Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Wedding Industry Awards

Well the results are in, and sadly we didn't win, however I really felt like we did! To read the amazing comments left by my brides literally brought me to tears!
Every single bride who's wedding I did last year voted for me, and the comments they left were so wonderful   I am a bit lost for words, apart from to say a massive thank you, so much to all of you. I feel very lucky to have been involved with so many wonderful, inspiring, and frankly, just lovely brides!!

General Comments: 
Susanna was an absolute delight to work with, from the moment I met her I knew I wanted her to be my florist. She was so attentive and listened to my ideas and made them become a reality. She created the most beautiful flowers we really couldn't have asked for more, she is incredibly talented!

Tiger Rose were excellent. From the moment I meet Susanna she made me feel at ease. She really got our ideas and was so helpful thought the whole process. All of our wedding flowers were so beautiful & so many of our guests commented on them. I loved my bouquet it was extactly what I wanted.

The flowers provided by Tiger Rose really were the highlight of the wedding. Susanna interpreted our ideas into something much more than we could have imagined. The tone was just perfect and the arrangements were out of this world.
Fantastic service from beginning to end

Susanna at Tiger Rose did the most incredible job with our flowers & venue design.I had been worried about how I would fill & soften the vast space of the venue,but as soon as I met Susanna I knew we did not have to worry. Her knowledge, ideas & execution were fantastic & the venue looked amazing!

Susanna of Tiger Rose Floral design was such a fantastic person to have as part of my wedding team. She is very talented, creative and produced stunning array of floral decorations. She went far and beyond the call of duty to make a sure the complex largescale job was done perfectly.

Our flowers on the day were everything and more. They had been made just as i requested classic, clean and elegant. I feel Susanna genuinely loves her job and it felt like she was a assertive friend helping out rather than a supplier. Pleasure to do business with!

I went to Tiger Rose Floral with no ideas, or so I thought! The florist took the time to sit with us and discuss all sorts of options and together we created my perfect wedding flowers! Susanna was welcoming and knowledgeable and I would recommend her to anyone.

The level of service I received was first class in every aspect which is so rare to find in any industry. I have incredibly high expectations but even these were exceeded. TR was knowledgable, professional, personable and innovative and an absolute pleasure to work with. The end result was stunning.

We were absolutely delighted with our flowers both at the venue and those for the bridal party. This is not to mention the service we were given even prior to committing with Susanna. She was able to capture our vintage theme with her creative flair, inspiration and attention to detail.

I selected 3 florists as part of my decision making process & Tiger Rose won hands down. From the scumpcious cup cakes & fresh coffee offered at our initial consultation, to the visit to my garden to incorporate my own cottage roses into my bridal bouquets, every experience was one a bride dreams of

Susanna was fantastic! She was friendly, helpful and totally understood what we wanted. She came up with some brilliant ideas that worked exceptionally well with our theme and our venue. It was fun working with Susanna, she took all the stress out it and I cannot recommend her highly enough.

Our flowers were INCREDIBLE!! I would not have changed anything about them! Susanna's knowledge and understanding of what we wanted was spot on. She was so friendly, flexible and relaxed which made us feel confident in her abilities and trust her judgement.

The flowers for my wedding were so beautiful. The venue looked amazing and the colors and designs Susanna used were gorgeous. I was so pleased with everything.

I was absolutely blown away by how beautiful my flowers and the decorations in the marquee looked. It's a huge responsibilities being involved in someone's wedding day and Tiger Rose exceeded my expectations and helped to make it the most special day of my life.

My husband has been friends with Susanna for 10 years and we have always used her to make bouquets and arrangements for friends and family, she always has set a very high standard, so when it came to organising our wedding there was no question who we would use as our florist.

Excellent ideas and beautiful flowers, all very much in keeping with the theme of the day

Susanna's floristry literally took my breath away, brought tears to my eyes - the barn was transformed into a truly stunning and utterly magical place by her work, far far above and beyond what i'd ever dreamt of (and i love flowers). Susanna is so hugely talented!

Planning a wedding from Australia was tough. Susanna made my life so much easier. Her communication was great. Her ability to fill me with confidence was brilliant and calming. I was able to communicate my ideas and Susanna was completely brilliant in translating that into the product I envisaged.

Susanna was extremely helpful in making sure my vision of having simple, elegant flowers for our small wedding (total of 5 people!). The flowers added that extra touch and my bouquet and button hole were stunning. And three months later, my orchid from the registry table is still alive and thriving!

Tiger rose were amazing in terms of so many flowers to chosoe from, really knowledgable of what is in season, what would look good for my theme ideas and best way to make the most of the flowers and very efficent on the day.

Susanna did over and above what was asked of her.Nothing was to much trouble and her passion was evident. She listened to everything that we wanted and the flowers completed every element of our wedding. Thanks to Tiger Rose we succeed in the creating classic English elegance.

Susanna is one of the nicest people I've met. From the first meeting she made us feel as if we were the only wedding she was doing. The finished result was outstanding, we had so many comments from guests as to how wonderful they were. A brilliant experience from start to finish!

Susanna was professional, friendly and willing to help in any way she could. She took all our ideas and combined them to create beautiful arrangements that suited our venues perfectly. We had seen Susanna's work beforehand but when they arrived on the day we were blown away. Thank you so much!

Susanna was absolutely wonderful from the minute I called her. When my mum and I sat with her looking through her portfolio we knew we were making the right choice. She seemed genuinely excited by my vision and interpreted it perfectly.
Susanna was great, and the flowers on our wedding day were stunning. She understood perfectly what I was looking for and did an amazing job. Everything ran so smoothly, it was perfect!

I can't fault Tiger Rose . My bouquet, cake and table decorations were outstanding. Susanna listened to what I wanted and gave me the most fabulous flowers. They were stunning and exceeded my already high expectations. She is a professional and there were no problems at all. Perfect.

I knew Tiger Rose was going to do my flowers for my wedding. From turning up to her beautiful cottage for our first meeting to our flowers still going strong for nearly 2 weeks after our wedding. Our Venue, Caters and photographer all said she does the most beautiful flowers and they right!!

Susanna at Tiger Rose is one of those people who is so passionate about what they do that you know they won't put a foot wrong. She was inspiring and listened to all of our ideas - no matter how out there - and brought our wedding to life with her stunning bouquets and centre pieces.

I was delighted with my wedding flowers! I opted for an unusual style bouquet which Susanna interpreted perfectly! She seemed to understand exactly what I wanted even though I know very little about flowers. I thoroughly enjoyed working with her, and the flowers were one of my favourite memories

Our flowers were amazing, exactly as we wanted, and Susanna was lovely to work with.

Why They Booked (in random order)

A recommendation from my sister, and also because she is local to the wedding venue. Susanna got married in the same Church and had her reception at the same venue as us so I think it brought back lots of happy memories for her too!

It was exciting to work with someone who had such a creative mindset and was able to work with my ideas as well as her own. Susannah incorporated the lace flowers made my my mother to all of the bouquets and buttonholes. Susannah was more than accomodating with my last minute changes, she was very professional providing an excellent service and I would not hesitate in recommending her to any future bride. I feel priviledged to have had Susannah as the florist at my wedding and without her and her artistic ability it simply would not have been the same.

Susannah understood what we wanted and had wonderful ideas such as using bark on the tablecentres.

We saw Susanna's work before hand and liked the way she used different colours and textures to compliment all aspects of the couples day. Her prices were very reasonable and she was very professional and friendly.

We were told she would be the final part to the dream team that we had for our wedding, her website and advertisements were classy, modern and eye-catching . I knew as a flower lover myself i could put my trust in her to do an amazing job!
I contacted a florist with a view to getting a quote. She was busy on my wedding day so recommended Tiger Rose Floral

Beasue their flower arrangements were amazing and bing able to see her work site was brilliant sign of her expertise

We were looking for someone who could not only provide flowers, but large plants as well. Susanna made sure our intimate wedding was simple, yet elegant.

Susanna is thoughtful and extremely creative. She listens to what you want and adds her own flair. We've had so many wonderful comments from our guests who are keen to use Susanna when they get married! I can't recommend Tiger Rose enough and my husband and I will certainly use Susanna for future occasions. All the best Susanna, your work is very special.

We immediately liked Susanna and her relaxed but professional manner. She came up with exactly the concept we were looking for, was very organised and communicated well. We knew we were totally in safe hands and could trust her to do a fabulous job, and in fact she excelled our expectations!

Susanna was recommended to me by a friend when I decided to have my wedding in Winchester.

Came very highly recommended.
Recommended to Zanna by others who have used Tiger Rose and also been very impressed with pro-active service and advise

Because Susannah's ideas, knowledge and manner were brilliant and I felt completely confident leaving everything in her hands.

Excellent ideas within budget

A couple of our friends got married two years previously and had Tiger Rose flowers - they were absolutely amazing so we had no hesitations. When we met with Susanna we had a cup of tea, went through Pinterest boards and bounced ideas off eachother - it was a lovely experience! She even helped me source the perfect ribbon for making our favours, as well as supplying beautiful bay trees in pots which she painted to match our colour scheme, and lanterns galore.

There was an immediate connection with Susanna and she had the most wonderful portfolio and ideas to match!

Her enthusiasm, professionalism and realistic pricing. I was confident she was going to exceed my expectations ans she did.

Recommended by a friend and liked Susanna a lot when we met and I felt she really understood what we wanted.

Tiger Rose has a beautiful website which show cases her designs and ideas wonderfully. Susanna came across as a kind, warm hearted, creative person who genuinely wanted to transform your initial ideas into reality. The sophisticated, classy, country cottage designs suited my wedding scheme perfectly and being a small local supplier, Tiger Rose fitted my requirement to only use small local business for the day. I sincerely hope Susanna wins the floral design category for the 2013 awards as I was delighted with everything from Tiger Rose.

We booked Tiger Rose because of the quality of flowers I'd seen at the venue, how lovely Susanna was and how competitive her prices were.

We had a small country wedding and we wanted a rustic theme and Susanna understood what Jason and I both had in mind and delivered a beautiful result on the day! It was perfect!

Tiger Rose were so helpful, understood all of our ideas, so friendly and just made us feel at ease. I felt I could trust them!

Great range of options. Outstanding recommendations. Lovely person.

We were recommended Susanna by the venue. After visiting a few florists we felt most comfortable with her and confident that she would be the best person to contribute towards our special day.

They balanced creative flair with very caring personable service - so important on such an emotional event as a wedding! Also, Susanna was very generous, flexible, patient - she treated us like old friends, and was also experienced and dependable. I felt that I could relax and leave her to it.

From the intial consultation with Susanna, she understood exactly the style i was looking to create. Her portfolio was amazing, and Susanna is someone you can immediately connect with. It was such an enjoyable experience going to her house to discuss ideas (I will always remember these visits with fondness!) and i had 100% confidence Susanna would do an amazing job of our wedding flowers. Her flowers are utterly beautiful so it was a very straightforward decision to go ahead and book (I looked at many many florist's wesbites and had a number of consultations and Susanna stood out by far).

Our venue listed TR as a supplier. I then gathered some quotes from a selection of suppliers. I felt most comfortable after the call with Susanna and the price was the best too! A few days later a friend also recommended TR which was the icing on the cake. Booked!

They had a good website and were local. I could go and visit and see the flowers. Susanna talked me through various options and I had confidence in her.

I had short listed 3 suppliers to meet with and TR impressed me the most with their level of professionalism, knowledge, ideas, flexibility and communication. It just really felt like my day was special and important to them and they were enthusiastic, interested and keen to take a really tailored approach to bring to life the ideas in my head. It wasn't just an impressive sales pitch to win my business either as this initial impression I got was consistent throughout the whole process. I was so glad I booked them and would not hesitate to recommend them.

Professionalism, work ethic and a lovely approach. I had absolute confidence that what we wished to achieve would happen.

Average Voting Scores

Vote QuestionAve. Score
Ability of your florist to understand, interpret and realise your vision and ideas.9.84
Variety of different designs and ideas in your florist’s portfolio. (where 0 is poor and 10 is excellent).9.42
Quality of expertise, advice and guidance received from your florist.9.74
Quality of customer service and communication received from your florist.9.74
Quality of your florist’s web presence (web site, facebook etc).9.19
Quality of the flowers on your wedding day.9.87
Value for money.9.42

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Christmas Workshops

Today was the first of my Christmas workshops. Held at Bradgate Manor, a beautiful house set very near Netley Abbey.
As I drove down there my whole van was filled with scents of Christmas! Pine, cinnamon, oranges, by the time I had unpacked I really began to feel Christmasy!

We started with a short demonstration from me looking at making a door wreath, and also different ways of using the same principal for table centre's.
After which we did a quick room change and it was already for people to make their own wreaths.
Followed by the most amazing lunch cooked by Lindsey, who runs the courses of poached salmon with dill sauce, and a delicious winter pavlova, all served with a welcome glass of rose.
There were lots of wonderful foliages, dried fruits, ribbons and more to choose from,  but it still amazes me how everyones wreaths are completely different!

Nine beautiful wreaths, all in a row!
It was such a lovely day, I am really looking forward to the rest of our Christmas workshops.

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

The Wedding Industry Awards 2013

I recently entered this years Wedding Industry Awards. They are unique in that only brides, or grooms!, who's wedding you have done this year are eligible to vote for you.
I was overwhelmed by all of you who votes for me, and really was all of you!
As a result Tiger Rose has been short listed for the regional finals.

 Considering that there are so many very talented contemporaries in my region I am thrilled to have got this far, and it really makes me feel very lucky to be involved in an industry, which put very simply is about two people falling in love with each other and wanting to show the world that love!!
Thank you again to all my brides for making this year a fantastic one, and if this sounds a bit emotional it is because I really do love what I do, and this was the icing on the cake!

Sunday, 4 November 2012

"A week in the life of Tiger Rose"

Every wedding, large or small involves a lot of planning, arranging the flowers is only 10% of the job!
Meeting, quoting, and producing ideas, ordering and lists are only the start.
Sourcing, cleaning and preping of  props, wrapping bridal boxes, unwrapping candles. Before we even start conditioning flowers a lot of effort has already gone into creating the final event.
But some weddings involve even more planning! With 58 table centre's, over 300 candles and 20 bay and olive trees, my mind mind, and files were full of lists and plans!
So I thought it might be interesting to take you through the lead up to, and the end of creating flowers for a wedding. Whatever scale all weddings involve the same process and attention to detail.
It all starts with ideas! Often from books, blogs or Pinterest, I try and create a visual board of pictures to give the client ideas of how the flowers might look. 

                                                            Preping and cleaning props

 and filling buckets.

Waiting for the all important flowers to arrive!

Starting to take shape.

 Beginning to set up

Sound check!

 Team Tiger Rose!

And finally, as the candles are lit, and guests arrive the marquee is turned into a sea of light and subtle flowers. Provence in England!

Job done!