Spring Portfolio Workshop

A proper blog post is on the way but I couldn't wait to share some photos from my recent portfolio workshop! A group of such amazing and warm florists gathered in my Kent studio to learn the wedding business and get some truly amazing images for all of their portfolios. 

Come and join me for the next one in August! You will create a bouquet, table centrepiece and large installation piece. Importantly ALL of your items will be professionally photographed with a model and then sent to you for you to use as you please. I've been on too many workshops myself where the photographer seemed to be mainly there for the workshop host - I'm determined for my courses to be different.

Huge thanks to Imogen Xiana for the photos and Ellie Gill for makeup. Imogen uses film and knows how to capture flowers like no one else! Ellie is local to me in Tunbridge Wells and she uses only natural products to work her magic! xx

Links to the amazing florists who attended here:
Kate - Greens Farm Flowers
Lucy - Lucy The Flower Hunter
Nicola - Flowers by Eve
Cristina - La Fiorista
Anth - Corner of Grace
Carol - Painterly and Blooms
Amy - Amy Weller
Kay - Kay Nott

 Flowers by Amy

Flowers by Amy

 Flowers by Anth

Flowers by Anth

Kent wedding flowers luxury course Jennifer Pinder
 Flower bomb installation by Anth, Cristina and Carol

Flower bomb installation by Anth, Cristina and Carol

 Arch installation by Lucy and Amy

Arch installation by Lucy and Amy

Kent wedding flowers luxury course Jennifer Pinder
 Flowers by Lucy

Flowers by Lucy

 Chandelier by Anth, Cristina and Carol

Chandelier by Anth, Cristina and Carol

Kent wedding flowers luxury course Jennifer Pinder
Kent wedding flowers luxury course Jennifer Pinder
 Meadow Installation by Nicola, Kay and Kate

Meadow Installation by Nicola, Kay and Kate

 Flowers by Kate

Flowers by Kate

Kent wedding flowers luxury course Jennifer Pinder
 Flowers by Nicola

Flowers by Nicola

 Flowers by Kay

Flowers by Kay

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Kent wedding flowers luxury course Jennifer Pinder
Kent wedding flowers luxury course Jennifer Pinder
 Flowers by me

Flowers by me

Kent wedding flowers luxury course Jennifer Pinder
 Thank you for coming everyone! xxxx

Thank you for coming everyone! xxxx

Kent wedding flowers luxury course Jennifer Pinder
Kent wedding flowers luxury course Jennifer Pinder

Jay Archer & Friends visit us in Kent

When I heard that Jay Archer was looking for a flowery day out for her and her two main sidekicks (Mand and Mel) I was thrilled to invite her to the Jennifer Pinder studio. After the initial excited high of the dates being confirmed I was hit with a rather big problem... 'What on earth can you do to entertain 3 of the most experienced florists you have ever met?!'

I decided to think outside the box - this wasn't going to be a workshop in the usual sense!

To make the workshop really stand out for the girls I decided to give them TOTAL freedom to create something completely unique. I laid out all of my weird and wonderful props and told them that rather than thinking about colour or seasons the arrangement's focus should be a message. Something important to each of them.

Have you ever tried to channel an emotion while you work? Try it, I often think of my couples when I make bridal bouquets and it is amazing the subtle influence it really can have on my work.

Anyway... to the arrangements. When not influenced by a teacher their own unique styles and background training really came through. Mel teaches floristry and her classic look and attention to detail shines through. Mands just loves nature and wanted to create something playful and interactive - she kept asking for weird and wonderful things so I had no idea what on earth she was planning in her corner of the workshop! Jay is known for her natural and abundant style and for creating showstopper installations. The message behind Jay's arrangement was simple - 'changes for 2017'. Mand madea totally original arrangement for her godchildren - it span around, it contained felted animals hiding under the flowers and fruit to eat! Mel created an arrangement based on childhood memories with her mum in the garden.

In the afternoon I demo'd a bouquet and then the girls made their own. With stunning results of course!

We had lunch at a local pub (the Rock). It was a really fun day of catching up and playing with flowers without any pressure. Matilda also enjoyed being the centre of attention :) I to would like to thank Jay, Mands and Mel for coming to deepest Kent to spend the day with me. Jay has been an inspiring figure in my floristry journey and so it was an honour to host her!

p.s. You can read more about a course I did with Jay here.

Images by Jo Ellen (the good ones! A few are from my phone) x

p.s. Sorry for these pictures of you all grinning but I loved them too much! x

A small proportion of the props...

Thank you so much for coming Jay, Mands & Mel!

Sunny Workshop Day (and British Flowers Ruling the Roost Once More!)

What a beautiful week we are having! Perfect timing for my workshop on Monday - we even managed lunch in the sun! Which was a relief as it may have distracted from the rather burnt savoury tart I attempted for the first time... Hmmmm next time I should probably start cooking before 9pm the night before.

We were utterly spoiled for choice with British blooms. In fact everything below is British except the roses, tweedia and butterfly ranunculus. This week I got lots of lovely bits from my local grower, Turissa, and also a couple of boxes from both Pratley's and Flowers by Clowance. Look at the size of those tulips and ranunculus! And of course everyone had the pick of what they wanted from my garden.

This week we had an interesting mix of attendees which meant there were all sorts of different angles of the flower world to chat about:
 Lovely Helen, who is a very talented floristry teacher and has been in flowers since she was 16 (lucky thing!)
Sarah, who is an amazing grower and florist from West London (thank you for the seed tips!)
Jane, who has a background in interior design and is just starting out in flowery land
And, last but not least, Vicki who has been flower arranging for yonks as a hobby and blew me away with her wild urn in the afternoon.

Thank you for coming everyone, do keep in touch!

 Flowers from Kent florist Jennifer Pinder Floral Styling
 Flowers from Kent florist Jennifer Pinder Floral Styling
 Flowers from Kent florist Jennifer Pinder Floral Styling
 Flowers from Kent florist Jennifer Pinder Floral Styling
 Flowers from Kent florist Jennifer Pinder Floral Styling
 Flowers from Kent florist Jennifer Pinder Floral Styling
 Flowers from Kent florist Jennifer Pinder Floral Styling
 Flowers from Kent florist Jennifer Pinder Floral Styling
 Flowers from Kent florist Jennifer Pinder Floral Styling
 Flowers from Kent florist Jennifer Pinder Floral Styling
 Flowers from Kent florist Jennifer Pinder Floral Styling
 Flowers from Kent florist Jennifer Pinder Floral Styling
 Flowers from Kent florist Jennifer Pinder Floral Styling
 Flowers from Kent florist Jennifer Pinder Floral Styling
 Flowers from Kent florist Jennifer Pinder Floral Styling
 Flowers from Kent florist Jennifer Pinder Floral Styling
 Flowers from Kent florist Jennifer Pinder Floral Styling
 Flowers from Kent florist Jennifer Pinder Floral Styling
 Flowers from Kent florist Jennifer Pinder Floral Styling
 Flowers from Kent florist Jennifer Pinder Floral Styling

Spring 2017: British Flowers are BACK

I am feeling super excited as I have just done my first wedding of the year using all British flowers (piccies to follow) and on Monday we will be doing our first workshop of the year where we can also go all British. Yippee. It is official - Spring is here and gorgeous homegrown stuff is back on the menu.

Instagram keen beans may remember me talking about a neighbour who had recently set up as a grower and so I thought I would post some pics of her amazing progress since January. Yes, all this has been set up since JANUARY. I failed to take a picture of her polytunnel but will do on my next trip. I thought it would be helpful to share these pics because I am getting more and more into growing and Turissa's set up is so spot on. It is really encouraging to see someone making something from scratch and so I will keep you updated on her progress. Follow her on instagram here.

 These beds all have labels of what is due to arrive soon - I can't wait!

These beds all have labels of what is due to arrive soon - I can't wait!

 Flowers from Kent florist Jennifer Pinder Floral Styling
 Flowers from Kent florist Jennifer Pinder Floral Styling
 Ahh Dahlia corner... To be continued

Ahh Dahlia corner... To be continued

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 I will post an 'after' pic when the sweet pea wall is in bloom. Be still my beating heart!

I will post an 'after' pic when the sweet pea wall is in bloom. Be still my beating heart!

In other British flower news... The Wood anenomes are out in all their glory at the moment. I went on a little photography expedition to a wood packed with them. So, so beautiful.

Wood anenome by kent wedding flowers florist Jennifer Pinder
Wood anenomes in Kent by wedding florist Jennifer Pinder
wood anenomes by Kent florist Jennifer Pinder
Wild primroses in Kent by florist Jennifer Pinder

Wedding Workshop For Florists at the Kent Studio

In January on a freezing cold day I welcomed an absolutely gorgeous group of women to the cosiness of my studio in Kent. It was actually the last day in the studio before the big revamp and so I tried to palm off various unwanted bits of furniture! 

Usually everyone gets to forage in the garden but they all looked a bit relieved when I said I had foraged enough for them if they wanted to stay inside.... On this occasion every attendee was a florist and so we were all able to have a good long gossip about our businesses and how we work. Everyone was so talented and able to bring their own edge to the wintery selection of blooms on offer. I try to be a completely open book during workshops and so we covered everything from social media to how to charm wholesalers.

Everyone's final work had a deeply romantic feel to it, perfect for this Valentine's day run up. We followed the usual pattern of bridal bouquets in the morning (all finished with gorgeous Kate Cullen ribbon) and lush table centres in the afternoon.

Lunch is a simple affair in the oldest room in the house - 12th century I believe! The studio sits separate from the house and is a typical Kent barn, it has been a god-send since we moved here, perfect for my work as a wedding florist as well as for these workshops. I can't wait to show you some pictures when it is completely finished.

Please read more about our workshops here and get in touch if you would like to attend!

Oh and thank you Sarah - I pinched one of the pics below from your instagram.

Jennifer Pinder Kent florist floristry workshop. Lots of winter flowers with a wild and natural look

Thank you so much for coming everyone! All of these ladies were utterly fab and you can read more about their own businesses here:

http://www.floribundarose.com/

http://www.wildbarnflowers.co.uk/

http://www.bloomologie.co.uk/

http://www.thecountrysideflorist.com/

Read more about current workshops here. This Kent Wedding Florist would love to hear from you! xx