Vanessa can always be found placing this, that or the other just so in the boutique; creating different focal points and careful lines. She always secretly wanted to move items around the shop, and now does so at liberty. She finds presentation crucial.
When she was super little, Vanessa fondly recalls gardening; helping plant different flowers and caring for them. Though not an aspiration to work in a flower store, it seemed a natural fit when she was asked by her sister to help out at Mother's Day in 2013.
When she could, Vanessa continued to help out at holiday times performing basic shop duties — getting deliveries ready, making boxes, picking flower food and cards, and filling water picks. She returned to more consistent part-time work in October 2015 and her role quickly expanded. Vanessa's background lends itself to interior decorating the space and displays, photography, branding and marketing and website design. She has recently ventured into beginning to learn the foundation of the art and science of flower design.
With an arts background, Vanessa enjoys creating with different mediums on different scales. Creating with flowers represents the same idea. With photography, she loves to capture different elements of floral designs to obtain different perspectives and highlight different qualities.
Peonies are her favourite flower and she remembers them fondly in the garden as a young girl as they were always the first to bloom. She likes romantic loose florals with muted pastels, contemporary designs with whites and greens, and modern, streamlined, simplistic looks.
Vanessa's fondest memory is of an elderly gentleman who came in to buy a gift for his wife's 82nd birthday. She helped him pick out a bromeliad plant he was very pleased with. He was complimenting the different elements of the shop and told her he was proud to be married for so long. With a chuckle he said, “And you'll never believe it. I still love her.” She thoroughly enjoys talking to people, helping them create a visual of what they are looking for.
Vanessa has a Bachelor of Fine Arts, a Bachelor of Environmental Design and a Master of Architecture. When she's not at the shop, she enjoys gardening, yoga, rock climbing and trekking in the mountains – virtually anything outdoor-adventure based.