Hello hello! Welcome to our latest edition of “Getting to Know You…” and today we’d love to show you some fabulous florals! We’d like to introduce super lovely Emma from Tigers to Lilies but don’t listen to us… read on and find out for yourself! We feel we should warn you though… the following contains some serious unicorn-related-amazingness. Consider yourselves warned!!
The basic bits…
Q. Well hello there! How the devil are you? First thing’s first… who are you and what do you do?
A. Hey – I’m Emma, a floral artist and owner of Tigers To Lilies, an Events and Wedding Florist business with workshops in Sussex and London. We do everything floral from weddings to large scale corporate events and fashion editorials.
Flowers represent colour, nature, freedom and creativity; all my favourite things in life. Running my own florist business gives me the opportunity to work in a business I truly love. I love meeting couples and chatting to them about their Big Day – I see my job as translating the ideals of the couple into creating unforgettable flowers for their day.
Q. And how did you get into the fabulous floral business?
A. Ever since I was small and discovered Play Doh I realised I wanted to work with my hands in a creative way. I grew up helping my grandma with her garden and knew early on working with nature was the way to go. I was lucky enough to work freelance with some top London florists, where I enjoyed myself so much I started my own successful flower business in the City, before moving to beautiful Sussex.
Q. What do you enjoy most about being the boss at Tigers to Lilies?
A. Being the boss of Tigers to Lilies gives me the free reign to be as creative as I would like. Freedom is the word I think of immediately – freedom to make decisions on how the shop looks to what flowers to buy in the morning at the flower market. I love the sense of satisfaction I feel whenever I make anything floral from a buttonhole to decorating a stag head.
Tigers to Lilies flower style is gardeny, natural and raw with a touch of the wild… I love using seasonal British foliage, especially herbs, seedpods, berries and grasses.
And the fun stuff…
Q. If you could jump on a plane tomorrow… where would you go?
A. That’s an easy one… Big Sur, California. I stayed in a yurt there a few years ago and it was truly beautiful.
Q. It’s Sunday… what’s your all-time favourite thing to be doing?
A. Walking my dogs across the South Downs or the beach and then having a Bloody Mary with pancakes and maple syrup.
Q. Do you have a TV show you’re currently addicted to? (Not a Goggle-boxer? How about a favourite book?)
A. I love Peaky Blinders – who doesn’t enjoy watching Cillian Murphy?!
Q. You’re home alone… guilty pleasure song: GO!
A. It would have to be the Ace of Spades by Motorhead played very loudly.
Q. Which would you rather be: a Care Bear or a unicorn?!
A. A unicorn is close to my heart as at the last wedding I worked on I decorated a Unicorn with a floral garland which was featured in Rock n Roll Bride.
Q. Do you have a top tip, hack or any advice for brides and grooms planning their big day?
A. When choosing a supplier (particulary a florist!) look at their instagram and website – really get a feel of the style of work they create. If you like what you see, share your vision with them… a pic of the dress, the venue or a photograph… then planning the wedding becomes like a stone gathering moss… the Big Day will be beautiful!
Huge thank you to Emma for agreeing to come on over to our blog today and take part in us being super nosey! If you’d like to learn more about the beautiful floral stylings of Emma then head on over to the Tigers to Lilies site and have a snoop!
Did you miss last week’s “Getting to Know You…”?? Not to worry, we’ve got you covered! Check out John and Aaron from Gin and Bear It!