© Hannah Buckland Photography
Jenny Fleur’s floristry wizardry is apparent solely by her chosen nom de plume. And when you see her work you’ll know she has the goods to back up such a bold statement. Jeni puts down her scissors, letting us learn what sparks her creativity, and much more. Read on to find out more about Matara’s Best of the Best 2017 for Venue Styling – our dome looked AMAZING that day….
What is your idea of the perfect wedding?
A relaxed, informal day, outside on the beach or by the coast surrounded by family and friends – I grew up in Cornwall so have an affinity with the ocean!
What is your greatest fear when you are working on a wedding?
That I get stuck in traffic or breakdown before getting to the venue! I like to leave plenty of set-up time so I can make sure everything is in place.
What is your best trait that helps you be so great at your job?
Creativity. I’ve always love art, crafting and making so I love getting creative with wedding flowers and styling.
Which living person do you most admire?
Sir David Attenborough – I think I’ve watched every programme he’s ever done, I love the natural world and his commentary and enthusiasm is just amazing.
What is your greatest extravagance that helps you get through the day?
Not very extravagant but I live off Naked bars – especially the cashew cookie ones!
What is your current state of mind?
A little bit excitable! I’m off to Iceland in two days and cannot wait! Hoping to see the Northern Lights J
© Fear Photography
What do you think is the most overrated thing that couples try to squeeze into their wedding day?
The sweetie cart craze – with guests being served up delicious food and drinks I’m not really sure what it adds to the day!
On what occasion is lying at work a good idea?
Being self-employed I can’t really lie to myself although I’m quite good a telling myself the accounting can wait when really I should just get on with it!
What is the most outrageous (fabulous or terrifying) outfit you have ever seen at a wedding?
A bright pillar-box red outfit on a mother, it would’ve been fine for a bright colourful wedding but the rest of the day was all about soft, pretty pastel pinks and it just stood out like a beacon!!
© Adam Drake Photography
What is the best theme you have seen at a wedding?
I’ve worked on so many it’s hard to choose, anything a bit different, quirky and fun is up my street. I loved working on a Harry Potter themed wedding at Matara last year where I hung floral ‘Quidditch’ hoops complete with little yellow Golden Snitch’s!
What is the hardest thing a couple has ever asked you to do for their day?
Creating a floral tribute for a loved one who is no longer here and able to attend such a special day is always tricky but at the same time it’s a lovely gesture of remembrance.
What quality in a groom do you like the most?
What I like in any human bean – honesty and integrity; it’s also great when the guys get involved in the decisions on flowers and styling, the whole day should be a joint effort.
What quality in a bride do you like most?
Again just being a genuine and nice person, I love it when brides put their trust in me and allow me to be creative with their flowers.
What is the most overused word at a wedding – or in a wedding speech?
Perfect – sometimes people put too much pressure on themselves to have the ‘perfect’ day and let worries get in the way of what’s really important. Even if something doesn’t quite go to plan it’ll still be the day you marry the person you love.
© Kelly Weech Photography
When was the last time you laughed out loud at a wedding? What happened?
At my best friend’s wedding last summer, unbeknown to the bride and groom, the rest of the guests, and me, two of our other friends had booked the singing waiters as a surprise – they were hilariously brilliant and had the whole of the marquee in stitches. I highly recommend them!
What makes an ideal wedding?
A relaxed, fun day full of love, laughter, great food and drinks; a bit of sunshine always helps too.
What is the most unusual entertainment you have ever seen at a wedding?
Back to those singing waiters – honestly the funniest thing – go look them up on YouTube!
If you could change one thing about a wedding, what would it be?
Nothing specific but weddings should be unique and personal to each couple so if they don’t fancy a traditional cake or first dance or whatever it may be then don’t be afraid to change things about.
What moment are you most proud of in your profession?
I was a bridesmaid and did all the flowers for my best friend’s wedding, I was so happy to be a part of their day.
If you were to die and come back as person or thing, what would it be?
Hmmmm I really am undecided! A horse, a bird so I could fly, Maybe Sir David Attenborough so I could experience all the incredible encounters with wildlife he’s had.
© Sara Beaumont Photography
Where is your favourite setting for a wedding?
Outside – on a beach, in a woodland – anywhere in the natural environment.
What is the one thing you can’t live without in your job?
Scissors, I’ve about 15 pairs!
What is the most embarrassing thing you have seen at a wedding?
When the father of the grooms trousers fell down as he walked back up the aisle after the church ceremony!! Embarrassing but hilarious and he luckily saw the funny side of it!
What is your favourite occupation, apart from your own?
I’d have loved to have been a wildlife photographer, film maker or researcher – do you see a theme here?! I’d also loved to have been a vet.
What question do you wish every couple would ask you when you are meeting with them for the first time?
What flowers are in season – most do or I suggest seasonal blooms which will work with their colour palette or style; I much prefer working with the natural seasons of flowers than trying to find peonies in December!
Where do you draw inspiration from for your work?
The natural world – I love nature, wildlife, seasonality and my florals are very natural, relaxed and a bit ‘wild’ in style.
What mistake do you see couples make over and over again on their day?
Timings are often tricky, with people underestimating how long things take, from prep to travel, speeches to photos it all takes longer than you’d imagine and you really don’t want to rush your wedding day, it goes by fast enough as it is!
What is your biggest regret at a wedding you have worked on?
Ah well I don’t believe in regrets, just lessons learned and every wedding I do is different so I always learn something, big or small. I often wish I’d got better images of my work so it’s especially lovely to receive some of the professional photos fromthe day.
What is your motto?
‘we are the dreamers of dreams’ Roald Dahl
What would people be surprised to learn about you and/or your work?
I’m left handed, maybe makes me more creative but also makes some things blinkin awkward and I pretty much write in capital letter otherwise my writing is illegible!
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