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{ Feature Friday } Katy!

Today we’re featuring our newest employee, Katy! She is our Numbers Nanny and helps { well…tries to help… } keep Team Fleuriste organized and accounted for. Recently engaged, Katy is our first in-house bride and is enjoying seeing the behind-the-scenes of the wedding process. We are grooming her to be the best bride/client anyone has ever seen! { You’re welcome }

This gal bleeds orange, knows her way around a broom and loves a good Sal story. In between crunching numbers, Katy likes to make sure our mascot/shop dog, Nia, is behaving and gets plenty of love. Allegedly, she’s a great baker but since Team Fleuriste hasn’t seen the fruits of that labor, we’ll just have to take her friend’s word for it! { hint, hint } In her own words, here is more about Katy…
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How long have you been at The Fleuriste and what excites you about working at The Fleuriste? I have been at the Fleuriste for two months! The team-oriented atmosphere and the passion that everyone has for their job is what excites me the most about my new role at the Fleuriste. It’s great coming to work each day and being around a fun and enthusiastic group of people.

Which three famous people, living or dead, would you want to have dinner with? Justin Timberlake, Ellen Degeneres, and Kerry Washington. This group would definitely not be a boring group and lots of endless laughs.

What is your favorite thing to do when you aren’t working? Hanging out with family and friends. I also love to attend OSU football games because I love everything OSU!

There’s a fire in your house – what three things do you take with you when you leave? Cell phone-of course, jewelry box, and my favorite purse.

You’re on the red carpet of a major event – which designer are you wearing? I would have loved to wear an Oscar de la Renta gown.

You’re #TeamFleuriste’s “Numbers Nanny” – what does that mean to you? I want to be the numbers expert and be able to help the team with any of their number’s needs and/or questions.

What is your favorite flower? Bird’s of Paradise

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{ Feature Friday } Jake

Today I’m excited to introduce you to one of the newest members of Team Fleuriste, Jake! He is half of our Jason and Jake production team { or as they have become known around here, the JJs } and brings the perfect amount of sarcasm to complete our crew. A little sassy and a whole lot of crafty are two very important skills needed to be a successful member of our team and he is fitting in just fine so far! In his own words, here is more about Jake…

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Do you have any pets? I have a 4 month old Australian Shepherd named Teddy { side note: looks like Jake needs to bring his puppy in to play with our newest puppy team member, Nia! }

What is your favorite movie? The Outsiders { side note: did you see they’re working on preserving the house used in the movie? Its based in Tulsa and looks very cool. }

What did you want to be when you were growing up? I wanted to be a doctor

If you were competing in the Olympics, in which sport would you participate? Track

What is your favorite part of The Fleuriste? My favorite part so far is the team and how everyone works together. { side note: Jake totally gets bonus/brownie points for this answer! }

What is your favorite flower? Tiger Lily

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{ Feature Friday } Sal!

Today’s feature is The Man.The Myth.The Legend…Sal! There is no better time to start writing from my point of view than the present { Hi, my name is Laura and I write these blogs } and I can’t wait for you to meet my Sal Pal. Back in October when I started working with the team, I quickly dubbed Mr. Salvatore Bovino “Sal Pal” because one, I love a cheesy rhyme and two, it is so true. Once you meet Sal, you get a Pal for life! { But seriously, meet him once and he’ll remember you forever }

A notorious joke teller, this cheerful man is behind the wheel for The Fleuriste driving our van and helping us with any number of odd jobs around the store. He knows every back road in town, the dirt on every family you’ve ever heard of, still uses a flip phone and has a heart of gold! If you really want to get to know Sal, you’ll have to catch him at happy hour. { he prefers Skyy } Otherwise, for the immediate inquiring minds, I’ve asked all of the hard questions below.

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How long have you been at The Fleuriste? Just a little over five years

What is your favorite part of your job? I love working with the other members of the team. I also love to deliver flowers to the ladies who are home and see their smiling faces!

What does a typical work day look like? When I first get to work, I’ll see what we have on the calendar for the day and get my instructions. Each day is different, which keeps it interesting for me. { Side note: I love sending Sal on errands for us. He is Team Fleuriste’s best PR because he knows everyone in town! }

What’s your favorite flower? Godetia

What’s your favorite thing to do when you aren’t working? I like to mingle! { Side note: This was seriously his answer and all I got out of him! }

Where did you work before The Fleuriste? Right before coming to The Fleuriste, I worked at Michael’s Florist for eight years to the day. Before that, I was retired but before that, I was in the restaurant business. My late wife and I owned Sissy’s Tea and Luncheon Room in the First National Center. She wouldn’t let me in the kitchen so I worked the front of the restaurant while she was in the back!

Do you have a { clean and short } joke you can share with us? That’s too hard. I don’t have many of those and can’t remember any right now. { Side note: this is the honest truth. Sal’s jokes need adult supervision }

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{ Feature Friday } Ashley!

We’re continuing our Feature Friday blog series today with the person who keeps the party rolling and the brides calm! That’s right, today you’re meeting Team Fleuriste’s Event Manager, Ashley. She’s the one behind the scenes making sure the i’s are dotted and the t’s are crossed all while wearing a smile on her face and high heels on her feet! We could tell you loads more about this Queen of Fun but we’ll let her take it from here…

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Are you a morning person or a night person? Night! If you see me out of bed before 8:00 am, it probably took multiple alarms and a lot of dry shampoo! { Team Fleuriste side note: we are huge fans of the DryBar Detox Dry Shampoo! Try it – you won’t regret it! }

What is your favorite part of your job? Working with the clients!

What does a typical day for an Event Manager look like? Well, each day is ALWAYS different. But there is always a mix of meeting with clients, working in my office surrounded by paperwork or completing projects for upcoming weddings and events. Now event days…that’s a totally different story! 

What does event day look like for an Event Manager? In the morning, I’ll check on the team to see how production is going and make sure we are still on schedule. I’ll go over the event file and the production list for about the millionth time to insure we aren’t forgetting anything. Once I arrive to the venue, I’m usually running around multi-tasking by directing the crew, making sure all items are being placed in the proper location, coordinating with the other vendors on site, helping the client with last minute details and adding support as a back-up for the team. After the event is over, I’ll help take it all down at the end of the night! 

You work with clients on so many different floral designs. Do you have a favorite? I don’t have a favorite {I’m attached to all of them!} but I do love when we can create floral chandeliers – they make such a memorable moment at an event!

What is your favorite flower? I have a few but right now I love Ranunculus…I am definitely a high petal count kind of girl!

You’re given a choice of one TV show to binge on Netflix while eating one meal – what is that show and what is that meal? Give me any funny sitcom and does french fries with a side of fresh fruit count as a meal? (No cantaloupe though! I strongly believe it is the “filler flower/carnation in the fruit world.) 

Word on the street is you’re a pretty stealthy online shopper – what is your favorite site to shop? Ill admit I MIGHT have a small online shopping obsession but I love that are so many options and no crowds to fight! I don’t really have a favorite place to shop – I typically stalk a couple of blogs to see what the latest and greatest is and go from there. 

And finally, the most important question: what is your favorite emoji? 💁🏼 { Team Fleuriste side note: the blonde girl hair flip is a fave of all of the blondes here! }

Would you love for Ashley to help you with your upcoming wedding or event? Call us { 405.843.8700 } or email us { hello@thefleuriste.com }! Until next time…Bye, Felicia!

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{ Feature Friday } Sergio!

Welcome back to another edition of Feature Friday! One-by-one, we’re introducing you to all of the members of Team Fleuriste and today is all about Sergio. He is a vital part of our floral crew, our in-house photographer and our comic relief. Don’t let his quietness fool you – this lady’s man makes the girls say, “Screw the band – I’m with Sergio!” Sergio, Sergie or Serge – different names, same awesome dude. Here he is, in his own words:

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Who is your favorite superhero? Dr. Manhattan from the Watchmen graphic novel. I can’t really say he was a good guy or a bad guy, he just kinda left earth to create a universe of  his own. It felt like a “deuces, you guys suck. I’m going to go make some people of my own far away from you guys.” He brought peace to Earth though, even if it was through a huge lie.

What is your favorite thing to do when you aren’t working? I enjoy listening to music, drawing and wondering what Whoopi Goldberg is doing RIGHT NOW! I also like drinking coffee and making music.

What is your favorite part of your job? My favorite part about working at The Fleuriste is definitely processing flowers. We just have all kinds of flowers coming in all of the time and its nice to see something new every week and learning about it. The Fleuriste gets flowers from all over the world all the time, literally all over the world.

If you could win the gold medal in any sport at the Olympics, which would it be? Synchronized swimming definitely, or maybe ice skating. Really anything with a cool outfit…I wouldn’t be good at it, I’d just be wearing a cool outfit.

What is your favorite restaurant in OKC? I don’t really have a favorite restaurant in OKC, I just like trying new things. So if anyone has any suggestions, please let me know.

If you won a Grammy, which type of music would it be for? I would win a grammy for best hip hop artist. Don’t let these kind eyes fool you, under this boyish charm I am a straight stunna.

What is your favorite flower? I love Peonies, they’re my favorite for sure. It takes them a while to open up but once they do, they’re beautiful.

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{ Feature Friday } Alaina!

Hello friends, today we are starting a new blog series: Feature Friday. We have an incredible team at The Fleuriste and we want to introduce them all to you! Today is a special post, not only because it is the first in the series but also because it is Alaina’s birthday! She is part of our incredible floral team and is our resident Boutonniere Bombshell. It is only fitting that we start with the birthday girl so without further ado, lets meet Alaina…

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What is your morning routine?

I wake up with the sun, get showered and dressed and greet the day with a celebratory (and all too necessary) cup of coffee. Then I head to work!

What is your favorite thing to do when you aren’t working?

My favorite thing to do is work on one of my many ongoing art projects between long naps.

What is your favorite part of your job?

Processing flowers!  I love getting to learn about all the different varieties we get.  Our shop is fortunate to receive the best flowers, many of which are very unique and exotic.

Which three famous people, living or dead, would you want to have dinner with?

Solange Knowles, Neil deGrasse Tyson and Nina Simone

What is your favorite restaurant in OKC?

Pho Lien Hoa #hookedpholife

If you won an Oscar, who are the first three people you would thank in your speech?

My mom, my lovely partner Nick, and myself because darn it I deserve this.

What is your favorite flower?

Orchids are by far my favorite flower. I love all the different varieties they come in. Each one is specially adapted to their environment  and are uniquely beautiful.

Happy birthday Alaina!