It’s Friday and you know what that means – another valued vendor Feature Friday profile! If you’ve worked with me as a wedding couple, you know that I am happy to make recommendations about other vendors in the area. Today’s featured vendor is Bay Blossoms and the magical, creative, hilarious, artistic, sarcastic mind behind it all – Toni! She’s an MD and DC wedding florist.
Every time I get to capture some of Toni’s creations my mind is blown. She’s so talented and can really make your vision come to life BUT ALSO she’s so creative and if you give her that creative freedom, she will just WOW ya. She’s also absolutely hilarious and fun. And she has two dogs and a sphinx cat that I got to hold once (photo at the end of this post).
Check out Bay Blossoms on instagram: instagram.com/bayblossoms
Let’s move to the interview!
What is your favorite part about your role as a DC Wedding FLORIST during wedding planning?
I love to watch the couple’s vision come to life with decor and floral design. Dreaming up ideas and creating vision boards give us a great look into their individual style, but actually seeing the flowers, decor, lines and lighting come together is a very cool process.
All photos in this post were taken by me and feature florals of Toni’s!
What is your favorite part about your role as a FLORIST during wedding days?
I love, love, love seeing the bride when we drop off her bouquet. We typically book about 12-18 months out, so it’s been a long time waiting to see the final product. The reactions they have when they get to see the flowers they will be carrying is awesome!!
What part of the wedding day is your favorite?
Unfortunately, we miss all the fun! Haha! Florists are normally in and out hours before all the magic happens.
How would you describe your business aesthetic?
Our niche has really been found in organic, garden style designs. While we can certainly create for all aesthetics, we specialize in natural, lush, green design: garlands, hanging green installations, and large loose bouquets.
What’s the hardest part of the behind the scenes when it comes to Your business?
The hardest part is making our flowers and greens behave the way we want. We know our seasons, colors and texture flow, but at the end of the day, we are handling living organic matter that doesn’t always look or cooperate the way it did the month before.
WHAT’S ONE TREND YOU ARE FEELING WHEN IT COMES TO 2020 WEDDINGS?
LARGE INSTALLATIONS!!! We are seeing more and more suspended installations paired with industrial mechanics. I honestly couldn’t love look this more!! We’re also loving the return of cascading bouquets with more of a boho spin.
WHAT’S ONE TREND YOU’RE OVER?
Is anyone still excited about burlap and mason jars?
What did your journey into the wedding industry look like?
It was probably less of a journey and more of a crash landing. I spent a decade working in digital forensics in the legal market in DC. I started playing with floral design as a hobby, but it took on a life of it’s own. In a matter of 3 months, I left my job and started Bay Blossoms. It’s been almost 7 years now.
What / who inspires your work?
I stalk quite a few floral designers on Instagram. Honestly, there are so many amazing women out there doing what I do, it’s not hard to find inspiration all around me.
What advice do you have for couples planning their wedding?
1) Plan your budget 2) make a needs and wants list 3) trust your vendors!
If you have the day off, what do you do?
A day off? What’s that? 😉