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

Emma from A Quiet Style Comes to the Jennifer Pinder Floral Studio

 

 

When you have followed someone on instagram for years you can't help but go a bit ‘embarrassing fangirl' when you meet them in real life. And so it was when Emma came to the studio on a frosty January morning.

For those of you who aren't plugged in to instagram quite as much as the rest of us... let me introduce you to Emma of 'A Quiet Style'. To say that she is a 'lifestyle blogger' isn't quite enough because she is a lady who wears many hats - incredible photographer, stylist, crafter, writer, chef, mum… the list goes on. Really I could go on for quite a while. Basically a general all round gorgeous woman who promotes a simple life and getting back to basics and what really matters. We all need reminders of this from time to time. To explain a bit better, let me say that I am quite likely to have a quick flick over to Emma's instagram whenever I am feeling a little uninspired, bored or down. Her images are so beautifully curated and immediately make you feel refreshed and less anxious - whether it is a gooey cake or some simple flowers on a window sill. Emma's library is peaceful and inspiring in it's simplicity. Her eye for styling means that the background story of slow living and a quiet life shine through without the need for words. Take a look. We all need a bit of Emma to get us through this bleak winter!

Anyway, Emma in real life is just as lovely as I imagined. We joked about how I have built up her real life home in my imagination to basically be a Kinfolk set. She promises me that she is a normal person with a normal house in the background. I pretended to believe her.

As those of you who follow Emma will already know, she is an excellent florist. Yup, add that to her list of hats. It was a true treat to have my studio filled with blooms for us to play around with. I foraged foliage from my garden and got in some of the most beautiful hellebores I have ever seen. We both made vase arrangements and then Emma gave me some photography tips for a bouquet that I had made. I must attend one of Emma's workshops in the near future as my styling and photography need some work, but I am getting there and working hard on it in the background!

Emma's vase arrangement is beautiful with a lot of movement. A morning with her was the perfect antidote to the drizzle and politics of the day. Emma was also very kind and let Matilda attend and sit at the table with us on a chair. I wish I had trained Matilda better for workshops! She thinks she needs to oversee everything that leaves the studio!

Oh and the lovely ribbon featured is by Fleuropean xx

Emma from A Quiet Style Comes to the Jennifer Pinder Floral Studio in Kent. Bouquet and table workshop with photography tips
Emma from A Quiet Style Comes to the Jennifer Pinder Floral Studio in Kent. Bouquet and table workshop with photography tips
Emma from A Quiet Style Comes to the Jennifer Pinder Floral Studio in Kent. Bouquet and table workshop with photography tips
Emma from A Quiet Style Comes to the Jennifer Pinder Floral Studio in Kent. Bouquet and table workshop with photography tips
Emma from A Quiet Style Comes to the Jennifer Pinder Floral Studio in Kent. Bouquet and table workshop with photography tips
 

QUINTESSENTIAL ENGLISH COUNTRY GARDEN WEDDING at Falconhurst in Kent

 

It was wonderful to be involved with this beautiful shoot at Falconurst in Kent which featured recently on Magnolia Rouge. Providing the flowers was such a treat becuase the grounds and gardens are absolutely spectacular. In the middle of the main garden there is a huge cutting patch and so with the gorgeous sunshine and two dogs dashing about I was basically in paradise! I brought my mum along with me and thank goodness I did because the arch is high and I needed a reliable ladder assistant!

For the flowers I took inspiration from what grows in the garden at Falconhurst anyway. There is lots of pink and white and a huge range of textures. Falconhurst is such a beautiful wedding venue that it doesn't need a huge amount of flowering - just a few pieces to emphasise what is already there.

Please see the full list of suppliers at the end of the post, an amazing team - thanks gang! 

Jennifer Pinder xx

All photos by Julie Michaelsen

Kent florist Jennifer Pinder for a botanical inspired wedding at Falconhurst wedding venue in Kent with pale pink and white tones photos by Julie Michaelson
Kent florist Jennifer Pinder for a botanical inspired wedding at Falconhurst wedding venue in Kent with pale pink and white tones photos by Julie Michaelson
Kent florist Jennifer Pinder for a botanical inspired wedding at Falconhurst wedding venue in Kent with pale pink and white tones photos by Julie Michaelson
Kent florist Jennifer Pinder for a botanical inspired wedding at Falconhurst wedding venue in Kent with pale pink and white tones photos by Julie Michaelson
Kent florist Jennifer Pinder for a botanical inspired wedding at Falconhurst wedding venue in Kent with pale pink and white tones photos by Julie Michaelson
Kent florist Jennifer Pinder for a botanical inspired wedding at Falconhurst wedding venue in Kent with pale pink and white tones photos by Julie Michaelson
Kent florist Jennifer Pinder for a botanical inspired wedding at Falconhurst wedding venue in Kent with pale pink and white tones photos by Julie Michaelson
Kent florist Jennifer Pinder for a botanical inspired wedding at Falconhurst wedding venue in Kent with pale pink and white tones photos by Julie Michaelson
Kent florist Jennifer Pinder for a botanical inspired wedding at Falconhurst wedding venue in Kent with pale pink and white tones photos by Julie Michaelson
Kent florist Jennifer Pinder for a botanical inspired wedding at Falconhurst wedding venue in Kent with pale pink and white tones photos by Julie Michaelson
Kent florist Jennifer Pinder for a botanical inspired wedding at Falconhurst wedding venue in Kent with pale pink and white tones photos by Julie Michaelson
Kent florist Jennifer Pinder for a botanical inspired wedding at Falconhurst wedding venue in Kent with pale pink and white tones photos by Julie Michaelson

Photography & planning: Julie Michaelsen
Florals: Jennifer Pinder
Hair & make-up: Danielle at the Tori Harris Pro Team
Videography: This Modern Revelry
Stationery: Ever After Press
Venue: Falconhurst
Cake: Sugared Saffron
Styling: Holden Bespoke
Engagement ring: The London Victorian Ring Co.
Jewellery & veil: Kelly Spence
Groom's outfit: Stephen Bishop Suiting
Wedding dress: Katya Katya Shehurina
Shoes: Emmy London
Silk ribbon & fabric: Pompom Blossom

 

 

The Golden Rock Inn, Nevis - The Caribbean's Answer to The Secret Garden?

 

Where is the most romantic place you could take a florist/garden lover for dinner? Probably here...

Unfortunately husband can't take full credit. We actually didn't know this was on Nevis until a drunk and rambling man at our hotel bar heard me saying how much I had enjoyed the Botanic Gardens. He told me I should go here and so we jumped in a car straight away so we could see it before the sun set. What an amazing surprise. It is so rare to be able to have a meal in a garden this unique and beautiful (and a couple of watermelon slingers too). Behind it all is a gorgeous backdrop of the sea and sunset.

The lovely new manager showed me around and told me about the owners - a labour of love for New York artists Brice and Helen Marden. It was as soon as I heard that artists were involved that this amazing place started to make more sense - only artists would pour so much effort into a hotel garden rather than seeing it as an unnecessary luxury (and then plugging it with repetitive shrubs). Around every corner a new outlook awaited and the restaurant tables are hidden in all sorts of overgrown and romantic nooks.

Great service and food too.

Thanks drunk and rambling man! Add this to your garden (and restaurant) bucket list right now.

oh and a few from the Nevis Botanical Gardens too...

Where is on your garden bucket list? xx

 

First Jennifer Pinder Workshop of 2017

 
Pei's table arrangement at the Jennifer Pinder Floristry lesson floral workshop based in Kent

Well this is totally unheard of... Actually writing a blog post on the same day as an event... But it is 2017 and this is the new me! I no longer drink diet coke or let months of receipts pile up or eat chocolate biscuits or fall asleep wearing makeup.

Unfortunately I know myself - this won't last but let's enjoy the momentum while it is here.

Today I welcomed two gorgeous ladies to the studio - Pei (who just loves flowers) and Amber (who has a beautiful shop in Somerset). It was lovely to start off the year flowering and hearing about these two's adventures in the floral world. It was a frosty morning and so after a quick walk around neighbouring Ightham Mote with husb and pup I foraged the best that I could from the garden and then retreated to the warmth of the studio as quickly as possible.

Stand out flowers for today included beautifully scented garden roses, huge pink anenomes and plum ranunculus. The garden surprised me this morning - I thought I would struggle but the eucalyptus is still going strong and I'm spoiled with deep purple and green pittosporum. All 3 of us turned out to be big foliage fans and the work produced was just beautiful as I am sure you will agree! One of the things I loved most about today was how different everyone's work ended up being. Enjoy and Happy New Year xx

Amber's work:

Amber's bouquet at Jennifer Pinder floral florist workshop In Kent
Amber's bouquet at Jennifer Pinder floral florist workshop In Kent
Amber's bouquet at Jennifer Pinder floral florist workshop In Kent
Amber's bouquet at Jennifer Pinder floral florist workshop In Kent
Amber's bouquet at Jennifer Pinder floral florist workshop In Kent
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Pei's work:

Pei's table arrangement at the Jennifer Pinder Floristry lesson floral workshop based in Kent
Pei's table arrangement at the Jennifer Pinder Floristry lesson floral workshop based in Kent
wedding flowers by Kent florist Jennifer Pinder with pink anenomes and plum ranunculus 1
Pei's table arrangement at the Jennifer Pinder Floristry lesson floral workshop based in Kent

My bits and bobs:

wedding flowers by Kent florist Jennifer Pinder with pink anenomes and plum ranunculus 1
wedding flowers by Kent florist Jennifer Pinder with pink anenomes and plum ranunculus 1
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