Fiona's flower filled journal
Fiona writes about recent exciting events, beautiful weddings and floral classes and workshops
I am so excited to announce a collaboration with Sarah Winward in a few weeks time. An afternoon of flower filled fun here in Yorkshire, UK on 31st May 2017 12-4pm at Holme Flowers near Thirsk, North Yorkshire.
A relaxed, half-day workshop on a flower farm where you will forage for dramatic branches, work with flowers grown on the farm and design your own giant urn. There will be lots of lovely Yorkshire tea and home made cakes and all on a working farm so lots of cows, sheep and all that entails!!!
Sarah is one of my all time favourite designers and I feel so privileged to be working with her, her work is hugely influential around the world. If you've ever pinned a drool-worthy image of a floral installation or stunning bouquet, chances are that Sarah has created it!
I first met Sarah down in the Cotswolds a couple of years ago, after watching her design incredible bouquets and striking urns, we bonded over a morning foraging the hedgerows for wild clematis and huge urn making.
We have kept in touch since and I have been longing to show her the beauty of the rugged, wild and earthy Yorkshire. I've often driven down our tiny lanes bursting with May blossom, just big enough for my van, across the windswept moors purple with heather, or by the local huge craggy rocks with determined little ferns bursting through and thought 'Sarah would love this' and made mental notes where I would take her (I'm afraid I've forgotten half of them!). And rather fabulously she is now actually coming up and I just know she will love it all.
From the tree lined valleys here in my little piece of heaven in West Yorkshire, through the local 'wuthering' Bronte moors and creative towns of Hebden Bridge and Saltaire, up to the more gentle and picture postcard prettiness of North Yorkshire with it's array of market towns and farming folk, Yorkshire has so much beauty to offer and such a varied landscape, each beautiful in it's own very different way. I am so excited to see Sarah's reaction to it all!
So, Sarah and I have put together a very relaxed yet inspirational half day of flower-filled creativity for anyone who just wants to share their love of flowers and enjoy a bit of "impulse designing" with us, this is a fabulous opportunity to get to work with one of the world's leading floral designers while she is over in the UK.
WHERE AND WHEN
Wednesday May 31st 2017 at Holme Flowers, near Thirsk, North Yorkshire 12-4pm
Holme Farm is a beautiful working farm run by three sisters, Wendy, Sue and Jayne and is located in a delightful and secluded hamlet in rural North Yorkshire.
We will work in the picture perfect orchard underneath one of the apple trees, right at the heart of the farm and just a short walk from one of the flower fields. There will be chickens at our feet and cows chewing the cud, gazing on quizzically, while the gang of orphaned spring lambs gambol about playfully and get up to all sorts of mischief nearby
12 noon Arrive for a light lunch served under an apple tree in the orchard*.
A chance to meet and chat to everyone in the most idyllic of settings. Enjoy a relaxed lunch of locally reared meats, local cheeses, fruits, breads, biscuits, English wines and soft drinks as well as home made biscuits and cakes. And of course lots of Yorkshire tea.
After lunch Sarah and I will demonstrate our urns, then we'll all head off to one of the flower fields before meandering down some of their many lanes or across open fields to forage for interesting foliage.
You will then choose your vessel and create your own floral masterpiece in the beautiful orchard.
4pm goodbyes where you can take your urn home, along with a little gift from Sarah and me
Photos throughout the afternoon by fine art photographer Holly of Belle and Beau www.belleandbeaublog.com Holly has been internationally recognised as one of the best Fine Art Wedding photographers in the UK with accolades from The Telegraph and Photo Professional Magazine. She is also the author of ‘The Fine Art of Wedding Photography‘.
To book a place please e-mail Fiona at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will reply with payment details. Places are strictly limited and allocated on a first come first served basis.
Demand for this half day workshop is expected to be very high and early booking is HIGHLY recommended.
The £499 is for one place only and is non- transferrable and non-refundable
HOW TO GET THERE
The hamlet of Holme is about a 10 minute drive from junction 50 of the A1/M and a 15 minute taxi ride from Thirsk station- full directions will be sent out to all attendees beforehand.
*We have an indoors wet weather back up plan in case the weather isn't kind.
So! We are officially in autumn, a time for picking fruits and berries from the hedgerows, of harvest festivals and kicking through piles of leaves amidst wafts of woodsmoke and bonfires. Much as I love autumn and all it has to offer, I cannot believe it is here already, I just don't know where the summer went.
My summer didn't involve long, lazy holidays, or even the luxury of family time, it was just incredibly busy, spent amidst a blur of flowers and happiness with many beautiful weddings and projects.
The down side of all this is that the poor old journal has, once again, been sadly neglected, there is barely time to eat and sleep during the busy times, let alone update the journal, so I do apologise, but I shall be sharing all my flowery exploits over the coming months.
There was so much gorgeousness it's quite overwhelming, weddings in grand manor houses, cowsheds, Michelin starred restaurants and vineyards, I have built many arches in the most incredible settings and even dressed a rowing boat with flowers. There were exciting trips to many flower farms around the country, my van filled to the brim with incredible stashes of florals, to make sure I had just the right rose for that bridal bouquet , or floral chandelier, the van has been packed and unpacked so many times I have lost count.
I have foraged from countless hedgerows, even falling down a rabbit hole whilst doing so (not like 'Alice', just an ungainly fall in a dodgy old lay-by resulting in a twisted ankle). Amidst all this there were also one-to-one sessions at mine, a couple of editorial shoots, helping a couple of lovely flower friends with their weddings and a demonstration at Harrogate Flower Show.
As I say, I will be sharing lots of images but first a long overdue catch up with admin, family and of course the garden, which is undergoing a radical change thanks to letting me loose with a pair of loppers and a spade, more of that I suspect too (lots more room to plant things)!
A huge thank you to Anna and Jamie for the above photos of their day, all taken by the amazing Naomi Kenton
In the meantime here is a breathtaking insight into just one of the projects by Tegan of Roost Film Co, when I provided the florals for Holly from Belle and Beau Fine Art Photography and Naomi of Naomi Kenton Photography at their workshop A Beautiful Way in Wiltshire.
Flowers from Firenza Floral Design - Wedding and Event florist
Dress by Cherry Williams London
Stationery by The Wells Makery
Hair by Louise Alway- Bridal Hairstylist
Shoes by Harriet Wilde
Catering from Eat Five Star
Held at Valentina's Lost Orangery from Unique Home Stays - www.uniquehomestays.com
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