Lavender, Olive foliage and Rosemary just says ‘Provence’!
Lilacs, purples and ivories were the main theme running through this relaxed wedding marquee set up. Flowers included Lavender, Clematis and Roses with lots of Ruscus foliage garlands running through the spiders web of fairy lights in the marquee ceiling. The bride carried the central purple and lilac posy and the bridesmaids carried the predominantly ivory posies with the flowergirl carrying the basket. The boys wore buttonholes of Rosemary, Lavender and Eryngium Thistles to match.
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.
Tucked 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
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.
How do couples pay you?
Couples initially pay a deposit with them paying the outstanding balance two weeks before the wedding, they can pay via card or BACS.
Do you have a cancellation policy?
There is a cancellation policy which is detailed on our T&C form, I send that out, give couples time to read through then they send it back to me signed and dated – easy peasy!
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
Blue, but ironically this isn’t the case with flowers.
Hmmm….depends. At the moment Hendricks and tonic
Dogs or cats?
Do you have a nickname and if so what is it?
Favourite holiday destination?
Tuscany Italy, although I’ve only been once it was amazing!
JK Rowling (Harry Potter addict!)
What are you reading at the moment?
The Da Vinci Code
Do you like Marmite?
Most famous person you’ve ever met?
Which Celebrity’s wedding would you like to be a part of?
Hmmm, this is tricky! The late but great Sir Roger Moore, that would be some suave shindig, plus I bet he loved flowers!
Best memory at a wedding and scariest moment at a wedding?
Best: There are so many. I always love to be part of a friend or relatives wedding, it makes me feel very proud to have designed their flowers!
Scariest: I was bridesmaid to my cousin (I did the flowers) we arrived at the church to find out she’d left her bouquet ON THE KITCHEN TABLE!! Mum had to drive back to retireve it… 10 minutes before the wedding was due to start!
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
Bradgate Flowers of Leicestershire have been creating tranquility for a Stapleford Park wedding
I met Laura and Michael back in 2016, such a lovely couple with a very different outlook on the theme for their wedding day of June 2017 at Stapleford Park, Leicestershire! My brief was in Laura’s words, “natural, lots and lots of greenery, with white flowers and lots of scent, must have scent!” But Laura’s biggest ask was…
“A waterfall inspired archway”
The arch was to be covered from top to bottom in soft Italian ruscus, scented white stocks, and placed between two large pillars in the Orangery. This was going to be the main feature of the day, where the couple would take their vows, be followed out by their guests through the arch and onto the beautiful manicured gardens of Stapleford Park where they would be showered with real white rose petal confetti.
Wanting to give Laura the ultimate archway to celebrate their marriage meant a lot of lost sleep the night before! You would think after more than 30 years of being a florist I would get used to the pro’s and con’s – the truth is you never get used to them! With Friday already a scorcher and Saturday’s forecast set to be a fabulous 29c, (you can’t ask more from the weather for your wedding day!) panic started to set in and “what if…..” were the only words I kept hearing myself say! But I have worked with stocks thousands of times – why am I worrying? Maybe it’s because I’m to create this beautiful statement feature, the feature that the bride wanted most on her florals list, even above the bouquet she was to hold. The feature that will stand right there in front of all those guests possibly melting in the heat, trying to survive and last the entire day in the unforgiving heat. The worry of the Orangery with its glass roof and an outside temperature set to be min 29c. I was awake all night – this was a florists nightmare!
On arrival Saturday morning, it was already 19.5 at 7.30 am. I walked through the Main Hall into the Orangery and a weight was instantly lifted. The room was air conditioned! My face beamed, I was so happy and couldn’t help but say to myself “what was all the worry for, everything is going to be just fine!” and it was. With my face beaming I set to work, using layers and layers of soft Italian ruscus to create the main structure, then individually wiring and hanging 200 stems of white scented stocks to create the waterfall illusion and here it is – my waterfall inspired arch in all it’s glory having survived the day, bringing Laura and Michael’s floral dreams to reality.
Soak up some inspiration for your wedding bouquet from these super bouquets by Flowers by Philippa.
Based in Seagrave, Leicestershire, Philippa Well’s floral studio is a perfect rural setting where beautiful bridal bouquets begin. Along with Dolly, her teeny tiny ball of fun on four legs, Philippa offers one-to-one consultations to help you choose the perfect flowers for your big day. Offering advice on colour, shapes, seasonal availability and how to make the most of your budget, Philippa also creates the most amazing silk flower creations if that’s your preference and offers a range of props and centrepieces to add the finishing touch. I first met Pip five years ago when she showcased at one of our wedding fairs. Since then she has become a regular exhibitor with us, showcasing at Prestwold Hall where she is a preferred supplier. We awarded Philippa our BeLoved Wedding Supplier award because of her amazing talent and experience, professional approach, consistent quality (we ourselves have been a customer!) and her honest, open attitude to advising and supporting her brides. Plus she is great fun to be around! I’ve chosen some of my favourite designs from her portfolio to share with you – I hope you love them as much as I do. EJ x