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Green Snapdragon Floral Design

Allison Andres Photography, Dan Stryker, Anna Wu Photography, Vivian Chen Photography, Nordica Photography, Carmen Holt Photography

Why do you want to work with APW Couples?

The best part of people drawn to the APW community is that they’re thoughtful. While not every decision made during wedding-planning requires a lot of thought, I like that APW couples are more likely to plan weddings with intention: including elements because they have meaning or because they’re fun, rather than because it’s “just how things are done.” I like that APW couples are focused on the outcome of the day, rather than the importance of the day itself, because it’s how my husband and I approached our wedding. I’d love the opportunity to work with couples who share similar philosophies about and have similar approaches to weddings.

Describe your artistic approach to weddings?

A wedding is simultaneously mundane and monumental, where eons of tradition collide with the present moment. These are things I keep in mind when brainstorming, sourcing, creating, and arranging flowers for weddings, because flowers are both timeless and extremely short-lived, much like the wedding day itself. My focus, when approaching the artistic vision of a particular wedding, is to work directly with the couple as much as I can to learn about their visions, their likes and dislikes, about all aspects of their wedding, and figure out how that applies to the flowers – color, texture, scent, flower type, vessels, materials all play a part in creating something beautiful that’s only meant to last the length of the party.

What are your non-work-related hobbies?

I’m an exercise enthusiast, a knitter, an adventurer. I love to travel and explore; I love to stay at home and do quiet things. I read voraciously and listen to audiobooks when I’m out walking. I’m especially fond of coming up with interesting meal ideas for my husband to execute. And someday I’ll get the exact photo I want straight out of my point-and-shoot camera (I’m working on it!)

What’s your favorite book?

Of the thousands of books I’ve read, I don’t know that it’s possible to pick just one favorite. The book I’ve read at least a hundred times is Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card; I learn new things about myself every time I read it. The book I’ve read only once, yet loved, is Anathem by Neil Stephenson.

What’s your favorite movie?

You monster! How can you make me choose! If we’re talking stand-alone movies, The Princess Bride is up there with The Goonies, Big Fish, and Stand By Me.

If you could have a one minute dance party at your desk, what song would you pick?

Shiny Happy People, by REM, because it never fails to put me in a good mood. Second choice would be “I like you so much better when you’re naked” by Ida Maria.

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