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Elaine Chester - Florist
Elaine Chester has been a florist for nearly 20 years, and she organises and arranges flowers for weddings and funerals at Christ Church.
She works freelance, and makes bridal bouquets, posies, table decorations, buttonholes etc. in her workshop, though her larger displays and arrangements are made up on site in hotels and in other venues and churches.
For each commission, Elaine buys her flowers fresh from New Covent Garden Flower Market, which means a crack-of-dawn start. She provides a professional and friendly service at reasonable prices. She doesn't run a shop, and most of her business is obtained through recommendation or word of mouth, and repeat orders. Part of her service is to sit round a table for a friendly chat with her clients to talk about their requirements and to offer advice and suggestions for their specific events. She pays great attention to detail. For bigger commissions, she is able to call in extra help when needed.
Elaine is happy to assist on the flower rota at Christ Church, and buys and organises flowers for all the major festivals there, as well as for the weddings and funerals. She is willing to take anyone up to the market to have a look around and see how the market works, provided you are happy to get up at 4.45 am!
A selection of her work follows...
Elaine Chester (parish office)
Photos Nos. 1, 2, and 3
July Wedding Christ Church West Wimbledon
Pedestal display, Altar flowers and window sill.
Photo No. 4
Photo No. 5
Photo No. 6
Contemporary Bridal Bouquet
Photo No. 7
Entrance Hall Display.
Photo No. 8
Photo No. 9
Bridal Hand-Tied Posy Bouquet
White Roses, Eucalyptus and Crystal Beads
Photo No. 10
Christ Church West Wimbledon
Photo No. 11 & 12
Wedding, Christ Church West Wimbledon
Altar Flowers and Photo Pedestal Display (in Glass Vase).
Photo No. 13 & 14
Wedding, Arundel Town Hall
Arrangement Hanging from Top of Staircase and Arrangement for Registrar’s Table.
Photo No. 15
Black Glass Vase with Roses (Cherry Brandy) and Grass Loops.
Photo No. 16
January Wedding, Windsor
Bridal Hand-Tied Bouquet and Bridesmaid’s Posy.
Photo No. 17
Mirrored Vase, White Amaryllis and Silver Eucalyptus.
Photo No. 18
Arum Lilies and Curled Aspidistra Leaves.
Photos No. 19-24 150th Anniversary– Christ Church West Wimbledon
Photo No. 19
Entrance West Porch
Inside Flowers by Seasons Florist
Photo No. 20
Flowers by Seasons Florist
Photo No. 21
Flowers by Allium Florist
Photo No. 22
Flowers by Elaine Chester Florist
Photo No. 23
Flowers arranged by Sue Cooke of St. Mary’s Parish Church