I have been hoping to incorporate blogging into my off season more (and let’s be honest, my busy season too :p ) So I began brainstorming some good topics to include during my ‘less’ busy season.
Most of the Wedding Industry is much like a blind date. You hear good things about vendors, maybe a friend or an acquaintance knows them but in all reality you are showing up to a coffee shop or their store front with little to no background information about them. So- enter Feature Friday! I work with these vendors on a very regular basis! So what greater way to get to know them then through a blog post with pictures of them and their work! 🙂
My current goal is to blog vendors once a month, but I may try to add more too that as time allows!
For January, meet Maureen of Maureen’s Designs!
You will find Maureen’s Designs on the corner of Ann Arbor Street and Michigan Avenue in Saline right behind Mac’s Acadaian Seafood. A true mom and pop shop, Maureen opened in March of 2007 with her husband, Jack. The two moved to Saline in 2006 with their four boys, all of whom are in college now.
Image courtesy of Complete Luminance
Like many vendors located in Saline, Maureen appreciates the small town feel, “I really enjoy the courteous and friendly clients who recognize quality work.”
As you enter her shop it greets you warmly with not only the smell of flowers but an absolutely enchanting atmosphere. She has some products available ready to be purchased as well as all of the necessities to make handmade arrangements. There are several colorful vases to choose from as well as baskets and just about anything you could imagine to make a memorable bouquet. She has a sitting area that resembles a garden patio to look over photos and ideas from clients.
Then as you continue around her shop you will see every detail of the shop pairs perfectly with her work. Enchanting, fresh and lively. I was so excited to find my floral favorite, succulents (and the most difficult potted plant to kill 😉 ) are also available for sale!
One of the things I admire about Maureen’s work is everything she does has a personal touch. From the arrangements you order over the phone to your bridal bouquet she has a knack of hearing what you’re looking for and creating the perfect visual masterpiece! Maureen designs many of the pieces herself, unlike larger flower shops. She does have on assistant that she will bring on during busier seasons but she personally oversees all creations. Another awesome thing is how she educates her brides. In the advent of Pintrest, many industry professionals will simply recreate what the bride brings, but Maureen is able to create from scratch some amazing artistic arrangements (as she did for my husband’s and my wedding!) as well as what you can find on Pintrest!
Here are some photos from our wedding, they really do not do the flowers JUSTICE! I had a simply stunning Calla lily bouquet and each of my bridesmaids had these amazing handmade flower balls!!! This is a perfect example of describing to Maureen an idea and precise execution! They served as head table decor as well with the aid of stocking hangers! She also arranged some beautiful pieces for the front of the church too!Photo credit to the *amazing* Sarah Lugo Photography
Below is Maureen assembling an arrangement ordered for a client’s wife’s birthday! Jack is there to help with more of the business end of things as well as deliveries and moral support! You can see their love for each other in how they work together, which is pretty rare in husband and wife run business! As you can see they are adjusting to business– and an empty nest very well! Maureen is still booking for some 2014 Weddings and Events! So get in while the gettin’ is good! Also she is an excellent choice for Valentines Day, or just because! While located in Saline, they deliver to all of Washtenaw County!
If you have had any work done by Maureen make sure to leave some love on the blog or on her facebook page!!