In the past, I have been in the fortunate position to have worked with some of the most amazing wedding suppliers in Suffolk and across the UK, with many of which becoming great friends. I know that many of my prospective and current clients check out my blog from time to time to see what I’ve been up to, which got me thinking. What better way to introduce some of my trusted vendor friends to my clients than to give them the spotlight for 5 minutes here on my blog where they could tell us about their business, their inspirations and what makes them tick. So here you have it, a new series of interviews has been born, I hope you enjoy them.
Today I had the chance to sit down with Charlotte Tuthill from the amazing Myrtle & Mint Flowers, who are based in Ipswich in Suffolk. I have been fortunate to work with the team on numerous weddings and styled shoots over the past few years and they always go above and beyond to create gorgeous floral designs.
In three words how would you describe your brand/business?
Unique Country Style
Who or what inspires the creativity in your work?
A lot of our inspiration comes from the English Countryside, that free, loose style that you see in the gardens and fields when you go for long summer walks. That cottage garden feel that I remember from my childhood, the beautiful borders in my mum's garden with wild looking, natural flowers, the flowers that when cut and placed in a vase, look as though they have come straight from the garden.
What trends are you currently seeing and how do you predict the future looks for wedding floristry here in the UK?
The typical 'vintage' style seems to be the popular word cropping up with most brides lately, they want that beautiful wild look throughout the wedding flowers to tie in with the wonderful country venues that are oh so popular. Little jars with lose feel flowers in spread throughout the venues is a trend for 2016, peach or palest coral tones are making a big come back. However, I predict that the American style of those big bold, flower full, perfect looking domed displays are going to make an appearance in the next couple of years.
How far in advance do you suggest couples come talk to you about their wedding?
We suggest that couples make contact with us regarding their wedding date more than a year in advance, then we invite them to come in for an initial consultation to discuss all details preferably in the same month that they plan to get married, this way they can get a good idea of what is in season, and we can collate some ideas together.
Which wedding blogs or magazines do you recommend that couples check out, in order to gain inspiration?
Flowerona - Rona Wheeldon's Flower Blog, this is one of our favourite blogs out there and we urge couples to take a look through her images as we feel the Myrtle and Mint is a very similar style to what Rona writes about regularly.
Wedding Flowers Magazine - is great for inspiration with their wedding diaries and also they offer some great advise.
Pinterest - A great way to collect your ideas and images and have them all in one place, however, we do warn couples to ask a florist advise on the images they start to collect as a lot of images have been edited and adapted slightly so they are not quite what they seem.
What advice would you give couples when choosing their wedding florist?
So the first thing most couples are going to go for is the lowest price, and yes we all understand that, however, our advise is to get all your quotes from various florists, but make sure you get a clear outline as to exactly what you are getting for your money. A good florist will advise you on the flowers that would best suit your feel and style for your wedding, and steer you in the right direction. Lastly, you should meet your florist and the most important aspect is having a good relationship with the florist: they have to understand what the bride wants; they are to be there when ever the bride needs to ask a question.
Finally, what's the best thing about being a wedding florist?
The best thing about being a wedding florist has got to be meeting all the couples and their families and helping them to create their perfect wedding day. There is nothing more satisfying than seeing a bride and her family and friends faces on the morning of the wedding when they see their wedding flowers for the first time.
My sincere thanks to Charlotte for her time. If you would like to speak to the team about your forthcoming wedding, please check out their website at www.myrtleandmint.com You can also follow on Facebook & Twitter.