Fabulous Florist :: Flowers by Lady Buggs

Flowers by Lady Buggs - orange and white bouquet

Your name: Davida Buggs
Your Business name: Flowers by Lady Buggs
Your Location: Los Angeles, California

Andie Freeman Photography | Southern California Wedding Photographer

Andie Freeman Photography | Southern California Wedding Photographer

How did you start your business?
I was getting married in 2009 and decided that I wanted to design my own wedding flowers. Yes, I was that DIY bride! I did some research and took a bridal bouquet and boutonniere/corsage course given by Casey Schwartz of the Flower Duet. Casey also met me one early morning at the Los Angeles Flower Market for a tour. It was on that visit to the market that did it for me–I was hooked!

And how many years have you been in business?
I’ve been in business for 8 years

Flowers by Lady Buggs - Los Angeles Florist

What is the most satisfying part of being a floral designer, and why?
I love seeing my couples grow in various stages of their lives well after their weddings. Don’t get me wrong, I love being able to transform my clients visions into something special for their weddings but some of my clients have become friends and I’ll get calls for baby showers, births and birthdays. Knowing that they trust me for the special moments in their lives is extremely satisfying and rewarding for me.

Flowers by Lady Buggs - flower arch

What is the best part of being your own boss? The Worst?
Having come from a corporate environment I enjoy not being behind someone else’s desk. Floral design allows me to do something that I absolutely love and I’m able to run my business my way. There are challenges being a floral designer with long hours, heavy lifting, tons of paperwork and proposals to get out, however, the hardest for me is the time away from my husband and young sons on wedding and event days.

Flowers by Lady Buggs - gold and white bouquets

What is your design aesthetic?
I’m drawn to textural, lush designs with depth, layers and movement.

Flowers by Lady Buggs - peach and burgundy bouquet

How do you create your style and where do you draw your inspiration?
Many times, I draw inspiration from the elements that are going into a wedding or event. It could be as simple as the lace on the bride’s gown, the style of the venue or the feeling that my bride wants to convey to her guests through florals.

Andie Freeman Photography | Southern California Wedding Photographer

Andie Freeman Photography | Southern California Wedding Photographer

What are the trends, flowers & colors that are unique to your region?
Being in Los Angeles we come across it all from the large scale, over-the-top events to everything else in between. The same can be said for the use of color and design—one wedding can be more modern and streamlined where the next can be loose, rustic and organic. The blush wedding is clearly still ever present and just as popular and I can’t get my hands on David Austin Roses fast enough but again, we come across it all.

The one trend that I’m always happy to see are couples requesting and in search of locally grown or California grown products. There are more farmers that provide locally grown flowers and it’s refreshing to know that there are options grown here in our backyard as opposed to coming across the globe.

Flowers by Lady Buggs - bridal bouquet

Are you a retail shop, studio/warehouse or home based? My business is home based

Flowers by Lady Buggs - black and white flower arrangement

Do you offer any services in addition to floral designs?
Still in the floral design realm…initially we focused our efforts primarily on weddings and events, however, we will be expanding the delivery side of the business and look forward to growing in that area.

Andie Freeman Photography | Southern California Wedding Photographer

Andie Freeman Photography | Southern California Wedding Photographer

What tool in your toolbox can’t you live without?
I can’t live without my Ohana floral shears, Oasis cold glue and zip ties.

Flowers by Lady Buggs - Rob Greer Photography

What’s your favorite flower?
I couldn’t possibly choose one flower over another, there’s way too much pretty out there, besides for me it’s more about my favorite color which is the deeper, darker, red-tones. So, the red charm peony, burgundy dahlia, black magic rose—those are some of my favorites because of their strikingly bold color.

Flowers by Lady Buggs white bouquets

Contact information: 818-808-9476
Website: www.flowersbyladybuggs.com
Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/flowersbyladybuggs
Instagram: www.instagram.com/flowersbyladybuggs/

Flowers by Lady Buggs - orange and blue flowers

The Designers Behind the Flowers

Caroline Eells Waller, Passiflora Studio

Caroline of Passiflora Studio

Fabulous Florist :: Buckeye Blooms, Lima, Ohio

Buckeye Blooms, Ohio

Your name: Kay Studer & Susan Studer King
Your Business name: Buckeye Blooms
Your Location: Lima, Ohio

Buckeye Blooms owners Kay and Susan

Susan and Kay

How did you start your business?

Susan: The idea to start a flower farm in Ohio was actually conceived while my husband and I were living in Ecuador as Peace Corps Volunteers. As we neared the end of our two-year service we started contemplating our next move. It was around that same time that my mom was retiring from Ohio State Extension where she worked for years in the Horticulture and Master Gardener programs. It was a period of transition for both of us, so it was the perfect time to think creatively about what we wanted to do “next.” For me, I wanted to live more simply and sustainably. I left a high stress job to serve in the Peace Corps and knew I didn’t want to go back to that field or lifestyle. So we moved back to Ohio and started Buckeye Blooms on the family farm where I grew up—and where my mom grew up too. For me, it was a great transition to living in the States again after such a challenging, yet rewarding and ultimately transformative experience working in Ecuador. (It was there that I saw firsthand the social, economic, environmental and health impacts of the commercial rose industry. I knew we could provide a product that was fresher, more fragrant and even more beautiful than what you could get at traditional florist shops (and without all the terrible toxins that pollute rivers and poison people—primarily women—in South America). But I suppose some of the seeds for the business were planted even earlier than that, when my mom grew and designed the flowers for my wedding—all the way back in 2000.

Kay: The farm where our business is based has been in my family for several generations. I was actually born in the farmhouse and have lived here my entire life. This farm is in my blood. I’d rather be on the seat of a tractor than in a seat at the beauty shop, that’s for sure! We grow corn and soybeans on much of the land and dedicate approximately one acre to flower production. We also have a large established perennial garden and windbreaks that provide great cutting material for our designs. Our design studio is in what once was the milking parlor of the barn. The bulk of our work is for weddings throughout Western and parts of Central Ohio.

Buckeye Blooms - Kay and Susan in their flower field.

Jason Bowers Photography

Buckeye Blooms - Jason Bowers Photography - Barn and Flowers in the Field

Jason Bowers Photography

Buckeye Blooms - Jason Bowers Photography

Jason Bowers Photography

How many years have you been in business?
 Since 2009

Buckeye Blooms bridal bouquets with cafe au lait dahlias

What is your design aesthetic?
Our signature style is a “fresh from the garden” aesthetic that is very organic, textural and nontraditional. We love combining multiple types of uncommon foliages into our designs to give it lots of volume and texture. We often use unusual or repurposed vessels for our designs, like silver teapots, milk glass compotes and antique sewing machine drawers. We also love collecting vintage Ohio pottery, especially McCoy. (We *might* have a collection problem!)

Buckeye Blooms - inside their design studio

Jason Bowers Photography

How do you create your style and where do you draw your inspiration?
We try to use seasonal material for all of our designs and always try to buy from other Ohio flower farms if we don’t have enough of our own flowers or the right colors, etc. We love the community that is being built around local, seasonal flowers.

What are the trends, flowers & colors that are unique to your region?

Lush, organic garden-inspired bouquets: Brides are moving away from “roundy moundy” tight European designs and looking for big, lush, textural, foraged bouquet shapes that are wider, and less round (a trend we love!). Vintage, rustic and country-chic themes are still pretty popular in this region.

Color & flower trends: The last few years have been dominated by blush and champagne hues. Last year, there were more deep wine and marsala color palettes mixed in the blush. The clients we’ve met with so far that are planning 2017 weddings are leaning toward lots of cool grays–whether it is blush and gray or navy and gray or purple and gray. Gray is the new green for accent flowers and foliage. We grow and use lots of Dusty Miller ‘New Look’ (the wide leaf variety) which is great in bouquets–sounds like we’ll be using it a lot next year!

Last year we received quite a few requests for seeded eucalyptus and succulents incorporated into bouquets. In general, however, we have found that brides in our area are less concerned about flower types and more concerned about flower colors. This works well for us, since we grow a lot of flower most average consumers can’t identify anyway. We are able to incorporate lots of unusual seasonal blooms within the couple’s color palette and make really unique bouquets that are unlike anything they’ve ever seen.

Buckeye Blooms - centerpiece with dahlias, stock, lisianthus

Are you a retail shop, studio/warehouse or home based?
Our design studio is located on the farm where we grow our flowers.

Buckeye Blooms - bouquets with cafe au lait dahlias

Buckeye Blooms - bridal bouquet with poppies, peonies, ranunculus

Do you offer any services in addition to floral designs?
We also offer “Flower Parties” at the farm where we provide buckets of fresh cut flowers, vases and a brief tutorial on floral design to groups of 4-8. The guests make their own bouquets to take home. Everyone loves them!

Buckeye Blooms - Mandy Ford Photography - bridal bouquet with dahlias, geranium leaves and snapdragons

Photo by Mandy Ford Photography

Buckeye Blooms - Mandy Ford Photography - centerpiece with coxcomb, hydrangeas, dahlias, and geranium leaves

Photo by Mandy Ford Photography

What tool in your toolbox can’t you live without?
This is totally unglamorous, but we’d have to say our fabric scissors, or “ribbon” scissors, as we call them. We’re usually fighting over the best pair when it comes to doing the ribbon finishes on bridal bouquets and boutonnieres. Any other scissor just won’t do, as it will just fray the fabric and frustrate us!

Buckeye Blooms - Mandy Ford Photography - bouquets with pheasant feathers

Photo by Mandy Ford Photography

What’s your favorite flower?
Susan: I have so many! But I’m a serious sucker for peonies.

Kay: My favorite flower is narcissus. Our farm is located in an area that was settled by Welsh immigrants, whose national flower is the daffodil. I have thousands of daffodils planted all over the farm. It is not uncommon to have ladies from the local Welsh church call to ask if they can come to see at all the daffodils in the spring.

Buckeye Blooms - Connection Photography - Bridal Bouquet

Connection Photography

Contact information:
Website: www.buckeyeblooms.com
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/BuckeyeBlooms
Instagram: http://instagram.com/buckeyeblooms
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/buckeyeblooms/

Buckeye Blooms - wildflower bridal bouquet

Buckeye Blooms - centerpiece with peonies

Buckeye Blooms - arrangement with peonies, dahlias and roses

Fabulous Florist :: Rachel Cho Floral Design

Rachel Cho Floral Design
Your name: Rachel Cho
Your Business name: Rachel Cho Floral Design
Your Location: West Chelsea, Manhattan

Rachel Cho Floral Design New York City

How did you start your business?
I grew up in the flower business in a local flower shop that my mother started in the Bronx, in New York City. When I was a little girl I had to work on the weekends and every holiday to help out with the family business. After graduating college with a degree in Biology, I decided med school was not for me and started working in various industries, including fashion. In 2005, I decided to go back to the flower shop to start a flower business of my own, a luxury, “high fashion” flower brand. I was very fortunate to gain a lot of exposure early on, doing a lot of events for MoMA, gaining high-profile accounts such as the New York Yankees, and building a great wedding portfolio with highly positive reviews. Fast-forward to 2016: I’ve built great partnerships and a book of business that affords a 3500 square foot design studio in West Chelsea, in Manhattan. I’ve enlisted my husband, who left his corporate career to go into business with me in 2015, and now we co-own and run the company together. We have a handful managing the business together as well as 2 kids under 2 years old!

Rachel Cho Floral Design New York CityRachel Cho Floral Design New York City - citrus colored floral arrangement

How many years have you been in business?
I am approaching my 12-year mark, which will be at the start of 2017.

Rachel Cho Floral Design New York City - Red flower arrangement

What is your design aesthetic?
My design aesthetic is contemporary, modern, and fresh. We use luxurious, seasonal blooms that come from near and far in a highly curated, thoughtful style. I focus on textures, and always try to bring out a bloom’s inherent shape and form. My designs are clean, with a slight whimsical flair.

Rachel Cho Floral Design New York City

How do you create your style and where do you draw your inspiration?
My style has always been to combine various textures and interesting color palettes (whether it be a monochromatic design, or a mix of various colors, brought together in a harmonious way). My inspiration can be drawn from anything! From a customer’s emotional backstory, to a beautiful flower variety we have on-hand whose unique color or texture I’d like to bring out, I find that I create an arrangement by really thinking about who or what the arrangement is for.

Rachel Cho Floral Design New York City - red and orange ranunculus bouquet

What are the trends, flowers & colors that are unique to your region?
There are various trends that make designing with flowers so exciting. In New York, people love monochromatic tones such as a chic, simple all-white arrangement. Our signature arrangement, the White on Black, is always very popular. Using all white tones with various flower varieties, the White on Black is highly textured and gorgeously juxtaposed by its black vessel. Another trend that is so fun to work with is the new craze for garden-y, organic compositions that use a variety of interesting greenery, berries, and wildflowers. The challenge with this kind of composition is balancing full-face blooms with linear flowers, but when all is composed in harmony, you get a beautiful mix that has a lot of dimension. Flower trends have definitely evolved over the years from tight, compact, round shapes to organic and overflowing designs that look like they were freshly picked from a garden.

Rachel Cho Floral Design New York City

Are you a retail shop, studio/warehouse or home based?
We are an appointment-only design studio. We’re located on the 2nd floor of the historic Terminal Stores Building, which used to be known as the Tunnel, and was a popular New York nightclub in the 80s and 90s. Our studio is a large industrial space with 3 walk-in coolers and a working freight elevator that loads right into our studio. We welcome any walk-ins to stop by but most people order by phone or online.

Rachel Cho Floral Design New York City - centerpiece of purple and grey flowers

Do you offer any services in addition to floral designs?
We try to meet any requests that our designer hands and designer know-how are capable of! We’ve customized large-scale moss letters for a company logo and have installed extensive succulent and air plant wall displays. We have regular standing orders for terrariums and orchids. In addition to having the capacity for plant installations of various scales, we also provide plant maintenance services for corporate and private accounts.

Rachel Cho Floral Design New York City

What tool in your toolbox can’t you live without?
My ARS curved floral knife! I also can’t live without my ARS pocket shears and ARS scissors. The trick to labeling your tools is writing your name with nail polish! Sharpies, markers, or anything else will rub off.

Rachel Cho Floral Design New York City

What’s your favorite flower?
Roses. They are always my go-to. I’m always amazed by their diversity of color, shape, and scent. I absolutely love every kind of flower, but I do start to get bored (thankfully!) when the season of a particular kind of flower is coming to an end. I of course love the fan-favorites such as peonies, dahlias, anemones, ranunculus, etc. I adore some of the lesser-known varieties such as fritillaria, nerine, hellebore, poppies, and sweet peas. Roses are year- round but I never ever get sick of them.

Bouquet designed by Rachel Cho Floral Design

Contact information:
www.rachelchoflowers.com
633 West 27th Street Floor 2
New York, NY 10001
212.877.2877

Rachel Cho Floral Design - bouquet with orchids and anthurium

Eye Candy :: Julia Testa Floral Design

Sharing some lovely floral inspiration with all of you today! These beauties were designed by Brooklyn based Julia Testa Design

Julia Testa Floral Design, New York City and Brooklyn Florist

Julia Testa Floral Design, New York City and Brooklyn Florist

Julia Testa Floral Design, New York City and Brooklyn Florist

Julia Testa Floral Design, New York City and Brooklyn Florist

Julia Testa Floral Design, New York City and Brooklyn Florist

Julia Testa Floral Design, New York City and Brooklyn Florist

Julia Testa Floral Design, New York City and Brooklyn Florist

Julia Testa Floral Design, New York City and Brooklyn Florist

Julia Testa Floral Design, New York City and Brooklyn Florist

Julia Testa Floral Design, New York City and Brooklyn Florist

Julia Testa Floral Design, New York City and Brooklyn Florist

Julia Testa Floral Design, New York City and Brooklyn Florist

Julia Testa Floral Design, New York City and Brooklyn Florist

Julia Testa Floral Design, New York City and Brooklyn Florist

Fabulous Florist :: Hoot & Holler and Noir Floral

Hoot & Holler

Your name: Malori Maeva
Your Business name: Hoot & Holler and Noir Floral
Your Location: Phoenix & Chicago

Hoot & Holler

How did you start your business?

I started working with flowers as a way to make my day job more interesting. I was an assistant to a project manager in a restaurant group and needed a creative outlet. I discovered that all of the flowers in the group’s restaurants were done in house so I started to shadow the man that did them. I fell in love with it and left my day job after about a year to pursue floral design full time.

Hoot & Holler

How many years have you been in business?


A little over three years.

Hoot & Holler

What is your design aesthetic?

Our work has become known for featuring unusual blooms and a wide blend of foliage for a wild look. We love to design with dark colors and objects that might not seem like a natural fit for wedding floral.

Hoot & Holler

How do you create your style and where do you draw your inspiration?

Part of my style came from my restaurant background where costs needed to be kept low and arrangements needed to last for a long time. Greenery is such a great way to give arrangements character so we always place an emphasis on which greens will best suit the concept for clients. From there, we pull color inspiration and look for a wide mix of textures in the flowers to create depth and visual interest.

I draw inspiration from everywhere but recently I’ve been feeling especially inspired photography and travel. Last week I spent a few nights in Joshua Tree and came back to the studio feeling energized by the odd beauty of the Joshua Trees. I’ll definitely be working to mirror some of the shapes and textures I experienced into my design.

Hoot & Holler

What are the trends, flowers & colors that are unique to your region?

We’re in the desert so a lot of our brides request succulents and pastels. We love to incorporate local foliage like olive and eucalyptus into our designs for brides that want a desert style. We always push our clients to take a step past the typical desert stereotype for their wedding designs because Arizona is home to a surprisingly large number of beautiful plants – much more than cacti and the occasional succulent.

Hoot & Holler

Are you a retail shop, studio/warehouse or home based?

We have a studio in South Phoenix.

Hoot & Holler

Do you offer any services in addition to floral designs?

We just created another brand under the Hoot & Holler family called Noir Floral & Styling. We’re thrilled to now offer our clients full styling packages. We also have a full rental inventory of unique vases as well as a few different styles of arches available. Additionally, we have a metal shop on site at our studio so we are able to fabricate custom arch and install designs for our clients.

Hoot & Holler

What tool in your toolbox can’t you live without?


I can’t go without 26 gauge paddle wire. We use it everywhere from installs to crowns.

Hoot & Holler

What’s your favorite flower?

Black Bearded Iris

Hoot & Holler

Contact information:
www.hootandholler.co / www.noirfloral.com
ig: @hootandholler / @noirfloral

Noir Floral

Hoot & Holler

Hoot & Holler

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Eye Candy :: Rebelle Fleurs, Southern California

Today’s Eye Candy post features the stunning floral design work by Leslie of Rebelle Fleurs Event Design. Rebelle Fleurs is located in Southern California.

Rebelle Fleurs - bridal bouquet with peach roses

Rebelle Fleurs - White Ceremony Arch with Garden Roses

Eye Candy :: Kaleb Norman James Design

A few years ago I met Kaleb while at Seattle Wholesale Growers Market, he is a lovely gentleman with an eye for gorgeous, romantic flowers. Kaleb’s company is Kaleb Norman James Design and can often be found designing weddings in Washington & California. I adore his beautiful & romantic designs, here are a few of my favorites –

Kaleb Norman James - White bridal bouquet

Kaleb Norman James - Green and White Centerpiece

Kaleb Norman James _ Kristen Marie Parker  Photography

Kristen Marie Parker Photography

Kaleb Norman James - Centerpiece of Garden Roses

Kaleb Norman James - Long Reception Table

Kaleb Norman James - Pink Bridal Bouquet of Garden Roses - Seattle Weddings

Kaleb Norman James - Roche Harbour

Kaleb Norman James - Ryan Flynn Photography

Ryan Flynn Photography

Kaleb Norman James - White and Grey Floral Arrangement

Kaleb Norman James Flowers - Lora-Grady-Photography

Fabulous Florist :: Florenta Design, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Thrilled to share one of my favorite floral designers from Mexico with all of you today! We also featured Florenta’s work in Issue Two of Flirty Fleurs magazine.

Lola Del Campo - Florenta Floral Design _ Mexico

Your name: LOLA DEL CAMPO
Your Business name: FLORENTA DESIGN
Your Location: LOS CABOS, MEXICO

Florenta Flower Design - Wedding floral arch

How did you start your business?
Before I opened Florenta, I had the great fortune of working for a wedding planning company and from that experience I was introduced to the world of flowers. I realized that my heart loved working with flowers and that was my passion and calling.

How many years have you been in business?
SINCE 2008

Florenta Floral Design - Fountain filled with flowers

How do you create your style and where do you draw your inspiration?
Nature is definitely my inspiration and muse. I am always observing the forms, shapes and colors of plants, trees, florals and the natural fauna everywhere I go and from there my free form expression is born.

Florenta Floral Design - Centerpiece with orange and coral flowers

What are the trends, flowers & colors that are unique to your region?
Without a doubt, vibrant colors are unique and native to our region! In Los Cabos, we are blessed with the beautiful contrast of bright pink bougainvillea trees, often accented by the orange blooms of the Tabachin tree which pops out against the backdrop of our multi-hued ocean. We are also fortunate to have a great variety of succulents, which are also an amazing accent for wedding florals.

Florenta Floral Design - Mexico - vibrant table setting

What is your favorite part of being a floral designer?
That I get to spend most of my day amongst flowers!

What advice would you give to aspiring floral designers?
Learn to appreciate constructive criticism and take suggestions with an open mind. This approach will help you achieve success sooner rather than later!

Florenta Floral Design - Sara Richardson - Wedding reception under chandeliers

Do you offer any services in addition to floral designs?
Yes! We style the whole event and do rentals through our sister company, Let it Be rentals.

What tool in your toolbox can’t you live without?
Scissors!

Florenta Floral Design - boutonnieres

What’s your favorite Social Media platform and why?
I love Instagram! It’s visual platform allows you to easily get to know the true nature and heart of the designer.

Florenta Floral Design - Vibrant Flower Arrangement

Anything else you’d like to share with Flirty Fleurs followers?
Thank you for allowing me to share my floral experience with your readers. I feel extremely fortunate and privileged to be able to work with such a beautiful medium, where all credit truly goes to Mother Nature.

Florenta Floral Design - burgundy flower centerpiece

Contact Information:
Florenta Floral Design
https://www.facebook.com/florentaflowerdesign/
https://www.instagram.com/loladelcampo/
www.florentaflowerdesign.com

Florenta Floral Design - Sara Richardson - Wedding chuppah on the beach in Mexico