On a beautifully warm day I was lucky enough to join The Homemade Wedding company at equally beautiful wedding and events venue Twyning Park. Nestled quietly next to the River Avon it was the perfect location to learn how to create your own bouquet and buttonholes whilst the sun glinted of the slow moving river.
The Homemade Wedding Company is the brain child of Jess Watson, who when planning her own wedding was dismayed at the lack of DIY wedding flower guides/tutorials and workshops. Combing her love of the creative with her passion for flowers Jess created her own wedding florals and honing her skills now offers couples the chance to learn how to create beautiful bouquets and flower crowns in her intimate workshops
After a meet and greet, (I finally got to meet handbag queen @harrietshandbags!) Jess introduced us to the flowers we would be using – roses, gerbera, gypsophilia and alstromeria.
What is great with the flowers Jess uses in her workshops are that they are readily accessible – utilizing supermarket flowers where ever possible although details of local wholesalers that do allow members of the public to purchase were great too if you wanted to use specific flowers or where looking for something that wouldn’t necessarily be in season at the time of your wedding.
Her advice for keeping these flowers fresh was another great tip and i am sure the brides on the workshop will be heavily using their baths in the run up to their day!
Each section was broken down into easy bite sized chunks – first watching Jess demonstrate the technique and them having a go ourselves – Jess was there for every step often stepping in to help out if needed. As someone who has the knack of wiring sugar flowers to a fine art I’m not afraid to share that my ‘twineing’ skills leave a lot to be desired.
from creating a simple hand tied buttonhole to the starting arrangement of your bouquet it was thoroughly covered. I had a fantastic time and have come away confident that I could recreate florals for a wedding.
…and just in case we couldn’t remember the details there was a handy crib sheet at the end to take away along with the beautiful florals we had created.
Here are my finished florals:
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Whilst Jess kindly #gifted a place on her popular workshop all opinions and views are my own.