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The A-list: Florist, Brown Paper Design

July 28, 2011

For our last post of the day, we’d like to introduce you to one of our extraordinary A-list members: Danielle Rowe of Brown Paper Design. She’s such an amazing talent and we’ve had the distinct pleasure of working with her first hand, so we know she can rock out some florals.

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Tell us 5 things you love about weddings?
1. Cake!
2. The meshing of two families for the first time
3. The amazing energy of two people coming together to profess their love to the world.
4. being able to express who you are to your loved ones by creating an environment that is completely yours.
5. the feeling that you and your mate are invincible for a minute. that nothing can stop you from being your best.

Favorite wedding trend of the moment? Wedding trend you’d love to see disappear forever?
Love the flower girls. Just love those little ladies. You can never tell what they might do and it keeps the mood light. I hope garter tosses have disappeared. I’ve actually never seen one. Maybe they could be good…

Do you have a favorite song/band/style of music? Does it define or help shape your work?
I listen to music when we work in our studio. It helps my mind focus on something else so I don’t over think my designs. That’s a little bit of my secret. If I’m stressed or worried about something, I will redo it a thousand times. Poor flowers. If I’m listening to music- or not nearly as cool, NPR, it keeps my mind busy so my hands can get to work!  So- lately I’m going through a Talking Heads phase. My stand down favorites are old school- Bob Dylan, Stones, The Band, Fleetwood Mack, Otis Redding. But the girls would kill me if we had to listen to that all day long, so we just throw on Pandora lately. Also there is a great instrumental band called Talk Demonic that I really love. Morning Becomes Eclectic is always on everyday. I highly recommend you get the app. You can count how many times Jason Bentley says his own name. It’s a fun game.

Is there an artist/designer/generally creative person in a totally different field who inspires you?
I’m always inspired by installation artists.  Especially when their focus is nature.  Andy Goldsworthy and Sebastien Preschoux come to mind.

If you weren’t a florist, what would you be?
A Librarian. I like books.

Favorite summer food?
Tough question. Because I’m typing this from Barcelona and this tapas situation is blowing my mind, that’s my first thought. But I have to say, I always crave summer tomatoes. Always. My dad used to pick them off the vine and eat them like apples. I’m anxious to get back to my garden for this very reason. The word is they are exploding. And we plant dahlias next to tomatoes- so it’s a happy image as well.

Thanks Danielle!

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