On May 1st, 2013 Always Floral Celebrated it's Grand Opening at 5034 FM 2920 in Spring, Texas. The decision to expand was due in part to the exploding growth in the area. After days of hunting for the perfect spot and a building that had a vintage flair to resemble our previous location in Old Town Spring, we landed on the Northeast corner of FM 2920 and Rhodes Rd.
Aquiring the space in March we went full speed with remodeling and created our own little cozy, vintage space. Everything was custom created and lots of ideas were borrowed from Pinterest. Just like planning for a wedding, it was at times stressful, challenging, but in the end our florist shop came together magnificently. Of course it helped that I had accumulated over the years lots of antique treasures and furnishing that helped pull the space together. I even took up chalk painting to help complete picture framed menus and learned wood staining techniques for staining all the wood counters and fireplace mantle. I even brought out the My good old Singer and sewed curtains.
The best part of the having a larger space was incorporating more items for retail sale which was something we had little part in before. Now being in a more visibly high traffic area we needed those additional options and lots and lots of flowers on hand to service the demand in the area. The best part of having fresh flowers on hand at all times is a great opportunity to show brides the various options available for their day. We also added favorite bouquet blooms in silks just in case a bride prefers silk options for bridals.
The addition of shelving and showcases allowed us to expand our options for containers. Everything from the newest looks in mason jars to tin can and ceramic containers give brides additional options from the everyday norm. We will continue to keep up with the latest trends in containers as they are a big request from our retail customers as well. The different options are what sets us a part from the rest.
Fresh picked from the garden looks and rustic accented pieces are big with weddings still and it's fun to have our retail pieces have those same elements. In our short time in our new space we have already had repeat customers and a huge amount of referral business. The neat thing about being visible from the street is our walk in brides to be that happen to drive by and notice our parisian style canopy with the indoor lighted antique hanging chandelier (eye catcher from the street), and come in to discuss their upcoming weddings. If anyone remembers our previous location we could not be seen easily and this was not the norm there.
We look forward to the future and the continued growth of our new shop and are so thankful for the new customers the return ones and the friends we make along the way. Oh, can't forget the day to day unexpected surprises like an order for gift baskets for all the seniors at a local retirement home or a nervous guy that comes in that wants lots and lots of petals and a bouquet of flowers because he is about to propose to his girlfriend. Or recently a dear grandfather's passing at 109 who was loved by so many prompted a family to order an in memory arrangement as special as he was. Words are hard to express the joy and feeling we get to be involved in these important details and to help touch so many lives. We absolutely love what we do! Yes, we really do! :) Thank you to all those that allowed us to be a part of their celebrations, and other special occasions.
See pictures below of our new space:
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Monday, March 14, 2011
Recently we were able to help create a beautiful display of florals for Sheridan and John Reid's wedding on March 5, 2011. Sheridan who is not new to the industry and in fact works at Princess Bridal and who was also the Cover Page Model for the January 2011 Bridal Extravaganza Book knew exactly what she wanted when she met with us. She had always dreamed of hundreds of ivory and cream roses to adorn her ceremony and reception spaces. We also incorporated hundreds of white Hydrangeas to give it that extra fullness. For her bridal portraits she chose various shades of ivory and off white feathers for the bouquet. When it came time to the day of she decided to change to chocolate feathers in the bouquet which really gave it that dramatic look. I instantly fell in love with the bouquet upon creating it. Haley with En Vogue Events also helped pull together a lot of the other details to finish off the look she was after. We were so thankful to have been chosen by Sharidan and her mother Karen to help make her dream possible.
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Always Floral was recently a sponsor for the NACE student and industry professionals members meeting "A Dinner to Die For" held at Hilton Americas hotel Skyline Room. The theme was Goth, Glam, Vintage. We were excited to be involved in such a great project that allowed us to do some pretty fun stuff like jeweled accents attached to Calla Lillies and Diamond accented vases. Also, we dressed up basic cube vases with black ribbons and crystal buckles with feather trim. This was only a few details out of many that were created to help finish off this very unique themed event. (Pictured are students and professional members helping solve the mystery. Linens custom created by Elegant Beginnings. Centerpiece Black Magic roses and Eggplant Calla Lillies.)
Sunday, February 13, 2011
Always Floral was excited to be chosen by Macy's First Colony Mall to participate in their first ever Bridal Brunch. All the brides that signed up to register at Bridal Extravaganza January 2011 show were invited out and treated like complete royalty. It was fun, exciting, and I was so thankful to be a part of it. Of course being that close to Michael Kors handbags all day was dangerously tempting.
Thursday, January 27, 2011
I was really excited to be asked to take on the role of Interior Designer for Cypress Chateau. All the outdated items were removed and replaced with wrought iron decor, urns, other modern elements including uplighting and fresh designer paint. Business for them has more than doubled since Open House which was held on January 16, 2011. I am so happy for them and look forward to many more Open Houses with them. At the Open House everyone raved about the new look and the florals of course. :) ( Picture taken by Loyds Photography at Open House)
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Always Floral was so excited to do the florals for the NACE meeting featuring Karen Brown with For Your Memories, Jo Ann Woodward of Schwartz and Woodward, Kat Creech with Enjoy Events and Haley Hughes of En Vogue Events.
Thursday, January 6, 2011
These are great photos captured by http://www.sacredimagephotography.com/ Pictured are Stephanie and Matt at Agave Rd in November. I loved working with them and the colors of the wedding were eggplant and Ivory. I should have some more pictures up soon on my website. The letter image made me tear a bit. They are so cute!!