Your Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wedding - April/May 2020 (Issue 82)

FLOWERS 53 PICK OF THE We chat to three amazing local florist to find out more about the females behind the flowers! bunch Heather Reilly says... What inspired you to become a florist? I love colours and how they work together. I also liked practical subjects at school. I was not particularly enamoured with school and wanted to leave when I was sixteen. I thought of college and I found a college that I liked the look of which was smaller and architecturally beautiful, quite inspiring really called the Berkshire College of Agriculture near Maidenhead. I contacted them and found out that they ran taster courses to help you decide. I found myself on a course for floristry and from then I knew I wanted to be a florist. I completed my level 2, 3 and 4 City & Guilds courses with BCA and found a work placement with Sonning Flowers. I worked at Sonning Flowers for seven years when an opportunity to purchase the company came up so I found myself working in a career I love and taking on the role of a business owner. I am now going into my third year. What’s your favourite floral aspect of weddings? My favourite aspects of weddings is meeting with the couples and planning their flowers for their big day, finding out their vision and translating this into beautiful floral arrangements. In particular, I love large hanging structures such as planks, hoops, chandeliers and balls of flowers. What’s your favourite flower/time of year? This is very a tricky question as it changes with the seasons, I would say spring and summer are my favourite months and I adore stocks they smell amazing! T: 0118 959 0301 E: W: SONNING FLOWERS All images courtesy of 