Before I start writing a vendor feature, I reminisce about when and how I met each owner.  I remember seeing Tara’s working on blogs, magazines and thinking how romantic and beautiful her work was. I was looking forward to the day I would be able to work with her. Our encounter was pretty typical.  I was a second photographer at a wedding and Tara was the florist. Another time we met was at the Working Workshop where I was able to learn a lot more about A Day in Provence.  Then I knew that Tara was doing big things.  I wanted to be a part of it.  Last year I got the pleasure to be a part of Bridal Soirée styled shoot. She did not disappoint.

Tara, let’s create and shoot conceptual shoots everyday 😉

A Day in Provence Florals

Tell us a little bit about you & your business.
A Day in Provence is a floral & styling boutique continuously inspired by all things floral and french, vintage and beautiful.  I love doing what I do each day & feel really grateful to have my own business in such a fun loving, creative urban area.

How did you begin your journey towards being a florist?

The journey began years ago when my husband and I left our corporate careers & moved to Europe for nearly a year.  I was in search of a new adventure, never dreaming I’d someday have a business of my own.  I dabbled in flowers while living in Paris – stopping at flower shops of every kind & designing back at our apartment in the 6th arrondissement.

And a trip to Provence during that timeframe was oh so inspiring.  The delightful food, pottery, fresh lavender & cobblestone streets…the focus on beauty in everyday life was a little something we wanted to bring back home with us.  We moved back home to Minnesota months after & I started A Day in Provence one year later.
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What is your favorite thing about being in your line of business?
I love the variety.  Each wedding & event is treated like a brand new project for us.  We never create the same thing twice.  I also love the creative design aspects – the inspiration boards, the floral & ribbon selections, styling, and designing the floral pieces.
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What is one thing your do not forget to tell your clients?
“You can relax now.  We’ll take good care of you.”
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If you weren’t in the floral business, what would you like to do?
Ooh, this is tough as I love this creative event industry.  I’d maybe be a travel blogger or photographer documenting highlights of travels from around the world as my suitcase is always packed and ready to go!

Or, I always thought there would be such good energy working on a beautiful college campus…with students eager to learn & ready to take on the world.  I could see myself working with students prepping to study abroad – such a life changing experience for me & is what officially started both my love for travel & never ending love for Europe!
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How many weddings do you take each year? And, how far in advance should couples book with you for their wedding?
We generally take on just under 30 weddings annually with peak season occurring from May – October.  We have wedding clients booking with us anywhere from 6-12 months out.  
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If you could make an arrangement for someone famous, who would that be?
Well, one of our floral career highlights was meeting & designing for the beautifully talented Julie Andrews in Saint Paul a few years ago.  I’m not sure I can top that one (and she would have been high on my list to begin with, et voilà!).  I mean, how lucky can a girl get?A Day in Provence FloralsA Day in Provence FloralsA Day in Provence FloralsA Day in Provence FloralsA Day in Provence FloralsA Day in Provence FloralsA Day in Provence Florals

Who is ready for the Derby today?

I had the vision to collaborate on a Kentucky Derby conceptual shoot that would go nicely with my Bridal Soiree’ that I shot last year.  The opportunity didn’t present itself until I was doing a vendor shoot of Miss Renee owner of The Bowtie Shoppe.  She mentioned that she had a vision of doing a Derby shoot as well. How perfect to also feature her bow ties.  With the help from Casey owner of Belle Noelle Events & Design to add the finishing touches and organization, this shoot was meant to be :–)

Venue Location: Canterbury Park Horse Racing Track
Wedding Planner: Belle Noelle Events & Design
Mens bow ties: The Bowtie Shoppe

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It’s Rosetree!!!!!!!!! Jenn & Janea of Rosetree Events.  The story of how I met these two beautiful ladies is simple, 3 years ago at a wedding I was photographing and they were the wedding planners.  Shout out to Holly & Adam!!!!  I still remember teaching them how to use instagram :–)  It’s has been an absolute pleasure watching these two grow into the brand that is Rosetree Events!!!  Love you ladies!

Rosetree Wedding & EventsTell me a little bit about you and your business.
We are a wedding and event planning and coordination firm. We (Janea and Jenn) always knew that we would be doing something with events or weddings.  We met when we were 12 and 15 years old and were consumed with fun events and weddings while we were young!  When we were 18 and 21 we actually wrote our first business plan to start our own planning business but life got a hold of us and at last a decade or so later we finally followed our dreams and started Rosetree!  Rosetree is a mix of our 2 last names, Rosen & Mitcheltree.  We love all the pretties and the administration that goes into having a business like ours!

How did you begin your journey towards Wedding Planning?
We both started planning events and weddings at very young ages. When we became friends in our teens, we teamed up for wedding planning/coordination at our church and the passion and future dream of our partnership began. We actually started with a very simple business plan when we were just out of high school.Rosetree Wedding & Events

How would you explain the difference between a wedding planner and a wedding coordinator? Do you do both?
Yes, we do both planning & coordination! We define a wedding planner as that go to person, typically hired at the very beginning process of planning, who will not only help establish a budget but who also guides clients with design, vendor recommendations/meetings, timeline creation, is a quick problem solver & sometimes therapist all the while managing logistics for overall day (and much more). A wedding coordinator will provide additional help day of, timeline creation and will execute all of the planning the couple have done the day of while being the main point of contact for wedding party, family, vendors and guests.

What is one thing you don’t forget to tell your clients?
We always tell them to plan on scheduling alone time. It’s so easy to get caught up in the day and the festivities that couples forget to steal some moments just for themselves. Plus they may want a kiss or two without all eyes being on them!
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Rosetree Wedding & EventsWhen designing a wedding, what is the basic process you go through with couples to nailing down a style direction?
Most importantly, we thrive on the inspiration that comes when meeting a couple and hearing about their story and their listening to what they envision for their wedding day. Once we get a good idea of what their vision is we put together a style board with the color palette, details and rentals. This is a great visual that allows our clients to see how all the décor pieces will fit together.
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Do you have a team of wedding planners on team Rosetree Weddings & Events?
We have a great group of Rosebuds (20 in all) that consist of Lead Planners, Assistants & interns. Our team photos and bios are found on our about us page on our website., please check them out and get to know us a little more.Rosetree Wedding & Events
If you could plan any wedding or event, what would that be?
Destination weddings! We love to travel and love the different cultures around the world! (PLUS: traveling in the winter time is a bonus!)St. Paul - Minneapolis Wedding CoordinatorsRosetree Wedding & Events

Is it time for you to go bridal gowns shopping?  Might I recommend a&be’ Bridal Shop.  Not only are the ladies of this shop super sweet, the place is absolutely beautiful.  Make sure you put this shop on your list.  You will not be disappointed.
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Tell us a little bit about you and your business.
a&bé bridal shop is a bridal boutique created to bring brides the coolest wedding dressses from both indie and traditional designers. a&bé bridal shop is brand new to minneapolis (we opened in august) but has an established history in the bridal industry. First and foremost, a&bé supports the up&coming, & the indie, & the creative bridal designers and connects them to brides. Secondly, a&bé gives brides access to something different: we have a little bit of the bohemian, & the casual, & the vintage, & the separates, & the alternative & the romantic.

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How did you begin your journey towards a&be’?
a&bé bridal shop is a new boutique created to support the creative surge happening in weddings across the nation. a&bé is an easy, no-fuss experience for brides who want a more laid back approach to their wedding dress shopping.  

What is your favorite thing about being in your line of business?
There are so many things that I love about this business, but it probably comes down to the people. I get to work with the most awesome people every day. And these people include our brides, our designers, and our team. 

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How early should clients purchase their dress?
Generally, at least 7-9 months in advance! The gowns can range in the length of production time and then clients should factor in additional time for alterations. Plus, so many decisions hinge on the gown choice so until the dress is selected many other decisions are put on hold. 

What is one thing you don’t forget to tell your clients?
Thank you! We truly appreciate every single one of our brides! We feel really honored to be invited to be a part of their wedding experience. 

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What are some of the great designers that you carry?
I love all of our designers and what’s cool is that we are bringing so many of them to Minnesota for the first time! These include: Truvelle, Anna Campbell, Sarah Seven, Katie May, Claire La Faye, Elizabeth Dye, and Rue De Seine! a & be

What makes A&be stand out?
It’s our combination of designers, the aesthetic of our space, and our fun, friendly experience! 

If you could fit someone famous for a dress, who would that be?
Zooey Deschanel! I love her quirky style!
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These ladies are so fun. I first met Whimsy Design when they reached out to me and just wanted to meet more people in the industry. Besides my unfortunate sense of direction to find the coffee shop we were going to meet at, we had a blast.  From the start, we were cracking jokes the entire time! :–)  It was destiny that we needed to do a collaboration!  I’m so glad I got the opportunity to photograph these two in motion.  They make a fantastic team and create the most amazing wedding bouquets.  I mean really!
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Tell me a little bit about you both and your business.
Emma and I are six years apart. We didn’t start out as best friend sisters because of our age difference, but definitely have become them!  Emma has always had a knack for fine arts. She’s dabbled in everything from painting to pottery.  I, on the other hand, was more into theater and choir in my upbringing, and was always very comfortable onstage and public speaking. These characteristics definitely shaped our roles in the business. Emma is more of the designer among us, and I am more of the business of the biz. We both do the floral together, but are guided by Emma’s eye for the creative.
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How did you begin your journey towards being a Florist?
Our mother was a florist and owned her own floral design business when we were growing up. In addition, she is also an expert gardener, and has raised us with a deep love for flowers. We both grew up being her assistant, and were exposed to the wedding industry at a young age. We got a back door view of the wedding world at a young age that stuck with us for life.  When we were older, we realized that we have the same knack for creative design that she had, and it was pretty easy to realize that we were destined to work in the same industry that we had come to love.  We lived together for four years while we formulated and launched our business.  Since then it has been about educating ourselves, becoming knowledgable about all aspects of the floral world(as vast as it is), and continuing to grow and change.
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What is your favorite thing about being in your line of business?
We both agree that our favorite thing about what we do is being chosen by someone to make the most special day of their lives that much more special. There is something that can be said about the amount of gratitude you have to have towards your clients who choose YOU to represent them on their day.  It’s pretty freaking awesome.  And obviously making pretty things. Not everyone gets to go to their job to create beauty.
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How early should clients book you? And what is the process of working with Whimsy Design?
We take bookings anywhere from 6mo to a year plus at this point(though a good procrastinating bride shouldn’t count us out).  We like to first gain some information from our clients to find out if we are a good fit for them.  We love when our clients provide us with tons of inspiration. Colors, textures, and size reference are always helpful.  Having a link to someone’s Pinterest page is like having a key into their brain. It really helps us define their style.  Then we take a meeting to discuss their vision, draft up an estimate, and then plan a final design meeting.
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You two are sisters, what is the best thing about working with family?
The best thing/worst thing about working with your family is the ability to be honest with one another.  A lot of people in working relationships lack the ability to take a step back and tell the other person how they are thinking or feeling. With your sibling, it’s a little easier to tell them you don’t like something. You might face some immediate anger or frustration, but you always get over it. No matter what, you’re still family….you might hate each other for 20 minutes….but you’re still family:)
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If you could make an arrangement for someone famous, who would that be?
Someone famous?  Anyone famous at this point I think would make us happy:). Though Martha Stewart is still always the dream.
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