Happy New Year! Another year has passed and it's time to look back on the past year and life as a Lincolnshire wedding florist. It really doesn’t seem like a whole year has gone by since I wrote ‘Reflecting on 2021’. Time seems to go by so fast.
I love the changing seasons here in Lincolnshire but it does seem to make time go by more quickly. Spring is the season that starts with cold, windy days and ends with beautiful fresh warm ones less than three months later. The trees at the beginning of April look so bare but by the end of the month, they are bursting with life. It is one of my favourite times of the year. I realise how affected I am by nature. Then we throw ourselves into summer with the wonderful long days - and suddenly autumn is upon us, swiftly followed by winter.
Last year was a very good year for Violet and Vine. We started up in January 2018 and though we had a couple of weddings that year we had to wait around 18 months for our business to really get going due to how far ahead most weddings are planned. 2020 was looking to be a great year full of bookings but we all know how that turned out. 2021 was incredibly busy because we were fulfilling all our bookings for that year and trying to fit in the Covid postponed weddings from the year before.
So back to 2022.
Once again we met so many lovely couples and are very grateful to them for choosing us to do their wedding flowers. It is such an honour and a privilege to be able to help couples bring their wedding day ideas to fruition and to be a part of their very special day.
We have had our challenging moments too of course such as setting up installations made primarily of pampas on a very windy morning and having to hang foliage hoops from the ceiling after the tables had been set up.
We’ve had our surprising moments too, like the morning we arrived at Doddington Hall to set up the wedding flowers to be asked if we wouldn’t mind being filmed for an upcoming TV programme. Had I known I would have probably been up at dawn doing my hair and make up and deciding what to wear but thankfully the shots of us setting up were mostly of Dave, my husband and not me!
We made a move into styling - offering table linen such as sage and oatmeal double gauze /muslin runners and chair drops in keeping with the natural look we love.
We fully embraced candles offering pillar, taper and votives in all sorts of holders from candelabras to antique wood and brass candlesticks. The use of three different sized glass cylinders was popular last year and hurricane lanterns are still holding their own.
My personal highlight of 2022 has to be my daughter Jess’s wedding to my lovely Violet and Vine partner Isabelle. As we decided we wanted to do the flowers for it ourselves but also wanted to have a stress-free wedding we didn’t go as florally mad as we would have liked but managed to find a happy balance and the wedding at Aswarby Rectory was perfect.
Photos: Steven Haddock
In December I did a one day workshop with Alison from Lincolnshire Willow - blog to follow - and enjoyed it so much that I intend to do some of her other willow makes.
We ended our year once again with Christmas wreath workshops and had a really lovely festive couple of days and felt very much in the Christmas mood after they had finished.
2023 is already off to a great start with lots of January consultations and starting to plan for our first weddings. Watch this space!
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