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Supplier Spotlight | Flowers by Philippa

Supplier Spotlight | Flowers By Philippa

Anyone who knows Philippa Wells, owner and florist at Flowers by Philippa in Leicestershire, knows that within five minutes of meeting up you’ll be giggling uncontrollably about something. If ever Pip’s name comes up in conversation there’s a resounding ‘she’s so much fun’ from anyone who has worked with her, bought flowers from her or even simply exhibited with her at one of our wedding fairs. She is, without doubt, a gorgeous person to have in your life. But enough gushing about this horse jumping, side-saddling, country loving, flower mad dynamo. If we carry on it will all go to her head and the simple truth is that Pip is a fabulous florist; well respected by her peers and loved by her brides.

Buckinghams BeLoved Supplier BadgeTucked away in her Seagrave flower studio, surrounded by open fields and and accompanied by her loyal assistant Dolly (who will insist on being fussed before any mention of flowers is permitted) Philippa works away at her wedding flowers for couples tying the knot in Leicestershire and surrounding counties. She is highly knowledgeable on all things floral and can support even the most confused bride when it comes to deciding which flowers to opt for. I mean for heaven’s sake… where does a girl start?! Thankfully, Pip can answer that question for you.

I have known her since she attended our first ever wedding fair (crikey, that was over five years ago!) and not only is she one of my go-to florists for my personal flowers I am pleased to now call her my ‘friend’. I hope her Spotlight Interview will help you get to know her that little bit more, and you’ll find her contact details at the end of this post, but to really discover what Philippa can offer you for your wedding you need to meet her in person. I urge you to add her to your ‘must see’ list. EJ x

Business Profile

Tell us something about your background
I’m a farmers daughter brought up around dogs, horses and lots of fresh air!

How did you get into this type of business?
My sister actually, she’d seen an advert for a florist and the rest as you say is history! That was 16 years ago!

Tell us when and why you started your business?
February 2013. I’d worked in a florist shop up until then. I’d be working away on someone’s wedding flowers at the back of the shop having never even meet the bride! I love what I do and I wanted to enjoy the journey from the first consultation to actually setting up on the wedding day so I decided to set up my own business.

What do you love least about what you do?
Smelly flower water

What do you love most about what you do?
Seeing all the flowers set up at a wedding. It gets me every time

Does the responsibility of your job/business ever scare you?
Not really, I try and be uber organised and always have a contingency plan

What preparation do you have to do before a wedding?
Conditioning of the flowers is key, giving them a good drink of water before arranging with them is paramount to well behaved and non-droopy florals! Having the walk in fridge is also hugely helpful!

How do you start your day when you’re working a wedding?
A cup of tea

What makes your job a bit easier at a wedding?
Preparation really, knowing where everything needs to go is a real bonus especially with a tight time frame.

What’s your price range?
This is tricky, it depends on which flowers they choose and what they’d like. That’s why I offer complimentary consultations.

Personal Profile

What do you do to unwind?
Walk Dolly (my dog), that’s very relaxing unless she runs off!

Favourite meal? Can you cook?
Roast Beef! I do enjoy to cook especially with a glass of wine

Favourite colour?
Blue, but ironically this isn’t the case with flowers.

Favourite tipple?
Hmmm….depends. At the moment Hendricks and tonic

Dogs or cats?
DOGS!!!

Do you have a nickname and if so what is it?
Pippy

Favourite holiday destination?
Tuscany Italy, although I’ve only been once it was amazing!

Favourite shoes?
My wellies!

Favourite author?
JK Rowling (Harry Potter addict!)

What are you reading at the moment?
The Da Vinci Code

Do you like Marmite?
Yes

Most famous person you’ve ever met?
The Queen!

If not married – absolutely MUST HAVE at your wedding?
For everyone to have fun!

What can brides expect from your business if they choose you for their wedding?
For me to be as excited about the flowers as they are – this is way more than just a job to me

Contact Philippa

  • Contact: Philippa Wells
  • Business name: Flowers by Philippa
  • Regions you cover: Mainly the Midlands but I have also Manchester and London weddings
  • Address: Park Farm, Seagrave, Loughborough, LE12 7NG
  • Contact number: 07868 317 724
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Supplier Spotlight | Modern Heritage Styling

Supplier Spotlight | Modern Heritage Styling

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We are truly delighted to include Modern Heritage Styling on our list of fabulous wedding suppliers. There are many, many, (and many more!) self professed wedding stylists out there but only a few are truly talented and on the ball when it comes to current trends – fewer still dare to be original and push the boundaries for those brides who refuse to follow the herd. Based in Lincolnshire and covering the surrounding counties of the East Midlands, owner Fran Berry is definitely one of the latter and a rare find – a stickler for perfection with an amazing eye for detail and the skill and experience to pull it off. It’s the professional stylists like Fran who make it look easy – (trust me it isn’t!) and I have great admiration for anyone who has the patience to tie two hundred bows (I get bored after about four). But sashes and chair covers are just a small part of what Fran offers. With the largest wedding fair stand we have ever had (she doesn’t do anything by halves our Fran) I’m left standing in awe as she unpacks box after box of her wedding pretties to display and inspire. Fran is quite simply passionate about creating the WOW factor – and she doesn’t disappoint. So I am immensely proud to have her gorgeous business listed with Buckinghams and I hope you’ll enjoy getting to know her a little bit more with her Spotlight Interview. I’ve popped her contact details at the end of the post and don’t miss her special offer too!  Enjoy EJ x

Business Profile

Tell us something about your background.
I used to be a glassblower and have a Masters Degree in design. I have always been creative and innovative and have transferred this into my venue styling career. I am happily married and have a gorgeous 2 year old.

How did you get into this type of business?
I was looking for a complete change in career and decided to take on a franchise in a chair cover company. I left that franchise 18 months ago and set up Modern Heritage Styling on my own.

Tell us when and why you started your business?
I started Modern Heritage Styling in March 2016 as I had the desire to achieve something just for me, I love what I do and wanted to be able to put my own stamp into the venue styling career path I have chosen.

What makes your business different to others in your field?
At Modern Heritage Styling we make almost all of our chair covers, sashes, table runners, swags, cloths and drapes ourselves We source the finest fabrics from the best suppliers and know that our products are quality and not just cheaply bought in. This allows us to create bespoke orders and make sure our clients get exactly what they would like instead of having to compromise the look of their big day.

What do you love least about what you do?
Cleaning wax off candelabras – that stuff gets everywhere!

Modern Heritage Styling - wedding styling in the East MidlandsWhat do you love most about what you do?
I love dressing the venues themselves on the morning of the wedding or the day before. I am very lucky to work in some incredible places with amazing people and seeing the ideas we have discussed at length come to life is brilliant. Safe in the knowledge the ‘WOW factor’ that everyone seeks has once again been created.

Does the responsibility of your job/business ever scare you?
Absolutely, as a venue stylist in the wedding industry you literally get one chance to get it right. It often is only possible to dress the venue on the morning of the wedding itself so you are always against the clock and worry about everything from traffic issues on route to tripping over and dropping chair covers in a puddle when going from the van to inside. I try to be as calm and collected as possible as I like to think I’d have the ability and resources to fix a problem should one arise.

What preparation do you have to do before a wedding?
Firstly I go through all my paperwork and email correspondence to make sure they both marry up. I then pull everything together from my stock. In busy times I have dry cleaners clean and press items but in quieter times I do this myself. Ironing can be tedious but I’m a stickler for detail and I like things just so. I make sure all centrepieces, lanterns etc are fully cleaned and if stationery has been ordered I put all of that together. Everything is packed up and loaded into the van and off I go.

How far will you travel to a wedding?
Unless it is a very large affair I will only agree to travel about 40 miles as problems on route can cause big issues. I can dress more than one wedding in a day and so if I am taking on several bookings I like to keep the radius even tighter to avoid any potential delays from getting from one venue to another.

How much contact do you have with a couple before their wedding day?
As much or as little as the couple require. I take the initial enquiry/quote/deposit then 1 month before the wedding I take the balance payment and work out any last minute details/amendments. I then make all arrangements with the venues regarding set up and collection. Some couples I meet several times but others I never even meet. I am completely flexible with this and go with whatever the client prefers.

How do you start your day when you’re working a wedding?
With a large cup of tea!

What makes your job a bit easier at a wedding?
Helpful staff and the simplest of things like the chairs already being in situ or the table cloths already on the tables when I arrive. It allows me to get on straight away with the job in hand instead of waiting around and wasting time.

What’s your price range?
It varies from hundreds to thousands – I have no minimum order.

How do couples pay you?
Always a deposit to secure any booking and then the balance payment one month before.

Do you have a cancellation policy for couple’s peace of mind?
Yes.

What’s your favourite memory from a wedding?
When a bride was so happy with the styling I had created she came running up to me in the car park just to say thanks having seen me about to leave through the window. She came out as she was – no shoes, rollers in her hair, only half her make up complete and wearing only a robe just to make sure I knew how much she loved it and appreciated my hard work before I left. It was a great feeling!

What’s your scariest moment at a wedding?
When I dropped a box of sashes into a puddle outside the venue. Luckily I managed to call in reinforcements with replacement sashes. I put on the chair covers while I waited. Thank my lucky stars I carry a decent stock level of most things!

If you could work a celebrity wedding who’s would it be?
Prince Harry if he ever ties the knot. I think it would have all the elegance and class of a royal wedding but with a strong element of fun and rebellion incorporated too.

Behind The Scenes

What do you do to unwind?
Chill out with my little 2 year old boy, read and have frequent trips to the spa!

Favourite meal? Can you cook?
Got to be lasagne or curry, I’m a pretty good cook or so I’m told! There are always plenty of people round to eat with us.

Favourite colour?
Purple

Favourite tipple?
Prosecco

Pet hate?
People leaving their rear windscreen wiper on!

Dogs or cats?
Definitely dogs

Who is your favourite super hero?
Batman

Do you have a nickname and if so what is it?
Fransheep (Odd I know but as a student I used to have very curly hair and looked like a sheep!)

Favourite holiday destination?
Canada

Favourite animal?
Orangutan

Favourite biscuit?
Chocolate Hobnob

Favourite shoes?
Kurt Geiger boots

Favourite author?
Jeffery Dever

What are you reading at the moment?
A Simple Plan

Which is your favourite Quality Street?
The green triangle

Coke or Pepsi?
Coke

Do you like Marmite?
Yuk no!

Most famous person you’ve ever met?
George Michael

Secret crush?
Tom Hardy

Choose 4 people you’d like to have dinner with?
My Uncle Ralph, Auntie Ruth, Grandma and Grandad – all passed away unfortunately but one last dinner would be nice.

Favourite memory from your own wedding?
The journey between the Southwell Minster and Stubton Hall – a short time on our own in a gorgeous car drinking Veuve so excited to be married.

If you weren’t doing what you do now, what would you be doing?
Possibly still a glassblower which is hard, hot work but so creative.

What can brides expect from your business if they choose you for their wedding?
A quality, professional service

What advice do you have for brides looking to find a supplier in your category?
You get what you pay for so choose someone you like and can put your trust in. You only get one shot on the morning of the wedding to get it right.

What questions should brides ask suppliers in your category before booking them?
Are you available on my chosen date? Can we have a meeting? Can you supply the items I want?

Additional information you may like to share?
Many brides start the conversation by asking how much do I charge to style a wedding. As all my weddings are created to the brief of each couple this is impossible to answer. I am happy to try new ideas and give suggestions to tie everything together if that is required.

Would you like to offer something special for Buckinghams readers?
Free post box or stacked suitcases for all orders over £200.00 when you mention Buckinghams Magazine.

Contact Fran

  • Contact: Fran Berry
  • Business: Modern Heritage Styling
  • Regions covered : Nottinghamshire & Lincolnshire
  • Call 07985297572
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Supplier Spotlight | Harpist Soraya Vermeulen

Supplier Spotlight | Harpist Soraya Vermeulen

We’ve known Soraya Vermeulen since the very beginning of Buckinghams when she attended our first wedding fair – and we’ve been in love with her ever since. She is one of the nicest people you will ever meet and a superb performer who can often been seen at the Royal Albert Hall having played for HM The Queen on several occasions. But it’s her beautiful nature, absolute professionalism and fun, friendly spirit that made us award Soraya with our BeLoved Wedding Supplier status – the very best of the best we are happy to recommend. We know if you meet her you’ll love her too so I’m really pleased to share with you her Supplier Spotlight.

EJ x

Business Profile

Tell us something about your background.
To read my musical life story please check out my biography on my website: sorayavermeulen.co.uk

Tell us when and why you started your business?
I started playing the harp aged 7 and never looked back…

What do you love least about what you do?
Loading and unloading the harp in the rain. It’s the worst!

What do you love most about what you do?
It’s wonderfully varied! I meet lots of lovely people, play in the most gorgeous and unusual venues and above all, I am a musician because I love music and sharing it with others! This really gives a high like no other!

What preparation do you have to do before a wedding?
On the day: Eat a big breakfast, make-up, hair, load the harp & equipment into the car, dress, drive to the venue, tune all of the harp strings & warm up.

How far will you travel to a wedding?
All across the UK and Europe.

How much contact do you have with a couple before their wedding day?
As much as they both would like! They can visit me at my home in Leicestershire, call, or email to choose their music, to answer any of their questions and concerns or even just to chat about their wedding! I do love to chat!

How do you start your day when you’re working a wedding?
With a big breakfast!

What makes your job a bit easier at a wedding?
The less stairs the better…!!

What’s your price range?
Prices start from £250.

How do couples pay you?
A deposit of half of the chosen package fee to reserve the date, with the final balance being due one month before the Big Day!

What’s your favourite memory from a wedding?
After a break I came back to my harp, only to find an elderly gentleman attempting to play it and singing a song he had entitled “Me and My Parrot”… I think he might have enjoyed too much of the champagne!

If you could work a celebrity wedding who’s would it be?
Graham Norton..Imagine the fun!

Behind The Scenes

What do you do to unwind?
Go to the gym, clothes shopping or eat ice cream!

Favourite meal? Can you cook?
I can cook a little and my favourite meal would probably be anything involving dumplings or ice cream…not together, of course!

Favourite tipple?
Rhubarb Gin.

Dogs or cats?
Either! I love them both!

Who is your favourite super hero?
Lego Batman.

Do you have a nickname and if so what is it?
My dad has always called me Fred… still not sure why but it seems to have stuck.

Favourite holiday destination?
Belgium, (my dads side of the family live over there.)

Favourite animal?
Anything cute and furry!

Favourite biscuit?
Chocolate bourbon.

Favourite shoes?
Jimmy Choo.

Favourite author?
Paula Hawkins at the moment.

What are you reading at the moment?
Into The Water by Paula Hawkins

Which is your favourite Quality Street?
The pink one!

Coke or Pepsi?
Neither, Fanta please!

Do you like Marmite?
No!

Most famous person you’ve ever met?
Probably Her Majesty The Queen.

Absolutely MUST HAVE at your wedding?
Flowers galore!

What can brides expect from your business if they choose you for their wedding?
High quality music, with great attention to detail and a professional but very friendly approach.  “Magical music to ensure a magical day!”

Contact Soraya

07732385834

www.sorayavermeulen.co.uk

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Regions covered : Across the UK and Europe.

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