If ever a Bride’s personality was reflected in her flowers then this Her for sure!! Laurie’s a great girl.. full of hugs, laughter, and love.. everything about her says “happy”.. no pushover- don’t get me wrong..she’s a lecturer with a science degree and a firm idea of what she likes and doesn’t like.. she confidently chose the tantalizing colours of sherbert with the meringue style textures of roses and ranunculus to carry on her Big Day and we delivered amidst the biggest of smiles and squeals of delight!!
Laurie & Barry wed in the sunshine (!!!) at The Honan Chapel late Spring 2012… and that was merely an affirmation of what was already a very strong and funfilled relationship..
Barry was the epitome of cool.. looking very smart indeed ..and grinning from ear to ear…
Family & Friends went on to party at Fota Island afterwards..
Greetings one and all from a very rainy Cork!!!
But who cares??
It’s been a fantastic week for Wild Floral Couture :o) at last our love of all things Vintage has found its niche … Last weekend we took part in The Spectacular Vintage Wedding Fair at the Imperial Hotel in Cork and Boy! – did we have to do some talking!! We met a horde of fabulous people , some getting married, and some not, but plenty who loved our vintage themed floral designs and accessories.. there was much ‘ooh-ing’ and ‘aaah-ing’ about everything, from our Steampunk props to the ‘fleet’ of vintage cars, our birdcage designs to our beautifully scented ‘tussie mussies’ of hyacinth and lavender.. We were ‘on fire'( those of you who know me will get the irony of that!!)
So firstly let me say ‘Thank You’ to everyone who came to visit us at our stand.. and to Kate from Bella Bleu Bridal who organised the event.. We loved it!!! looks like a big demand for the wildflower look this year- which of course is very vintage.. lots of you loving the scented flowers , the lilac ‘Armando’ Roses, the Tiffany Tree dripping with diamonds and pearls… and our quirky table names- and we had such fun meeting you all !! So with this in mind.. I’ve uploaded a whole load of photos of bouquets and decor we’ve designed and created over the last year or so in various venues around Ireland so you can get an idea of the wealth of creativity on the team…. We hope you enjoy it.. do feel free to contact us if you want to come and visit our little haven of history… we’re in the Old Ford Factory in Cork City- unfortunately by appointment only so just give us a call on 0860667298 or email Jill on firstname.lastname@example.org
We’re SO excited about 2013/2014 -it’s already Rockin’ and its still only January!
We’ll also be attending the Wedding Fair at Fota Island Hotel on Feb 24th , so come and have a chat and a look at more ideas, both at our stand and in the Golf club – perfect for smaller weddings/civil ceremonies.. we look forward to meeting you all- again or for the first time!!
Oodles of vintage loooove, from the Wild Crew xx
Here’s the link to our Vintage Style File on our website– and keep an eye for more uploads! http://bit.ly/WjSpvs
Look out for our post on the other vendors at the fair- find the most exquisite gowns, the most inspirational photographers,Dress Portraits, and the Best Brownies EVER!- amongst may other things- and we’ll be coming to Dublin soon!! We”ll let you know when as soon as it’s confirmed :o)
For more about the Spectacular Vintage Wedding Fair see;
Wild Floral Academy
‘A Very Vintage Christmas’ Flower Workshop
Sat December 8th 2012
A vintage themed flower workshop led by Flowersmith, Tutor & Demonstrator, Jill O Keeffe NDSF..A day of fun with flowers, where participants create their own wonderous Winter décor for around the home, all to a classically stylish theme.. We’ll have luscious flowers, fulsome foliages, birdcages, candles, crystals and pearls, velvet and lace, and all the scents and signs of a very cosy Christmas..
Share in Wild Floral Couture’s unique outlook on floral design, and go home with arms and hearts full of good cheer!
Date : Saturday Dec 8th 2012 time 11-5
Price;€150 deposit of €75 payable to confirm by Dec 3rd.
10.30 arrive and have a warming cup of tea and coffee and get acquainted with your fellow florists…
11 am: Door Wreath: a frosty themed wreath of winter foliages with pearls, lace and a touch of crystal accented with the luxurious textures of satin or velvet….
Birdcage arrangement: cutesy arrangement for the hall or table centre. Birds included!
1pm Traditional afternoon tea style lunch, with warming pots of tea /coffee with and the necessary chatter round the table while we tuck into our sandwiches and mince pies!
1.45 Mantle decor: an opulent mantle garland with dried fruits, velvety ribbon, delectable décor.. and a touch of twinkle…
3.15 Table centre with candles: A Tiffanys inspired table décor; candles and crystal and a Lot of Style…
4.30 Learn tricks of the trade and tips for making your own decorations for the Christmas table and décor for the tree.. We’re all about the pearls and the lace, and the most beautiful of seasonal flowers, berries, and foliages, the gold and the silver and the most elegant of classic vintage style.
5pm- Leave the mess behind and take your goodies home with a smile…
What to bring:
Strong scissors suitable for cutting branches and flower stems: paper/ribbon scissors.:A warm jumper and thick socks as the workshop can be chilly.
Location: Wild Floral Academy: Unit O9, Marina Commercial Park,Centre Park rd, Cork City, in behind Pat McDonnell Paints, in the Old Ford Factory.
Please request booking form by telephoning jill on 0860667298 or by email email@example.com
At Last!! The long awaited pictures from the Steampunk Bridal Shoot at Bantry House … Una and Jill gathered every bit of remotely Steampunk Style props with some divine antiquified flowers, squashed it all in the super Skoda and hit the High road to Bantry! And what a day we had…the sun actually shone for most of the day and in between shooting the view of bantry bay was inspirational.. not just that… our surroundings within the beautiful Bantry house lent themselves fantastically to the theme of the shoot..
We’d been exploring the Aesthetic style that is known as Steampunk in the studio in the weeks preceding the shoot and when we got the call from Kait Husman of http://www.chemistryphotography.com/ we were hopping around like 2 clockwork bunnies.. What is Steampunk ???…The term originated in the late 1900s as an imaginative combination of Victorian style & science with modern day technological knowledge.. think HG Wells or Jules Verne, or even more recently Sherlock Holmes or The City of Lost Children.. Its got a little bit of sci fi, a hint of fantasy and a lot of creativity.. its a little dark, with a lot of lace, gears and Steam! You’ll love it!
So meander on down through the pictures they appear on www.rocknrollbride.com and revel in the collaborative creativity of some of Irelands most inspired artistic minds- representing both themselves and the wedding industry … Enjoy!! and there’s even a video!
Class times: every Tuesday 10am til 1pm for 4 weeks
Commences: May 15th until June 5th
Price: 60 E per class- if 5 or more students per class- then 50E per class!
This Summer school is aimed at Queens of the Hearth…a genteel experience for those wishing to cultivate their confidence with flower arranging in the home…imaginative ideas mixed with classic concepts make for a creative and fulfilling atmosphere using a mix of floral, textile and craft techniques, with a dash of “Downton Abbey” thrown in…
Week 1; Something simple for the boudoir & Classic floral design for the ‘sideboard’…
Week 2; Drama for the Hall- one low …one high…
Week 3; Contemporary designs for contemporary spaces…
Week 4; Romantic flowers with candles and a floral surprise for the Lady of The House…
Booking details; please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org for booking forms..
50% deposit is required to secure your place, balance is payable at the start of the course. Cheques may be made payable to ‘Wild’ and forwarded to the address below. Sorry-We don’t have credit or laser card facilities- but we do have tea and coffee…
Classes are subject to minimum numbers; and subject to a max of 9 students.
All classes take place at the Wild Floral Academy, Unit O9,Marina Commercial Park, Centre Park rd, Cork. Feel free to contact us with any queries, or ideas or suggestions for other classes- all feedback welcome…
Look forward to hearing from you! Jill & The Wild Team…