1.24.2012

Loco Love :: Marti's Floral Designs

Marti Thompson is pretty awesome.  If you don’t know her yet, you should A) Keep reading and B) Click through the links to check her out.  Marti is the Owner of Marti’s Floral Designs, and the flowery maven of 915 Monmouth. 

Marti is a true creative brain and is always outside of the box.  You see, she dreams and thinks in grandeur that can’t always be explained in words.  It is however always beaming through in the art that she creates.  She will frequently warn her brides that you can’t control Mother Nature, and while I agree with her perspective I think Mother Nature is always on her side and she just likes to keep her on her creative toes.  While her Plan A may not have worked as she would have liked she still manages to create some of the most fabulous works of flowery greatness.  Along with her Edward Scissorhand like skills, you’ll also find Marti to be rather hilarious.  Her work and her humor go hand in hand…you never know what you’re going to get, but it promises to be fabulous!  You should keep reading to learn more about her.  Really, you should.  While you're at it, take in the awesome view of some of her work.

Image courtesy of Chris Radcliffe Photography



BEV :
Would you consider yourself a Florist or a Designer, and why?
MFD:
I consider myself a designer. I want to design events that represent the client. Not everyone is the same, nor are the flowers that Mother Nature produces. I think that events should not be the same! 
Image courtesy of Wagner Photographics

BEV:
How would you describe your style and do you have a specialty?
MFD:
I like a rustic asthetic, and nature inspired. I love to do arrangements that have texture and movement. I love to use things that are a little unexpected from the norm.

Image courtesy of Wagner Photographics

BEV:
What is the one thing you wish every bride/couple knew before hiring a florist?
MFD:
I want people to know that it is not all about the ingredients that make the design. Hire someone that you connect with and that gets the overall style you are going for. Style is so personal. They can better tell you how to make your budget more obtainable with other selections. Hire someone for their talent and not necessarily their price point.

Image Courtesy of Chris Radcliffe Photography

BEV:
How do you get to know a clients needs so that you can produce something they love?
MFD:
I consider our first meeting as a meet and greet. I want to meet them in person, understand their personality, how they decorate their home. If it is not something that they would not want in their home, then why would they decorate their wedding with it? I kind of consider myself a floral stylist! Since I do not work from a look book, we gather and share photos of likes and dislikes. Style Sheets are always the first step to making sure we are on the same page.

Courtesy of Nikita Gross Photography

BEV:
Some times it can be difficult to visualize a specific design, how do you translate your ideas to a client so that they to, can see the vision?
MFD:
Style Sheets are a perfect method of sharing ideas. Places like Pinterest has made is easy for brides today to share their likes and dislikes. It is easy to look at a sheet and see the overall picture of things that the client likes. I like to pull together all those favorite parts and create something new. We can do sketches, mock ups, or blind faith that they release the trust that I know what I am doing!

Image courtesy of Leppert Weddings

BEV:
Do you create mock ups, and how will a client know that you will create something they like?
MFD:
I do mocks up but only about a month prior. The only hard thing is that mother nature does not produce the same product every week. Sometimes substitutions have to be made and I hate if it is not exactly what it was.

Image Courtesy of JMM Photography

BEV:
Do you have a starting price?
MFD:
I only book a certain amount of weddings per weekend. I love what I do and I want to take the time to stop and smell the flowers! I want to give my clients the time that they need. I have a starting investment of $3,000.

Image courtesy of Chris Radcliffe Photography

 

BEV:
What’s your favorite flower and material to work with?
MFD:
I love plumeria. For it's smell and beauty. It reminds of being right on a beach in Hawaii. It can be stranded, loose, or pinned to get any kind of look.

Image courtesy of JMM Photography

BEV:
What do you do in your spare time?
MFD:
I love to travel. I love to experience anything else that I can get my hands on. It always helps with my work as well. It gives me a fresh look on what other people are doing. Last year when I went to Dubai, I scoured the textile souks and brought back some pretty amazing fabrics to incorporate into my designs.

Image courtesy of Steve Lyons

BEV:
Is there anything else you want to tell us?
MFE:
Find vendors that you like on a personal level. You will be spending numerous hours with them. I always tell people that the planning process should be just as fun as the day itself. You spend more time planning!

Image courtesy of JMM Photography
Thanks for taking the time to share with us today Marti!




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