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!

One to One with Faith (a faith a faith)

It was such a huge pleasure to welcome Faith of 'Finishing Touches by Faith Gurel' to the studio for a one-to-one. Faith is based in Essex and an absolute superstar florist. Get in touch with her if you are getting married in her neck of the woods and want the best of the best!

 We had some lovely stuff to work with and Faith created a beautiful springy urn and a really flower heavy and wild bouquet. In the afternoon we created a larger installation - a hanging chandelier which I somehow wrestled into a tree for Jo to photograph! The workshop was in early March meaning there wasn't a huge amount of British flowers about but I was thrilled to get my hands on some homegrown tulips, narcissi and hellebores. One of the perks of being first through the door at the market and over to Pratley's!

Other than the flowers, it was genuinely just so fab having someone to chat to for a whole day and to get to know Faith properly. We had so much fun exchanging wedding tales, flowery gossip and comparing notes on our businesses. Faith is so warm and generous and gave such great advice about managing a business alongside a family. All of her friends and family are so lucky to have her on their team - as I am sure they are aware! Also, she spoiled Matilda and so is welcome back any time.

All pics by my favourite Jo Ellen, who lives just round the corner! Follow her here. xx

One to One workshop with Jennifer Pinder Floral Styling Kent wedding flowers florist
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one to one floristry lesson Kent with Jennifer Pinder
one to one floristry lesson Kent with Jennifer Pinder
one to one floristry lesson Kent with Jennifer Pinder
one to one floristry lesson Kent with Jennifer Pinder
one to one floristry lesson Kent with Jennifer Pinder
one to one floristry lesson Kent with Jennifer Pinder
one to one floristry lesson Kent with Jennifer Pinder

Ed and Becky's beautiful Summer Devon Wedding

Becky and Ed had a beautiful late Summer wedding in rural Devon in a lovingly decorated marquee at Becky's family home. Highlights for me included decorating a horse and cart (the horses star in Poldark!), the sweetest pair of flower girls and being lucky enough to wave Becky off to the church! All photos are by the extremely talented Josh Gooding. 

Jennifer Pinder florist London Kent Devon Weddong bouquet
Flowers by Jennifer Pinder. Horse and cart floral wedding decoration with blue hydrangea, white roses and gypsophila
Wedding flowers by Jennifer Pinder. flower girl crowns with gypsophila or baby's breath
Wedding flowers by Jennifer Pinder. White and purple buttonholes with sea holly thistles, gypsophila, lavender and limonium
Wedding flowers by Jennifer Pinder. Late summer wild flower bouquet in purple and white. London Kent wedding florist.