We believe that planning a wedding is a very personal process and you should get to know your vendors because you will be working with them for a good amount of time before your wedding. This is why, once a week, we interview one of our vendors and post a SPOTLIGHT interview on the blog. This week, we're hearing from Erin from Mum's Garden who is a fine art florist. Every event she works on is unique, and is tailored to her client’s wants and needs.

How long have you been working in the wedding industry? 2 years

What makes your business unique? I have a background in fine arts, both visual arts and art history, and this influences my floral practice in a big way. Each time I work with flowers, I like to think I’m creating a work of art. A single blooms lets you work with elements like colour, texture, line, and shape. When you start making combinations of flowers, the possibilities are endless.  This is also the first season I’ve been using my homegrown flowers in designs.  It’s been a learning process, but entirely rewarding.

Favourite part of your business? I love getting to know my clients. I’m a naturally curious person at heart, and luckily asking questions is a big part of my job. Getting to know people in the months leading up to their wedding day is such an honour. Being surrounded by beautiful blooms all day long isn’t so bad either!

What inspires you? I think you can find inspiration anywhere if you look hard enough. Mostly, my inspiration comes from people and places in my life. My work and life partner Adam Colangelo is a copper artist, and he’s been a source of inspiration for years. We share a studio space, and having another artist around is extremely helpful. We’re constantly bouncing ideas off of each other.

Who is your mentor/hero in the industry? Anyone who has decided to be a creative entrepreneur has my utmost respect! Working for yourself is both a dream come true and a challenge, and it’s inspiring to see others take this leap.  I’m proud to be part of the Niagara wedding industry, because this region is bursting with talent!

On your day off...where would we find you? If I’m not with friends or family, I’m trying to fit in a yoga class, tending to my gardens, or enjoying a bonfire on our property.

If you weren't a wedding vendor, what would be your dream job? I’m currently working my dream job! I grew up in a family of entrepreneurs, and I’ve always wanted to run my own business.  I know it sounds cliché, but dreams really do come true. Anything is possible, you just need to make it happen.

What great wedding trends are you seeing this year? I see couples taking a holistic approach to planning their florals and décor. It’s not just about placing a vase of flowers on the table and calling it a day. Couples often come to me with an idea for a cohesive table scape with candles, lush garlands, and floral pieces. All of these elements work together to create a really beautiful atmosphere for your guests.

Do you have any practical advice for couples who are planning their wedding? Enjoy the process! Start early to avoid stress, and do your research. Ask lots of questions, and don’t let other opinions (ie. family, friends) dissuade you from what you really want. If planning isn’t your thing, hire a wedding planner. They’ll help a lot!