Born in South Africa, I was introduced to floral artistry at a young age, but I didn't know it would become my life's passion until I moved to The States. Back home I'd had a busy life with a PhD in Industrial Sociology and career as a researcher on political trends. When my husband was drawn to California for business reasons, it was an opportunity for me to explore a new path.
When I was young, my Aunt and Uncle owned a floral wholesale market in the town of Klerksdorp in South Africa. I spent one entire vacation helping them pack flowers and was in awe at how artistic my Aunt was with the flowers. Back then, I never imagined it would be my calling too.
Moving to California inspired me to let my naturally creative side out to play. I took a floral design class under the well-respected teacher and coach, Hiromi Yamagata. To my surprise a talent in floral design was revealed and I couldn't keep myself from learning more. I trained under world-renowned floral designer Phil Rulloda, and branched out even further with studies in pottery, drawing, pastel, watercolor, Ikebana, Feng Shui and Interior Decorating.
All of these artistic experiences contributed to my sense of style, color, and composition as a florist and inspired me to launch Florunique. Today, I use my artistic skills to create original floral decor for my clients' weddings and special events in the South Bay region of Los Angeles, working out of my floral studio in Redondo Beach.
In 2014, I was featured in a reality show that will pilot on Valentine's Day in 2015 and was the designer for The Knot Couture Show, where I handcrafted a wedding dress made entirely of flowers. I am also a member of the Entertainment Arts Team at Disneyland California, decorating the Haunted Mansion, floats and events for Disney’s 50th celebration, and the new Disney holiday addition, Jingle Jangle Jamboree.
I'm humbled to have been a recipient of several industry awards several years running, including Wedding Wire's Brides Choice, The Knot Best of Weddings and The Wedding Chicks. Thank you to all the wonderful couples whose feedback made this happen!