Interview With: Heidi Baker
Company Name: The Flower Studio
Location: St Johns, Isle of Man
How did The Flower Studio get started and how long has the business been going?
I opened the Flower Studio about a year after I graduated from Writtle College in Chelmsford with my Foundation Degree in Professional Floristry and Degree (Hons) in Horticulture. Whilst I was studying at college I was really lucky to work in two top London florists, so when I returned to the Isle of Man I decided I wanted to open a shop that reflected the styles I had grown to love while working in London. The shop has now been open since March 2009 and is getting busier all the time.
Is it just you or do you have a team?
I work full time (i.e. 7 days a week!) and I have 2 part time florists, 1 part time driver and a couple of freelance drivers and florists that help me out at peak periods such as Valentines Day, Christmas and Mothers Day. My family are also great at stepping in, and love helping me dress a big venue for a wedding!
Where is The Flower Studio based, do you have a shop? Which areas of the UK do you cover?
We are based in St Johns on the Isle of Man and deliver all over the Island directly from the shop. We are also a Premier Interflora Member, so people can order gifts through us to go worldwide. As far as wedding flowers go, if someone off the Island wanted to use us for their wedding, I would never say no, but obviously there would be expenses costed in with the flowers. A friend of mine is getting married abroad in a couple of years time and she has said she might bring me along with her to do her flowers!
What type of flowers can you provide for a wedding?
We provide whatever the bride wants! I love being creative and if the bride asks for something really different and unique I see it as an exciting challenge. Even if their heart is set on having a simple posy of roses, I always try and add something to the bouquet to make it personal to them – such as a family brooch or a bespoke collar… one bride asked me to hide an old photo of her Grandmother who had recently passed away… no-one else could really see it, but it meant so much to the Bride.