We have been intrigued by Fairy Nuff Flowers for quite some time. There is something different and magical about their floristry and we wanted to find out more about Steph and her team.
Choosing a florist can be difficult as there are so many to choose from. We had a quick chat with Steph and hopefully her advice and insight will put you on the right path. We hope you enjoy looking at her sensational work as much as we do!
Steph, how did you discover your love for floristry?
When I was young I was always mad about flowers and sport – an odd paring I know! I used to spend hours in my grandma’s garden picking petals for my hair, making posies of Hydrangea and beautiful roses for my pretend weddings (I was about four at the time, and was always marrying my brother). When I grew up, I worked as a sports journalist for the BBC for several years, but in 2005, decided the time was right to explore my love of blooms properly. I re-trained, and haven’t looked back. It’s been an amazing nine years.
What do you think makes Fairy-Nuff Flowers stand out from the crowd?
I’d say our selling point is our personal service. We work closely with all our couples to ensure that we deliver a truly magical day that they, and their guests will never forget. We love our job, love making super stunning flowers, and love keeping in touch with our brides and grooms ..even making their babies’ christening flowers!
Does Fairy-Nuff-Flowers have a signature floral arrangement or a particular style?
I think we are known for filling all our arrangements and bouquets to the brim with blooms. If our style is anything, it’s informal opulence. We use big, blowsy, scented flowers whenever we can, and as many British blooms and foliages as possible. We also love mixing potted plants, and herbs into displays to add more interest, texture and fragrance.
For brides who will be reading this, how should a she contact you and what should she bring to the consultation? Budget, mood board, nothing at all?
Brides can get in touch via email, phone or carrier pigeon! I’ve also had lots of brides get in touch through Twitter, Facebook and Instagram too. It’s so important for brides to see our work, and Instagram is an amazing place to do this – it’s been brilliant for us, and I have to admint, I am utterly addicted!
When brides come to see us, we ask them to bring anything they have seen and love with them. Mood boards are amazing if they have made one, but otherwise, pictures torn from magazines are perfect. Photos of the wedding and bridesmaid dresses help us get a picture of the day too. We have our portfolio for brides to look through, which helps if they don’t really have a specific idea. We often work on Pinterest boards together after we have met – another brilliant planning tool.
In the wedding planning process when would you advise brides to start booking their florist and how far in advance?
I would say to get in touch as soon as possible! We already have bookings for 2015, and have had a number of enquiries for 2016. If you see blooms that you love, then get in touch with the florist that made them and have a chat to see if they are available on your date – it’s never too early. We only take one wedding per day, so once we are booked, we sadly have to turn other enquiries down.
What would you say has been your finest floral masterpiece for a wedding?
We love all our weddings, we really do, and there’s always something memorable about each and every one. Huge flower-filled hanging spheres and free standing flower arches full of Hydrangeas and Peonies are always show stoppers, but I also love concentrating on the tiny touches that make weddings unique to the each couple.
What have you got in store for wedding flowers for 2014?
We are nearly fully booked for 2014 – it’s going to be another extra pretty year! We have a couple of celebrity weddings coming up which I am very excited about and we’re also making the fabulous Aynhoe Park look even more beautiful for one of our couples. I have longed to flower a wedding at Aynhoe for years, and now we have one confirmed booking this year, and another three enquiries. I think I might ask if I can move in! We are also providing flowers for venues in the Cotswolds, East Sussex, lots in London and a bundle of weddings at Hampton Court House – our local venue, and one which I adore.
What are your favourite flowers at the moment and in what colours?
As anyone that follows me on Instagram will know, I’m obsessed with Peonies, Ranunculus and Anemones. Jasmine and Lily of the Valley are more favourites – the scent gets no better. Pale tones are still big this year with our brides. We are using lots of blush pinks, and peaches, mixed with splashes of gold or sequins, and coral is still popular too.
Can you provide flowers for any budget?
We are obviously delighted to talk to any brides, and are always happy to discuss ideas with our couples to ensure they get an amazing flowery day regardless of the money they spend.
Where in the UK are you based?
We’re based near Twickenham in SW London, but provide flowers for weddings nationwide. Recently we have traveled from Cornwall to Kent and Northampton to Knightsbridge and Yorkshire to Yeovil. We have even supplied flowers for an event in Switzerland. I am still aiming for a wedding in the Maldives. One day..
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Fairy Nuff Flowers is grateful to all the wonderful photographers who have snapped her florals.
Marianne Taylor http://www.mariannetaylorphotography.co.uk
Eddie Judd – http://eddiejuddphotography.com
Juliet McKee – http://julietmckeephotography.co.uk
Naomi Kenton – http://www.naomikenton.co.uk
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