Archives for July 2014

Modern plum and green wedding

Amy and I met last year to discuss her wedding floral.  She wanted something unique and feminine to fit her personality in hues of purple and green.  She would be creating her own centerpieces, but after a struggled try she called me with a “can you help me?”.  I was happy to oblige and we went to work re-stemming her silk flowers and creating pomanders for her Eifel tower vases.   We had a lot of fun and I have to say I was so pleased with the way everything turned out!  Julio, my dear friend and amazing fellow floral designer took on the task of creating and delivering this wedding while I drove 1,000 miles to Colton, WA.  Miranda Murdock captured the beautiful bouquets and Patricia Clark Weddings coordinated the day.  Congratulations Amy & Matt!

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Yes, I’m expensive…

….and there’s nothing wrong with that.  After watching a recent youtube video from Floral Artistry (via Flirty Fleurs) I was compelled to write about my struggle with pricing.  For the last two years I cringed when I heard the comment ” you’re expensive” or worse hearing it second hand!  I immediately felt guilty.  Was I not giving them my best customer service, was I not being more sympathetic to their financial situations,  was I not using my expertise to provide them with most unique and creative designs?  And you know what the answer was more often than not?  No, you’re doing exactly you were hired to do and more!   I had to come to the realization that I am expensive because flowers are expensive and so is my time.   I had to stop overspending because I felt guilty the bouquets weren’t just  little bigger.  I had to realize what was expensive for one client was completely reasonable to another.  I had to educate my clients better.   So this year, like so many before is a year of constant learning , evolving and changing to fit the needs of the business and provide a great product.  I hope this inspires some of you to value yourself and your talents more seriously…or pause before you jump to conclusions about a business and it’s profit margin.  Either way, we have a lot to learn from one another.  031 (2)