As its company name implies, gorgeous flower arrangements are at the heart of Plants N’ Petals‘ wedding services. But this top Houston wedding florist does so much more than provide pretty flowers. Many of Houston’s highest-profile weddings and events call upon Plants N’ Petals for its award-winning event production expertise. From lounge and linen rentals to custom ceremony backdrops to couture lighting and elaborate ceiling decor, Plants N’ Petals transforms weddings into unforgettable events. As senior wedding event designer for this renowned Houston event company, Bahara Jamea is the design talent behind many of Plants N’ Petals most extraordinary weddings. Find out how she approaches wedding design, what’s trending for 2020 weddings…and which recent wedding was her biggest design challenge, in this exclusive Q&A!
Weddings in Houston: What should a couple bring to their initial consultation with you, to get you started on designing their wedding?
Bahara Jamea: An open mind. A couple should be open to considering ideas that have not necessarily come straight from their Pinterest board. As a designer, I create fresh and individualized looks that really suit each client and their taste. On an initial consultation, I typically like to get to know the client and their personal tastes, as their wedding is a reflection of these, just turned up about 1,000 percent!
WIH: What trends are you tracking for 2020 weddings in Houston?
BJ: My clients want a more tailor-made appearance and style to their wedding–something that feels fresh and personal, as opposed to a more traditional look. They want classic florals that are at once fresh and updated, but timeless. Also, dance floors are no longer just for dancing! They are becoming a focal point and a design opportunity, and I love doing custom designs and patterns on them. Having florals and decor suspended over the dance floor really makes for a dramatic “wow” in the space. Meanwhile, color palettes are becoming more cultured and multifaceted, as opposed to the longstanding two-color scheme of the past. I am designing with more variety of shades, similar to an artist creating a painting. This helps to create an overall atmosphere and ambiance, versus a “matchy-matchy” look to the wedding.
WIH: Can you share with us one of your most challenging recent wedding designs?
BJ: Every now and then I get a bride who tells me to do whatever I want to do. Typically, this is a bride whom has seen my work before and knows that our tastes would align. Recently I had a bride who was getting married at the Corinthian Houston who told me to do whatever I wanted, just to make sure that it was white and modern. This seems like an easy task, but with such a request, the pressure is on! I designed custom-made, oversized boxes that each had chandeliers inside, which covered the entire ceiling of the venue, and hung above gorgeous tablescapes of mirror tables and modern white florals [see photo above, and view the full wedding feature here]. The look was at once modern, striking and fresh. The couple was beyond happy…and I was relieved!
WIH: What do you love most about working on weddings, and collaborating with wedding couples?
BJ: There isn’t much I don’t love about working with couples and getting to be a part of their wedding day! Once at an event, the father of the bride asked me if I knew that I was forever a part of their family, as every time they saw the wedding pictures they would think of me and all that I had done to help create it. I could not imagine doing anything else where I can be creative and see it come to fruition in front of my very own eyes. There is no better feeling in the world than seeing an idea or sketch come to life, and at the same time make a couple’s day.
Find out more about Bahara and the Plants N’ Petals team, and learn what they can do to make your wedding dreams come true, right here!