little shop of flowers

The one week countdown is on for The Bridal Experience! I’ve been grateful to get to meet so many new professionals through the interactive show, and super thankful to have the opportunity to share more personal information about them through this second round of the vendor tour!

Today I am SO pleased to host Little Shop of Flowers at BlissEvents.co. This mom & daughter team is genuine, real-deal, and an absolute BLAST to hang out with. Over and over I have been impressed with their firm commitment to providing their brides beautiful and high quality arrangements. There is no curveball these ladies cannot handle, no vision they cannot make a reality. I know this because I have handed them a few curveballs and given them a few big visions 🙂 I’m never disappointed. Always amazed.

Always.

Photo by Absolutely Epic Photography
Photo by Absolutely Epic Photography

Hello! Tell us about yourself.

[We] took a floral technology class in 2003 and decided that it was something we wanted to pursue. We both received degrees in Floral Technology in 2005. During our courses, we
designed wedding reception and ceremony flowers for at least 20 weddings. One of our brides was a daughter of the coach of a MLB team so that was very exciting! After graduation, we opened our first flower shop in California. Since moving to Missouri, we have focused on weddings and special events- the wedding industry needs more people that actually care about their brides and grooms! To so many people a person is a price tag. It’s not that way with us. We only take one full service wedding a weekend, so that we can focus. We are with you from the very beginning, all the way to the end! We have developed many amazing relationships with our couples and have kept in touch long after the wedding day has ended. We truly are here to make your day the day that you have always imagined!

Photo by Shana Lynne Photography
Photo by Shana Lynne Photography

In what ways have you seen weddings change since you joined the
market?

Being from California, the market is a little bit different, but trends always come and go. The big thing in California when we left was black and pink weddings. At least 60% of our weddings were black and pink, normally roses and a lot of people also liked feather boas at that time! Wish I could find a photo of one of our bridal bouquets that was hot pink roses with a black feather boa around it! Fast forward to 2016, the trend is a natural look- very loose and flowy arrangements. All greenery bouquets have been a trend this year and are
absolutely beautiful.

One of our first brides after we moved to Missouri!
One of our first brides after we moved to Missouri!

What types of services do you offer?
We offer free consultations, arrangements for weddings and events, event floral set up, event floral take down, delivery, as well as hourly services such as design training (we will show you how to design centerpieces, corsages, boutonnieres, etc) and on site help such as corsage and boutonniere pinning, helping keep centerpieces and flowers in order, etc. We also offer flower-only orders (where you just order the flowers from us and arrange them yourself.) We are venturing into items that are available to rent from us when you use us for your wedding flowers. Some of those items are vases, arches, and many more to come.

Photo by Mike Wingo Photography
Photo by Mike Wingo Photography

Who are some of your favorite vendors to work alongside?
Oh, wow! We have so many. We love working with Athena at Enchanted Hills, the venue is breathtaking and she is one of the most amazing, down to earth people that we have ever met. She has become a great friend over the years! We have also worked a lot with Mike Wingo Photography and his photos are amazing! Tanya at Style by the Slice is amazing, we have used her for cakes other than just for weddings and they are always spectacular! This year we have had the pleasure of working with Stephanie and Crystal from Bliss Events and they definitely have an eye for design and are so much fun. We have been using Shana from Shana Lynne Photography for family photos for years and have had the pleasure of working with her on weddings and styled shoots and let’s just say, her photos speak for themselves! We have a great relationship with all of the above vendors and you could never got wrong with picking any of them!

A bouquet repurposed as a centerpiece
A bouquet repurposed as a centerpiece

Share some advice you have for brides planning their weddings.
Pick vendors that you feel will portray your vision the best and truly care about you. Don’t pick the most expensive, don’t pick the least expensive, pick vendors that you “click” with and that you know will do everything possible to make you happy.

If you would like to connect with Sandi at Little Shop of Flowers, visit their website at LilShopofFlowers.com or find them on Facebook!

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