Are we a match? A demi-tasse about owner and floral artisan, Ashley Greer

 
Ashley in a consultation with past bride Sophie Pyle Ziegler - Photo by  Emily Alyssa Photography

Ashley in a consultation with past bride Sophie Pyle Ziegler - Photo by Emily Alyssa Photography

Why Choose Atelier Ashley Flowers?

The hardest question to answer when deciding on a florist is always, am I making the best choice? As much as I would like to say “YES!” all across the board, the answer depends on what you value most.

As an artisan florist, my strengths lay in they way I combine unique varieties of blooms, and combinations of colors to produce a one of a kind look that you have never seen before and will never experience again. If flowers are just an item to be checked off (totally get it), or if all greenery is your jam (everyone loves greenery), or if you need one stop flowers and decor shopping I am probably not going to be the best fit for you. Flowers are in my soul and clients who truly understand their power are my people.

What I can promise you is to listen to your vision of your wedding or event and translate those emotions and messages through your flowers for your guests to experience.

So let’s get started.  If you're interested in seeing my recent work, check out my blog.  If you want to learn behind the scenes techniques and tips, follow my Instagram stories.  You’ll also get a chance to “meet” me and see my everyday life in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia.    

Roots to Blooms

Doesn’t everything meaningful have its roots in childhood? At least for me, that is where my floral journey began.

As a little girl I spent all of my free time outside, digging in the dirt, playing in the woods and designing imaginary worlds out of the trees and plants that surrounded me. The best part was inviting the other kids to join in and share in the magic of what we could create together.

30ish years later and nothing has changed. Connected to the energy and vibrancy of plant material -flowers, foliages, and fruits are elements of transformation. With very little words or work, one of my superpowers is to be able to take what is in your mind and make it a reality. I hope you will send an email today so we can begin designing a magical event all your own.

EMAIL ASHLEY

 
An outdoor soire by Lisa Bloom Photography

An outdoor soire by Lisa Bloom Photography

Ah - till - eee - Yay!

Atelier is so hard to say! And it is so hard to spell.  Why on earth would someone like me (the worst speller EVER!) choose such a name?

Atelier means studio or artisan's workshop. Think of a romantic Parisian artist who spent her entire life mastering just one craft in a little shop on a side street, constantly striving to improve and innovate a floral craft. That was me in a past life, and what I hope to be in this one.


A 19th century carriage house in Old Town, slowly coming back to life. Photo by  Jacqui DePas

A 19th century carriage house in Old Town, slowly coming back to life. Photo by Jacqui DePas

Ashley's Floral Timeline

2017- Present

2011-2017

  • Freelanced at The White House for former Chief Floral Designer, Laura Dowling and had the pleasure of seeing my designs placed in all of the state rooms, including the Oval Office.

  • Studied German style design with Gregor Lersch and Parisian style with Catherine Muller in Paris.

  • Attained Certified Floral Designer (CFD) status.  Became inspired by Hitomi Gilliam and enlightened to the magical possibilities of flowers!

  • Joined Dowling’s 2016 team at Floraliën, an internationally renowned horticultural festival in Ghent, Belgium.  Worked on her floral installation for the festival which was later featured in her book, Floral Diplomacy at The White House.

  • Flourished as a Designer for The Enchanted Florist located in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. Became part of a floral family. Traveled for my first solo destination wedding in France.

  • Visited the flower capital of the world in Aalsmeer, Netherlands in 2016.

  • Had a baby, Finnley.

  • Presented with Dowling at The Philadelphia Flower Show’s Designer Studio in 2017.

  • Dreamt of creating my own vision for wedding florals.


2006-2011

  • Earned my first serious designer position at Helen Olivia in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. Trained under the watchful eyes of Mariane Raub and Antje Wood.

  • Completed my first solo wedding.

  • Designed for The Vice President's Residence, The Speaker of the House, and The State Department.    

  • Met my future husband, Will Willis.  Got married.


Education

  • Attended Holton-Arms School for Girls in Bethesda, Maryland.  Wondered why Bearded Iris and Azaleas die so quickly?

  • Studied at Pomona College in Claremont, California.  Wandered through the organic garden. Cut Roses and Freesia from the Scripps. Picked citrus from the Pitzer Orchards.

  • Worked as a student part-time at Wisteria Grove, an English garden shop in Claremont.

  • Graduated.  But apparently didn’t study as much as I should have.


Early Days

  • Spent endless hours outside dreaming, cutting the mailbox pansies, imagining, getting sunburned. Helped my Father in the garden. Treasured my Grandmother’s tinfoil Garden Rose bouquets.

  • Got my first job as a whistle carrying lifeguard.  Later, as a florist's helper at Chevy Chase Florist.


Additional Photo Credits : Top block 4 photos with Finnley: Emily Alyssa Photography