Frances Boscawen from Moat Farm Flowers has earned a reputation for being one of the leading wedding floral designers in the East of England. With most of their flowers grown at the farm, Frances has a unique artistic vision and works closely with the Bride to create spectacular wedding arrangements and bouquets.
WHO ARE YOU, WHAT DO YOU DO AND WHERE DO YOU WORK?
I am Frances Boscawen of Moat Farm Flowers, Dennington. I specialise in creating wedding bouquets and arrangements using seasonal British flowers - most of which are grown on the farm just 5 miles from Bruisyard. We grow tulips, roses, peonies, dahlias, snapdragons, sweet peas, nigella and so many other garden flowers with delicious scents and textures.
WHAT'S SPECIAL ABOUT WORKING WITH YOU?
When you visit Moat Farm you can see where we grow everything - depending on the time of year you may see your own flowers growing in the field. We will chat about the styles that you like and the flowers which will be in season on your wedding date. I will help you to get the best from your budget with maximum style and I love making larger installations and arches. During the summer months we also offer the chance to decorate the tables yourself with our cut flowers. We will stay in touch over the intervening period.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT WORKING AT BRUISYARD HALL, WHAT MAKES IT DIFFERENT TO OTHER VENUES?
The staff at Bruisyard are welcoming, friendly and helpful, it is always a pleasure to work there. The Hall and Barns are both such beautiful buildings and families staying in the Hall for their wedding seem without fail to be relaxed and happy too. It really is a special place.
WHAT IS YOUR MAIN PRIORITY ON THE 'BIG DAY'?
Delivering the bride's bouquet is my special priority on the morning of the wedding. It is lovely to find everyone excitedly getting ready at the Hall. Once the bouquets, buttonholes and any flower crowns are safely delivered, I will go and put the finishing touches to the flowers in the Ceremony and Dining barns. Any large arrangements will have been made on the morning of the wedding - so it is often a very early start for me so that everything is looking perfect as the guests arrive.
HOW IMPORTANT IS THE GROOM'S INPUT INTO WEDDING PREPARATIONS, HOW DO YOU ENSURE HE FEELS INVOLVED?
Sometimes I don't meet the groom before the wedding - but when they do come to visit the farm they are happy to enter into the flower conversation and often have some good ideas. The groom's main involvement with the flowers is a 'buttonhole' - something I always enjoy making. These can range from relatively small to quite flamboyant to suit the grooms character and style.
Photo credit: Shell Spurling photography - (www.shellsperling.co.uk)