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Barleywood Flower Studio is a hidden gem located just a few miles from the hilltop farming town of Rathfriland in County Down owned by Mags.
Although I am Belfast ‘born and bred’ I’ve always been a country girl at heart and flowers have played a big part in my life from a very young age!
My Mum and Granny encouraged us as kids to buy seeds with our pocket money and grow them in a designated spot in the garden.
What a buzz I got from making posies with my flowers wrapped in paper doylies.
That same passion I had as a child making those Victorian posies sees me now making bouquets for brides and creating flowers to suit any occasion.
My style is quite diverse! As any good florist, I can meet your requirements whether it be traditional, modern, garden style etc. I get excited by designing tailored bouquets for my brides. We only get one chance so it’s got to be 100% perfect! I take delight in following what is currently happening in the floristry world, keeping up to date with what is trending.
If I was to give advice to brides and grooms it would be to get as much organised as early as possible. There is nothing worse than leaving any arranging until the last minute.
You should keep stress to the minimum which will enable you to enjoy your wedding celebrations to the max!
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Sometimes it’s nice to know the face on the other end of the phone or replying to a message/email so here’s a bit about me! ‘Emma Honeybee.’
Initially when I first caught the ‘flower bug’ I was too old (28!) to get an apprenticeship or trainee job in a florist shop. At the time I was working for a well-known fashion retailer as their eCommerce Manager and attended floristry classes in the evening whilst also teaching myself to be proficient enough to give it a go. Then in the summer of 2017 I trained specifically in wedding flowers in Bath, Somerset!
My favourite part of working as a wedding florist is probably that every bride has her own individual style and vision which is great as it means every wedding is different, very much tailored to their own style and I have the opportunity to bring their ideas to life. Having the chance to work with brides and grooms across all seasons of the year is exciting as there are different flowers & colour tones in season which keeps things fresh! My approach is arty and unstructured luxury and I love to arrange myvibrant designs in a wild & whimsical style.
Choosing your flowers can be one of the most exciting parts when planning your wedding; Flowers can instantly breathe life into a space or venue.
Every wedding florist is different to the next and we all have our own style which you’ll be able to grasp from pictures, some traditional whereas my designs are modern, contemporary and unique. For me, I have a keen eye for detail and having come from a creative background, my creations are inspired by global influences such as social media, fashion week style and popular culture.
Images are more telling than words and it’s great if you’ve created a Pinterest board with ideas you can email me the link to and some brides put together scrap books and mood boards that will feature a bridemaid dress fabric swatch, a photograph of your wedding dress, colours you like and images of flowers you love. From Day 1 this will give me an insight into what you like and wish to create for your magical day! As a Floral Designer I consider myself an artist with a vision and desire to create something one of a kind for your wedding so it’s important to keep an open mind in regards to modifications or flower substitutions. It’s important to communicate what is is you’re attracted to in an arrangement you’ve perhaps seen an image of – is it the colours, the size/shape, or the loose, deconstructed vibe?
If you’ve decided and you’d love to meet up for a coffee and chat about your wedding flowers, fantastic! Before we meet it is good to have a think around your budget and what you’d like to achieve within that (floral arch/hoops, bridesmaid posies, buttonholes, confetti petals for guests, table centres & menu designs etc) and account for extras such as set-up and delivery which we can discuss during our first meeting.
Weddings are incredibly sentimental therefore it’s lovely to personalise your flowers according to their meaning – like Harry & Meghan did when Prince Harry picked flowers for Meghan’s bouquet the day before their wedding from their private garden at Kensington Palace. The Spring blooms included Forget-Me-Nots which were Diana, Princess of Wales’ favourite flower and were chosen to be included in the bouquet to honour her memory. Springs of Myrtle were also included in keeping with Royal tradition as they symbolise hope and love, making it a perfect addition!
I’d love for Honeybee Blooms to be your wedding flower destination – Why not get in touch today? I’d love to hear from you!
Emma @ Honeybee Blooms x
Have a read and take a sneak peek at Tracey & Darren’s Winter Wedding in January 2018 – check out those amazing capes!
Tracey & Darren were together for 18 years before they decided to get married. As they live close by Edenmore, Tracey came up for lunch one afternoon and loved the venue. She enquired about her winter weddings and booked that day before going home to share her exciting news!
“The food we had for our lunch was fantastic, I loved the views, the décor inside and loved the fact that it was quite close to home location wise. When I booked my wedding, it was a beautiful spring day, so I was able to take full advantage of the views”
Tracey & Darren booked Edenmore to host their entire day, from the ceremony right through to the evening reception which meant that their guests were here for the day.
“We booked to get married in January 2018. We both love winter, so this is what pushed us towards this time of year. We wanted everyone to get together after the Christmas and New Year buzz so what better way than a wedding? One of the reasons we chose Edenmore was because of its warm, relaxed, homely feeling which is exactly what we wanted! It was important to us that our guests felt comfortable and able to relax and enjoy the day.
“Throughout the entire planning process, we were very relaxed! We felt that the staff at Edenmore were very supportive throughout. They worked with us in regards to planning exactly what we wanted for our day and allowed this to happen. We very much felt that we were worked with not dictated to.”
We believe at Edenmore that your wedding day should reflect you. We have four different wedding packages from which couples can choose. We value individuality which allows you to tailor a package to suit your personal preferences and visions for your special day. If you have ideas, come to us and if we can facilitate these, then we certainly will.
“We could not fault anything in regard to our wedding day! The staff were fantastic. They looked after us so well and truly could not have done any more. Our guests commented on the day about how fantastic the staff were which was lovely. The comments not only about the service of all staff but on the food, venue and overall day have been fantastic. Our favourite memory would have to be walking into the Kircassock Suite to see all our family and friends together.”
“Our advice to couples getting married would be to find a venue that suits you! Somewhere that is warm, relaxed and friendly, where your guests can feel at home. Lastly, keep in touch with your venue, and don’t be afraid to let them take control on the day. Just enjoy it!”
I think around Christmas is a lovely time to get married. Sometimes due to the hustle and bustle of Christmas, it is hard to find time to see everyone that we want to. A wedding is a beautiful celebration and a great excuse to have everyone you hold dear in the same room to celebrate love.
Kathryn and Phillip met in The Downshire in Banbridge five years ago and have been together ever since – it only made sense to ‘tie the knot’!
“We were both off work at the start of January so wanted to use it as a great opportunity to look for the perfect wedding venue. We rang around quite a few venues but got no response. When we rang Edenmore their Events Manager was able to meet with us that day! When we arrived at Edenmore we saw the room dressed for a wedding later in the week and loved the décor.”
“After viewing Edenmore we knew it was the venue for us.. we were not interested in looking anywhere else! We felt extremely comfortable with the staff and had previously heard great reviews not only on food but about how the staff could not be more helpful. We liked how our package could be tailored so that we could incorporate exactly what we wanted for our special day. And so we booked!”
It is important to feel comfortable at the venue as you want to feel this on your wedding day. If you don’t get this feeling outright I would advise that you look at other venues until you find the perfect one for you. It needs to suit your style and taste.
“Our advice to couples looking to find the perfect venue would be to feel comfortable, not only with the venue but with the staff – they will be looking after you on your wedding day. Everything else will fall into place!”
My advice – make it all about you, after all it is your day! Find out why we think we are the perfect wedding venue.
Only three weeks to go until our Wedding Fayre here at Edenmore Golf and Country Club.
We are very excited to announce some of our Exhibitors!
Elite Events NI, Debonair Groomswear, S.D. Kells, Jen Crowe Travel Counsellors, Chris Semple Photography, BF Salon Supplies, Entertainments Unlimited, The Bizz, I Do Wedding Cars NI, Helen Joy Sugarcraft, Bespoke Wedding & Occasion Cakes NI, Busybee Bespoke Wedding Stationery, Top Doves, Orchid Studio, Lilyanna Flowers.
Come along and see our Newly Refurbished Wedding Suite with exclusive offers on the day.
Goodie bags are available for the first 50 brides and there are many prizes to be won on the evening!