As we launch our wedding shop and occasionwear feature and start to look ahead to event season, we explore all-things wedding-related. Here, we talk to Jack Sheldon, Senior Florist at Grace & Thorn in East London, about his career path and his tips and tricks on getting the florals right for your day.
What inspired you to become a florist and how has your career path evolved?
I have a great love of colour and texture, especially those found in nature so it was quite a natural career path for me. I completed a course in floristry and began an internship with Nik Southern of Grace & Thorn. From there, I got offered a job working in the shops and helping out on events and I am now a senior event florist.
Grace & Thorn is famed for its contemporary approach to flower arranging. Did you have to adapt your aesthetic to suit this look?
Grace & Thorn was the only place I really wanted to work after I completed my floristry course as I had been following Nik on Instagram for ages and I loved what she was doing with the brand. The Grace & Thorn aesthetic is very similar to my own so it was an easy fit.
Do you have any other creative outlets or hobbies?
I previously trained as a hair dresser and then as a wig maker and I still have some private clients that I still have appointments with mainly for fun. I love visiting galleries and exhibitions in my spare time and as I think it’s really important to feel continuously inspired. There is so much culture on our doortstep in London that it’s easily done. We have to stay ahead of the trends.