Vendor Feature: Bramble Floral Design

Meet Alli of Bramble Floral Design. She is based here in Portland, Oregon and makes use of her backyard garden on any possible occasion. Her designs are wild, creative, and independent. You could spot her bouquets anywhere! Her fine art approach is what drew me to her creations. Every design is equally stunning, in every different way. Everytime I work with Alli, I leave feeling inspired by her work, as do many of her other peers and clients. I'd love for you to get to know her and learn more about what makes her so special! She answered a few of my questions that might be on your mind as well. Enjoy!

  • I'm an artist, maker, and floral obsessed (design + gardening) creative entrepreneur. I'm a native Portlander, a wife, and a Jesus follower. I love reading (especially Harry Potter), my fluffy little dog, and playing board games.
  • Growing up around plants, gardens, and nature walks combined with years of art training, and a compulsion to get my hands dirty and make things.
  • According to Wikipedia, "In British English, a "bramble" is any rough (usually wild) tangled prickly shrub—specifically the blackberry bush (Rubus fruticosus)—or any hybrid of similar appearance, with thorny stems." The English style of gardening and garden inspired floral design has been really important to me and my love of flowers, so a more English term felt right to me. The whole idea of a free-growing, wild, and beautiful in it's own way sort of plant also is something that I wanted to use to represent what I love and what I do. I'm a perfectionist by nature, so working with things that grow and are a bit wild and unpredictable is a really good foil to my pickiness and helps me be more free in my creativity. It's a good reminder to be yourself, explore, and ramble a bit, and be happy no matter where you end up.
  • Well, Queen Anne's Lace is my favorite flower, so I incorporate it where I can. I also love to use roses - you kind of can't help it when you're from Portland. The rest of my "favorites" change from year to year, but I usually try to incorporate ferns and herbs whenever possible, too.
  • Yup! I've had some incredible interns, assistants, and extra hands this year who helped make 30 weddings possible, but I do the designing and most of the construction/hands on work myself.
  • Try and get as much sleep as possible? (Sometimes even if that is only 4 or 5 hours!) I mostly just make lists and wear essential oils - the real ritual is going out and stuffing myself at Cha Cha Cha afterward with my husband!
  • Because we are better together! We all bring something different to the table and can learn so much from each other. Also, I don't know a whole lot of florists who want to work every weekend and there are so many weddings - we gotta share the love!
  • Right now my dream is to keep doing what I'm doing for a long time! I have a mix of little and big dreams - including building a beautiful backyard studio and giving one-on-one instruction to others intersted in floral design. I'd also love to visit Australia and attend a floral workshop there - they've got so many of my fave flowers!! Other than that, I'd love to be able to spend more time in nature to make sure I have all the inspiration I need to keep serving my amazing Oregon brides!
  • Be yourself and do your wedding your way! Look at what YOU love to get inspiration for your wedding - don't just look at trends. Also, trust your florist! It's totally okay to love flowers but not actually know that many or what they're all called. I got you! We'll be a great team.