As you can probably imagine, Florists and DJs do tend to keep very different types of schedules — they being conditioned to wake up early for the best fresh flowers while we are conditioned to stay up late keeping the dance floor stoked — so it’s common for us to become familiar with a floral designer by reputation long before we actually have the opportunity to meet them in person for that every reason! Today’s story of meeting the lovely and talented (and VERY MODEST of her amazing talent) subject of our latest interview — Miss Bailey Wilson of Molly Taylor Designs — is much the same!
We’ve admired Molly Taylor Designs’ work for some time, especially through some of the styled shoots they’ve designed with some of our very best mutual friends — Hunter Harrison of Hunter Photogrpahic, Amanda Cursaro of Baci Designer, Ann King of Borrow Vintage + Eclectic Rentals, and Karin Vancure and Rebecca Somnitz of Something White Bridal Boutique, just to name a very few
We first met Bailey Wilson of Molly Taylor Designs in person during setup for Handpicked | A Different Kind of Bridal Event 2014, though. Both our companies has particularly-elaborate setup needs during our tight setup window, and were absolutely milking every minute to squeeze in as much goodness in the lighting and floral design departments as we possibly could — floor to ceiling!!!
We love Bailey and the entire team from Molly Taylor Designs for their outside-the-box, freshest-of-the-fresh, fearless design approach; romantic, rambling, lush, magazine-quality blooms; and an attention-to-detail in design that rivals even our own. Listen: that’s high praise that isn’t given often, around here!!!!!
Ok, ok — no more fangirl gushing — I’ll let her speak for herself. 😉 Read on for more about Bailey and many more pretty pictures of flowers!
Something New Entertainment’s Anna-Jeannine “DJ AJ9” Herman: What first interested you in floral design?
Molly Taylor Designs’ Bailey Wilson: Well, I don’t have one of the stories where I can say “I always knew I would be a floral designer.” I just always knew I wanted to do something where I could be creative and not be stuck a desk all day. My mom and I always were doing crafting creative things. When deciding my college major, I toyed around with going into photography, but ended up going to Kent State for Interior Design. After one semester of that, I knew that wasn’t for me. I needed more action! I wanted something more hands on. I was scrolling through Ohio State’s majors and spotted Floral Design, and it was like the big “ahh yeah” moment. It was creative, hands on, involved, and perfect.
DJ AJ9: How long have you been designing florals for weddings?
Bailey Wilson: I have been designing wedding florals for 6 years and loved every second of it!
DJ AJ9: How would you describe your floral designs style?
Bailey Wilson: I guess it’s hard to pin point just one type of style… I think that’s the fun part! I think we are known for doing more garden-inspired arrangements with a fun, interesting twist. I really enjoy doing anything non-traditional. This wedding season, I am doing Garden Whimsical, Vintage Rustic, a Contemporary Space-Inspired theme, Tim-Burton-styled Japanese Ikebana, Dutch-Masters-styled using Fruits and Veggies just to name a few of the different styles. I am so ready to dive into this wedding season!
DJ AJ9: What do you enjoy most about being a floral designer?
Bailey Wilson: I really enjoy the relationships I form with my Brides and Grooms, Clients, and Families. I get to play a role in making their big days, extra special. It’s truly an honor. I also have to say the rush of the delivery and set up gets me every time! I love seeing everything come together and seeing the Bride and Grooms reaction to what you have helped create. It’s a great feeling and very rewarding.
DJ AJ9: What is the most important consideration couples should make when hiring a floral designer?
Bailey Wilson: The most important thing to consider when choosing a Floral Designer is make sure you and your designer “click.” Planning your wedding can be very stressful. When you pick vendors that are on the same page as you and get your vision, it makes everything so much easier. You are then able to put your trust in them, and know they will bring your vision to life without question.
DJ AJ9: How can a couple get the biggest impact with their floral decor and your designer?
Bailey Wilson: Put your trust in your designer, and hear them out on their ideas. They are a professionals and know what works and what doesn’t. Giving a bit of creative license to your designer will allow them to come up with ideas you may have not seen before. There are many ways some floral designs can be repurposed and used for different spots in the wedding. (Ex: Using Ceremony Decor and the Reception.) Also consult with your designers before you do any major buying with vases, bottles, containers, and other probs. I always see bride’s come in with different items they have bought for the wedding. They often find that the items are too big or too small and may not work. We have a collection of rental items that can be used for their wedding at a lesser cost, and saves on the stress of buying.
DJ AJ9: What is the most interesting or challenging custom design you’ve ever done?
Bailey Wilson: A few years ago we built an Archway that was tunnel-like for guest to walk through before they entered the Reception. It was made of Curly Willow, Vines, Fresh Flowers, and plenty of Lights. Molly and I we’re in one of Downtown Cleveland’s nicest hotels at midnight trying to mix and pour cement to make this creation. We had very limited set up times and a ton of set up to do. I had never done anything like that before and it was a learning experience for sure. The archway turned out fabulous and the client was more than happy!
DJ AJ9: What are some of your favorite new trends in floral design?
Bailey Wilson: One of my favorite trends that some couples are doing is personalizing their wedding. They are coming in with these awesome fun themes or add-ins that reflect their personalities. It gives us a bit of a challenge and we are able to do something a little different for them. I have a couple of Science Fiction Buffs that wants me to hide little figurines in the bouquets and floral arrangements, the guests will be encouraged to find them. They are also using Star Trek Communicators as part of the boutonnieres. I love all the fun details they are adding in to show their interests.
DJ AJ9: What do you look for in a great DJ and what are your DJ Pet Peeves?
Bailey Wilson: In a DJ, I look for someone that I can relate to and understands what types of music I like. I dislike going to weddings and hearing the same old songs and the cheesy wedding tunes, like the Chicken Dance. I also like a DJ that interacts with the crowd and clearly knows the couple. I’ve attended a wedding where the couple was cutting the cake and doing all the special dances and nobody knew this was happening. The DJ never kept anyone in the loop. He was also saying awkward things and you could just tell he didn’t know the couple. I think those types a situations happen a lot with larger more corporate DJ companies that don’t take the time to get to know the client and send out a random DJ the day of the wedding.
Something New Entertainment is very Different! They take the time to get to know their clients and become a very helpful with their couples in the wedding planning process. Anna-Jeannine and Justin are so much more than DJs, they are experts in bringing the excitement. They set the tone for the night with their easy to get along with personalities, awesome lighting designs, great music choices!
As a side note: One thing that drives me crazy with some DJs, when were all setting up the reception, the DJ will starting playing music to test the sound. When they are done testing the sound they turn off the music, it’s like a tease! Haha! Keep the music playing while were setting up! We wanna dance too! When setting up at Handpicked I was sooo happy you kept the music going, seriously made my day so much better! Hahaha!
About Bailey Wilson: I grew up loving anything that let me be creative and do my own thing. My mom always appreciated that and pushed me to let out my artistic side. It came at no surprise when I wanted to attend Kent State for Interior Design. But that ended up not being as “Hands On” as I would have hoped. I decided to attend Ohio State ATI to study Floral Design, they have an awesome program and I fell in love with floral design from the first class I attended. This is where I met Molly Taylor, my business partner. In 2010, we were asked by Ohio State to compete in Boston for the AIFD competition. As a team we took second place, I personally took Overall Designer and People’s Choice. When I called my parents to tell him, they laughed and didn’t believe me! Haha! I was a shocked as they were! Since then its all been history.
Molly and I have been in business for 4 years now (Holy Moly! Time flies!) and I could not have picked a better person to take on the industry with! We have added a very important member to our team in the last couple of years, Dean White. Dean is a seriously incredible Designer and comes with a ton of knowledge about the business. Together we all form an awesome team, everyone has their own styles and brings something different to the table. We have just expanded to larger store in January and we are crazy excited about it! Our new store front is awesome!