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Root Floral Design Studio

“I must have flowers, always, and always.”–Claude Monet

This quote was taken from the website of an amazing florist. Her work is beautiful, creative and unique. Mia Sandberg, owner of Root Floral Design, incorporates beautiful colors and textures to create exquisite floral arrangements. It’s always nice to peak into the brain of such a creative person, this is what we found:

How did you get started as a florist?
After graduating college with a degree in Interior Design, I decided to move to Dallas in hopes of finding my “dream” job. As most of us soon find out, those things take a long time to find! I lived there for four years working in the Design Industry and just never felt satisfied with the typical day-to-day office job. I really wanted something fun and different. My husband brought home some flowers for our anniversary from the local flower shop and I fell in love. It was so unique and full of color. I thought to myself… “Well this could be fun!” It stayed in the back of my mind, all while making excuses as to why I was never going to be successful or happy with my career and fighting the fear of actually taking those first steps to something I enjoyed! In November 2011, we got the opportunity to move home and start fresh. Still unsure of myself, I began working for a company that completely changed my way of looking at life and what I was capable of. It was at that moment that I set my fears aside and started focusing on only the positive! From that, Root Floral Design Studio became a reality. It has been the longest year of my life and probably the most emotional, but I have had the BEST support and do not regret any of it! I’m so glad that I have FINALLY found something I love and I’m sure my family is too!

What is your favorite flower?
Well, I have a few! Peonies have to be the most beautiful, but unfortunately they are crazy expensive and only available in late spring/early summer. Silver Brunia and Craspedia are definitely the coolest and most fun! They add so much texture and life to the arrangement!

What do you love most about being a florist? Least?
I LOVE, of course, the end result. Knowing that I can help make someone smile or add something positive to their day is a great feeling! I also really enjoy the creative process. Figuring out the texture/color combinations and whether or not I will involve my most favorite thing to use… spray paint! :)

On the other hand, I hate the process of “conditioning” the flowers. Which is basically the task of getting the flowers home, taking them out of their packaging, cutting the stems, removing the leaves, and then placing them in buckets! … It can definitely be a little time consuming, especially when you have a lot!

What are your 3 favorite things?
1. My husband, family, and best friends… my support!
2. My two, spoiled dachshunds: Pixie & Penelope
3. Coffee, definitely coffee. :)

Who are you inspired by?
Well, I have several people who have inspired me over the years, but I would have to say, for floral purposes, “Bornay,” a florist who is based out of Spain. Her work is absolutely stunning! I really hope that I can get to her creative skill level one day!

Do you have a philosophy that you live by or run your business by?
The one thing that I have learned over this past year, is too try and focus on only the positive. It really does make a difference in what you make of your day!

I used to focus a lot on “What if”, “I can’t”, or “Why is this happening to me”… but I soon learned that I am the ONLY one who is responsible for what my life becomes.

As you can see, Mia’s work is so beautiful. I had such a hard time choosing my favorites! To see more of her work, check her out on Facebook or on her website at RootFloralDesign.com. She is also having a GRAND OPENING on November 14th at the Jefferson Street Pub in Lafayette, so make sure you stop by to check out her work!

Root Floral Design Studio is located in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana.


Happy Halloween!

With Halloween right around the corner and so many people incorporating themes into their wedding day, I thought it would be the perfect time to show you how to incorporate a Halloween theme into your big day subtly and with unique sophisticated touches!

  • Candy isn’t the only treat at Halloween, try having a signature drink that ties in the holiday.


  • A great way to make your guests tables interesting is to use pumpkins, farm tables and really interesting runners! Try black and white stripes or chevron stripes!

  • Try carving out the center of a pumpkin and filling with flowers for a unique centerpiece or carve holes in your pumpkins and add lights (this is sure to give your guests something to rave about!)


  • Use small pumpkin stems for your escort cards or to hold menus! Such a fun idea and the small pumpkins can double as favors for your guests! You can also paint your table numbers on the pumpkins!


  • You can’t have a Halloween theme without tons of candy! Have a special dessert bar with a variety of candy for your guests OR give out cute candy favors!


You can also do a candy apple bar!

  • Don’t want to use orange and black or want a more subtle approach to a Halloween theme? Try white pumpkins! They are super modern and provide texture and interest without screaming Halloween!


  • The invitation sets the mood before your guests even get to the ceremony. Make sure your invitations follow your theme and are as unique as your big day!

These are just a few of the hundreds of ideas and ways you can subtly incorporate Halloween into your wedding! Have a Happy Halloween folks!!!

Courtney Nicole Photography

So, as promised, I will be spotlighting some of my favorite vendors and people that I find inspiring. For my first spotlight, I chose an up and coming photographer whose photographs are incredibly awe inspiring (especially considering she’s just starting out). This little lady, a local photographer by the name of Courtney Stermer is both an amazing photographer and an incredibly inspiring young woman. To learn more about what makes her unique, see below:

How did you get started taking pictures?
I don’t really remember the moment that I decided to start taking pictures seriously. I just remember thinking I wanted a camera, really bad. I wanted to have some kind of creative outlet outside of school and work. The rest just happened and it’s all a blur, but a good blur.

What do you love most about being a photographer?Least?
What I love most about photography is having something I’m so in love with and I can control it- I control how much I learn, how much I shoot, and how serious I get with the business side of things.
What I don’t like so much is the sun straight overhead (shadows!) and ants- ants are relentless right now. Oh and also not having enough weekends in a month to schedule sessions!

What do you hope people get from your pictures?
My biggest hope when it comes to my photography is that people see themselves in a different light- their beauty and their personality from the other side. I’d like to get to the point where other people just think ‘Wow..’ I’m not there yet, but that’s my plan.

What are your 3 favorite things? (could be anything at all!)
Three favorite things: neutral animal prints, my family, and alexbeadon.com.

Who are you inspired by?
I had not read the next question! Ha! I’m inspired by a young photographer/business woman/entrepreneur, Alex Beadon. She does the sort of portraits I want to work towards and shares so much of her knowledge. Selfless and creative and so smart.

Do you have a philosophy that you live by or run your business by?
I have so many philosophies that I live and work by with this business. I am constantly reading inspiration and taking it to heart. One of these is “You will always be too much of something for someone. Too big. Too loud. Too Soft. Too Edgy. If you round out your edges, you lose your edge. Apologize for mistakes, apologize for unintentionally hurting someone–profusely. But don’t apologize for being who you are.” – Danielle LaPorte

I can’t wait for the opportunity to work with someone who has such a passion for what she does!

For those of you who are looking for a photographer with a little something different who will give you extraordinary photos, go to CourtneyNicolePhotography.com or check out her Facebook page. Get inspired by beautiful photographs done by a beautiful, kind, creative and utterly inspirational woman.

The start of something beautiful…

I can’t believe it is finally happening, the official launching of Alyssa Arlene Events. I am so incredibly blessed! I will be blogging several times a week (so keep checking in) about weddings, love, marriage, creative ideas and life. I will also be shining a spotlight on several of my favorite vendors!

Thank you for showing my website some sweet sweet love (afterall, that’s pretty much what its all about anyway) and hey, while you are at it, check out my facebook, twitter, and pinterest accounts — they need love too! 🙂

I can’t wait to showcase the amazing weddings that I am so lucky to be a part of. The image below was taken at Vintage Court at the oh so beautiful, incredibly sweet and kind, disney princess of a woman, Amanda Pulliam Comeaux’s wedding.