We stumbled upon Madeline Trait of GilliFlower and couldn’t resist writing about her. And funny, she stumbled upon floral design in a most unique way. A past roommate admired Madeline’s love for fresh flowers and how she’d fill their apartment with them (dreamy roommate, right?). Upon the roommate’s engagement, she asked Madeline if she’d do the honor of designing her floral arrangements for her Big Day. Madeline tells us the wedding turned out great and a new career was born. She began part-time while she worked at a residential interior design firm as an architect and designer. Eventually, GilliFlower was born and Madeline was able to design for events full time. She continues to educate herself in floral design and horticulture.
“I like collaborating where I can offer guidance on colors, seasonal flowers, and how flowers will work as a composition with everything else like the wedding dress, bridesmaids dresses, the venue and table settings,” she explains about her love of working with brides. “My design philosophy is that there should be balance between all visual elements and this is where my architecture, art and design background come into play. I am extremely detail oriented and like to ensure all details have been thought out to make a seamless design.”
Besides from coffee, Madeline says what keeps her fresh and creative is the idea of having a different creative endeavor on the horizon each day. “Of course nature has always had a big influence in my life,” she says, adding, “I love street art and the Mission, where I live, and it offers that: the bright colors contrasting with the surrounding buildings always inspires me to try new things. The bight bold patterns of Josef Frank; they’re interesting and can work for many different styles. On the other end of the spectrum I really love the interiors of Piet Boon, they are subtle, serene yet interesting at the same time.”
Aside from excellence in design and helping make her clients vision a reality, Madeline brings a high level of organization and professionalism to the job. With a background in project management with construction and interiors, she knows these characteristics are essential to a successful event and bringing dreams to life. View her beautiful work to see what we mean. Bridebound says breathtaking...!