~ Interview with Anastasia of Anastasia Ehlers Floral Design ~
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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. 🙂