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 Photo Credit: Inspired Photography by Susie & Becky

“Where flowers bloom so does hope. ~ Lady Bird Johnson”

I always knew that whatever I did in life I wanted to do something that allowed me to be creative and was something that I looked forward to each morning when I woke…and for me that became floral designing.  I have always been a hands-on, visual learner and no other outlet has given me such joy and freedom for expression than my medium of flowers!  I began this journey in 2000 when I was walking home from class at The University of Illinois and passed a small campus flower shop that was looking to hire for part-time help.  My curiosity took me inside and before you knew it, I was cleaning buckets, filling water tubes and prepping the shop for everyday orders.   From there my floral story quickly blossomed and I began designing friends and family’s weddings.  With the support of all my family and friends I took a leap of faith and opened a home-based floral design studio which has allowed me to pursue my dream but also remain dedicated to raising my two beautiful children.  In the Spring of 2011, Petals by the Shore became a reality and we began designing weddings and events in the Washington, DC metro area.  Since then our reputation has grown as a studio that listens to their clients’ needs and who works with their clients to create unique one-of-a-kind experiences attending to every element, from initial consultation to final set-up.  Our most important goal as a boutique floral studio is to use the highest quality of local and international floral products, which we hand pick weekly for each event.   We look forward to working with you soon and creating an event you will never forget!