Some people were born with a green thumb. Then there’s me – two brown thumbs. I have, however, kept our studio’s lone cactus alive for close to 5 years now.
And then there are people like Karen from Bloomers Garden Flowers who don’t just have a green thumb but are blessed with massive amounts of flower-magic. She’s an incredible Vermont gardener and florist and her wedding flowers are absolutely stunning and, best of all, grown locally. If I were a couple planning my Vermont wedding and looking for a wedding florist, I’d definitely be looking at Karen. I met her last year at Leigh & Greg’s summer wedding at Blueberry Hill Inn and the wedding flowers were absolutely positively stunning.
Disclaimer: I will only showcase VT wedding vendors I have previously worked with, whose work I absolutely love and whom I’d have at my own wedding. That’s it. They don’t pay me, I don’t pay them.
But now, without further ado, here is Karen in her own words.
How did you get started in the wedding business?
I’ve always had a flower garden, a huge one, and a friend of mine asked me to help her out with her daughter’s wedding. I did and haven’t stopped. That was 24 years ago.
What do you do when you are not working? (are you ever not working)
Skate on rivers, tap dance, draw pen and ink sketches. And garden.
What is the coolest thing you’ve ever seen at a wedding?
Although I am rarely around after the flowers are setup, I remember a couple that said “I want our wedding to be like a Mad Hatter Tea Party” … and it was … very cool.
What is your favorite thing about what you do?
Dreaming up new ideas and growing the flowers.
What do you think sets you apart from other wedding make-up artists in Vermont?
I grow much of what I use in my garden and collect wild materials I find in the woods or fields around my house. I have a barn full of ‘props, some antique, some Victorian, some rustic, some modern that I like to use to as containers to set the mood.
What’s the one thing you wish everyone knew about you or your business?
hmmmmmm …… I am reliable … although that’s hardly exciting.
How would you describe your approach to weddings?
Often the best clues as to what people want are written in their faces and their attitude and how they present themselves. Of course what they have to say when we meet is important … but who they are under ‘normal conditions’ is a great clue as to what they generally are comfortable with and the mood they’d would like to convey at their wedding.
What inspires you in your work?
I guess my garden and the beauty I find in the woods around my house.
What’s the best piece of advice you can give to couples planning a wedding?
Give the day some thought as to what would please you. Who you are, what is important to you, tell the various vendors with words, and pictures …. keep in mind the most important factor is who you’ve chosen to marry. — Karen Hescock, Bloomers Garden Flowers, Vermont wedding florist.
And there you have it. Happy wedding planning!
Kat – Kingdom Wedding Photography by Kat
Your Northeast Kingdom Wedding Photographer