If you read Flowerona regularly, you’ll have heard me mention London-based florist Mary Jane Vaughan before.
I’ve featured her beautiful stands at the Designer Wedding Show, the last one being in October 2012.
Today, I’m really delighted to feature an interview with Mary, together with images of her stunning floral creations!
Could you tell us what prompted you to become a florist?
I come from a flower growing family in Colombia, and started working with my brother importing flowers. But it was frustrating as you didn’t handle the actual flowers much at all.
From there, it was a natural progression to becoming a florist. And I’ve never looked back.
When did you start your business and where are you based?
I started with a shop in Fulham in the 1980s! But I soon found out that I’m not a good retailer.
I love the one-to-one with clients and the challenge of working on a bespoke design.
We now work in a workshop in Battersea, two minutes away from the New Covent Garden Flower Market. And we love it.
It’s spacious and light, and we have a couple of rooms where we meet our clients.
What kind of floristry services do you offer?
We create floral designs for weddings and events.
Could you tell us about some of your recent commissions?
Recently, we decorated Middle Temple for a Harry Potter event, which you can see below.
And on a more romantic note, we arranged candelabras with flowers for a beautiful wedding at The Connaught (pictured below).
How would you describe your style?
I love simplicity, and I love working with good props, particularly silver and glass.
It’s difficult to describe my style, other than that I love simplicity and I hate fussiness!!
I love the way silver and glass catch the light and twinkle, particularly with candlelight.
What are your plans for the remainder of 2012/2013?
We have lots of lovely weddings and events booked up for Christmas and we’re beginning to work on weddings for next summer. All good, exciting stuff!!
What is your favourite flower?
I don’t have a favourite flower. I grew up in a country where there are no seasons.
So I get very excited with the new flowers of each season…the very first peonies, opening up the first box of sweet peas when their amazing scent hits you, and then the first Paper White narcissi, or green and white parrot tulips…the list goes on…
(Images : Mary Jane Vaughan)