Meeting Atlanta Florist Shean Strong
Shean and I met after multiple exchanges over Instagram a few years back. isn’t it crazy how social media is now one of the primary ways that brings people together? over the last few years I’ve been able to watch Shean grow his business in exponential ways, connecting with the coolest people in the industry. I think that he is absolutely one of the main florists here in Atlanta that brings so much to the table. His designs are unique, full of life, texture, and offer a sense of uniqueness that I have never seen before.
I’ve had the pleasure of working with Shean over the last few years for various clients and on a number of inspirational editorials. Shean himself is full of energy, humor, and just as kind as he is talented. He is one of the few people that I will recommend to my clients if they are ever in search of a florist.
I am feeling so humbled and honored that he was able to take the time out of his day to share his story with you. Make sure that you go check out his work and connect with him on social media by following the links below. He’s also offering a unique floral workshop this summer that you won’t want to miss!
Thank you so much for taking the time to share your story with us, Shean! I’d love for readers to know more of your history.
Thank you for sharing my story with your audience- I tell everyone I fell into the wedding industry. Doing floral and event design never crossed my mind. About five years ago, I was asked to help with a friend's wedding. She knew I was a creative person trusted me to handle her flowers. I was a nervous wreck. I literally stayed up all night with the flowers, and looking back I don't know why!
I do know it jump started a creative passion in me. I booked two additional weddings at that wedding. Please keep in mind I had no idea what I was doing. I soon found myself looking for designers to freelance for and learn from- and the rest slowly began to fall into place.
What’s it like to have a one-man show? Where are you based?
You know, I've been fortunate enough to surround myself with people who love flowers, love supporting each other, and understand my big picture. I might be a one man show in name, but it really does come down to my awesome team of freelancer that help me pull of every event. I think I took the initial step to go full time when I felt confident in doing it. I took a big risk- I was getting busy with wedding season, and to be honest my other job was getting in the way. That was when I knew I was ready.
How did you come up with the name “SHEAN STRONG DESIGN” (as opposed to another fictitious name) , and what should we know about your business? (special services, your niche etc)
Ha! You know- I had another “alias” and that's something we never have to bring up… :)
I found in the middle of me trying to “get my name out there” it wasn't my name- it was my companies - I wanted something that would lend itself to more than just flowers if I ever decided to branch off into something more. I like to think my name has become synonymous with beautiful and intentional designs, floral courses to educate my community and being a reference point for brides and industry professionals.
Who is the SHEAN STRONG Bride, and what about your brand stands out in their minds or what do you uniquely offer that differentiates you and your business from the competition?
A SHEAN STRONG bride appreciates beauty. There is a refinement about her. She is one that loves the romance candlelight can bring to a room. She's loves flowers and knows they play a huge role in creating the atmosphere of the day. She is strong, she's smart, she's adventurous. She loves being in love. She is open to design options, and trusts that her designer has her best interest at heart.
Most importantly, she is authentically herself. I love taking my brides ideas and fine tuning them to fit the happy couple. As a designer I see things a little differently- I translate your ideas and dream into something you might not have even thought of. I truly believe my clients work with me because of my transparency- in my life, in my proposals, in how I engaged with them. I always over deliver for my clients because -well I love my job, but more importantly I'm humbled that i have been given the task to create a feeling for someone on the most important day of their life.
What are 3 things that you strive to do for every single bride you serve?
2. Listen more
3. Execute with perfection
What can we expect to see from Shean Strong Design over the next year?
I’m constantly looking to bring my community into the creative world. I often teach floral design courses and its a way for people to get out of their comfort zone and do something they might not ever do. Summer of 2018 i'M hosting the one of our most anticipated workshops yet- Its collaborative and interactive 2 day course that is going to truly expand how you see yourself, your work, and how relationships with photographers can dictate the tone you set for your clients.
This is something i've been dreaming up for a while now and I can't wait to share it! We are going to be discussing, color, shape, movement and lighting- we are going to create centerpieces, and talk education- we are going to design a large scale installation and together we are going to close out our night enjoying food, music and each others company.