Meet: Julia (MOTB)

Julia’s daughter has just got married – twice!  As well as fulfilling her role as Mother of the Bride Julia also designed and arranged her daughter’s beautiful flowers for the wedding here in the UK.

We first met when Julia signed up for a three-week wedding flowers course in Canterbury, with Kent Adult Education.  After making a hand tied bouquet, buttonholes and a table decoration she was hooked and went on to do a further eight-week course with me in Ashford.

Julia and her husband love to travel.  When I caught up with her she was talking from Chengdu in China: partway through an overland journey via Hong Kong, China, Mongolia, Russia and Finland – some of it on the Trans-Siberian Railway.

This is Julia’s story

My daughter lives and works in Sydney and has now married her Australian husband.  She wanted a wedding at home and we decided to plan the whole thing ourselves. Her second wedding took place in Australia.

Julia told me that she and her daughter communicated via Pinterest, collecting ideas for floral designs and bouquets. Eventually, after lots of practice Julia decided to go for it and do all the flowers herself.

Wedding preparation

After conditioning and sorting the flowers on the Thursday before the wedding, Friday was all systems go. With the help of two dear friends who copied Julia’s table centres, she ended the day with nine table centrepieces, other floral displays for tables, lots of posies in jam jars for the aisle, four wonderful bouquets and buttonholes for the boys.


Was there a theme?

The wedding didn’t really have a theme. The bridesmaids wore navy and the tables were trimmed in navy and white. The flowers were a selection of pink and white Peonies, Astrantia, Queen Anne’s Lace, Baby Blue Eucalyptus – a nod to the Aussie’s – Roses in white, pale pink and soft peach, and Hypericum too.


Would you do it again?

Julia tells me that she absolutely loved doing the flowers for her daughter’s wedding. “I had the time of my life. And my daughter was thrilled. The house and marquee looked incredible

I’d love to do another wedding if I was ever asked. It was wonderful.

The flowers for my daughter’s Aussie wedding were not done by me – in fact I preferred my flowers, so I was pleased to have done them. Thank you for giving me the confidence to have a go!”

If you’re a DIY bride you might also like to meet Jan another MOTB with a flair for flowers.

Buying flowers this week?

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Keeping in touch






Until next time, happy flowers!









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