June 2013 | Ideal Bride Magazine
Style & Inspiration
Love from Katie speaks for itself, launched in August 2012 by Katie Griffiths; Love from Katie provides a unique style, inspired by the changing seasons of the countryside. Katie tells us "I have a passion for nature and discovering new materials to use in my work. I love mixing different textures and colours together to create something special.
Being part of someone's special day is the reason I love what I do. My passion for flowers has followed me through all walks of life but has always brought me back to my main inspiration; the beautiful British countryside. My style of working reflects the seasons and I always try to use materials as close to their natural forms as possible.
It is important to support local business and source things ethically so I always try and buy from local suppliers and only use what is in season. I love finding old antiques to use as props, scouring vintage shops for old lace to use as binding and re-using things to give them a new lease of life."
"Love From Katie provides a personal approach to flowers. I understand the importance of every detail when planning a wedding or event. In order to create something truly wonderful, I will listen to your ideas, guide and advise you and help bring your dreams to life. Being part of someones special day is so exciting, it is such a magical time and listening to someone's very own love story is the best part of all."
"When choosing your florist, visit their website, read reviews and have a look at their most recent work. If they have social media then it is always good to have a look at that too and see up to date information on their blog if that have one. It is good to be honest and up front about your budget, a lot of time goes in to writing quotes so the florist needs to know what you are prepared to spend.
It might be worth asking the florist where they source their flowers, getting them locally can often save money and is much more ethical. When you arrange to meet the florist, bring as many ideas with you as you can fabric samples, colour schemes and photo inspirations are all good ways of ensuring that you and the florist can share an understanding of what you want.
If you are unsure about what you want then florists are always keen to suggest options and help guide you with what is in season. I think the most important aspect of all is that you get on well; you want to make sure that the florist knows what you want and understand the look you are trying to create, after all, this is one of the most important days of your life!"
"Once you have set a date and booked a venue it is a good idea to book your wedding consultation with your florist as soon as possible. Dates can get booked up extremely quickly so it is important to let your florist know the date of your wedding and put down a deposit to reserve the day.
Once you have had your initial consultation, your florist will arrange another meeting to make sure you have everything you want in case your ideas change along the way. I would say that 6 months is a good time frame to have when organising the flowers, this gives you plenty of time to meet with the florist, get a quote, discuss ideas, see what is in season and make any changes. When it comes to ordering the flowers, this usually happens one to two weeks before the wedding depending on the supplier."
"This season saw a very country garden soft and pretty wedding look. Jam jars were a particular favourite and lots of bunting and vintage tea parties! I am excited about next season because I think that the vintage look is still going to be a popular choice, lots of tonal colours and textures with different lace and fabrics combined. I think bright, bold colours will feature a lot more next season, which will be lots of fun to work with."
"The flowers are the most important part of the day but perhaps I am slightly bias! Every aspect of the day is important but I would say the flowers bring it all together. They bring life and colour to the day and can brighten up any space or venue. They can also symbolise the relationship and create atmosphere. Flowers are often a popular talking point at a wedding so creating something truly spectacular can be a lasting memory of the day."
For more information about Love From Katie visit Lovefromkatie.co.uk
Photography by Marisa Findlay
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