Roughly once a month, I introduce one of my favorite vendors in the industry– completely unpaid, just out of sheer love of working with them.
In this month’s installment, I am proud to feature floral artist Laura Walker of Buttercups Floral Design. Laura is incredibly gifted at what she does. She is a true artist and her medium is flowers – or doors, or birdcages, or glass vases. . . What blows me away about Laura is her creativity. She can take a bride’s vision and bring it to life no matter what it is! As a result, her work spans all styles. She can accommodate anyone’s taste in a way that’s true to herself, which is really difficult to do! Without further ado, meet Laura!
How did you get started?
My two passions have always been plants and the arts. We always had a flower /veggie garden growing up, which was so fun. I also indulged in pottery, drawing, photography and sculpture. This directly impacted my path after high school.
In college I worked to get a Visual Communications Degree from Shepherd Univerisity and a Horticulture Degree from Penn State. Upon graduation I was hired as a vineyard manager for a few vineyards in Loudoun County, VA.
Today, Buttercups Floral has a cut flower garden to provide local flowers to clients, many decor items to make any event splendid, and a experienced joyful crew.
What inspires your work?
The international grocery store is a great place for inspiration. There are so many exotic fruits that are perfect for centerpieces. Sometimes the fashion industry also provides ideas! We have made purses, jewelry, and hairpieces all out of florals for clients. We always try to stay trendy and fresh! I find that inspiration comes from everywhere.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I love to go on walks with my Husband and our 2 dogs. I also enjoy kayaking on the Shenandoah River near our home, and of course working in my cut flower garden.
What’s a fun fact about you that your clients may not know?
Buttercups Floral also provides Candy Buffets and draping for events!
Do you have any insider tips on makeup or for brides on how to choose their wedding day florals/decor?
Bring photos of stylish items included in your wedding to the consultation. These items can be Save the Dates, invites, Swatches, Dress pictures, Venue Photos, etc. This will help us to determine which flowers would work best with the rest of the event.
How much time should a bride plan for floral set up?
We always like install designs as early as possible, so guests can marvel at the finished product, instead of seeing the set up. The Venue normally determines when we arrive. Check with your venue to see when vendors can start arriving.
What’s trending in the floral industry for Weddings/Events now?
Vintage Weddings are very popular right now. We have many Vintage and Modern rentals to assist with centerpiece options.
What trend are you tired of seeing?
Mason Jars. . . Not that they aren’t great, but they have been done over and over. If you want to use them add a spin – like colored mason jars.
What’s your favorite moment during the wedding day?
My favorite part is always when the bride sees her bouquet for the 1st time. I love to see the 1st reactions!
Tell us the best way to reach you and check out your work:
Hello and welcome to The Blog! I’m Beth T. I am a Northern Virginia Wedding & Lifestyle Photographer. Sit back, grab some coffee (or my favorite, tea!) and enjoy viewing my latest work, meeting my wonderful clients and getting a little peek into my own life! I’m so glad you stopped by!