supplier spotlight –  meet Tupelo Tree

17 February 2019

FALL IN LOVE WITH AUTUMNAL BEAUTY ALL YEAR ROUND

We adore Natasha from Tupelo Tree and her wonderful signature floral style: a heady mixture of dense greenery, beautiful autumnal shades and delicious textures. She’s got a real knack for taking forest feels and infusing them anywhere – you could be in the brightest warehouse ever, but her floral installations will make you feel like you’re padding barefoot through a canopy of trees. And it’s not just incredible forest ceilings and greenery installations that she’s amazing at either, as her bouquets and buttonholes are a work of wonder too: always made with the most inspiring and interesting florals and fauna, and arranged in bountiful, sculptural ways. Get you a florist who not only has the vision to make you the wedding flowers of your dreams, but will forage until she finds the perfect finishing touches. Get you Tupelo Tree – you won’t regret it!

WHO ARE YOU + WHERE ARE YOU BASED?

I am Natasha from Tupelo Tree over in the old town of Dunfermline 🙂

DESCRIBE YOUR WORKPLACE

Cold. Very cold.

It’s not one of those dream studios where theres daylight pouring in and gorgeous wallpaper and stunning desks everywhere – its more… dirty rustic!!

Think old ’70s warehouse with no heating, your Granny’s old floral and velvet sofas, DIY worktables made from massive old lightboxes (‘cos your studio used to be a photography suite), iron frames everywhere, bottles everywhere…

But d’ya know what – it’s the most amazing studio ever cos it’s where i create my most amazing things and make the most amazing messes!

WHERE/HOW DID IT ALL BEGIN?

I worked in a small flower shop in my home town, learning mad skills from a super tall, tattooed, kinda mental but amazing florist! After a couple of years I went off on my own and used my (at the time) illustration business – which I’d been doing for a few years part time – Tupelo Tree. Turned it into a flowery business and here I am 🙂

FAVOURITE WORK TO DATE?

There so SO many good weddings I’ve had the honour of designing for, but one of my favourite pieces has to be my first ever forest ceiling at Mhor which was so wonderfully wild and green, it was tantalising!

It was filled with blush florals and dripping glass baubles with moss and the most amazing textures…I wished I could have stayed to dine underneath it. I’ve since done this a number of times and will be making this similar design A LOT this year… I can’t wait!

WHO/WHAT  INSPIRES YOU?

I’m inspired by a few artists and photographers and florists in Scotland and Australia mostly but my biggest inspiration (as cheesy as this may be) is the dramatic landscapes and forests of Scotland! I feel so alive and at peace all at once in the hills and woodlands of my home. I take a lot of inspiration from the movements of trees and foliage mainly and try to imitate the natural flow in my work.

DESCRIBE YOUR TYPICAL WORKING DAY.

As a new mother, my days are much different to before where I could selfishly get breakfast alone and get dressed in peace and head off to the studio when i felt like it…now I run things like a well oiled machine!

Bringing bubba with me to work is great fun but I gotta wrap her up super cosy cos it’s just so cold in there (dont worry, she’s not there all the time!). Running Tupelo Tree means I didn’t  get maternity leave so having to manage it all at once is something I’m gradually learning.

I do a lot of foraging and scouting about for textures, sometimes I’ll have something in mind but need to really search for it amongst the winter woodlands or fields. We make a lot of mess in the studio too, constantly sweeping moss, foliage and twigs! Once my work for the day is done I’ll line things up and clean the room one more time before heading home where I’ll usually continue on with emails and quotes once bubba is asleep. It’s a full on day but oh so good!

WHERE’S YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE TO GO?

Easy. Any forest or woodland!

FAVOURITE WEDDING VENUE?

Ooh thats a tricky one, as there are so many! But its a toss up between Guardswell Farm and Mhor I think 😉

TRENDS YOU HOPE TO SEE THIS SEASON

Anything autumnal! I don’t really go by trends to be honest, I just make what I feel is beautiful (don’t we all though) so I  have no idea what’s in and what’s not haha!

BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE BEEN GIVEN?

Enjoy the little things.