Flowers are always a good idea.
Whether it’s a single garden daisy in a milk bottle on your desk or an armful of roses and peonies from a lover, fresh blooms have a very unique way of lifting the mood in a room.
Think about it; did you ever see someone holding a huge bouquet in the street and not grin at them a little as they passed?
If you don’t have access to your very own country garden (or even a balcony for a potted hydrangea) leave all your floral requirements to the experts.
These are the Cork florists to call for all your fashion-forward flora needs…
Wild Floral Couture
Flowersmith, artist and all-round creative genius Jill O’Keeffe is the go-to gal when it comes to innovative botanical design and styling for weddings, events and editorial in Cork. Her complete adoration of the great outdoors inspires her eclectic style and she regularly shares her vast knowledge with beginners with her seasonal workshops and classes so keep an eye on her website for updates.
Vintage Cut Flowers
Lydia Bushby and Natasha Pike use their own West Cork grown traditional blooms to create organic, free-flowing Victorian-style arrangements that hark back to another, much more glamorous, era. From buttonholes to bouquets, altar centerpieces to marquee and venue decor, their wedding work often sees them grow flowers especially for a specific event. Happily, you can pick up a bunch of natural, seasonal, scented Vintage Cut Flowers for yourself at Bandon and Clonakilty Farmers Markets too.
Cork Flower Studio
Located in a handy spot on Douglas Street, Cork Flower Studio has been bringing colour and life to weddings and events for more than a decade. This family business has a reputation for fabulous sculptural work like this moss, wood and blossom arrangement (pictured) and they always seem to have a fun heather or brassica plant to pick up en route to a party or get-together too. Don’t leave without some gorgeous Cork-made Crop Candles and check their website for upcoming classes in table decor and wreath making.
If it’s roses and romance you’re after, you can’t go wrong with Bloomsday Flowers. The creative team deliver wedding bouquets, cake flowers and church decor all over Cork and their Carrigtwohill shop stocks all kinds of wedding bits and bobs too.
The Best of Buds
Boasting one of the most eye-catching shop fronts in the city, The Best of Buds spills out of the gorgeous Winthrop Arcade onto Winthrop Street. Owner and floral designer-in-chief Carole and her team are inspired by people, fashion, music, culture and food and work hard to capture the personalities of their clients in their wedding creations. This Best of Buds should be in your little black book for unique or quirky birthday or anniversary bouquets and hatboxes too – they deliver throughout Cork.