Park Place Design | Small Business Spotlight | Carrie Miles Photography

 

I met Tracy Park at a local wedding vendor event years ago.  After collaborating with her at a few weddings I began to understand the importance and impact flowers can have on many facets of the wedding day.   I saw firsthand the difference it makes when brides entrust their big day to a floral designer who is also an event stylist compared to a florist alone.  Park Place Design specializes in COUTURE floral design/styling and linens.  Tracy is down to earth and spunky.  She goes above and beyond for her clients and delights in finding ways to stand out and do things differently.  I had a blast spending a morning with her last month at her gorgeous shop.  Here is what we talked about and some eye candy images to enjoy!

One of my brides wanted a table with family pictures at the beginning of the isle at her ceremony.  Tracy painted the cupboard on the left to match the bride’s colors and styled it to perfection.  The latest addition to her vast array of unique rentals is the canvas banner pictured above right with candles and an english rose swag framing it.  Can’t you just picture it at a reception, the first thing guests see when they enter the room?

How did you get started?
“I’ve always had a passion for flowers.  I worked in a floral shop in High school and studied business management in college.  I was a buyer and manager at a bridal boutique for 17 years.  I had relationships with so many brides and during that time I began to do flowers on the side.  I started working out of my kitchen, which then overflowed into my garage, and a “she shed.” Five years ago I opened up this shop.”

What is the best part about your job?

“Getting to be with beautiful flowers and designing something different.”

Where do you go for inspiration?
“Southern Bride, Blogs, Style me Pretty, and workshops that teach unique things and hands on mechanics.”

 What are some of your favorite wedding venues?

Greencrest Manor, Kellogg Manor House, Loft 310 and Sundance Studios

What changes are you most excited about for your business in the next year?
“I am looking to find & operate my own wedding venue!   Ideally a historical building with property that I can transform into the ultimate place to host weddings for up to 100 guests.”

What is your best advice to couples planning a wedding?
“Don’t scrimp on the elements that matter.  When you walk into a room and its full of beautiful flowers everyone smiles.  The impact and feelings that are evoked from that beauty are priceless.  Know your vendors and trust that they will do an amazing job for you.”

I do a little happy dance when I find out one of my brides has hired Tracy.  Those weddings just stand out.  Above and below are two of my favorites.  The bride with the succulent themed wedding above just happens to be my sister.  She gave my mom and I cart blanche with the flowers so we made a beeline to Tracy’s shop first thing!  Tracy’s design was beyond our wildest dreams and she made succulent rings for each bridesmaid as a surprise.

Cheri and Marquay’s wedding at Kellogg Manor House was a vision of blush and ivory florals and details put together by Tracy’s team.

PARK PLACE DESIGN | SMALL BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT | CARRIE MILES PHOTOGRAPHY

 

 

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