Postcards from the Potting Shed

The blog of Emma Lappin Flowers, Hampshire wedding florist and stylist

On the FIRST day of Christmas……..

Candlelit reception at the Tithe Barn

…..2011 gave to me


I could not have imagined how much we would eventually pack into 2011 and the little surprises that came along the way.

We started off with the Wedding Ideas Awards at the Brewery. We created a scheme using bright pink tulips and amarylis, with a big spoonful of sparkliness and got to party the night away with new friends and old from the wedding industry. Two wedding showcases at the Elvetham and the Vineyard to follow and the wedding season was then well under way.

Elvetham Showcase

Photo by Jonathan Lappin Photos

We have created every type of scheme imaginable, elegant and sophisticated white and green, romantic pinks, vibrant purples, cornish blues, autumnal hues and deep burgandy Christmas classics.  I can’t imagine how many vases we might have washed and polished but I am guessing it is into the thousands. It has definitely been a year for sparkling glassware and glamorous crystal accessories. We should have definitely taken shares out in a candle wholesaler, we have bought in excess of 10,000 candles of varying types.

Candlelit reception at the Tithe Barn

Photo by Tony Whitmore Photography

We had our first commission from Wedding Flowers magazine for their gallery pages in April with a further four commissions to date – this has made us exceptionally happy. Our summer was ridiculously busy, peonies and hydrangeas definitely being the most popular choice among the early summer brides. We fell in love with some new venues and continue to have fun working at some old favourites. We have had plenty of fun with fellow wedding industry suppliers and worked with some of the finest in the UK.

In June we worked on our first styled shoot at Lainston House, oh my goodness it was a long day but the wonderful photographer Jemma Watts created the most sublime pictures. It was a real insight into what goes on behind the scenes to create the amazing images we see in magazines and on our favourite wedding blogs.

Gold Inspiration Photo Shoot with Jemma Watts

Jemma Watts in action from

I was thrilled to be able to use a lot more English grown flowers and foliage this year. We are now actively supporting a particular Cornish grower and at one point in September I think we took their entire hydrangea output for the week.

Blue cornish hydranagea

Cornish Hydrangea

The autumn and winter months for the first time ever have been as busy as the summer months, we are assuming that more people are deciding to marry in a cosy candlelit environment rather than rely on a perfect summers day. In the last couple of months we have worked on some of the most amazing celebrations we have ever seen. We have taken the last couple of weeks off to concentrate on our families and stoke up our energy for our busiest year yet in 2012.

I am now in serious planning mode for next year with a host of new weddings to be very excited about. I consider myself to be exceptionally lucky to have the job that I do and whilst it is ridiculously hard work I wouldn’t change it for the world. I am so grateful to all of my wonderful brides of 2011 who have given me the opportunity to work with the most beautiful flowers, create stunning designs and witness some of the most amazing and romantic moments one can imagine. Congratulations to all of you spending your first Christmas together as Mr and Mrs, have a wonderful time. And for anyone who has just landed themselves something sparkly on their left hand I am going to spend the next 11 days of Christmas tempting you with images from the year and stories that you will love.

Happy Christmas, sending you love and plenty of festive cheer

Emma xxx


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