Finding a vendor that you “vibe” with is an important part of wedding planning. It’s like an interviewing process. Your caterer, florist, photographer, makeup artist, etc. should be someone you can trust to bring your vision to life on your BIG day! Burlap and Brooches Events has had the pleasure of working with some amazing wedding professionals! Let us introduce you to a couple of them so you can see the creative minds who help bring our events to life….
Rickey Minder is the mastermind behind Ode Floral Artistry. We first worked with her at the Leap in the City event at Sambuca Nashville and instantly fell in love with her creativity and personality!
Her free spirited nature makes for a stress free working relationship and you can’t help but gawk at her floral masterpieces! We can go on about why we love working with Ode, but we will just let Rickey convince you herself :)
How many years have you worked in the Wedding/Event Industry? I helped my mom with her first wedding when I was 10, soon after she bought the local flower shop. I really got into it though while putting myself through college, coordinating weddings and events for a shop in Oregon. Four states and many shops later I’d say I’m a stem cutter of about 6 years if we don’t count my adolescent floundering.
What is your favorite kind of event? Favorite Style? What girl doesn’t love a wedding! As for style, I love when a bride comes to me and wants something natural and wild. Maybe it’s the Idaho girl in me, but an outdoor venue gets me every time. The couples that think outside of the box and let me run with ideas are my kind of folks. I have a couple coming up in September and we are using all local organic flowers, herbs, and veggies, their palette was literally based off what we could get that time of year locally, I’m talking Nashville soil local, it’s been an adventure, including farm visits and all!
What is special about your company? Ode was born out of years of working for other florists and figuring out what I valued most about the flower business. For me it’s designing and who it’s for, I don’t like production work, each piece I make is really a piece of art and I have a hard time designing for something I don’t believe in. I’ve made decisions on how to run my company based off the fact that I’m dedicated to working with a couple no matter their budget, the only important thing is that I believe in it, budgets and contracts come in last place.
Something you would like people to know about you or your company? I feel like a bit of an anomaly in the wedding world, although I do flowers for events, I’m not really excited about a lot of the ways the wedding world is evolving. I think bridal shows are frightening, (I’m about to get eaten up for this) and even though they are full of great ideas, I almost think wedding blogs are frightening. I think a couple should feel nothing but comfortable about every decision they make and that goes for me too. If I know I can’t fulfill a couples vision with complete and utter excitement, you can count me out. My consultations are just as much a time for me to decide whether I want to work with a couple as it is for them to decide the same thing about me. I think it’s become such an industry that it’s a lot to digest as a groom and bride to-be, everything we do should just be frosting on the cake, and maybe only the very top of it, because the day is about the marriage, not the wedding. I love my flowers and I want you to love them too but I don’t expect for your event to be about them, they should only be an echo of the heart of the event. I had a really wise industry professional tell me once that there are two types of brides, the ones that have dreamt about their wedding before they ever found the guy and then the ones that found the guy and realized they wanted to get married, she said she only works with the brides of the latter…I’ve made it my golden rule too.
What is your favorite song? I have to go with one of my hubbies- Better on the Other Side, Reed Thomas Lawrence.
What is your favorite food? AlooSaag with garlic naan!
That’s the 411 on Ode Floral Artistry! Like what you see? Contact Rickey at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 615-290-5759. Also visit their website: www.odefloral.com.
Pictures provided by Angela Disrud Photography and Gegory Byerline Photography
Blog written by Monica Maderal for Burlap and Brooches Events