Welcome back to another installment of Real Weddings Magazine’s Partner Profiles!
This week we highlight talented Monica Lynn from In Full Bloom by MJL! This girl puts her heart and soul into every creation! If you’ve been wanting to learn more about Monica Lynn and In Full Bloom by MJL, now’s your chance! Take it away, Monica…
In Full Bloom by MJL
Tell us a little about your company? In Full Bloom by MJL is the product of my passions: design, fashion, and nature, with my slight OCD tendencies being utilized for good! I am a floral designer and stylist for wedding events.
When did you establish your business? My business grew out of helping my engaged friends plan their weddings. After seeing brides fall in love with my flower work and the styling of their weddings, I officially launched my business in 2010. The first In Full Bloom by MJL wedding was in September of that year where I used lovely shades of orange, red and chartreuse to highlight the fall season.
What sets you apart from your competition? I love creating unique floral designs with lots of texture and implementing an unexpected element, something that might not necessarily be typical in a bridal bouquet to create a design that makes an impression!
Alternatively, I am able to base designs on photos provided by clients. A few weeks ago I delivered personal flowers to a bride at The Citizen. When she saw her bouquet she exclaimed, “Oh, it looks JUST like the photo! It’s so beautiful!”
Where do you find inspiration? There are an infinite amount of things that inspire me! I love going on walks and/or hikes whether it be in nature or a big city like San Francisco. It allows me to take in so much more detail in a plant, scenery, architecture of a building or the lines in the woman’s face sitting on a park bench.
I also draw inspiration from my couples. Their personalities, sense of style and their personal stories often provide much inspiration for the wedding work I do!
What trend do you see coming for weddings this year? So much mercury glass! It seems like the mason jar/burlap trend is diminishing a little bit.
Do you regularly blog? If so, what’s your blog site? Yes, you can follow my blog here.
What’s your favorite comment/compliment that one of your clients has given you? I put my heart and soul into my work and I see it come back to me in so much positive feedback. One recent compliment came from a relative of the bride, who teaches floral design at the college in her hometown. She commented that the flowers at the wedding were some of the most beautiful arrangements she’s ever seen. It’s really special to have someone in the industry recognize my design work as art!
What’s your favorite local restaurant? Sacramento has so many great places to eat, but my favorite places are the coffee shops. I love Temple & Insight Coffee Roasters. If I’m feeling naughty I will go to Yellowbill for their breakfast sandwich that comes on a buttermilk biscuit!
What is your favorite fun thing to do locally? Sunday morning Farmer’s Market!
Do you have secret vice or indulgence? What is it? I still wear my Gap overalls that I’ve had since Jr. High School while designing. They have so many pockets and are easy to move around in! I do get some looks and laughs though if I go out in public! I’m just happy I still fit into my clothes from 16/17 years ago!
Do you have any hidden talents? I really enjoy playing tennis! Also, a lot of people don’t know that I played the piano from kindergarten until my senior year in high school.
If you weren’t in the business that you are in now, what other business/profession would you have liked to have done? Prior to starting In Full Bloom, I was a petroleum Landman for a company that explored for Oil & Gas in California. I researched title to properties we were interested in leasing, drafted different agreements, negotiated with landowners and kept tabs on our agreements and landowner relations. That job was so dissimilar to the path I am on now, but I did find it rewarding in a very different way. I think it has also given me an appreciation for the creative outlet my career provides me now, and I wouldn’t trade the current career for anything else, because bringing beauty into people’s lives is exactly what I was made for!
If you were to plan your own wedding, or re-do your wedding, what element(s) would be most important to you? For me, the most important element would be that the day be meaningful to me and my partner in celebration of committing the rest of our lives to one another.
What advice would you can give to brides and grooms getting married today? Have fun planning your wedding! Don’t get too bogged down by other people’s opinions and what they think you should/shouldn’t do!
Anything else you’d like to share with Real Weddings Magazine’s brides? If you are looking for a down to earth gal to add a beautiful sense of style to your wedding we should chat!
For more information about In Full Bloom by MJL log on to infullbloombymjl.com.
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Photos courtesy of In Full Bloom by MJL.
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