Vendor Focus - Anns Petals
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As most brides already know, your big day will be instantly enhanced, brightened and beautified by the display of flowers — from the bouquets that you and your attendants will be carrying to the boutonnieres your beau and his groomsmen will be donning. For this important event choosing a reputable, experienced florist will be essential to getting the results you’ve always dreamed of having for your wedding.
It’s not always easy to find a florist that fits your personal style. But if you’re looking for a florist who can provide arrangements with a bit of dazzle and a whole lot of love, look no further than Ann’s Petals. Based in Longview, owner Andrea Gatlin said her flower shop represents her happy, friendly nature and caters to everyone for every event in life – weddings being her favorite events of all. “There’s just something so great when we help a bride fulfill her fairytale,” Andrea said “The looks on their faces when they step inside their church or reception hall is awesome. We all dream about this stuff.”
“There’s just something so great when we help a bride fulfill her fairytale.”
Purchasing the shop nearly nine years ago, Andrea said her floral design studio prides itself on welcoming guests and providing them with a comfortable studio environment. “I saw an ad in the newspaper that there was this flower shop for sale and, on a whim, I bought it,” she said. It may have been a whim that drove her to purchase the flower shop, but it’s the desire to create beautiful arrangements with a flair for detail that puts Ann’s Petals above the rest.
It’s not only Andrea who will greet you as you walk through the shop doors; her invaluable colleagues Ashlee, Debra and Gidget are there to advise, too. Ashlee has been with Andrea since the beginning and has been a trusted friend and lead designer who helps make the bride’s dream wedding details come true. Debra has been added to the design team and has settled in as a great assistant designer. Robert, their in-house delivery man, completes the team by distributing flowers with a friendly smile.
“Walk in at any given moment, and you’ll be greeted with a smile and a friendly ‘hello!’ If you don’t know just what you’re looking for, we encourage you to walk back to our cooler and see for yourself,” she said. “Stepping inside the cooler, you’ll find 40 to 50 different flowers to touch, smell and make that all important wedding-color connection.”
Andrea recommends brides set up a complimentary consultation with her to review their options, and they should be ready to discuss any ideas they have and colors they’re interested in. “Bring your colors, your dress, even your entire bridal party, and we’ll get as close as we can to making your ideal wedding become a reality,” she added. “Some brides just don’t know what they want for their special day, and I encourage them to come in and see for themselves what they like, what they don’t … and we’ll go from there!”
The cost of bouquets and floral arrangements for weddings vary, but Andrea said Ann’s Petals has done weddings for the tightest of budgets. “We really can work with any budget,” she said. “It’s all about making people happy, and picking the right flowers. Making your dream wedding happen on a budget is important and we will make it happen.”
Brides have an abundance of options to choose from in the East Texas area, but Andrea said Ann’s Petal’s commitment to customer service makes her business stand out above the rest. “Our repeat customers are proof that we really take care of those that come into the shop – we build strong personal relationships with everyone who walks through the door because we want our customers to not only feel comfortable, but also to know that we really do care about them and their special day, be it a birthday, anniversary and, yes, a wedding,” she said. “For weddings, it’s all about making the bride’s day a little brighter. Of course,” Andrea continued, “we also give the same kind of care and attention to all client needs including arrangements for newborns, parties, proms, anniversaries, birthdays, special holidays and funerals.
Andrea would like to take this opportunity to thank all customers for making Ann’s Petals such a success. She says they look forward to fulfilling floral needs for many years to come!