Interview With a Vendor: Flowers by Candlelight

Happy Wednesday darling brides! How's that wedding planning going? Whether you're just now starting the process, or knee deep in color swatches, we know that you're going to need help! Today we've interviewed another incredible vendor from the TriadWeddings family who shares their insight on the world of floral design. 

Sharing with us her vision and inspiration is Lisa Kestler of Flowers by Candlelight

Tell us about your business - when did it begin, and where are you located?

In 2007 I became Flowers by Candlelight, LLC. Based in the Triad covering North Carolina. History note: Before that I worked for "Corporate America ", {but] in my spare time , I was always asked by friends and family to design their weddings, baby showers, birthday parties, corporate and community events and school events.  Finally, I decided to make a business out of doing what I loved. Amazing to do what you love! 

What is your floral design style?

Garden fresh with a touch of elegance!

What wedding flower is your favorite?

I love white flowers - there is something about the simplicity of a white tulip or the natural beauty of a glorious white garden rose. 

 Lovely ivory and plum bridal bouquet designed by Flowers by Candlelight. Image courtesy of The Nixon Photography & Design

When it comes to your floral designs, where do you pull your inspiration?

Oh, most definitely my bride. Everything must reflect her: the colors, the textures, the style and the personality (yes, flowers have personalities!) I want the designs and decor to be who she is and what she loves. 

Floral design impacts a lot of different parts of a wedding. In your opinion, what is the most important detail that shouldn't be overlooked?

Keep the floral design in line with the venue they picked. It is important that the designs enhance the celebration of the venue. If the venue is an old beautiful historic venue, then colorful textured blooms with ivy in porcelain vases would be a natural for this venue, just as if you picked them from the side garden!  If your venue was a chic urban downtown venue, then contemporary tall calla lilies with tons of floating candles would be amazing. 

 Lovely ivory and plum bridal bouquet designed by Flowers by Candlelight. Image courtesy of The Nixon Photography & Design
 Hot Pink and light pink peonies look stunning in this fun bridal bouquet designed by Flowers by Candlelight. Image courtesy of Still Shots Photography.

Does time of year matter when it comes to selection flowers?

It is important for couples to understand what flowers are in season for their wedding date due to availability and cost. However, for a designer, being creative is the key. I had a couple who loved cherry blossom trees because Washington DC was a special city for them. Well, these trees where out of season on their date, but by adding lovely silk cherry blossoms to a real tree for their special day made wishes come true. I love it when that happens. 

Couple walks in, happy and in love - what's the first thing you ask them?

I say, "Well hey, tell me what you love and what you don't love, then I can get to know you , cause it has to be about who you are as a couple, your loves, your style, your personality. This is your day!"

What is your best piece of advice for brides in selecting a floral designer?

Pick a designer who is creative, out of the flower box, who can make it happen! Also someone who is flexible, because you will change your mind a few times. Find someone who is fun; it has to be a great experience for you both.  But most of all, pick a designer who understands and respects that your wedding day is going to be one of the most special days of your life and it needs be spectacular. Your designer needs to be an important part of your wedding team. 

 Elegant garden bouquets designed by Flowers by Candlelight. Image courtesy of Megan Travis Photography
 Lisa Kestler of Flowers by Candlelight, a TriadWeddings vendor. 

Thank you so much for your insight Lisa! (Psst! <---- that's Lisa!) We adore the way your bouquets have so much personality! Brides, if you're getting a "I think Lisa is the one" vibe - go with it! Be sure to stop by her website and contact her right away! 

Have a fabulous day! :)