Vendor Profile: Paisley Floral Design Studio
Bouquet by Marie St. Onge of Paisley Floral Design from the The 1920s Gatsby Era inspiration shoot. Photo by Philbrick Photography.
Marie St. Onge, the owner and designer of the award-winning Paisley Floral Design, discusses her favorite flowers, what she loves most about making a couple's wedding day vision come true, and how she turned her business from a dream into a successful studio. St. Onge's work appears often in the pages of New Hampshire Magazine's BRIDE, from numerous Real Weddings to our "Things We Love" section. She was also the floral designer for two of BRIDE's recent inspiration photo shoots: The 1920s Gatsby Era shoot and one at the Currier Museum of Art.
Where are you located and what is your service area?
I operate a private design studio in Manchester, New Hampshire. I'll travel up to three hours from Manchester for wedding and event work. I also offer all-occasion daily designs and delivery in greater Manchester Monday through Saturday.
Do you have any specific techniques or products?
Every bride’s vision is unique, and everyone’s floral wants and needs are different, and I like to cater to all our clients’ wishes. From flower crowns to grand ceremony arches, I'll design it all!
Who is your ideal client?
My ideal client is someone who has a basic vision/color palette for her event, but who is willing to trust me and my creative skills with the overall design.
How and why did you get into this business?
I wanted to offer a personal approach to a service-oriented business. I love the personal client connection and consider myself a people pleaser. After 10 years with a small local flower shop, a love of color and designing, and lots of encouragement from my husband, I started my home-based floral studio with a vision of strictly designing for weddings and events. But, before you knew it, I was asked by several people to design for other special life events, (birthdays, anniversaries, funerals) and that is what made Paisley into what it is today.
What is your favorite flower?
I have several, but if I had to pick only one, it would be the cymbidium orchid.
What is your favorite wedding floral (bride bouquets, boutonnieres, centerpieces) to design and create?
I consider it to be an honor to design every Paisley bridal bouquet! It is my favorite of all.
More gorgeous flowers from the The 1920s Gatsby Era inspiration shoot. Photo by Philbrick Photography.
What local NH elements do you incorporate into your work?
During the winter and spring months, I love to use Ilex berries, local winter greens, pussy willows, budding dogwood and forsythia. Summer is abundant for many locally grown garden flowers, not to mention fresh moss, Hosta leaves, yarrow and sedum. Also, on occasion, I am able to use a piece of driftwood from our New Hampshire coastline.
A logistical question: Do you design the floral scheme for your brides from scratch or do you prefer that they come to you with specific ideas of what they want?
Most brides approach a consultation with a basic color palette and general idea how they want things to look and feel. (Thank you, Pinterest!) Any favorite flowers I'll put on a wishlist and then will suggest other complementary blooms to accent her favorites.
How did you get in to the business?
After 10 years of working for a local flower shop, I decided to venture out on my own with a private studio florist. I prefer to focus my time on my clients and their needs instead of running a storefront and managing shop inventory. My business has grown by customer recommendations, social media and reviews. I started with roughly a dozen weddings seven years ago, and now I manage to continue to design 50+ weddings each year, as well as hundreds of daily everyday event designs.
From a winter Real Wedding (Stephanie Birch & Stephen DeFalco) featured in the Fall/Winter 2018 issue. We love the addition of seasonal pinecones, which are also featured in the bride's bouquet (below). Photo by Barefotos Photography
If a potential client is interested in working with you, how should they get in touch?
The best way to reach out is to call (603) 493-8386 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to start a conversation.
Anything else we should know?
There is no floral minimum to do business with Paisley Floral Design Studio — we design for every bride, from a small elopement bouquet to a grand and elegant wedding. We will gladly deliver and set up, or you can arrange to pick up your items if you prefer.
For more information about Paisley Floral Design, you can check out the website and the numerous reviews on The Knot, Facebook, Wedding Wire and Google. Paisley has also earned the Couples’ Choice award from Wedding Wire for the past 5 years, and was recently named the Readers’ Choice for best wedding florist in the Union Leader. Paisley was also voted as best florist by the viewers of WMUR.
From a winter Real Wedding (Stephanie Birch & Stephen DeFalco) featured in the Fall/Winter 2018 issue. Photo by Barefotos Photography
This suspended arrangement is from Marie St. Onge's daughter's wedding, which we featured in our Fall/Winter 2016 issue Real Weddings. More unique details include the tent (pictured below), other hanging arrangements and a gorgeous table display. See more photos here. Photography by Katrina Bernard Photography