I thought it would be fun to shine a spotlight on some of my favorite vendors each month for 2019!
So Let me introduce to you the January vendor, the uber talented Lori Parten of Season In Bloom! I met Lori last fall at a wedding and just fell in love with her work! So when I decided to do a vendor spotlight for each month of 2019 I immediately thought of Lori!
January Vendor - Floral Design
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Continue reading to see Lori's amazing work and some fun question and answers!
- What drew you to the floral industry?
The detailed complexity and beauty of a flower. The way flowers appeal to my senses. The endless composition possibilities of pairing different types and colors of flowers
- How did you get your start in the floral industry?
I was studying accounting at GSU, so I could be a fashion buyer for Macy’s when my first husband was killed in a car accident. That turned my world upside down for awhile. My mother sent me a beautiful floral bouquet to console me from a boutique flower shop in Vinings. I loved it! I asked them if there were any openings, got hired, apprenticed with excellent designers, worked on large corporate accounts like R.J.R. Nabisco. Then I worked for the Ritz Carlton floral department doing weddings and events, opened my own wedding business and a floral wholesale business serving the Atlanta metro area. At the peak of my career, my former Dutch husband and I decided to sell everything and moved to Holland for 20 years where I continued to do weddings abroad and in the states, taught floral design via workshops, and raised my children. I returned to the states and worked for a company that does the interiors for new build or renovations for hotels across the country. It was a great experience, but I was a Director in Operations and missed my creative outlet terribly. So I am re-starting in the floral business doing what I love!
- What is the most satisfying aspect of your work?
Flowers bring joy to all recipients! I am lucky to be a part of that experience.
- Do you have a favorite flower or style to work with?
Favorite style...easy: eclectic. I have been exposed to many styles here, in Europe, and most recently, in Japan. I enjoy being challenged by a bride to create any style, I like variety in my work. Favorite flower? Tough question...that’s like asking “which child is your favorite?”! I cannot pick just one, I love so many varieties. I will say that I really enjoy unusual varieties in flowers and greenery. And I will confess that while living in Holland, I had about 80 “David Austin” garden rose bushes in our borders. They are exquisite to look at and they smell amazing