Houston Flower Girls is the first Do-it-yourself wedding flower store in Houston. They believe that since it is your wedding… you know the best and can do it your way! They offer as little or as much help as you need. Mary Ann Webb, the owner of Houston Flower Girls joins us today for a short interview session about how she came about to be a floral designer and what is it like to design beautiful and inviting flowers for the bride on her big day.
Q: What were the early days of your career like? Why have you chosen to be a floral designer?
A: Ahhh the early days! I was a total worry wort. I couldn’t sleep before a wedding I was so worried the bride wouldn’t like it. I would totally stress out and tell my partner not to let me do another one! Then I finally started hearing what the brides were saying. They loved my work! I was doing Interior Design, but it was so long in the creative process. Also it always seemed the client would run out of money before the job was truly finished. I have Attention Deficit Disorder. I find that I enjoy the shorter time of doing wedding flowers to interior design. I love seeing the bride’s face when she sees her bouquet or the room. Also, there is an end. The wedding happens and then the flowers die.
Q: What is your favorite flower and why?
A: My favorite flower is the Coral Charm Peony. It is not available most of the year. It is so special when they come in season! the coral Charm after it opens, the color slowly fades over time to almost white! No other flower does that!
Q: What attracted you to the flower business?
A: I got into the business because a high school friend was getting married and couldn’t afford a florist. Another high school friend and I did it and I was hooked!
Q: Could you tell us about the largest event you have ever prepared flower arrangements? (We would appreciate if you could also supply us images for this question.
A: My cousin owned a special events company and brought me into do flowers. The largest event was for the convention of United States Mayors. It was so long ago I don’t have any pictures of that. The largest wedding that I have done was a Hindu/Christian wedding. The Mandap the bride wanted to look like she was in a garden. The venue was an industrial looking space. It took a lot of flowers to pull off the look. I’ve attached pictures of it.
Q: When you come up with a floral design for an event especially for weddings, where do you look for inspiration?
A: For inspiration I look all over the place… clothing, interior design, but mainly other designers on Instagram. For color schemes I look at fruit and vegetables.
Q: In the next 5 years or so, do you still see yourself doing floral design? What are your plans in the future career wise?
A: I will be doing wedding flowers until I drop dead! It is my passion! I can’t stop creating that would be the death of me!
Offering different kinds of flower options, they even allow you Box -n- go your flowers if you have an inkling about floral designing yourselves. If not head over to their website and ask for a consultation, so they can help you design your wedding flowers. Bring in pictures of what you want and Mary Ann and her team will be more than willing to help you with concocting your bouquet of your dreams.