Posts tagged Austin Event Flowers
White Sands Photo Shoot: Pink Collection

I was so honored to be a part of this gorgeous shoot in White Sands, New Mexico last month. I’m constantly in awe of the photographers I work with and their ability to capture the personality of a bouquet and AndreKreative is certainly no exception. Would you believe, I literally designed this bouquet upside down? I kept dropping it to my side, picturing a flowy dress in the wind, arms spread out, face to the sun. We didn’t talk about the plan for the shoot at all ahead of time and yet, the collaboration is flawless. Sometimes creative genius just happens. Thank you, AndreKreative, this shoot is magic.
Robes: Domenica Domenica

A Flower Grower's Sentiment Behind Wedding Flowers

If you’ve followed me for any amount of time on Instagram, you know I am SO in love with gardening. If I could simply host weddings in my backyard garden, where brides can literally surround themselves with gorgeous growing flowers, I’d be in heaven. And yes, that is the plan for the future of my little business so stay tuned.

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I simply don’t believe anything beats growing a flower from seed, nurturing and watching it grow. So to then have the honor of cutting it from the garden, designing a bouquet and sharing it with your bride, that is priceless. That nurturing, intentional image is so beautiful to me, just as a marriage is beautiful. There is so much thought and nurturing of a relationship that takes place to get to the point of marriage and to me, your flowers, your whole celebration, should tell THAT story. The story of you, your love and how this marriage came to be. The intentional decisions that brought you to this point. The love and nourishment you gave to one another and to your relationship, and the patience you built learning to trust and lean on one another.

Maybe to some, flowers are just flowers, another wedding day detail to check off. But flowers represent so much more, ESPECIALLY on a wedding day. Growing flowers takes love, patience, nurturing and intention. Sort of like a marriage. As I continue to grow flowers for my brides, I hope to capture the spirit of these words and pass them on to each of my bride and grooms.

Love. Patience. Nurture. Intention.

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Reflections on My First Year as a Florist

Happy New Year, lovelies!

I hope this day finds you full of hope for the year ahead and fond memories of what’s behind. I’ve decided my 2018 can be summed up in three words, clarity of mind. It’s amazing the peace and clarity that come when you allow your mind to rest. I officially launched Ida Mayes Floristry in April this year out of a need to commit myself to the pursuit of things I love, things that bring me joy and fill my soul. For those of you who are new to Ida Mayes Floristry, let me backup; Ida Mayes is my “side-hustle” as the kids call it. I am a nurse by day and wedding florist by night and weekends (although my mind is typically occupied with all things floristry). My ideal life includes farmland, a wrap-around porch and row after row of cut flowers.

I kept waiting for the right time to start my business, always thinking there wasn’t enough time in the day to devote to another job, and many days there isn’t, but I finally decided enough was enough of the daily grind I was in. I switched nursing jobs allowing myself some space to breathe and then began to come to terms with the process of building creativity. Things don’t happen overnight, over a year or even over 5 years, it’s a constant climb and you don’t get anywhere without taking those first few steps. So, I decided to simply start with one step.

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Step #1: Get a Wholesale Account.
In order to do that, I had to have a business license.

Step #1: Get a Business License
Step #2: Get a Wholesale Account
You know what you need for a business license? A name (unless you’re a “doing business as”).

Step#1: Choose a Business Name
Step#2: Research what “doing business as” means.
Step #3: Get a Business License
Step #4: Get a Wholesale Account

And this is how one step turned into 5, then 10, then 15 first steps and before I knew it, 2018 turned into minorly successful year of side-hustling & doing what I LOVE. Sometimes slowing down to realign your priorities and quiet your mind can result in something so special and unexpected, you’ll wonder why it took you so long to get started.

All that being said, 2018 turned into far more than I ever anticipated for this little business of mine and I am more excited than ever to see what fun 2019 has in store for us. Thank you for your support and encouragement. I can’t wait to start the new year with you!