Flowers and Friends: The pros and cons of being a florist

A post not about wedding flowers in Kent for once!

A couple of weeks ago it was my best friend's 30th and another friend wandered off into a beautiful Brighton Wood for an engagement shoot with a guy who I have known since I was 11. I mean I remember him discovering John Mayer and singing along to Jack Johnson with me (who I discovered, naturally).

'Playing' with Leftovers

One of the absolute BEST things about being a florist is having leftovers to play with. It is difficult to give yourself the time to make the most of them and have a proper 'play' sometimes. I try to do it as much as I can but if there are leftovers after installing a massive wedding then sometimes sleep takes priority I'm afraid...

'Playing' with flowers is an, umm, interesting phrase. It can be a tad grating to hear my job summed up as 'playing with flowers' because actually it is very hard work. Back breaking in some cases (more on that from me soon). A day of flowering is basically like being at the gym all day (sadly I don't look like I spend all day in the gym!). And then there are constant emails flooding in which I can only really sit down to one day a week. This isn't a moan, I'm so happy to be on my feet most of the time and not stuck behind a desk! But 'playing with flowers' is a bit misleading as there is a lot of lugging around buckets of water.

The Pros

So why do I do it? Because actually when I am left with the flowers and my camera it does feel like 'playing'. I love it. And the more I do the more I fall in love with it. I could make more money doing countless other things but I'm afraid I have found my 'thing' now and the flowers are stuck with me come what may. On the Saturday morning I made these bouquets it was sunny, I snipped some bits and bobs from my garden and went to work, music playing with occasional breaks to throw Matilda's ball. Free to create whatever I wanted with my lovely friends in mind.

And so for Kate and her engagement shoot: a quirky bouquet filled with darkness and light. She has plenty of time for something more traditional and pastel at her beautiful upcoming wedding! A touch of eucalyptus, as I know that will be one of her key features, and romantic roses. The brightest white hellebores and the darkest plum scabious and ranunculus. Lots of texture and special ingredients.

For Sophie, something cheerful and Springy. Pale yellow daffs, sunny ranunculus and contrasting ruffled pink ranunculus. A quick handover before a Brixton night out on the town with way too much to drink! Keeping it simple for Sophs because I love her and just wanted to give her something to make her smile! She has been a huge cheerleader for my business since day one.

How lucky I am to be able to have these ingredients on hand to create beautiful things like this for neighbours and friends when I have the chance.

The Cons

But it would be disingenuous not to mention the hardest thing about floristry, well for me anyway, which also relates to friends... I work most weekends. I'm at an age (30 gahhhhh) where people are getting married and I have had to turn down invites to weddings far more times than I would have liked. I probably do see my friends as much as I would with another job, but it is much harder work - often I will drop into something in the evening after a 4am start. A long day!

Overall it is worth it and I am happier than I have ever been. My old friends are so wonderful and encouraging (you know who you are) and I have met new friends on this flowery journey too (you also know who you are). Hopefully this is a little window into the realities of balancing work ('play') with real play. Possible, but you need to be determined and have supportive and understanding friends!

For Kate and Sophie (and Camel). Love to you all xxx

Kent wedding flowers
kent wedding flowers by florist Jennifer Pinder quirky bouquet
Wedding flowers Kent by florist Jennifer Pinder
Kent wedding flowers Jennifer Pinder
Original wedding bouquet by knet wedding flowers florist Jennifer Pinder
 Image by Simon Fazackarley www.fazackarley.com

Image by Simon Fazackarley www.fazackarley.com

 Image by Simon Fazackarley www.fazackarley.com

Image by Simon Fazackarley www.fazackarley.com

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Kent Wedding Flowers a Spring bouquet by Florist Jennifer Pinder yellow purple
Kent Wedding flowers purple and yellow spring bouquet by Jennifer Pinder

Oh and this mini urn went to my newly preggo friend. We are all getting a bit too grown up for my liking... But wow she is going to make the most amazing mum xx

Wedding Flowers Kent by Kent Florist Jennifer Pinder
Wedding Flowers Kent by Florist Jennifer Pinder

A Christmas Wedding at the Old Library in Dulwich College

 
Flowers by Jennifer Pinder. Christmas wedding at the Dulwich College Old Library in London

Amy and Jimmy were a lovely couple to work for and had a beautiful wedding in the Old Library at Dulwich College, followed by a reception in a big marquee in Amy's dad's garden in Dulwich Village. And what a beautiful garden it is to work in! I was in foliage heaven and sneaked a few bits into the wreath that marked the entrance to the wedding party.

Dulwich College is a wonderful setting for a wedding and is one of the few places in London where you truly feel surrounded by greenery. Dulwich village is also just a short walk away giving your guests lots of options for a pre wedding brunch or drink. It also has amazing sunsets - we moved arrangements after the wedding ceremony at Dulwich College and spied the couple having some of the most beautiful snaps taken at sunset. Amy opted for flowers in traditional Christmas colours and these worked excellently against the dark wood panelling of the Dulwich College Old Library and set a fun seasonal tone to the wedding. Amy also had 'living' table centrepieces - we included hyacinth bulbs in the arrangements so that guests had something to take home to keep the spirit of the wedding going long after departure!

It was great to see some old faces becuase I used to go to school with Amy's brother! I also fell in love with Jimmy's mum - a bit of an aspiring florist herself! Thank you for including me in your day Amy and Jimmy. I must also thank my lovely sister who helped me set up, a pic of her leaving our last job of the year after hanging the final wreath is below! xx

Photos by me and professional ones by Ben Joseph.

Christmas wreath by Jennifer Pinder for a traditional winter wedding at the Old Library in Dulwich College in London
A christmas wedding bouquet by Jennifer Pinder at the Dulwich College Old Library photograph by Ben Joseph
 

Easter Inspiration - Biscuits and Flowers - The Perfect Combination?!

 
Easter Flatlay By Jennifer Pinder with Easter biscuits and delicate spring flowers. Inspiration for your Easter table setting and centerpieces with light and bright flowers in pink, blue, yellow and white. Biscuit recipe by the Biscuiteers.

I had some leftovers that won't last until the weekend and so decided to have a little play. The sun was out and Matilda (my pup) helped by eating a rose or two. A little colour inspiration for your Easter table settings and centrepeices perhaps. Happy Easter to you all! xx

P.S. Biscuit recipe by the Biscuiteers, I had a lovely day with my uni friends making them! 

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Easter Flatlay By Jennifer Pinder with Easter biscuits and delicate spring flowers. Inspiration for your Easter table setting and centerpieces with light and bright flowers in pink, blue, yellow and white. Biscuit recipe by the Biscuiteers.
Easter Flatlay By Jennifer Pinder with Easter biscuits and delicate spring flowers. Inspiration for your Easter table setting and centerpieces with light and bright flowers in pink, blue, yellow and white. Biscuit recipe by the Biscuiteers.
Easter Flatlay By Jennifer Pinder with Easter biscuits and delicate spring flowers. Inspiration for your Easter table setting and centerpieces with light and bright flowers in pink, blue, yellow and white. Biscuit recipe by the Biscuiteers.
Easter Flatlay By Jennifer Pinder with Easter biscuits and delicate spring flowers. Inspiration for your Easter table setting and centerpieces with light and bright flowers in pink, blue, yellow and white. Biscuit recipe by the Biscuiteers.
Easter Flatlay By Jennifer Pinder with Easter biscuits and delicate spring flowers. Inspiration for your Easter table setting and centerpieces with light and bright flowers in pink, blue, yellow and white. Biscuit recipe by the Biscuiteers.
 

Corporate Christmas Wreath Class in London

 

We had a wonderful time at the King offices in London holding a Christmas wreath class for around 25 people. A really lovely group who all got stuck in along with mountains of mince pies and cheesy Christmas classics playing in the background. A corporate floristry class is a great way to bond with colleagues and clients in the office and you get to take something beautiful home with you! Thanks for having us King!

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