About Fiona Pickles of Firenza Flowers
Fiona's background, how she came to floristry and what influences her and defines her style of floral design
Florals by Fiona Pickles
As featured in Vogue magazine.
Thoughtful and considered designs, styled and created by Fiona Pickles.
Fiona is recognised as one of the leading floral designers in the UK. Featured globally, she was recently listed by The Telegraph as one of the Top 20 creative florists in the country.
She is utterly absorbed by the seasons and everything she does is led by what is available naturally. She can see beauty in the most 'ordinary' of things, a single lichen covered twig, a moss covered stone wall, a blossom tree in an untended hedge, a wild dog rose scrambling through a ruined building. These tiny details, that many would not give a second glance, are what provide the inspiration for Fiona's designs.
She uses flowers that are lovingly grown, tended and picked in her West Yorkshire gardens or foraged locally, as well as from her army of back up local growers and further afield if required. Fiona is a leading advocate for British flowers and was among some of the first florists to embrace this rapidly burgeoning side of floristry.
Fiona originally studied in Print and started work at a fine art printers where her clients included some of the top London based design and advertising agencies. Dealing with minute colour corrections on a daily basis has given Fiona an exquisite eye for colour, she understands fine colour nuances, how they blend and tone and she draws directly on this experience in all her creations.
After attending a month long career course with Jane Packer Flower School, Fiona established her business in 2005. After much deliberation about the what to call her business, she finally settled on Firenza, a form of the Italian name for Florence, which was her maternal grandmother's name.
Establishing a floristry business pre-social media, without a shop was hard work but Fiona gradually built up a reputation and became one of the top wedding florists in Yorkshire and beyond.
Fiona still works on weddings but limits these to only a few a year so early booking is highly recommended.
Still based in Yorkshire (near Ripponden, West Yorkshire), she now works around the UK and internationally, designing and styling florals for weddings, engagements and elopements as well as editorial work and styled shoots and has been featured on most of the top wedding blogs in the UK and around the world.
Internationally acclaimed and widely published, Fiona's work is instantly recognisable for it's wild untamed beauty, it's natural, grounded design and influences and for looking like it has been pulled straight out of a Dutch masters painting.
When not working Fiona can be found in her beloved garden, rain or shine!