Beautiful large floral structures are a wonderful way of adding a ‘wow’ factor to a wedding and they’re the focus of this week’s Wedding Wednesday blog post.
Back in April, I had the pleasure of attending a ‘Large Structures Course’ at Flower School Glasgow, with florists from all over the country. It was so lovely to meet everyone and wonderful too to hear that many of them were career changers, having had children and then decided to become florists.
Under the attentive guidance of Nick Priestly, the founder of the school, we spent the day learning how to make gorgeous grand designs with real impact.
The morning started with Nick explaining the mechanics behind making an urn arrangement, before each of us took it in turn to add to the design. It featured pink ‘Nautica’ roses, blue delphiniums and lime green guelder rose, plus ruscus, ivy and eucalyptus foliage.
We then made two huge white dome arrangements featuring white ‘Avalanche’ roses, hydrangeas and Phalaenopsis orchids.
Next up, which for me was the pièce de résistance, was an absolutely incredible 4m long suspended overhead table design! Lengths of contorted willow were laid on the table and secured in place with reel wire. Then floral foam netted garlands were attached using cable ties. The design was ‘greened up’ with ruscus and eucalyptus before being suspended from the ceiling using fishing line.
Cerise pink and orange roses, plus pink Singapore orchids and orange tulips were then added, together with green bell.
Hanging glass tealight holders were also attached to the design.
Then the table was set for us to have lunch, with orange tulips at each place setting.
Pink and orange roses with green bell and eucalyptus were arranged in clear glass vases…
…and these were placed down the centre of the table, with orange candles. Doesn’t it look stunning?!
It was then time to take lots of photos…
…before settling down to a lovely lunch.
I love Nick’s teaching style! It’s very collaborative and there are ‘no holds barred’ when it comes to questions that any of the attendees may have. He’s totally comfortable with being completely transparent with regards to costings and how he runs his business, with no question going unanswered.
If you’re a florist and feel that you’d like to become more confident in making large structures, then this course really is a definite ‘must-attend’. Nick’s holding the next one day Large Structures Courses on Monday 19th September and Monday 26th September.
You can find the full 2016/17 timetable in the Flower School Glasgow section of the Mood Flowers website. If you’d like further information or to book a place on the course, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0845 362 0982. Social media wise, you can find Flower School Glasgow on Facebook and Instagram.
I’ll be featuring Part 2 next Wednesday and I’ll be sharing the amazing floral creations which were made in the afternoon!
(Images : Andrew Rae)