Your name: Alexandra Jusino
Your Business name: Exquisite Weddings
Your Location: Chicago, Illinois …. however this August we will go as far as southwest Michigan.
How did you start your business?
I started as a wedding and event planner. I still do event planning to this day. For the last three years
I’ve had some tight budgets where clients have still wanted beautiful florals but cannot afford to hire a production company to do their events.
Three years ago I started dabbling in florals and it somehow took off from there.
What is your design aesthetic?
Definitely contemporary and lush, but starting to enjoy the more free flowing garden feel lately.
What inspires you?
Nature, the different seasons and a whole lot of interior and architectural magazines
What are the trends, flowers & colors that are unique to your region?
Seeing a lot of brides asking for manzanita branches, lots of greys (so dusty miller, silver leaf and brunia are hot!) and garden roses right now.
Are you a retail shop, studio/warehouse or home based?
I am a studio / warehouse.
Do you offer any services in addition to floral designs?
I started as an event planner. So I focus on event planning and do production (floral, pipe & draping, etc) for my clients. It seems like other planners are finding me and I’m getting to collaborate with them.
What does your toolbox look like?
Shears, wire cutters, floral tape, carpet tape (yes it saves me on many occasions) Cling, floral wire, zip ties galore, velcro and a pair of scissors. There is a lot more in there but those are the
“usual suspects” I don’t leave the studio without.
What tool in your toolbox can’t you live without?
My shears and zip ties.
What’s your favorite flower?
This is a hard question. I love so many of them. Anemones, Garden Roses and Dahlias are hot on my list these days.
Anything else you’d like to share with Flirty Fleurs followers?
Sure, Alicia and I committed sin at Crumbs Cupcake in NYC with the most delicious cupcake ever. We plan on going there again!
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