Last month, I was delighted to be invited to visit the Zita Elze Design Academy to meet Zita and one of her students, Sophie Pujol-Bachelier, who is pictured below.
When I walked into the Academy, I was completely blown away by the stunning wedding flower designs which Sophie had created.
In particular, I loved the way that she’d used blackberries…such a lovely texture and a very unique idea!
Sophie, who’s from Toulouse in France, had been attending the Summer Four Week Course which Zita runs at her flower school. And the last week of the teaching was a Wedding Design Course.
That week, Sophie had created a moodboard to express the theme for her wedding. She then developed and created designs including a bridal bouquet, table arrangement, buttonholes and cake decoration.
Today’s blog post features Sophie’s stunning work, but starts below with her moodboard which inspired her designs.
To create it, Zita asked her to look through issues of Bloom magazine and stop at a page when an image ‘jumped out’ at her.
Then she asked her to select the two most striking images. For Sophie, it was the pictures of blackberries which really appealed to her…
Here are some more images of Sophie’s designs…
Zita explained to me that the Four Week Course is a career course.
It’s ideal for people who would like to open their own florist shop or begin a career in floral design.
Starting with basic floristry skills, students then take a look at the history of style and how flowers relate to it. Next, they’re given an insight into Zita’s signature floral embroidery.
Then the course concentrates on Concept and Design, where students learn how to develop inspiration from emotions.
All of these skills are applied in the last week, which is the Wedding Design course.
It was such a pleasure to meet Zita and Sophie. Zita is obviously extremely passionate about working in the floristry industry and imparting her knowledge to her students, helping them on their path to becoming floral designers.
And I love the fact that it’s Zita’s wish to create a feeling with her floral designs and make people ‘tingle’ when they see them…I certainly do.
P.S. It just goes to show you how flowers like carnations and gypsophila can be made to look elegant…
(Images : Rona Wheeldon for Flowerona)