Making dreams come true

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Welcome to our very first blog!

If you have just begun planning your wedding – congratulations, you’re embarking on a wonderful journey and have many exciting months ahead of you.

Here at Avant Garden we are absolutely passionate about weddings and everything that goes with them; from bouquets to buttonholes and candelabras to cake stands.

In fact, we love weddings so much we sold everything we own – including our home and our possessions – to launch our business. It means that we have one of the widest ranges of wedding props in Derbyshire and a beautiful showroom for customers to look around.

We love nothing more than making dreams come true for brides and grooms, not least because Avant Garden itself is a dream come true for me.

Years ago, when I was studying Criminology and Law at the University of Derby, I dreamed of being a florist. It was a world away from the classroom or a court – but nothing appealed to me more.

So, with the support of my amazing partner Scott, I decided to follow my dream. I signed up for a part-time floristry course and went on to have a market stall in Rowsley – selling flowers, plants and gifts.

I soon found I was spending more and more of my time working with brides-to-be and the idea for Avant Garden was born. At first we offered wedding flowers only; dressing bridal parties and venues with the freshest and sweetest arrangements possible.

But soon we were being asked for vases, bowls and jam jars or birdcages, candelabras and crates. It made sense to build up our stock – which was when our house and home went up for sale!

Today we have multiples of most props and our offering means we can dress the whole wedding. Our clients like it because it means they have to explain their vision to just one person – and we like it because it’s such a beautiful job.

We feel absolutely privileged to work in some of the loveliest wedding venues in Derbyshire, including Shottle Hall, Makeney Hall, Hassop Hall and West Mills.

And we get to be part of a bride and groom’s special day, helping to make their dream become a reality. And no one understands how important that is than us!