A Huddersfield florist has scooped up Yorkshire Florist of the Year Award at The English Wedding Awards.
But the win is bitter sweet for La Fleur owner Alisa Devlin who has decided to sell her Floral design shop in Byram Arcade and move to America to be with her husband.
And with negotiations currently in the pipeline for the sale of the business which she has run for the last nine years, Alisa is happy to ‘go out on a high’.
She said: “It was a complete surprise to be nominated as it’s all confidential so I don’t even know which of my brides nominated me! “It’s very nice to have been recognized in this way. I can honestly say in the nine years I’ve had the pleasure of meeting some lovely brides, and not one bridezilla! Every wedding is different and we are led by the couple but my own style tends to be dense flowers and not much greenery.”
So what made La Fleur worthy of the prestigious (floral) crown?
Alisa explains she’s always been keen to exceed expectations but has been undeterred by some ‘big challenges’.
“I created a huge ball of white Akito Roses, Blue Vandella Roses, Bouvardia, Calla Lillies and 700 White Dendrobium Orchids hand wired onto pearl strands! It was a feet of engineering really, she explained.”
” We had to compromise with the bride in the end as it would have been so big it would have overshadowed her!
“We’ve also has some great themed weddings, Asian weddings.
“We had a fabulous 1930s wedding and the bride looked like a film star. Her bouquet included garden roses, hydrangeas, and asparagus ferns.”
Alisa was thrilled to attend the awards ceremony last night (Monday November 27) at Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel along with her friend and fellow florist Tracy Coughlan who runs The Butterfly Net in Kirkburton.
Irfan Younis, CEO of organizers Creative Oceanic, said:
“This was the second chapter of the second annual English Wedding Awards. They are a true reflection of the talent in England and we want to make sure that the hard work and determination of wedding professionals don’t go unnoticed.”
“We were very happy to welcome the guests and celebrate with them. Congratulations to all finalists and winners!”
In addition, the awards supported the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the charity raised £667.90 for a great cause.