I'm a very lucky lady.  Not only am I married to a man who can cook, and make dresses, I am also married to a man who is a gifted gardener and really knows his stuff when it comes to pretty much anything green. In fact, my lovely Husband was personally responsible for all things floral (bar mine and my Bridesmaids bouquet's) on our wedding day; he personally grew the seasonal Spring narcissi, cut them the day prior and arranged them on the morning of our wedding.  He nurtured a Magnolia tree that blossomed just days prior to our big day and he grew the prettiest Hellebore that floated gently in water during our wedding ceremony.

I think of all the aspects one can 'DIY' for their wedding day, the flowers must be one of the most rewarding. I'd have loved to have had a go at creating my very own bouquet, what a beautiful personal touch that would have been How To 'DIY' Your Wedding Flowers ~ The Miss Pickering Flower School for Brides... (DIY Projects ) And if I had my time again, I'd absolutely most definitely turn to my friend Miss Pickering for advice on where to start with DIY wedding flowers.

Miss Pickering is a talented Stamford based Florist {offering a nationwide next day delivery service}, who I first blogged about back in May last year.  I was thrilled to learn recently that this creative and hugely talented (not to mention funny and utterly adorable) Florist is now offering a Flower School for Brides

Miss Pickering herself told me more about her wedding flowers workshop…

"We have been inundated with requests for a bridal day, so I am ridiculously pleased to announce the first one. I can't wait to share my passion for beautiful wedding flowers, and tips for getting the most out of your budget.

I adore teaching people how to make things with beautiful flowers. People arrive nervous, most having never tried any of the techniques before, and leave inspired and confident in trying things at home.  I love the squeals of delight when they are told they have the run of the shop, and can choose from any flowers they like to make their arrangements, roses, peonies, hydrangeas, and of course our signature wild and gardeny foliage…"

Love my Dress Wedding Blog – Photography Copyright (c) 2011,  Polly Alexandre 

How To 'DIY' Your Wedding Flowers ~ The Miss Pickering Flower School for Brides... (DIY Projects )

How To 'DIY' Your Wedding Flowers ~ The Miss Pickering Flower School for Brides... (DIY Projects )


 "The course is aimed at brides, to give them a chance to see and work with lots of beautiful flowers, whether they intend to try their hand at their own wedding flowers, or just want a better understanding of wedding flowers for their first meeting with their florist.  Our aim is to demystify the world of wedding flowers, throw out the rule book, and encourage brides to either give it a go themselves, or just to have a greater understanding of flowers for when they choose a florist."

I just love everything about Miss Pickering, from her marketing strapline ('modern flowers, vintage passion'), to her resident shop dog (who features a little further down in this feature) to Miss P's entertaining tweets and delectable taste in flowers (no gerbera's here!). 

I also ADORE Miss Pickering's bed – and you can see that here!

How To 'DIY' Your Wedding Flowers ~ The Miss Pickering Flower School for Brides... (DIY Projects )

What will be covered:-

Coffee and biscuits: a vital start to any flower arranging…
What to put where: how to get the maximum impact from your wedding flowers, whether a church or civil ceremony, marquee, hotel or outdoors…
Colour: Which colours will work best with your scheme, it is often the last ones you expect.
Types of flowers: How to choose the best flowers for your wedding, each bride will leave with a list of suggested flowers designed for their wedding by Miss P.
Attention to detail: The little details that you see in magazines, and how to achieve them.
Lunch and wine will also be included followed by a practical session;
fuelled by a glass of Chablis your inhibitions gone, you will be let loose on the flowers. Instruction on how to make a table-centre, a bouquet and a buttonhole.
Question Time: 
The course will finish up with and an opportunity to put forward all those things you ever wanted to ask a Florist How To 'DIY' Your Wedding Flowers ~ The Miss Pickering Flower School for Brides... (DIY Projects )

How To 'DIY' Your Wedding Flowers ~ The Miss Pickering Flower School for Brides... (DIY Projects )

The courses are held at Miss Pickering's shop in Stamford and all tools, flowers, food and drink are included in the price of £300.00.

Sounds pretty fabulous, doesn't it?  What about booking in with your Chief Bridesmaid for a treat of a day out?  And whilst I'm a happily married wedding blogger these days, I'm looking forward to attending one of Miss Pickerings Flower Schools later this year How To 'DIY' Your Wedding Flowers ~ The Miss Pickering Flower School for Brides... (DIY Projects )

How To 'DIY' Your Wedding Flowers ~ The Miss Pickering Flower School for Brides... (DIY Projects )

The photographs in this feature were taken by the lovely Polly Alexandre, who was a delegate at one of Miss P's Flower School workshops when she took these lovely images.  Polly explains more…

"When I discovered the super talented florist Miss Pickering was running a day flower school I knew I had to be a part of it….I just love her personality, her creative approach to flowers and the all round wild gorgeousness she creates. And of course the shop dog…."

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Isn't he cute?  This is Miss Pickering's dog, who she affectionately refers to as 'The Hound' – or, The Shop Dog.  He has a very important role in terms of quality control inspection, and generally looking Handsome.   He even has his own Blog! How To 'DIY' Your Wedding Flowers ~ The Miss Pickering Flower School for Brides... (DIY Projects )

How To 'DIY' Your Wedding Flowers ~ The Miss Pickering Flower School for Brides... (DIY Projects )

How To 'DIY' Your Wedding Flowers ~ The Miss Pickering Flower School for Brides... (DIY Projects ) How To 'DIY' Your Wedding Flowers ~ The Miss Pickering Flower School for Brides... (DIY Projects )

Polly continues…

"It was a great day, I learned a lot about flowers, I made my own arrangements and I will look at buttonholes with a new found respect. I was also privileged to share a drink in the local with The Hound himself who made sure his best side was showing every time he saw the camera. 

I can highly recommend Miss Pickering's Flower School, and my home will be a more beautiful place for it."

How To 'DIY' Your Wedding Flowers ~ The Miss Pickering Flower School for Brides... (DIY Projects ) How To 'DIY' Your Wedding Flowers ~ The Miss Pickering Flower School for Brides... (DIY Projects )

How To 'DIY' Your Wedding Flowers ~ The Miss Pickering Flower School for Brides... (DIY Projects )

Oh Hound, how I heart thee How To 'DIY' Your Wedding Flowers ~ The Miss Pickering Flower School for Brides... (DIY Projects )

For further information about the Miss Pickering Flower School for Brides, email Miss Pickering on flowers@misspickering.com, or visit the Miss Pickering Flower Emporium websitePlease note that Miss Pickering is closed on a Monday, but all emails and voicemail messages will be responded to from tomorrow How To 'DIY' Your Wedding Flowers ~ The Miss Pickering Flower School for Brides... (DIY Projects )

Click here to read my interview with Miss Pickering.  You can view more Photography from the fabulous Polly Alexandre on the Love My Dress Wedding Blog here.

Much love all How To 'DIY' Your Wedding Flowers ~ The Miss Pickering Flower School for Brides... (DIY Projects )

Annabel xXx

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Annabel is the founder of Love My Dress. She lives in rural North Yorkshire with her husband and business partner Philip, two daughters Eska and Leanora and three dogs. If she's not being a Blog Queen or practicing her photography, you'll find her fighting her way through a renovation dust cloud as she and her family transform their forever-home.

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  1. How beautiful!!! I love everything about Miss Pickering including the resident dog!!!
    Would love to come to a ‘bridal’ day – problem I have is that I have been happily married for 10 years!!!! xxxx

  2. I love white anemones, but I think I would have to mix them with some other flowers since my dress is already black and white. I have always wanted to see them with peacock feathers. I would probably space the roses out a little more, too. Thanks for sharing.
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