What initially drew me to Hannah Brunelle’s work was thistle. Growing up my grandmother LOVED thistle.
There was thistle in our family crest, so she had paintings of thistle, thistle needlepoints, shirts with thistles embroidered on them, thistle plates and mugs – thistle was everywhere. So, when I saw a photo of a bridal bouquet from Gypsy Blooms Floral that had thistle in it, I did a double take. It’s not something you see in most bridal bouquets. As I looked through photos of more of Hannah’s work, I fell in love with the eclectic mix of textures and bold colors. Her work is truly stunning and I’m so excited to have her as our featured vendor this week!
Name: Hannah Brunelle
Business Name & Location: Gypsy Blooms Floral; Saratoga Region (I travel throughout all upstate NY)
Years Working in the Event Industry: 10+ years
Years Owning Your Own Business (if applicable): 3 years
How did you get started in the industry?
When I was very young, I began working in a boutique florist shop not far from Boston, MA. I started out as a humble helper and soon realized my love for the floral world. I absorbed all that I could, and the spark ignited into a full-blown wildfire of creative artistry. From there I further educated myself in the floral world with classes as well as constant hands-on training by top professionals. Eventually, I moved to Upstate NY and dove right into the Wedding industry with everything I had!
What inspires you?
Nature has always inspired me! My amazing clients also often have such beautiful stories of love, which helps me create the wedding they envision. My goal is always to take their story, their vision and add my touches of creativity and drive to create something truly authentic that reflects who they are as a couple.
What are some of the biggest trends in wedding florals among your clients lately?
I’m seeing more original concepts. Organic bouquets as opposed to the compact every-day style we often see. This is right up my alley because I absolutely love anything different and unique and I try my hardest to stay away from designs and styles that look common. I love to say that life is too short for boring flowers!
What is your favorite part of the job?
Seeing the joy on my clients faces when they first see everything come together. In that moment, I know I’ve done my job. Often my clients turn into friends because I work so intimately with them to get to know them as a couple, so that my designs reflect them well. This is an absolute joy. I also adore every moment of the work itself.
For an engaged couple, when is the best time to book the florist?
Depending on your planned date and how extensive the designs you’re looking for are, this may change, but I recommend as soon as you book your Venue. I am booking a year to two years in advance and the sooner the better! This is because prime dates go rather quickly but also, the sooner I start working on your vision, the more magical it can be!
What are some things couples should look for when choosing a florist for their wedding?
Each and every designer has a certain style or look they prefer and excel in. Choose a florist that has a style similar to your vision. I think it is very important to connect with each other, so I always recommend finding someone that communicates well and works with you and for you. Your designer should be excited to work and create for you.
What advice do you have for couples planning their big day?
Take a deep breath! Planning can be overwhelming but with the right Wedding team of Vendors, it will go smoother. Plan early, know what is most important to you for your big day and find Vendors that you can trust.
Photos by Janelle Rodriguez Photography