Autumnal Gather and Feast Floral Retreat Workshop

Join us for a celebration of all that early Autumn has to offer...

We will use seasonal flowers, fruits & foliage to create wild, whimsical floral work. Together we will spend 2 days and 3 nights surrounded by the bounty of early Autumn. We will wander the rural landscape gathering inspiration and flora and dine outdoors under the September sky at tables spilling over with seasonal blooms and a feast of locally sourced produce.

A celebration of the season. A collaborative floral class in the Worcestershire countryside September 10th - 13th.

 Floristry Workshop and Class
 Autumnal gather and feast floral workshop

Day One


In the morning you will create a statement vase arrangement in a custom-made vessel. India will lead you through her process before letting you loose to gather armfuls of flowers from the abundance of varieties on offer. The focus will be on creating shape, height and texture within a large piece. After lunch you will begin to create your table centrepiece, again in a custom-made vessel. This piece will be about creating a wild natural centrepiece adding as many delicate details as we can. India will show you how she selects the prettiest blooms, and then how to style your piece in a still life set up using Autumnal produce and foraged ephemera

 Floral workshop and class

Day Two


In the morning we will be joined by Tammy of Wild Bunch, she will be working with you to create beautiful untamed bridal bouquets. Your work will be photographed with a model later in the day for your portfolio. After lunch India will lead you as a group to work together to create an elaborate large installation piece. We will cover a few different installation techniques from structure dressing, to hanging pieces and wild upright pieces that emulate a growing garden. We will later add tables, chairs and your delicate centrepieces to the space and dine that evening surrounded by your stunning floral creations.

 Floristry retreat workshop

As an attendee you will stay at the beautiful Redford Farm Barns, boutique barns set in 12 acres of land only three miles from Vervain HQ at Field Farm. The accommodation is adjacent to the stable, a moody and relaxed space where dinner will be served on the first and second nights of the retreat.

 vervain floral design workshop and class
 vervain floral design floristry workshop
 tammy wild bunch flowers

Tammy of Wild Bunch will be joining us on September 12th to share her vision and design ethos behind her beautiful bridal bouquets. She will begin by demonstrating how she gathers her materials and creates her bouquets, then be on hand to guide you through your own process of creating a sumptuous bouquet. Your bouquets will be finished off with custom dyed silk and velvet ribbons created especially for our workshop.

 vervain floral design workshop 

DL Acken Danielle will be joining us over the course of the workshop to capture your experience, from the atmospheric dinners to the delicate floral pieces you create. Danielle will also spend time talking you through her process and how to best capture your work.

 vervain floral retreat workshop

Your Investment


The class includes...
All flowers and foliage
3 nights at Redford Farm Barns 3 Dinners. 3 Breakfasts and 2 Lunches
A welcome parcel that will include seeds, ribbon and local produce
2 Handmade vessels to take home with you
Snips and an apron
Professional photographs of your work

PRICE Β£1,350

For more information please click here! 

 vervain floral design retreat for florists

Summer wedding on an Essex Island

In August last year we loaded up the van and headed for the Essex coastline, our destination was Osea Island. Osea Island is an island in the River Blackwater that our lovely couple Martha and Ed had hired for the weekend. 

 unique essex island wedding

Their secret garden ceremony had an aisle lined with bunches of seasonal foliage tied to vintage chairs with silk. A very large statement urn stood at the entrance to the garden filled with large Cafe au Lait Dahlias and trailing mile a minute vines. 

 unusual unique wedding flowers on an essex island

Martha and Ed held their wedding breakfast within an old industrial building on the island, the Powerhouse, this was a great space with a blank canvas for us to create a focal point. 
Martha trusted us completely to create a wild installation piece for behind the top table. This large wild and sprawling installation piece bloomed out of the window as if growing through the cracks in the wall, using vines and seasonal foliage we created delicate intertwining gardens that covered the wall behind the top table. 
Their wedding breakfast tables were decorated with simple glass bottles and vessels with small arrangements and single stems, we gathered tiny perfectly coloured apricots that were growing in the secret garden to add to the tablescape. 

 Unique Essex Wedding Flowers

The installation piece was filled with tall elegant white Cosmos, fluffy white Scabious, pale delicate pink and cream garden Roses and dainty Japanese Anemones. 

 unique wedding installation on an essex island

Martha carried a bouquet packed full of heady garden Roses, delicate Hydrangeas and evening scented Nicotiana, wrapped in simple cream and pale pink silk ribbons. 

Shout out to Paula & Lily, who made the weekend very memorable. The planner was Charlie from London Bride.

Wonderfully captured by The Kitcheners 

London wedding with hanging foliage

Leonie and Raff were married in July on a beautiful Summer's day at Leonie's family home in London. This Summer wedding had a palette of white, cream and green, using all of the best summer flowers, including tall and airy Ammi and delicate summer Roses. 

 London Wedding Flowers with wildflowers and meadow style aisle decor

The ceremony took place outside in front of a gateway style arch that appeared to grow out of the ground. The couple stood above a flower bed which we planted with Ammi, grasses and Orlaya to create a wild meadow feel. We designed and made mini meadows and trailing pew ends to line the aisle.

 London summer wedding with garden roses and wildflowers

Raff carried an all foliage bouquet, while Leonie had a bouquet of garden Roses, Phlox and Poppies with pops of gold and red throughout. 

 London wedding bridal bouquet and bridesmaids with summer flowers
 hanging foliage canopy with summer foliage for an elegant London wedding

For this July wedding a foliage oasis was created in a glass marquee at the family home where slim foliage table garlands complimented the seasonal hanging foliage above. 

 glass marquee with hanging foliage canopy 

Beautiful photographs by Miss Gen, planning by Louise at One Stylish Day

Late Summer September Wedding with White Flowers

In early September with the last burst of summer flowers we travelled to Castle Combe in Wiltshire for Ashley & Rob's elegant wedding. The colour palette was a subtle mix of cream and white with a hint of pastel yellow. 

 All white late summer wedding with homegrown flowers and roses

Ashley's bouquet was wrapped in silk ribbon and filled with a beautiful mix of late summer blooms. Margret Merril Roses, Japanese Anemones, highly scented Nicotiana and delicate sweet peas still on the vine. 

 vervain homegrown flower corsages with silk ribbon 
 vervain white wedding corsages with silk ribbon and homegrown flowers
 vervain bridal flowers with silk ribbon and homegrown flowers
 vervain bridesmaid bouquets with silk flowers and homegrown flowers
 vervain grooms buttonhole with homegrown flowers and silk ribbon

This picture (captured by Victoria Phipps) of Ashley attaching Rob's buttonholes before the ceremony is one of my favourites, I love the idea of this intimate moment between them just before they said their vows. 

 vervain large scale urn arrangement with homegrown white summer flowers and vines

Due to the inclement weather, Ashley & Rob opted to change their outdoor ceremony to an indoor one a few days before the wedding. We created two large dramatic urn arrangements to stand either side of the couple as they said their vows, filled with tumbling vines and big blousy Dahlias and Hydrangeas. 

 vervain table decor with large urn arrangements and tall table centres

For the wedding breakfast tables, we created high all-foliage arrangements as focal points in the room, surrounded by small bottles and vases with single stems and mini arrangements. 

 vervain bridal flowers with silk ribbon
 Castle Combe Manor House

Photographs by Victoria Phipps