Hello from all of us at De Courceys Manor!
This week we would like to introduce you to the lovely Pip Hill-John, the owner of Rolfe’s The Florist in Splott. Rolfe’s has been one of our recommended florists for many years, and they also provide the beautiful floral arrangements you see in our reception areas.
Pip and her team of 6 (Chantelle, Karin, Vicky, Victoria, Paul and Lorah) are available 6 days a week, Monday to Saturday from 8am until 5pm, for all your floral requirements. You can follow them on Facebook and Twitter, and their website can be found here.
We chatted to Pip about her favourite and most memorable pieces of work, and also her predictions for floristry trends in 2017!
How did you get into floristry?
I got involved in floristry as I wanted a change from the corporate world. My degree was in art and teaching so I guess floristry was an extension of this.
We bought the shop and I had no idea what it was all about!! Self-taught and went to college in Pencoed. You learn very quickly on the job.
Describe a typical day for you and the team at Rolfe’s …
We’re all up nice and early with an alarm set for 5.30am, ready to visit the flower market to see what is available – we’ll then get to the shop for 7.30am to set up and plan our day.
The majority of our work will be daily bouquets, work for funerals, and of course, between 60 and 70 weddings per year.
Wednesday is a very busy day for us, as all of our corporate work goes out on a Thursday.
Do you have a favourite piece of work?
We were fortunate enough to provide the presentation posy bouquets for the Queen and the Duchess of Cornwall on their respective visits to Cardiff.
We were also invited to provide a presentation bouquet for the Princess Royal for a charity event.
What are your favourite colour schemes and themes to work with?
For 2016, we have seen quite a spectrum of colours, as many brides keep their individuality by ‘doing their own thing’! The trend is still going towards to blush pink and cream colour scheme – or a combination of beautiful blush with a soft yellow, or pale blue.
Can you spot any wedding flower trends for 2017?
There appears to be an introduction of metals into the wedding palette again, with brushed gold and silver, and this may influence some brides. There has also been quite a few mentions of marsala pink (a rich, dark pink), and the ever popular blush pink!
What was your most memorable wedding?
Last year was a fantastic year, and we provided the wedding flowers for Sara and Geraint Thomas (the Olympic cyclist!). We had an exciting challenge, to dress the church in Cardiff and then head over to Chepstow to dress the marquee with flowers. A very early start to the day!
What is the strangest thing you have been asked to do as a florist?
I haven’t had many strange requests, but I did have one bride who did not want one piece of greenery within her wedding flowers or arrangements!
What do you love about being a florist, and the wedding industry itself?
The ability to help people put their ideas into reality. To create beautiful designs, every bride is unique and every wedding is different which is lovely.
I really enjoy interpreting designs for large corporate events to ensure they reflect the professional image of that Company.
And of course, this post would not be complete without some beautiful flowers from the talented team at Rolfe’s!
Abbie & Rach xx