So I’ve been wanting to do this for a while, and by this I mean interviewing and then blogging some of my favorite wedding vendors! I knew right away that Shayda from Candelaria Designs was going to be on this list, her florals are to die for!
We’ve actually had the opportunity to work together twice before and I’m always blown away by her work! Check out the spring styled shoot we did together here. You’ll have to wait on the second styled shoot until it’s published, but in the meantime, you can see some sneak peeks on Instagram!
I had so much fun chatting with Shayda and getting to see where all the magic happens! She has the most darling workspace. Now, lets get to the questions!
Me: What inspired you to go into floral design?
Shayda: It was such an instant calling. I was immediately intrigued while I was planning my own wedding. Florals were an important factor for me, and my florist for my wedding day was so kind and spent so much time explaining floral options. One evening I reached out to my husband about it and he was so supportive and understanding, so I booked a one on one session with an amazing floral designer based out of Dallas, Texas to train by one of the best.
Me: What is your favorite part about what you do?
Shayda: My favorite part is client interaction, there’s so much in that first meeting with my brides. It’s so important for me to incorporate their personalities and feelings when designing, its what makes designing so enjoyable and creative.
Me: What does a wedding day look like for you?
Shayda: Ooh my, they’re busy! Weddings are always so exciting and at the same time there’s so much to do in so little time. So for that reason, we have a project manager on site for every wedding. She’s kind of like our wedding day coordinator, she guides us and updates us on upcoming events so we can be sure the aesthetic and vision of the bride is carried out throughout the wedding day. Once the Candelaria design team is on site we’re styling, placing florals, and working on gorgeous installations. Wedding day is our favorite because its when everything finally comes together after months of planning, it’s an amazing day!
Me: How far in advance would you recommend booking florals?
Shayda: 1 year.
Me: What sets you apart?
Shayda: We primarily focus on weddings and events, so our florals are for intimate gatherings. We create weddings for brides drawn to the loose, asymmetrical, and organic nature of garden-style florals. Our style is heavily influenced by nature and art. We develop our floral combinations based off of color theory, incorporating only the finest blooms and lots of natural texture.
Me: Fun facts about you!
Shayda: I have three crazy loving dogs that I’m obsessed over; Mali, Mac, and Brutus.
I’m actually 100% Persian…meow
I’m obsessed with chips and queso!
I’m a sucker for a good movie, a home cooked meal, and a bottle of wine with my hubby (but don’t forget the ice cream!)