October 23, 2012

Interview with florist Claire May Sankey of Lily & May


You may remember that earlier this month, I featured florist Claire May Sankey of Lily & May when she exhibited at the National Wedding Show under the umbrella name, Fabulously Floral Vintage?

Well, today I’m delighted to feature an interview with Claire, together with images of her beautiful floral designs.

Could you tell us what prompted you to become a florist?

I’ve always loved flowers and design, however actually spent the early part of my career as an IT Trainer (a world away from floristry!)

It was during my honeymoon in Italy that I decided to take the leap.  On my return, I enrolled at Capel Manor College and have never looked back.



When did you start Lily & May and where are you based?

I started Lily & May in 2009 but it officially became a full-time venture in 2010. We work from our dedicated workshop in Brentwood in Essex.


What kind of floristry services do you offer?

We offer all aspects of wedding floral design, which involves flowers for both the wedding party and venue displays.



Could you tell us about some of your recent commissions?

We’ve been really fortunate to work with some fantastic couples over the past year that have had some really strong ideas for their wedding flowers.

We had a commission back in July with thirty tables, which for a small company can be slightly daunting, but I have to admit it really did transform the venue.

I worked with a couple recently who wanted lots of succulents and lotus heads with English roses.

It’s great fun when clients want designs that are a little different from the norm.


How would you describe your style?

I love designs that look romantic and soft, which I think is really reflected in my past designs.

Scent is really important and, where possible, it’s great to be able to use gorgeous English roses.

Attention to detail is also incredibly important to our style.


What are your plans for the remainder of 2012/2013?

I’ve just started running short courses at the workshop.  It’s a great way to utilise my previous experience as an IT Trainer.

I’ve missed being able to teach people new skills.  So this is a perfect way to combine both my design and teaching experience.

I’m also hoping to expand Lily & May as we move into 2013 to cope with increasing demand, which is a great position to be in!


What is your favourite flower?

This question always catches me out as it changes depending on my mood!

I would have to say lily of the valley due to my wedding bouquet being made completely of the flower and it reminds me of spring, which is my favourite season.


Many thanks to Claire for all her help in compiling today’s blog post. If you’d like to keep up-to-date with her news, she’s on Twitter and Facebook.


(Images : Lily & May)

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