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Kathrine & Louise both have an exciting year ahead. Kathrine is getting so busy that she  has decided to go full time with her flower business.  Louise has some new exciting new developments this year. More details later. Keep upto date with their blogs or sign up for the monthly  Newsletter

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Posted by [email protected] on August 7, 2020 at 7:35 AM





Guest Blog by Kathrine, Fleur Adamo Floral Design


I have been privileged to be part of helping people realise their dream wedding for a long time now, and yet I never lose the feeling of excitement (and yes, more than a few nerves!) when I deliver my flowers to brides and grooms on their special day. For me there is no feeling like it to see the reactions of brides, bridesmaids, grooms, and groomsmen when they see what often feels like the final piece in the jigsaw of their wedding day preparation fall into place. Perfect!

Getting to know my brides and grooms is one of the most important and enjoyable aspects of my job, remember you should always feel at ease and confident when it comes to your suppliers – we are there to offer guidance and creativity to you and yours, whether you have a clear idea of what you want or actually have no set ideas at all. I hope that I use my experience and love for what I do interpret and enhance your ideas in both practical and creative ways.

Whatever you want your flowers to say about you there are many ways in which they can reflect what is truly important – perhaps the inclusion of your grandmother’s favourite rose, the first flowers given to you by your partner or a loved one, these touches bring so much to the feel and style of your day. However, your flowers are not just about a beautiful bouquet, they also provide you with an opportunity to bring your own style and personality to that special place where you are celebrating, your venue – and well, there are venues and there are venues!

Thicket Priory is without doubt the most amazing venue you could wish for – the house and grounds are steeped in history and provide a ready-made canvas filled with style, atmosphere and ambience.

You also have the undivided attention of a professional, experienced and reliable team who will support you in every aspect of your preparations.

For me as a florist the building and grounds are pure heaven for decorating with flowers and foliage, whether you choose to ooze floral opulence, weave a fantasy of wildness, or just want minimal decoration to highlight what is already there.

Floral displays are a perfect way to focus the eye to emphasise an entrance or seating plan, brighten a corner or decorate an area good for a photo opportunity. They can also create the perfect backdrop for your top table or wherever your ceremony is taking place. However, it’s also true that often the smallest of touches are what you and your guests remember the most – a wreath on a distant doorway, pumpkins nestling in secret corners, moss filled lanterns twinkling in windows, the scent of antique roses or fragrant herbs in a table arrangement…

So remember, this is your personal journey and celebration, flowers and foliage can be the finishing touches in so many ways.


Kathrine x   Fleur Adamo Floral Design

Ignore - Ignore - Ignore the Label

Posted by [email protected] on March 4, 2019 at 6:10 AM

We have all heard of Vanity Sizing and it continues to amaze me. My job would be so much simpler if everyone was happy with the size reference on an item of clothing and oh my Lord if all designers cut garments to the same size chart, Bingo my job would be a doddle.

A person's body image is an important source of self esteem (Smeesters, Mussweiler, & Mandel, 2010). This is especially prominent among women, approximately 50% of girls and young women report being dissatisfied with their bodies

Some clothing companies have found a simple way of transforming a size-8 woman into a size-6: ‘vanity sizing,’ a strategy used by many clothing companies today.

Whilst you may not see any change on the scales, dropping a dress size can simply be a case of exploring different brands.

In most cases, manufacturers are not adhering to sizing systems at all. Instead, every manufacturer has their own system and brands use this freedom to give themselves a competitive advantage and with this we’re witnessing the rise of ‘Vanity Sizing’.

I doubt we will see any sort of consistency in sizing labels any time soon as adhesion to a standard sizing system is still entirely voluntary. For now, the only real numbers you should worry about are the ones on the price tag because ‘size’ really doesn’t matter.

So my advise is “Ignore Ignore Ignore” the reference number on the label, all sizes vary, all designers cut garments differently, it is so important to wear a dress which fits you regardless of sizing references, and believe me it really is just a reference number.

Louise x

Kathrine Quiet Month

Posted by [email protected] on February 9, 2019 at 3:25 AM

Well, January has gone with its cold snap and grey days, February has only two weeks to go...the bulbs have started to appear and the days are getting longer.

It can only get better..

These last two months in the horticultural and flower calendars are quiet, a time to reflect over the last year and look forward to what this year may hold.

Having said that, we have had a few projects.

We were asked to do an arrangement for a Valentine photo shoot for Maxwell Scott bags, this was a treat as the brief was for an arrangement based on the old master paintings, one of my favorite styles.

The depth of colours and flower shapes that can be chosen is endless. So I thoroughly enjoyed bringing this arrangement together.

It was great to be asked and be involved with the promotion of such a lovely product. I love the photographs with the bags, and the article about the meaning of flowers.

I was however a little daunted by the prospect of being featured in the journal 'a day in the life....of a florist'

but it definitely made me think.....

We also were asked to do some flowers for the De Grey Rooms for their new brochure, but we haven't seen the photographs for this yet, looking forward to those....

Wedding inquires are starting to come in, we are planning the flower plot, and I am looking forward to being able to concentrate fully on Fleuradamo, spending more time focusing on growing a good selection of flowers and foliage to add to our designs.

We are looking forward to being at some new wedding fairs this year at Hawkhills and Jervaux (see details on the website) and being involved this year with York Fashion Week which runs from 25th -31st March.

Henri is getting some new seats and having his inside spruced up, ready for the new season, so you will see him out and about with flowers and at plant sales (for Springfield's nursery) in the coming year.

Kathrine x

Louise But my friends wearing RED !

Posted by [email protected] on January 29, 2019 at 7:40 AM

But my friends wearing Red !

There are very few times in your life when you get to wear a truly glamorous, jaw-dropping dress. Your prom night one is one of those times with a beautiful, flattering, perfect prom dress?

But how to choose, so often I hear but my friends wearing Red so I can’t, what will my friends think of me in this dress?

What is truly important is how you feel in a dress, I must say this hundreds of times a year and every time I do, I genuinely mean it. “but sweetheart I could put you in dozens of dresses and you are going to look fabulous, but only you know which dress makes you feel incredible, the best you have ever felt in a dress”.

We want all our lovely girls to go to prom feeling amazing, the biggest compliment anyone can give you is, “you look fabulous”, not “that’s a nice dress” and girls that comes from confidence within and a mahooosive smile.

So here’s my two tips.

Embrace your individuality, we are never going to look like another person, but we can embrace our utter individuality, it is what makes you beautiful.

Be less judgemental of others, the world may tell you you should be in competition with others, but judging other girls appearance will only cause you to doubt your own.

Prom is an evening you have been waiting for, before you graduate into the real world, the last and THE BIG NIGHT, of your high school life. And, easily the best day (night) you have planned so far.

It’s your time to shine, rejoice, make memories, share experiences, so concentrate on the dress WHICH MAKES YOU FEEL AMAZING.