Brandy is a floral designer who creates inspiring floral art for weddings and events.
What makes your business unique? I'm a former professional photographer, so when I design, I design for not only for what you see in life but what shows up in your photographs, to be looked back on for years to come. I focus my attention on understanding the unique style of every couple I create for! So they know that their florals will reflect them and their one-of-a-kind story on their wedding day!
Favourite part of your business? It has to be the people ... my clients, the amazing vendors I get to work with, the venue coordinators ... everyone. This is such a uniquely close-knit, positive community of creatives and I've made so many incredible friends being part of it.
What inspires you? Two main things ... my clients and nature. My clients always have a fresh perspective on love and life to share with me, which as an artist lifts me up and brings me new ideas. And nature ... well it almost never combines things incorrectly. Colour, shape, texture, space ... if I look to what grows, I always find inspiration.
Who is your mentor/hero in the industry? Oh gosh, how could I ever pick just one? I'm going to say Leslie from Warehouse 84. She has pushed me hard since the first time I met her (I suspect without her even knowing it), to be my best and most original self. She's had my back when I needed it and always inspires me with her great sense of style, incredible work ethic and cheerful nature.
On your day off...where would we find you? You'd find me having coffee or a glass of wine with my husband or a friend.
If you weren't a wedding vendor, what would be your dream job? This truly is my dream job.
What great wedding trends are you seeing this year? I'm loving this chic take on vintage / rustic. I love the contrast between modern lines / gold accents and rustic elements. I'm also really happy to see more couples taking risks with their decor and creating design elements that are unique to their wedding style and their venue!
Do you have any practical advice for couples planning a wedding? My best advice is to choose wedding artists who inspire you and who you feel a personal connection with. Visit them, talk to them, see if their personal style works with yours. You'll enjoy the process most working with a group who just "get you" and who you enjoy spending time with.
Also take the time to do research. It's worth the few extra minutes to look up reviews / testimonials, check with reliable / curated sources (like Vineyard Bride) or chat with vendors you've already booked and feel confident in!