Vendor name/company: Judy Berry, Sahana Creative Floral Design
Service(s)/Product(s) offered: Sahana provides complete Floral and Décor Design for Weddings and select Corporate Events.
How did you get started in the wedding industry and when? I began Sahana in 2002 as a second career, after being in the Fashion Industry for many years. Once I decided to change my career path, my husband encouraged me to pursue floral design. I had already done a few weddings and knew that it did fulfill my artistic side – working with the colors, the shapes of the flowers – and making the whole come together. I am so lucky to be in a ‘job’ where I get to create something beautiful, and thereby, make so many people happy. It always touches me whenever I show a bride her bouquet for the first time, and she has tears in her eyes.
What sets you apart from other vendors? I want every wedding to be very special. The bride wants a vision that is unique and a setting that is dramatic. Everything must be perfect. Everything must reflect the bride’s personal style; be more than she expects. Vision and drama – that’s what I do.
What do you do for fun besides weddings? My husband and I like to travel to the sites of ancient cultures. We both learn so much about people and their histories. Many times these treks are in tropical climes, such as the Amazon, and I truly treasure seeing the colorful florals that grow there; very inspiring to see them in their natural setting. Also, we love visiting museums, reading and going to movies.
Why do you enjoy working with wedding planners? I particularly enjoy working with the wedding planners I know – many of whom have become friends. They, the planners, are able to get the brides focused on the details so that when we have our first meeting, I already know who, where, when, plus the colors the bride wants, as well as the target budget. This makes our time together more fruitful. The bride also knows that her planner has everything under control.
What is your favorite thing about working with a StarDust Celebrations planner? It is always easier working with other professionals. I always know that when I work with Marsha and her team that they are the best of the best and that every small detail will be addressed.
Do you have any funny or memorable stories you can share about working with one of our planners? I don’t know if this is funny or sad, but I once had a bride’s mother ask me why she couldn’t get the exact shade of pink Calla Lilly she wanted! Unfortunately, I can’t control Mother Nature.
What is the best single piece of advice you could give to brides? The best single piece of advice I always tell the bride that “This is your day! Don’t let me, your Mom, or anyone else divert you from your dream. My job is to take your vision and create a design that is beyond what you originally envisioned. My goal is for you and your husband to walk into your reception and stop in awe.” Joy is what I want for the bride.
See more of Judy's beautiful work at www.sahanafloral.com.