Grove Photographer Friendor- Floral Designer: Jennifer Designs Events

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. 

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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? 

JO: You can find examples of my work on my website, Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest.

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?

JO: Yes!

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. 

Vintage Bridal Shoot- A walk down memory lane

For those of you who don't know, I am getting married this Memorial Day Weekend! With only 67 days to go, this is considered "crunch time." I am currently finalizing all of the last minute details and deciding which sentimental pieces I'd like to incorporate on the big day. With so many things going on, I had a bright idea. I asked my mom if she would be willing to unbox her 30 year old wedding gown to see if there was anything I could take from it to incorporate into my ensemble... little did I know how magical this experience was going to be.

When we took the box down out of the closet and wiped off the layer of dust, I could feel my mom's excitement and nervousness because she clearly didn't know what we would discover. Would it be in tact? Would it be yellow? Will it still fit?

We lifted the lid and carefully peeled back the tissue paper and there she was, in all her 80's glory, my mom's gown. Was she a little yellow? Yes. Do you think that stopped my mom from shedding a small tear? Absolutely not. 

Once she put on her gown I knew I absolutely had to do a Bridal shoot. When my parent's got married their photographer didn't capture the details of her gown or accessories and didn't do a bridal portrait session. This was my chance to give my mom those detail shots so she will always remember them. I believe every bride (even if she's been married for 30 years) should have portraits taken to capture her beauty.

Her gown was just as beautiful as she remembered and I felt so privileged to share in this moment with my mom. She was so proud of this gown and all of the memories it holds. She insisted that I try it on, and if I'm being honest, I was chomping at the bit to do so!

It fit me like a glove- almost like it was meant for me. And I have to say, I am in love with her veil and almost wish these puffy sleeves were still in style! 

After this experience with my mom I am dying to do another vintage bridal shoot. I have a couple in the works and cannot wait to share them with you! If this is a shoot you would LOVE to get in on, let me know in the comments! 

Until next time...