Simon Lycett started his business in 1993 and from humble beginnings has grown to be one of the UK’s most celebrated and respected florists. His big break was doing the flowers for the film Four Weddings and a Funeral, since when he has become sought after by celebrities and royals alike – amongst other royal events, he provided the flowers for the reception for the wedding of the Prince of Wales to the Duchess of Cornwall.
Simon is now at the top of his game. Renowned for his spectacular event floristry and his sense of theatre, his designs are among the most decadent in his industry. His originality and inventiveness are underpinned by an incredible knowledge and understanding of flowers, and his enthusiasm is totally infectious. He has a great touch with people as well as with flowers, and it is impossible not to enjoy his company. We are so thrilled he is on board with us at Wickham House
From designing her very first commission in 2009 to critically acclaimed international floral installations, Philippa Craddock has approached every project with the creativity, calmness and elegance that has become synonymous with the brand. Recent acknowledgments include the appointment of Selfridges’ only in-store florist and selection by Tatler for the coveted Party Guide. The firm has also been hailed by British Vogue and The Independent as ‘the Queen of London Florists’ and ‘a genius in the world of floristry’. Her ability has earned commissions by some of the world’s most discerning brands and individuals including Jo Malone, Christian Dior, Tiffany & Co and Lancôme.
From her Selfridges boutique on Oxford Street in London and her Sussex studio, surrounded by ethereal woodland and gardens at Pheasants Hatch, the team are inspired every day by both the latest designers and gentle seasonal changes. Philippa and her team create designs globally for weddings, parties, product launches and photo shoots, and their seasonal hand-tied collections are available online with nationwide delivery. Embodying everything that is important to the brand – new ideas, beautiful materials and individualism – their designs add beauty, elegance and a sense of calm to the surroundings: designs that make everyone feel great.
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Mary Jane Vaughan started her business back in the 1980’s in retail, but soon realised that what she loves is the bespoke, one-to-one nature of weddings and events, where one is able to work closely with a client. Her aim is always to create more imaginative and better events and weddings, both in terms of design and execution – working with the ideas of the client, within the budget of the client, and feeling intensely the client’s inspiration.
She works from Battersea, just a stone throw away from the flower market. Her passion is the changing flowers of the seasons that reflect the outdoors. She feels her approach is particularly relevant to our venue, given its location surrounded by such wonderful countryside.
Mary Jane and her team are very proud to have been voted florist of the year in the new Covent Garden awards for 2015.
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Established by Hannah Bignell (pictured) in March 2008, Ruby & Grace is an award-winning floral design company. Their reputation for beautiful, luxurious arrangements, designed and delivered with flair and a personal touch, has seen them appointed as preferred supplier at some of Berkshire’s most prestigious wedding venues. Located in the picturesque village of Pangbourne, just a short drive from Wickham House, the Ruby & Grace team combines extensive experience with artful skill to create designs that embody the style and spirit of every occasion, from the most extravagant wedding to an intimate garden party.
Hannah’s natural passion and flair for floristry has led to a number of accolades, including a listing in the Independent’s ’50 Best Florists’ and ‘Best Florist for the London & South-East’ in The Wedding Industry Awards 2013. Well respected among the press, Ruby & Grace frequently provides floral arrangements for front cover photoshoots and provided all the flowers for Pippa Middleton’s book ‘Celebrate’.
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Armed with a passion for flowers and a natural gift for design, Nikki apprenticed herself to a south London florist to start her career. She soon set up her own workshop and her reputation for quality and creativity quickly spread.
Twenty years later, Nikki Tibbles Wild at Heart leads the way in designing show stopping flowers for incredible events and weddings throughout UK and abroad.
Nikki and her team have the vast wealth of experience, creativity and attention to detail needed to take your vision for your event or wedding day and turn it into a reality.
From spectacular flower walls and statement arches right through to the smallest details, the Wild at Heart team will focus on every aspect of your event to create a beautiful and memorable occasion.
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Alicia’s workshop is a stone’s throw from Wickham House, surrounded by fields and countryside from which she takes her inspiration for her floral styling. Alicia has developed a natural, abundant and loose style, preferring seasonal, home-grown and locally sourced blooms, and advocating British when the season allows. Her styling typically includes delicate English Roses that are deliciously scented, unusual flowers not available at the markets and masses of foliage and herbs, foraged from the hedgerows. Having a larder of country lanes and fields at her fingertips, she is able to create natural, wild and romantic wedding flowers.
Alicia currently works with wedding venues throughout the south of England and beyond, and more recently has been styling for film, television, photoshoots and Michelin star restaurants. Her work has been featured on many wedding blogs and in national magazines.