I'll introduce the rest of the family along the way.
Along with myself, Shannon and Becky are the awesome design staff. Shannon has been with us about 4 years. Bouquets was the florist for her wedding 10 years ago, after attending the Portland Floral Design Institute about 5 years ago, she contacted me about a design position. It was pure fate,as I was pondering the idea of adding a designer and someone who could help with the office work-she was the perfect fit and we are happy to have her with us. Her designs are absolutely beautiful-not to mention she and her husband have 4 adorable kids (future florists? perhaps!)
Becky has been part of our staff for almost 11 years, a fulltime designer the last year and a half. I met Becky in one our local floral wholesalers, where she was my salesperson-one of the most important relationships a florist can have! We became fast friends and soon she was helping me out on the weekends. She has continued to help us as her kids graduated from high school, she got married (yes, we designed the flowers!) and we convinced her to join us fulltime. She brings not only her design skills but her vast knowledge of flowers and availability-afterall she has spent about 20+ years in the wholesale world.
Ashley handles our emails/telephones and administrative duties- every day is a different day for her. She just joined our staff about 3 months ago and already is a valuable piece of our puzzle. This really allows us, the design staff to focus on designing and not getting bogged down at the computer--trust me, our floral design skills awesome, computer skills not so awesome!
Of course my mom, the one who introduced the crazy industry to me! She visits a few times a month and helps with the handwork and various other tasks- she's been doing this longer than any of us- you will also see her in the delivery van- going on setups is always something she enjoys.
This is our core group- really we're all just like family and I love it that way.