Denver, Colorado Wedding Florist
Find out what it means to live your dream life as a wedding pro in today’s post that is a Q & A: Robyn Rissman, Floral Designer at Bare Root Flora in Denver, Colorado. She loves everything about flowers and weddings and is so grateful to be doing what she loves.
From my experience, designing flowers for weddings and clients has been extremely rewarding over the years. Not only do you get to be creative by working with beautiful flowers, but you get to connect with couples at a time of their lives that is very important to them. As a floral designer that is what makes doing the work you do, that much more special and rewarding.
Interviews with Floral Designers
There are lots of talented floral designers out there, and some seem to really jump out to me because they posses something that is different or unique in their style and approach. During the wedding summer season you can imagine how busy a wedding florist can be, so I was happy that Robyn made the time in her schedule to connect with me.
Here is what this flower enthusiast has to say, and check back soon for more interviews with other outstanding individuals from the world of flowers. I hope to inspire, educate and ignite something within you! Please contact me if you have another fabulous florist that should be on this blog.
Q. What inspired you to get into the floral design business?
I’ve been in love with weddings since I was just a little girl. Looking back, I’m surprised it took me so long to figure out that the wedding industry was where I belonged. When I finally got around to studying flowers and design, it was like coming home.
Q. Why did you pick Denver, Colorado for your location?
Denver is my home and the only place I could imagine starting a business! And I love being a part of the industry here! It’s such a welcoming, collaborative creative community. Most of my weddings actually take place in the mountains so I get the best of both worlds–the energy of a vibrant urban center and the incredible natural scenery we’re blessed with here!
I live in Denver with my paleontologist husband and our crazy dog! I live to be outside, travel and eat dessert!
Q. What would you say really turns you on about being a floral designer & business owner?
Becoming a business owner was one of the BEST decisions I ever made! I absolutely love everything about it (and what I don’t love I outsource! Lol!). I love being the agent of my own success and knowing that I have total control over what my brand and business look like and represent. Being a designer fulfills my creative needs; being a business owner fulfills the more analytical and ambitious side of me!
Q. What is the most intriguing flowers or plant material you have worked with and how did it inspire you creatively?
I think one of the best parts about working with flowers is that they really help you embrace the moment–whatever the particular shape or color of the bloom, there’s inspiration to be found in how it marries with the other elements in a design. So I can’t pick a particular flower or plant offhand, but I’m pretty darn lucky because I get to work with amazing flowers and textures every day!
As far as my style, I would say very it is textural and organic. Gardeny. I like things wild but still with shape and design to them. I love to bring in unexpected elements. I try to stretch my wings creatively wherever possible and I always try to stay true to my own design style…
Q. Any flower or plant your go to flower?
My regular repertoire of flowers…hmmm…roses (garden and spray), ranunculus, anemone, artichokes, berries, protea, anything textural, wild grasses, succulents…I could go on for ages….peonies and especially lilacs…I love them all!! Oh, and clematis–that’s a total fave…
I could never pick just one! I love the seasonality of flowers and I try to embrace the incredible textures and treasures each season offers. That being said, if you look closely you can almost always spot an artichoke in my designs!
Q. Any thoughts or words of wisdom to future floral designers out there thinking about owning a business?
Philosophically speaking, I really do think you can make your dream business a reality–not without a lot of hard work and sacrifice but it can be done! If you have the passion and the perseverance, there’s a lot of opportunity out there for you. Practically speaking, find an incredible community of likeminded creatives–it’s the best way to grow not only your portfolio but your network.
Q. Any thoughts or words of wisdom to any brides thinking about floral decor?
Hire someone you trust implicitly and then give them the creative freedom to do what it is they do best! They’ll likely far exceed your expectations!
Q. What has been your most memorable event or moment in owning your business Bare Root Flora?
One of my favorite things about flowers and design is looking around at the end of the day at the things I’ve made with my own two hands–there’s nothing as satisfying! I knew right away that flowers were a medium in which I could make art. I’ve been designing now for nearly a decade and I’m just as passionate about it as ever–maybe even more so!
This year has been incredible for me and I’ve checked off more than one item of my bucket list! Two in particular really blew my mind: I had a wedding photographed by Jose Villa and one of my events will be featured in the fall issue of Martha Stewart Weddings. I pretty much died and went to wedding heaven.