Earlier this year I published a rundown of some of my favorite Colorado Wedding Vendors. But in case the preview left you wanting to know more about these amazing women (yes, all the vendors on my list are women), I’m taking the time to do some more in depth introductions to these talents.
Mandy Hess, MJM Designs, Florist Queen
Follow along with Mandy on IG here.
How long have you been in business?
4 years coming up in July!
What made you start MJM Designs?
I worked for other florists prior to my brother’s wedding and I wanted to be able to create the floral pieces for his big day. So, slowly I pieced together what I needed and MJM Designs sprouted!
Portrait by Theresa Woodhull
What is your favorite part of owning your own business?
My favorite part of owning my own business is the flexibility. [I choose] how many wedding and events I would like to do a year. I get to create my own schedule and I have control over the decisions I make about how I want to run my business. For example, I can choose to donate funds or products to charities I am passionate about helping.
Who is your ideal client? Who inspires you in your design?
My ideal client is someone who is super excited for their big day! They know what they want to focus on for their wedding day while keeping the wedding day true to themselves and and fun for their guests.
My designs are inspired by my clients as well as the blooms being used. I take into account ideas and visuals sent by my couple, then let the blooms dictate where they want to go and how they want to be featured in the design–no two items are exactly the same. There are a few fantastic floral designers that I look up to and follow on Instagram – Amy Osaba and Ariella Chezar.
Describe the process of working with you. How would a couple interact with you from start to finish?
After reaching out via email or through my contact form on my website, we would start with a free consultation at my Englewood studio. I love chatting about what the couple is envisioning for their wedding day. After that meeting, I create a customized floral proposal that goes through everything we discussed. After signing a contract and paying a retainer to hold their date, we keep in contact throughout the next few weeks/ months until the wedding. About a month out from the wedding day I talk to the couple and the wedding planner to get the final table counts, then check in with the venue on any final items. The day-of, my team will be there to deliver and set-up pre-wedding, then clean up at the end of the night.
I love communicating with my couples and keep the lines of communication open throughout the process!
What trends are inspiring to you right now?
Being land-locked in Colorado, I’m loving tropical flowers and foliage! Also, I’m digging the use of bold colors in designs as well as installation pieces. I would love to create something different for you and your guests to awe at!
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Chocolate chip coffee/ espresso
Where would you most like to travel?
My ultimate DREAM is to go to Rome; my husband and I are finally planning a trip for next May to celebrate his graduation from engineering school. I cannot wait!!
To see more of Mandy’s wedding work, check out Mike and Jessica’s Denver Museum of Nature and Science wedding.
Then make sure you stay tuned for more interviews with my go-to wedding vendors!