owner & lead designer
I can remember as a little girl walking to my Grandmother’s house and on my way I would “find” flowers to take to her. She would always smile when I presented her with a “found bouquet,” but the source of my gifts didn’t go unnoticed. We had a few awkward conversations where she would ask where I found the flowers, I would sheepishly reply, and with a smile my Grandmother would tell me I shouldn’t pick the neighbors’ flowers – and she was right. In hindsight I’m sure the neighbors didn’t appreciate my resourcefulness, but that was just the beginning of what became Flower Bar.
Obviously, I had to stop stealing (aka foraging) the neighbors’ flowers and find a more legitimate way into the floral world so started working with floral shops across the United States; first as an apprentice, then an intern, and eventually a designer. While working for different designers I started sharing my passion with friends and family and they started asking if they could hire me to create floral designs for their weddings, homes, or for their friends. In 2012, after years of dreaming about owning my own shop, I took the plunge and opened Flower Bar - a tiny little studio. Well, 5 years later here we are still growing and still set to make an impact in this industry! I created the studio with the intentions of bringing back the design element of floral design and I don't intend on changing that now. We don’t have a “recipe book,” we always work with what is in season, and we don't like to create the same design twice, but sometimes we have to!
I pride myself in getting to know my clients and working with them to create a design that is both something they love and one that I am proud of. Every Flower Bar design conveys a feeling and is part of a moment ; and it’s my goal to perfectly capture that client's moment with the floral design. Since every event is unique, we will sit down and listen to all your likes (and dislikes), ideas, and style points to create an outline of the one-of-a-kind floral designs that will perfectly compliment your event.
design education & experiences
July 2014 - Attended AIFD Floral Symposium " Transition Transformation." Chicago, IL. Received CFD Designer status from AIFD.
April 2014 - Participant in Arts & Flowers at the PHX Art Museum. Won People's Choice Award out of 50+ submissions.
October 2013 - Biltmore Fashion Park’s 50th Anniversary Mannequin Design Challenge.
July 2013 - Attended AIFD Floral Symposium, "Passion." Las Vegas, NV.
April 2013 - Advanced Wedding Hands-On Design Workshop For Florists held at Mayesh Wholesale Florist, Chandler Arizona. Taught by Phil Rulloda AIFD, AAF, PFCI.
April 2013 - Participant in Arts & Flowers at the PHX Art Museum. Placed 2nd for Most Creative Design out of 50 submissions.
October 2012 - Advanced Decorative Wire Working For Florists held at the California State Floral Association’s Cali Flora 2012 Legends weekend. Taught by Anthony Alvarez AIFD, CCF, EMC.
August 2012 - Advance Hands-on Floral Design Workshop taught by Phil Rulloda – AIFD, AAF, PFCI. Phil founded the Phil Rulloda’s School of Floral Design- the top floral design school in the U.S. From his program graduates have won more state, national and international floral design awards than any school in the western hemisphere.