I first saw Pauline's Heirloom Bouquets at a wedding fair. I was so impressed with the quality and style and I knew I wanted to have one on my big day. Pauline made my bouquet exactly as I had imagined it and it was a perfect with my dress - I got so many compliments on the day. It travelled really well too - I got married abroad. It is the perfect reminder of our fabulous day and I am thrilled that I get to keep it! It is too beautiful to be kept in a box so I have it on display at home - I hope to pass it on to a loved one in the future.
Georgina James on 27th June 2012
When I decided to have my wedding abroad an heirloom bouquet was the natural choice - the easy choice, it meant one less thing to worry about after landing. After trawling the internet (who knew there were so many heirloom bouquet creators out there?) I was delighted when I found Pauline. From the initial consultation right through to collection Pauline was polite, professional and efficient. Her expertise as a florist coupled with her naturally creative flair lead to the creation of a personalised bouquet that I treasure. It was so easy to transport abroad and arrived home in pristine condition. Thanks to Pauline's eighteen years’ experience as a florist, it looks as good today as it did the day I collected it. I like to think that my bouquet's journey will continue. It sits in wait of the next special day, the next link in the chain, the next blushing bride. I would recommend Pauline in a heartbeat to anyone who wants a piece of art that transcends their wedding day. Amanda Kenneally
I met Pauline at the city west wedding fair and from the moment i saw her bouquets i knew i had to have one. They are stunning and I loved that they are so different to your usual floral bouquet. From the minute i contacted Pauline about making my bouquet she was so professional and found out exactly what I wanted and liked. What I loved about the bouquet is Pauline will make it very personal to suit you and even add in any sentimental pieces that you may have. On the day of my wedding everyone commented on the bouquet saying it was so elegant and different. I really cannot recommend Pauline highly enough; she is very gifted at what she does and she was a pleasure to deal with. I love that I will have it forever.
I wanted something a little different for my bouquet and I searched the internet for something that would give me the wow factor. I was pleasantly surprised by the positive comments Pauline had received and I decided to go with heirloom bouquets. I arranged to meet Pauline where we discussed the theme, my style, dress, fabric, colours etc. Once Pauline gathered this information, she set about doing what she excels at. She included a number of brooches, hair pins & rings that where sentimental that I wanted included. When I collected my bouquet I was brought to tears how fabulous it was and knew it was going to be a showstopper at my forthcoming wedding. Everyone commented on it throughout the day and afterwards. I love it so much that I have it displayed as a centre piece in a glass vase on my hall table. Pauline is extremely talented and has such a passion for what she does, but more importantly she was a pleasure to deal with. Worth every penny as it hosts a lifetime of memories.
Sue Walsh & Dave
"Pauline, what can I say only WOW, the whole experience with ordering and receiving my bespoke bouquet from Heirloom bouquets was ‘out of this world’? Pauline gave such creative and caring input and went the extra mile on all aspects. She listened to what I liked and pushed the boundaries creating an amazing pearl and brooch bouquet with a pearl handle. My timeline was tight as I only discovered Heirloom Bouquets a very short time before the wedding but Pauline went over and above the call of duty and pulled out all the stops. I can't speak highly enough nor do I think any words are powerful enough to describe Pauline, Heirloom bouquets and my bespoke bouquet which sits proudly in my home! I would highly recommend Heirloom Bouquets to any bride out there and I think all the ladies at my wedding will agree- the complements were overwhelming." I really would like to thank you most sincerely for my bouquet. I wish you could have heard the hundreds of complements it got the day of the wedding and thereafter from photographs and its place in our sitting room.
Theresa and Brian
My experience with Pauline Forde has been absolutely wonderful. I first discovered the idea of an heirloom bouquet when I saw Pauline interviewed on TV3. She had a beautiful selection of her handmade bouquets displayed on the show and I immediately became interested in the idea of having a bouquet that I could keep for years to come, and possibly pass on in the future. I contacted Pauline and she told me that she would be showing some of her work at an upcoming bridal fair in Dublin (she also welcomed me to visit her studio in Naas if I preferred). I attended the bridal show and having met Pauline and seeing her incredible work I made an appointment to visit the studio and discuss the bouquets. Pauline was so friendly and professional from start to finish. I showed her some images of my wedding gown and we went through different fabrics and brooches together to see what would best suit the style of my dress. I gave her a sample of my dress fabric and she managed to find ribbon that was an exact match for the colour of my dress, which she used for the handmade roses so that my bouquet would perfectly complement my wedding gown, which it did. My dress featured a mixture of lace and satin, and Pauline used a similar mix of both materials in my bouquet. The brooches that she included really shone on the day, and even included a brooch given to me by my mother, which Pauline incorporated into the bouquet beautifully. It was an absolute pleasure to deal with Pauline, it was wonderful to deal with somebody who so clearly loves their work, and I must stress that each bouquet is individually designed, so that no two are identical. I could not recommend Pauline Forde Heirloom Bridal Bouquets highly enough, and I am delighted that I will be able to enjoy my wedding bouquet for years to come. Many many thanks Pauline.
Dr. Laura Malone PhD.
My heirloom bouquet was a wonderful gift from my Mam& Dad for my wedding day. It complimented my beaded wedding gown perfectly, the ivory satin roses were a perfect colour match, the brooches sparkled beautifully and the detail in the bouquet was exceptional. It was such a stunning and unique piece that I received countless compliments from guests that had never seen anything like it before. It was custom-made for me, based on my own personal preference which made it all the more personal and special. My husband also had a matching buttonhole, which he was delighted with. It looked very striking against his grey suit and complimented my bouquet beautifully. We love the fact that we are able to keep our wedding flowers, which are displayed at home and remind us of our perfect day. My experience with Pauline Forde Heirloom Bouquets was fantastic. Pauline has wonderful ideas and imagination and my every wish was catered for. She is very talented and provides a very personal and professional service. I would definitely recommend Pauline Forde Heirloom Bouquets as an alternative to fresh flowers, for brides (& grooms) who are looking for something personal and unique for their special day.
Lynn and Jamie
Pauline was extremely helpful and accommodating in designing my dream bouquet. She took into consideration what I wanted for myself and my maid of honour while also considering the location of our wedding and my dress design. I was over the moon with the end result and now I have a bouquet that I will treasure forever - thanks a million Pauline!
Emma and Michael
Working with Pauline Forde was one of the very memorable experiences during my wedding planning. From the first time I held her bouquets in the bridal shop I knew I had to have one for my wedding. It was so different and there was something special about them. Pauline was a pleasure to work with. She made everything so easy. She incorporated brooches that people had giving me, included the brooch my granny had giving me for my 21st, which her granny had given her at her 21st. This brooch was always so special and to be able to incorporate this into my bridal bouquet was very special to me. My bouquet also represented my 'something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue'. Anything I asked Pauline was never a problem. She always had a very crafty and beautiful way to incorporate my ideas into my bouquet. On the day of our wedding I was proud as punch going around posing with my bouquet. It was definitely a talking point for everyone at the wedding. My bouquet was passed from tablet to tablet as everyone was impressed by it. I now have my bouquet in pride of place in our house and I still love it as much as the day I got it. It is one of the items that I will treasure for ever from our wedding day. My two flower girls also have a beautiful pink wand that Pauline had created for them. They were delighted with them, flying around like fairies all day with their wands. I would highly recommend Pauline Forde Heirloom bouquets to anyone. It is a truly memorable experience and her work is outstanding.
My mum first saw the bouquets on Ireland AM! It had been my plan all along to incorporate my father's buttons and badge into my flowers! I was so excited to meet Pauline at the wedding. Journal show! Pauline had fabulous ideas and ways to incorporate precious heirlooms and memories into one special and beautiful bouquet! We had a wonderful chat there and then and over the phone before I brought my items and a piece of my dress to check the colour and Pauline was kind enough to incorporate this into the bouquet which matched and complemented my dress perfectly! I cannot thank you enough or tell you how many guests and suppliers commented on the bouquet! It was a talking point on the day! Everyone asked to see it! More importantly, I felt I had my father with me as I walked down the aisle and no amount of money could do that! I was calm and I felt special! I would recommend any bride to speak to Pauline about your ideas or desires! She really is willing to go above and beyond and will find pieces to complement your personable style! I also had other pieces from my grandmother which Pauline brought back to life and inserted pearls to allow me to use them! I cannot thank you enough Pauline and even six months after our wedding day my bouquet has pride of place in our bedroom! I go to bed every night and wake every morning smiling at a precious keepsake from our big day!
"The bouquets for my wedding in March can only be described as exquisite! Everything from the colour to design was worked out with precision and matched everything perfectly. They were admired by all and I still have people telling me how beautiful they were. I could not recommend you highly enough, a pleasure to work and a very positive influence to my wedding!!
I am writing to thank you sincerely for the most amazing heirloom bouquets you made for me and my bridal party for my wedding 5 weeks ago. From our first meeting in your beautiful studio to the point of collection, I must say, you were an absolute pleasure to deal with. I had total faith in you and your work from the outset and to say you did not disappoint would be an understatement. Your work speaks for itself - stunning. In the run up to our wedding, I have met the most amazing and lovely people who added and helped in making our big day the best day of our lives. You are most definitely one of these people. Sometimes it is the small things in life that people do that mean so much. At our first meeting I mentioned to you that my Mam had passed away and I would love to incorporate her memory in some way into my bouquet. You made a lovely suggestion of using a piece of her jewellery, which we did. Not only did you add it to my bouquet but also to the bouquets for my 2 junior bridesmaids (my 2 nieces, my Mams only 2 grandchildren whom she unfortunately never met). What a lovely present it was to give them both. A gift they will always have, with that added lovely touch and sentimental value. You also made the most beautiful corsage for my mother in law which once again is lovely keep sake for her. It is the personal touch that makes all the difference when it comes to such an emotional time in one’s life. At no stage did I ever feel that I was simply just "a client". You are an amazingly talented and gifted lady and a lovely person with it - this shines through into your work. I would without doubt or hesitation recommend your work to anyone wishing to make their special day extra special. Many many thanks once again. Eva x