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Introducing Once Upon A Time Flowers

Introducing Once Upon A Time Flowers

Stunning Wedding Flowers & Bridal Bouquets

There are some wedding creatives that make my heart skip a beat – and Once Upon A Time wedding flowers is just such a creative. I first met Tracey Morgan when she exhibited with me at Kelmarsh Hall Wedding Fair back in January. She created an enormous ‘just foraged’ display in the Great Hall and since we started following each other on social media, I have fallen in love with her work. I am therefore so excited that she has accepted my invitation to join my Wedding Collective.

Based on the borders of Leicestershire and Northamptonshire, Tracey creates beautiful and dramatic floral displays for brides-to-be. Her work truly is inspired and one can’t help but notice an influence from her work amongst the gardens and grounds of so many stately homes.

Just as important as her floral flare, Tracey is a super lovely person whom I’m sure makes all her brides feel at ease. I am delighted to welcome her to my list of suppliers I love.

Do please contact Tracey to discuss your wedding story – she is the perfect flower queen to create your happy ever after.

Contact Tracey Morgan 07912782075

stories@onceupon-atime.co.uk

Find Once Upon A Time Flowers  in the Wedding Collective

www.onceupon-atime.co.uk

‘Provence in the Leicestershire Countryside’ by Julia Dilworth Florals

‘Provence In The Leicestershire Countryside’ By Julia Dilworth Florals

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.

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.

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!

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!

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

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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Julia Dilworth Florals

Julia Dilworth Florals

Welcome to my world of creativity and gorgeous wedding flowers!

I’ve been a florist for over twelve years and love nothing more than taking a brides vision and making in into a floral reality. I design and make bridal flowers, including brides bouquets, maids and flower-girls posies, buttonholes and corsages, Church displays and all kind of table and reception flowers. I cover Leicestershire & Rutland and surrounding areas and know many of the venues across the county. Please contact me to discuss your flowers further.

Great Glen, Leicester, Leicestershire LE8, UK
07754 007122

Pink Spring Handtied Bouquet By Julia Dilworth Florals
Large Vase Table Arrangement
Julia Dilworth Florals, Wedding Flowers Leicestershire
Bridal Bouquet Of Roses

Make a winter buttonhole: Tutorial

Make A Winter Buttonhole: Tutorial

WINTER BUTTONHOLE

 

BY MRS UMBELS

WINTER BUTTONHOLE

 

BY MRS UMBELS

TUTORIAL

With home being a shed and a flower patch in Nottinghamshire, one of our very favourite wedding florists, Mrs Umbels a.k.a. Sarah Pike, teaches you how to make the perfect winter buttonhole.

Mrs Umbels Winter Buttonhole Tutorial 1

1. Collect your ingredients…recipe for this buttonhole…1 Brunia Berry, 1 small cone, 1 sprig of Euphorbia, 1 dried orange slice, 2 sprigs of eucalyptus, 2 spruce sprigs, 2 pheasant feathers

Mrs Umbels Winter Buttonhole Tutorial 2

2. Prepare your ingredients…individually wire each item, securing with tape.

Mrs Umbels Winter Buttonhole Tutorial 3

3. Start arranging the ingredients starting with the spruce and the feathers. Secure each ingredient with green tape.

Mrs Umbels Winter Buttonhole Tutorial 4

4. Once the ingredients are all arranged, bend the wires up around the fastening point and secure.

Mrs Umbels Winter Buttonhole

5. Cut the stems straight and tie stems with your choice of ribbon, string or raffia, secure with a neat knot or bow….and enjoy!

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