We are so exited to share with you another one of our favorite vendors here in the Toledo area! If you didn’t see our last post with Haley from The Golden Vanity, you can go check that out here! Like we had said in the first post of this series, one of the things we love about our job is that we get the opportunity to meet so many incredibly talented creatives and small business owners. Forming these sweet relationships with each one of them has been such a highlight for us and we can’t keep them to ourselves anymore!
Today we are featuring the beautiful Brigitta Burks, owner of Ella Flora Weddings & Event Design (formerly La Boutique Nostalgie) We love Brigitta’s natural and sophisticated eye for creating timeless floral arrangements, and we get super giddy any time we hear our couples book with her! Keep reading to find out a little more about her, and hear her tips for upcoming brides!
Tell us how you got started as a florist!
My background is a little different than a lot of florists. I was a reporter and the paper I worked for did a bridal guide twice a year. I met the original owner of Ella Flora (formerly La Boutique Nostalgie) doing that. I thought what she did was so cool, and I was looking for a new career where I could be creative. I asked if I could “shadow” her and fell in love with doing flowers and designing events. I left journalism, began taking floral workshops and worked my way up to manager of LBN. The original owner left to open an awesome yoga studio and sold LBN to me about four years ago.
What are your favorite type of arrangements?
I love making the bridal bouquet. It’s the piece clients most remember about the day and it’s a chance to really shine. I also love making lowset compote-style centerpieces with a good ratio of flowers to greens.
When should you hire your florist and what questions should you ask?
9 months-1.5 year out from your wedding is usually good. A lot of popular vendors book up early, and this also gives us plenty of time to get to know our clients so we can give them more personalized designs. I’d ask your florist about their favorite style. Many florists do every style, but some are more specialized and gravitate toward certain looks. I’d also just talk to them — see if your personalities mesh.
What is your current favorite wedding floral trend?
I love that greenery has come back into style. I wouldn’t recommend going overboard with it but it does break up your flowers nicely and makes for a more natural, organic look. Used wisely, greenery can really elevate an arrangement and also make it more relaxed.
What inspires your creations?
Everything! My clients come in with amazing ideas, but also just taking walks through nature, Instagram, wedding and floral blogs, and interesting color combinations I see in interior design or fashion.
What are your favorite flowers?
Depends on the season and the day! In spring, I tend to gravitate toward garden roses and ranunculus. In summer and fall, dahlias are wonderful. But I also love cosmos, lisianthus, regular roses, tulips, lavender, astilbe…I’ll stop myself now!