R A C H E L ' S S T O R Y
A B O U T M E
I founded House of Dandelions from a little shed in south-east London. It was cosy, if a little damp. Five years on and two children later we have moved to York, where I'm establishing a permanent studio, workshop and cutting patch in our garden.
Since the very beginning, my floral journey has taken me all over London, Kent and Yorkshire. I’ve created wedding flowers and enchanting installations at iconic venues such as the Barbican, Kew Gardens, Islington’s Town Hall Hotel, St Dunstan’s in the East and Peckham Asylum Chapel, as well as Lympne Castle, Beckenham Place Mansion, and Longton Wood.
My designs have been featured on Rock My Wedding, Whimsical Wonderland Weddings and in House Beautiful, Confetti and 91 magazines. I’ve also collaborated with British brands including Radley London, Hush, Pluck Kitchens and Mother Root. Have a look at some of my recent work here.
Flowers continue to teach me things every day. I truly believe in their power to create joy, set a mood, bring a venue to life, and to act as a form of therapy. When I’m designing I try to let their colours, textures and shapes take the lead, always inspired by the way a stem bends or the tiny details on a single petal. I'm also hugely inspired by fashion (I love second-hand clothes shopping), interiors trends and photography.
Before becoming a florist, I worked for 12 years as an editor and journalist on magazines, websites and blogs. Early on in my career, as a features writer at Country Living, I’d be producing copy on how to sow a wild flower meadow, interviewing British sunflower producers or writing features on conservation grazing. As editor of The Flower Arranger I gained an education in professional floral design techniques and interviewed many of the world's most eminent florists and floral artists. While it has always been part of my life in some way, flower magic and nature is now front and centre of what I do. And that feels really very good.
S U S T A I N A B I L I T Y N O T E
At House of Dandelions we work entirely foam free, and promote eco-friendly practices in every element of our business. We are always learning about what we could do better to protect our environment. We are firm supporters of local flower growers, and source as much as we can from British suppliers.
"Rachel is talented, thoughtful, organised and a joy to work with. She brought our ideas to life perfectly, and made sure every element was as ethical as possible."
Nic and Andrew
"Rachel is one of our favourite floral designers. Her bouquets are ideal inspiration for brides looking for something graceful yet modern."