large fresh flower arch for Cote Brasserie by Femme Petale Bristol

Alternative Florist in Bristol, Somerset, Cotswolds & Gloucester

I specialise in courageously creative flowers that create a talking point in themselves.

Whether you want to create an epic seasonal shop installation, wow guests on your wedding day or want funeral flowers that truly represent the person you’re remembering, I will work with you to bring your vision to life.

about me

The Face Behind the Flowers

Hey, I’m Gemma, founder and lead florist at Femme Petale.  Before I get to know you, your desires and what floral magic you’d like me to weave, let me tell you something about my journey, how I fell into floristry and what makes me tick.

After years working in the corporate world, I was yearning for a creative outlet.  My passion for all things creative had slowly got lost in the grey repetition of daily life and there wasn’t time for the creative projects I craved.  Deciding to take control, I enrolled in a floristry course, and something clicked into place. Flowers slowly took over my life and my home, and it very quickly became apparent that working as a florist was the calling for me.

I’m based in Bristol, a city that’s new to me as I recently moved from London, where I spent the last 10 years. I love the vibrancy of my new city, it’s full of Art and joy and I love to be by the water.  Most days, you’ll find me in my gorgeous studio in Paintworks, surrounded by fragrant flowers and luscious greenery and my sleepy dachshund, Jasper curled up at my feet while I work.  

hold on, I’m looking for iris & co?

Iris & Co was my previous brand name, I’ve recently changed things up and Femme Petale is the start of some exciting new beginnings.  It’s still me behind the brand, making all the flowers so don’t worry, I’m still here.

If you’d like to read about the rebrand story and why I changed, you can find it here:  

things that make me



Rewatching Peep Show for 1000th time


Travelling & exploring new places


My sidekick sausage dog, Jasper


A big plate of Indian food


the changing seasons


A cold craft beer after a long day


Indie music circa 2005-2015


The mysteries of the Moon


Long dog walks


A constant flow of tea

What makes you happy? Get in touch – I’d love to hear! 

when the

stars align

bride holding colourful bouquet by Femme Petale Bristol Florist
client love

I honestly have never seen a more perfect bouquet than mine!

I loved it so so much and the room looked amazing, you really saw our spring inspiration and everything came together so well.

– Nikki & harry

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