Every self employed wedding industry bod (and otherwise) knows how hard it is to stay on top of admin during the season- a season which seems to be getting longer and longer nowadays! Once upon a time, it ran mainly May- September/ October, with the odd job outside of it, but now it’s solid April- December.
For the last couple of years, I have kept the first 2 weeks of August free- for catching up on admin, tidying the workshop and meeting with clients. And how important that’s been this year! It’s been full throttle for 2016 so far, with my first winter Flower School season carrying into January through May, continuing 1-2-1’s and weddings starting. We’re about to embark on 8 sizeable weddings in 7 days- end of August to early September- and taking the time to plan this logistical feat has been much needed! Although we often run multiple events, these ones will be particularly challenging with 14ft high archways, wide-spread locations, hanging hoops, blacksmiths orders to collect, 7 flower supplier deliveries and collections to coordinate and 14 staff- and 3 midnight clears. Oh, and it’ll be my birthday somewhere in between that! Eek!
When we’re going at it with our businesses, planning; speaking to clients; ordering- props, ribbons, flowers; maintaining the workshop etc etc, it can be hard to see the wood for the trees with all that needs to be done. Strangely, taking yourself out of the loop can be refreshing, invigorating and hugely motivating and that’s exactly what I have done. It’s so important to take stock, refresh the batteries and, in between work, the last few weeks have seen me take days out for woodland walks, spending time with family and catching up with friends… I’ve even sorting out my bad eating habits, and found time to book in for pedicures, hair treatments and shopping too. I have realised that, at the end of the day, we’re not Doctors, we’re not saving the world and it CAN wait until tomorrow. So please, be kind to yourself and have some much needed me time.
Catching up on blogging, it’s been great to look at the year so far and all I’ve been up to, and I feel ready for the ‘next batch’… with the break I have had, I feel like I am stepping into a new season.
The year started with an huge event at One Marylebone, in which we created ‘Enchanted Woodland’ magic for Florence’s 21st birthday. The following week I ran our first 5-day Career Course at my Hampshire-based Flower School, which was a huge success- in fact, the girls have recently emailed me, wanting a reunion next January!
We continued various Flower School courses into the Spring months, with courses including Bridal Party flowers, Marquee decor x2, Constance Spry study, Pedestals & Runners and various others.
Weddings have been plentiful and beautiful and, although we don’t blog them all, we’ve dressed Fulham Palace, Fetcham Park and Farnham Castle to name but a few, plus many private lawn marquees already this season with more to come- always a favourite, as our florals tend to really stand out against the white walls.
We also ran an event to celebrate British Flowers Week in June, at the River Cottage Canteen in Winchester… ‘Some Enchanted Evening: A Celebration of British Flowers and Midsummer Cocktails’.
I also guest designed a stand at Hampton Court Flower Show for Flowers From The Farm, in which we won a silver medal; I’ve travelled to Ireland to do a botanical illustration course with Petal Studio; visited Chateau de la Motte Husson with Dick Strawbridge and Angel Adoree to plan our April 2017 ‘Flowers at the Chateau’ class there and I went to Scotland to guest teach at Flower School Glasgow.
I’ve been honoured to be featured throughout various press articles this year, including a 4-part seasonal series with English Home magazine for whom I have designed 4 arrangements- Summer is on sale now! I was also AMAZED to be selected by Assouline to feature over 3 pages in their ‘bog book of flowers’.
Individual posts to follow, but a little round up of a pretty year so far… with only 4 months left to go, I am excited to see where we end!