Our first major peak period is almost here and we are so excited to launch our Valentine's collection. As all florists know February 14th is a day we dread all year - last minute orders, men without any idea what to send, and more deliveries on one day than we do in most of the rest of the year! BUT we love it all the same - getting to see people receive bouquets that make them cry with happiness and writing messages full of love - sometimes we even get a proposal!
We had so many ideas but decided to be sensible and offer a limited selection on our online shop (once we have a physical shop you will be AMAZED by the ideas we came up with and we can't wait to offer them all next year!) We divided up our range into a Designer Collection and our regular Valentine's Collection. Our O&S Designer Collection is made up of flowers that we really put our heart into designing and creating, and would be our personal favourites this February - Aphrodite heart shaped door wreath, Eros fresh white bouquet and Venus the traditional dozen roses with an O&S twist.
You probably noticed that all our Valentine's Collection is named after Greek and Roman Gods - each one named after a God that reflects the style and nature of the bouquet. We love stories and history, especially Greek mythology (we even toyed with the named Artemis for our company before we settled on Okishima & Simmonds) and love the idea of each God having responsibility for different aspects of the world, especially the natural world. We also named two of the bouquets in our collection after ourselves to reflect our favourite flowers - tulips for Chikae and ranunculus for Jessie (if anyone wants to buy us these this Valentines we would not object...)
We are also working with the fabulous Bea's of Bloomsbury this year to combine beautiful flowers with delicious cupcakes. Every order from our Designer Collection comes with 2 FREE cupcakes (or brownies if you go for the Ombre Heart design) and we are also offering a further 2 FREE cupcakes with our ENTIRE range for all Bea's customers - get your code when you buy directly from them!
We decided that we wanted to offer something a bit different this Valentine's Day so we decided to make Aphrodite - a Floral Door Decoration which you could hang anywhere in your home. This is the perfect no-fuss option as it doesn't require a vase or changing of water. Full to bursting with fresh blooms, with stylish ombre effect, this stunning Heart is the perfect way to say I Love You this Valentine's. It also comes with TWO delicious heart shaped brownies by the fantastic Bea's of Bloomsbury so really is the sweetest gift you can buy.
If you work in the City of London then keep your eyes peeled for us in the week running up to February 14th where we will be giving out FREE carnations for all you hard working office workers to take home to your other half. We're feeling super generous this season so with each free carnation you will also receive a £5 discount voucher when you order online this Valentine's Day.