As a wedding photographer, I have seen my fair share of beautiful floral arrangements but when I met Jennifer Oechsle of Jennifer Designs Events I was blown away by her talent. I first met Jen through social media when I stumbled upon her Instagram account. I started following her and fell in love with her gorgeous work. When I decided to start this series, I knew I had to ask Jen if she would like to be a part of it and I'm so grateful that she said yes!
Jen designs out of her father's floral shop, Lavender and Lace, in Mantua, New Jersey. This Victorian Tea Room turned conservatory makes for the perfect setting to design and meet with clients. As soon as you pull up to this breathtaking house, you can really see just how much love is put into her work. I highly recommend taking a stroll through the garden during your visit to see all of the stunning flowers and lush greenery.
Jen has such a relaxed attitude and an open mind when it comes to design which will make any bride feel at ease when looking for a wedding floral designer. She is meticulous with a keen eye for every little detail, couple that with her sweet demeanor and you've hit the jackpot! If you're a bride in South Jersey or Philadelphia, I highly recommend working with Jen. While you're here, take a look at her beautiful work below and see what she had to say during our time together.
Q: How long have you been designing wedding florals?
JO: I've been designing for what feels like forever but I've been designing wedding florals for 15 years.
Q: What/who inspired you to become a floral designer?
JO: I grew up in my Father's Floral shop, Lavender and Lace, so I assume my Father inspired me. At first, I honestly didn't want any parts of flowers but while in college I discovered my love for events and incorporated my Art Degree in my Floral Designs.
Q: Where can I find examples of your work?
Q: What should I expect at our consultation?
JO: I have my potential clients fill out a quote request and based on the information they give me I then develop a preliminary proposal. The proposal is used to show the florals and supplies I am incorporating to achieve their desired look. If the client would like to meet we will setup a time to discuss things further. A lot of time and care goes into these beginning steps because they are the foundation so the rest of my job goes smoothly and that my clients vision is understood.
Q: Will you be the one designing on my day?
Q: Who will deliver my flowers on my wedding day?
JO: I will unless there are any time constraints with the venue
Q: Will you provide a mock-up of my bouquet/table arrangements at our final consultation?
JO: Unfortunately, no. I special order everything in for each of my events and most florals and supplies need to be purchased in quantities and it becomes very costly to make one sample. Clients are welcome to purchase samples if they like but honestly we do so much preliminary work figuring out colors, size and design that most clients are comfortable with this. Also, there are multiple examples of my work for clients to get a good idea of my style and abilities.
Q: What do you do for fun?
JO: I love doing anything creative even when I'm not working. I am an artist first and I love painting, sketching, honestly just plain creating! Especially with my 2 little girls.
Q: Tell us something not many people know about you :)
Hmmmm.... I'm a talker so most people know just about everything about me haha... especially after our first consultation.
Q: What’s a quote you live by?
JO: I'm not known to be a profoundly deep person, in fact I'm pretty silly + awkward lol. But if I had to pick my fav quote it would be, "Just Keep Swimming" By the ever so wise Dory in Finding Nemo. These little words really apply to everything + are my motto.
What do you think sets you apart from other local wedding floral designers?
JO: Really there are so many gifted and wonderful Designers in our area + beyond, I believe we all set ourselves apart by our styles. If you look closely at each Florists work you see their voice come through. So I think it's important for a client to really love my work because I pour so much of myself in it and that's when I design at my best.