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Growing up in the countryside I found my love for flora and fauna quite quickly.
I was always drawn to wild and natural things, mesmerized by the bright yellow daffodils blowing in the wind, colourful scented sweet pea, large blousy garden roses, and unfurling ferns. As a child, I always played around with pressed flowers that my mum Helen or grandmother Nancy had pressed from the hedgerow.
My love for flowers led me to work in Lawless Flowers, Roches St, Limerick for over four years alongside my Uncle Dan Lawless where I gained extensive knowledge and trained as a florist. My background in floristry helps me press each bouquet. I love to compete in floristry competitions and in 2018 I was over the moon to win a silver medal at Bloom in the park, Dublin - after paying homage to my grandmother Nancy Lawless. I love to demonstrate or give floristry classes and travel to many different county's to demonstrate to different flower clubs and for events. I have a huge passion for gardening and am so lucky to grow most of the flowers I press and use in my own collection pieces, I have a meadow which blooms every summer and It brings me such joy to handpick and press the flowers I grew from seed. During the Winter and Spring months I have stunning flowers and foliage which I grow just for pressing too.
In 2016 l had a dream of creating bespoke pieces of art from floral bouquets and Pressed Flowers by Nell started at my kitchen table in Clonlara, Co. Clare in 2016 and moved to 54 Roches St, Limerick city, Ireland in 2020.
Since 2016 l have worked closely with many brides, Irish designer Aoife Mc Namara, ladies fashion store Willow, Habit coffee & retail who stock my products, restaurants and more offering a bespoke remembrance gift to last a lifetime with stylish simplicity, exquisite attention to detail and a passion for flowers that was handed down through the generations.
I am incredibly proud to say that our pressed bouquets are made in Ireland to last forever and loved everywhere!
" I received the most beautiful gift off my bridesmaid of my wedding bouquet pressed by Nell. it honestly took my breath away - it is such a stunning piece of art. it makes me smile every time I see it hanging up on the wall. I highly recommend Nell shes such a gorgeous person and a pleasure to deal with. wishing you all the success. xx"
"I had my wedding bouquet pressed by Nell and I am so thrilled with it, it looks like a beautiful piece of art! Nell gave the process so much thought and was so patient when it came to deciding on layout/background color and the frame. Nell provides an amazing service and this is definitely a unique idea, that would make a wonderful keepsake and gift for any bride! I also got smaller versions for my mam and mother in law! I have recommended Nell to all the brides to be in my life! Wishing Nell in her business every success!"
How It Works
Preserving your special memories.
Pressed flowers by Nell presses any type of flowers from wedding bouquets, sympathy flowers, birthday bouquets, debs corsages, flowers from your favorite place in the world, a special flower from your garden, or a bouquet you bought for yourself.
Each special flower or bouquet needs to be given to Nell within seven days for the best results, it is possible to press bouquets that are much older too But for best results as soon as possible is recommended. Nell takes apart the flower or bouquet petal by petal and each petal or leaf is pressed individually with love and exquisite attention to detail by Nell in her studio.
The method used to press the flowers is 100% natural due to this it takes several weeks for the special flowers to be pressed. There is a large range of options for the color of the mountboard that the flowers will be glued onto. Photos of a special day or a loved one can also be placed beside the flowers along with a quote or special poem.
The pressed bouquet is then taken to a local professional framer to be framed in a frame of your choice.
Nell works closely with The Framing Centre, Limerick who are amazing at what they do, have a large selection, and frame each bouquet with care to last.
Have a look at the link below to see a short video of me at work doing what I love.
First Floor, 54 Roches Street, Limerick
The studio works by appointment only.
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