Getting your wedding flowers right is a major part of any bride’s big day, but can be a headache if you don’t get it right. Kim Williams discovers that Secret Garden Events Florist will ensure flowers and weddings are a match made in heaven.

One of the first images that may flash through your mind when you think of a wedding is the flowers. You imagine a beautiful bride with a gorgeous bouquet or you think of grand centrepieces at the reception. You might even picture an adorable flower girl or grooms-men with classic buttonholes. Whichever image you conjure up, there is no denying that flowers form an important part of any wedding picture.

For the uninitiated, selecting flowers can be a daunting process sending the most calm bride-to-be into a frenzy. A good wedding florist can guide you through – helping you distinguish your gerberas from your gypsophila. Victoria Davidson, founder of East Lothian-based Secret Garden Events Florist offers advice and creates elegant, romantic and simply stunning wedding flowers from bouquets to buttonholes, venue decoration to bay tree hire.

With a degree in interior design and a passion for flowers, Victoria started her business with a florist’s shop in Gullane. She then moved into specialising solely in event and wedding floristry. Victoria explains “I aim to focus on creating spectacular arrangements designed specifically for an event. When you hire Secret Garden you become my sole focus, my time is yours so I can ensure the flowers and everything about your day is perfect.”

With over 20 years’ experience Victoria can help choose the perfect flowers. Seasonality is important, she tells me, as is picking stems that mean something to you. Her own personal favourites change depending on the season. “In spring I adore parrot tulips, in summer sweet peas and peonies. Chinese lanterns are my favourite in autumn and in winter I love vases of amaryllis.” Almost anything, she insists, works at a wedding. With flowers coming directly from her supplier in Holland, Victoria can source almost any bloom for a bride. Also key to styling flowers are the containers. From a large selection of glass vases, silver punch bowls and candelabras, Victoria will find your perfect vessel.

Victoria, during her time in floristry, has seen ideas emerge and fade. This year’s trends include pale colours; whites, creams, blush and a natural fairyland style. She explains “It is not always about what is on trend, so it’s really important that a bride communicates her vision and any likes, dislikes and expectations but some flexibility also helps”. Victoria is happy to meet with the bride at the wedding venue and can also provide a pinterest board for inspiration. She adds “When I have a budget and a theme, I am able to better advise right from the beginning, but it is important to add that quotations are not set in stone and we will work hard to ensure the wedding flowers are absolutely perfect within any given budget.”

Flowers and weddings – a match made in heaven? With Secret Garden on board they are!

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