Name: Catherine Thompson
Location: 4275 West Bell Road Suite 6 Las Vegas Nevada 89118
Company Name: Weeds The Art of Floral Design
Number of Years in Business: For 2 years we did business known as either Anna Perez Floral Designs or Floral by Something Blue, then a year and half ago we officially began to call ourselves Weeds The Art of Floral Design.
How did you get started in floral design?
In high school I was the Student Body 2nd Vice President in charge of events ie prom, homecoming, sadies, powder puff football and through that experience I found that I loved events and know thats what I wanted to do professionally. I enrolled in The International School of Hospitality to become a certified wedding coordinator and did an internship with the Wedding Salons at the Wynn Resorts. Shortly after completing that program I was looking to become involved in the wedding industry any way I could get my foot in the door. In the mean time I enrolled in a beginning floral design class at CSN. Upon the suggestion of a friend to email bridal gown stores I emailed Anna Wilson at Something Blue to see if she were looking for any help. Fortunately for me she was extremely busy with the floral aspect of the company and was willing to teach me floral. In addition to Anna teaching me I continued to take classes at CSN not only for Floral Design but also Interior Design and Business. Since than for me it has been an upward climb, I started by assisting with Anna and have worked my way up to being manager and lead designer for the company.
What did you do prior to this? I was working at Friendly Ford as a phone operator.
If you didn’t do floral design for a living what would you be doing instead? I think I would either be doing general wedding coordination or a personal assistant, I’ve always thought it would be a fun job.
What are some of your hobbies? I love to travel, go shopping, and go on adventures!
What is the craziest wedding experience you’ve ever had?
I had this couple come meet with me about centerpieces for their reception held at an upscale restaurant in one of the strip casinos. The flowers were very important to the bride and she wanted to make sure the groom also had a say in what we were doing for them. I spent quite a bit of time with this couple coming up with designs that were not only in the brides favorite colors but also accented the room appropriately. The Friday before the Saturday wedding I went over everything with the bride and made sure she didn’t need anything else. The day of the wedding myself and a couple other designers spent the morning putting together their elaborate pieces, loaded them into the truck and we were off to the wedding. We unloaded the car and had to have 3 bell men carts to get to the venue. I walk up to the hostess and tell her we were there to set up the reception and gave her the bride and grooms names. Her response to me was that the wedding was canceled, it took her 3 or 4 times of repeating it until I realized she wasn’t just joking with me. After 20 minutes standing around dumbfounded and shocked, we were finally able to get the mother of the bride on the phone and were told they didn’t care what we did with the flowers and that the bride did not want to see them. So we loaded them back into the car and took them to a hospice to enjoy. Apparently the night before at the bachelor party things got a little out of hand.
What is the best wedding experience you’ve ever had?
I have worked with so many great couples but recently I had a couple who were pretty outstanding. The bride originally came in looking for a dress and than later brought her groom to talk about flowers. During one of our meetings I brought out a large cylinder to show them the size we were talking about and ended up breaking it, the groom insisted that he cleaned it up because I had on sandals. Right up to the wedding the every time I spoke with the bride she was extremely nice and was always excited about her upcoming event. On the day of the wedding although there was so much stuff going on both the bride and the groom took the time to thank us and let us know how happy they were with their flowers. After the wedding when I went back to clean up to my surprise the couple were still there and again took the time to tell me how much they liked everything. It makes you feel good when you put your heart into the work you do for your clients and than hear how happy they are. So often people talk about the “bridezillas” that it seems that the brides like this one sometimes go unrecognized.
What is your inspiration?
I think the inspiration comes from all kinds of places. Like Anna says, “Anytime you look at a patch of weeds, there is always one single beautiful flower growing amidst the scraggly chaos, which symbolizes growth, hope and strength” We try to take things that may not be conventionally beautiful and bring its beauty out. It may be a container that is a little sad on its own, or a flower that is kind of homely on its own but when we’re done with it, it is a masterpiece. To us we find that out of the box thinking very inspiring.
Name an exotic location you’d like to visit soon. I would love to see Fiji!
Why do your clients choose you over some of your competitors?
I think alot of our clients appreciate our style and our high standards for customer service. We actually have a definition for ourselves we use allot to describe us, Weeds (verb) An Action. A Stance. A talent for taking over the expected or “planted” to be a free and profound voice in a crowd of average. We strive to offer our clients something different, something extraordinary that people will look at and be blown away by. When you book your wedding with us, you have our full attention. We never book more than one wedding a day. It’s their special day and they deserve to be treated special by everyone involved not just on the day of the event but through the whole planning process.
What is the best piece of advice you can offer a bride and groom on their wedding day?
When picking your vendors, find vendors you trust and than trust them. You’re paying them for their talents and services, this is what they do, this is what they know, and in most cases this is what they love.