It’s Florist Friday and today I’m delighted to feature an interview with florist & wedding planner Liza Csörnyei of Exclusive Hungarian Wedding.
Could you tell us what prompted you to become a florist?
My story started a long time ago in a little village in Hungary, where I grew up surrounded by beautiful meadows and endless wheat fields.
As a child, one of my favourite pastimes was creating all kinds of installations out of wild flowers, pots and equipment.
I guess this activity greatly contributed to the development of my creativity that I use now as a florist and wedding planner.
However, the road to wedding planning was not a straight one for me.
I had a construction business, but there was a constant yearning for something else that involved creativity.
So I chose the world of flowers and finally I’ve found harmony in my life.
Could you tell us how your floristry career has progressed?
It’s a long story…
After many years, I’ve finally arrived at the point when I can do what I really enjoy, decorating weddings.
When I was a child, I was attracted to colours, shapes and fragrances. So I have no idea why it took me so long to realise that I should work with flowers.
I was studying floristry, but there were only a few teachers in this profession in Hungary at that time. So I had to rely on my ideas.
And I was involved in other businesses as well. But maybe I needed all these detours, experiences, tears, pain and lots of patience.
It made me stronger and helped me to become one of the most successful wedding planners and decoration designers in Hungary.
I have a complex personality…when things start going smoothly, I need to have a new challenge and come up with new ideas.
Recently, I’ve started offering our wedding planning services to clients from abroad who choose Hungary as a destination for their wedding.
We also organise weddings and decorate weddings worldwide and have worked in Miami, Italy, Austria and Spain.
What kind of floristry services do you offer?
The mission of our wedding planning company, Exclusive Hungarian Wedding, is to create a wonderful atmosphere for weddings.
We not only decorate with flowers but also compose the whole picture using lights, colours, a stunning unusual mixture of materials and even fragrances.
We cover the floral decoration part of wedding planning, from designing the style to making all the centrepieces, bridal bouquet and boutonnieres.
How would you describe your style?
I adapt to the style required by my clients.
When we start organising a wedding, finding out their style or theme is our priority. Then we can start looking for the right venue and vendors, etc.
It can be a classic luxury wedding in a castle, a minimalist black and white wedding in a tent or a country wedding in a barn.
Recently, I’ve started using vegetables in my decorations. Last summer, we used green paprika and 10,000 white carnations to decorate a wedding in Budapest. We also used lettuces, spring onions, avocados and artichokes.
We use a large amount of flowers that I personally order and buy at the flower market. I usually want a certain shade of a colour that I’ve imagined for the decoration. So I have to be there to see the flowers.
I also like using fruits and other natural materials like pebbles, hay and pieces of glass.
What are your plans for 2013?
We have lots of weddings planned for this year and I’m also in the middle of a campaign aiming at attracting couples from abroad to have their wedding in Hungary.
It is a kind of mission for me to show the beauty of this tiny Eastern European country to the world.
We have a wonderful capital, Budapest with a castle, the River Danube, the bridges, the historic buildings, the luxury hotels, spas and palaces.
And we have the countryside with endless fields, picturesque villages, cosy hotels and elegant mansions.
What is your favourite flower?
Oh my! Asking a question like this to a florist?! It’s like asking which of my children do I love most?
I like each of them for different reasons. In the summer, it’s definitely the rose, with the abundant shades and the fragrance of the soft petals.
For so many years on my visits to the flower market I’ve been praying for a wedding with red roses. And it did happen.
In 2008, we decorated the ballroom of one of the most beautiful hotels in Budapest with 15, 000 red roses with peaches and grapes.
The other one is the dahlia…so many amazing colours.
Many thanks to Liza for all her help in compiling today’s blog post.
Thank you also to Agi Hegyi for letting me know about Liza’s stunning work.
If you know of a wonderful florist outside the UK, please don’t hesitate to let me know…simply either send me an email or comment below.
(Images : Liza Csörnyei)