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

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

 

A Flower Photography Day with Clare West at Green and Gorgeous

 

People that have followed my little flower journey closely will know that I am prone to snapping my flowers as much as time allows. My husband/ mum/dad/dog are all used to going into hiding as soon as they hear me shouting ‘can someone just come and hold this bouquet for a minute’. A minute invariably turns into several hours and they are likely to be draped in material, asked to stand in the rain, change hairstyle, take off their watch, put their watch back on, take it off again, wear a veil and generally become exasperated at how on earth taking a photo of one thing can POSSIBLY take this long.  

Matilda of course has the worst of it. As my constant companion she is often the only one around for these impromptu shoots. Don’t be fooled when you see her in photos gazing lovingly at me – it is the tennis ball I am frantically waving above my head that she has her eye on.

Photography is, of course, pretty crucial for florists these days. The flowers I do are made to look best for the wedding day alone and I use special, delicate things that don’t last for weeks (unlike things you might buy in the supermarket). Therefore there is only a short window within which to capture all the things that take me hours to make, and the future of my business (to an extent) relies on me taking advantage of this short window.  I am hugely in debt to instagram (and the lovely people that follow me - thank you SO much) because it is how most of my clients find me. I need to get better at making my instagram better so this trend continues… And the competition out there seems to get more intense each day (I try to ignore it and just concentrate on what I'm doing but it can be hard!)

When I was fun and young and about 17 I learned to develop film but when I purchased an SLR last year it quickly became apparent that I had forgotten every single thing and so it was with huge enthusiasm that I signed up to Clare West’s photography day at the field of dreams (Green and Gorgeous). There is NO better setting in the entire world to photograph flowers than Rachel and Ash’s patch of flower heaven and Rachel made up a bouquet especially for us to shoot. I have attended a growing course and a floristry day at G&G and both have been excellent and so I had no doubt this day would be super beneficial too. Rachel and Ash are lucky that the M25 separates us as otherwise I would probably move in (I am due back on 2nd October in place of my mum, who has confused her diary and booked to be in Italy – I’ve tried to tell her that a few hours in the flower field of dreams is much better than four weeks in Tuscany, but she will have to be convinced another time).

It goes without saying that Clare is an excellent photographer, but she is also incredibly patient and warm. Exactly what the attendees needed as (and I hope no one will be offended) it quickly became apparent that we all belonged in the ‘got all the gear but no idea’ category of learners. Clare went through all the basics in a way that meant we didn’t really need to understand f stop numbering and ISO speeds (I may have just made up these terms) if we didn’t want to (I didn’t want to) but gave us the grounding so that we could go into that level of detail if we wanted. 

Our group was a mixture of florists, gardeners, flower growers and enthusiasts and she covered everything we might need – flowers outside, flowers inside, people working in a garden setting, flowers growing, flowers arranged in a marquee, huge urns, tiny buttonholes, etc. 

Another fantastic thing about days like these is that you get to make new flower friends. It was lovely to meet Jane, Pippa, Alicia and Jo amongst others and to see my dear Claire again (spot her amongst the dahlias below if you can draw your eyes away from them).

It was a great day of intense and useful learning. I am determined to take myself off the automatic settings and get to the next level. Don’t expect miracles, but slowly and surely I’m going to do my best. Thank you Clare and Rachel.

Oh and sorry Matilda your tennis ball will continue to be used against you for modeling purposes. Until you finally learn to pick up flowers with your paws and bring them to me it is the least you can do to make yourself useful.

(All flowers in pictures grown/arranged by Green and Gorgeous).

Jennifer Pinder Kent florist flower photography day
Jennifer Pinder Kent florist flower photography day
Jennifer Pinder Kent florist flower photography day
Jennifer Pinder Kent florist flower photography day
Jennifer Pinder Kent florist flower photography day
Jennifer Pinder Kent florist flower photography day
Jennifer Pinder Kent florist flower photography day
 

British Grown Summer Flowers With Dashes of Burgundy (A Day at Green and Gorgeous)

 

I treated my sister to a day at one of my favourite places in the entire world for her birthday - the flower fields at Green and Gorgeous. It is a bit of a drive (Oxfordshire) but SO worth it. Rachel is an incredible teacher and everyone left with the most bountiful and beautiful hand-tieds. She started with a tour of the amazing fields and then let us loose to pick flowers from her acres of beautiful organic blooms. It is literally paradise - I didn't know where to start - the rows and rows of dahlias (hello cafe au lait galore) or the rows of snapdragons and roses (and everything you can imagine in between). Nothing was out of bounds and I could quite easily have spent all day just visually taking everything in let alone being allowed to get creative! Thank you Rachel and Ash - I will be back as soon as I can!

Jennifer Pinder xx