There are countless vendors we love working with — they inspire us with their craft, talents, and kindness. The Nashville wedding community is full of some of the coolest, most down-to-earth, and collaborative people we’ve met. We’re so fortunate to work in this industry and do our thing along many others killing their own game!
We have worked with Dana Maize of One Wild Flower Designs for several of our weddings, and we even asked her to make all our floral dreams come true at our own wedding. She is so easy and fun to work with, and gives each wedding floral design its own spin. What stands out about her approach is her ability to forage things from out in the wild, and mix those pieces in with purchased blooms. She is the QUEEN of this, and all of her work is so stunning and unique because of it.
Dana was sweet enough to answer a few of my questions that I thought may be helpful for brides beginning to plan their big day. There’s a lot of unknowns going into wedding planning, but working with a florist like Dana is such a fun and special experience!
A: “The flowers themselves are my best inspiration! I am totally in love with flowers, moss, lichens, trees, and every little created thing. I feel like a kid (my kids tell me I act like one!) when I observe the details of a flower or leaf, or bury my face in the center of a fragrant peony. I grew up on the Kansas prairie, and spent most of my time outdoors. I think my passion for creating comes from falling in love with nature, and wanting others to see the wonder of it through my eyes.”
A: “My favorite thing about working with bride and groom is learning their story. Of course I love putting together a design plan, but the good stuff is how they met, what they love to do together, how they want their guests to feel at their wedding. Each love story is so completely unique. I love getting to know their personality as a couple, and designing their flowers in a way that represents them.”
A: “Floral advice – My advice to couples regarding their designs is to consider where their major focal points will be, and budget toward that. For instance, the ceremony site is a major visual: not only are all your guests going to be staring at it while they’re waiting for you to walk down the aisle, but it’s also going to be in your photos forever and ever. You’re going to get a lot of bang for your buck there. By contrast, corsages and boutonnieres add up quickly, and many family members don’t care to wear one. So you might budget that money elsewhere, like a large reception piece.
A: “And my general piece of advice? Hire the wedding planner! Usually, by the time a couple realizes how desperately they needed one, it’s too late. There are a lot more details to planning and executing a wedding than people realize. (Also: don’t skimp on the photographer. You have ONE SHOT to capture one of the most important days of your life. It’s kind of a big deal.)”