Each month we like to get to know a supplier even better and bring you snippets you won't know about them from their page. This month our supplier of the month is Kirsty Newell, owner of Fall Into Flowers; a Whitewed approved florist who loves to create contemporary, whimsical and exquisite floral creations unique to every customer.
With a keen eye for design, unstoppable creativity, respect for mother nature’s seasonal produce and lifelong love affair with floristry; Kirsty is pretty special, and produces floral designs that reflect this too.
Read on to hear what Kirsty had to say when we asked her about her seasonal favourites, upcoming trends, the story behind the beginning of Fall Into Flowers and so much more...
Who runs Fall Into Flowers and how did you start out in business?
After working in London for many of the top floral designers for several years , I started working on my own events in my spare time. After balancing this for a while, I felt it was time to focus on my own journey into the flower world. I wanted to deliver a bespoke and personal service to all my clients and have that be my sole focus.
What is the best bit about your job?
I love all parts of my job, it’s my biggest passion. For me, seeing the end result and everything come together is pretty magical. I love delivering the bridal bouquet because you get to be part of such an important day for someone, it’s a total privilege for me.
Do you have a favourite flower or combination?
I have about a thousand favourite flower’s and combinations - it changes daily! There is endless combinations and flowers choices to make which is half the fun of it! You are not limited creatively - whether you chose to do a colour clash combo that zings off each other, or muted tones of blush - the world is your flower! (I’ve always hated oysters!)
What should a couple consider when choosing their wedding flowers?
I think couples should really focus on what they like, it’s good to look for inspiration from magazines, Pinterest and Instagram for instance, but ultimately, they need to go with what colours and style they like!
Tell us a little about the best flowers for each season?
Winter isn’t the easiest season flower wise, but you can get the most fabulous holly, pine cones, berries, bark, and evergreens that make excellent accents. Winter is all about the darker colours and wonderful pops of colours. You can get fabulous large headed Chrysanthemums - the blessing about flower markets are that even when flowers are sparse, anything is possible.
Autumn is full of rich shades of red, yellow, orange and brown, and vibrant scents. I love to use leaves, squashes, and mini pumpkins in arrangements. Flowers that are great to use are Queen Anne’s lace, Hypericum, Solidago, Leucadendron, Celosium, wax flower and of course foliage!
Spring is a season I love! It’s a change in flower colour palates and new possibilities. Great flowers for this season are Hyacinth, Freesia and the delicate but delightful Lily of the Valley. I love Tulips - especially unusual varieties like parrot or double headed - you will always find a big vase of them in my house! I let them grow and bend and go wild, it fabulous to watch them go on a journey! Lilac, Cherry Blossoms, Forsythia and Pussy Willow also reveal their uncommon beauty in Spring too!
In Summer the days are longer, the sky is blue and so are the flowers! Naturally blue flowers – like hydrangea and delphinium are the stars of this season. This is the most common time for weddings, and there are so many flowers available from Roses and Ranunculus as well as Dahlias that command our attention. Other summer favourites include Cosmos, Gardenias, Daisies and Zinnias.
Of course, I haven’t forgotten peonies - a popular choice of June summer brides! My favourite is the variety coral sunset - you get to watch the flower evolve every day from deep pink to a sunset pastel yellow. It opens before your eyes.
What trends do you see coming in?
Trends are not my cup of tea. I don’t think you should never do something because it’s ‘on trend’, so many people get caught up with what’s cool on Pinterest but I tell my brides to ‘focus on what you like and what speaks to you vs what’s getting posted online’. Trends come and go, but floristry that is made with passion and love is timeless.
When should a couple book their florist?
It really depends on their time frame; I get booked a year in advance but I also get bookings for 2 months before the day! If I am available, I will always make it work no matter the time frame. So really it depends on the couple. Some like to get everything sorted earlier and others like to take some time! There is no set timeline.
What is your greatest fear when you are working on a wedding?
External factors outside of my control such as the weather! Unfortunately, sometimes it can be unpredictable especially in the UK. However, no matter the weather nothing can ruin such a magical and memorable day, even the rain.
What is your greatest extravagance that helps you get through the day?
A new record! I always have my record player on - the sound is so much better. I also love some good coffee and delicious food. Did I say coffee?!
What is the best theme you have seen at a wedding?
Carnival! That was totally bonkers and colour explosions left right and centre.
When was the last time you laughed out loud at a wedding? What happened?
This particular wedding, I was not only the florist but a guest too. My brothers were dancing one on top of the other’s shoulders, they started to do the leaning tower of Pisa and then they were on the floor a crumbled mess! Very funny, minus the bruises they were left with!
What moment are you most proud of in your profession?
For me I can’t pinpoint any specific moment because every job I complete I am proud of, no matter the size. It’s the sense of relief and bliss that makes me feel proud. Along with the raw energy of the next job starting!
Where is your favourite setting for a wedding?
I love barn weddings, the rustic feeling inside an old barn is quite something. Having said that, I also love a big country house with high ceilings and light pouring in. I think every style of venue brings a special element.
What is the one thing you can’t live without in your job?
Tea, coffee, 400 pairs of scissors (and I still lose them), good company and my dogs.
What is the most embarrassing thing you have seen at a wedding?
A drunk bride or groom, I’m sorry ladies and gentlemen but it’s not a good look!
Where do you draw inspiration from for your work?
Travel! In the downtime when I have a moment to breath, I love to take trips around the world. It is so important for me to see different cultures and expand my mind. It gives me fresh perspective and new ideas. I also journal and sketch, it soothes me and makes me look at things properly.
What would people be surprised to learn about you and/or your work?
There are pictures of me as a baby picking flowers - it was meant to be. They truly are my biggest love affair.
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