Meet Jessa, wedding flower designer and wedding planner for Sierra & Sky. Jessa grew up in the wedding business, as well as the mobile espresso catering business (long before the new gourmet food trucks!) industry. Jessa is a senior in college, majoring in Environmental Studies, with classes in communications.
As we have phased out our extra-custom floral designs*, Jessa has become more involved, especially in creating the bouquets for the weddings over the past year. This photo is from Shelly’s Coloma wedding; Shelly was looking for bright, happy citrus colors, accented with turquoise, and Jessa was happy to design for her special day. A typical wedding for our team (Jessa & Monique) is to review the wedding couple’s request (colors, styles, flower requests); plan our floral recipes (which flowers; how many stems, which colors, for which items); shop; process the flowers together under our oak trees; and then for design, Jessa now takes the lead on the bouquets, while I (Monique) work on corsages and bouts. If there are centerpieces, we work on them together.
Jessa started in the floral design business when our business was named A Special Day Designs, and we were strictly flowers (we now offer planning and officiant services, as well). She started by learning about the proper care and handling of the flowers, and how to process them to get them ready for Monique to design with. When she got to high school, Jessa had an eye for design and took many art classes, and photography classes. For her senior prom, Jessa sat in on a private class I was giving to a floral design student on corsages and bouts, and from that class she made herself and her boyfriend very modern flowers to wear.
Last year, we had the honor of being both designers and guests at our friends’ wedding at Edgewood Lake Tahoe. Lake Tahoe is only an hour and fifteen minutes away from us, but the wedding was held on Labor Day weekend and traffic can be a nightmare. We chose to camp up at Lake Tahoe with our flowers and design under the pines. It was a very busy working weekend for us, for a big wedding, but Jessa did an incredible job with the bouquets.
Jessa also works with wedding planning, making sure we consider all the details and guest comforts and conveniences, and again, her artistic design skills shine through in set-up. She is a secular, non-religious officiant as well.
An added bonus for our customers is that Jessa is getting a degree in Environmental Studies, and lives a sustainable life. When you choose us as your wedding providers, we will automatically green your wedding, and if you are having us do the wedding planning for you, we will make green suggestions as well, at no extra charge.
Jessa looks forward to working with you on your wedding, and I hope you look forward to her future posts here!