Cloud 9 Wedding Flowers
I recently got to know Molly from Cloud 9 Wedding Flowers, her beautiful flowers were part of the Woodsy Winter Table I photographed in December. Lets take a minute to get to know one of Central Florida's Wedding Vendors.
Name: Molly Lohman Business name: Cloud 9 Wedding Flowers
Business Location: 985 W. Fairbanks, Ave. Orlando FL 32804
Contact: 319-540-5066 [email protected]
Tell us a little bit about what you do: For me it is incredibly fun and rewarding to work with a couple to make their floral vision come to life. I spend time getting to know them so I can capture their personalities in their wedding flowers. To me it doesn't work without that personal element. I provide all floral decor for ceremony and reception needs, and also have an inventory of candle holders and specialty containers for rent. I really pride myself in creating gorgeous designs for affordable prices, and enjoy giving special attention to every detail, from artistic bouquet wraps to distinctive designs for each corsage and boutonniere.
How long have you been a florist? I've always arranged flowers from my garden just for personal enjoyment, but two years ago I decided I wanted to learn the fundamentals of design, so I began researching techniques on my own. I then enrolled in a professional florist course at Cass School of Floral Design in the Boston area while simultaneously taking an apprenticeship at a leading studio in Providence, RI. It was at Studio 539 Flowers studying under Christina Chandler that I quickly learned 1) the demands of the industry! and 2) just how exciting and inspirational floral design can be. All of these experiences reinforced what I had suspected. I had found a creative avenue that I was passionate about and that could challenge me. I am continuously learning and implementing new design concepts for my couples.
When did you start Cloud 9? Spring 2013
Where are you located? My studio and consultation space are within FairWater Florist located on the corner of W. Fairbanks and Adanson, right next door to The Mediterranean Deli (best falafel sandwich ever). In December 2012, Robert, the owner of FairWater, hired me to design part time as well as to take over the wedding department. A few months later I decided to focus wholeheartedly on wedding design and established Cloud 9.
Where are you from? I was born in CT, but moved south when I was about 3 months old, so I am a true Southerner at heart. I grew up in SC and GA, and as an adult I've had the pleasure of living in a number of states, LA, MA, IA and RI all before moving to FL. (I know now that I took for granted the amazing peonies that could be grown in Iowa's "black gold"!)
What brought you to Orlando? My husband applied for a job at EA Sports. He had another offer on the table that could have taken us to Toronto, but living closer to family AND the warmer climate won out. Thank goodness!
What are your favorite flowers? To me elements of movement, texture and fragrance are essential when choosing flowers for a bouquet. There is something about the elegant bend of a Lisianthus stem that brings amazing movement to a bouquet. It's really indescribable. You just have to see it. Veronica is another favorite of mine for movement. Textural choices include silver brunia, astilbe and seeded eucalyptus. Some of my favorite rose choices for fantastic fragrance would be Osiana (peach), Hot Lady (hot pink) and Majolika spray roses (variety of colors). Stock has a heavenly scent as does freesia.
Describe your favorite bridal bouquet you have created? One of my favorite bouquets I've created has to be for an outdoor wedding held at The Acre. It was a free formed bouquet with a light pink and baby blue color palette. I used light blue hybrid delphinium, cream stock, light pink titanic roses that smelled amazing!!! silver brunia and dusty miller. Feathery, lacy touches were added by using white and pink astilbe, light pink heather and white limonium. The bride provided a swatch of embellished lace taken from her Aunt's wedding gown to wrap the stems. It was so natural and feminine!
Whats your favorite color? If I can only choose one it would be coral.
What can you be found doing if you aren't arranging flowers? After a long day at the studio I'm generally camped out in front of the tv with my husband watching Netflix. Some things I want to find more time and energy for: continuing guitar lessons, finishing that knitting project I started LAST winter, and getting back into yoga.
Dog or cat person? We have three "children" - 1 delightful cat and 2 rambunctious dogs, but I love them all
What is a favorite childhood memory? During summer evenings in South Carolina I would spend time with my mom in her vegetable garden. There was something very peaceful about that.
What inspires you? So many things...music, art, interior design, nature, the beginning of Spring, a perfect weather day (which in my case would be 77F, sunny and breezy), the challenge of thinking outside the box, and without a doubt the fun ideas that couples bring to the consultation table!
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