2017 marks my sixteenth season in business! I must say that 16 feels pretty sweet.
Each year in business is an adventure. I never take for granted the trust that my clients bestow upon me; being a part of a couple’s wedding day is a tremendous honor.
Every season brings new opportunities to bloom and grow.
Here’s a collection of 16 photos that make me smile; some from just this past year and some from quite a few years ago…
I am so looking forward to this upcoming season.
Spring is usually the time where I get to meet with clients who booked with me during the previous year. The past few weeks have brought several couples up to Vermont to meet with vendors and finalize planning details for their destination weddings, so I’m catching up with clients to update proposals and cross “flowers” off their to-do list. It’s truly one of my favorite things about spring.
The season’s just getting started. I’ve designed 2 weddings so far, and today, I met with some of my favorite wedding vendors. After a winter in hibernation, we were all pleasantly surprised to see one another and we shared our enthusiasm for the upcoming events!
I really do love what I do and I’m lucky to know some of Vermont’s best wedding vendors.
Here’s how my business got started…
In December 2001 the beautiful flower shop where I’d worked for just under a year announced that they’d be closing their doors in a few short weeks. I was crushed. I loved that store…it was the nicest shop I’d ever worked at…..where would I go from here?
Well, it turned out the answer was….ski school!….I spent the rest of the winter working at a local ski resort and “took a break” from flowers until the snow melted and I started my own floral design business in the spring.
I got a summer job at a local, organic flower farm. I found that I was more than happy cutting fresh flowers in the mornings and making bouquets in the afternoons. I booked 1 wedding my first summer in business in 2002; and that felt like a HUGE win to me!
I spent the next few years working at the ski school in the winters and the flower farm in the summers, and I managed to grow my business with a few more weddings each year, as well as weekly restaurant accounts. It was slow and steady…and it was also pre-Google, pre-Facebook and pre-everything social media! Running a business was about pounding the pavement back then!
A lot has changed over the past 16 seasons.
I’m thankful for all of the technology that brings me even closer to my clients; like this blog! and Skype chats; and Pinterest boards with oodles of inspiration.
It feels like anything is possible in floral design these days. I notice that clients have a true appreciation for the transformative power of flowers; they infuse a feeling and create the ambiance for an event, after all.
Cheers to the hundreds of couples who’ve invited me to share a part in their wedding day over the past 15 years.
Cheers to a super Sweet Sixteen!
It’s early April in Vermont and after some snow overnight on Friday, it has been BEAUTIFUL weather the past 2 days. So beautiful, in fact, that I could almost mistake it for spring! I loved this spring day! I hung laundry on the clothesline, raked leaves, scoped out the scene in the perennial beds to
June is often one of my busiest months as a floral designer, but last June might have also been my prettiest June yet! I shared this beautiful wedding that also took place at The Coach Barn last June and today I’m following that up with another Shelburne Farms wedding. A palette of blush pink and white with
A valentine is defined as “an artistic work, message or token expressing affection for something or someone.” I know Valentine’s Day can be divisive (and a lot of pressure!)….so in the true spirit of Valentine’s Day I’m sharing a homemade valentine to one of my favorite flowers, ranunculus. In 1923 my grandfather collected and pressed
June weddings are classic and a wedding at The Coach Barn at Shelburne Farms is not only classic, but it’s quintessential Vermont. I am so head-over-heels for this wedding and these flowers (and this couple….and the bride’s mom!…and the wedding planner…and the photographer who got the shot above with the cows!…and the caterer). Some of my
One stand out moment from my 15th year in business was working for my alma mater, The University of Vermont, this season. I designed the arrangements for a very special dinner at The Fleming Museum as well as some accent pieces for the newly renovated Alumni House which was officially unveiled in time for Alumni Weekend.
“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” -Albert Camus Fall weddings really do feel like a breath of fresh air when a busy summer season turns to autumn. I absolutely adore this photo my bride, Gabriella, shared with me from her wedding on Saturday at Whiteface Country Club. Two of Us
By now it may be obvious that I L-O-V-E a white, pink, peach and burgundy palette. I mean love it. The addition of deep plum/burgundy takes a classic wedding palette and just adds a touch of contrast and depth. Susanna and Andreas were married this August in Burlington, VT and then headed up to The
June weddings mean that peonies at their peak. Meredith and Jonathan’s wedding at Topnotch Resort in Stowe featured peonies, roses, ranunculus, sweet peas, lisianthus, freesia, rice flower, hydrangea and mock-orange & lady’s mantle from my garden. I’ll share 2 shots of the bridal bouquet…first, a view from the front and then, a view from the
A burst of color is a welcome addition to any summertime wedding and the colors for Leah and Mike’s wedding at Stowehof are so fun, bold and bright. The bride was very clear that she wanted color, but she did not want it to look “childish”. (A completely valid concern when choosing colors.) With a mix