Flowers are one of our favorite parts of a wedding. The possibilities are endless when it comes to the arrangements you pick. Today we’re featuring A Village of Flowers who not only provides beautiful arrangements but unique decor to complement their flowers. The ladies at AVOF are wonderful to work with too!
For our Vendor Spotlights, we ask a couple questions about wedding days and the planning process to help brides get to know their vendors both professionally and personally. Here’s what Kala has to say!
What was your dream job growing up?
I either wanted to be a paleontologist or work with killer whales at sea world. I was (and still am) a total dinosaur and whale nerd!
What does a typical wedding day look like for you/the whole team?
Most of the prep work happens the week of the wedding, so the day of is typically spent finishing designs, packing everything into carrier boxes, loading vans, and setting up the wedding at the venue. Some of our weddings require on-site design (i.e. arches, garlands, etc.) After the wedding setup is complete we return to the shop and finish any work left to do. There is also the strike at the end of the night for most of our weddings, so it can be a long day!
How did you get into the business?
I began working for a friend’s mother’s shop when I was about 16. It was my part-time job through high school and college in Charleston, SC (where I’m from), so I had quite a few years of background before moving to Nashville in 2010.
How long have you been in business?
Our current owners, Melissa and Paul Seykora, have owned the shop for more than 10 years. I’ve been working with them for the most of the last 5 1/2 years.
What is your favorite part of a wedding day/event day?
Seeing the whole event come together! It’s really neat to plan designs for a wedding from start to finish and see those ideas come to life along with the other decor elements. It’s also rewarding to bring the bride her bouquet and see her reaction!
What is your favorite type of arrangement to create?
Totally depends on the wedding… bouquets are usually fun to design, but centerpieces and arch decor can also be interesting. As long as there’s a good amount of creative freedom with color and style then most any wedding design can be a favorite to do.
What would be your dream event to design for be?
Probably an event where I could use mostly locally-grown flowers and do some foraging! It’s great to use what’s seasonal even if on a given date you’re not entirely sure what will be available because you know it’s going to be the best-quality version of that flower if we’re using it in its season. We have some great local growers in the Nashville area and love working with them for our events!
Who celebrity would you most like to be hired by to create flower arrangements?
Personally, I’d be stoked if either Bill Murray or Tom Hanks called us to design for them.
If you could go anywhere tomorrow, where would you go?
I’ve got a few places on my bucket list… but current mood puts me back in Vernazza, Italy – the wine, the coast, and the bougainvillea growing on the terraces were too good to be true.
Big thanks to Kala and A Village of Flowers for participating in our vendor spotlight!