Flowers have been my passion since I was young. Raised in a family of gardeners, I remember choosing seed packets from the farm store each spring. The anticipation of the flowers blooming, all that color and fragrance in the garden, was so thrilling to me! Nature still provides me with constant inspiration, the way a branch is shaped or a flower is bobbing in the breeze. I strive to translate that feeling into my designs, creating florals that look as though they were just picked from the garden.
Over the years, my careers have changed but I've always had my hand in growing flowers. It wasn't until my daughters were born 10+ years ago that I finally had the courage to focus solely on floral design and styling. My husband is a great supporter and I am ever thankful for his encouragement.
My design style is considered romantic and nature-inspired. Flowers flow over the edges of vases. Bouquets are loose, hand-tied styles wrapped with beautiful ribbons. By using seasonal, locally grown flowers in my designs, I can include flowers that are not as well known. To me, these flowers are little gems, the items that make the floral designs extra special.
Many of the flowers I use come from the gardens surrounding my studio. Located near Seattle in the fertile Skagit Valley, I easily travel from Seattle to the San Juan Islands, Bellingham to Portland for weddings. Most days, you will find me outside in the gardens with my flock of chickens close behind. We are adding ducks to our flock this spring, I'm so excited! Family is very important to me. I love that my daughters are able to experience nature as I did, spending lots of time outdoors. Though they seem more enchanted with toads and chickens at the moment than they do flowers!
Next were the bouquets! We were unsure if we would be able to get anemones, but sure enough they were there! Where the ceremony would take place, special care was taken to attach our spray of flowers to our handmade arch. Heart and soul was put into making our day gorgeous!