RHS Young Florist of the Year

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Floral Chandeliers

Add some drama to your wedding or event with a floral chandelier.  It will create a focal point in the room and be a real talking point for guests.  Earlier in the summer I posted some articles about the Chelsea Florist of the Year and Young Florist of the Year competitions.  The florists had to create a floral chandelier for the Queen’s Jubilee dinner.  Some of the lucky entrants even got to meet the Queen when she visited the show and admired their work.

Today I’ve got some more chandelier inspiration for you and a few more of the amazing chandeliers from Chelsea Flower Show.  The design above has been attached to a chandelier in a wedding marquee.  It features vibrant lime, purple and cerise flowers, with dendrobium and phalaenopsis orchids hanging down.

The stunning chandelier above was made by Jessica Rose Andrews from The Garden Rose florist.  The design is based on a chandelier frame wrapped with textiles and hanging glass baubles.  I love how the intense indigo and violet flowers contrast with the green passion flower vines.  Jessica was awarded a gold medal for her design.

This chandelier by Betsy Ford is a simple but effective wedding decoration.  Betsy has hung germinis from a chandelier of fairy lights.

Katie-Jane Pridmore made this very elegant design, it contained lots of strings of pearls and intricate wire work.  The central garland of flowers contained phalaenopsis orchids, cymbidium orchids, carnations and gypsophila. Katie-Jane received a Silver Grenfell medal for her piece.

This beautiful tiered chandelier is by Erica Tippett of Bleujen Florist.  I really like this design, it was awarded a Bronze Grenfell medal, which I think is a bit mean.  The design features gold chains and hundreds of hanging crystals.

Floral Chandeliers can be very extravagant with hundreds of flowers and twinkling crystals, like the ones at Chelsea show or quite simple.  If your venue already has a central chandelier, your florist may be able to make a simple design of hanging flowers to rest on it. Which ever style of design you decide on it is sure to create wow factor and be remembered by your guests.


1 Cerise chandelier – stylemepretty.com, Donna Von Bruening Photography

2 Purple chandelier – Jessica Rose Andrews, The Rose Garden

3 Yellow gerbera chandelier – greenweddingshoes.com, Lemon Lime Photography

4 White chandelier- Katie-Jane Pridmore

5 Gold tiered chandelier – Erica Tippett, Bleujen Florist

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The anticipated awards have been announced for the young florists at Chelsea Flower Show.  Joe Massie has been named Chelsea Young Florist of the Year for the fourth year running.  He is one of only three florists to gain a Gold medal in this years Young Florist competition.  The competitors designed a floral chandelier to be hung at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee dinner.  Joe’s competition piece also gained him the coveted award for Best in Show. Victoria Richards and Jessica Rose Andrews also gained Gold medals.


photo: Springbank Flowers

Joe’s exquisite design was built using a frame of clear Perspex held up by heavy duty fishing line.  It features an intricate display of white flowers and foliage including phalaenopsis and vanda orchids, aquilegia, matricaria, hellebores, tillandsia, and ceropegia sandersonii.  The design was adorned with Swarovski crystals and weighed 19kg when finished.



photo: Victoria Richards Floral Design

List of medals for RHS Young Florist of the Year 2012

Joseph Massie, Springbank Flowers


Jessica Rose Andrews, The Garden Rose
Joseph Massie, Springbank Flowers
Victoria Richards, Victoria Richards Floral Design/Lavender Florist

Silver-Gilt Grenfell:
Heidi Lawley, West Malling Flowers
Paula McLagan, Something Special Flowers
Stephanie Tue, Rachael’s Florist

Silver Grenfell:
Daisy Ellen Burgoyne, Creations Flowers
Charlotte Cooke, Hilarys Floral Design
Katie-Jane Pridmore, The Flower Cabin
Kay Willis, Fairmile Florist

Bronze Grenfell:
Siobhan Hughes, George Preston Florist
Hannah Lee, City of Bath College
Erica Tippett, Bleujen Florist

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