Rebecca from Lilac & Lace is at her happiest with a bucket of blooms, a pair of scissors and a wonderfully creative brief. The feeling she gets when she brings something to life that only previously existed in someone’s imagination is beyond words.
“I love working with my couples to create wedding flowers that are a true reflection of your love, your style and your vision.”
Her path to being a wedding florist is perhaps an odd one, but her adventures have definitely shaped the person she is today. Rebecca grew up in rural Suffolk in a tiny village with nature on her doorstep. Rebecca always wanted to be just like Sir David Attenborough – he is and always will be her hero!
One of her first jobs was as a Meteorologist where she would forecast the weather for airports, roads and TV. Rebecca loved this job, but the hours were very long and unsocial and this is where the garden became her retreat and she started growing flowers … trying to emulate her Dad and Grandma, who was a florist too! In 2014 she was brought an introduction to floristry course at the local college and the rest as they say is history!
Rebecca’s love of nature is at the heart of everything she does and her style is warm and personal, natural and effortless – her designs are intended to look like they have just fallen together. She loves to use lots of different textures and beautiful scents too.
“There is something so romantic about the idea that a couple could be instantly taken back to their wedding day by the sight or scent of a flower that they simply brush past in a garden.”
Initial consultations with a couple take place in Rebecca’s Studio so that the couple can get a feel for Rebecca and where their flowers will be created. They are laid back, chatty and fun, and the opportunity to get to know each other. Rebecca guides a couple through flower availability, seasonality and the type of designs that would give a couple the very most from their budget.
Following this, Rebecca puts together all the combined ideas into a Design Proposal with personalised mood boards. This helps a couple to visualise the designs, the flowers, and all the little details and special touches that will make their wedding flowers personal to them.
On the day itself, Rebecca transforms the venue into the show-stopping look the couple has asked for. Rebecca handles everything with the upmost care, love and professionalism to make sure a couple’s wedding flowers are simply sensational.
“Every wedding is as bespoke and as individual as you.”
Lilac & Lace Floral Design is changing to ensure sustainability is at its very heart. Rebecca has a long-standing background in meteorology and climatology and wants to use that knowledge to create a greener, more sustainable business.
Rebecca believes it is her responsibility to create a business that balances people, profit and planet, and she wants to work with other like-minded people to make strides in improving the wedding industries poor track record with sustainability.
Rebecca was also the first florist to achieve accreditation with the Sustainable Wedding Alliance which she is extremely proud of. There is still a long road ahead but by sharing her commitment she hopes to inspire couples to consider the environmental aspects of their wedding and look at way to go greener.
You can find the full Sustainability Policy for Lilac & Lace Floral Design on the website but below is just a snapshot of Rebecca’s objectives.
- To use sustainable practices – Rebecca stopped using Floral Foam back in 2018 due to its proven devastating environmental impacts. Instead Rebecca is working on ways to create designs in containers that only require water.
- To use locally grown or British grown flowers as much as possible – Each of her 20 weddings in 2022 had a UK grown component and 2 were completely created with locally or British grown flowers. Rebecca aims to have all weddings being totally UK sourced by the end of 2024.
- To develop a cutting plot to grow her own flowers – Rebecca is changing from a florist to florist-grower throughout 2023 and 2024 and has a growing space where she will grow flowers and foliage to use in her weddings.
- To compost all green waste – The Lilac & Lace Floral Design Studio has a hot bin composter to enable the green waste produced to be composted and turned back into a usable product.
- To not use any dyed, bleached or painted materials – Rebecca has spent a lot of time educating herself in the abhorrent practices of dying, bleaching and painting foliage and flower and they will not be used in her designs.
- To reduce the use of single-use plastics – Rebecca has taken the elements she can control and changed them to ensure that she is reducing her footprint as much as possible. For example, Rebecca has switched her top table arrangement designs from plastic trays to reusable ceramics.
- To restore wildlife habitats and increase biodiversity both at home and around the world, partly through partnership with Ecologi – Rebecca aims to make a positive impact both here at home and on a more global scale. Rebecca works with Ecologi to restore wildlife habitats in areas damaged by human consumption. Rebecca is also working with Little Warden to increase their biodiversity.
- To offset business travel until an EV can be sourced – Rebecca calculates and offsets her business travel through Ecologi.
To find out more about Rebecca follow her at @lilac_and_lace_floral_design or visit her website at https://www.lilac-and-lace.co.uk/
Gallery images by Matt Trott Photography and James Davies Wedding Photographer
Featured image by Marie Wootton Photography