Every year I set out with good intentions of foraging in my garden and the local woodland for beautiful greenery to create a gorgeous Christmas wreath for our front door. I’ve even bought some willow frames to get me started.
But every December I discover that time just zips by because I’m not just planning my own Christmas decorations but those for my festive photo shoots, of which I try do as many as possible because I just love styling homes at Christmas (despite the photographer’s insistence on very early starts to make the most of the winter light, or lack thereof) and I’m better off leaving the wreath-making to the professionals.
In my career as a stylist, I’ve been lucky to find some very talented florists who have helped me out with my Christmas shoots over the years, and this year I’ve discovered even more of these floral artists who I hope to work with in the future, and I’m pleased to include a few of my favourites in my round up of beautiful and natural festive wreaths, some of which you can order for your own front door if, like me, you haven’t got the time (or the skills!) to make your own…
A sweeping design reminiscent of Camilla’s famous fascinators on a bold red door at a festive shoot in London. Georgie Newbery, founder of Common Farm Flowers in Somerset, says: ‘We treat our floristry as a craft in which artistic flair is combined with imaginative use of the material at hand to make arrangements which are full of life and air, which dance.’ Dressed willow wreath, £57, Common Farm Flowers.
‘We carefully handpick beautiful seasonal flowers from local growers mixing them with homegrown and foraged ingredients,’ says owner of Blossom & Dill, Sophie Witham. ‘Our colour palettes range from soft, romantic shades of pale, to bold and dramatic darks. The beauty of making wreaths at Christmas is that the combinations are endless and each wreath is handmade and therefore unique.’ Blossom & Dill is a florist studio based in the glorious Cotswolds. Prices start at £60; this large wreath above is £95.
Karen Woolven works on weddings and large events, and has a charming boutique florist shop on a quiet street in Greenwich, London. Karen has gone above and beyond for my festive photo shoots (including these two ancient homes in Kent and Hampshire), dressing entire houses with wreaths, swags, table decorations, vases of flowers, and even Christmas trees. Handmade wreath, from £75, Karen Woolven Flowers.
Emma Connolly, founder of A Bunch Of Wild, makes wreaths the traditional way using willow, foraged foliage and things from her cutting garden. ‘It’s hugely important to me that everything is sourced locally,’ says Emma, ‘and there are no air miles whatsoever: I grow all my own flowers, forage for foliage nearby, and my willow comes from a farm just 5 miles away; I’m lucky to have all this on my doorstep.’ A Bunch Of Wild is based in beautiful Bedfordshire. Willow wreath, from £20.
A local florist in Sheffield created this colourful wreath with berries in a nest of leaves for our shoot in Yorkshire. Wreath, £10, The Brookhouse Florist.
Country-style homewares designer Flora Rigg, of Flossie & Bumble, made her own wreath for the shoot at her London flat. ‘Adding cinnamon sticks gives you another aromatic dimension to your natural wreath, while bells provide a musical touch.’
If you’re lucky enough to have your own woodlands, like Phil and Philippa Heath, the owners of this enchanting cottage in Derbyshire, you can make all manner of festive decorations: a wreath, reindeer statues, and a beautiful natural archway decorated with painted wooden hearts and stars. Tree stump stools, from £30, Heathscapes.
Sussex-based jewellery designer Jinks McGrath transformed a simple twig wreath with small baubles and a pretty bird decoration.