

Work smart; I will admit that I am not the most organised person in the world but this year I have decided that I am going to change! This week I have been plotting and planning the year ahead which is going to save a lot of time and counter the classic trying to do everything at once and getting nothing done syndrome, do you suffer with it? One of my top tips for getting organised is to invest in a good yearly planner. Lollipop Designs have a gorgeous 2014 calendar which you can purchase from Not On The Highstreet.

You; like last year we will be involved in some beautiful photo shoots with many of our flower friends and which we are looking forward to!  However with more weddings this year we want to concentrate on you, giving them all the time and attention that they deserve. Each and every one of our couples are absolute gems and I cannot wait to be part of the plans for their special day. This year we have some real corkers too and I am thrilled to be working alongside some other very talented wedding suppliers that I am now also pleased to call my friends.

Back to our roots; sometimes in the mist of running and building up your business you get caught up a little too much in the commercial side of it all . Of course it is important to keep up with the latest trends particularly in the wedding world but we also need to remember to remain original and not to worry too much about what others are doing. It’s natural I know, that no one wants to  look silly or feel rejected but being too trend conscious can creatively restrict you. This year I am going back to my uni days and remembering my teaching, as I mention on the website I wasn’t taught using traditional floristry methods, which I am grateful for. The reason being because our design ideas had no limitations and I reveled in this prospect when undergoing my projects as the possibilities were endless. I want to inject this mind set into Joanne Truby Floral Design within our design methods and not be afraid to be a black sheep from time to time.

Workshops; when running a business there is so much going on you ‘hit the ground running’ as they say and you tend to forget, well, about yourself really! This year I have decided to s myself some personal development goals that co-inside with the business goals and the main one of these being to attend more workshops. I’m always wanting to learn new things and I think when running a business its key that you are consistently striving to be the best that you can be and sometimes that is acknowledging the areas you need a little help in. The planner is to be penciled in with dates for business related workshops, the first being….creative writing! I want to share content that inspires and helps you guys with your wedding plans and for the blog to become a place that people stop by because they enjoy reading it (married or unmarried).

So there you have it the 2014 list, as always please feel free to share and leave your comments. Do you have any 2014 goals or resolutions, if you do what are they?

Hope you had great weekend.

Joanne xx

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2013….Our Best Bits!

I apologise in advance for today’s self-indulgent post but in my defense, it is that time of the year for reflection, when you look back on all that has happened  over the past twelve months and oh my was 2013 a goodie! It’s hard to compile it all into one post so I have decided to share snippets of our ‘best bits’ (and I still feel I’m scratching the surface). I’m going to try my best to share these with you in chronological order (bare with me I am going back 12 months and sometimes its hard to remember what happened at the weekend!). First up is our first feature in Wedding Flowers and Accessories Magazine! My lovely Steve was so proud that he had the feature framed and it is now hanging in our hall way (such a sweet heart).

Our first feature in Wedding Flowers and Accessories Magazine! 

I love, love, love this magazine I buy it myself every month and as my couples know I often bring them along to our wedding consultations as a source of inspiration. So you can imagine my delight when I received an email from the magazines lifestyle editor (the lovely Cassie) asking if we would like our flowers featured in the July/August issue of the magazine!

Wedding Flowers & Accessories Magazine

Wedding Flowers & Accessories Magazine

Our flowers on pages 68 & 69

I was asked to create a bouquet, centre piece, button hole and another item of my choice (I decided on a floral wreath) using white flowers. The designs were made up of Roses, Ammi, Astilbe, Ranunculus, Astrantia, Bouvardia and Agapanthus. It was so surreal seeing the magazine on sale in my local WHSmith but a feeling I could get use to of course 😉

Scotney Castle Golden Glory Shoot….

Back in the summer we worked with the fab Creative Brides and an amazing team of suppliers; co-ordination: creative brides, styling: bellaboo and beau, photography: rebecca douglas photography, dresses: oh my honey, stationery lynda loves, cake: flossie pops cakery, hair: simply beautiful wedding hair, hair accessories: bespoke tiaras by sarah roberts, videography: three little pixels, make-up: makeup by natalie, groom attire: marc wallace menswear, macaroons: la dinettebuttons, balloons: bubblegum balloons, car: paladins classic car hire. The venue was Scotney Castle in Tunbridge Wells Kent, what a stunning venue it is with the old castle and moat it is an idyllic setting it reminds me of the fairy tale Castle’s you use to read about in story books when you were little. Anyways I won’t ramble on for to long as I think the images taken by the very talented Rebecca Douglas really do speak for themselves and you can see the full shoot which was featured over on Want That Wedding  these are a couple of my favorite images that I just had to include!

Made up of coral charm peonies, peach stocks, vandela roses and mint

Rebecca Douglas Photography

Our Floral Frame

Our Floral Frame – Rebecca Douglas Photography

Our First Front Cover!

Never did I think within the first 18 months since establishing Joanne Truby Floral Design that we would have our first front cover, without meaning to sound completely cheesy it really was a dream come true! (I know pass the sick bucket, right).

Our bouquet on the front cover!

Another of the beautiful images from the Scotney Golden Glory shoot taken by Rebecca Douglas that features our bouquet. When Clair from Creative Brides sent me this image of the front cover I think I did actually let out a little squeal! Polly’s gorgeous hair style was by Liz from Simply Beautiful Wedding Hair with Make up by Natalie and the dress from Oh my Honey. Since working on the shoot I am also proud to say that we are now a preferred supplier to Scotney Castle too!

Scotney Castle

Scotney Castle

Scotney Castle

Scotney Castle

The Magic of Oz at the House Meadow in Kent

Have you seen the the Disney film, ‘Oz the Great and Powerful?’ Now I can’t give too much away yet with the details but it was an enchanting shoot inspired by this film and working on it was so much fun! The team were amazing to work with; Cakes Lellas Cupcakes, stationary Becky Lord Design, photography  Kerry Ann Duffy. Kerry is a very talented photographer and The House Meadow provided such a stunning back drop and Clare (manager of the House Meadow) is so welcoming, the sun even came out to play too and it turned out to be a beautiful blue sky day! The shoot is due to be featured next year so watch this space and trust me when I say it will be worth the wait! For now I have these stunning sneak peaks to share with you….

Kerry Ann Duffy Photography

Kerry Ann Duffy Photography

Kerry Ann Duffy Photography

Kerry Ann Duffy Photography

Shortlisted for the Hitched Breakthrough Awards!

Well what can I say other than wow! I have known of Hitched for a while, then again who in the wedding world hasn’t? Its full of brilliant planning tools for engaged couples, I particularly like their venue finding service, a great resource to search for venues in a particular area making it so much easier to browse. I am going off on a tangent sorry I have a tendency to do this sometimes, so back to the awards!

The Hitched Breakthrough Awards are hosted every year and recognise the creativity and talent of newcomers to the wedding industry and entrants are chosen by expert judges to be shortlisted. We entered this year with apprehension, I say apprehension as the awards are for wedding suppliers based throughout the whole of the UK and not just one particular area so of course that is A LOT of entrants! However I clicked the ‘submit’ button and tried not to think about it for the next month until we found out our fate. I couldn’t believe it when we received the phone call from Francesca at Hitched to tell us that we had been shortlisted for one of the top ten placements in the florist category I was completely over the moon!

Shortlisted for the Hitched Breakthrough Awards

Alas we didn’t go on to win but I am still very proud to have been shortlisted and to have our work recognised in my eyes still speaks volumes. The votes and comments we received during the campaign from friends, family and fellow wedding industry folk were truly touching thank you and I am so grateful for everyone’s support.

Deco Disco 

Think neon mixed with glitz and 1920’s glamour and you have our Deco Disco styled shoot. An amazingly talented team of suppliers; Photography by Rebecca Douglas, Styling by Bellaboo and Beau, Hair, Makeup & Co-ordination by Blush Makeup by Lucy Oldham, Dresses by Frou Frou bridal boutique, cake by Vintage Rose Cupcakes and the flowers were by yes you guessed it, us! The venue was the Bell in Ticehurst, has a stylish interior paired with rustic wood and industrial looking railings. It was the perfect choice especially as it also has lots of quirky details one of my favourites being the neon light quote.

Rebecca Douglas Photography

Rebecca Douglas Photography

Rebecca Douglas Photography

Rebecca Douglas Photography

Rebecca Douglas Photography

Rebecca Douglas Photography

I had so much fun working on this shoot and the team were just amazing to work with all our ideas came together just perfectly. The shoot was featured on Whimsical Wonderland Weddings if you want to see the the whole thing. It was also cherry picked by Kat from Rock N Roll Bride as part of her Thursday treats and is set to be featured on another well known blog next year (I can’t spill the beans just yet) so I think you could say it was much loved and received lots of attention and it was brilliant to be part of it all. We will be working with both Rebecca and Bellaboo and Beau on a real wedding next year and I can not wait!

Smiles from our lovely Couples

We of course have saved the best until last  with the icing on the top of our 2013 cake being the smiles from our happy couples on their wedding day, which is just priceless! Here are just a few I have picked to share with you…..

Mr and Mrs Hann

Mr and Mrs Hann – Chelsea Wedding Photography

Mr & Mrs Acres

Mr & Mrs Acres – Craig Doyle Photography

Mr & Mrs Colwill

Mr & Mrs Colwill – Ella Nash Photography

Mr and Mrs Cafer - Dotpix Photography by Neil Peterson

Mr and Mrs Cafer – Dotpix Photography by Neil Peterson

Mr & Mrs Short

Mr & Mrs Short Photography by Louise Warr

It has been hard to narrow all our adventures over the last year into one post so some good stuff did get missed I’m afraid but I must say looking back over this has made me realise how much of cracking year 2013 has been for Joanne Truby Floral Design. I am looking forward to 2014 and even more exciting times that are ahead. Have I had my anxious days? Yes, I would be lying if I said I hadn’t as I guess with many other new businesses its the unknown not knowing how things will turn out but looking back on all we have achieved leaves me with a warm feeling inside all the worrying is totally worth it as I truly am living the dream and loving what I do.

I want to say a special thank you to my wonderful friends and family for all their love and support, especially my Steve aka Chief work experience (who recently promoted himself!!), who without him there would be no Joanne Truby Floral Design.  To the lovely wedding industry folk who I have meet over the last year and are happy to say I now call friends (you know who you all are). To all my lovely couples, thank you for choosing Joanne Truby Floral Design to be part of your special day and to all my 2014 and beyond couples the best is yet to come.

I wish you all a restful and Merry Christmas!

Joanne xx

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

The festive season is now officially upon us the first two doors of our advent calendars have been opened (your never to old for a calendar) and of course time to put up our Christmas trees! We bought our one yesterday from Columbia Road & with it being mine & Steve’s first Christmas in our new home, this year is going to be extra special. We of course opted for a fresh tree, for me you just can’t beat having the real deal. The fresh smell of pine  and having  your own piece of the great outdoors indoors.

Now we have the tree its time for the fun part, adding the pretty décor! I used to love dressing the tree when I was a little unwrapping all the pretty decorations, me my brother & sister would all take it in turns each year to add the star to the top & of course every year each one of us would say it was our turn!  So this year starting our own Christmas collection from scratch its hard to decide which style to go for? Whilst pondering on this thought I created some festive mood boards for inspiration. I’m really liking the Scandi style that is a big trend at the moment.  The modern take on the classic Christmas with reds and the reindeers, but I am a sucker for glitz and gold too…. which ones your favourite?  

Scandi Christmas….

Scandi Christmas Board 2

Glitzy Gold…

Gold Christmas Style Board 3

Enchanted Woodland….

woodland Christmas Style Board

Happy tree decorating! Feel free to share your Christmas tree photos on our facebook page we would love to see your creations.

Joanne xx

Say Hello to Elsie & Edna our Mother’s Day Bouquets!

Sooo I have finally recovered from a very busy mothers day weekend packed full of pretty flowers! I thought I would share with you the shenanigans we got up too…

This year I decided to create two different designs that capture the essence of spring. Running along the vintage trend that is popular at the moment amongst flowers each design was given an old english name, Edna and Elsie (named after my great nans, Elsie is 96 and amazing for her age!)

Edna was made up of yellow and white spring flowers with Daffodils, Tulips, scented Stocks and Narcissi which smelt lush! (I always try to incorporate scent into my designs as much as possible as to me its one of the many reasons why you can’t beat fresh flowers.) Elsie was made up of pinks, lilacs and purples with purple and pink tulips, gorgeous pink ranunculus and for the scent hyacinths and of course not forgetting the lovely green bell which was used in both.

The Tulips, Daffodils and Narcissi I am proud to say were british grown in Cornwall by my lovely supplier Flowers bt Clowance. I try to use British flowers wherever possible, I like to support the british economy as today the majority of flowers found on your average high street are imported from Kenya, Netherlands or Colombia. In the UK we are fortunate enough to be able to grow a wide and varied amount of flowers that go far beyond the run of the mill carnation and chrysanthemum.

Pretty Tulips grown in Cornwall flower prep

I received all the flowers from Cornwall on the Friday before mother’s day and the rest I collected from my local wholesalers. I began by conditioning each of the flowers by removing any unwanted leaves and trimming the stems at an angle. I then put them into separate buckets for each design. Once I had eventually finished doing this (I say eventually as this takes rather a long time) I then began to prepare all the packaging by cutting the cellophane into meter squares, preparing the gift bags, tissue and of course our lovely mothers day message cards that we sourced from the signature card company.

stocksLovely Green Bell

Lush stocks, daffodils and green bell which I just love it adds a natural wispy feel to the texture of the bouquets.

My trusty tool box carrying my floristry equipment!

My trusty tool box carrying all my essentials

All the Elsie ingredients prepared ready to create…

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The Elsie Bouquet

The Elsie Bouquet

Each design had a flowers with meaning card that listed each of the flowers in the bouquet and their meanings.

Edna

Daffodil & Narcissus – Eternal Love, Joy & happiness, Stock – Lasting beauty & a happy life, Yellow Tulip – Cheerful thoughts and sunshine

Elsie 

Pink Tulip – Perfect happiness, confidence & love, Purple Tulip – Royalty, Hyacinth – Sincerity, Ranunculus – Radiance

Our DIY flowers with meaning cards

Our DIY flowers with meaning cards

The Edna Bouquet

The Edna Bouquet

Beautiful Scented Narcissi

Elsie

Thank you to everyone who purchased an Elsie or Edna bouquet, I hope your mums were thrilled with them!

Joanne xx

A DIY tutorial… how to make a flower circlet

Hello All,

I hope your Tuesday was a good one (at least Monday is over) I am sharing with you my first ever do it yourself post so I hope you like it and maybe even find it useful. Flower crowns are a real trend at the moment amongst weddings and there no longer associated to just being worn by little flower girls (although they do look adorable) with lots of brides opting for a flower circlet as the ultimate bridal accessory especially amongst brides having a rustic/boho theme wedding.

So what ingredients will you need?

To make a small-sized flower crown (it fits my head which is rather small) you will need…

  • Fine silver wire (32 gauge)
  • Medium weight wire (56 or 71 gauge)
  • 1 reel of florist tape
  • Scissors
  • 2 stems of lisianthus
  • 5 stems of anemone
  • 5 stems of senecio cineraria
  • Sprigs of eucalyptus (20 approx)
  • Sprigs of pittosporum (10 approx)

Step 1

First cut all the flowers just below the head but leaving enough of the stem to wire each piece, as both the foliage and flowers for this design are all rather delicate I would suggest using the fine silver wire for both.

All prepared and ready to start wiring...

All prepared and ready to start wiring…

Step 2

Begin wiring each flower, take the wire and push it through the stem then pull down both ends of the wire so parallel to the stem. Take one side of the wire and gently loop it round the stem bringing it straight again with the other piece to leave long on both sides.

Step 3

Once finishing the flowers begin wiring the foliage, take the wire and this time bend it in half to form a hook and place the ‘hook’ part around the stem of eucalyptus/pittosporum then take each end of the wire and loop it around the stem bringing it straight again with the other piece to leave long on both sides, continue to wire each stem of foliage.

Step 4

Take the florist tape and cut a piece off (approx 15cm long) starting just underneath the head at the point where you inserted the wire, begin wrapping the tape around the stem pulling it as thin as possible as you wind it around the wire. Do this all the way down to the end ensuring that none of the wire is on show. Continue using the same method to tape all the flowers and the foliage stems.

Step 5

Cut a piece of wire for the base of the circlet, measure the head of the wearer and add 2cm extra at each end for the hooks which will hold the circlet together. I’d use a sturdy 71 gauge wire or maybe even wire two together to provide extra support, then tape the wire.

Step 6

Begin to neatly tape on each of the ingredients, as you add the flowers or foliage alternate them on either side of the wire this gives a more natural look, work your way along the wire.

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Step 7

Each flower or foliage should be placed so it’s ‘growing’ away from the central vein, remember to cut down any wires that are too long as you tape on an ingredient.

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Step 8

Finally gently bend the circlet into a circular shape, hook each end together and its ready to wear!

Ta-da! The finished flower circlet..

Ta-da! The finished flower circlet..

Top view and my lovely mum who voluntered to model for me

Top view and my lovely mum who volunteered to model for me

I'm not the best infront of the camera I admit!

I’m not the best in front of the camera I admit!

I hope this post has inspired you to have a go at making your own flower circlet, I for one can’t wait to create more flower crowns this year!

Joanne xx

Mother’s Day..

I can’t believe it is nearly mother’s day again! Mother’s Day is a celebration honoring mothers and motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. It is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, most commonly in March, April, or May. It complements Father’s Day, a celebration honoring fathers.

Last years mother's day bouquets

Last years mother’s day bouquets

Last years mother's day bouquets

Last years mother’s day bouquets

This year in the UK mother’s day falls on Sunday March the 10th and we are doing two beautiful designs that we have decided to name. In keeping with the current trend in flowers of thinking back to times gone by and all things vintage…we have the bouquets Elsie and Edna (both named afer two of my great grandmothers) one of them I am lucky enough to say is still alive and amazing for her age at 96!

Elsie

Made up of pink and lilac spring flowers

Elsie Bouquet

Elsie Bouquet

Edna

Made up of white and lemon spring flowers.

Edna bouquet

Edna bouquet

Both come complete with pretty packaging and special mother’s day bouquet card for your own personal message. Available in small £25 and large £35 including free local delivery! Email jtfloraldesign@gmail.com or call 07957414208 to place your order with us. Any enquiries just ask

Joanne xx

A day in the life of a florist… Valentine’s Day!

Hello lovelies,

It’s been a little while since I wrote to you all & I want to make updating the blog a regular thing on my to do list. So last week was Valentine’s Day one out of the busiest days of the year in the floriculture industry alongside Mother’s Day. So I thought I would give you a peek into what my day involved….

Wednesday 13th 6.00 am

I arrived at my flower wholesalers after dragging my tired self out of bed, I needed to get to the market particularly early on as I currently wear two work hats so had to leave enough time to collect the flowers before starting work at my other part-time job. When I got to the market it was crazy! The guys down there were all rushed off their feet and I have never seen the wholesalers packed with so many flowers of course the majority of these were red roses but the vast quantities overall was very impressive to see.

7.30 am

I arrive home and have just enough time to cut all the flowers and foliage at an angle (this allows them to absorb the water more easily) and put them in buckets of water until I arrive home from work later that day to work on them.

8.30 am

I have breakfast quickly and head out the door to start my day at work.

5.30 pm

I arrive home from work already feeling exhausted wondering how an earth I am going to get all these bouquets finished in time for delivery tomorrow! However the thought of working with the beautiful flowers spurs me on to get started 🙂 I begin by conditioning each individual flower. The red grand prix roses that I was using all come with leaves and sharp thorns that need to be stripped way from the stems and yes I did manage to cut myself a few times on the thorns whilst in the process of doing this and lets just say… ouch! The main reasons for this needing to be done is because 1.) You can’t hold the stems of the flowers with sharp edges and leaves getting in your way means that you would not be able to create the bouquets 2.) Any leaves that are not taken off that sit below the water in an arrangement will cause the water to turn dirty quickly and hence the flowers won’t last as long 3.) The design won’t look as pretty with sharp thorns on the stems (arguably you could say it depends on the look you are going for but in this case I would say its best to remove them).

What all florists should have according to Steve - a toolbox!

What all florists should have according to Steve – a toolbox!

Half way through the night the bulb in the room blew, luckily there were candles on hand so I could carry on working.

7.30 pm

I am still conditioning the flowers…. 100 roses takes a while to do!

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Smooth as velvet

8.00 pm

I have now finished conditioning all the flowers and foliage and clear away the rubbish ready to start making. With the help of my glamorous assistant (my boyfriend Steve who really is an absolute star!) we begin doing the prep work for packaging each of the bouquets this involves cutting all the cellophane into metre squares (ready to make into aqua packs but more of that later) and lining all the gift bags with pretty tissue paper. It’s often all the prep work that can take up the most amount of time!

9.30 pm

I made the first of our Valentine’s bouquets 🙂 this year I still went for the classic red roses and I only use grand prix roses as personally I think they are just exquisite, their deep red colour, velvet like texture and the petal shape are just stunning. As I try as much as possible to use flowers that are scented as for me this is one of the many reasons why you can’t beat natural fresh flowers and this year the scented flower was a beautiful deep red freesia, which had a slight pink tinge to it and it smelt divine! So the bouquets were a mix of beautiful red grand prix roses, freesia and a combination of foliage that included salah, eucalyptus and Pittosporum.

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After I have created each hand tie a water bubble is then made using the cellophane squares that we had cut previously that evening. These are constructed by holding the bouquet in the centre and gathering each of the corners together followed by the other sections and tieing securely at the top to form a ‘bubble’ like shape. Other people might have different methods for doing this but this way works best for me, you then fill the bubble with water using a watering can each one was then passed onto my glamorous assistant to place in each of the bags.

Our St Valentine's Jam Jar

Our St Valentine’s Jam Jar

This year as well as the gift bouquets we also had our St Valentine’s jam jar design, the one above was snapped just before it went out for delivery. Another design to add to the growing collection, click the link to find out more about our jam jars.

Thursday 14th 1.30 am

I am now half way through making up all the bouquets ( I got an extra last-minute order which I needed to get done as well) and I am so tired that I can barely keep my eyes open so I decided it is time to get some sleep and finish off the others in the morning.

6.00 am

Up bright and early again, I have breakfast and  continue making up the rest of the bouquets in time for them to start being delivered.

9.00 am

I add the finishing touches this includes adding one of my business cards to each bouquet as well as writing out the lovely Valentine’s messages on our beautiful bouquet cards that we had ordered from the Signature Card Company but wait they still hadn’t arrived yet!! So I decided to get dressed and keep my fingers crossed that the post would arrive at any minute, apparently the random snow day that we had the week before had slowed things down at royal mail.

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11.0o am

The cards finally arrive just in the nick of time and I head off to start my deliveries, where didn’t I go that day I think is the question! I had drop offs in central london, Kent and Surrey! I loved seeing the ladies faces though when I presented them with their Valentine’s flowers especially those who really weren’t  expecting any, it was lovely!

Valentine's Delivery

All packaged up and ready to go…

Valentines flowers

6.00 pm

I finally arrive home (although I did get stuck in traffic in Epsom which meant the journey took longer) with a now empty car feeling completely shattered but happy that this years Valentine’s day was fab! I spent the weekend catching up on much-needed sleep.

I am now preparing myself to do it all again in a few weeks for Mother’s Day 🙂

Thank you to all of you who purchased a Joanne Truby Floral Design Valentine’s bouquet I hope your loved ones were thrilled with it.

Joanne xx

Alan & Michaela’s Winter Wonderland Inspired Wedding at the Beautiful Selsdon Park Hotel…

Happy New Year! We’re spending January recharging our batteries after a busy December and thinking of the year ahead, 2013 looks to be an exciting one for Joanne Truby Floral Design with some exciting projects already in the pipe line, watch this space!

Back to today … and on the blog we have one of our real weddings from November last year. Alan and Michaela were married on 4th November 2012 at the beautiful Selsdon Park Hotel in Surrey. A beautiful country mansion set in 200 acres of Surrey countryside and a very popular venue choice for many couples getting married (I think from the photo you can see why). The pair met through a mutual friend nearly seven years ago and now have two gorgeous children, Sunny who was their page-boy and Ameilie was their flower girl, along with their niece and god daughter.

Michaela’s favourite colour has always been navy blue and so decided that she wanted to incorporate it into their special day, teaming it with greys, silvers and some ‘bling’! The wedding was inspired by  a winter wonderland theme with a glitzy twist which was very fitting for the time of year they had chosen to get married. When I met Michaela for her wedding consultation she had so much enthusiasm and knew what she liked which was great! She wanted a simple yet elegant design for her bridal bouquet and had fallen in love with calla lilies. I remember her saying ‘to me they just look so classy’ and with their trumpet like shape, I would have to agree they really are such elegant flowers!

Michaela’s Bridal Bouquet
Photograph by Denise Rimmer (Onelove Pictures)

Michaela’s bridal bouquet was made up of white crystal blush calla lilies finished with navy satin ribbon that was fastened with pretty pearl pins. Added amongst the stems were small clusters of diamantes (not to many though as I wanted the natural beauty of the flowers to stand out) and to finish the bouquet we sourced a diamante bracelet that was added to the top of the ribbon as a diamante band.

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Beautiful Bride
Photograph by Denise Rimmer (Onelove Pictures)

Beautiful bride Michaela with her bouquet

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Photography by Denise Rimmer (Onelove Pictures)

The bridesmaids looked lovely in navy blue dresses and carried a smaller version of Michaela’s bouquet, which had  a silver satin ribbon to compliment their dresses and match the silver fur wraps (which I just love!). The button holes consisted of one single white Calla Lily and a hint of dusty miller foliage with its silvery soft texture being perfect to capture that wintry feel. Each button hole was finished with navy satin ribbon that had a silver trim which matched the colour theme perfectly and of course Alan and Sunny’s had to have some ‘bling’ to match Michaela’s bouquet.

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The winter wonderland inspired design for the top table was made up of white avalanche roses, white calla lilies, white bouvardia, silver brunia, eucalyptus, pittosporum and for the finishing touch white glittery twisted willow.

Top table

Mr & Mrs ClarkPhotograph by Denise Rimmer (Forest Art)

Mr & Mrs Clark
Photograph by Denise Rimmer (Onelove Pictures)

Lovely shot of the newly weds leaving the church all smiles, I hope you both had an amazing day and wish you lots of happiness together.

Joanne xx

Photography by Denise Rimmer (Onelove Pictures)

 

A Wreathy Affair….

I can’t quite believe that another year has flown by and we are now fast approaching the festive season and preparing for Christmas! Yesterday I visited Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, London for the first time. (It was a brilliant day despite the rain and I thoroughly recommend you take a visit if you have never been before) The twinkleof the lights and array of stalls selling all things Christmas, from mulled wine to roasted chestnuts, has got me feeling rather Christmassy and has inspired me to write a post dedicated to the Christmas tradition of hanging a wreath on your front door!

A ‘Wreath’ History

Have you ever wondered where the tradition of hanging a wreath on your door originates from? Tradional style wreaths are usually made from evergreens which symbolize strength, as evergreens last even throughout the harshest winters. Bay laurel may also be used, and these wreaths are known as the laurel wreath. The use of this wreath comes from the Greek myth involving Apollo (Zeus’ son and the god of life and light), who fell in love with the nymph Daphne. When he pursued her she fled and asked the river god Peneus to help her. Peneus turned her into a laurel tree. From that day, Apollo wore a wreath of laurel on his head. Laurel wreaths became associated with what Apollo embodied; victory, achievement and status and would later become one of the most commonly used symbols to address achievement throughout Greece and Rome. Laurel wreaths were used to crown victorious athletes at the original Olympic Games.

Advent Wreath

Since the classical use and symbolism of wreaths, the meaning and representation has taken on differing views, depending on the culture. In Christianity, wreaths are used to prepare for the Advent season or the “coming of Christ.” The first known association with these modern day wreaths dates back to the Lutherans in Germany in the 16th century. The Advent wreath is constructed of evergreens to represent everlasting life brought through Jesus and the circular shape of the wreath represents God, with no beginning and no end. The Advent wreath is now also used as décor during the Christmas festivities.

A ‘Wreathy’ Affair

Over the upcoming weeks Joanne Truby Floral design will be collaborating with the lovely and talented Ameilia Makes  designing and creating lots of lovely bespoke Christmas wreaths and table arrangements for customer orders. We will also be selling our creations at various farmers markets and Christmas craft fairs (details to follow) in the upcoming weeks so we shall be busy bees.

Made up of Berried Ivy, Dried Oranges and Berries

We like our wreaths to have a natural feel and so use fresh foliage and plant material to construct the base of the wreath our favourites being pine and moss (Both have a fresh earthy smell that I love!). Mixing traditional styles of dried fruits (oranges and apples dried ourselves using tried and tested techniques!), berries and pine cones foraged in the pretty Kent countryside and incorporating our personal touch to each design.

My cute doggy Maisie helping me forage!

As nature itself  is so beautiful I feel that as a floral designer its our job to enhance this beauty,  as highlighted in ‘Where have all the flowers gone?’ an interesting article I read in the latest issue of Fusion Flowers Magazine which highlights ‘Nature shows us the way if only we will let the flowers speak for themselves.’ I have to say that I couldn’t agree more.

Wreath design of pine, dried oranges, limes, chillies, cinnamon sticks and twigs

Since I have had my iPhone I have become completely obsessed with Instagram for those of us who are not professional photographers this app is just fantastic….

Deer moss, dried apples and pine cones

Carpet moss, berried ivy, dried hydrangea, carnations and berries

Carpet moss, berried ivy, pine cones, cinnamon sticks and dried hydrangea

Our stand at Chislehurst farmers market other stands at the market sell a wide selection of produce including cakes, chutney, pies and meats as as well as handmade wooden boxes which can be personalised (great gift for Christmas).

We will be there again on December the 16th as well as at Halls Place, Bexley on Sunday December 2nd and the Crafty Little Events Christmas Craft Fair in Beckenham at St Johns Church on Saturday 8th December. Or alternatively orders for bespoke wreaths, table arrangements and garlands can be placed by contacting us direct; email jtfloraldesign@gmail.com or ring 07957414208

Candle table arrangement of moss, pine cones, cinnamon sticks, dried apples and berries finished with our cute wooden hearts.

Please feel free to leave any comments we always love to read them.

Joanne xx

Alex & John’s Intimate Wedding

Alex & John were married on the 10th of August and their special day was a small intimate affair surrounded by family and close friends. Alex chose not to wear a traditional wedding dress but instead she wore a beautiful floral dress. She wanted her flowers to match her dress and overall colour scheme of cream, pink and coffee, when Alex showed me her dress I instantly thought of the gorgeous Amnesia Rose as I thought this would be a perfect match. The Amnesia Rose has  a very popular over the last few years and is a firm favourite when creating Vintage style wedding flowers.

Top view of Alex’s Bridal Bouquet

Alex’s bridal bouquet  was made up of Cream Avalanche Roses, Amnesia Roses, Pom Pom Dahlia’s and Astrantia and to incorporate the coffee theme the stems were wrapped in satin coffee coloured ribbon finished with diamante pins.

The grooms button-hole was made up of one cream Avalanche Rose and Astrantia and all the button holes were finished with the same coffee coloured ribbon and diamante pin to match Alex’s bouquet. Alex had three small flowers girls the youngest being eighteen months (aww cute) for the youngest she had a pretty flower wand of cream Avalanche Rose, Lisianthus and Astrantia finished with a coffee ribbon bow.

The other flower girl  bouquets were a small posy of Avalanche Roses, Pink Lisianthus and Amneisa Roses finished with the coffee coloured satin ribbon.

Alex wanted diamante’s to be incorporated into her designs, I suggested just having a few scattered amongst the flowers in her bouquet and on the ribbon so not to use to many as this might spoil the natural prettiness of the flowers together.

As well as the bridal party flowers Alex also wanted some small table arrangements for her reception which was being held in her garden at home. Alex has got a beautiful garden which has been a passionate ongoing project of hers for the last nine years, and she decided it would be a lovely setting for the intimate reception she wanted and they were very luckily with the weather as it was hot and sunny all day! She had pretty tea lights scattered on the tables as well as a yummy hog roast which was enjoyed by all her guests.

The tumblers were made up of Roesemary (which smelt sooo lush!) Lisianthus, Sedium and Pom Pom Dahlias.

Many congratulations to Alex and John. xx