Now is the time to take a moment and just enjoy a lovely conversation with the witty and delightful owner/designer of The Pearl Petal. With a passionate mission to reach people and truly desirous of the devotion and virtues of relationships, Stephanie O'Quin (yes that's only one "n") is a remarkable lady! Find out how a trip to Italy after college and spending time with a special Italian Wedding Designer, followed by some USA floral greats led her to the awesome decision to take the PLUNGE!! Hence how she found the pearl - The Pearl Petal.
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Let's meet Stephanie O'Quin!
I started working to create The Pearl Petal in 2013 with the mission to reach people who are in need of beautiful floral for any event!
Here is a little history of my floral journey: my education in and passion for floral design began in high school and throughout college; I had the opportunity to work with event committees which helped me hone my creative destiny of floral design. After graduating college I moved to Italy for a short time where I met and grew under the instruction of Italian Wedding Designer, Martina Trombacco. Upon arrival back to the States, I ventured into the vast world of floras and foliage! I had the opportunity to work with, design for and learn from professional and talented companies such as Dr. Delphinium, InteriorScape and GRO Design.
Now, The Pearl Petal is a flourishing company full of professionalism and devotion.
“There are always flowers for those who want to see them” - Henry Matisse
When we were strolling through the PMA conference last year, we found ourselves in awe at the most gorgeous double lilies and succulents. And then we met the sales team, and we nearly spent over an hour talking with them and learning about their company, Fox Point Farms. We are excited to introduce this wonderful team, great company that distribute the most gorgeous blooms from all over the world. Here is more about Fox Point, the newest supplier in our network!
History about your company?
For 40 years we have been a forward looking company striving for the best people and products for our organization. We have a superb team of people who have helped us grow to become a lot more than your typical wholesaler. We are a grower and broker of flowers and greens from all over the world. We are in the top 75% of flower and plant growing companies in the United States. The southern California coastal weather gives us several climatic advantages including high winter light for production and quality as well as cool summer temps that give us strong stems and long lasting flowers. We have a delightful, friendly and competent staff with roots in retail floral design that make excellent floral suggestions to help us meet our customer's needs and to make sure that their events and arrangements shine! Our customers include retail flower shops, event planners, free lance designers, along with specialty and boutique shops throughout the country. We have local delivery to San Diego, Southern Orange and Southern Riverside counties and also ship for events and special occasions nationwide!
When our florists/designers begin with Details Flowers Software they are inspired by the features and tools that make their jobs much easier. Of course they are now able calculate and prepare their orders for weekly events! Sometimes our florists/designers prefer to work with the suppliers they have relationships with, we understand that and the wholesalers do too. Once they find out they love Details Software, our florists/designers often tell their favorite suppliers about our software, and thus, their wholesaler would like to join too! That's how it happens and also how we met the wonderful team of folks behind California based Ramirez Wholesale! A mutual customer went raving to them about Details Software and before we knew it, we had another very happy supplier joining our network. Here is more information about our new wholesale partner Ramirez Wholesale Flowers. We Welcome Ramirez (Flower Power 2018) to the Wonderful World of Details Flowers Software!
There are some wonderful traits that seem to be inherent to floral designers. Let's see creative, lovers of nature, finding joy in the beauty of just about everything! Talented with a love of flowers, and usually an entrepreneurial spirit with some effervescence added! Just like this sweet story of Shelley from Honeysuckle Events. She's also a lover of her two special yorkies Winston and Weezie and you know what we really love, she still stops to smell the roses (garden, I'm thinking)!! I know you're already thinking how much you'd like to meet her so let's get ready to check out this sweet designer of Honeysuckle Events.
Details Flowers Software was so excited to hear that FernTrust Farms (American Grown Flowers) which is virtually in our own backyard, was having a Field to Vase Dinner Tour event, happening soon! Unfortunately It was announced during Hurricane Irma here in Florida!! YIKES! But you know sometimes you just have to weather-the-storm to show support for someone! So we quickly scooped up two tickets to attend the event...have you ever felt like you just weren't meant to do something - well after checking the calendar we realized that Corrine had a wedding on the very same day as the Field to Vase Dinner!! (can you imagine that? lol) Thank goodness for wonderful people and especially Sally Kobylinski of In Bloom Florist, she kindly filled our need to sit in for us at the table, with one request, please take pictures and be ready to share with us all that you experienced. So sit back and enjoy while we find out how the delightful evening went with Sally and her friend enjoying the Field to Vase Dinner Tour at the American Grown Flowers Farm!
I first met Cheryl Denham, owner of Arizona Family Florist, at the Society of American Florists event in Maui in 2016. I was immediately struck by her friendly, outgoing personality and her playful nature. We had a lot of fun. It was nice to see her 5 months later at the SAF Congressional Action Days in D.C. while presenting to their Retail Councils, of which she sits on the board. It's always nice to see a familiar face, and Cheryl was both friendly and complimentary. It was after this meeting in D.C. that she and her team began implementing Details Flowers Software into their business in Phoenix, Arizona. Getting to know Cheryl and her team has been a treat, and after talking with their team, I realized that their flower company was unlike a lot of event design firms that we work with. Not only do they create outstanding events, but they also have a successful traditional retail house and a wholesale marketplace open to the public.
As we continue to grow our network, we are fond of those florists that have embraced and encouraged their flower friends to utilize our software. We were excited to sit down with Cheryl Denham and the wonderful team at Arizona Family Florists to learn more about what they do and how they do it!