Nothing brings a wedding day to life like stunning local flowers put together by a local florist. They bring our senses to life with their fresh scent and eye-catching colors. So, when I picture a wedding I imagine the bride walking down the aisle with a bunch of flowers in her hand created by Indianapolis wedding florist Hae Lee of Vincent Blooming.
She is a stellar wedding florist in Indianapolis that I get to work with — lucky me, right? So, I wanted to ask her some questions about what she does and how she does it. In this interview, she talks all about the art of being a florist and the great news is that you’ll also find some great tips for flawless wedding florals.
Read through and scroll to the bottom to see some of her marvelous designs for my friends Audrey and Ty. And of course, don’t be afraid to reach out to her if you’re looking for a florist in Indianapolis.
My floral arrangements are like my babies so it’s not easy to pick a favorite, but I really enjoyed making bouquets for the editorial photoshoots in spring this year. I used gorgeous local and seasonal spring flowers and the colors, scent, and textures were just perfect. I always prefer to use seasonal and local flowers when I can get them.
Just like any artist, I think I can create best when my creativity is not limited. I love asking my clients to show the inspiration photos because they are helpful but I can create something beyond a Pinterest pin when my clients believe my instinct and let me freely use my creativity.
I think 2-3 months should be enough for me as long as clients know what they want for their wedding. If they are unsure about their vision, I appreciate having some extra time for me to research.
Lots of brides think that they have to know exactly the names and types of flowers that they want. They don’t have to feel that way. All I need is just a vague and abstract idea of what they like and dislike in general. I invest lots of my time in client consultation and my questions for my brides are not just limited to wedding flowers. Storytelling on how the couple met, about their lifestyles, where they would like to travel and things like that help me to understand the couple, their taste, and vibes.
I am flexible with last-minute changes but if it happens too often, it definitely gives me an anxiety attack. Like my clients, I want their wedding to be perfect, so I prefer to have all the details beforehand.
Giant bouquets that overpower the brides. Sometimes, the simpler, the better.
I love mixing fresh flowers and dried or preserved flowers. It gives extra texture and a unique vibe to the floral arrangements.
You don’t have to have too many flowers to make your wedding beautiful. Just be yourself and find something natural that can express you and your love story.
Let flowers breathe. If you look at flowers in nature, they’re never too close to each other. They give each other space so they can dance in the wind and be free. For a more natural and whimsical look, focus on the flow, texture, and movement of the flowers instead of the number of stems.
I believe that fresh flowers give life and vibrant energy to any event to celebrate. Nobody uses silk flowers for funerals, and I thought about why; Humans are part of nature and fresh flowers add extra energy and brightness to any event. You should feel happy, alive, and vibrant on your wedding day and fresh flowers will definitely bring that energy.
I think it’s a fun tradition. People act goofy to get a bouquet and it’s very entertaining. I remember that I had fun tossing the bouquet at my wedding.
I love using a few types of flowers and keeping it simple. Fresh flowers are already so beautiful, so mixing too many various types of flowers can hinder them from showing their own beauty. I love Mimosa which is a yellow winter/late spring flower, and not many couples choose yellow for their wedding colors but yellow flowers are very photogenic and bring vibrant energy.
I would say Dahlias. Dahlias come in so many different types of colors, sizes, and shapes and they are summer flowers with tons of energy. I don’t limit my style and love to learn, grow and challenge myself. If you closely look at Dahlias, they look like the sun and my name Hae Lee means shining like the sun in Korean, so maybe that’s why I love Dahlias.
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I’ve been photographing weddings in and out of the Indianapolis area for just over 10 years. It’s my goal to give each couple stunning, cinematic photographs of their special day. If you think you want to be one of those couples, hit me up!