SPRING WORKSHOPS

I was so incredibly lucky at last year's Spring workshop. The very lovely and very talented photographer, Evelyn Barkey, planned a trip to the UK (from the States) and worked her visit around the workshop date. Whilst she was here, she came along to photograph the workshop at The Forge in Bristol. Evelyn is such a kind, sweet soul and all of these lovely photos were taken by her. Thank you so much Evelyn. I will be forever grateful.

I love holding workshops at The Forge with its beautiful textural brick walls and huge windows and skylights which allow light to flood in from all around. It's such a beautiful, warm place to teach and everyone feels relaxed and comfortable pretty quickly here. 

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We start the day with a step-by-step demo on how I create natural, loose centrepieces without the need for floral foam. I explain my approach to colour and composition and talk about my favourite floral varieties. 

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Everyone is usually at a very different point in their career. Some have just started their own businesses, others have been in business for years and just want a day of inspiration or to learn new techniques. I've also had people attend who have no floral experience at all and they all produce incredible work. 

This is my demo centrepiece, photographed so beautifully by Evelyn...

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Flowers by Ruby & The Wolf

All of the following centrepieces and bouquets were made by the attendees. Such beautiful work!

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We break for a light lunch (and cake of course) and talk about flowers and business and branding and photography and all of my favourite things! I love talking about business and answer everyone's questions about my approach - I'm an open book and encourage people to come armed with their questions. 

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After lunch I demonstrate my techniques for building large, loose bouquets before everyone gets started on their own gorgeous creations. All of the following beautiful bouquets were made by the attendees...

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We use beautiful naturally dyed silk ribbons from the wonderful Lancaster & Cornish to finish our bouquets. 

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I'm so looking forward to the next Spring Workshop on Thursday the 3rd of May. Tickets have gone on sale and are available to purchase HERE. If you're thinking about coming along but have a few questions, just drop me a line via my contact page and I'll be happy to help. 

BEAUTIFUL AND MINIMAL DEVON WEDDING

I was so thrilled when my gorgeous friend Abi (owner of These Four Walls Blog) and her partner Chris asked me to be their wedding florist. Abi has exquisite taste, which tends towards Scandinavian and minimalist and I knew it was going to be a beauty! Abi loves the work of film photographer Louise from Taylor & Porter and also chose the very, very beautiful Pynes House as their venue. The dream combination.

For the florals we went for muted shades of ivory, with hints of dusky rose and deep burgundy tones. We chose majolica roses, cafe latte roses, sweet peas, ranunculus and lots of hellebore. 

Image by Taylor & Porter
Image by Taylor & Porter
Image by Taylor & Porter
Calligraphy by Megan Riera, image by Taylor & Porter
Large urn atop a perspex plinth by Ruby & The Wolf, image by Taylor & Porter
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Florals by Ruby & The Wolf
Buttonholes by Ruby & The Wolf
Buttonhole by Ruby & The Wolf
Bouquet by Ruby & The Wolf
Mantel arrangement by Ruby & The Wolf
Mantel arrangement by Ruby & The Wolf
Abi & Chris
The beautiful gardens at Pynes House
Bridal Party. Flowers by Ruby & The Wolf
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Flowers by Ruby & The Wolf
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Flowers by Ruby & The Wolf, image by Taylor & Porter
Flowers by Ruby & The Wolf, image by Taylor & Porter
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A massive shout out to my sweet friend Poppy Sturley for assisting on this one. Poppy - you are a star!

Abi, the bride, is a fantastic writer and has written a beautiful post about the day on her gorgeous blog here – http://www.thesefourwallsblog.com/lifestyle/our-wedding 

The wedding was also featured over on Style Me Pretty and on Wedding Sparrow.

Venue: Pynes House 

Photography: Taylor & Porter 

Flowers: Ruby & The Wolf 

Bride’s dress: Charlie Brear via Perfect Day Bride

Bridesmaids’ dresses: Ghost via The Mews Bridal 

Stationery: The Whistle Press  

Calligraphy: Megan Riera 

SPRING EDITORIAL AT LULWORTH COVE

Having admired Beccy Goddard's wonderful photography for some time, I nearly fell off my swivel chair when she asked if I'd like to contribute to this Spring editorial at Lulworth Cove in Dorset. 

Spring is host to most of my favourite flowers, including ranunculus, hellebore, fritillaria, spirea and 'belle epoque' tulips. I made two bouquets; one in warm tones to contrast with the coolness of the ocean and one with gold and deeper tones that worked beautifully against the dark rocks. I added hand-dyed silk ribbon from Lancaster & Cornish

I adore Beccy's images. More are featured over on Rock My Wedding

Bouquet by Ruby & The Wolf, Image by Beccy Goddard
Bouquet by Ruby & The Wolf, Image by Beccy Goddard
Bouquet by Ruby & The Wolf, Image by Beccy Goddard
Bouquet by Ruby & The Wolf, Image by Beccy Goddard
Image by Beccy Goddard
Image by Beccy Goddard
Image by Beccy Goddard
Image by Beccy Goddard
Bouquet by Ruby & The Wolf, image by Beccy Goddard
Image by Beccy Goddard
Image by Beccy Goddard
Image by Beccy Goddard

Photography by Rebecca Goddard Photography

Charlie Brear dresses provided by Perfect Day Bridal

Styling by The Bridal Edit

Hair & Make Up Alison Jenner

Calligraphy The Calligraphy Girl

Jewellery Zoe & Morgan

SUMMER WEDDING AT BOCONNOC ESTATE WITH TAYLOR & PORTER

I was so lucky to have this beautiful Summer wedding shot by the incredibly talented Louise of Taylor & Porter. Louise's approach to wedding photography is pure art. She captures the usual images - the bride and groom looking gorgeous and in love (obvs) and she captures all the guests having a great time (obvs again) but her eye for the little details is like no other. The architecture, the flora and all those tiny styling details that the couple have agonised over for months are all woven together to create a beautiful and above all, meaningful, visual story. AND, she shoots the whole lot on film. Not a digital camera in sight.  

I worked with Louise on another wedding last year and will share those images soon. And I'm excited to be working on a wedding with Louise again in a few months. 

All images below by Taylor & Porter

This wedding was made even more special for me as I had help from some of my wonderful and ridiculously talented florists friends - Amanda Taffinder, India from Vervain and Matt and Laura from Laura Hingston Flowers.  Thanks you lot - you rule!

ALL ABOVE IMAGES BY TAYLOR & PORTER 

WORKSHOP AT THE TALLULAH ROSE FLOWER SCHOOL

My flower journey started at the wonderful Tallulah Rose Flower School in Bath. I’m really excited to be returning to school on the 28th of September to teach a floral workshop. I’ll show you how I make a natural table-centre, without the use of floral foam. I’ll explain my thought process in terms of colour and composition and how I make a bridal bouquet.  

I'll also talk about how I photograph my arrangements and I'm happy to answer any questions you have about my approach.

More details are on the Tallulah Rose website – http://tallulahroseflowers.com/events/in-session-ruby-the-wolf

BLACK, GOLD & BLUSH WEDDING AT ELMORE COURT

Just a few images from this lovely wedding at Elmore Court from last summer. The bride and groom chose a theme of 'The Hunt is Over' and wanted 'twigs and feathery fillers' in their florals. These earthy and slightly unexpected elements really helped to ground the pale ivory and blush palette.

I loved this pair. They had a great sense of fun.

And really great taste in booze.

All images are by Camilla Rosa Photography. You can see on Whimsical Wonderland Weddings