Back in May, I had the pleasure of attending the Tallulah Rose Flower School’s first Wedding Flower Course Retreat. It took place at Sparkford Hall (pictured below), a luxury Georgian country house nestled in the Somerset countryside. And what an incredible time I had…!
In this first blog post about the Retreat, I’m going to share with you images of one of the rooms in the Hall which Rachel, the founder of the Flower School, and her students beautifully decorated for a wedding ceremony. You can see an ‘after’ picture at the beginning of the post. And below is how it looked before the magic happened!
We’ll start with the fireplace. There was such an abundant selection of white flowers and foliage for the florists to choose from, including foxgloves, nigella, ranunculus, peonies, anemones, Solomon’s seal, green bell, asparagus fern and ruscus.
What follows are step-by-step photos showing how the mantelpiece design was made, starting with three trays of floral foam and ruscus foliage.
Here’s the lovely Hannah from Saint Floral creating the design.
Once it had been ‘greened up’ with the foliage, flowers were added…
Isn’t it absolutely stunning?!
I loved Rachel’s attention-to-detail. From the gorgeous wedding dresses, which she’d sourced for photographs…
…to the vintage vases…
…and the choice of chairs and swags for the ceremony.
Now the aisle decor! This time, there was a colour palette of pale lilac, purple and pale blue. Flowers included delphiniums, clematis, foxgloves, bluebells, stocks and irises, together with ruscus and pittosporum foliage.
Ta-dah! The room is transformed…
And last, but not least, the urns either side of the aisle, which featured delphiniums, stocks, foxgloves and peonies, plus a lovely assortment of foliage.
I attended two of the four days of the Retreat and was blown away by the gorgeous venue, top notch flower quality and choice, luxury bedroom accommodation and mouthwatering food, plus the meticulous planning and thoughtfulness which Rachel had put into the event, including a personalised notebook and gift from Space NK.
Not only were the students given free rein to create gorgeous wedding flower designs in a breath-taking venue, but the ‘nitty gritty’ of floristry was also discussed, including the planning and logistics of designing and decorating a country home for a wedding,
I really can’t recommend the Retreat highly enough! If you’re a florist, looking to build on your wedding flower design skills, then this course is a must. It’s been held again in October at the same venue, Sparkford Hall in Somerset, from October 10th-13th. For more details and to secure your place, simply visit the Tallulah Rose Flower School website. But be quick though as class sizes are restricted to only ten students.
P.S. Pictured above is the lovely Emma from Ladybird Flowers. If you’re coming to the Flowerona Event, an Interview with McQueens Managing Director Kally Ellis next month (which has sold out!), you’ll be meeting Emma as she’ll be there on the night to greet all the attendees.
(Images : Rona Wheeldon | Flowerona)