Sowing the seeds of love: we catch up with Flower Design Studios

Laura Craig
After six years creating beautiful bespoke blooms for Scottish weddings, florist Sylvia Cunningham of Flower Design Studios not only has an influx of fresh clients each year, but recently has found herself meeting past brides with new arrivals! “I’ve been delivering bouquets to previous clients when they’ve had babies, which has been really lovely.”

Describing her style as “classic, unique and elegant”, Sylvia works alongside her daughter Ashley, and the team’s personal and attentive service, paired with beautiful floral creations, has proved popular with couples all over Central Scotland. They’ve even had on-the-spot bookings as they’ve carried flowers into another wedding!


Looking ahead to 2016, the East Kilbride-based florist predicts that structure is out and “larger bouquets of garden flowers and soft whispy foliage” will be popular. Boho brides will love this style, but Sylvia admits that her work is very much influenced by each client and their personality, so if you do love a more glam look then don’t be frightened to ignore what’s in fashion and stay true to yourself! Flower Design Studios also provide crystal bouquets, either mixed with or as an alternative to flowers.

Your floral arrangements can be costly, so it’s important to nail the balance between scrimping and splashing out. Sylvia has this advice: “Flowers really set the scene, especially for your pictures, so work with your florist to set aside a portion of your budget which will give your wedding the wow factor. To save money, you can use your arrangements in more than one location on your big day (for example, moving the signing table arrangement at your ceremony to your reception top table). Your florist will also be able to advise you on cheaper alternative blooms or designs for your flower arrangements and bouquet.”