Charlotte Murrant never envisaged life as a florist, but it’s something she’d never walk away from now.

At just 25-years-old, she’s already had something of an illustrious career.

Not only has she won gold twice at the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show, but her creative designs have also won her Young Florist of the Year.

Charlotte is now embarking on a new challenge, having recently set up her own business as a wedding florist.

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But where did it all begin?

“I kind of fell into floristry by accident,” she said.

“I always wanted to be a primary school teacher, so I did some work experience but I didn’t really like it.”

“There’s just something about floristry, I love it so much so it and it’s something I really enjoy doing so it doesn’t feel like a job to me.

“I like having to go to work and doing the different things I do and helping people choose what they want.”

It was while Charlotte was studying her A-levels at Richard Huish College and on the hunt for a Saturday job that the floristry began.

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She added: “Jane Cowling at Eden gave me my first job and it all started from there.

“She sent me on all my training and was so supportive of everything I did.

“I studied at Bicton and then went on to the Academy of Floral Art in Exeter where I did my level four training.

“I really enjoyed it, it was interesting as there’s just so much to learn, I can still do my level five which is something I am thinking about going back and doing.”

Charlotte’s creative flair and talents have also seen her win numerous times at the internationally renowned Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show.

Her first win was a silver medal back in 2011 for her Jockey’s silk.

Then in 2014, Charlotte won her first gold for her stunning and intricate floral design dress complete with fairy wings.

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Charlotte now specialises in flowers for weddings TESS CHAPMAN PHOTOGRAPHY

Charlotte said: “We’re given a brief and then for weeks I’ll be researching and thinking about all the different things I can do.

“I think the flower dress is the one that everyone remembers, even now I have people asking me to make replicas of it for them.

“I don’t know where the inspiration came from really, it was just me, if you ask anyone who knows me they’ll tell you that.”

In 2015 Charlotte won her second gold after winning best in show and was also crowned the UK’s Young Florist of the Year for 2015.

It was for her Fantasy Floral Tree inspired by the weird and wonderful Tulgey Wood of Alice in Wonderland .

Charlotte added: “I never really had a vision in my head of how it would look.

“I knew what I wanted to do but this brief really pushed me out of my comfort zone.

“Jane Cowling and Lisa Fowler at Eden were so supportive and helpful.

“I couldn’t sleep before the competition because I was so nervous and I was up against some really good entries so to win overall was just amazing.

“We couldn’t actually get the tree out of my house, we had to lift it over my garden door because it was so big.”

At the end of last year Charlotte made the difficult decision to leave behind Eden Florists and venture out on her own.

“It was something I had been thinking about for a while, I love all aspects of the job but I really love wedding floristry.

“It was quite difficult because Jane at Eden was like a second mum to me, she always encouraged and supported me a lot.

“It was daunting starting out on my own at first but it’s going really well.

“When I meet the clients, I try and really get a feel of the overall finished look that they’re going for and then take it from there.

“With a lot of things for a wedding day, such as the dress and venue, those can all be done quite far in advance but with the flowers sometimes we’re working right up until the last minute to make sure everything is perfect.

“When I’m designing the venue also has a lot to do with it for me, flowers can add so much and I always just want to make sure that we’ve got the perfect look.

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“I think flowers will always be a massive part of weddings, even if it’s just for decoration or even if it’s just the bride’s bouquet.”

So what’s next for Charlotte?

“I think I’ll stick to weddings for quite a long time.

“I’m not sure I would like to open a shop anytime soon but it is something I have thought about.

“I’d love to go back to Chelsea and get a third gold and also go back to the academy and do my level five.

“But for now I’m just enjoying what I’m doing.

If you’d like to see more of Charlotte’s work, you can visit her Facebook page, or her website

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