Gifted Burnley florist Kathryn Beaver celebrates 30 years in the profession and creates flowers for 1,500 brides
During this time, Kathryn estimates that she created flowers for approximately 1,500 weddings and as many funerals. And for Kathryn, mother of two, it’s more than just a job, it’s a real passion and a real calling.
“Flowers are there to bring joy and pleasure to people and I really love doing that,” Kathryn said.
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Now, after several years working in her home garage, she has moved into her own workshop in Maltings Mill, Sandygate, Burnley.
She said, “I love it. I have all the space I need now.”
Kathryn left school not really knowing what she wanted to do, although she thought about becoming a fashion designer. Her ‘lightbulb’ moment came when she went to the old Buttonhole Florists in Padiham to make a purchase and was wowed by the displays.
She said: “I loved it and turned to my mum, who was with me, and said ‘this is what I want to do’.”
From there Kathryn, who is mum to Lily, 16, and Rosie, 10, enrolled in a floristry course at Myerscough College in Garstang where she studied for the next two years. Kathryn, who lives with her partner Gary Beaumont, later worked at the Buttonhole for several years after late owner Linda Dower gave her the opportunity to gain work experience while studying. Kathryn also spent several years with Kathleen’s Florists in Burnley’s Coal Clough Lane.
Kathryn stopped working when she had Rosie, and when her baby girl was six months old, old Kathryn decided to pick up where she left off. Work from home Kathryn’s clientele began to grow through social media and LilyRose Floristry, named after her daughters, was born.
A true perfectionist, all of Kathryn’s creations have that “wow” factor and unique cachet. Meeting brides and planning their flowers for the most important day of their lives is one of the most enjoyable parts of her job for Kathryn.
“It’s nice to meet brides and get an idea of what they want for their big day, flowers are so important and can really make the day perfect,” Kathryn said.
And of course, one of her customer favorites are the pampas grass creations she makes.
“I would describe my style as modern and unique,” said Kathryn, who is preparing for Christmas, one of the busiest times of the year for her when she will be making around 100 door wreaths and as many garlands.
“It’s long hours in this job and it takes up a lot of my weekends but I wouldn’t want it any other way,” Kathryn added.
A vital part of Kathryn’s job is the many funerals she is asked to organize and her flowers never cease to amaze.
“It’s so important to get it right because flowers are a last gift for loved ones and I feel honored to be a part of that,” Kathryn said.
Sharing the new unit with Kathryn, her friend Joanne Wellock provides props and accessories for weddings and other events through her business Tinglz Events.
The duo have made a name for themselves by teaming up to host a number of weddings at one of Burnley’s premier venues, Hurstwood’s Simply Fields. And there are plans on the cards to create a special wedding showroom for brides to visit in the new unit.