Well, hello there! A very warm welcome, one and all, to my first blog.
To start the ball rolling, I thought a little getting-to-know-you session may be of interest to make sure I’m your cup of tea.
I’m Sally and run Halo Blossom, a floral design business based on the Herts/Essex border specialising in creating gorgeous wedding and event flowers. I’ve set up this blog because I wanted to share my thoughts, creations and ideas on all that floats our boat at Halo Blossom in and around the wonderful world of floral design and styling. This is likely to cover what we’re up to, what’s catching our eye, press coverage, great clients and suppliers we meet along the way and anything else we think may be of interest to you, whether you’re a bride-to-be, a floral design fan, a wedding industry expert or just plain nosey and interested in what I have to say. You really are most welcome.
So here are five questions and answers about me and the business so that you feel you know me a bit better…
Best things about my job
Creating a display or bouquet I truly love – then having a bride look blown away by it. Sorry if this often means you ruin your eye make-up, but this is just the loveliest feeling! Getting phone calls and emails from future clients who have seen our work or had us recommended to them also gets me every time. And being able to work for myself and work from a studio at home – having a young family, I really do appreciate how lucky I am to work from home.
Worst things about my job
Cleaning vases. Essential, but not fun. Having short nails and often dirty fingers that I can’t get properly clean. And constantly growing out of space. Our vase and sundry collection is taking over the world!
Favourite floral style
Personally I love the vintage look and favour more natural floral displays. But there’s something about just getting a client’s taste and style and knowing you’re giving them exactly what they want that feels far better than just doing whatever I want to do.
What’s the best advice you’d give a bride-to-be?
Go with your heart. You’ll be distracted along the way by what friends have had, by lovely other stuff you find in print and online and by budgetary restrictions, but be true to yourself. If you know the flowers are really important to you, get a good florist you really connect with, trust them to work their magic and relax on the day.
What have been your career highlights?
Ooh, being shortlisted as Wedding Florist of the Year just three years after retraining as a floral designer was pretty special. Being asked to create flowers for royalty earlier this year was also a real high. And seeing my work in pretty much every issue of Wedding Flowers and Wedding magazine for the last two years is also so flattering. But, given the state of the economy, I’d say continuing to grow the business each year and having a stream of recommendations from venues and past clients has got to be up there!
If you have a burning question for me, don’t be a stranger.
My next blog… we’re exhibiting at the Fanhams Hall wedding fayre on Sunday 15th Jan, so I’ll be blogging just as soon as I’ve had a lie down afterwards. It’s always shattering, but I can’t wait for it!