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

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

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
 

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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