The Flower Studio opened their flagship store in Tynwald Mills in 2009 and has since expanded, opening a second Studio on Bucks Road in Douglas. Their brand is a fusion of earthy and natural styles with a chic and contemporary twist, and their work varies from delivering beautiful floral bouquets all over the Isle of Man, to hosting workshops, and creating displays for weddings, funerals and many other occasions. The owner and creative director, Heidi, tells us more…..
Tell us about you and The Flower Studio…
I opened in March 2009, after studying at Writtle College for a Foundation Degree in Professional Floristry and BSc (Hons) in Horticulture… since then, we have had the pleasure of designing flowers for over 300 weddings! Last year was a crazy year for me as we opened The Flower Studio on Bucks Road in Douglas, I got married to Noel, my partner of 14 years, we bought our first property and then found out we were expecting a baby! I found out quickly how to multitask to a degree I never thought was possible and have learnt new skills of organisation to make sure I can juggle running 2 shops and being a mum without dropping anything! I wouldn’t change it for the world though!
What is your favourite part of being a florist?
Knowing that you are a small part of so many important days – whether it is a wedding, a birthday, celebrating a new baby, moving house or even a funeral. As a florist you help people convey their emotions – it is a very special job! Yes there are not so nice parts, like worrying about flowers not coming in when the boat is cancelled, or working in the cold until 2am to get wedding flowers finished, or being so busy that you barely get chance to get a sip of coffee, never mind a lunch break, but these things are balanced out by the fact you get to be creative, and work with beautiful flowers and make people smile! I also have a great team of designers who make it great fun too!
I love running workshops and passing on some of the tricks of the trade – so many attendees start off the class saying “oh I’m rubbish, I’m not creative at all!” and then end up going home with a stunning arrangement or design that they are so proud of!
Do you have a favourite flower?
Always – it changes with the season! At this time of year, I love the heady scents of Hyacinths and Narcissi and masses of tulips. Summer – give me a bunch of Peonies and I will be happy, Autumn, a big Chrysanthemum bloom or bunch of rose hips and then at Christmas I love to treat myself to a whole bunch of velvety Amaryllis and red Ilex berries (with maybe a touch of glitter thrown in somewhere too!). There are way too many flowers to just pick one favourite!
Have you had any ‘stand out’ weddings?
Loads! What usually makes a wedding stand out is not necessarily the size or amount of flowers they have but the Bride and Groom themselves…. you always remember a lovely couple and we have had lots of those! Bianca and Ciaran’s wedding was spectacular – Bianca knew exactly what she wanted and was a dream to work with.
Heather and Joe were another couple with great ideas of what they wanted – a funky polka dot scheme with a vintage twist….
Charlotte and Greg’s wedding stands out to other couples because they had such a bold colour scheme – always makes people say “wow!”.
Alice and Gary’s 1920’s theme was stunning too! There are just too many to mention – I have loved all of our weddings – there is not one that I’m not proud to show off (Check out our Facebook page for loads of pictures!)
What advice would you give a couple when choosing their wedding flowers?
Read this article that we wrote for My Manx Wedding! Basically, give your florist as much detail as possible – colours, themes, budget – what was your inspiration? Even if it is not flower related, it will help your florist design the perfect flowers for you.
What trends should we look out for in 2015?
Wild Garden – natural, ‘just picked’ bouquets are going to be big, evolving from the vintage trend, but with more of a garden feel. Think spray roses, grasses, sweet peas, small pretty flowers, tied with string, lace or hessian.
Romantic Luxe – One of the trends to follow on from Kim and Kanye’s wedding, is designs with a high flower content – masses of roses, orchids and hydrangeas – definitely not a style for those with a lower budget!
Classic Elegance – a timeless combination of white flowers and greenery for the Bride who prefers a cleaner look. Roses, Lisianthus, Calla Lilies are good choices for this traditional style. If you want a bit of colour, introduced a pastel shade, such as lilac or dusky pink…
Flower Crowns – one of my favourite trends, we saw a few Brides embrace this in 2014, but in 2015 I think more will be brave enough to go for it! You don’t have to have a full crown either, a half-crown or spray of flowers in your hairstyle will still give you the look. Our Pinterest page has lots of inspiration for this!
If you would like to chat to Heidi about your wedding flowers, email her, or call in to the shops to arrange a consultation…
The Flower Studio, Tynwald Mills, St Johns (800061) & 62 Bucks Road, Douglas (618989)