Vendor Spotlight - Season in Bloom

January 19, 2019  •  1 Comment

Hello friends!

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!

LORILORI - 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

LORILORI - 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!

- How many years have I been in the floral industry?
Around 25 years now!

LORILORI - 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.

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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

LORILORI

What do you consider your trademark to be?
I guess that would be all the detail in my design. I design with unique high quality flowers. I try to support local American flower farmers when possible. I am changing my design mechanics as well as my packaging to be more environmentally friendly. It is evolving.
LORILORI - When you’re not working, what is your favorite pastime?
Dancing with my husband and/or kids in the kitchen!
 
- Favorite place you’ve traveled to?
Tough choice again...recent honeymoon to New England / Lac d’Annecy, France (in the French Alps) / Remote coastal villages of Tuscany, Italy / Rome, Italy.
LORILORI - What is one thing on your bucket list?
Go to one of those places where I can drive heavy equipment like bull dozers, wrecking balls, excavators, front end loaders, cranes, etc.... basically Tonka Toys for adults
 
 - How often do you teach floral workshops?
Several times throughout the year. The workshops are so much fun! They will be listed on the Season In Bloom website once it launches (hopefully, by the end of January). Private party and corporate workshops are available upon request.
LORILORI Thanks for taking the time to check out the amazing work of Season in Bloom! 
Check back each month for a new vendor spotlight!

Comments

Anne Watterson(non-registered)
I absolutely love the color and creativity of her arrangements!! They are each so unique, as is Lori if she wants to drive adult size Tonka trucks! How fun!!
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