[Styled Shoot] Bright, Fusion Wedding at Berwick Lodge

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I met Viktoria through Facebook a little while back, and we got chatting when she opened up her beautiful studio in Bristol late last year. Later on, she contacted me about this beautiful styled shoot she was planning with Bristol based stylist Gina Jones. They were looking to create a fusion inspired styled wedding, for which they needed bright flowers. I knew from the start I really wanted to take part in this shoot, and when I saw the final photos, I was so, so excited about them!

I also got to discover Berwick Lodge in Bristol which is absolutely gorgeous! The shoot was done in January when the weather was a little grey, but between the venue, the amazing outfits, the happy smiling models and a few bright flowers, it looked absolutely gorgeous!

 

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S  U  P  P  L  I  E  R  S

Venue // Berwick Lodge

Stylist // Gina Jones

Photograper // Viktoria Kuti

Hair Stylist // Yumiko Jones at BLO

Make-Up Artist // Shari Knowles

Models // Yuki Hunter // Samora Jose // Kirsty Kelly

 

 

Are you getting married in Berwick Lodge? Are you having a fusion inspired wedding? If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comments below. And if you need a florist, don’t hesitate to get in touch with me for a free consultation.

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You can find additional info on the shoot on West Weddings Magazine’s website here.

REAL WEDDING – Fiona + Richard – A Classic Wedding

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Fiona and I used to work together, back when I was a lawyer! When she became engaged, I was thrilled when she asked me to quote her for wedding flowers. Fiona was great to work with. She knew she wanted a classic wedding, with red roses and white flowers, and we worked together to create what it was she had in mind. Her bouquet included gorgeous Red Naomi roses, white Avalanche roses, white Freesias and white Eustoma. It looked, and smelt, amazing! Fiona loved it so much she ordered a similar bouquet from me for her mother on Mother’s day 🙂

Similar bouquets but on a smaller scale made up the table centrepieces. These were  essentially small hand tied bouquets. I had provided some wrapped up paper and ribbons, ready for the guests to take home the flowers at the end of the night. A very popular option at the moment 🙂

Fiona and Richard met through work, and got engaged at Walton Hall and Gardens during a fancy picnic. They got married at Henleaze Trinity United Reformed Church, and had their reception in Old Down Manor, in Bristol. I decorated the pillars and the ladies from the Church decorated the rest of the Church. They were so friendly and made me really welcome whenever I’d pop into the Church, I enjoyed every visit! Lucy and her team at Old Down Manor were also great and really helpful, and it is a stunning wedding venue!

Fiona’s advice to couples planning their wedding:

Enjoy every moment of the preparations as it is all part of the fun.

Make sure you spend quality time together in the lead up, where wedding chat/planning is banned!

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S U P P L I E R S

Photographer // Caroline Alexander // http://www.caroline-alexander.co.uk

Bride’s Dress // Berketex Bride // http://www.berketexbride.com/

Bridemaids’ Dresses // John Lewis // http://www.johnlewis.com

Make Up // Jessica Mills // http://www.jessicamillsmakeup.co.uk/

Hair // Gari Henri // http://www.garyhenri.co.uk/

Grooms Outfit // Moss Bros // www.moss.co.uk

Venue // Old Down Manor // www.olddownestate.co.uk/weddings

[Photoshoot] Modern City Wedding with a Vintage Vibe

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My first photoshoot was an amazing experience. Since setting up my own business, I had been eager to meet a photographer who would take some beautiful photos of my flowers, and organising a photoshoot seemed to be the perfect way to do so!

I met Charlotte from Bristol Contemporary Photography and Sarah from The Rosie Shaw Cake Company at the first wedding fayre I did. We instantly got on well and it wasn’t long before we began organising a photoshoot to showcase our work.

Kate from Heartfelt Vintage provided the dresses for the shoot, which are incredible, original vintage wedding dresses. She even had a photo of the original bride wearing one of the dresses! If you are a fan of vintage clothing, you absolutely must go and see Kate’s shop up in Clifton, it’s a true little gem and they even serve cake!

Rosie from Goldbrick House gave us access to the whole venue, including the top floor with gorgeous views across Bristol. I have always loved Goldbrick House, not only for its food and cocktails but also for the beautiful building it is, with its hidden corners and gorgeous staircases. It was perfect for our Modern Wedding with a Vintage Vibe theme 🙂

Emily from Able Mabel (who also made the red fascinator pictured below) and Claire from Claire Clark Make Up work closely with Kate from Heartfelt Vintage, and are experts in the Vintage look. When creating the three looks we were after from the 20s, 30s and 50s, they made each model look amazing and truly reflective of that era.

I was also extremely grateful that 3 of my friends agreed to model for us for the day, thank you girls, you look amazing!! (and of course thank you to Mike as well, the handsome groom!)
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And yes… we did get to eat the cakes at the end!

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All of us who took part in the shoot are local suppliers in Bristol working in the wedding industry, so if you see anything you like, get in touch!

Venue – Goldbrick House

Photographer – Bristol Contemporary Photography

Dresses – Heartfelt Vintage

Cakes – The Rosie Shaw Cake Company

Hair – Able Mabel

MUA – Claire Clark Make Up

Flowers – Emerald & Jade Flowers

Models – Mike, Fay, Sarah, Rebecca

[Photoshoot] Clevedon Hall and Clevedon Pier

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Last year, I was invited to take part in a photoshoot organised by Kayleigh Adams Photography at Clevedon Hall. It was my first time in this incredible wedding venue, and I was absolutely taken away with its’ grandeur and beauty! From the stunning grounds (complete with deer!), view on the sea, to the beautiful rooms inside, I can only imagine that any wedding there would be magical!

For the shoot, I was lucky to work with an incredible team of women. I met Kayleigh at a wedding show earlier that year, and was instantly drawn to her stall as she had made it so cosy and welcoming, it was impossible not to go over and say hi! And I’m glad I did as she as lovely a person as she is a talented photographer! Kayleigh organised this shoot and the suppliers involved with it.

Kayleigh was keen to work with Longfield Hospice, who have a bridal shop in Stroud. So yes, all of these dresses are pre-loved, and available to buy at amazing prices whilst all going to a good cause, can’t get much better than that really!

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Dresses – Longfield Hospice, who have a bridal boutique in Stroud.

Venue – Clevedon Hall

Photographer – Kayleigh Adams Photographer

Flowers – Emerald & Jade Flowers

Make Up – JV MAKE UP

Hair (and model!) – Nicole Dodd from The Stuart Holmes Salon

Models – Claire, Emma and Ryan

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Proud Sponsor of the Wedding Wishing Well Foundation

Emerald & Jade Flowers Sponsors the Wedding Wishing Well Foundation

I am proud to announce that I have been accepted as a sponsor to the Wedding Wishing Well Foundation for the next year. This amazing charity organises & funds weddings for people who have a terminal or life limiting illness.

Naomi Thomas is the inspirational woman who founded of this charity, which she set up after her own diagnosis of breast cancer. You can read and watch all about it here.

The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation fundraise  in order to help terminally ill people to marry, as they feel very strongly that everyone deserves their special day even if their life is limited. As such, fundraising is essential for them to continue their work.

To find out how you can help the  Wedding Wishing Well Foundation, whether by volunteering or fundraising, get in touch with them here.

 

Christmas Shop 2015

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Christmas is now just round the corner! I realised this morning that we are now two weeks away from the end of term, and so three weeks from Christmas… yes, three weeks! But do not panic, for Emerald & Jade’s Christmas Shop 2015 is now open!

I have a selection of beautiful little treats for you, whether a little something for a teacher, a mini tree for your desk at work, or some beautiful, low maintenance hyacinths and succulents, there is something for everyone!

Before we start, can I just say how hard it is to take amaaaaazing photos of plants?! Pinterest has a lot to answer for and I do hope Santa brings me some lessons in photography and similar skills required for this!

Anyway… I have the following items available for sale. The items have been repotted into new containers with new soil. Containers may vary to the one shown on photo, but happy to send you photos of the options separately if you would like to see before buying. Either for collection in St Anne’s Park, or delivery available within Bristol.

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Hydrangea wreath – Fresh but dries beautifully – £25
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Luxury Wreath – can be used as a table centre piece with a candle in the middle or hung up as a door wreath – £40
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Large potted Echeveria / Succulent – £8.50 (colours may vary)
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Large Echeveria / Succulent in pot – £8.50 (colours & pots may vary)
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Glass baubles with tillandsia (airplant) or succulent (baubles can also stand on flat surface) – £5 each
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Bell shaped glass bauble as mini terrarium – £5 each
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Hyacinth in bulb vase – £15
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Hyacinth in bulb vase – £15
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Hyacinth in pot with moss – £5 (pots may vary)
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Double hyacinth pot – £8.50
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Mini terrarium with tillandsia and succulent – £8.50
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Mini potted Christmas Tree – £6 (decorations by https://www.facebook.com/Boy-and-Girl-Meet-World-664164057044827/?fref=ts)

I am also making wreaths, whether for your door (from £15), as a table decoration (from £25), or living wreaths (from £25) to go on loved ones graves for Christmas. Do get in touch if you would like to place an order or find out more!

Also, the Shop will be open up until the 16th December 2015. Emerald & Jade Flowers will then be closing from 17th December 2015, and will reopen on 11th January 2016, ready for a very exciting new year!

A bientot!

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ps: and one of the (many) photos that didn’t work out! ie Rudolf tripping over the ribbon, knocking over the potted echeveria and making a mess!… I promise I’ll keep practicing!

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The Fee behind the florist

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Hello and welcome to Emerald & Jade’s brand new design! Along with a gorgeous new logo, a brand new website has been created for all you lovelies to enjoy. Isn’t it stunning? I have the very talented Becky Lord Design to thank for all this, I am absolutely in love with it all and feel very excited about where it will take Emerald & Jade and I! In the meantime, I thought it would be a good time to introduce myself, and let you know about the Fee behind the florist (that’s me!).

As you might have already seen from the About page, my name is Fiona (Fee to my friends). I haven’t been a florist all my life. Nor did I start training in floristry since I could walk, or anything of the sort.

I grew in France, which meant I had an amazing childhood! However education wise, France has a very “elite” mentality. I studied a Baccalaureat Litteraire, namely studying 8 hours of philosophy a week (yes, that is one crazy amount of philosophy!) and took classes for Spanish and Italian, as well as intensive English within an International School. Yet, because it wasn’t a Scientific Baccalaureat, people would joke that I wouldn’t get very far in life as I hadn’t been studying “important” subjects like physics and chemistry…

Having had enough of that mentality, I went off to England to go to University at 18, thereby following my mother’s footsteps in reverse. I remember absolutely loving it! Teachers and lecturers would ask for my advice and actually want to hear what I thought, rather than just hear me repeat what had been said in the textbook. I felt liberated.

I really enjoyed my degree. Apart from the French Law modules, which was exactly like being back at school in France. I spent a year studying at the Sorbonne in Paris. Living in Paris was a great experience. It also taught me that I never ever wanted to practice French Law. Ever.

I decided not to go to Law school, but instead to find work in a law firm to decide whether or not it was something I wanted to do. I started from the bottom and worked my way as a qualified Employment Lawyer. I loved the challenging work, and the area of work was incredibly exciting. But then it became more than just a job, and not in a good way.

It took over me. I would show up at work only to burst into tears when the phone rang. I was emotionally drained and part of me felt that this was not what I was meant to do with my life…

Then my family went through a tragic phase. My mum got diagnosed with breast cancer, and I lost 4 very close family members within a few years. At the time I had also just had my second baby, and something shifted in me. It was when my 3 year old had appendicitis and peritonitis, and was rushed for emergency surgery while on holiday abroad, that I took the decision to take things into my own hands. I was forced to have a month off work to care for my daughter so I had a lot of time to think. I realised that whatever was making me miserable, I could in fact change it. Because once you’re gone, you’re gone. That’s it. Your chance has gone.

I therefore did the unimaginable (for me at least), and handed in my notice to become a stay at home mum. This was terrifying. I had no back up plan. I had always enjoyed going to work, and I was pretty scared of being at home 24/7 with the kids with no idea of what career move I would take next. I fixed myself a two year deadline to find a new career.

For a while, I let nature take its course, and took up opportunities as they arose. Wonderful things started happening then. I ended up becoming an intern for an amazing Wedding website: French Wedding Style. I also wrote a regular feature whilst planning my own wedding. Its editor, Monique, is an incredibly inspiring and positive woman. She truly took me under her wing, and I strongly believe that thanks to her, I started to believe that it wasn’t too late to start a creative career after all.

From that moment, things took over completely and I’m not even sure where floristry truly began. I think it might have been when my sister got married. She lives in Australia, but was getting married in Bristol. So I helped with some of the planning. Her wedding flowers were amazing, and so I found myself emailing her wedding florist and asking her about training as a florist and what was it like? Claire was incredible and provided me with so much information, including the good but also the bad. Something clicked, and before I knew it, I had signed up for an Intensive Career Change course with the amazing Tallulah Rose Flower School in Bath.

During those four weeks, it felt as though I completely fell apart, only to then be rebuilt into something completely different. But somehow, it has always felt right and it was as though I knew that this, becoming a florist, was what I was meant to do.

The lawyer in me still occasionally talks to me and makes me wonder what on earth am I doing? But this voice is becoming quieter and quieter as time goes on, and the Fee behind the florist, is truly becoming confident and happy.

I do believe that my background in the corporate world is useful in my new line of work. I am not shy contacting people and discussing projects and ideas, or negotiating when required. But I am at my happiest when arranging flowers. The flower market is my new happy place. The flowers. The scent. The staff. I seem to have settled into it all like a fish to water!

My family and friends have also been incredibly supportive from the start, for which I am eternally grateful! ♥

Discovering my style and identity has also been very rewarding. And I love that Becky seems to have completely figured this out when working on my branding for me.

So there you are. A *little* about me, the florist. I promise not all my blog posts will be this long or personal. I just wanted to introduce myself properly!

To finish off, I have discovered a true passion for flowers. But more than that, I feel as though I truly am on a journey of self discovery, allowing me to be me. The me that grew up in France, lost in a corporate world and wanting to create beauty. When people ask me what I do now, I no longer mumble “I’m a lawyer”, and instead proudly say that I’m a florist with a big smile on my face. And that’s blooming marvellous if you ask me!

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