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La Maison de Petrunia

February 3rd, 2012 by Jeannine

Vancity Vendor: La Maison de Petrunia

Breaking into the floral scene is my latest Vancity Vendor Katherine Petrunia. She felt that a business career wasn’t the right move for her so luckily, she stumbled upon the creative outlet she was looking for. A friend asked Katherine to provide the flowers for her wedding and after that, she was hooked.

For almost 2 years, La Maison de Petrunia provides all the floral elements for a wedding, including corsages, boutonnieres, bouquets and centerpieces. Katherine’s prices are very competitive because she operates her business from home. Thanks to her low overhead, the savings is passed onto her clients! Email or in-person consultations are included in her services so she can determine exactly what your needs are and be inspired by your wedding vision. She says her goals are to provide friendly advice, help brides achieve the look they want for the size of their budget, and offer guidance and support throughout the planning process. Katherine keeps up with current floral trends by following others’ work, especially her favourite, Preston Bailey.

Stay up to date with Katherine’s work by visiting her blog and by being a fan of her Facebook page.

A Few Words With Katherine…

What flowers would you suggest for brides with lower budgets and why?
“For brides with lower budgets I would suggest flowers such as chrysanthemums (mums), freesias, alstroemeria, carnations, and gerbera daisies as a jumping off point. These flowers are inexpensive and offer a lot of options, in addition to being very hardy. All come in a variety of colours, making them fairly easy to incorporate into a variety of colour schemes; in addition, mums come in a variety of sizes and shapes (such as spider mums and button mums), making them a dynamic option. Other more expensive flowers such as roses, calla lilies, and orchids can be incorporated on a smaller scale (such as the bridal bouquet), budget allowing. Another suggestion would be to use all greenery to create the bouquets, etc. This can be achieved within a strict budget and is a striking alternative to flowers.”

What sets you apart from others in the same field?
“There are several distinct qualities about my business that set me apart. First, as I am a home-based business and do not have a storefront, I have minimal overhead, allowing me to keep my costs down. This allows me to offer very competitive pricing for the products & services I provide. Second, every bride receives completely custom work. I do not offer ‘cookie cutter’ packages. Each wedding I have completed has been entirely unique. While I am more than happy to offer package- style pricing (ie. price per item) to help brides with their budgets, my prices generally reflect the individual bride’s requests. Finally, I have worked in customer service for 10 years and got married myself in 2010. I have an understanding of the challenges brides face with planning weddings – especially within budget – and I enjoy being a part of their planning process. I am happy to provide as much or as little insight as a bride wants to help her make her wedding perfect. I am customer (bride)-oriented first, and floral provider second.”

What do you enjoy most about your job?
“I enjoy having something I have created be a part of one of the most special days in someone’s life. I love the creativity and challenges my job presents, and love seeing the complete product. I also love hearing from my brides after their wedding to find out how their special day went.”

What was the most unique arrangement you’ve created for a wedding?
“The most unique arrangement I have created for a wedding was for a recent Summer wedding. The bride’s colours were white, silver, and purple. After seeing photos of another purple & white wedding I had done, she requested a similar bouquet. After some discussion we realized that the original flowers we had selected would not be the right shade of purple, and consequently would appear somewhat red in photos. We decided on a purple mokara orchid to coordinate with her bridesmaid dresses, and to guarantee the colour translated into the photos. This was the first time I had incorporated mokara orchids into my work and the bouquet turned out beautifully. It was white hydrangeas, freesias, & purple mokara orchids. The bride told me after the wedding that the purple was the exact colour of her bridesmaid dresses and how much she loved her bouquet. Soon after, one of my favourite floral blogs also featured a bride’s bouquet with the same orchids; it’s always interesting to see how others work with the same materials. I was really pleased with the finished product and glad I was able to make my bride happy.

What are your favourite flowers to work with and why?
“I love working with orchids; they are my favourite flower, and I love the visual contrast they provide with other flowers. I also love bells or Ireland; I love their fresh green colour and their unique shape.”

Describe a real life situation when you had to deal with a low budget bride. How did you make her dream bouquet come true?
“Earlier this year, I had a low budget bride who requested blue and white flowers. She had seen some work I had done for another bride and requested the same flowers for contrast (‘hot chocolate’ mini calla lilies). As the calla lilies are an expensive flower, I only incorporated them into her bouquet and her centerpieces (single stems immersed in water). She had white tulips for her main flower- which were cost effective- and I used light- blue delphiniums to add the touch of blue she requested. The result was a beautiful bouquet with a contrast of the soft white and blue with the deep rich purple of the calla lilies.”

If you had to make a bridal bouquet for $50, what flowers would it include?
“It would include mums and carnations. The carnations would provide the base and are beautiful when grouped together, and use the mums to add visual interest and texture.”

If you had one piece of advice for a bride and groom, what would it be?
“If I had one piece of advice for a bride and groom it would be to enjoy the experience of planning their wedding together; not to get caught up in the details and to focus on what the day really means. A marriage is a partnership and planning a wedding together is a beautiful place to start.”

To contact Katherine, visit her website.
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All photos provided by La Maison de Petrunia
Photos courtesy La Maison de Petrunia & Elaine Gebert Photography
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Vendor prices are subject to change. All prices quoted are accurate to the date published.

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  • February 6th, 2012 at 4:44 am
    Leagh says:

    The bouqutes are so beautiful!
    You really do make your brides very happy!
    Good luck,thank you for sharing your brilliant ideas!

  • February 8th, 2012 at 12:50 pm
    Jillian says:

    Great find, Jeannine! Will be sure to suggest her to my budget savvy clients. In fact, I already have!


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