When I set out on my floral business journey, I primarily did flowers for weddings. It was my spot I was comfortable in, and made that my focus. That was over 11 years ago, and so much has changed!
In 2018, I started thinking that I would cut back a bit on the larger weddings, I wanted to focus on what I could accomplish by myself. I accepted weddings that I could complete in a reasonable amount of time, some late nights, and with delivery and set-up help from my husband.
2019 came and that June I made a promise to myself and (my husband) that I wouldn't take those larger weddings. Elopements yes but not full-on weddings. I took part of that year off to recover from knee replacement and had lots of time to ponder what next.
We all know what happened in 2020, don't need to go there! It was such a coincidence and blessing to me to have already began to cut back on larger weddings because, well, the few that I had on the books got cancelled or rescheduled. But my own loss of business wasn't traumatic like so many of my flower friends experienced, or are still feeling the effects of. My heart hurts for their personal losses and difficult times.
I had lots of flowers growing in my little tiny urban flower farm, which were planted the previous fall and early spring. I put the word out that I was accepting orders for daily deliveries, taking all the precautions for safe delivery set out by the CDC and our local government. The orders came in strong. It was heartwarming and heart-wrenching sometimes to write out those cards to the recipients. People were sending love and warm wishes to loved ones they couldn't see; whether it was because of distance and unable to travel, or because of utmost precautions in an effort to keep from spreading the virus or contracting it.
I sent out so many arrangements that late March through May- I was tending and harvesting flowers, procuring more from flower farmer friends and ordering from California grown flower suppliers to fill those orders. I used up vases I had in inventory and ordered more- I asked for extra vases from friends and clients and they came through too!
The heartfelt words of the senders lifted me up and gave me more hope for humanity during a very raw time of division and hate.
I designed flowers for elopements and small weddings that had been postponed to fall for the nicest couples and their families. Those couples went through a lot in postponements, rescheduling and venue changes! The good thing is- they're through that and married now!
Flowers soothe the soul and calm the weary mind; in the growing, designing, and also receiving of them. Flowers can change someone's outlook. Flowers can say I love you, congratulations, I am sorry, I feel for you, I am proud of you, and I grieve with you, and I remember.
Here we are halfway through 2021, and I am still in awe of the love being shared. The sweet messages and thoughts being shared. I am in a time in my business that I am very much enjoying growing flowers, and sending out seasonal arrangements, flower crowns, sympathy pieces, and providing flowers for micro-weddings and small events. I have received such positive feedback on the types and style of designs I am sending out. I got my first Google review! Fleurie on Google It does my heart good and its more than worth it to me for the time and effort it takes to plan and grow the flowers.
My website is being updated as we speak, to reflect more of what services and styles I am currently providing.
I also have a shop-site here- https://fleurieflower.square.site/ where you can order flowers for pick-up or delivery from.
I want to sincerely thank everyone that has supported this flower-gal and kept my hands in flowers and soil over the years- I have benefitted greatly by it mentally, physically and spiritually and met the most wonderful people. Thank you from the bottom of my flowery heart.