Ever since I can remember, I have enjoyed entertaining. I would invite friends over for various themed-parties or pounce on the opportunity to plan a party for a friend or family member. I would get so excited about planning the menu, concocting specialty drinks and most of all, the décor. Then one summer, I moved to
I worked in an assortment of industries before starting Parties & Petals, ranging from Marketing/Advertising to Retail. In the last decade or so, I received my Masters in Forensic Science and worked as a Forensic Scientist at a Crime Lab, before moving to an Independent Film Company where I worked in the Accounting/Finance department. Totally random, I know!
A previous client once described my work as sensual, lush and vibrant. I like that description. I think I would also add creative, unique, fun and modern. I like working with non-traditional items, textural flowers and I love color!
I think that we offer beautiful, creative designs at reasonable prices, with unparalleled customer service. I am incredibly meticulous and involved in every step of the process. My client can be assured that I will not only deliver his/her vision but that I will give it 150% of my effort. Client satisfaction is paramount.
Other than the flowers themselves, I would say travel. I love learning about and immersing myself in different cultures and traditions across the globe. There are very few places that I am not interested in visiting. Of course, I also have my favorites that I can visit time and time again, which makes it hard to choose a destination. One of my favorite things to do when traveling is to shop for knick knacks. Nothing compares to the rush from finding that perfect, unique design item that you can’t find anywhere else-something that no one else (or very few) has. Not only do these items personalize an event, but they create interest and encourage conversation.
There are a few ways to save when it comes to wedding flowers. Most importantly, you should choose a florist that is reliable, dependable and trustworthy. If this is the case, your florist should be able to translate your vision into something that is affordable. You should trust him/her to suggest alternate blooms that fall within your budget, as much of what you see in magazines or on television are quite costly.
I love spending time with my husband and our new puppy,
Pick a florist whom you feel understands you and your style, one whom you trust to deliver on your wedding day. People sometimes think they need to choose a florist whom they have read about in a celebrity wedding magazine or seen on television. There is no question that these people are talented, but they may not “get” your design aesthetic or personality.
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The most important thing to remember when planning your celebration is that it is supposed to be fun and reflective of you. Flowers can elevate it to the next level, making it lovely and unforgettable, but they will not make or break it. Don’t feel pressured to make them more fabulous than the last wedding you attended. Be true to who you are and your personal style.
Here are a few pictures of Sharmila's work: