Hey blog fans! For me, the top two things I love about my job, are working with my clients and all the amazing Wedding industry Vendors here in Manitoba. Every week, a talented team of vendors assemble and work their butts off to deliver something amazing to their bride and groom. It’s awesome to be a part of it and I’m thankful for all the hard work others put in to what I get to photograph. So throughout the year, I will be featuring Wedding Vendors who I love to work with and deliver outstanding products and services to their clients year round.
Today, we start with Britney Fache from Fache Forward Designs. She is a florist doing great work here in Manitoba. We had done a few weddings together last year and officially met during her Engagement Session. That’s right… she’s getting married! Check out her engagement session from last year. She actually won the session by entering the best engagement story to Weddings in Winnipeg. Anyways… my clients were beyond happy with her work and she is always a pleasure to work with! I’ll let her do the rest of the talking… please check out her interview to get to know her more. Her younger sister Riley joined her for the photo shoot, as she will be assisting with the many weddings FFD has this season. Thanks for all the great work you do Britney!
Fache Forward Designs
Website: www.facheforwarddesigns.comFacebook: www.facebook.com/FacheForwardDesignsTwitter: @ffdfloralsPinterest: www.pinterest.com/ffdfloralsInstagram: ffdflorals
How long have you been in business?
FFD had been in business for just over a year and a half, however this Spring marked my seventh year as a designer in the industry overall.
How many weddings to you do per year?
What is your favourite thing about what you do?
I feel lucky to have a lot of favourite things that I love about what I do…
I love connecting with clients – falling in love with their themes, helping them develop colour schemes and textures that accentuate their ideas, and as a result – getting excited with them about their big day.
I love that I’ve adored flowers my whole life, and have been fortunate enough to make my passion into a career that allows me to play with flowers, while connecting me with people – another passion of mine – amazing clients and industry vendors alike.
I love that while they may not last forever, flowers are the final, beautiful accessories that bring together the overall theme of a wedding – the pop of colour on the tables at a reception, the textured blooms in bridesmaids hands and on groomsmen’s lapels signifying their connection to the bride and groom they stand next to – I get to create these items that tie into a theme that not only celebrates the personalities of the clients, it also celebrates the overall day that marks the next step of their lives together. It’s a beautiful thing, to feel like you get to be a part of completing their special day.
What is something neat and/or surprising about about what you do behind the scenes?
In the summer, on nice days, I set up a work station outside. My studio is in a neighbourhood park setting, so it’s a lovely spot to be out enjoying some fresh air while cleaning product and prepping arrangements before I store them in the cooler overnight.
What has been your favourite Wedding to date and why?
To date, my favourites would have to be last year when I was lucky enough to design the florals for two weddings that made the online Weddings In Winnipeg National Inspiration Post. The brides were gorgeous, the weddings were gorgeous, and my favourite part was that they were each other’s Maid of Honour! Too fun, to be part of both their beautiful days * and such a pleasure working with them!
What are you most excited about for this Wedding season?
I’d have to say I’m most excited for MY wedding this season!!! However I’m also super excited for this season because I have some truly amazing brides that I’ve really connected with, which I love, because it makes my job that much more fun! Also I’m excited for the trends this season – woodsy, antique, rustic, soft colour palettes, organic mixes, lots of texture – I’m a huge fan of all of them, and can’t wait to get my hands on all the product in the coming months!
Your best advice to your couples getting married in the planning process?
Plan early, and take your time! Enjoy each step, because all the planning that comes with organizing this one amazing day comes so quickly and is gone so fast * and then it’s on to the next exciting stage of your lives! * * As a bride myself this season, it’s been such an awesome experience going through the planning process alongside my clients over the past two years. Taking our time with the planning process was the best decision we could’ve made as a team, and we’ve enjoyed each step of the way.
If you have a store front or location that clients visit… where is it?
I have a home-based studio location that I work out of in the South end. Consultations are often done at my in-home office, or over a cup of coffee at a local Starbucks.
What is your businesses “mission statement”?
To connect with clients on a personal level, so we trust and are comfortable with one another, so I can learn about their floral decor needs, and provide them with excellent, reliable design services, that are accessible, affordable, and complimentary to making their wedding unique to them.
What set’s you apart from all your fellow vendors? What is unique to you?
What has been unique to me since FFD started, has been the process of planning my own wedding alongside my clients. Not only has it allowed me to be relatable in that sense, but more importantly I believe it has given me insight as to how I respond as a vendor, knowing what is expected or desired of someone in the industry in terms of meeting needs, as I’ve been on the other side as a client as well. I think another thing that has set me apart as a vendor, is that I chose to step away from the retail experience and specialize in floral design that allows me to focus on connecting with my clients as well as the industry, it’s standards, and trends. This awareness and focus has helped me hone in on the details of each client’s inspirational ideas, and make them into a reality.
I feel very fortunate to do what I love and love what I do, and am incredibly grateful to all those – vendors, friends, and family alike – who have supported me and continue to support me along the way!