Thursday, 30 March 2017

2017....

2017, How is it April already??
This year is simply whizzing by! I haven’t written a blog post in ages and I’ve so much to tell you!
So, to start! Last time I wrote, I had just become a finalist in the South West Wedding Awards. The finals evening was on January 27th, at a very lovely event at The Holiday Inn. I got my glad rags on and joined a whole host of amazing suppliers from across Dorset, Somerset, Devon & Cornwall.
Happily surrounded by the best of the best, I waited patiently for the Floral Designer section. Up against eight other amazing florists from all areas, I was SO thrilled to be announced as the Winner!!! 
Huge congratulations goes to the other amazing winners and runners up, including the amazing Cut Me Off a SliceFreckle Photography & Rapture Hair & Beauty. There were so many fantastic finalists too, Te Amo BrideThe Wedding CompanyAilsa Munro and Stuart Brampton, to name just a  few – all of whom more than deserved their accolade.
An award is now proudly sitting on my front desk, which leads me to another story!
Last September, I came to view a new build studio in Estover. My business is ‘flourishing’(excuse the pun!) and I as I grow, I need more space.
In December, I signed on the dotted line and proudly purchased Number 2, Dark Lake Park.
As I sit here writing this, I am surrounded by pretty flowers, looking out over a gorgeous view. 

That makes it sound like I just moved in! Trust me, the last three months have been super hard work!! The studio was just a shell – no ceilings on either floor, no electric, no water. With huge thanks to my amazing family, I am now happily settled in downstairs, and very close to finishing upstairs too!
Huge plans lie ahead. The upstairs area is going to be a meeting area, for all my lovely couples and families to come and visit me and discuss their flowery requirements.
I’ll also be holding all my workshops from here!
There are also now a whole list of workshops for you to book onto on my website, as well as a new Flower Club, which I am very excited to get up and running from June this year.
Mother’s Day this year was my best ever! Settled into my new surroundings was a blessing, as I had SO many orders and plenty of space to make them all! A massive amount of new and loyal customers supported me for the busiest weekend of the year, making over 110 bouquets in just two days! Not bad for one pair of hands!
The list of plans for 2017 is quite long, and I’ll keep you all updated as and when! You can’t run before you can walk after all,
Back soon,
H xx

Monday, 16 May 2016

Creative Collective Magic

Sunday 15th May saw the first of the Creative Collective Wedding Fairs at Ocean Studios. There are going to be many a blog post about this event because it was so awesome! But I think everyone's view of the day will be slightly different, and I wanted to share mine.

Over the years I have attended many wedding fairs, I pay for a space, a box or a table. I do my very best to fill my assigned area, be different and make my space stand out from the rest. It works, and I get bookings from lovely couples that I meet.



With the vision of lovely Danni, owner of fabulous stationary and styling company Faithful Designs and The Wed Hub, this Sunday was going to be different. Wherever possible, Danni encouraged us to not have a table, to show our creative side and work with the space we had to make this wedding show unique. 

I borrowed bits and bobs from friends and with my van full of a everything from peonies to suitcases, daisies to wooden crates, I was off! 


The most amazing empty space that is Ocean Studios was filled with every Brides dream, from rings to dresses, bouquets and stationary. It was incredible to see this space filled with fantastic suppliers and lovely couples. 

My neighbouring stands included the very talented Dave Crocker, who creates a unique wedding painting of your day. Certainly worth speaking to Dave if you have ideas, he is so open to new ideas. 

Dave Crocker starting a little sketch of the day - a dedicated creative!

Danni herself out did us all on the display stakes! Bringing literally everything including the settee!! her stand was amazing!


The super lovely Mrs Jutson was just down the row, promoting her stunning wedding photography portfolio. Louise Jutson is an amazing photographer, and so enthusiastic about her work. I've been lucky enough to have my work photographed by her in the past, and, having seen her wedding portfolio she captures the moment perfectly. Louise is also very much promoting the album. I am so behind this idea! Photographs of your special day are appreciated so much more in a stunning book than on a memory stick!

Louise chatting with a couple about wedding photos

Tegen jewellery brought along some of her amazing pieces, all of which certainly caught my eye. I love the idea of buying a unique precious wedding ring that you know no one else is going to have.

Aisla Munro works wonders with a needle and thread! I have never seen such stunning handmade dresses. I have seen Aislas work before, but only in pictures, and this weekend I saw several of her pieces. My lovely bride from a wedding this weekend wore a piece by Aisla, and I also got to see stunning dresses displayed on Sunday, they are truly a work of art. 



Jayne brought along some amazing pieces from Audrey & Rose, which caught the eye of my inner magpie all day with their stunning sparkles! 

Downstairs was filled with lovely suppliers too! 
Katy Short displayed her amazing talents as a make up artist for the first time at a wedding fair. This lady works wonders with a makeup brush! 
The lovely Te Amo Brides brought along their fabulous new suit collection. Centrepiece cakes filled her space with stunning designs and Anon Designs brought along their fantastically unique stationary. 

Pretty little cufflinks from Pretty Little Treats

Without doubt, this was one of the best shows I have been too. The suppliers were lovely to chat to, and the couples that came along were inspired by what they saw. The relaxed, friendly atmosphere gave people the chance to wander and chat freely. 

The Creative Collective is magically unique, and I am thrilled to have been part of the first one!

Thanks to Stuart Brampton for the amazing event photography! Hope you don't mind me stealing the pics! 

#weddingshow #creativecollective #oceanstudios #plymouth 




Wednesday, 13 January 2016

You're engaged!


You’re engaged!Firstly, huge congratulations, this is a very exciting time!

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As a florist, flowers will always be high on my list of things to plan, but for many couples, they are often the last thing on the list. Some brides tell me that they were dreading choosing flowers or thought it would be the hardest part. I always say it should be one of the best bits!

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Flowers can really tie everything together, and they can certainly finish off a room.
Here are some tips to make your wedding flower planning that bit easier..

Twelve months to go… 
– Make a list of all the flowers you need, and also of any extra bits you would love.
– Gather some ideas of flowers you like and colour schemes that you think would fit with your wedding.
– Grab some flower magazines and if you can, set up a Pinterest board of ideas you love.
– Ask recently married friends for florist recommendations, pick up leaflets at wedding fairs and Google florists in your local area.
– Email florists with a list of what you would like and ask for a rough quote.
Nine months to go…
– Pick two florists from your emails and arrange to meet up with them. Take along a swatch of bridesmaids material, pictures that you have collected and anything else you think might help the florist. Ask for a quotation in writing, checking that there are no hidden costs with set up fees or delivery charges.
– Book your favourite florist, the one you feel most confident with, that may not necessarily be the cheapest one. You will probably need to pay a deposit to secure the day. Ask for a confirmation in writing.

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Five months to go…
– Arrange another meeting with your florist. Go through the finer details of your flowers, numbers of buttonholes, corsages and table decorations if you know them. If you would like your florist to label buttonholes, now is the time to give them names of Groomsmen etc.
– If your florist isn’t familiar with your venue, perhaps arrange to meet them there.
– Ask for a final quote.
One month to go… 
– Contact your florist and confirm details of times and addresses for deliveries on your wedding day. Most florists will set up two-three hours before your ceremony time, depending on how much there is to do.
– Make sure your florist has phone numbers for you, your Groom and another person on your wedding day, just in case.
– Check when your final balance is due, most florists ask for the balance around two weeks before the wedding.
A few days before…
– Give your florist a quick ring to make sure everything has arrived ok and there are no problems.
– Check what time your florist will be arriving on your wedding day.

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Your big day…
– Once your florist has delivered your flowers, try and keep them as cool as possible.
– If your flowers have arrived in water, dry the stems around half an hour before you are going to carry them to your ceremony.
We have had lots of enquiries from lovely brides about their wedding flowers, and we are arranging lots of meetings to discuss their wedding flowers for this year and 2017. Our next wedding fair is Sunday 24th January at Plymouth Guildhall! Where you will be able to see some of our gorgeous work and see upcoming trends and colour schemes. It would be great to see some of you there!

If you would like to meet up and discuss your ideas, please just get in touch.
Email : hello@hannahburnettflorist.co.uk
Phone : 07887 369275

Hannah x 


Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Santa Claus is coming to town!

With just under two weeks to go before Santa Claus comes visiting, the orders are coming in super quick! But don't panic! There is still plenty of time to order a stunning floral display from Hannah Burnett Florist.

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As one of Plymouths best rated florists, you need look no further for excellent festive floral displays this Christmas.

From stunning hand tied bouquets to basket arrangements, vases to gingerbread houses! We have got all you need to send those seasons greetings.imageAll of our stunning designs can be found on our website, where you can order online, or if you prefer, just give us a call on 07887369275.

Happy shopping!

Hannah X


Monday, 23 November 2015

32 Days & counting!

 
 
 
 
 
 

So, Christmas is officially on its way!
 
I for one cannot believe where this year has gone, but it has been another fantastic one for us at Hannah Burnett Florist.
 
Our Christmas wreath making and Christmas courses start just next week! There are still a couple of spaces, so if you would like to come along, please get in touch soon.
 
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This years stunning Christmas collection of gifts to send is now live on our online shop. There is something for everyone, from jugs to baskets, vases to planted arrangements, and all available for delivery across Plymouth and into Saltash and the South Hams!
 
Prices range from just £20 (plus delivery) so pop over to our shop page and have a peek!
 
If you'd like to order Christmas flowers, but would like some help deciding, just give us a call on 07887 369275.
Hannah x

Saturday, 31 October 2015

Catching up with news!


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I can’t believe where this year has gone and that it is November tomorrow!
We have had a super year so far, creating flowers for over 55 weddings so far this year, with still more to go before the year is out! We have been extremely lucky to work with some truly lovely couples, allowing us to create for their truly varied wedding themes. Here are just a few snippets…
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We have visited some stunning locations throughout the year too, from Honiton to Lostwithiel and most places in between.
Recently, as the wedding season slowly quietens down, we have been closer to home. We recently were extremely lucky to provide flowers for HRH Sophie, Countess of Wessex on her visit to Plymouth, and also just this week, we provided flowers for a visit by Prince Albert II of Monaco.
20/10/2015 Pic by: Penny Cross Business Sophie,Countess of Wessex visits Vispring in Ernesettle to open their renovated showroom. Pictured: Sophie,Countess of Wessex presented with a posy by Lois Kimber Contact:  Charlotte Young, ViSpring 07930 494416.  Reporter:  William Telford

But, the year is nowhere near over yet!

We are now all turning our minds to Christmas. We are soon going to be creating our online Christmas collection for deliveries across Plymouth, as well as preparing for our upcoming workshops. I have listed dates below and hope that you can join us for one of the fun filled events…

Tuesday 1st December – The start of a three week evening class, where once a week we will create a stunning Christmas display including door garland and advent display!
Friday 4th December – Join us for a inspirational morning of creativity! Create your own beautiful door garland to be the envy of your neighbours!
Saturday 5th December – Your last chance to create a simply stunning door garland with us on this fabulous afternoon workshop

All the information about our courses can be found at www.hannahburnettflorist.co.uk

We hope to see you there!
Hannah x

Sunday, 12 July 2015

A fabulous day at Langdon Court

Last Sunday 5th July, a small selection of South Devon's finest wedding suppliers came together at Langdon Court Hotel in Wembury, for the hotels annual summer wedding fair.

The day was blessed with gorgeous summer sunshine, which allowed Langdon's stunning gardens to be shown off in all their glory. Presecco and canap├ęs were served throughout the day to steady flow of lovely couples, all eager to discuss their wedding ideas with each of the suppliers.

There was exquisite photography on offer from the talented Martyn Norsworthy of Norsworthy Photography. Norsworthy offer stunning award winning photography for your big day and Martyn has a spectacular portfolio which couples loved looking through. Martyn is holding an open day in his studio next Sunday 19th, which gives a great opportunity for you to talk to him further about what he can offer for your wedding.

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Your Big Event were also in attendance o Sunday with the fabulous Andy there to offer advice on entertainment for your special day. Andy is a hugely popular choice so be sure to book quickly in order to avoid disappointment!

In the bar area with myself was Little Lark Cakes. What an absolutely stunning array of wedding cakes! From delicately decorated flowers, to simple white icing and also the currently popular chalkboard look. Little Lark Cakes offer designs to suit every couple, and I honestly couldn't choose my favourite!

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Covered in Style had dressed the main reception room at Langdon with a selection of stunning chair covers and sashes. They were also offering fabulous ice creams outside in the gardens - well welcomed on such a hot day!


Langdon Court wedding fair really does give the opportunity for couples to speak more individually with suppliers and get a feel for what they offer.


It was a fabulous day and I have been lucky enough to speak with several couples to arrange meetings already, and, with lots more to speak too, it was a truly successful day!

Hannah x