Diary of a Designer Bride-to-Be : The Florals

Sometimes in life you just luck out with things. That's how I feel about one of my best friends, who is also one of my Bridesmaids and just so happens to be an incredible wedding florist!

Ailsa is currently taking an official maternity break from wedding floristry as she has two very little people who are keeping her extremely busy indeed - Edward and Lily are her gorgeous children (and they also happen to be two of my favourite people in the world.) Luckily for me though, she leapt at the chance of doing our flowers which I am eternally grateful for!


When Mr. R and I got engaged, I broke the news to Ailsa on the phone...

Me: "Hi, I wondered if you could do me a favour?"

Ailsa: "Yeah of course, do you need me to go and feed the cats?"

Me: "Erm, no, do you think you could do the flowers for our wedding?"

Ailsa: (pause) "ARGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!"

Sufficed to say we then spent the next few weeks excitedly talking about wedding flowers in between bursts of squealing and jumping around with joy!

L-R flowers by Ailsa (photography John Day), Ailsa at her famous wreath workshop, Ailsa's gorgeous workshop.

L-R flowers by Ailsa (photography John Day), Ailsa at her famous wreath workshop, Ailsa's gorgeous workshop.

The great thing about having Ailsa as our wedding florist is that if I so desired, I know that because she knows us so well, I could absolutely leave her to it and have no input at all and the results would be absolutely perfect. I feel so lucky that I didn't have to go through the rigmarole of trawling through florists and attempting to find one that 'gets' me... Ailsa's natural floral style, which is romantic, beautiful and classically modern, is right up our street!

Flowers by Ailsa

Flowers by Ailsa

We also recently took a trip to London's Covent Garden Flower Market (which is actually nowhere bloody near Covent Garden) which involved a 4.30am wake up to get there in time. (It's a trade market so closes at 10am). It was one of the most delicious sights I've ever seen - miles of flowers, inspiration and gorgeousness. It was a great chance for us to discuss what e needed with some of the suppliers and get recommendations for seasonal florals and foliage for December.

In addition to my 'Peony Gate' realisation earlier in the year, I did have a slight bridezilla moment when it was confirmed (I had been pre-warned by Ailsa) that one of the varieties of flowers I really wanted would NOT be available in December. Ahh well, can't have everything! The day was finished off perfectly with a spot of shopping, a gorgeous 'cake breakfast' at Laduree and then a bespoke bridal fragrance consultation at Jo Malone! Perfect!.

L-R, Ailsa with her EMERGENCY PONCHO, cake-fast at Laduree, Ailsa & I being pampered at Jo Malone.

L-R, Ailsa with her EMERGENCY PONCHO, cake-fast at Laduree, Ailsa & I being pampered at Jo Malone.

P.S. Obviously I'm not at liberty to reveal the flowers we're having as it'll spoil the surprise! However, I can tell you that...

-We are having one of my absolute favourite roses of all time

-My bouquet will have something which I have grown from scratch in my own garden (hashtag Tamsin Titchmarsh)

-There will be something 'seasonal' in there, NOT holly!