A florist who put arrangements together for everyone from green-fingered royal Kate Middleton to Queen's Brian May has gone back to his Co Antrim roots.
Ballymena man Will Kerr credits his love of floristry to two very special women and it is a career that has taken him to London, mixing with celebrity and royalty, and back home again.
When he was just six years old, Will's maternal grandmother Jeannie Archibald bought him a seed kit containing sunflowers, marigolds, nasturtiums and cress and he was instantly fascinated.
"When I was eight, I was inspired by Margaret Glynn who is well-known locally for her love of gardening," he says.
"I had my own rockery with alpine plants and a couple of years later, a 12x8ft greenhouse."
Growing up during the Troubles, gardening was his escapism.
"It became my therapy and a way to relax.
"I grew alpines, achillea, helichrysum and physalis.
"I was also into exotic dried flowers and went to a local florist shop every week to buy blooms, like proteas."
When he was 12, Will started working in Jim Bell's florist on Broughshane Street in the Co Antrim town every Saturday, wiring and mossing wreaths and spending all the money he earned on seeds.
From there, Will developed a keen interest in art and photography and at the age of 21 moved to London to study for a BA (Hons) degree in Fine Art at Central St Martins.
Two years later Will was working in department stores Selfridges and Harvey Nichols for internationally acclaimed florist Jane Packer, who had provided the flowers for Sarah Ferguson's wedding to Prince Andrew in July 1986.
The royal connections don't stop there as Will later moved to Moyses Stevens in Chelsea's Sloane Square, which held the Royal Warrant for the late Queen Mother and currently for the Prince of Wales.
Among those who regularly graced the store were the future Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Beatrice.
"Because we were based at the back door of Peter Jones department store we would have had a lot of celebrity clients like Courtney Love, Brian May, Claudia Schiffer and Lulu.
"Kate Middleton used to come in to buy hyacinths and I always found her to be very polite," Will recalls.
"The last occasion she came in was in 2010 just before her engagement to William was announced and there were about 50 paparazzi outside waiting for her.
"Beatrice also came in to buy peonies and was very nice and friendly.
"We would have provided flowers for Prince Charles, usually wreaths from him for memorial services.
"A letter would arrive to us on a motorbike from Clarence House and then we would send the flowers out."
After five years at Moyses Stevens, Will moved to McQueens and was initially based in the headquarters at Clerkenwell, prior to moving to manage the team of florists based at Claridge's Hotel.
"We would have got requests for bouquets in a particular colour or specific type of flowers from VIP guests so I'd have to contact one of our suppliers to source them," Will said.
"It could be very stressful at times and involve long hours - especially if you were told that someone like Madonna was coming the next day and needed a certain type of lily in one of the suites or penthouses that would then have to be found.
"One of the highlights was having to build a tree with red roses hanging on it inside the hotel's French Salon for a wedding, while Christmas was always a big undertaking."
After 18 years in London, Will returned to Ballymena two years ago to support his father John who had been battling bowel cancer.
Now at the age of 38 he's left the hustle and bustle of big city life behind and is back on Broughshane Street where he recently opened his new business, Le Jardin Sauvage (The Wild Garden).
"This building had been lying empty for five years and after passing it one day I thought it would make for a marvellous greenhouse as it's all glass," Will said.
Will was all set to open just before the Covid-19 lockdown and had great plans to provide flowers for the upcoming wedding season until many marriage ceremonies were postponed.
He adds: "Instead I turned my attention to tropical house plants which has paid off as a lot of people seem to want good quality orchids and unusual hanging plants which are all fashionable again.
"The focus now is all about more green and plants that were popular back in the 1970s like ivy and air and spider plants.
"I spent the lockdown getting the place all cleaned up and filled with plants with my two parrots, Onslow and Sammy, for company.
"While it has been a challenge opening at this particular time, I'm very optimistic as I have a great passion for what I do and I'm bringing a bit of London back to where it all began."