At Coco Lane we are inspired by small businesses and artists that are dedicated to their craft, we believe in the value, energy and aesthetic they bring into their work. So often the planning, time and love that goes into each aspect which brings us so much pleasure are overlooked.
So as you can imagine we are thrilled that fine art film photographer, Taylor & Porter's is sharing their 'Cornish Artisan Story' with us. This behind the scenes look at an artisan collaboration with some of Cornwall's talented suppliers gives us a rare glimpse of the thought process and passion that goes into each and every finished product.
Over the next few weeks we will bring you interviews with each of the Cornish suppliers, and first up is The Garden Gate Flower Company.
Tell us about your business:
Hi, we are Becca and Maz the creative duo behind The Garden Gate Flower Company. Our passion for design and creating beautiful events is coupled with the unique approach to seasonality. Our flowers are organically grown on Becca's family farm near Fowey, in Cornwall. We use carefully chosen, beautiful flowers to design the perfect arrangements which reflect the seasons and our client's style. Because we grow our flowers, the flowers and foliage we use are always 'just picked'. We can grow unusual and delicate flowers you just can't find 'on-the-high-street'.
What is your workflow process:
Our work really varies seasonally and day to day. In winter we take most of our enquiries and do most of the consultations for the following year’s wedding, much of our website updating and planning for the garden will take place in winter. Spring is so busy with all that needs to be down in the garden and finalising wedding details. Early enquiries can have bulbs, for example, planted specifically. In late spring and summer, we split our time between admin, the garden and the actual weddings themselves. So, for a Saturday wedding we will pick our flowers on a Thursday before, first thing in the morning. We then carefully select the flowers for the bride’s bouquet and portion out the rest into larger and smaller arrangements, or reception and church flowers, depending on the wedding. We will build any larger arrangements or instillation's on site, so we work out what we will need for this too. On Friday, we make the bride and bridesmaids’ flowers first and then move on to the rest. We will then carefully pack the van, for delivery early on a Saturday morning.
What kind of clients do you work with?
Although the majority of our clients are couples getting married, either in Cornwall or further a field we are finding our floral styling service for branding and magazine shoots is now becoming more and more sort after. It is often these projects that we can let our creativity run wild!
Where do you find inspiration?
Our inspiration comes from many areas really - we live in a wonderful part of the UK and can't not be inspired by the changing colour palettes of the Cornish coastline. Colour and texture for us is a key part of what we strive to create in our arrangements and inspiration from simple things like a lichen-covered barn or marbling in granite can often be a starting point. Whilst colour plays a huge role we also take time to consider the setting of our arrangements and often inspiration in perhaps the decor of the room or grandeur of the setting.
What challenges have you set yourself for the next 12 months?
The next 12 months for The Garden Gate Flower Company will be about consolidating our teaching. We are lucky with the opportunities we have had to teach in the industry some of which have been abroad - for this year, however, we will be using more of our own flowers and inviting people to see the beauty of Cornwall for themselves. Our weddings still remain a big part of our business and we will continue to encourage brides to seek out British flower providers even in the shoulder and winter seasons - we have so much beauty all year round!
My background is as a wedding & lifestyle photographer, shooting both digital and film to create authentic, soft and natural fine art photographs. Working primarily with natural light to give my work a beautiful, light and airy touch infused with soft tones.
I have always appreciated and valued the simple things in life and finding the interesting in the ordinary. Coco Lane was founded as I wanted to create something that is about an experience, the slower pace of life, cosiness and candlelight, cuddling up on the sofa with loved ones, being with the people you love, sharing food with close friends, a feeling of home, nurturing a chosen career, wanderlust travels, savouring the small moments in everyday life and just being you and enjoying a cup of tea.
I'm excited to bring you stories that promote all those moments in life that give us value and meaning; inspiring us to live beautifully.
"I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. If you are interested in something, no matter what it is. Go at it full speed. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it, and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good" - Roald Dahl