Roses are red, Violets are blueMarch 1, 2018
Oh my goodness today I am so excited to feature one of my dear friendor’s on my blog today. Paula is a wonderful florist and owner of Paisley Petals. We will get to see some of her amazing designs and hear a little bit about her business. Now the first time I worked with Paula was when we did a stylized shoot together a few years ago and when I saw her bouquet for the shoot I was blown away. Not only is she one of my favorite florists she is the sweetest person you will ever work with. She creates bouquets that are one of a kind and perfect for each of her brides.
Tell us why you love bring a florist and how you got into the wedding industry?
I have loved flowers for as long as I can remember. There was a climbing rose that grew up the walls of the well house on my grandma’s property- it’s the first flower I can remember that connected with me on kind of a deeper level. I was in the 4th grade when I started cutting flowers from my mom’s garden and making arrangements for my grandma’s. My cousins will tell you that I was always trying to get them to go out in the woods with me and find ferns and flowers to make bouquets with. It was just in my blood from an early age. I worked at a local flower shop in high school and learned some things along the way. In 2000 some college friends asked me to do their wedding flowers, and the rest is history! I’ve been designing wedding flowers for 18 years now, and it’s still my dream job. I adore flowers because they really serve no purpose beyond bringing joy and beauty into the world, and goodness knows we could use as much joy and beauty as we can get these days!
How far in advance does a bride have to book your services and where do you travel?
Most clients book with us about 9 to 12 months in advance. Every year, we get multiple requests for just about every weekend during wedding season, so it’s best to book early if you really love what we do! Once you have a date, a venue, and a general idea of the look and feel you’re trying to create, we can set up a consultation to talk flowers. Most of our weddings are in Washington State and south of Seattle, but we are willing to travel just about anywhere for the right client.
What makes you different than other florists?
Florists are some of my very favorite people! Each florist I have met brings something unique to the table. They are some of the hardest working people out there, and most people have no idea how much hard labor goes in to producing wedding florals. If I’m not available for a particular wedding date, I can almost always point people in the direction of another florist who will be a great fit. I do think I’m unique in the amount of experience I bring to the table. There aren’t many wedding florists (especially those working from a home studio) who have been at it as long as I have-nearly 2 decades! I also have an aesthetic that recognizes the natural joy and beauty that flowers bring to an event. My designs are professional and beautiful, but don’t come off feeling stuffy or overdone.
And it is so true Paula’s floral designs definitely do not come across as stuffy or overdone they are beautiful and will make any bride happy.
Visit Paula’s website here Paisley Petals.
Photography by Kate Price Photography, Benj Haisch Photography, Amy Galbraith Photography and Courtney Bowlden Photography