A Creative Process: Amy Lauren Floral Design

In early May I had the opportunity to meet Amy of Amy Lauren Floral Design at her quaint home in Silver Spring, Maryland. Amy is an incredible floral designer in the DMV and destination wedding industry and a creative girl boss. We first met at a networking event in about a month before our session and arranged to meet up with a goal in mind to capture Amy in every stage of her design process, highlighting her natural talents and creativity. My love for inspiring others sparked me to create a new blog series I'm starting today called "A Creative Process."

I interviewed Amy to get a little insight on her business and discover what inspires her daily. I hope you enjoy reading her answers and getting inspired, yourself! If you'd like more information about Amy, her contact information will be listed at the end of this blog post. 


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TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF! PLEASE GIVE A BRIEF INTRODUCTION ON WHO YOU ARE AND WHAT BUSINESS YOU DO IN THE WEDDING INDUSTRY.

Hey there! I'm Amy, a wife, mom, friend, and adventure seeker. I love pretty and interesting things which always has me playing with new designs! I'm a wedding florist specializing in romantic, soft, garden style arrangements.

WHERE IS YOUR BUSINESS LOCATED AND WHAT AREAS DO YOU SERVE?

I'm located in Silver Spring, MD and serve the entire DMV and even destination weddings.

HOW DID YOU BEGIN IN THE WEDDING INDUSTRY?

Flowers had been my hobby for a very long time! I started in the industry by recognizing my deep desire to use my creative energy for business! A few nudges from some industry friends, and the rest is history!
 

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST SOURCE OF INSPIRATION AS A WEDDING FLORIST?

My biggest source of inspiration is nature. I know that's not original. Ha! But, I love creating designs that appear as if they could be growing somewhere. I'm inspired by texture as well. Sure, certain flowers really make me happy... but textures, shapes, even smells really get me excited!

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FAVORITE DESIGN TO DATE? PLEASE DESCRIBE IT.

This is so hard! They're all different! If I had to pick one, it would be a bouquet for a styled shoot I collaborated on in March 2017. It was very inspired by the garden. Really flowy and big. The colors were soft. White. Blush. Lavender. Soft greens. But the smell.... it was so perfect. Lilacs, garden rose, fresh lavender, cherry blossom. Oh my gosh. So perfect! I loved this bouquet and wished I could bottle up the scent and wear it forever.

IF YOU COULD OFFER ONE PIECE OF ADVICE TO A CURRENT BRIDE WHO IS PLANNING HER WEDDING, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

Come to the table with some ideas. For example: color, style, budget, etc. Then be flexible and allow the professional... in this case, the florist to help steer you in a direction. Trust their creative expression! That's why you're hiring them :)

FINALLY, WHY DO YOU LOVE BEING A WEDDING FLORIST?

So many reasons. I truly breathe a deep sigh of relief every single time I get my hands on fresh blooms. It calms me. It gives me life. It's a great way to feel connected to nature... and especially a medium that is a living/dying thing. Flowers don't last forever but the feeling and memory they create, does. I cherish every opportunity to delight someone with an unexpected design...or something that looks exactly like what they were envisioning. It's an honor to be part of so many special days for my brides.

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If you'd like to inquire with Amy, she can be contacted at amy@amylaurenfloraldesign.com,
or visit her online at www.amylaurenfloraldesign.com.

Elegant Garden-Inspired Wedding at The Henry Smith House | Amanda and Brent

The Henry Smith House in Picayune, Mississippi was home to Amanda and Brent's wedding. This day truly was special for the bride, groom and everyone in attendance. Faces were full of smiles, jokes were told, and memories were made to last. Everything about this day reflected on the joy and love of Amanda and Brent. This venue was the absolute perfect setting for their romantic November wedding. 

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Excitement filled the air as the gals prepared for the upcoming ceremony. Hair pieces were pinned, outfits were zipped, and accessories were donned. Amanda chose a gorgeous long-sleeved lace gown from Modcloth, and I might have squealed a little when I saw it. With the dress, Amanda paired beautiful scalloped Betsy Johnson flats complete her elegant and vintage style. I was IN LOVE!

I think something which made this whole process extra special for Amanda was her being able to wear grandmother's wrist cuff, which accounted for her "something old." What a beautiful way for her to honor her grandmother and wear it on such a special day in their lives.

Amanda was all smiles as she added the finishing touches during the getting-ready portion of her day.

Something I love about Amanda is that she is so down-to-earth and genuine. She's extremely passionate about food and is a blogger herself. She publishes her own paleo recipes on her super-cute blog called "The Mayor of Yumtown." 

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Prior to the wedding, Amanda and Brent opted to exchange hand written letters. Since they were unable to see each other before the ceremony, it was even more special and only added to the anticipation of seeing one another. 

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Amanda and Brent's reception at The Henry Smith House could not have been more memorable. This portion of the day was packed with exciting things, including mingling, meaningful toasts, and first dances. Amanda and Brent shared their first dance together as husband and wife swaying to the tune of "That's the Way of the World" by Kim Pensyl.

Bridesmaid (and makeup artist), Emily Smith, sang a song and played her guitar during the reception, which I know Amanda and Brent were looking forward to and meant a lot to the both of them.

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The family and friends of the couple were overjoyed and full of love during this special time. As for the other guests, the DJ's killer music choices allowed for dancing the night away.

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VENUE: THE HENRY SMITH HOUSE • ON-SITE COORDINATOR: JEANETTE ENGOLIA • DJ: NIGHTSHIFT SOUNDS • WEDDING DRESS: MODCLOTH • BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES: MODCLOTH • GROOMSMEN'S ATTIRE: KENNETH COLE, PURCHASED AT BELK • FLORALS: DIY • RINGS: PAV AND BROOME • OFFICIANT: RYAN RUCKEL • MAKEUP: EMILY SHOLES SMITH • CAKE: NITA LEE • PHOTOGRAPHY ASSISTANT: CLARA GALLARDO