When you love what you do, it shows. And Emily of Tipsy Tulip Designs, loves her job! This Vermont florist’s passion for crafting beautiful bouquets and floral decor is palpable, and her creations are stunning! We’ve featured her work several times on the blog (check out her profile to see those features) so it’s delightful to get to know the maker behind the florals better. Read on to learn more about how Emily got into floral design, what inspires her, and what song always gets her on the dance floor (it may surprise you!).
How did you get into wedding floral design?
I got into floral design after doing flowers for my own intimate wedding in 2018! We couldn’t find a florist who didn’t have to travel 2.5+ hours to get to our remote wedding location. Doing my own wedding flowers lit a spark in me that I just couldn’t control!
How would you describe your style?
I would describe my floristry style as garden style. I fall somewhere between traditional and modern. I love mixing old school and new school mechanics to create unique bouquets and arrangements. I can make two bouquets with the exact same ingredients, but they can each have a little different flare.
What inspires your work?
My work is inspired by a combination of my love for all things flowers and for my passion to awe my couples. Arranging flowers brings me so much joy!
What’s your favorite part of your job?
My favorite part of my job is creating the bridal bouquet. On average, I use 12-16 different flowers and greenery varieties to create the bouquet. I typically spend 1-2 hours perfecting the bouquet, and can spend up to 3 hours for larger, more intricate bouquets with cascades or detail work. I always create the bridal bouquet in front of a large floor-length mirror. It allows me to see what both the bride and everyone else sees on the wedding day at the same time.
Any special tips for couples getting married?
My biggest piece of advice for couples is to live in the moment and do not overthink it. Do you want that trendy neon signs for behind your sweetheart table? Go for it!
What’s your favorite moment during a wedding?
I’d love to say my favorite moment during the wedding day is when the couple exchanges vows or the first dance, but as the florist, I don’t often see those moments. My favorite moment is handing over the bridal bouquet and seeing the bride’s reaction as she holds it for the first time. That moment that makes all the hard work, late nights, and rose thorn pricks worth it.
What song gets you on the dance floor at a wedding?
The number one song that makes me run to the dance floor and sing it at the top of my lungs is “Pour Some Sugar on Me” by Def Leppard. “You Shook Me All Night Long” by AC/DC or anything Shania Twain is also guaranteed to get me up there.
What’s your favorite thing to do in Vermont?
My favorite thing to do in Vermont is visiting local breweries and play tourist in my own state. My current favorite go-to place is the Arrowhead Lodge in Milton. The owners, Nick and Lauren, have created such a warm, friendly, and inviting atmosphere. Nick’s in-house-made cider is an absolute must have while there.
If you weren’t a florist, what would you do?
If I wasn’t a florist, I would be a chemical engineer. I have a very heavy mathematical and science brain. While a lot of people assume I am very artsy and creative, I see it all as numbers, formulas, and equations. Every bouquet, arrangement, and piece I create has a recipe and while I may deviate from it a little here and there, I always start with a recipe. I find things like the golden ratio and 60/30/10 rule incredibly helpful when designing.
What’s a fun fact about yourself?
I love to learn new things and because of that have a hard time watching any sort of TV or movies. There are a few good documentaries and Netflix series that I love but for the most part, I spend my free time reading blogs or learning/practicing new floral techniques!