We're here again, celebrating everything Forbesfield. This time we are at Rosedew Farm in Llantwit Major where Forbesfield would host a flower installation school.
I met Beth early in the morning outside a tool hire station in Barry. It was freezing cold and the sun had only been up for a little while. We made the short journey to the venue and admired the sun cutting through the thick mist that was slowly vacating the frosty fields.
As soon as we arrived I felt at home. I adore this venue. It's where Abi & I were married. Admittedly I felt a little choked being there again and remembering what an incredible day Abi and I enjoyed with our nearest and dearest. Though trying my best to keep face I kept all of this shtum.
It felt great to be back again as a photographer. I felt spoilt by what laid ahead. The sun slowly made it's way to perch atop a blue sky and cast it's warmth on the small farm below. Throughout the day I was blessed with some of the best light I've ever worked with and can't wait to make my return in May for Ailsa & Neall's wedding.
Forbesfield Flower School is run by Beth alongside Kirsty, the brains behind Home By Kirsty; A small independent that showcases only the most aesthetically pleasing homeware products. These two joined forces to inspire, educate and support other florists in the trade. This is one of the main things I admire about these two and their flower school. Rather than withhold knowledge from other businesses they choose to share and connect. In turn strengthening the industry as opposed to stunting it.
Work commenced after getting to know one another over coffee and pastries.
Confidence was the main goal of the day. Creating these huge structures, both hanging and standing, in my opinion, has always looked incredibly daunting. Though Beth & Kirsty instil a confidence in those who attend. Think intricate knots, pulley systems and clever mechanics. Add these techniques to the unique creativity already present in those who attend and you're left with killer results!
The sense of community and family between everyone present was undeniable. Especially when seated around an old butchers table laughing and enjoying some lunch. The further I travel down the Welsh wedding rabbit hole, I can't help but feel really lucky to rub shoulders with all of the talented people who lay the foundations of incredible weddings. The florists, cake bakers, planners, stylists and venue owners...
Here's to crossing paths again in the future.
School: Forbesfield Flower School #FFS
Venue: Rosedew Farm
Food: The Early Bird Bakery