Are we a match? A demi-tasse about owner and artisan, Ashley Greer
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.
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.
Ashley's Floral Timeline
Flower Show Judge at the Potomac Wholesale Flower Show 2019
Currently writing a book on Networking from a floral designers perspective.
Flower Chair of the Washington Winter Show 2019
Participated as a designer on the First Ladies Luncheon 2018
Mentioned in Laura Dowling’s latest book, “Wreaths” with a feature of the wreath we co-designed on page 123, 2018
Mentioned in Laura Dowling’s book, “A White House Christmas” with pictures of several projects I assisted on.
Featured as an expert source for Martha Online.
Featured in Munaluci Bride Print and Online, 2018
Featured in Modern Luxury weddings Print, 2018, 2019
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.
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.
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.
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.