GARDEN GATE FLOWER COMPANY WORKSHOP - PERSONAL

Some of my regular followers may know my love for flowers. I always loved them and got to appreciate the beauty of blooms even more since I started photographing weddings 6 years ago. My mum used to have (and still does) a small cutting garden, which would wake up with first warm rays of sunshine in spring with daffodils appearing through the soil. Later in May she would cut bunches of lilac to bring home with us. The wonderful scent would fill the kitchen and I could spend a good few hours trying to find a small five petal flower as it was thought to be good luck. Lilly-of-the-valley was my favourite in the garden with its small white understated flowers and powerful scent. We never looked after it and it was almost like a weed growing in a shady corner, yet every year the patch would burst into bloom and I had great joy opening large leaves to uncover the flowers.

I've been shooting weddings for over 5 years and I will never tire of seeing brides' faces light up when they see their bouquets  for the first time. Some flowers mean so much to them. It could be a grandmother's favourite, or a flower that was growing in a family garden when they were little. The bouquet goes and fades by the end of the wedding day, but every time they come across flowers which were part of it, the scent will bring them right back to one of the most special days in their lives. Just like my favourite lilly-of-the-valley brings me back to my mum's garden and memories of my childhood. To be able to give someone that gift is an incredible feeling. One day I would love to turn my passion for flowers into a career, combined with photography. The dream is to grow most of the flowers organically myself with care for environment. I'm starting a cutting garden this year at our new house and we'll see where it will take me! I'm so excited for spring and putting the first seeds into the ground. Hopefully I will have images of lots of beautiful blooms to share in a few months! 

As some of you may know I designed and arranged the flowers for my sister-in-law's wedding at Bellinter House in Meath. It was an incredible experience and I'm so grateful she trusted me to do it (I will write about it in a separate post). Prior to that I travelled all the way to Cornwall to learn from the incredible ladies at The Garden Gate Flower Company. They announced a spring workshop and I jumped at the chance. Needless to say I was a bit nervous having no real prior experience of flower arranging, but I learned so much and would recommend their classes and workshops to anyone, whether you just want to learn how to put a bouquet together, or you are a florist looking for inspiration. I would also recommend following them on Instagram for gorgeous flower inspiration and announcements of new workshops.

Above and below are some of my creations. 

Below image of my bouquet and the above portrait were taken by Taylor&Porter Photography.