Artists at Work | Plenty of Petals
I recently sat down with Kasia at Plenty of Petals as part of my Artists at Work Series. There is such an abundance of creative talent that goes into a wedding day and it's so amazing to get to know other vendors in the industry and to discover what fuels them. Kasia took me to a local succulent market and we wandered around talking about the industry we both love so much.
What do you do?
Plenty of Petals is a boutique flower studio that specializes in weddings and events. I love to create arrangements that are loose, feel organic and effortless, and have a garden-like, just-picked feel.
Where are you located?
I’m based in San Diego, but always happy to travel and take on weddings in Orange County and LA.
What inspires you? Or who?
Seeing and working with new, beautiful product gets me inspired. Sometimes you find these rare gems at the flower market (new varieties of garden roses, amazing tree peonies) and working with them is exciting. It’s really about coming up with new flower recipes with a complex color palette and fun textures. I absolutely love that every wedding and event is unique. I never get bored!
Who is your favorite artist?
There are a ton of amazingly talented people in our industry. I’m most impressed by artists that can make the simplest pairings of materials, textures, and colors look beautiful and create that wow factor. Ginny Au is one of the best at this.
Can you go into your process a little? How do you like to work with a client?
To get started, I always prefer in-person consultations. I really like to get to know the bride’s style and personality, and then work really closely with her throughout the whole wedding planning process - offering styling and design tips along the way. We meet a few times before the wedding day, and usually do a venue walk-thru – which is really helpful. We go over the color palette, flower choices, and vase options. Then I’m there on the day-of, hand delivering the personal flowers, setting up the ceremony and reception flowers and making sure every last detail is perfect.
What are some of your favorite tools that you use?
Working with beautiful ribbon is always a treat (and such an important element of every bridal bouquet!) Searching for unique ribbons inspired me to make and sell my own – a flowey ribbon that’s a delicate chiffon blend. Keep an eye out! Bellame and Co. is launching early 2015.
Oh, and votives! I think I’m obsessed with votive candle holders. I’ve gathered quite a collection.
What is favorite type of Italian food?
Any and all Italian food is my favorite (spinach and cheese ravioli, anything with pesto, fresh tomatoes and mozzarella). There is a past shop close to our house and we go there quite often. Plus, Italy is one of the places I would love to visit, particularly because of the food.
What is your favorite way to unwind?
Being outside or going on a walk is really helpful after you’ve been staring at your computer for hours. Also, taking a boxing class, and getting that massage every once in a blue moon!
Where is your favorite place to travel to and why?
Anywhere tropical where I can be on an island, swimming with turtles (I have a thing for turtles!) Kauai is a favorite. Fiji, Tahiti, the Maldives are all on my list.
Sweet or Salty?
I’ve always liked salty, but recently developed a sweet tooth. They say that your palette changes every 7 years? Definitely true.
Mountains or beach?
Beach. Always. I’m a total water baby.
What is your favorite photo in your possession?
It’s a photo of my mom and me at the beach. We’re sitting on a blanket with my arm wrapped around her arm and I’m looking at the camera but she’s not. I was about 11 or 12 (before the not-so-pretty and quite awkward early teen stage) and mom looks like a total babe. She’s always been the most important person in my life, and I feel like with the way I’m holding onto her, you can see that in that photo. It’s also a candid photo, which I love.
Thank you Kasia for taking the time to share your talents with me.