Rock Star Wedding Professional – Anastasia Ehlers Floral Design

 ~ Interview with Anastasia of Anastasia Ehlers Floral Design ~

Photo by Anne Nunn of ANP Photographers

Russell & I get to work with some great wedding professionals at all of the weddings we get to attend, but it’s not everyday they we get to work with a Rock Star Wedding Professional. What is a a Rock Star Wedding Professional you say? Rock Star Wedding Professionals are people that we have had the good luck to work closely with and who, (if we were to get married again) we would choose in a heart beat to be at our wedding.  These are real people. People who care about your wedding as much as if it were their own. Not just showing up and going through the motions. People who at the end of the day you are pretty much guaranteed to be friends with.
 
We met Anastasia in the summer of 2009 when she hired us to shoot her amazing wedding and we have been friends ever since. She just has a magic touch with flowers and how use puts them together. They are truly works of art. Each and everything she makes is just special. You can tell this isn’t just a job to her it is her passion. 
 
 
J&R: So what exactly do Floral Designers do?

A: I like to think that designers are translators.  We take some pictures, swatches, and vague descriptions and translate that into a mood rendered in three dimensions with flowers.  Tangibly, this means we come up with centerpieces, bouquets, accents, and any other sort of floral decor to fit the style of an event.  Sometimes, clients have a really good idea of the specifics already, but my favorite ones show me some of what they love and let me go a little nuts.

J&R: Pretend I’m a bride. What do you have to offer that I can’t find anywhere else?

A: I offer a super fun “do-it-with-help” solution for artistic brides interested in doing their own flowers.  There’s a lot of really specific knowledge involved in caring for and arranging flowers that puts up a serious barrier to DIY-ing.  I help brides figure out the designs and take care of ordering the flowers.  Together, we’ll throw a flower party for their craftiest girlfriends and family folks where I bring everything we need and guide the group on making the arrangements.  Many hands make light work, and it really is a blast.  It’s also a great photo op! *wink*

[ J: I got to attend one of these parties with Anastasia this summer and it was super fun! She is such a pro she even has a sweet fuchsia tool belt! ]

 J&R: Where do you find your inspiration for your floral designs?

A: The best inspiration comes from clients.  It’s really easy for me to get hooked on a detail somebody shares with me and let that guide the way for the rest of the flowers.  For example, this season, I have a wedding inspired by the groom’s Hawaiian heritage, and another where one picture of perfectly faded pink blooms has led to an ombre theme throughout all the flowers.

J&R:  How do you get your designs to look so phenomenal?

A: Ha ha, it’s really just all about the flowers.  It’s so hard to diminish the beauty of something already so perfect!  For my part, it helps that I’ve been making art in some way as long as I can remember.  I have a good eye for composition and color choice, and I’ve worked pretty hard to develop these.

J&R: What do you love most about your job?

A: In the daily grind of it, there’s just nothing better than being surrounded by flowers.  It’s so neat to see designs come together and delight clients–it feels really good, you know?  In another sense, I love how much I’ve learned thanks to having the business.  I’ve learned a lot of new skills, but also a lot about who I am and what’s important to me.

J&R:  If you had one piece of advice to give couples what would it be?

A: Take the time to define your style before you choose one detail about the wedding.  Think about all the things you like to do and prioritize what’s really important to you.  From this, you’ll know what sort of mood and vibe your event should have and it’ll help guide every other choice, ultimately making things easier and more cohesive.

J&R: What is your favorite flower and why?

A: This one’s easy.  Dahlias, without a doubt.  Don’t tell my husband, but it’s why we got married when we did, so that local dahlias would be in season.  They just come in such a dizzying array of varieties–all sorts of different shapes and colors and sizes.  What’s not to love?

J&R: What did you want to be when you were a little girl?

A: I told everybody I met that I wanted to be a botanist.  Then there was this dream that a girlfriend and I would be old maids together and live in this big yellow house.  We’d grow flowers in our yard and sell them from the flower shop downstairs.  I guess I always knew that as long as I was surrounded by flowers, I’d be happy.  🙂

 

To contact her directly click here! I guarantee you will not be disappointed!

Check out more of her amazing work on her website www.anastasiaehlers.com  or find out what she is up to on her blog www.anastasiafloral.blogspot.com


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