I'm Suzie, and I'm glad you stopped by to meet me!
It's hard to believe but I've been at this whole flower thing for over a decade! I started my business in 2009 while attending Clemson University and working towards my degree in Horticulture. My business started as a hobby, and by accident to be honest. Many of my college friends who were engaged would ask my advice about their flowers. Which ones they should choose, how much they should spend, and what florist they should go to to get the style and look they wanted. Back then, Pinterest wasn't big yet so brides-to-be would carry around those big Vera Bradley print binders and rip out scraps from the wedding mags they were gifted upon engagement. I would try to help by researching local florists to find the perfect fit for them. Someone who could create the beautiful florals we were seeing in these bridal magazines. The conclusion I came to was that our area may have been a little behind in trend back then. So I had an idea! This was when I had the first inkling that I would be a business owner...
Before I moved to South Carolina to attend Clemson I worked at the coolest little flower market in the DC Metro area where I learned all about the different varieties of flowers that were available on the market. The owner of the flower market, Sharon, was a brilliant designer. She taught me all about where to find the good stuff and how to design avant garde arrangements with interesting materials. I loved working there and Sharon was, and still is a mentor to me. She encouraged me to start my own business in South Carolina and gave me invaluable information when I first started out.
So it only seemed logical to try and help my engaged friends by offering my services as a florist-for-hire. It was actually more like florist-for-favor, since I wasn't really turning a profit in those days. But I fell in love with it and I've been growing my business ever since those college days.
In ten years, my business has run the gamut of this wedding world. I started as a mason jar filler, and in the last three years I've had the honor of executing some very large scale, luxury weddings. I've done things I didn't think I could do, managed teams, and faced my fears.
I thought I wanted to be a "luxury floral designer," but this past year or so has taught me that what inspires and motivates me to design beautiful things are the flowers and the people. It's you! When it stops being about you, I lose interest. When it stops being about the beauty and quality of the flowers, and instead becomes about the quantity, I lose steam. I desire to create ambiance and to make my clients utterly joyous on their wedding day. If JOY & BEAUTY are what you are seeking on your wedding day, then I can definitely help you out with that! Drop me a line. I'd love to hear from you.