A short Q + A session with founder, owner and florist Cora Anderson. Talking all things wedding floristry + styling, trends, about the company and Cora herself.
Q: What services do you offer at Cora Anderson Floristry and Styling?
A: Wedding Florist, Event Design and Corporate flowers.
Q: How many years have you provided services as wedding florist?
A: Eleven years almost, prior to establishing my own florist business 5 years ago, I had previously worked with other well known florists and had began training as young as sixteen.
Q: What was your first encounters with floristry and flowers?
A: I have fond memories being a child and loved spending time in my great grandmothers garden admiring her large and overgrown hydrangea bushes with their vivid colors, spending time in her garden was a real treat growing up. When my father died in my early teens I took the position of being in charge of choosing all of the flowers for his funeral, which ended up rather a lot, it felt like the natural way for me to connect to him even though he was gone and even now I feel working with flowers connects me to his memory in some way.
Q: What's always on your desk?
A: Coffee. There is always something ridiculous on my desk, whether it be a gold pineapple or a vase full of foliages, hoards of scented candles or I have even been known to have a spare pair of earrings - because you never know!
Q: Is there anything you dislike about being a wedding florist and stylist?
A: I can't say there is, it is nice when I have assistance to bleach the buckets and clean down all the equipment though!
Q: What is your personal favorite flower?
A: haha! though question because I have personal favorites for different seasons, rooms in my own home or even the occasion for example. Short answers:
1. I love love love Peony season, their scent and fluffiness - Peonies everywhere!
2. A Cora Anderson Floristry wedding, wouldn't go without a Hydrangea making an appearance somewhere when able.
3. Roses. A whole bracket of favs here too!
- White Norma Jeans, my favorite scented rose - they smell like turkish delight (a fav treat of mine). Love.
- As tacky as it may seem, I have a real soft spot for Grand Prix Red Roses - I tend to have a simple vase of 20 stems in my bedroom each fortnight, unless I take home more seasonal florals.
- David Austin Roses, Just because they are beaut and smell amazing too.
4. Carnations. Yes, you heard correctly! Carnations are among my favorite bread of flowers. They get a bad reputation as petrol station tat, however they bring so much to the table visually and with economical values. Random fact! I recently read that they were also Oscar De La Renta's Favs too, featuring heavily in prints on fabrics for their designs.
Okay I have probably bored you now, very long winded favorite flower answer. Moving on!
Q: What color palettes do you love working with?
A: In regards to this, I am very open minded. I do love a classical white wedding and a more bolder look of Jewel tones or varied pinks.
Q: Current wedding must haves?
A: Cora Anderson Floristry and Styling. I would recommend Chiavari Chairs over chair covers any day, varied height in centerpieces looks amazing - otherwise garlands seem to be hot right now. If you can, always choose flower length linen because the event design looks ten times better.
Q: For wedding clients, what shouldn't they forget?
A: Who they are and their individual taste.
Q: Do you have a favorite venue in Scotland?
A: Ohuh, I can sense another flower answer. Short list:
Hopetoun House, Crossbaskets Castle, Assembly Rooms Edinburgh and Dundas Castle.