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My name is Laurie Van Ark and I am the owner of B/A Florist. If you want the truth, I had no formal training at the very beginning of my design career. If you saw my bio, I was planning on using my degree with a duel major in merchandising management and textiles for the interior division in the automobile industry. That seems like forever ago.
While in enrolled at Okemos High School and then Michigan State University, I worked at B/A Florist (founded by my mom, Barb Hollowick.) In doing so, I got to work side by side with a lot of very talented designers. Through the years, I gained skill after skill to the point that I teach others now. I have done bridal work for print work such as Lansing Bride and The Lansing State Journal bridal supplements, bridal fashion shows, bridal shows for prospective brides, bridal design shows for other professional designers and for hundreds and hundreds of brides over the past 36+ years.
I study design, color and style trends constantly to be sure I am one step ahead of what brides may want. I love creative challenges and my specialty is customizing the wedding flowers to feel like the bride’s personality, not mine. I want to take all the wonderful things that make each bride special and have it come through in the flowers and the overall look of the flowers. With every wedding I create, I approach it with the eye of the bride and I ask myself “would I be happy with this?” When I hear my brides say that the flowers were even more gorgeous than I could have imagined, then I know I have done my job well. That makes me happy.
I’m not the kind of person to sit and tell people how wonderful a floral designer I am. I would much rather just show you my work and let you decide. After all, “beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” -Margaret Wolfe Hungerford.
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