MY GROWING STORY
how I started
I officially launched Floral Designs by Justine in 2014, but have been active in the industry since 2006.
My love and passion for floral design started when I was just 14 at the local Agriculture high school in town. Knowing I wanted to do something in the Horticulture industry I obtained a Bachelor in Horticultural Science and Minor in Agribusiness from the University of Connecticut in 2014. The first few official weddings I designed for, under Floral Designs by Justine, were being planned while I was still attending UCONN.
I love to attend industry workshops making sure to keep up with the new trends, but don’t steer away from trying new and innovative concepts on my own. I always say “Anything is possible!”
Not only will I be designing every floral need for your big day, but may grow some of the product being used. Currently my family has six, 450 foot cut flower beds. We are growing a mix of product, including Dahlias, Eucalyptus, Tulips, Yarrow, Scabiosa, Ammi Green Mist, Cosmos, Strawflower and many more! If I am not growing it, my next best is to buy it from a local grower when in season or local supplier. One of my absolute favorite things to do is roam through my local grower’s cut flower beds and handpick my product. It doesn’t get more special than that.
You would not be surprised to find me in the woods or the side of the road hunting for that perfect touch a design may need. Some of the prettiest florals come from places overlooked.
I take all of my client’s needs into consideration. This is a onetime deal for my brides and I want to make it as carefree and beautiful as possible. From in person consultations to individualized estimates for each of my brides, your perfect florals will be created. Being a bride myself, I know how stressful it can be. Let me take one less weight off your shoulder and design florals for your next event.
my love for florals
As a young entrepreneur in the floral and horticulture industry I believe in being as eco-friendly as possible. My design studio is out of my house which is fully powered by solar panels. I try my very best to compost all of the green waste, which eventually will be used to fertilize my backyard gardens.
Last year my family and I started our first 700 square foot cut flower garden which was a huge success. I used the fresh product in my weddings, my everyday arrangements for my local restaurants and for people just driving by! This year brings new adventures, including expanding the cut flowers by four new beds.