The Design Studio
TESTIMONIALS

Just wanted to say a big THANK YOU!! for our wedding flowers on Friday. They were absolutely gorgeous and everyone loved them.  The table centrepieces looked amazing and Catherine and I both loved our bouquets. Thanks again, you helped make our day really special.

Joanne and Phill, South Causey Inn

Russ and I just wanted to send you a quick note to say a huge thank you for the amazing wedding flowers.  They were far better than we could have hoped for and my bouquet was exactly as I wanted, just beautiful.  Since the wedding we have actually bought a blue hydrangea which we have placed in the garden, they are now my favourite flower and I can see them every day.  Thanks again.

Caroline and Russ, Redworth Hall Hotel

Thank you so much for THE MOST AMAZING FLOWERS EVER!!  EVERYBODY absolutely loved them ... they created the perfect garden party feel ... & were simply PERFECT.  Much love,

James and Frances Harris, Durham School Chapel

We just wanted to say thank you so much for our lovely flowers, you did a really beautiful job for our wedding. Thanks again,

Jill and Phill Priest, South Causey Inn

Thank you so much for all your hard work.  The flowers looked absolutely amazing and everyone commented on them!  I also loved the wicker heart on the back of the car, just gorgeous.

Laura and Justin Peel, All Saints Church Cleadon/Marquee (Papakata tepee)  at Cleadon Grange

The flowers for Laura and Justin's Wedding were grown at the client's home and we picked and arranged them on site.

Thank you for your incredible creativity in making my vision a reality on our wedding day. We were utterly stunned, you did an absolutely amazing job.  Our guests were very impressed with the originality of the arrangements, including the men!  We are thrilled that you were recommended to us, I only wish we could do it all again!  It was a pleasure working with you. 

Katie and Nigel, Saltwell Towers

Belated, but no less grateful thanks for the wonderful flowers you did for our wedding on 23rd July.  You totally exceeded all my expectations and the bouquets, buttonholes, church and reception were spectacular.  Everyone commented on how wonderful they looked.  Your calm professionalism made it a pleasure to work with you.  You are truly amazing.  Thanks again.

Andy and Anne Marsh, St. Godrics Church Durham/Redworth Hall Hotel

I cannot thank you enough for everything you did for us.  The flowers were amazing, the blue was so vibrant and brought everything together so well.  The table decorations were fabulous too, the crystals looked great against the white table cloths.  Once it got dark the candles really came into their own.  Thank you so much for all the time you spent with me and my mother organising everything, it is so much appreciated.  Everything was perfect and I couldn't fault anything you did.  If you would like any photographs of the flowers or tables please just get in touch.  We had so many nice comments from both wedding guests and friends looking at the pictures.  Thank you again.

Love Emma Fletcher x,  South Causey Inn, Stanley

Hi Lorna, just have to say, from my Nana's candle to mine and the bridesmaid's bouquets, to the buttonholes, to top table arrangement .... they were beautiful - exceeded all expectations, thank you so much!

Faye and Darren Ashett, St. George's Church, Harraton/Durham Emirates Cricket Club

...you are amazing and all your hard work made our wedding day so beautiful.  We get our official photos next week so will send you some across - here is one my friend took on the day which we thought you might like!  Thanks again for everything

The Goodricks :-),  South Causey Inn, Stanley

Thank you so much for the wonderful flowers.  Everyone commented on them.  All our love,

Chris and Sarah Worsfold, Beamish Park Hotel.

"Thank you Lorna"  The flowers were so perfect, we can't thank you enough for making Rebecca and Jason's Wedding Day so special!  Thanks again.

Kath and Jeff Wire

(Rebecca and Jason Liddle, Beamish Park Hotel)

Thank you so much for creating such a beautiful set of flowers for our wedding on 7th July.  They were all beautiful!  You were such a great help and support from day one, I cannot fault your service and wish you luck at the Wedding Awards.

Ashley and Andrew Roberts, Bowburn Hall Hotel, Durham

The hand tied flowers that The Design Studio created for our wedding campaign were absolutely stunning!  They were very elegant and suited our needs perfectly. They looked amazing in the photo shoot too!

Vikki Hawkins, Head of Regional Promotions at GMC and NCJ Media (Newcastle Chronicle and Journal)

We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to yourself for providing the wonderful flowers.  They made our day extra special!  They were beautiful!

Chris and Rebecca Aspinall, St. Andrews Church, Stanley

I just wanted to say Thank You for the flowers.  Everything was perfect, just as I knew it would be.  I wished I had got the martini glasses for every table!  Thank you so much.

Emma, South Causey Inn, Stanley

Just a little note to say a big thank you for creating our beautiful wedding flowers.  The colours and arrangements were perfect, we've had so many comments from people about the flowers.  Thank you so much.

Natalie and Chris Costello, Lumley Castle Hotel.

Just a quick note to say "thank you" for arranging the flowers on our wedding on 18th March.  We had a fantastic day!  Many thanks again.

Christine and David Maxwell, St. Godrics Church, Durham/Malmaison Hotel, Newcastle

Just to say a big THANK YOU to you Lorna for our lovely wedding flowers.  They were really lovely and the packaging was so professional!  I wished I didn't have to "throw the bouquet".  Thanks again.

Deji and Jumoke Arowolo, Durham.

Lorna, thank you for all your help and advice in the run up to the wedding.  Your warm and friendly manner really made all the decision making so much easier and we really appreciated the extra effort you went to.  The flowers on the day were amazing and so many people commented on how beautiful they were.  They really helped to make our day extra special.

Julie and David Coombes, South Causey Inn, Stanley.

Just wanted to say a quick "thank you" for the flowers - they were stunning.  Everyone commented on them.  I really couldn't have asked for them to be any more perfect.  You can really read minds as Pete was over the moon with the large arrangement - it was just what he wanted plus more.  You really helped to make our day special.  Thanks so much.

Gail and Peter Linstead, Lumley Castle Hotel.

Thank you so much your flowers were perfect and I cannot thank you enough!!  Simply fabulous!

Catherine and Steve Conn, South Causey Inn, Stanley.

Thank you very much for the beautiful flowers and centrepieces you did for our wedding at the Derwent Manor.  They were everything I imagined they would be and they all looked stunning and received many comments from guests.  Thanks also for your help and advice.  Our wedding day was special and unforgettable.

Leanne and Craig Coates, Derwent Manor Hotel

I would just like to say a big thank you for the beautiful flowers you provided for my wedding on 26th June at the Durham Marriott Hotel.  Everybody commented on the arrangements and there was a battle with the guests to see who could have a table arrangement to take home!  I could not fault anything and would recommend you to anyone marrying in the future.  Again, thank you for the thought and detail you put into the flowers, they were amazing.

Julie and Darren Simpson, Durham Marriott Hotel

Just a quick email before we jet off tomorrow, to say thank you.  The flowers were absolutely amazing.  A lot of people complimented the bird cages and my bouquet in particular.  You'll be pleased to know I threw one of the bridesmaids bouquets and not my own, later in the evening!  I think I would have knocked someone out!!  Thanks again!

Amy and Gary, St. Mary & St. Cuthbert's Church/Beamish Hall Hotel

Thank you so much for the beautiful flowers you did for our wedding.  You really went to the effort of making them exactly what we wanted, and they looked great.  So many people commented on them, especially the cake decorations.  Thanks for all your effort.

Isabel and Jonathan, Redworth Hall Hotel

Just wonderful!  The flower displays at Izzy and Jonny's wedding were truly beautiful, as were the bouquets.  The arrangements for the cakes were just perfect and thank you for displaying them.  We all had a wonderful day, all over too quickly, thank you so much.

Jan and Stephen Marsh

David and I wanted to thank you so much for the fantastic flowers.  They looked amazing and helped make the day truly special.  Again, many thanks - especially for accomodating the last minute buttonhole!

Karen and David Lee, Whitworth Hall, Spennymoor

We cannot thank you enough for the effort you put into our flowers - they really did look beautiful.

Scott and Kimberley, Shotton Hall, Peterlee

Just a quick note to thank you for the beautiful wedding flowers provided for our wedding at The Jersey Farm Hotel on March 21st.  They were absolutely fantastic.  Thanks again for all your help.

Andy and Gillian Robson, Jersey Farm Hotel, Barnard Castle

Thank you so much.  Everyone, absolutely everyone was talking about the flowers.

Nicola and Ross Turnbull, Beamish Hall Hotel.

Thank you so much for the hard work and effort you put into my and Dean's wedding.  I'd especially like to thank you for the arrangement over the Church door and taking it up to Beamish Park Hotel afterwards.  No doubt we'll be in touch again when my sister ties the knot!

Vicky and Dean Lewis, Holy Trinity Church/Beamish Park Hotel

Thank you so much for the flowers.  You created what I had dreamed of and more!  The cake looked stunning and your attention to detail amazed me throughout the day!  Thanks so much.

Helen Iveson, Ramside Hotel

Lorna the flowers were beautiful.  Thank you so much.  I will be sending you a thank you card and some pics once they are done and will be recommending you to all my friends.  Lots of love Emxxx  We had an amazing day.

Emma Dunwoodie, Lumley Castle Hotel

Thank you for our amazing flowers.  Everything was perfect!  I loved my bouquet sooo much I cried when it arrived!  Thanks again.

Emma and Dan, South Causey

Thank you so much for our beautiful wedding flowers.  Everyone commented on how amazing they were and I loved my bouquet so much I'm having it freeze dried to keep forever!

Donna and Stephen Graham, Lumley Castle Hotel 

Just wanted to thank you for the beautiful flowers, they were everything we wanted and more.  They were beautiful!  Everyone commented on how gorgeous they were.  We had the most beautiful wedding day and wouldn't change a thing.  Thank you so very much.

Julie and Paul Robinson, Manor House Hotel, West Auckland

Just wanted to say how fabulous all the flowers were you did for my brother's wedding at Ramside last Saturday.  Everyone commented on how lovely they were.  I have one of the church flower arrangements you did for them in my dining room and each day it gets better and better!  ....All the roses and lilies are now fully open and the whole house smells gorgeous!  Thanks so much.

Gillian Clues

Thank you so much for all your help and effort with the bouquets for our wedding, they were absolutely beautiful.  We had a wonderful day and the flowers look gorgeous in the photos.

Sarah Slater, Lumley Castle Hotel.

Thank you for all your hard work and help arranging my flowers on the 9th May at Lumley Castle.  When they arrived at my room they were absolutely stunning and when Matthew and I entered the Barons Hall WOW it looked beautiful.  Everything just looked perfect, as I imagined.  It's been a pleasure dealing with you and I wish you all the best for the future.

Katrina and Matthew Tuton (Leeds), Lumley Castle Hotel.

Thanks for the flowers.  They were absolutely amazing and exactly what I wanted!

Fiona, The Star Inn, Harome nr. Helmsley, North Yorks.

Thank you so much for the lovely flowers on our wedding day.

Jo and Mala Keeler

Thank you for the beautiful flowers you made for our wedding day.  Everyone commented on how lovely they were.  Thanks again for all your help towards our wedding preparations.

Vicky and Chris Clues, Ramside Hall, Durham.

Hi Lorna, we've been really busy after our wedding.  Just wanted to say a massive thanks for the wedding flowers, they were so pretty - I was so pleased, I talked about them all day!  Thank you so much for making them so perfect.

Alison Shiell, Beamish Hall Hotel

Just wanted to drop you a quick email to thank you for the wedding flowers.  They were absolutely beautiful, as were the buttonholes.  I got so many compliments on them!  Thanks so much for all your work.

Naomi and Martin (Ireland), Lumley Castle Hotel.

Thank you for the fab flowers you made for our wedding.

Jade and Gary Walklate, Beamish Hall

Just thought I would send you a few photos of the wedding.  The flowers were gorgeous!  .....I know you want some of the flowers in the reception room, so I will send some off when we get the official photos soon.

Gilllian and Paul Fairlamb, Lumley Castle Hotel

Thank you so much for our wonderful wedding flowers!  They were amazing, all our guests commented on how beautiful they looked!  You exceeded all expectations, so thank you Lorna for all your flair and hard work!  Lots of Love.

Mr and Mrs Harburn (Kirsty and Phill), St. Peter's Church, Croft, Darlington

Thank you for doing our flowers for our wedding.  They were absolutely beautiful.  The displays at Lumley looked amazing and my bouquet was exactly what I had wanted.

Clare and Paul McCluskey

Thank you very much for preparing the beautiful flowers for our wedding.  They were all absolutely fabulous and I was very pleased with them.  We had a fantastic day and we can't wait to see the photos!  Thanks again.

Ruth and Mark, St. Godrics Church, Durham/Marquee at Low Burn Hall Farm

Thank you for everything.  All our love.

Pauline and Alex Nelson, St. Mary & St. Cuthbert's Church/Beamish Hall Hotel

Just a brief note to convey our thanks for the contribution you made at Rachael and Peter's Wedding.  This helped make the day perfect in every respect and your bouquets and floral displays certainly made an impression on the guests who were extremely complimentary toward you and your displays.

Mike and Julie Jones (Rachael and Peter's Wedding) Washington Old Hall/Eslington Villa Low Fell

Sorry I did not see you on the day Lorna, just wanted to say a big thank you for our lovely flowers, we were so pleased with them.  Will send you a pic once we get our photos done.

Leanne Copland, Crathorne Hall, Yarm

Thanks very much.

Joanne and Phil, the Roker Hotel, Sunderland

Thank you for creating the flowers for our perfect day.  Tables fantastic!  Thanks so much.  You did a fantastic job.

Victoria and John Davison, Hardwick Hall Hotel.

The bouquets were absolutely amazing, thank you!  I think they were one of my favourite things!  And especially because I was a bit funny about having red and white, but in the end it was perfect how you did the bouquets.  I loved mine it was perfect to brighten up the dress, and my sister the bridesmaid, brightened everything up being in red too and looked gorgeous and the flowers went so well together :)  I can't thank you enough!  My husband and I (must get used to saying that!!) really liked the flowers too ...  You have been such a great help and doing it all without us meeting (maybe we could come back for an anniversary, then we could drop by to thank you in person!)  Really brilliant, thank you for all your time and long emails covering everything.

It was such an amazing day.  I loved every minute and every bit.  It just went by far too quickly.  We were both a bit stunned when it was already Sunday morning!  Absolutely love that Castle too!  We were sooo sad to leave.  But what a special day it was, I will never forget, and I love the flowers in the photos!!

Thank you so, so much for all the flowers, especially the bouquets that were my favourite!  I can't thank you enough.

Nathalie and Frank Dreiskamper (Barbados), Lumley Castle Hotel.

Thank you so much for the absolutely stunning headdress, haircomb and buttonholes you made for our wedding.  The flowers you used are beautiful and the pieces will serve as a fantastic memento of our special day for years to come.  We are so touched by your kindness and generosity and feel very blessed.  With much love and many many thanks.

Sam and Craig (Australia), married in Bali

I just wanted to say how beautiful the flowers were - you did a fantastic job!  The roses were so pretty, ivory with a slight green tinge - absolutely lovely.  And the posies were lovely, we were all very pleased with them.  All in all the day was perfect - even the weather was sunny and by the time it started to rain, we were inside the castle - it was quite exciting to hear the thrunderstorm outside - added to the drama!  Thanks again for all your help.

Nancy Dickson (Southport), Lumley Castle Hotel.

Just to say thanks for the wonderful flowers.  I absolutely loved my bouquet!  The bowls and the top table were beautiful and the shrubs went down a storm!

Gayle and Andrew McGuthrie, Beamish Hall Hotel

Thank you for the beautiful flowers, everyone commented on them (and I mean everyone!!)  Best Wishes.  Thank you so much.

Karrie and Keith Rutherford, Helme Park Hotel, Bishop Auckland

We would just like to thank you ever so much for the perfect job you did on all our flowers for our special day.  Thank you so very much.

Tracy and John Hall, The Red Lion, Chester le Street.

We would both like to say a special thanks for making our wedding day so lovely.  The day was perfect in every way.  The flowers were beautiful and my bouquet was stunning.

Lisa and Marc Ward, Shotton Hall, Peterlee

Just a note to say a huge big thank you for the amazing flowers.  They were gorgeous and everyone commented on them.  Thank you so much.

Clare and Warren Kemp, Beamish Hall Hotel

We would like to thank you very much for providing such beautiful flowers for our wedding on 20th September at Whitworth Hall - everyone remarked on how lovely they looked.  I was especially pleased with the bouquets - they were exactly what I wanted!  Thank you so much for providing such a friendly and professional service - we'll certainly recommend you to all our friends and family.

Jane and Andy Leadbetter, Whitworth Hall, Spennymoor

Thank you for our beautiful flowers that you prepared for us on Sept 6th. All the guests loved our flowers and the people who got bouquets were over the moon.  Thanks again.

Lisa and Rob, Jersey Farm Hotel, Barnard Castle

Thank you for creating our wonderful flowers for our wedding on Monday 14th August.  The lilies looked absolutely stunning, and the buttonholes and corsages in particular were works of art.  (Also thank you for helping James and his Best Man pin on their buttonholes!)  We were delighted, and will certinly recommend you to other couples!  Many thanks.

Lisa and James Woodward, Whitworth Hall, Spennymoor

Just to say a big Thank You for all your help and suggestions with the brides, bridesmaids flowers and buttonholes.  Your help was greatly appreciated.

Leanne and Kevin Burnett, Beamish Golf Club

Thank you for helping make my day special.  Many thanks.

Emma and Simon Connelly, Whitworth Hall, Spennymoor.

Thank you very much for all your help.  The flowers were beautiful.  I would certainly recommend you.  You were wonderful!  Thanks again.

Joanne and Ian Proctor, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle upon Tyne.

Thank you so much for the beautiful flowers for Collette and Gabriels Wedding on May 20th.  Your care and attention to detail was amazing and much appreciated.  You made it all seem so easy and great fun.  At the reception everyone was talking about the flowers and how unusual they were.  The Hotel people were also impressed.  We felt as if it was a real "family affair" so thank you again.  I hope your business goes from strength to strength.

Mr & Mrs. Erskine, Collette and Gabriel Harrison's Wedding, Hallgarth Manor, Durham

The flowers for Collette and Gabriel's Wedding were grown at the client's home and we picked and arranged them on site.

We just wanted to say a huge thank you for the beautiful flowers you designed for our wedding on Saturday 13th May.  They were absolutely stunning and far exceeded any expectations we had.  All our guests commented on how lovely they were and they all went to good homes afterwards!  They made the day so much more special and look beautiful on the photogrphs.  We had an amazing day and everyone involved, including yourself, were fantastic.  We'll be recommending you to all our friends and can't thank you enough.

Alison and Alan Carr, Whitworth Hall, Spennymoor

Thank you so much for the beautiful flowers - they looked fantastic.  Absolutely everyone commented on them!!  Thank you again.

Karen and Barry Metters, Lumley Castle Hotel

We just wanted to say thank you for all the time and effort you put into our wedding flowers - they were beautiful.  Lots of our guests commented on how lovely they were.  Many thanks again.

Claire and David Byron, Matfen Hall, Northumberland

Just want to say thank you very much for the gorgeous flowers you put together for my wedding.  I had a fantastic day and people commented on how beautiful the bouquets and table arrangements were.  The flowers lasted really well too.

Lisa and Andrew Thompson, Durham County Cricket Club.

We really couldn't have been more thrilled with the exquisite flowers created by you.  You listened to our ideas of how we wanted things to look and incorporated our wishes along with your own creativity to produce some really beautiful bouquets!  Above all, the service you provide is top class!  Thank you so much Lorna - you were a blessing!  Kindest regards and best wishes to you.

Kimberley and Scott Charles, Shotton Hall, Peterlee

Thank you for the great job you did with the flowers, there were a lot of very nice comments about them all and a few fights over the table posies ......Thanks again.

Kath and David Clarke, Beamish Hall Hotel

CHARITY EVENT

"Thank you" from St. Cuthbert's Hospice.

I am writing on behalf of the patients and staff at St. Cuthbert's Hospice to thank you for donating your time and services so generously to create floral designs for the Hospice's Silver Knights' Ball on Friday.  The floral displays were beautiful and added significantly to the enjoyment of the guests. .....Thank you once again for helping to make the Silver Knights' Ball such a success, and we hope that you will continue to support the Hospice in the future.

Rachel Jobson, Development Assistant

BEREAVEMENT

Thank you so much for the gorgeous flower arrangements for Tom.  So perfect, so what he loved.  Much admired by everyone.  Thank you again for your kindess and personal touch.

Jean Hollows and Family

Today went like a dream = if funerals are allowed to go that way, thank you.  Mum was blown away by the beautiful arrangement you made for Dad, after all, it was absolutely stunning.  Both the Minister and the Funeral Director commented on how the flowers had been arranged to such beautiful effect.  We left them on the coffin as we thought Dad could take a little bit of his garden with him.  So thank you Lorna so much.

Alison Wright

Thank you for providing the beautiful floral arrangements to Durham County Cricket Club on the occasion of the celebration of my late wife's life on the 6th July.  They added just the right touch to the occasion.

Jack Jeffery CBE

Thank you so much for all your hard work.  The flowers were absolutely beautiful and the Norwegian Wreath was perfect.  The family are so grateful.  Many thanks.

Christine and Chris Morrison

Just wanted to say thank you for the lovely flowers you did for our grandma's funeral, they were beautiful.

Gail and Mark Archer, Paul and Joanne, Keith and Nicola

The flowers look absolutely fabulous, thank you so much.  Exactly what I wanted and so tastefully presented.  Thanks.

Jane Richards

Thank you so much for your kindness.  The flowers for mam's funeral were beautiful and I know my mam would have loved them.  Thanks again Lorna.

Christine Armstrong and family

Thank you for your beautiful flowers you supplied exactly as I requested.  They were much admired and thank you for your kind and considerate manner in dealing with me at this sad time.  Sincerely

Margaret Caygill

Thank you so much for designing the flower spray for our mother's funeral.  We really appreciated that you were able to organize this at such short notice.  The flower spray was beautiful.  Many thanks.

Christine Maxwell and family.

Just to say a big thank you, Lorna, for the lovely flowers you did for mam's funeral and for the thoughtful tulips and snowdrops.

Julie Spoors

We can't thank you enough for the beautiful flowers you supplied for mam's funeral and at such short notice.  They were perfect and everyone commented on how stunning they looked.  I've passed your number on to our friends and will be in touch soon. 

Gill and Julian Van Hoof

Lorna, thanks very much for doing David's flowers, they were beautiful.  Much Love.

Ange Brown

Thank you for your words of comfort, your card and flowers.  Especially for doing the family's arrangements, and for just being there.  It meant a great deal to us all.

Mr and Mrs T. Gedz and Family

Just to say a huge THANK YOU for the absolutely gorgeous flowers you did for me and mam.  She was thrilled with the arrangements you did for us.  Just wanted to let you know how much we appreciated your work, and thanks again.  It meant so much to us.

Mrs. L. Young and Family

Just wanted to say thank you Lorna for listening to Mandy's request and fulfilling it - the flowers for Paul were exactly as she wanted them to be.  Your thoughtfulness has been much appreciated by all.

Mrs. J. Spoors

Thank you so much for the beautiful flowers you provided for Colin's funeral.  We realy appreciate the time and effort you put into them.  The Chapel and Funeral Directors commented on how beautiful the flowers were and asked if they could remain in there for all the enjoy.  We were more than happy for this to happen.  Thank you once again, beautiful flowers for a wonderful man.

Mrs Olive Peake and Family

Thank you once again Lorna for the perfect flowers you arranged for Dad.  The style and colours in both arrangements were exactly as we hoped they would be.

Mrs. J. Spoors

Many thanks for your wonderful flowers.  They were so beautiful and perfect, just what I wanted.  Lots of people commented on them.

Sylvia and Joe Harbottle and Family

Thank you for your help last week, the flowers were lovely, and I am sure "The Home" would be looking very cheery.  I gave Doris the freesia posy so when they opened up they would be lovely for her and all her lovely memories of when they were young girls.

Mrs. C. Bain