Today we have a lovely interview with wedding floral designer Margo of Mott’s Floral Design, with locations in Oak Ridge, TN and Oliver Springs, TN! Enjoy:
TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF AND YOUR COMPANY.
I’m a thirty-something married mom of two energetic girls. We jokingly state that I was “born into” a pile of flowers; let me explain… My mother began working in a flower shop in her late teens and opened her first shop in her early twenties. I grew up in “the shop”; learning design, technique, and knowing I could skip school every Valentine’s Day until graduation! I enjoyed creating beauty through flowers; I continue to use that motivation in the work I do today.
HOW DID YOU GET INTO WEDDING FLORALS?
Wedding work was always a part of mom’s shop. The key to wedding work now is having an acute awareness of current trends and executing professional technique to ensure the bride receives the florals she’s dreamed of!
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART ABOUT BEING A FLORIST?
Hands down….it’s the creative freedom I have! I love creating unique arrangements for each of our clients
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FLOWER AND / OR STYLE (MODERN, CLASSIC, NATURAL, GLAM) AND WHY?
Though I’m very much a perfectionist, I lean toward the natural style of design. The picturesque look of a fresh bouquet of “garden” flowers-hydrangeas, peonies, limonium that are loosely arranged is my favorite style. However, in the spring, nothing beats a vase full of tulips.
WHAT’S THE BIGGEST LESSON YOU’VE LEARNED, AND WOULD PASS ALONG TO OTHER NEW WEDDING FLORISTS JUST GETTING STARTED?
Listen to your bride! Encourage her to bring pictures, share her Pinterest board, have swatches of her color palette; you want to ensure you have a crystal clear understanding of exactly what flowers/greens/materials will be used.
WHAT TIPS OR ADVICE CAN YOU GIVE TO COUPLES WHO ARE ORDERING THEIR WEDDING FLOWERS?
Come prepared with a budget and be open to suggestions/substitutions. Often the perception of cost comes as a “sticker” shock. Questions such as, “Roses at the grocery are much cheaper, why am I paying more here?” The response to that is quality of flowers, care and handling of those flowers, and the artistic, creative touch we, as floral professionals, use to make your wedding day florals the most talked about for years to come.
ARE THERE ANY IMPORTANT QUESTIONS YOU FEEL BRIDES SHOULD ASK THEIR FLORISTS?
I’ve found that most brides assume the florist will deliver to ceremony site, set florals in place, pin on boutonnieres, etc. at no additional cost. That’s not the case. Most florists charge additional fees (us included) for delivery/set up. There are options available for every budget so PLEASE ensure you have a clear understanding of expectation.
Beautiful work Margo, thanks for sharing!
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