I appreciate that this selection of images looks ridiculously idyllic, and to be honest, I can't even debunk this for you - it was one of my most perfect days of 2016! AND it was my birthday, how great was that?!
It's fair to say I'm pretty obsessed with flowers, so when I got an email from an old online friend from my jewellery days (now also a kick ass florist - the gorgeous Meg Moir!) to ask if I wanted to freelance for the amazing San Francisco florist, Aubriana Kasper-MacNiven of The Bloomery Co, on a beautiful wedding at The Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin, that they were being flown in to flower, I really didn't have to think twice about it!
I was delighted to be able to hook Aubriana and Meg up with some Irish flower suppliers - both at the wholesale market, and the wonderful local grower and garden writer, Fionnuala Fallon aka "The Irish Flower Farmer". And as a wonderful bonus, it was amazing for me to get to spend some time down South, exploring the flower scene there...
There's so many other little moments, and stories to tell from our week in Ireland flowering - which I plan to do soon - but it really was a fantastic week spent with wonderfully talented, creative and likeminded people (who were so kind and welcoming to us!) - but this post is focussing on some of the absolute beauty we discovered at Fionnuala's Victorian Walled Garden flower farm. The produce is absolutely incredible, and I know we all felt it brought something incredibly special to the work we made for the wedding that week (see some more sneak peeks here!)... such a treat to be able to cut, pick and hand select every stem and forage on the land, too. The van was seriously full with the most beautiful copper beech!
There's not much more to say, other than that this was THE DREAM. Huge thank you to Fionnuala for having us, and showing us around the grounds and letting us cut so freely for the event, and to Aubriana & Meg for having me along. It'll be hard to beat this birthday any time soon, that's for sure.
Hope you'll enjoy browsing the beauty even half as much as we did living it!