“But it is not enough merely to exist… I need freedom, sunshine, and a little flower…”
This line from Hans Christian Anderson’s The Butterfly has been paraphrased many times over and is used widely throughout the flowering community. Even though it is a tad cliche, it rings true for me, too. Freedom; but of course. Sunshine; a must. But most of all, flowers. Studies have even proven that flowers can lift spirits, and I believe they are the ultimate expression of ephemeral beauty.
Thanks to my artist mummy, there were always fresh flowers in the house when I was growing up, but as a child, I would never have guessed that botanical elements would play such a meaningful role in my life. During college, I worked part-time at a wedding chapel, trained as a florist, and studied theatre performance, production and costume design. Fortunately, each of these passions collided in the event world, where I’m now able to to use my design skills, floral training and production expertise to create gorgeous, one-of-a-kind events for my clients.
My design philosophy is simple: the flowers are the stars. While I can effortlessly handle a full range of event design details from “just the flowers” to comprehensive tabletop design including crafting custom linens, the flowers are always the most significant aspect of any event. I feel it’s important to be well-rounded as a designer and able to construct pave arrangements to modern mono-floral pieces to ikebana, and everything in-between. I am trained in all these styles, but am most delighted when I’m able to let the flowers guide me in lush garden-inspired designs that are full of texture and movement.
It is an enormous compliment when an event industry professional hires me to design for them, as they’ve seen and worked with the best of the best. To that end, I’m proud to have designed florals for workshops for renowned photographers Jessica Claire and Jasmine Star. I designed the wedding of the sweetest photography duo, Brandon and Kristin Kidd. And Summer Watkins Ball of the wildly popular wedding blog Grey Likes Weddings (and now owner of The Mrs. Box), was one of my stunning brides, as well. Other noteworthy clients include Boni Bryant, of the Bravo show Flipping Out, pop princess Eden and artist Ryan Wilson, not to mention a celebrity roster of a-list actors, rockstars, and Hollywood elite… but if I revealed their names, I’d have to kill you. ;-)
As I celebrate fifteen years as a floral designer, I am thrilled to announce the opening of my first brick and mortar studio in Mid-Town Los Angeles. It’s going to begin a new era for me and I’ll be expanding my company offerings by hosting intimate design workshops, pop-up shops and events, mock-up presentations and more.
A little more about me…
- I married my college boyfriend ten years ago, we’ve now been a couple for over thirteen years!
- My two-year-old identical twin daughters, Oakleigh and Brioney, are my pride and joy. They were born 9 weeks premature and are Twin-Twin Transfusion Syndrome survivors. They are small but mighty and they inspire me every day.
- I’m a Chi Omega from the Epsilon Gamma Chapter at The University of Tulsa.
- I’m convinced that I was British royalty in another lifetime.
- I played classical piano from the age of 7 until I was 17. And then I quit, a decision I deeply regret. Hopefully I’ll pick it back up again someday.
- I’m a mezzo-soprano and used to sing with the Tulsa Youth Opera.
- I’m from a huge family. I grew up with my seven younger siblings, and also have two older siblings who I met when I was in college. Ironically, I am married to an only child.
- I’m a “glam hippie”- I love Kate Spade but also my essential oils. I hate being dirty and I hate GMOs in food.
- I believe the best remedy for an overcast day is to drink English Breakfast tea, eat scones, and watch Pride and Prejudice!