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The Art of Floral Photography in Suffolk, UK

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On a very chilly day in early April, fine art photographer Helen Warner and I held our inaugural workshop on The Art of Floral Photography at Abbey Hall in Suffolk. Aimed at florists wishing to capture their arrangements better on a ‘posh’ camera we created a beautiful spring arrangement in the morning and after a warming lunch, Helen gave an ‘understanding the basics’ camera masterclass. Our students were then able to put in to practice all they had learned and photograph their own arrangements in our gloriously atmospheric setting.

Our lovely students were

Carol from Painterly & Blooms

Dee from Primrose Flower Boutique

Louise from Louise Langdon Florals

Emma from Passion Flowers by Emma Spowage

Rachel from The Petal Girl

Liz from The Southwold Flower Company

Katherine from Shida Florist

Helen from Helen Sheard Floral Design

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My demo piece - photographed by me!

My demo piece - photographed by me!

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Florals - Moss & Stone Floral Design | Image - Brigitte Girling
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Florals - Moss & Stone Floral Design | Image - Brigitte Girling
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Spring Love: Fine Art Wedding Retreat in Cornwall, UK

When Amy of The Timeless Stylist and Hannah of Hannah Duffy Photography asked me if I would provide the florals for the Fine Art Wedding Retreat inaugural workshop at Boconnoc in Cornwall I jumped at the chance. Here are some behind the scenes images taken by both Hannah and Camilla Arnold Photography. There will be more images of the editorials we created coming shortly!

Amy & Hannah first night chat

Amy & Hannah first night chat

Amy, Hannah and you know who!

Amy, Hannah and you know who!

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Hannah teaching

Hannah teaching

The students’ turn

The students’ turn

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Last morning posy fun

Last morning posy fun

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Beautiful Boconnoc

Beautiful Boconnoc

Skype 1:1 with Kessia from Hamilton, Canada Part one

Florals - Moss & Stone Floral Design | Image - Brigitte Girling

When Kessia asked me if I would consider running a Skype workshop with her as she lives in Canada and can’t travel at the moment I, of course, said yes! But I did warn her it would be my first!

Goal - to learn a natural, garden style

There were still plenty of flowers!

There were still plenty of flowers!

Florals - Moss & Stone Floral Design | Image - Brigitte Girling
Kessia made this that week

Kessia made this that week

And she made this one too!

And she made this one too!

1:1 with Jo of Viridis Flower Studio from Devon, UK

Florals - Jo Game | Image - Brigitte Girling

Joanna Game of Viridis Flower studio came to visit me from her cutting garden high on Dartmoor, Devon. By the end of the day I knew I had made a true flower friend.

Goal - to treat herself before crazy season started!

Jo’s beautiful bouquet

Jo’s beautiful bouquet

Jo’s beautiful arrangement

Jo’s beautiful arrangement

That moment!

That moment!

My demo bouquet beautifully modelled by Jo

My demo bouquet beautifully modelled by Jo

My demo table arrangement

My demo table arrangement

1:1 with Amanda from Wisconsin, USA

Florals - Alluring Blooms at Moss & Stone 1:1 Workshop | Image - Brigitte Girling

I am so honoured when my guests travel so far to visit me here in Suffolk. Amanda left frozen Wisconsin to experience a little UK early spring. She had a very gentle touch with the flowers.

Goal - to create a looser, garden style.

Florals - Alluring Blooms at Moss & Stone 1:1 Workshop | Image - Brigitte Girling
Florals - Alluring Blooms at Moss & Stone 1:1 Class | Image - Brigitte Girling
Florals - Moss & Stone Floral Design | Image - Brigitte Girling

Christmas Feature for The Telegraph

Florals - Moss & Stone Floral Design | Image - Andrew Crowley | Journalist - Clare  Coulson for The Telegraph

A real highlight of 2018 for me was being asked by Clare Coulson to contribute to a Christmas feature for The Saturday Telegraph. The idea was very close to my heart as the emphasis was on thinking creatively at Christmas using seasonal flowers and foliage much of which we foraged from our gardens. Using dried elements, grasses, hydrangea heads and branches of olive in a foam free canopy we aimed to show that Christmas could look spectacular without costing a fortune or damaging the environment.

These beautiful images were captured by Andrew Crowley.

Florals - Moss & Stone Floral Design | Image - Andrew Crowley | Journalist - Clare  Coulson for The Telegraph
Florals - Moss & Stone Floral Design | Image - Andrew Crowley | Journalist - Clare  Coulson for The Telegraph
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Florals - Moss & Stone Floral Design | Image - Andrew Crowley | Journalist - Clare  Coulson for The Telegraph
Florals - Moss & Stone Floral Design | Image - Andrew Crowley | Journalist - Clare  Coulson for The Telegraph
Florals - Moss & Stone Floral Design | Image - Andrew Crowley | Journalist - Clare  Coulson for The Telegraph
Florals - Moss & Stone Floral Design | Image - Andrew Crowley | Journalist - Clare  Coulson for The Telegraph
Florals - Moss & Stone Floral Design | Image - Andrew Crowley | Journalist - Clare  Coulson for The Telegraph
Florals - Moss & Stone Floral Design | Image - Andrew Crowley | Journalist - Clare  Coulson for The Telegraph
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Florals - Moss & Stone Floral Design | Image - Andrew Crowley | Journalist - Clare  Coulson for The Telegraph
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Florals - Moss & Stone Floral Design | Image - Andrew Crowley | Journalist - Clare  Coulson for The Telegraph
Florals - Moss & Stone Floral Design | Image - Andrew Crowley | Journalist - Clare  Coulson for The Telegraph
Florals - Moss & Stone Floral Design | Image - Andrew Crowley | Journalist - Clare  Coulson for The Telegraph
Florals - Moss & Stone Floral Design | Image - Andrew Crowley | Journalist - Clare  Coulson for The Telegraph

1:2 with Donatella & Flavia from Rome, Italy

Florals - Flavia at Moss & Stone 1:2 Class | Image - Brigitte Girling

Donatella & Flavia came to see me late November. These two talented ladies have travelled the world to hone their floral skills - from Russia to Brazil - and then they chose to come to Suffolk! What an honour as ever!

Goal - learn to create a more relaxed airy style.

Florals - Donatella at a Moss & Stone 1:2 Class | Image - Brigitte Girling
Florals - Flavia at a Moss & Stone 1:2 Class | Image - Brigitte Girling
Florals - Donatella at a Moss & Stone 1:2 Class | Image - Brigitte Girling

Sadly it was dark when we photographed their table arrangements…so we went very moody and you can’t see just how beautiful these pieces were!

Image - Donatella at a Moss & Stone 1:2 Class | Image - Brigitte Girling
Image - Flavia at a Moss & Stone 1:2 Class | Image - Brigitte Girling

1:1 with Iris from Hong Kong

Florals - Iris Cheung at a Moss & Stone 1:1 Workshop | Image - Brigitte Girling

I was honoured when Iris travelled from Hong Kong to visit me here in Suffolk in September.

As you can see - she knew what she was doing! Such a talent!

Goal - to use British garden flowers in a Moss & Stone style.

Florals - Iris Cheung at a Moss & Stone 1:1 Workshop | Image - Brigitte Girling
Florals - Iris Cheung at a Moss & Stone 1:1 Workshop | Image - Brigitte Girling
Iris Cheung at Moss & Stone 1:1 Class | Image - Brigitte Girling
Florals - Moss & Stone Floral Design | Image - Brigitte Girling

September Spry

Moss & Stone Floral Design, Twisted Sisters, Matthew Walsh Photography

It’s a huge honour to be asked to guest teach but last September Debs & Melissa of Twisted Sisters Flower Farm & Floral Design asked me to do just that. I certainly wasn’t going to say no…they lovingly grow row upon row of beautiful flowers and these ladies are pretty good fun to be around too!! A two day intensive foam free, British flowers workshop at stunning Broadfield Court in Herefordshire. We focussed on table decorations, bouquets, styling with amazing Janne Ford and foam free mantles - all culminating in a huge group floral installation on the last afternoon.

Fabulous photographer Matthew Walsh was with us to capture every moment.

There’s even a lovely video, if you get to the end of this post, by Dan Barker Studios!

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Moss & Stone Floral Design, Twisted Sisters, Matthew Walsh Photography
Moss & Stone Floral Design, Twisted Sisters, Matthew Walsh Photography
Moss & Stone Floral Design, Twisted Sisters, Matthew Walsh Photography
Moss & Stone Floral Design, Twisted Sisters, Matthew Walsh Photography
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Moss & Stone Floral Design, Twisted Sisters, Matthew Walsh Photography
Moss & Stone Floral Design, Twisted Sisters, Matthew Walsh Photography
Moss & Stone Floral Design, Twisted Sisters, Matthew Walsh Photography
Moss & Stone Floral Design, Twisted Sisters, Matthew Walsh Photography
Moss & Stone Floral Design, Twisted Sisters, Matthew Walsh Photography
Moss & Stone Floral Design, Twisted Sisters, Matthew Walsh Photography
Moss & Stone Floral Design, Twisted Sisters, Matthew Walsh Photography
Moss & Stone Floral Design, Twisted Sisters, Matthew Walsh Photography
Moss & Stone Floral Design, Twisted Sisters, Matthew Walsh Photography
Moss & Stone Floral Design, Twisted Sisters, Matthew Walsh Photography
Moss & Stone Floral Design, Twisted Sisters, Matthew Walsh Photography
Moss & Stone Floral Design, Twisted Sisters, Matthew Walsh Photography
Moss & Stone Floral Design, Twisted Sisters, Matthew Walsh Photography
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Moss & Stone Floral Design, Twisted Sisters, Matthew Walsh Photography
Moss & Stone Floral Design, Twisted Sisters, Matthew Walsh Photography
Moss & Stone Floral Design, Twisted Sisters, Matthew Walsh Photography
Moss & Stone Floral Design, Twisted Sisters, Matthew Walsh Photography
Moss & Stone Floral Design, Twisted Sisters, Matthew Walsh Photography
Moss & Stone Floral Design, Twisted Sisters, Matthew Walsh Photography
Moss & Stone Floral Design, Twisted Sisters, Matthew Walsh Photography
Moss & Stone Floral Design, Twisted Sisters, Matthew Walsh Photography
Moss & Stone Floral Design, Twisted Sisters, Matthew Walsh Photography
Moss & Stone Floral Design, Twisted Sisters, Matthew Walsh Photography
Moss & Stone Floral Design, Twisted Sisters, Matthew Walsh Photography
Moss & Stone Floral Design, Twisted Sisters, Matthew Walsh Photography
Moss & Stone Floral Design, Twisted Sisters, Matthew Walsh Photography
Moss & Stone Floral Design, Twisted Sisters, Matthew Walsh Photography
Moss & Stone Floral Design, Twisted Sisters, Matthew Walsh Photography
Moss & Stone Floral Design, Twisted Sisters, Matthew Walsh Photography
Moss & Stone Floral Design, Twisted Sisters, Matthew Walsh Photography
Moss & Stone Floral Design, Twisted Sisters, Matthew Walsh Photography
Moss & Stone Floral Design, Twisted Sisters, Matthew Walsh Photography
Moss & Stone Floral Design, Twisted Sisters, Matthew Walsh Photography
Moss & Stone Floral Design, Twisted Sisters, Matthew Walsh Photography
Moss & Stone Floral Design, Twisted Sisters, Matthew Walsh Photography
Moss & Stone Floral Design, Twisted Sisters, Matthew Walsh Photography
Moss & Stone Floral Design, Twisted Sisters, Matthew Walsh Photography
Moss & Stone Floral Design, Twisted Sisters, Matthew Walsh Photography
Moss & Stone Floral Design, Twisted Sisters, Matthew Walsh Photography
Moss & Stone Floral Design, Twisted Sisters, Matthew Walsh Photography
Moss & Stone Floral Design, Twisted Sisters, Matthew Walsh Photography
Moss & Stone Floral Design, Twisted Sisters, Matthew Walsh Photography
Moss & Stone Floral Design, Twisted Sisters, Matthew Walsh Photography
Moss & Stone Floral Design, Twisted Sisters, Matthew Walsh Photography
Moss & Stone Floral Design, Twisted Sisters, Matthew Walsh Photography
Moss & Stone Floral Design, Twisted Sisters, Matthew Walsh Photography
Moss & Stone Floral Design, Twisted Sisters, Matthew Walsh Photography
Moss & Stone Floral Design, Twisted Sisters, Matthew Walsh Photography
Moss & Stone Floral Design, Twisted Sisters, Matthew Walsh Photography
Moss & Stone Floral Design, Twisted Sisters, Matthew Walsh Photography
Moss & Stone Floral Design, Twisted Sisters, Matthew Walsh Photography
Moss & Stone Floral Design, Twisted Sisters, Matthew Walsh Photography
Moss & Stone Floral Design, Twisted Sisters, Matthew Walsh Photography
Moss & Stone Floral Design, Twisted Sisters, Matthew Walsh Photography
Moss & Stone Floral Design, Twisted Sisters, Matthew Walsh Photography

Our lovely guests were -

Anna Wray - For the Love of Bees

Louise Roberts - May Rose Floral Design

Michele Bentley - Bentley Blooms Bath

Deborah Dobson - Wild Mint Floral Design

Victoria Wright - Victoria Wright Floristry

Annie Jenkins - There May Be Bugs

Emma Cox - Luna Bloom

Ellie Coats

Moss & Stone Floral Design, Twisted Sisters, Matthew Walsh Photography

Fine Art Wedding retreat Branding

Florals - Moss & Stone Floral Design for The Fine Art Wedding Boutique | Image - Hannah Duffy

To be asked to provide the florals for Fine Art Wedding Retreat’s branding and marketing was hugely exciting. Set up by two of the wedding industry’s finest, Amy of The Timeless Stylist and Hannah, of Hannah Duffy Photography I couldn’t wait to see the images when they came back. All shot on film, of course, and styled by Amy, they were even better than I hoped. Totally dreamy!

Also featured on Wedding Sparrow.

Florals - Moss & Stone Floral Design for The Fine Art Wedding Boutique | Image - Hannah Duffy
Florals - Moss & Stone Floral Design for The Fine Art Wedding Boutique | Image - Hannah Duffy
Florals - Moss & Stone Floral Design for The Fine Art Wedding Boutique | Image - Hannah Duffy
Florals - Moss & Stone Floral Design for The Fine Art Wedding Boutique | Image - Hannah Duffy
Florals - Moss & Stone Floral Design for The Fine Art Wedding Boutique | Image - Hannah Duffy
Florals - Moss & Stone Floral Design for The Fine Art Wedding Boutique | Image - Hannah Duffy
Florals - Moss & Stone Floral Design for The Fine Art Wedding Boutique | Image - Hannah Duffy
Florals - Moss & Stone Floral Design for The Fine Art Wedding Boutique | Image - Hannah Duffy
Florals - Moss & Stone Floral Design for The Fine Art Wedding Boutique | Image - Hannah Duffy
Florals - Moss & Stone Floral Design for The Fine Art Wedding Boutique | Image - Hannah Duffy
Florals - Moss & Stone Floral Design for The Fine Art Wedding Boutique | Image - Hannah Duffy
Florals - Moss & Stone Floral Design for The Fine Art Wedding Boutique | Image - Hannah Duffy
Florals - Moss & Stone Floral Design for The Fine Art Wedding Boutique | Image - Hannah Duffy
Florals - Moss & Stone Floral Design for The Fine Art Wedding Boutique | Image - Hannah Duffy
Florals - Moss & Stone Floral Design for The Fine Art Wedding Boutique | Image - Hannah Duffy
Florals - Moss & Stone Floral Design for The Fine Art Wedding Boutique | Image - Hannah Duffy
Florals - Moss & Stone Floral Design for The Fine Art Wedding Boutique | Image - Hannah Duffy
Florals - Moss & Stone Floral Design for The Fine Art Wedding Boutique | Image - Hannah Duffy
Florals - Moss & Stone Floral Design for The Fine Art Wedding Boutique | Image - Hannah Duffy
Florals - Moss & Stone Floral Design for The Fine Art Wedding Boutique | Image - Hannah Duffy
Florals - Moss & Stone Floral Design for The Fine Art Wedding Boutique | Image - Hannah Duffy
Florals - Moss & Stone Floral Design for The Fine Art Wedding Boutique | Image - Hannah Duffy
Florals - Moss & Stone Floral Design for The Fine Art Wedding Boutique | Image - Hannah Duffy
Florals - Moss & Stone Floral Design for The Fine Art Wedding Boutique | Image - Hannah Duffy
Florals - Moss & Stone Floral Design for The Fine Art Wedding Boutique | Image - Hannah Duffy
Florals - Moss & Stone Floral Design for The Fine Art Wedding Boutique | Image - Hannah Duffy
Florals - Moss & Stone Floral Design for The Fine Art Wedding Boutique | Image - Hannah Duffy

All the beautiful stationary was created by Mango Tree London.

Film Lab - The Find Lab

Florals - Moss & Stone Floral Design for The Fine Art Wedding Boutique | Image - Hannah Duffy