Getting to know… Mrs Umbels
When it comes to wedding trends in the world of flowers, Sarah at Mrs Umbels knows a thing or two … here she is to tell us what to expect;
“Foliage…something we see all the time but maybe not something we really look at. There are so many shades of green from the acid limes right through to the soft silvers of Eucalyptus. And so many different shapes, round leaves, palmate leaves, spiky olive leaves and then the soft delicate fronds of ferns. This year I decided I would like to become a foliagist, I don’t think this term exists but I think it should. Flowers are beautiful and being a florist and getting to work with them every day is a joy and a privilege, but foliage also has lots to offer and sometimes something simple can more effective.
The pantone colour of the year 2017 is green and for good reason…green is the background colour which gardeners and florists and indeed anyone working with plants and flowers use as a foil for the more dramatic colours of flowers…green foliage is like white walls for us flowery people, it’s a blank canvas for all those glorious colours…but I’m championing green as the new trend for this season.
I was lucky enough to do a few fabulous weddings with open minded brides who trusted me to use foliage where you would normally see flowers…the effects were stunning. This year my mission is to do a wedding or event that only uses foliage….any takers? Green has a lot to offer so take a leaf (!) out of my book and start looking at foliage with new eyes, a whole new world will appear.
My shed is in a muddy field surrounded by grass, trees, flowers and foliage. Come see me sometime, I’d love to show you around and talk all things flowers, weddings and of course foliage!”
Mrs Umbels is a bespoke wedding and event florist based near Newark. Consultations are strictly by appointment only. Mrs Umbels is starting a run of workshops for 2017, have a look at her website for dates and prices, a workshop is just the starting point to become as obsessed with flowers and foliage as she is!